High Tides in Ocean Beach

October 30, 2015 by Staff

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Join us in some amazing photos of high tides – and waves – in Ocean Beach, on Thursday, October 29th.

Albert C Elliott and South OB Girl both captured moments documenting this day of splashing waves. Elliott said, however, he’s seen bigger waves and higher tides.

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Why Is Navy Waste Water Carving Valleys in Point Loma?

October 26, 2015 by Staff
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One of our local readers, Andrew, was visiting the beaches along Sunset Cliffs on Saturday, October 24th. He was walking way south of Ladera Street with his dog.

It was low tide, so he could walk around the point the cliffs make south of the famous surfing spot known as Newbreak. He wanted the beach all to himself and his dog.

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Is Bernie a True Socialist?

October 23, 2015 by Staff
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OB Planners’ Special Meeting on “Deviations” to the FAR

October 21, 2015 by Staff
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The Ocean Beach Planning Board is holding a “special meeting” tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 21. The one-item agenda is on the City’s “Sustainable Building Expedite Program” and whether the OB Board will craft policies allowing “deviations” to OB’s historic floor area ration (FAR) or not. They meet at 6pm sharp in the community meeting room in […]

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News and Notices From Ocean Beach and Point Loma

October 16, 2015 by Staff
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Stretch of I-8 From OB One of Top 5 for DUI Deaths

OB Library Hosts Wordsmith Richard Lederer

Special Meeting of OB Planners – ‘Deviations to the FAR?’ – Wed., Oct 21

Surfing and Skateboarding to be Official Olympic Sports in Japan in 2020

Bitcoms come to OB

AND MUCH MORE ……………..

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OB Historical Society Program: “The Sisters of OB” – Thurs, Oct 15th

October 14, 2015 by Staff
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Ocean Beach Historical Society Program
The Sisters of O.B.
Thurs. Oct. 15, at 7 pm

From OBHS:

The OB Historical Society Program this Thursday, October 15th is “The Sisters of O.B” by Sister Marie Louise Flick RSCJ, at the P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B. The nuns who live/ lived in O.B. are an important part of the history of Ocean Beach, San Diego and California.

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A Bird’s Eye View

October 13, 2015 by Staff
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Long-time OB local and photographer Albert C Elliott captured this moment and labeled it “A Bird’s Eye View”. Thanks ACE.

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Two City Meetings on Draft Ordinance for Short Term Rentals – Wed. Oct. 14th

October 13, 2015 by Staff

The City of San Diego is holding 2 meetings on the proposed draft ordinance for short-term vacation rentals, on Wednesday, October 14th.

Both meetings are open to the public, and they’re both in the same place – but there will be limited time for comments. The first meeting is the Code Monitoring Team (CMT) Meeting, which is at 10:00-11:45 a.m. and the second is the Technical Advisory Committee, which meets from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Critics of the draft proposal being considered feel it is a poorly conceived ordinance that would legitimize mini-hotels in all residential areas in the City.

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OB Rag Poll on Police Surveillance Cameras: Only 38% Want Them

October 8, 2015 by Staff

In the fifth and final poll of OB Rag readers, we queried people about the plans to install 24-hour police surveillance cameras along the Ocean Beach waterfront.

San Diego Police and at least one OB organization have been touting these plans of putting up cameras from the OB Pier north along the waterfront.

But according to this poll – which ran for a week and had 141 participants – only 38% are ready for the cameras (53 votes). These readers agreed to the option that read:

“We need these cameras. OB has become unruly especially at night when criminal elements act with impunity.”

However, on the other side of the question, a full quarter of the readers who took part – 25% – believed it smacked of “big brother” and “would be an affront to our rights and privacies,” (35 votes).

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Poll of Name Change of Saratoga Park: Only 1 in 4 Agree to Ruth Varney Held

October 8, 2015 by Staff

In the OB Rag poll asking readers about their opinions on the proposed re-naming of Saratoga Park to being one named after OB’s historian, Ruth Varney Held, there were some surprising results.

In the poll where there were 128 votes, only 27% were for an out-and-out name change (35 votes). That’s a little more than one in 4 who are ready or agree to the name change.

A whooping 31% apparently didn’t know who Ruth Varney Held is and replied they didn’t have enough info to vote (40 votes).

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Poll on Surf Camps Hours Extension: 3/4rds Oppose Current Set-Up

October 8, 2015 by Staff

In the third OB Rag poll that we recently ran for a week, we asked our readers about the surf camps in OB requesting an extension of the time allowed in the ocean and on the beach.

The surf camps want to amend their Memorandum of Agreement with the City of San Diego to extend their time in the afternoon by one hour.

Nearly three-quarters of the readers who responded expressed some kind of opposition to the current set-up.

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Poll on Short Term Rentals in Apartments: Nearly Half Want Them Banned

October 8, 2015 by Staff

In the second OB Rag poll on short term vacation rentals, we asked readers what their opinion was on the current law allowing 25% of the units in an apartment complex to be short term vacation rentals.

With 145 readers taking part, nearly half – 48% – agreed with the option “There should not be any STVRs allowed in apartments,” (69 votes).

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Poll on Short Term Vacation Rentals: 85 Percent Want Restrictions

October 8, 2015 by Staff

In the first of 5 polls that ran at the OB Rag for a week, we asked readers if they thought short term vacation rentals needed restrictions.

An overwhelming 85% said they agreed with some type of restrictions – 128 votes.

68% in the poll want “tight restrictions” on the STVRs (102 votes), whereas 17% were okay with “loose restrictions” (26 votes).

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One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in OB

October 7, 2015 by Staff
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Think you have a dangerous job?

Check this poor soul working his machine on Sunset Cliffs.

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OBceans at the San Diego School Board

October 7, 2015 by Staff
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Here are the OBceans who attended the San Diego Unified School Board meeting yesterday, Tuesday, Oct. 6th.

They were there to protest the transfer of 2 teachers from OB Elementary.

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OB Rag Poll Time: Polls on Short Term Rentals, Surf Camps, Park Name Change – and 24-Hour Surveillance Cameras

October 7, 2015 by Staff
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Here’s 5 polls over current issues in Ocean Beach: short term vacation rentals, surf camp hours extensions, change of name for Saratoga Park, and the effort to install 24-hour police surveillance cameras along OB’s beachfront.

We plan to run this page for about a week – beginning Thursday, October 1.

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Schedule Change: OB Planners Meeting Monday – Oct 5th

October 5, 2015 by Staff
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The OB Planning Board is meeting tonight, Monday, October 5th.

They usually meet on the first Wed. of every month. But due to scheduling problems, the Board will meet in the Crafts room at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave., at 6pm.

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Picket Line at OB Elementary Monday Morning – Oct. 5th – to Protest Loss of 2 Teachers

October 4, 2015 by Staff

Teachers at OB Elementary are reported to be organizing a picket line at the school, Monday morning, October 5th, to protest the loss of two teachers from the school. Many parents with kids at OB are upset. They feel the loss of the teachers will translate into larger class sizes in the kindergarten level and […]

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Point Loma Residents Mobilize Against Proposed New Flight Paths by FAA for Lindbergh

October 2, 2015 by Staff
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Public Meeting at Liberty Station – Tuesday, Oct 6

Point Lomans are mobilizing against new airline flight paths being proposed for Lindbergh Field by the FAA.

Opponents of the changes say that the new flight paths would take most planes over Point Loma for a second time. Currently, most planes take-off from Lindbergh going west and fly over the Peninsula – but then take a U-turn south of the Point and continue east.

Maps made public either via the media or opponents show that their concerns are valid.

Point Loma residents crammed a September 11th community meeting with their complaints. Casey Schnoor of Hill Street has website against the FAA changes that includes an online petition – noplanenoise.web – and of this writing has nearly 2400 signatures.

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Fighting Traffic Tickets Just Got Fairer

October 2, 2015 by Staff
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Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a bill on Wednesday, September 30th, that makes it a lot more fair for the average Californian fighting a traffic ticket.

Drivers who have been ticketed but who want to challenge the ticket, can now do so without having to initially pay the fees. The law goes into effect immediately.

Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), who introduced the bill, said:

“The system was broken. Is it reasonable or fair to require the poor to pay a huge fine before getting a hearing? I say no, and I’m grateful the governor agreed.”

Mike Herald of the Western Center for Law and Poverty, which pushed for the measure, SB 405. stated:

“By allowing people to have their day in court without having to pay the ticket first, fewer people will get their license suspended and end up in dire straits.”

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EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS – Oct. 2, 1968: `A brutal massacre’ and U.S. Government’s Role

October 2, 2015 by Staff
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by Malcolm Beith / The News

Clouds loomed as night closed in. By the hundreds, the students streamed into the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. A little past 5:30 p.m., some 10,000 students – not to mention hundreds of workers, farmers and others attending in solidarity – had gathered in the square. Rain splattered down.

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News from Ocean Beach, Point Loma, the Midway District and Beyond

September 30, 2015 by Staff
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*Hundreds Paddled Around OB Pier for Clean Water
*Nico’s California Burrito Wins 2nd Place
*OB Pizza Port Beer Wins 2 Bronzes
*OB Friends of Library Book Sale Report
*OB Rag Quoted By Former Nemesis on Short Term Vacation Rentals
*Pt Loma Nazarene Institute Study: Military Continues to Dominate San Diego Economy
*Gigantic 660-Plus Pound Marlin Off Point Loma
*Annual Cabrillo Festival Was Different This Year – New Discovery of Cabrillo’s Spanish Heritage
*Kids can fish for prizes in Ocean Beach Fishing Derby Saturday, Oct. 3rd
*Maryland’s Washington College Gives Props to Local Pt Loma Woman Volleyball Player
*Cliff Collapse at Tourmaline Sends Short-Term Renters Packing
*Former Sharp Cabrillo Hospital Property Sold for Language School in the Midway
*Former Midway Post Office Sold to Developer Planning Warehouse and Office Project
*Gulls Coming to the Midway District
Other Midway News
*Oktoberfest in Ocean Beach, Oct. 9-10

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Simulated Airplane Crash Off Ocean Beach – Wed. Morning

September 30, 2015 by Staff
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Two Locals Chosen to Be Observers

As of this posting, a simulated airplane crash is going on off the coast of Ocean Beach – Wednesday morning. It’s purpose is to help prepare first-responders for an actual event.

Scheduled to begin somewhere between 9 and 9:30 a.m., it reportedly can be seen from the OB Pier.

More than 300 first-responders – lifeguards, medics, police, and Coast Guard personnel – are expected to take part. They are the ones who would be directly involved in the real thing. Today’s mass-rescue exercise centers around a mock airliner crash-landing in the ocean.

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OB Town Council Elects New Board Members

September 22, 2015 by Staff
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Members of the Ocean Beach Town Council just elected four brand new board members and returned another four to the board.

Eight seats were open and there were 11 candidates. Eligible OBTC members voted over a month’s time and for 8 candidates. On September 18th, the results of the election were made public, having been certified by the council’s election committee. It was an unusual situation, the OB Rag was told, as during most of the annual OBTC elections, there is no competition for the seats – as there was this time.

The brand new board members are Kameron Coleman, Keith Fink, Mel Roark, and Mark Winkie. Their first meeting as board members will take place on Tuesday, October 13.

Returned to the board are Jenn Avoledo, Marin Green, Gretchen Newsom, and Rebecca Taylor.

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Public Service Announcement: Do Not Nail or Tack Any Notices to Living Trees

September 21, 2015 by Staff
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The OB Rag would like to make this Public Service Announcement: Please Do Not Nail or Tack Any Notice of Any Kind to a Living Tree  

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OB Community Forum on Short Term Vacation Rentals – Monday, Sept. 21

September 18, 2015 by Staff

Joint OB Town Council and OB Planning Board Forum at Woman’s Club

In a rare but wonderful occurrence, the OB Town Council and the OB Planning Board have coalesced and organized a Community Forum on short term vacation rentals.

On Monday, September 21st , the OB Planning Board will facilitate the discussion at the meeting which the OB Town Council is hosting.

And it’s all happening at the OB Woman’s Club at 6:00 pm, located at 2160 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107.

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Did Native Kumeyaays Live at Ocean Beach Before the Spanish Arrived?

September 16, 2015 by Staff

Have you ever wondered if native peoples – the Kumeyaay – ever lived at what is now Ocean Beach? If they did, what were their lives like? What did they eat?

All you answers will be given at the OB Historical Society’s presentation this Thursday night, September 17th, with Professor Richard Carrico, an expert on the lifestyles and history of the native peoples in San Diego County.

Carrico will be presenting “Kumeyaay on the Coast – Overlooked Aspects of Native Fishing and Maritime” at the Point Loma United Methodist Church at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard at 7 pm. The program is free to the public.

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Community Cleanup and Recycling Event in OB – Sat., Sept 19th

September 16, 2015 by Staff
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There’s a lot going on this Saturday, September 19th – there’s the OB Town Council OB Pier Pancake Breakfast, there’s the California Coastal Cleanup going on … And there’s one more important event happening Saturday as well – it’s the City’s only recycling and community-wide cleanup this year in Ocean Beach. It’s a chance to […]

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Are New Stop Signs and Cross-Walks at Abbott and Santa Monica Being Ignored?

September 14, 2015 by Staff
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Some initial reports by locals are saying that drivers are ignoring the new stop signs and cross-walks just installed at Abbott and Santa Monica Avenue.

If they are, then let this be reminder that the cautionary measures taken at this intersection were requested by the Lifeguards, as they have had problems exiting the lifeguard parking lot during emergencies.

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Power Outage Hits OB and Midway District Monday Morning

September 14, 2015 by Staff

A power outage hit parts of OB, the Midway District and other areas close by, Monday morning, September 14. 2 2,643 utility customers had their electrical service knocked out after 4:30 a.m.  1,500 of them had their power restored by around 6:15 a.m. SDG&E did not at the time know the reasons for the outage. […]

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