“The San Diego 10″ – the Captive Orcas of SeaWorld

May 28, 2014 by Staff
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Over the last several weeks the OB Rag has been running a series of articles in which San Diego SeaWorld’s captive Orcas – “the San Diego 10″ – have been introduced.

Author Cara Wilson-Granat explored and examined each orca’s personal history and helped to tell their story – the story of the longest-held captive orcas.

Plus human advocates – one for each orca – were also introduced. They ranged from Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to Zach Affolter, a high-schooler who organized a petition drive against his high school having proms at SeaWorld.

Cara Wilson-Granat – who once wrote ads for SeaWorld years ago and who changed her perspective after watching the film “Blackfish” – allowed each advocate to tell why they were so passionate about saving the captive orcas.

So, once again, all together, here are “the San Diego Ten“:

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OBceans Urged to Attend Planning Commission Hearing on OB Plan – Thursday, May 29th

May 28, 2014 by Staff
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Obceans* are urged to attend Thursday’s San Diego Planning Commission meeting and show support for the OB Community Plan Update. OB planners say “this is the most important document that will guide development in OB for the next 20 plus years.”

The Plan Update is scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on the 29th of May. Planning Commission meetings start at 9 am sharp.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, downtown at 202 West “C” Street, 12th Floor. Here’s the agenda: http://www.sandiego.gov/planning-commission/pdf/agenda/2014/pcagenda140529.pdf

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Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting Wed., May 28: Debate on Props B and C

May 27, 2014 by Staff
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On Wednesday, May 28th, the OB Town Council will be hosting a debate and discussion on local San Diego propositions B and C. These props will determine the fate of the Barrio Logan Community Plan update. This has been described as a battle between community and economic interests. The OBTC invites the public to come learn about these two initiatives. at our OB Town Council meeting on Wednesday and then cast your vote on June 3rd.

The Town Council will meet May 28, at 7:00pm, at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

Speakers include:

- Corinne Wilson, Protect Our Children’s Health San Diego (Pro Props B & C)
- Rep from Protect Our Jobs Coalition (invited) (Anti Props B & C)

There will also hear an update on the Ocean Beach Community Plan …

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OB Town Council Endorses Ocean Beach Community Plan Update

May 21, 2014 by Staff
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Update Goes to City’s Historical Resource Board May 22nd

As the Update of the OB Community Plan winds its way through the official approval process, it achieved a significant boost of late with the OB Town Council passing a resolution in support of the Community Plan.

On Thursday, May 22, the Update is scheduled to be in front of the City of San Diego’s Historical Resource Board. It then has to pass muster before the Planning Commission on May 29th, and then is set for the full City Council on July 1. On April 30th, the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee waved a green flag for the Plan Update to proceed, after a dozen OBceans had testified.

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SeaWorld News: Park Plans for the Middle East while Attendance and Revenues Fall

May 16, 2014 by Staff
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Company Refuses to Acknowledge Impact of Anti-Captivity Campaigns for Orcas

U-T San Diego writer Lori Weisberg ran a very interesting story on Wed., May 14 filled with news from SeaWorld – one of the U-T’s favorite anchors for San Diego tourism. While not mentioning boss Papa Doug Manchester’s enthusiasm for tourists to have reasons to fill his hotels, Weisberg wastes no time in getting to the real news from the company that owns 11 sea-theme parks across the country. Attendance was down the first quarter of this year by a whooping 13%.  Weisberg reported:

“the company’s quarterly earnings report … revealed, as expected, that attendance at SeaWorld’s 11 theme parks dropped 13 percent, to a little more than 3 million visitors, …”

This bad news for the company is accompanied by the concurrent news that revenues were also down by 11%.

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San Diego Fast-Food Employees Strike for Higher Pay and Better Rights On May 15

May 15, 2014 by Staff

San Diego joins 150-city strike as worker campaign spreads across the globe to three dozen countries and six continents

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The fast food industry is an issue that isn’t going away. Front line fast food workers in San Diego are living in poverty while working in a $200 billion industry. San Diego workers are calling for $15 an hour wages and the right to form a union without retaliation. Employees from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger-King will be joined by the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice board members and community supporters on Thursday May 15.

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News Around OB and the Peninsula – Mid May 2014

May 13, 2014 by Staff
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Tar Balls on Beaches Are From Natural Seepage

Beach walkers are seeing gooey black tar bars on the sand, and there is some concern that they’re from fracking or oil spills and are harming the ocean. …
Demo Against Gov. Brown on Fracking in San Diego

If you are concerned about fracking in California, Governor Brown is touring San Diego, today,Tuesday the 13th of May. ………. Come inside for details …

OB Kids Grand Prize Winners in Essay Contest Sponsored by City Library

Ocean Beach residents Clayton Halbert, 10th grade La Jolla High, and Chase Thomas, 4th grade Ocean Beach Elementary, were two of the 13 …

COME INSIDE FOR MUCH MORE ….

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Director of Rock Church-Affiliated Recovery Program Sued for Sexual Assault and Harassment

May 9, 2014 by Staff
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Six women have filed a lawsuit against the program director of a Rock Church-affiliated recovery program alleging sexual battery and sexual harassment. The suit states that program director David Powers committed the non-consensual sexual incidents as he owns ABC Sober Living. His wife and the church are also listed as defendants. Five of the women were participants in the drug and alcohol rehab program and one was a former employee.

The women say that Powers – calling himself the director of the Rock Recovery Ministry – groped or sexually assaulted them. His spouse, Tina Powers, also a defendant, is alleged to have intimidated the victims when they complained, and it’s alleged that she was aware of her husband’s misconduct.

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Ride through National Bike Month with these Local Events

May 7, 2014 by Staff

bike lane 11May is National Bike Month. This will be celebrated in Ocean Beach, as what other community is so stoked on biking?

There are several events around the City throughout the month of May for avid and amateur cyclists alike. (If you know of an event not listed below, please add it in the comment section.)

May 7 (Today): National Bike to School Day

This is pretty self-explanatory. Be on the lookout for kids of all ages riding their bikes in the morning and afternoon, and help by sharing the road.

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News Around the Beach – Early May 2014

May 6, 2014 by Staff
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Poway Student Organizes High School Proms Away From SeaWorld Zach Affolter is a young San Diego area activist in support of Orcas held by SeaWorld. …

The 66th Annual Ocean Beach Kiwanis Kite Festival and Craft Fair Is Saturday, May 10th!

Film night at The Green Store Documents Harvey Milk – Thursday, May 8th at 7 pm

Worker Trapped by Overturned Crane on Point Loma A man is in the hospital with serious injuries after the crane he was operating tipped over while lifting a cargo load ….

Judge to rule on De Anza Cove settlement Tuesday
From KPBS: This week San Diego could see an end to the legal battle over removing a mobile home development from Mission Bay Park. …

and much more …

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OB Planning Board Meets Wed, May 7th

May 5, 2014 by Staff
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Here is the agenda for Wednesday’s – May 7 – meeting of the OB Planning Board. Peter Ruscitti is the new Chair and John Ambert the new vice-chair. This is the monthly meeting of the Board, and it meets at 6pm sharp in the meeting room at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

Action Item No. 2 is the second appearance and presentation/ vote on the Brito project at 4626 Cape May Avenue. The owner-applicant is proposing to build a new residence over an existing garage – and they wish to maintain the front 1298 square foot residence, and construct a new residence with 1220 square feet over the detached garage, which is 704 square feet.

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High-rise the Big Issue at District 2 Candidate Forum in Clairemont

May 2, 2014 by Staff
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Candidates for the District 2 City Council seat, primarily Sarah Boot and Lorie Zapf, confronted the major issue in Clairemont these days, high-rise buildings along the east-side of I-5 at a candidate forum on Thursday, May1st.

The big issue: a proposal to remove a 30-foot building height limit that currently exists along the west side of Clairemont and Bay Park. The U-T San Diego reported that around 200 people attended a candidate forum in Clairemont hosted by the Clairemont Town Council and moderated by Janet Poutré, who publishes the Clairemont Community News, where this was the main issue.

The height limit removal that was proposed would go up in neighborhoods east of Interstate 5, where MTS is planning a new trolley line along Morena Boulevard, just west of the freeway. It will run up to UCSD eventually by 2018. And part of the plan is tob uild high-rises along the transit corridor. Up to 6 story buildings were envisioned – as a way to offset the funds spent on the new trolley line.

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News Around the Peninsula and Ocean Beach

April 29, 2014 by Staff
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Local News You May Have Missed

Naked Man Rescued After Jumping Off OB Pier

A nude male was rescued by Lifeguards Tuesday morning – the 29th – …,

Thefts of Raglan’s Copper Mugs

Someone is making off with all the copper mugs at theRaglan …

OB’s Matt Molarius – Makes Local TV’s San Diego’s Top 9 Rhythm Guitarists

NBCSan Diego has called Matt Molarius – frontman for alt-rock favorites Transfer, and lives in OB, one of San Diego’s Top 9 Rhythm Guitarists. See here.

Disabled Vet’s Point Loma House Renovated by Local Volunteers

Nearly a hundred local volunteers helped renovate the Point Loma home of Mike Beuoy, a disabled veteran on Saturday, April 26th.

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OB Town Council Devolves Into Complaint Session Against the Homeless

April 25, 2014 by Staff
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Report of Monthly Meeting of Wednesday, April 23

If you want to see a hundred people who care passionately about OB, come to an OB Town Council meeting. They may not all agree, but they let their opinions be known. Everyone is welcome – newcomers find out what is happening in our community, families bring their children, people come and go – it was more OB than ever.

And what is more OB than a community complaint fest against the homeless.

So, when the new Police Captain for the Western Division, Captain David Rohowits, was introduced, the tone of what had been billed as a “community meeting” appeared to devolve into a verbal complaint session against the homeless in OB, and despite the chair’s best intentions, the regular agenda items were pushed to the end of the meeting and truncated. Even newly-appointed Councilman Ed Harris – there to introduce himself – got into the mix.

The topic of discussion had many names: the homeless, vagabonds, travelers, bums, visitors … but there seemed to be a general consensus of impatience, frustration and outrage against what was felt were violations of the common civility of the community of those attending.

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“San Diego City Works Press” Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary!

April 25, 2014 by Staff

10-Year Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser for City Works Press
Saturday, April 26th, 5-7 pm

For more information contact Kelly Mayhew at cityworkspress@earthlink.net
City_Works_Press_with_borderTen years ago, Jim Miller and Kelly Mayhew co-founded City Works Press, a nonprofit publisher that they edit in concert with the San Diego Writers Collective. Both Jim and Kelly are well known to the San Diego Free Press community.

Jim has written a weekly article for his Under the Perfect Sun column since we launched the site in 2012 and prior to that he submitted articles to the OB Rag, our sister publication. Kelly wrote a series of articles about Golden Hill restaurants when SDFP provided a neighborhood focus on that community.

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Ocean Beach and Peninsula News – Late April 2014

April 22, 2014 by Staff
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OB Elementary School Crosswalk Finally Opens!

The long-sought-after crosswalk for school kids on Santa Monica Avenue is finally installed. It took over a week of construction – and several years of organizing – but OB Elementary School has the mid-block addition.

Rumors of CVS Pharmacy Pull Out Are False

The OB Rag has heard rumors that CVS Pharmacy had changed its corporate mind and was pulling out of the former Apple Tree Market. But they are not true. As of March 26, CVS rep Steve Laub contacted the OB Town Council and had this to say: …

Brighton Cottages Sold

Seven cottages containing eight residential units in Ocean Beach at 5065-5071-1/2 Brighton Ave., San Diego 92107, have been sold for $1.6 million, cash. …

And much more. ….

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Newly Appointed District 2 City Councilman Ed Harris to Attend OB Town Council Meeting – April 23rd

April 22, 2014 by Staff
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Ed Harris, the newly appointed City Councilmember for District 2, will be attending the OB Town Council meeting this Wednesday, April 23rd. Harris was appointed to the seat by the City Council from an initial field of twenty applicants – many from OB and Point Loma. Harris will formally introduce himself to the community at this event and is expected to say a few words about his priorities for the next 8 months, until at which time, the newly-elected Councilperson will take over the seat.

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Celebrate 25 Years With the Green Store Center – Saturday, April 26

April 22, 2014 by Staff
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Come celebrate

The Green Store’s 25th Anniversary

Saturday, April 26th, 1 pm to 6 pm

Music, Speakers, Refreshments, Silent auction
& Raffle Prizes from Local Businesses

4843 B Voltaire Street

Opening 25 years ago on Earth Day 1989 folks who began The Green Store embarked on a journey to try and “save the world and O.B”, working with groups such as the Ocean Beach Greens, Rainforest Action Network, Earth First, Greenpeace, The Save OB Coalition and Ocean Beach Grassroots Organization among others.

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Thur. April 17 : The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Turns 90!

April 17, 2014 by Staff

Come celebrate with the OB Woman’s Club as they enjoy the 90th anniversary of the Club.

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Thur. April 17 The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Turns 90!

Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents:

The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Turns 90!

Come Celebrate the Women of O.B. and their Fabulous History

— at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., OB

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OB Planning Review Committee to Look at 4626 Cape May Proposal

April 15, 2014 by Staff
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Wednesday night, the 16th of April at 6pm, the Project Review Committee will meet and begin a discussion of a proposal for 4626 Cape May Avenue. The reviewers, a sub-committee of the official OB Planning Board, meet at the OB Rec Center, located at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

For the only action item on the agenda, the owner-applicant is proposing to build a new residence over an existing garage. This is the Brito Residence – and they wish to maintain the front 1298 square foot residence, and construct a new residence with 1220 square feet over the detached garage, which is 704 square feet.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Tonight – Monday, April 14

April 14, 2014 by Staff
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Oh, my, it’s clear today, and a Santa Ana wind is supposed to make it warm and dry tonight!!!

Look to the East tonight to see a phenomenal Total Lunar Eclipse.

Visible throughout North America, it begins at 10 PM Pacific Time, or an hour or two earlier if you are further East.

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News From Around Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Local Beaches

April 10, 2014 by Staff
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Toddler girl recovering after being bitten in face by dog on Newport Ave

A toddler is recovering at Rady Children’s Hospital after being bitten in the face by a dog in Ocean Beach on Saturday, April 5. The 22-month old girl was walking on the sidewalk with her mom when she walked over to the dog. She knelt down in the dog’s direction and the dog lunged at the girl and bit her, knocking her to the ground. Police, firefighters and animal control responded. The owner was cited, but the dog was not taken away. The child remains hospitalized Sunday in stable condition. She is expected to be OK.

The child is the daughter of Daniel Bille. (Daniel is the same one who posted a rant recently about dealing with bad neighbors in a good neighborhood.) Daniel reports: …

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Ernie McCray: Speaking Straight from the Heart

April 7, 2014 by Staff

Ernie McCray Unsung Hero

Recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa Unsung Hero Award

By Staff

On April 3, Ernie McCray was honored by the San Diego Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international association for professional educators. The Kappan awards bestowed earlier in the evening were for individuals and organizations that have made a substantive difference for those wishing to become educators and for children within the school system.

Ernie’s award came later in the evening, after the recognition of Partner in Education, Educator of the Year, and Leadership. Those of us who know Ernie would be hard pressed to sum up his presence and contributions in just one category– he is known by thousands of students, parents and colleagues as an extraordinary educator; he has been a tireless advocate for peace and justice in the streets and in our schools; you can find him from time to time on a stage, acting and reading his poetry; and he has a following on the San Diego Free Press and OB Rag where he contributes essays and poetry. Unsung Hero is a pretty good fit and that was his award designation.

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News Round-Up for OB, Beaches and Peninsula

April 3, 2014 by Staff
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District 2 Appointment Decision Moved Up to April 7

Chet Barfield – rep for the currently vacant District 2 Council seat – announced at recent community meetings that the appointment decision on who replaces Kevin Faulconer for the remainder of his term has been moved up. The new date is now April 7 – …

Steer clear of the ocean directly following rainfall

The County’s Department of Environmental Health Wednesday issued a general advisory to beachgoers to stay out of the water for the next 72 hours due to the recent rainfall. …

April Calendar for OB

    San Diego Soliciting Bids for Improvement Mission Beach Lifeguard Station While OB’s Older Lifeguard Station Is Ignored ….

    And much more ….

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OB Planning Board Agenda for April 2, 2014

March 31, 2014 by Staff

Here is the agenda for the Ocean Beach Planning Board April meeting. The Board meets in the meeting room of the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica, at 6pm sharp.

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Ten-Unit Apartment Complex on 5000 Cape May Sells for $2.8 Million

March 26, 2014 by Staff
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A ten unit apartment complex in the mid-5000 block of Cape May Avenue in Ocean Beach was just sold for $2.8 million.

Morena Properties Inc. bought the property at 5058-5072 Cape May Ave. (assessor’s parcel 448-102-04) from Kerry Sean McLoughlin. The development was initially constructed in 1951 on a 14,000 square foot lot.

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OB Town Council to Hold City Council Election Debate – Wed., March 26

March 25, 2014 by Staff
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The Ocean Beach Town Council is inviting the community to a debate and community dialogue on Wednesday, March 26th regarding the City Council election that is taking place on June 3, 2014 for District 2.

Each participant will have 3 minutes of introductory remarks followed by 15-20 minutes of ‘debate’ wherein questions are asked by our audience community members of the candidates.

  • Sarah Boot, Candidate
  • Jim Morrison, Candidate
  • Mark Schwartz, Candidate
  • Sara Kamiab, Campaign Manager for Lorie Zapf
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    Really Beachy-Keen News Around OB

    March 24, 2014 by Staff
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    Annual Wisteria Party: A ‘Who’s Who in OB’

    It was a virtual “who’s who” at this weekend’s Annual Wisteria Garden Party held by the OB Historical Society. ….

    The Old Dover Is Gone as Construction Nears for Sunset Plaza

    Yup, the old Dover building is now gone – near the intersection of Voltaire and Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

    Mission Beach Celebrates One Hundred Years

    In 1923 neighbors were scarce. So were roads, indoor plumbing and electricity.

    Knife Attack on Host by Party Crashers in Mission Beach

    A Mission Beach man was stabbed early Sunday …

    Car Plunges Into Mission Bay

    That Time SeaWorld Tried to Slash Its Rent by 70 Percent

    A decade ago, SeaWorld asked for something most renters can only dream of: A roughly 70 percent reduction in its annual

    Daily Transcript Continues Mainstream Media History of Not Knowing Where Ocean Beach Is

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    Book Sale by Friends of OB Library – Sat., March 22

    March 21, 2014 by Staff
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    The Friends of the Ocean Beach Library are hold a Book Sale on Saturday, March 22, 9:30 to 12:30.

    Please tell your friends and neighbors. Come and browse; it really feels like a party. If you have gently used books or audiovisual materials (CD’s, DVD’s, VideoTapes), please bring them to the Library by Friday afternoon.

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    Celebrate Spring at OB Historical Society’s Wisteria Garden Party – Mar. 22

    March 20, 2014 by Staff
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    Come Celebrate Spring and the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s 20th Anniversary at the Annual Wisteria Garden Party & Fundraiser.

    At the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s 20th Anniversary at

    the Annual WISTERIA GARDEN PARTY

    Sat., March 22, 1 PM

    at 4761 Niagara Ave., OB, 92107

    Spend the afternoon in the garden of a historic Wisteria Cottage under the largest wisteria canopy in Ocean Beach.

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