What OB Planning District Did You Live In? Get Ready to Vote March 2nd

March 1, 2016 by Staff
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What OB Planning Area District do you live in? You’ll need to know in order to vote in the annual election to the Ocean Beach Planning Board coming up on Wednesday, March 2nd. This 14-member board reviews, approves and monitors development in OB as it adheres to the newly updated and approved OB Community Plan as the blueprint for the community.

OB Plan Area Map goodIn looking to heighten interest within the Village of OB for the election and the Planning Board itself, the OB Rag will be posting descriptions and a brief analysis of each of the seven planning districts over the course of the next 5 business days. Many of them are updated and edited versions of what we published 2 years ago.

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Someone Is Killing Parrots With Pellet Guns – 3rd Death Over Last Week

February 25, 2016 by Staff

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Somebody is shooting and killing parrots with pellet guns in the OB and Point Loma area. Three parrots have been killed in the last 6 or 7 days.

Five parrots have been killed this year.

Two were found on Monday, Feb. 22nd in the area of Talbot Street and Gage Drive. Number three was found dead near the Mariners Cove Apartments on Point Loma, with an X-ray showing a small pellet in it.

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Cordoned Off Section of Sunset Cliffs Collapses

February 25, 2016 by Staff

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Around 5pm Wednesday, Feb. 24th, a section of Sunset Cliffs collapsed. No one was hurt – as the collapse had been anticipated and an area had been cordoned off.

The falling dirt came at 1303 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials, near the first parking lot south of Adair Street.

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OB Planning Board Elections – Wed., March 2nd – Still Time for “Write-In” Candidate Application

February 23, 2016 by Staff

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2016 Elections

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its 2016 General Election on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Polls will be open 4-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Mail-in ballots are also available upon request.

Seven of the Board’s 14 seats will be up for election, one from each of the seven districts in the OB Community Plan Area (map of the 7 districts). If elected, members serve a two-year term of office. It is a volunteer position and receives no compensation.

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There’s a Vacancy on the OB Town Council – Applications Due March 4th

February 23, 2016 by Staff

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There’s a vacant seat on the Board of Directors of the OB Town Council.

And they’re looking for someone interested in becoming more involved with the community. Someone with a strong desire to promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of our residents, is asked by the OBTC to consider applying for the vacant seat. The Town Council provides a great venue for folks to engage deeply in our community and make a meaningful and lasting impact.

There are requirements and there is an appointment process.

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Public Announcement: Empty Lot at Voltaire and Abbott to Be Fenced In – Car Towing Begins Sat., Feb. 27th

February 23, 2016 by Staff

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This is a public announcement:

The empty lot at the southeast corner of Abbott and Voltaire will soon be fenced in, as construction on the 2-story units will begin soon.

“No Parking” signs went up Monday – and any cars in the lot will be towed beginning Saturday, February 27th.

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OB Town Council: Preventing Future Flooding, Broken Streetlights, Sandbags and Pie in the Sky – Wed., Feb. 24th

February 22, 2016 by Staff
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Wednesday’s meeting of the OB Town Council – the 24th – will feature City representatives on preventing future flooding and repairing broken streetlights. Five hundred sandbags have been promised to be handed out as well by Lorie Zapf’s office. Plus the “Annual Pie with the President” will conclude the meeting – held at the Masonic Center, Sunset Cliffs and Santa Cruz.

The Town Council has invited the San Diego Department of Transportation & Storm Water to debrief our community on current and upcoming measures to prevent future flooding and repair broken streetlights. This part of the meeting is intended to be an interactive session whereby community members are invited to bring photos of the OB Flood to be plotted on a giant map, along with locations of broken street lights. The Council promises prizes for the best photos.

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ACLU and 26 Groups Call on Justice Department to Investigate San Diego Police Use of Force on Mentally Unstable People

February 18, 2016 by Staff

acluThe ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, along with 26 civil rights, social service organizations, and law firms on February 17th asked the Federal government for an investigation into the SDPD’s use of force when encountering people living with mental illness.

An inquiry by the ACLU, following the police shooting of a mentally ill man holding a pen, and the district attorney’s decision not to press charges against the officer, revealed what they believe was a disturbing pattern and practice of improperly handling incidents with people with mental illness or who are experiencing a mental health crisis by SDPD personnel.

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Man’s Body Found Off Osprey Street in Sunset Cliffs Area

February 8, 2016 by Staff
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A man’s body was found in the water off Osprey Street in the Sunset Cliffs area of Point Loma late Sunday morning, Feb. 6th.

A photographer in a private helicopter first spotted the body about a half mile to 3/4’s of a mile off Osprey around 11:30 a.m. Police were notified and they sent their own helicopter, which at first, it appears, could not see the body.

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February Events Calendar for the OBcean of Conscience

February 5, 2016 by Staff

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February 10th Wednesday, 6pm –Coastal Commission Public Participation Hearing;
Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino Del Rio South (Off I-8); attend and speak out against the current effort to sack Coastal Commission executive director Charles Lester.

February 11 Thursday 7 p.m. Film night “Years of Living Dangerously“; We will be continuing with the Emmy award winning 2014 documentary focusing on global warming. Free of Charge :-)

Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. -Climate Mobilization Coalition Meeting – February 6th, February 13th, February 20th, February 27th

February 12th Friday 6:30 p.m. Film Showing: “This Changes Everything” Sierra Club, 8304 Clairmont Mesa Boulevard #101, 92111.

AND MUCH MORE ….

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“Dump Dumanis” and Justice for Fridoon Nehad Rally – Friday, Feb. 5th

February 5, 2016 by Staff
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Coalition Accuses District Attorney of 22 Counts of Abuse of Power

Today, Friday, February 5th, downtown San Diego will witness a “Dump Dumanis” and Justice for Fridoon Nehad rally in front of the Hall of Justice on Broadway.

Dumanis, of course, is the District Attorney of San Diego County and Fridoon Nehad was the unarmed Afghan immigrant gunned down by a San Diego police officer in the Midway District last April.

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OB Planning Board Agenda – Wed., Feb. 3

February 3, 2016 by Staff

Feb. Meeting Is Last Meeting for Any Potential Board Candidates to Attend to Qualify

Here is the agenda for the OB Planning Board’s monthly meeting, which meets Wednesday night, February 3rd, at the OB Recreation Center, located at 4722 Santa Monica Ave. The meeting usually begins very close to 6pm.

Of note is the fact that this meeting is the last meeting any potential Board candidate may attend in order to qualify. All candidates must have attended at least one Board meeting before the Board’s annual election on March 2nd in order to qualify as a Board candidate. 7 of the Board’s 14 seats are up for grabs.

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100 Year Old Tree at OB Elementary Falls Victim to El Nino Winds

February 2, 2016 by Staff

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A one-hundred year old tree in the courtyard of OB Elementary School was a victim of the strong El Nino winds that hit Ocean Beach and San Diego on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st.

Fox5 covered the tragedy and this is part of their report:

“It’s so sad. The kids are just so sad to see it go….It’s part of our school, a part of our tradition,” said 2nd grade teacher Angela Wunder, who has been teaching at the school for decades.

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Councilwoman Zapf Questioned by Community and Media on Her Police Camera Plan

January 28, 2016 by Staff
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Audience at OB Town Council Meeting Divided Over the Police Cameras

The packed Masonic Center became focused on the planned installation of the police surveillance cameras along OB’s waterfront.

With standing-room only, Wednesday nights OB Town Council meeting became the center of the controversy over the 10-camera system, as Councilwoman Lorie Zapf (pronounced “Zaph”) was in attendance and forced to answer questions from the crowd and the media about them.

It was the first opportunity for opponents of the cameras – and community members at large – to question and confront Zapf about the cameras, …

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Zapf Expected at Next OB Town Council Meeting – Wed., Jan. 27

January 25, 2016 by Staff
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Councilwoman Lorie Zapf is expected to be attending the upcoming OB Town Council meeting, this Wednesday, January 27th.

This could be a rare occasion, as the Councilwoman who represents Ocean Beach and Point Loma as part of her District 2, has a reputation of staying away from public meetings in OB.

An introduction to the new Coastal Park Rangers and the presenting of awards to the winners of the 36th Annual OB Holiday Parade with their plaques are also on the Council’s agenda.

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OB Pier Damaged by Weekend Waves – Closed on Sat., Re-Opened on Sun.

January 25, 2016 by Staff
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After being damaged by large waves on Saturday, the OB Pier had re-opened by Sunday afternoon.

The damage was sufficient to close the famous icon of OB. Part of a railing was cracked and crews had replaced the broken wood and repaired the damaged electrical wires by late afternoon on Sunday, January 24th.

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Big News Out of OB: Early Morning Altercation Leads to 4 Stabbings – 2 Victims and Both Suspects

January 20, 2016 by Staff
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The big news coming out of Ocean Beach Wednesday is the big fight that occurred early in the morning at the corner of Brighton and Bacon.

Two of the victims – a man and a woman – and the two suspects – both men – all were stabbed during the altercation that came down around 12:30 a.m. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Local TV news was all over this incident – ‘another stabbing in Ocean Beach’, with a “trail of blood on the sidewalk”.

Piecing together the different news reports, it appears that 2 women and a guy were walking down the 2100 block of Brighton around 12:30 in the morning when they were approached by 2 guys.

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OB Community Plan Gains Final Approval and Is Now in Effect

January 20, 2016 by Staff

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After nearly 20 years of meetings, workshops, studies, petitions, and even mobilizations of community members – the Ocean Beach Community Plan gained its final approval on January 14th, 2016 by the California Coastal Commission.

What a process it has been! What a truly grassroots movement combined with the work of city staff it has been. Especially the final phase that culminated during the summer of 2014 when the Plan Update was unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council, after a petition drive in support of key elements of the Plan garnered 4,000 signatures.

Here is the official statement by the OB Planning Board: …

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Opponents of Ocean Beach Police Cameras Get Some Local Press

January 19, 2016 by Staff
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Opponents of the police surveillance cameras coming to Ocean Beach’s waterfront were out on Sunday, January 17th, at the foot of Newport, collecting signatures and holding anti-camera signs. And they got some local press for their efforts.

In an article entitled, “Here come the cameras, O.B.”, local writer Dave Rice who reports for the Reader, asked in his sub-head, “Will police have available budget to monitor video in real-time?”

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Large Crack Along Sunset Cliffs Bluff Poses Danger

January 19, 2016 by Staff
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A large crack has appeared along a bluff at Sunset Cliffs and poses a huge danger to people on the top of the Cliffs as well as those on the beach, rocks and or in the surf below.

The fracture – described by CBS8 as 5 feet wide and 250 feet long – is located at the south western boundary of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. The crack in the bluff is right above a beach often visited by Point Loma Nazarene University students, surfers and park visitors.

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It’s Official: Troll Impersonations of OB Rag Staff Are Efforts to Discredit and Cause Dissension

January 4, 2016 by Staff
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Recent 3rd Deliberate Impersonation Causes Dissension Between Well-Known Staffer and Readers

It is official: OB Rag technical staff have determined that there is a well-knowledgeable troll who has recently intentionally impersonated the emails of OB Rag staff and used them in comments to articles in order to cause dissension among the staff and to discredit staff to the readers of the OB Rag.

The most recent impersonation was of well-known OB Rag restaurant reviewer, Judi Curry, with a comment made using Judi’s email address and avatar to a post regarding a petition calling for justice for Tamir Rice, the 12-year old African-American youth gunned down by a white police officer in Ohio.

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What’s Up With the OB Rag? – Editordude in Sedona Waiting for Daughter’s Baby

December 28, 2015 by Staff

Yeah, we know. The OB Rag has been down a number of days just recently.

And it’s all because Editordude took off for Sedona, Arizona last week – where his daughter, Michelle, is about to give birth.

December 28th is her “due date” but as anybody whose ever been a mother knows, the due date is a statistical figure and not every baby is big on statistics.

So, editordude is hanging out in Sedona – along with some other relatives – waiting for the birth.

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A Typical, Cold, Freezing, Windy Morning Surfing in Ocean Beach

December 22, 2015 by Staff

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All these photos were taken by well-known local, Albert C Elliott, photographer and surfboard maker. They were taken on Monday, December 21, 2015 at OB.

ACE told me it was “just a typical, cold, freezing, windy morning in OB.”

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SeaWorld Supporters Take on OB Rag and Frank Gormlie

December 22, 2015 by Staff
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There is a small group of SeaWorld supporters (apologists?) who have directly taken on the OB Rag and editor Frank Gormlie. They have a blog and posted a recent article calling out Gormlie by name in a headline refuting his claims about SeaWorld.

About a month ago, Gormlie wrote an article entitled “Why SeaWorld Can’t Build a Hotel at its Location on Mission Bay“, citing the proximity of the old Mission Bay landfill which is known to contain toxic materials.

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OB Rag Photographer Witness to Neighbor Inn’s Patio Damage From Storm Surf

December 15, 2015 by Staff

A local woman who is also a photographer for the OB Rag was a witness to damages to a neighbor’s patio from recent storm surf. And she was quoted by abc10.

Meredith Houlton lives next door to the Inn at Sunset Cliffs, and had a close view to last weekends storm surf which brought huge waves that battered the Inn’s patio. Meredith is quoted as saying:

“It’s taking a toll on our neighbors her. The ocean splashes all the way up here; 20 feet up onto the street when the tide’s really high.”

Her neighbors now have repairs to make – the patio couldn’t take the pounding of the rough surf. Railing was broken and there’s now a gaping hole on the deck.

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OB Noodle House Is Robbed

December 15, 2015 by Staff
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One of OB’s most famous restaurants, the OB Noodle House, was robbed late Monday night, December 14th. All the following information is from the SDPD Watch Commander’s Log

About 10:39pm – a slim male came into the business, located at 2218 Cable Street, and with a hand gun made his demand. He apparently made off with an undisclosed amount of money, and headed in an eastbound direction.

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Friends of OB Library Bookfair at Barnes & Noble Bookstar – Dec 4th and 5th

December 4, 2015 by Staff

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OB Opposition to Police Surveillance Cameras Makes the News

December 2, 2015 by Staff
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OB Planning Board Presentation For and Against the Cameras – Tonight, Dec. 2nd

The surveillance cameras to be installed in Ocean Beach have been in the news lately. And only because of the opposition to them being posed by the OB Citizens Against Privacy Abuse (CAPA).

CAPA formed a couple of weeks ago after a collection of OBceans began meeting to share their views against the police-initiated cameras planned for OB’s waterfront.

Opponents of the cameras are also planning a series of public forums and a petition drive, plus have been plastering OB with their Uncle Sam posters. And it is this opposition to the cameras that is drawing press attention.

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Annual Auction for Holiday Food and Toy Drive – Thurs, Dec. 3rd

December 2, 2015 by Staff
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The Ocean Beach Town Council is hosting its annual auction to benefit their Holiday Food and Toy Drive this Thursday, December 3rd.

Please join them in this great night of fun, hilarity and good vibes … and fund raising for a wonderful cause.

Plus you’ll have a chance to bid on and win fantastic prizes from local businesses and sports teams.

The Silent Auction kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and the Live Auction gets underway at 6:30 at the Sunshine Company Saloon (5028 Newport Avenue).

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San Diego Planning Commission to Hold Hearing on Short Term Vacation Rentals – Thurs., Dec. 3rd

December 1, 2015 by Staff

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The San Diego Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on proposed short term vacation rental / home sharing amendments to the City of San Diego Municipal Code.

The hearing is on Thursday, December 3rd,at 9 a.m. in the Copper Room in the City Administration Building at 202 C Street in downtown.

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