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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    There is Still Time to Enroll in Covered California Health Insurance in San Diego

    March 20, 2014 by Staff

    The March 31st enrollment deadline for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is approaching. The state of California is handling the insurance exchange and enrollment through Covered California. According to the state’s enrollment statistics in February, San Diego has already surpassed its target, reaching 105% of its goal by the end of December.

    That doesn’t mean that everyone who is eligible has enrolled. Kaiser Permanente is hosting two events in San Diego, one on Saturday March 22 and the other on Saturday March 29 to assist people who want to enroll.

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    Six Unit Apartment on 4800 Block of Niagara Sold

    March 19, 2014 by Staff
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    A complex with 6 apartment units in two buildings was just sold on the 4800 block of Niagara Avenue in Ocean Beach.

    The units at 4866-4872 Niagara Ave. sold for $1.3 million, cash. The approximately 2,904-square-foot apartments consists of six bedrooms and six bathrooms.

    Constructed in 1942, the complex is on a 7,300-square-foot lot and includes four single-car garages.

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    Bicyclist on Midway in Hit and Run

    March 19, 2014 by Staff

    A bicyclist was injured in a hit and run car accident Monday night in the Midway District. That was March 17th. The unidentified rider was in the 3700 block of Midway Dr about 11 pm when he was struck from behind.

    Fleeing the scene, the driver left the 44 year old bicyclist with a head injury and dislocated shoulder. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover.

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    Man Tries to Go Surfing in His Kia in OB

    March 17, 2014 by Staff
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    The big commotion in south OB on Sunday was caused by a guy who tried to go surfing in his car – a Kia.

    Actually, it appears that an unidentified male drove his car down that steep concrete path at the end of Orchard Avenue near Cable Street and through a guardrail into the Pacific. This was about 3:20 pm on Sunday, March 16.

    Surfers tried to get the guy out of his car as he was trapped initially.

    Finally, a helicopter from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department showed up, and performed the rescue, flying the driver to a local hospital, a fire dispatcher said.

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    News From Around Ocean Beach and Point Loma

    March 13, 2014 by Staff
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    Tidbits You May Have Missed

    Candidates File to Run in District 2

    OB, Point Loma, and much of PB and Mission Beach lie in San Diego City Council District 2. Because former council rep Faulconer has taken the mayor’s seat, there is a vacancy. The filing deadline for candidates is here and we now know who is running.

    Even though the election is supposedly “non-partisan”, what ever candidate receives an endorsement from the major parties definitely has an edge up on others seeking the seat. On the Democratic side, Sara Boot has received their stamp of approval. Boot is a federal prosecutor. The Republicans have endorsed Lori Zapf, …

    Jellyfish Invade Mission Bay …
    ….

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    Continued Sell-Off of Keen Family Trusts Ocean Beach Properties: 6 Unit Apartment on 5000 Block of Cape May Sold for $1.2 Million

    March 5, 2014 by Staff
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    The OB Rag has been following the recent sell-off of their Ocean Beach properties originally owned by the Keen family trusts. In a clear sign that this trend continues, more property was just sold on the 5000 block of Cape May Avenue.

    Six units at 5026-5032 Cape May Ave. were sold for $1.2 million, cash, to the Mills Family Trust, with Marcie L. Matassa trustee. Selling it was U.S. Bank, successor trustee of the Keen Family Declaration of Trust No. One.

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    Little League Coach Prevents Bizarre Kidnap Attempt at Robb Field – Suspect Arrested

    March 5, 2014 by Staff
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    A story is emerging that on Feb. 20th, a little league coach at Robb Field prevented a very bizarre kidnapping attempt of a 7-year boy by a man who was later arrested by police.

    Coach Scott Hedenkamp is reported to have placed his body in between the boy and a man later identified as Jarrod West to prevent West from grabbing the boy. The incident occurred during little league practice at the OB park.

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    Man Who Sexually Assaulted Two Women in Ocean Beach Agrees to 30 Years

    March 4, 2014 by Staff

    The man who committed sexual assaults against two women in OB pleaded guilty on Monday, March 3rd, and agreed to be sentenced to 30 years in state prison.

    On the day he was to go to trial, Richard C Butts, 26, plead guilty to to one count of oral copulation with a kidnapping allegation and one count of forcible rape with a multiple victim allegation. He’ll be formally sentenced April 17th.

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    Large Swells Expected Tuesday Through Wednesday Afternoon

    March 4, 2014 by Staff
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    Surfs up! Hey, large swells are coming to local beaches and they’re expected from 2 p.m. today – Tuesday, to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5th. Five to 8-foot surf is predicted with sets to 10 feet.

    A large long-period west-to-northwest swell is approaching SoCal.

    The National Weather Service has scheduled a high surf advisory for local and County beaches during those hours, which means above average waves are coming, bringing rip currents and beach erosion.

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