Ocean Beach

First Protest Against Target Coming into Ocean Beach Set for Wed., August 30th

August 16, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Two dozen people crowded into the OB Green Center on Voltaire last night, August 15th, to discuss organizing a group opposed to Target Express coming into Ocean Beach.

Their discussion began with the reasons they’re opposed to the mega-corporation opening up on Newport Avenue, familiar themes expressed by OB residents and businesses ever since the community heard the owners of the Antique Mall were leasing their huge building to Target.

Target represented a threat to OB’s character, many mentioned. Also it is a threat to many of the local businesses on the main commercial street, such as OB Hardware, clothing shops and crafts stores. One woman declared, “We already have what we need” in the storefronts on Newport and close by.

Another raised the issue a Target would actually hurt tourism in Ocean Beach …

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What a Difference a Year Makes for America’s Public Seas: Obama vs. Trump

August 16, 2017 by Source

By David Helvarg / Blue Notes / Aug. 15, 2017

“We cannot truly protect our planet without protecting our ocean.”

President Barack Obama, 2016

“Today our offshore areas are underutilized. In the field of energy, we have just begun to tap the potential of our oceans’ oil and gas.”

President Donald Trump, 2017

Both 2016 and 2017 will be remembered as years of contrast in the way the United States approached its public seas, an ocean frontier that like our 19th century western frontier has been ruthlessly exploited but remains an essential element of who we are as a people and what we might yet achieve.

In his final year in office President Obama, who had a mixed record until then, seemed to become a born-again Hawaiian waterman, snorkeling through the coral shallows of Midway Island …

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OB Historical Society Presents – A View of OB Activism – Thurs., Aug. 17

August 16, 2017 by Source

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Vigil at SeaWorld to Honor Passing of Orca – Noon Today, Wed., Aug. 16

August 16, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Friend of Orcas

39 years in captivity. Finally free of pain. Kasatka Orca.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. made billions off your captivity and children born into it. But they never did right by you, in funding the design, construction and maintenance of a seapen retirement sanctuary where you could once more feel the ocean, and share it with your children.

Will the City of San Diego honor your long service to its tourist economy? #MayorKevinFalconer #CouncilmemberLorieZapf


This is the same Kasatka featured in the OB Rag’s 2014 series of the ten orcas held in captivity by SeaWorld, “Orca Profiles in Captivity”; Kasatka was #2 of the San Diego 10. COME INSIDE FOR MORE.

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‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Organizational Meeting – Tues., Aug. 15

August 15, 2017 by Staff

Activists at the Ocean Beach Green Center are hosting a meeting to formalize an opposition group to Target Express moving into OB – which will be held tonight, Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. The Green Center is located at 4843B Voltaire Street.

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The Holding Company Holding Fundraiser for Ocean Beach Woman’s Club – Thurs., Aug. 17

August 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There’s a fundraiser concert this Thursday night – August 17th – for the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club and it’s all happening at OB’s newest music and bar venue – The Holding Company – 5046 Newport Avenue.

The San Diego reggae band Big Mountain will be playing, with proceeds benefiting the Woman’s Club. Doors to the event swing open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8pm.

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Multiple Development Projects Before Ocean Beach Planners – Wed., Aug. 16

August 14, 2017 by Staff

Project Review Committee Has Full Agenda

The OB Planning Board has a sub-committee – the Project Review Committee – which does a preliminary assessment of development projects that come before the full Board. And this Committee’s agenda is quite full for Wednesday’s meeting, August 16th. They meet at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica at 6pm.

The following projects are before the Review Committee:

  • 4719 Bermuda
  • 4950-4956 Saratoga
  • 4820 Point Loma Avenue – Note: the Boulton Bluff Repair will not be presented on the August agenda. The developer for the project has notified OB planners they are in a response period to city review comments and will be completing additional geotechnical materials, so they decided it was a bit premature to present.
  • 2150 1/3 Abbott
  • 5018 Narragansett

Here is the official agenda

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Restaurant Review: Flavors of Mayura in Midway District of Point Loma

August 14, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Flavors of Mayura
3760 Sports Arena Blvd. #5
(Behind Red Lobster)
San Diego, CA 92110

In my quest to try almost all of the restaurants in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma area that I have never tried before, I asked my friends Jim and Marilyn if they would like to join me for this review of Flavors of Mayura. I knew that they liked Indian food because I had introduced them to another Indian restaurant on Midway Drive. I was happy when they said yes.

I wasn’t sure where this restaurant was because I knew that I had frequented the Cafe India some time ago but was unaware that it had changed hands. This is where that restaurant used to be. The motif is the same; even to the buffet table, which, by the way, is only available at lunch.

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Point Loma Hills and Sunset Cliffs Park Drainage on Tap for Tuesday Meeting – August 15

August 14, 2017 by Source

Important Meeting of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council

By South OB Girl
If you enjoy walking or surfing at Sunset Cliffs — and enjoy the beautiful view — you’re invited to this important meeting of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council on Tuesday, August 15th, and your attendance and comments would be of value to the future of the Cliffs.

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Opposition to Target Express in Ocean Beach Deepens

August 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It is clear to one with their ear close to the pavement, opposition to a Target Express store opening on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach is deepening, hardening, and developing.

The opposition campaign thus far has consisted of a “No Target” T-shirt, a petition against the store moving in, and a large, boisterous show-down of opponents at the last OB Planning Board meeting with the property owners and Target representatives, with plenty of TV stations interviewing OBceans on the street.

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New Coaster Ride at SeaWorld Approved by Coastal Commission

August 10, 2017 by Source

7SanDiego reports:

SeaWorld San Diego said it will begin building a new roller coaster immediately after the plans were approved Wednesday by the California Coastal Commission. “Electric Eel, featuring astounding loops, twists and airtime, will bring a whole new level of excitement to SeaWorld,” SeaWorld San Diego spokesperson David Koontz said.

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August 8th, 1974: ‘I Remember Exactly Where I Was When Richard Nixon Resigned as President’

August 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It’s true, I do remember exactly where I was when Richard Nixon came on the tube and announced he was resigning the presidency. It was August 8th, 1974, 43 years ago exactly, and I was sitting in a Mexican restaurant having dinner in the little town of Isla Vista – right outside the campus of UC Santa Barbara. I was in the midst of driving down the coast from the Bay Area, returning to my home on Cape May Avenue in OB.

An announcer came on the TV above us, which was clamped to the wall. Something about “… an important message from the President of the United States … directly from the White House.”

My attention immediately was jolted and while I stared at the black and white, Nixon came on and after his brief introductory remarks, he announced he was resigning effective noon the following day.

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Point Loma Treatment Plant Cleared by EPA to Treat Recycled Water For Drinking

August 8, 2017 by Source

KPBS reports:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board finalized a wastewater discharge permit for the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant to protect ocean water quality and increase water reuse, it was announced Monday.

What this means is the permit will allow San Diego’s system to “divert up to 83 million gallons of Point Loma wastewater per day from ocean discharges. That water will be purified and sent to local reservoirs. By 2035, the Pure Water program is expected to generate one-third of the potable water supply needed for San Diego and surrounding communities.”

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Save Kellogg Beach Petition

August 8, 2017 by Source

From Save Kellogg Beach

A potential Multi-family development right on Kellogg Beach threatens all who cherish this beautiful public beach and the surrounding area. If this project goes through…..

  • It will cause increased erosion to the beach.
  • It will threaten the delicate environment at this beach
  • It will hinder and even block public access to the beach at Lawrence Street.
  • It will create increased traffic and parking issues for the area.
  • It will block public view corridors that have existed for decades for the enjoyment of all who live and visit the area.
  • And, it will forever negatively change the look and Character of Kellogg Beach.
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News and Notices From Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early August 2017

August 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

50 Years of the Summer of Love Celebrated at Kilowatt

Dozens of folks crowded into Kilowatt Brewery last Thursday night, Aug. 3, to join the brewpub owners, Stones, Rachel and Adam along with Paul and Lynne Bolton, co-sponsors of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

Man Rescued Off Sunset Cliffs

Mixte Communications Part of Free Food Movement

OB Historical Society Presents

Calendar EventsFor more calendar events for August for progressives, go here.

Top La Jolla Chef Lives in OB

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Restaurant Review: Point Loma Living Room … A Second Look

August 7, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Point Loma Living Room
1018 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92106

Not so long ago, I met a man at the Point Loma Living Room for a first date. The thought went through my mind at that time that I wondered how the place had stayed in business; it was dirty; drab looking; and just didn’t have a nice feeling. (Ed. See Judi’s review from 2013) I don’t know if my never seeing him again had anything to do with the place but…..

I had heard that it had been sold recently, so when Irene and I decided to have brunch together I thought it might be interesting to see if it had changed. And I am happy to report that it has changed, and for the better!

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Excellent Ocean Beach and San Diego August Calendars for Progressives

August 4, 2017 by Source

The OB Rag has access to two excellent progressive calendars for August, one from the OB Green Center and the other from Doug Porter at our online partner, the San Diego Free Press. And we’re republishing both of them below (there is some duplication):

August Events at the Ocean Beach Green Center

August 9th Wednesday Film 7:00 p.m. “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” How might your life be better with less?

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Ocean Beach Muralist Celeste Byers Opens Gallery at Culture Brewing – Friday, Aug. 4th

August 4, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

In the spirit of OB that was so strong Wednesday night at the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting — come on out to Celeste Byers’ Gallery Opening tonight, Friday, August 4th at Culture Brewing Co. at 4845 Newport Avenue. The event will be 5 – 10 pm.

Celeste was born and raised in OB. She has several murals in OB — the mural on the south-facing wall of Chris’ Liquor, the mural on the west-facing wall at Teter, the shop front of Often Wander at Noon, and she is finishing up her third local mural which she has been working on this week between Sunset Cliffs and Cable less than a block from Culture.

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Trusting the FAA, Learning to Love Tiny Airline Seats and Other Nightmares

August 4, 2017 by Source

Delta Jet

By Raymond Bender / San Diego Free Press

July gave us another court case rebuking FAA secrecy and arbitrary decisions. In Flyers Rights Education Fund, Inc. v. FAA, the D.C. United States Courts of Appeals told the FAA to again review whether skinnier, narrower, claustrophobic aircraft seats created passenger safety hazards.

Flyers Rights argued that shoehorning passengers into cramped seats risked passenger health before and after crashes. Restricted blood flow caused by cramped seats, they said, might lead to deep leg thrombosis — a condition caused when blood settles in the circulatory system, as often occurs in the lower limbs during long flights and especially among the elderly.

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Most in Audience at Packed Planning Board Meeting Oppose Target Coming to Ocean Beach

August 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

One could tell it was going to be a large turn-out for the OB Planning Board meeting on Target Wednesday night, when more than a dozen people congregated at the locked doors of the Masonic Lodge a half hour before the town hall was to begin.

And a large turn-out it was. At least 200 people packed the Masons’ steamy meeting room, lining the walls, crowding at the doors – it was standing room only by time OBPB Chair John Ambert called the gig to order a little after 6pm.

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What Will the Point Loma Pocket Park Be Called?

August 2, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

What will the Point Loma pocket park along Cañon street be called? Cañon Street Pocket Park? Or Portuguese Village Park? … or some other name?

That eventual decision was part of the discussion at a very interesting meeting on Wednesday, July 26 billed by the city as the “Cañon Street Pocket Park Workshop #1.” This was the name the city’s Public Works Department used on its postcard and the name on the Park and Recreation Department’s notice posted at the Cabrillo Recreation Center.

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Graduations and Another Good Reason to Ride the Train

August 2, 2017 by Judi Curry

This has been a month of graduations. My grandson – one of twins – graduated with his Master’s in Social Work. (His twin graduated last year with the same degree.) Two of my grandsons graduated from high school, and one of them won a wrestling scholarship to Central University in Iowa. (If you have been reading my columns for awhile, you might remember the article I wrote about my grandson going from the dance floor to the wrestling mat.)

This article really isn’t about my grandson, per se, but his graduation is the catalyst for this article being written.

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OB Planning Board Sponsors Presentation and Discussion on Target in Ocean Beach – Aug. 2nd at Masonic Center

August 2, 2017 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board is anticipating a large crowd at their meeting on Wednesday, August 2nd as the main item on their agenda is an “Open Discussion” about the future Target Express store coming into OB.

That’s why the Board has moved to a much larger venue for the discussion and will be holding their monthly meeting at the Masonic Center at 1711 Sunset Cliffs.

There will be a presentation from Target representatives, plus a discussion with San Diego police about the process for off-site alcohol permits, and then an open community discussion about the project.

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Report of Workshop on Point Loma Pocket Park

August 1, 2017 by Source

Authors Felt It All Was an Enlightening July 26th Workshop on Avenida de Portugal Park

By Jon Linney and Don Sevrens

Our thanks to the more than 100 persons who attended the Portuguese Hall workshop July 26, on our coming pocket park on Avenida de Portugal.

Everyone who chose to speak or ask a question was allotted two minutes. The views expressed ran the gamut, and answers to probing questions were enlightening. All present appeared to learn something, including landscape architect firm KTU&A, which was told the park needed to be special, not mundane.

City project manager Mark Calleran said the budget is funded at $1.16 million and the completion date is projected at summer 2020.

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Restaurant Review: Hector’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant in Point Loma

August 1, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Hector’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant
1224 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92107

Several weeks ago I met someone that asked me if I had tried Hector’s. He said it has been in Pt. Loma for years, and, to be honest, I had never even heard of it. (It is located on Rosecrans as per address, but I was directed to take Locust Street and then Carlton to get to it. It is very close to West Marine, and it is easy to miss because it is on the back of the parking lot of the Mail Boxes Express.)

The person that told me about Hector’s said that he makes the best breakfast burrito in town, and has an excellent homemade salsa.

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Ocean Beach’s Anti-Corporate Attitude Translates into Wide-Spread Opposition to Target

August 1, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

OB Has Long History of Bias Against Large Mega-companies

By Frank Gormlie

It’s axiomatic that residents and businesses in Ocean Beach have an anti-corporate bias. OB is known for this attitude of distrusting huge, mega-companies – and it goes back a long ways. At least back to the 1970s.

And this anti-corporate bias has now translated into a stiff wind of opposition to the plans by Target to open up one of its Express stores right here on Newport Avenue, the main commercial street of the bohemian enclave.

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How Short Term Rentals are Affecting Ocean Beach in 5 Charts

July 31, 2017 by Source

By OB Planner

On social media, in news articles, and at City Council meetings on the topic of Short Term Vacation Rentals, a constant complaint has been the lack of meaningful data on the topic. Occasionally a map is highlighted, or members of Save San Diego Neighborhoods share data they have paid for on the issue. Other than that, the conversation is severely lacking useful data points. The City is playing catchup, and has not requested a detailed study by local economists.

Meanwhile Short Term Rental websites, like AirBnB and VRBO continue to closely guard information which is confusing local elected officials.

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50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love – Kilowatt Brewing – Aug. 3

July 31, 2017 by Source


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Future Brightens for Ocean Beach’s Dusty Rhodes Park

July 31, 2017 by Source

Dusty Rhodes Recreation Council Addresses Concerns

By South OB Girl

The above looks like a photo of a tree on a dreary day in a cold winter climate. But guess again. It is a photo of a dead coral tree on a recent warm summer day at Dusty Rhodes Park.

There are a number of dead coral trees at Dusty Rhodes. Just sitting there dead, with their bare branches stretching into the sky and looking even more like pieces of coral than if the trees had leaves. The trees are old and break easily in stormy weather. They don’t fare well in a drought or in storms. And also don’t fare well if they aren’t watered. Watering of the grass and trees at Dusty Rhodes Park were stopped this year due to the City’s drought restrictions.

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Target in OB on Agenda of Ocean Beach Planning Board – Wed, Aug. 2nd

July 28, 2017 by Staff

Planning Board to Meet at Masonic Center
UPDATE: See Agenda here

The OB Rag has just learned that the Ocean Beach Planning Board will be taking up the issue of a Target Express coming into OB.

Taking up Target will occur during their regular monthly meeting to be held Wednesday, August 2nd. In anticipation of a large crowd, the Planning Board meeting has been moved to a different venue, the OB Masonic Center, located at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

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