Culture

The Unsung Heroes of the OB Graffiti Wars – a Photo Gallery

December 9, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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Every now and then, there seems to be a spurt of graffiti activity in Ocean Beach. And usually, locals respond and paint over the markings left on walls, fences, and OB cliffs. Many of those locals wish to remain anonymous – in the photos some of them have been pixelated.

Much of this graffiti and who deals with it is unknown by your usual villager here in Ocean Beach. Out of sight, out of mind.

So, here is a photo tribute to those who deal with it – the individuals and their work; some of the graffiti has been pixelated in order not to broadcast gang markings.

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Is It Starting Already? Bah Humbug!

December 9, 2016 by Judi Curry

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By Judi Curry

One of my least favorite places to go to at this time of the year is the United States Post Office. And, more specifically, the Ocean Beach Post Office. Those of you living in the area probably know what I mean without any explanation. Because I am getting orders for my cookbook for holiday gifts, I seem to be spending a great deal of time at the OB Post Office. And…I seem to be spending a great deal of time STANDING IN LINE at this same post office.

It doesn’t seem to matter what time of the day I go to mail my packages. On Monday I went at 4:00pm. I stood in line for 12 minutes waiting to see a postal employee. Why did I stand in line for so long? Because, dear reader, there were 16 people in line and only two windows open. And it seemed that everyone had a number of packages to be sent, or an extraordinary amount of money orders to be purchased.

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Jensen’s Foods in Point Loma Opened Today – Friday, Dec. 9th

December 9, 2016 by Source
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By Don Sevrens

For many, it is more than just a store opening. Jensen’s Foods opened at 9 a.m. today – Friday, December 9th – at the year-long vacant grocery space at Catalina and Talbot. A brief ceremony and such was held around 8:45 a.m.

Recall that a year or so ago Fresh and Easy folded and a mega-pharmacy picked up the lease. The
plan was to put a mega-pharmacy exactly next door to an independent.

The community said no. Three thousand times no. The mega-pharmacy went away. Peninsula
residents started reaching out to grocery chains: ‘Please visit the empty store site. We need a grocery store within walking distance. Especially the students at Point Loma Nazarene University without cars.’

Adam Zack, co-owner of Jensen’s Foods, an eight outlet chain based in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, heard those pleas.

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Support Grows for Ocean Beach Christmas Tree that Leans to the Left

December 8, 2016 by Staff

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Claudia Peters Jack, the unofficial “Mayor of OB”, explained the bend in OB’s left-leaning Christmas Tree at the very foot of Newport Avenue as natural, and added:

“It was on Worden Street growing next to another tree through the same trunk. The tree [was] very healthy when it was cut.”

She was quoted from a facebook comment in a cute article by Ken Stone of Times of San Diego entitled, “Obecians Stick Up for Left-Leaning Yule Tree: ‘Let It Be, Let It Be’ “

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Take Your Football Stadium and Shove It, Mr. Spanos!

December 8, 2016 by Doug Porter
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By Doug Porter

These are extraordinary times, and for a passionate progressive like myself, it’s hard to look away from the Basket of Deplorables being assembled to run the country’s executive branch.

But for today we need to discuss something both local and deplorable. Another hair-brained idea to build a downtown stadium for the San Diego Chargers is making the rounds, coming out of a Wednesday sit-down between Mayor Kevin Faulconer and team owners Dean Spanos.

After getting his ass handed to him at the ballot box in 2016 (56% voted No on a stadium measure requiring two-thirds approval), Spanos is counting on a future court ruling lowering the threshold to a simple majority, and on Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s desire to have the Los Angeles market all to himself.

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Pacific Shores Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary

December 8, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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By South OB Girl

Tuesday December 6, 2016 marked the official 75th anniversary of Pacific Shores on Newport Avenue.

Pacific Shores opened the day after Pearl Harbor, which makes December 6th both a joyful and sad day for the many generations that have been patrons at “Pac Shores” – as it’s more familiarly called.

Next Friday — December 16th – Jack Panighetti, the bar manager and Kariann Medina — the owner of Pac Shores – will be having a party to celebrate it’s 75th anniversary and all are invited.

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Don’t Result in Better Crop Yields

December 8, 2016 by John Lawrence

They Just Increase Amount of Poison We’re Exposed To

By John Lawrence

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)The controversy over genetically modified crops has focused on whether or not they were safe to eat. We have to ask ourselves what was the purpose for genetically modifying them in the first place.

That was so they could be sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup and they wouldn’t die. Only the weeds would die. But this leaves the crops, mainly corn and soybeans, with a nice coating of poison. It won’t kill them, but it might kill you.

The next promise of the chemical corporations was that the use of GMO sprayed with weed killers would lead to a significant increase in crop yields, but that hasn’t happened either.

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Drought Rages On and San Diego Uses More Water

December 7, 2016 by Source
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From San Diego Coastkeeper

The numbers are in. California is conserving less water than it needs to. San Diego is doing even worse.

  • California conserved less water this year than last year. In October 2015, California conserved 22.5 percent more than 2013. This year, California only conserved 19.5 percent.
  • In October 2016, San Diego County conserved 12 percent more water than in 2013 — is this good? Not really. In October 2015 we conserved 22 percent more water than 2013. We can — and need — to do better.
  • All local water agencies in San Diego County used more water this October than they did last October.
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More Shenanigans at Ebers and Greene Street Project in Ocean Beach

December 7, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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There’s been more shenanigans of late, apparently, at the controversial construction project at Ebers and Greene Streets in northeast OB.

This time around, the shenanigans include the theft of $1000s worth of property, a change of locks and a threat of eviction against the man who has been living on the property site.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor in the Time of Trump

December 7, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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World War II Vets Would Not Have Stood for President-Elect

Remembering this December 7th – Pearl Harbor Day – has special significance for us today in this new Era of Trump. The 75th anniversary of the attack by Japanese forces on US air and naval power in Hawaii in late 1941 finds few surviving members still with us. And our collective memory of “the day of infamy” – as President Franklin Roosevelt declared it the next day before Congress – which pushed the country into World War II – has all but faded.

But yes, we need to remember this day – and all that it represents – all the contradictions of that historic moment and context. And all the parallels from that day to ours today.

Yet this day does have a special meaning for us now -…

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The PangeaSeed Murals of Local Ocean Beach Artist, Celeste Byers

December 6, 2016 by Source

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Local artist Celeste Byers has done ten murals for PangeaSeed Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans.

Some of the murals have been in San Diego and some have been abroad. PangeaSeed mural projects aim to raise awareness about different issues effecting our oceans. As an artist for PangeaSeed she has traveled to Sri Lanka, Vietnam, New Zealand, and several cities in Mexico.

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Agenda – OB Planning Board – Wed., Dec. 7th

December 6, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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The official agenda for the Ocean Beach Planning Board monthly meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 7th.

At the top of the agenda is a presentation by Jeremy Barrack, the City of San Diego Urban Forestry Program Manager, on the program itself, with an update of the Conserve-A-Tree nominations and a response to questions raised by OBceans in October.

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Fake News, Conspiracies, and No News is Good News

December 6, 2016 by Doug Porter

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By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

How and where we get information informing our outlook on the world has become an issue in the wake of the most recent presidential election. People’s lives, reputations and even democracy itself can be endangered.

A cottage industry, some of which masks bigger players with malevolent agendas, is taking advantage of opportunities afforded by social media to mold public opinion.

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The Ocean Beach Holiday Parade – via the Lens of ACE

December 5, 2016 by Source
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Here – without commentary – are the wonderful photos of the OB Holiday Parade taken through the lens of ACE – Albert C Elliott. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the OB Pier – “50 Years of Cheer With the OB Pier” –

They’re not in any particular order – although one can certainly discern ACE’s preferences – surfing themes and old woodies and VWs.

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News of Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early December 2016

December 2, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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* Rancho’s to Re-Open in 6 Weeks

* Synthetic Turf Coming to Robb Field?
* Jensens looks on track to open for the holidays
* Former O’Bistro’s Will Not Be a Cowboy Bar Afterall
* House Fire on Newport Avenue Displaces Family of 4 and Pets
* OB House Produces Food and Energy
* Irish Relay Run Ends at The Harp on Sat.
* Point Loma Homes Open for Christmas Tours
* Pizza Port Family History
* Jungle Java Changes
* Local Surfboard Maker Pioneer in Upcycled Boards
* Point Loma Nazarene Takes Top Score in Academic Success

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Additional Volunteers Needed for the OB Holiday Parade

December 2, 2016 by Staff

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Organizers for the OB Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3rd (tomorrow) need additional volunteers to help with the parade.

Volunteers will need to show up at the OB Rec Center at 2pm.

Volunteers are needed :

  • Barricade Brigade volunteers (as many as possible) – Shift 2pm to 4:30pm (can then go to watch the parade)
  • Staging Area – help parade floats into their staging areas – 2pm to 6pm
    (if you are on a float- you can help out in your staging area and then proceed on your float!)
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Hate Crime in Liberty Station

December 2, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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There was a hate crime committed in Liberty Station last weekend – Saturday morning, Nov. 26th. It happened at the New Americans Museum when someone vandalized two of the museum’s signs out in a public hallway with anti-immigration slurs written in black marker. It occurred during the day while the museum was open. “Go back to your country,” was part of the hate message – the rest was so bad that the media didn’t disclose it. It has now been removed.

San Diego Police have begun an investigation and the FBI were notified. Staff at the museum are re-thinking their surveillance systems, as currently they’re only in the galleries area. Executive Director Linda Sotelo, told local NBC :

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Thank You Readers and Supporters for Making the OB Rag Funding Campaign a Success

December 1, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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Just about two weeks ago, the OB Rag began our Fall fund-raising campaign. Our goal: $2,000 – we knew it was a lot to shoot for, but … hey … a goal is a goal, right? Well, OB came through – our friends, readers and supporters – all sent us a hearty thanks with their […]

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Poll Results: What Are You Going to Do Now that Trump is President-Elect?

December 1, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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The OB Rag ran a poll for over a week recently, querying readers with What Are You Going to Do Now that Trump is President-Elect? The poll was similar to one we ran before the election in mid-September asking the same basic question. In this poll, one hundred eleven readers responded. As we all are aware by now that our country and city are divided on Mr. Trump, the poll results reflected those divisions.

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Trump Reneging on His Campaign Promises to Voters

December 1, 2016 by John Lawrence

His Supporters Have Been Snookered!

By John Lawrence

Trump Reneging In a 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl, Trump back pedaled on his major campaign promises and a lot else. When asked what his sit-down with President Obama was like he replied,

“I found him [President Obama] to be terrific. I found him to be– very smart and very nice.Great sense of humor, as much as you can have a sense of humor talking about tough subjects, but we were talking about some pretty tough subjects.”

So no more questions about his legitimacy to be President? No more wondering whether he was born in Kenya? I guess not now that he, Trump, is a member of the club.

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The Holidays Take Over Ocean Beach

December 1, 2016 by Staff
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The holidays have definitely taken over Ocean Beach, what with the arrival of Santa Thursday morning, all the way from the North Pole to visit the children of OB Elementary School.

The Christmas Tree at the foot of Newport is up – albeit a little shaky. There’s the hilarious auction, the Holiday Parade, the Craft Fairs, and the very important Food and Toy Drive.

Here’s more details of just what exactly is happening during the upcoming weeks.

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“The Year of the Pier with Holiday Cheer” – Celebrating 50 Years – 2016

November 29, 2016 by Staff

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From the OB Town Council –
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The Ocean Beach Town Council facilitates several local community events during the holiday season: the OB Holiday Parade; the OB Holiday Tree at the foot of Newport Avenue; the OB Holiday Craft Fairs; Restaurant Walk (with OBMA), the OB Holiday Auction, and the OB Food and Toy Drive.

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37th Annual OB Holiday Parade – Sat., Dec. 3rd – “The Year of the Pier”

November 29, 2016 by Staff

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The 37th Annual OB Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 5:05pm (OB time), and it will feature over 100 entries celebrating Ocean Beach’s unique vibe.

This year’s theme is “The Year of the Pier with Holiday Cheer – Celebrating 50 Years!”

The OB Town Council is one of the principle sponsors of the parade. Here is what they say on their website:

For over 30 years, our quaint little surfing village of Ocean Beach has hosted one of the best Holiday Parades in SoCal. On Saturday, December 3rd, Newport Avenue is lined with colorful OBceans and visitors all eagerly awaiting the big event to commence at 5:05pm.

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The Internet of Things: Asking for Trouble

November 29, 2016 by John Lawrence

A Hacker’s Wet Dream

By John Lawrence

Internet of ThingsHackers are licking their chops over the latest push by high tech corporations including San Diego’s Qualcomm to create an Internet of Things in which everything is hooked up to the internet: your refrigerator, your thermostat, your security system, your car.

It will be a hacker’s paradise. Already hackers have carried out a distributed denial of service (DDoS) taking Netflix, Twitter, Paypal and other major websites off the air. Hackers were able to direct an overwhelming amount of traffic to a company by the name of Dyn which acts as a switching hub for internet traffic.

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TinFoil Trump’s Twitter Temper Tantrum

November 28, 2016 by Doug Porter
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By Doug Porter

Based on the say-so of a conspiracy-mongering website that claims 9/11 was an inside job and the killing of children at Sandy Hook elementary school was staged with actors, the President-elect of the United States now says there were millions of illegal votes cast in the 2016 general election.

Donald Trump didn’t make this claim at a press conference flanked by attorneys ready to force states to throw out those votes; he made it on Twitter. And he didn’t make this claim based on any actual evidence at all.

He followed up this initial lie by naming California (along with New Hampshire and Virginia) as states with serious voter fraud. Again, the claim was made without evidence.

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Justice Can’t Wait – Rally and March Downtown San Diego – Tues. Nov. 29th

November 28, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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The Nov.29th Justice Can’t Wait rally and march in downtown San Diego is on for Tuesday, November 29th, from 5 pm to 7:30pm.

From one of several facebook pages on the event, we find:

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San Diego’s Unmet Housing Needs of 32,275 Units

November 28, 2016 by Source

Editor: The following is an opinion piece by the Rev. Richard Lawrence, a retired civil rights leader and an affordable housing advocate. It was first posted at San Diego Free Press

unmet housing needs in San DiegoBy Rev. Richard Lawrence

It is a huge mistake for the Union Tribune to throw rocks at the glass house in Sacramento, as it has recently done, while ignoring our local shrine of good government.

Somehow, the City of San Diego was able to dissolve the “State of Emergency due to a Severe Shortage of Affordable Housing” without having taken any substantial actions of any kind—most specifically ignoring the Affordable Housing Task Force (AHTF) Report of 2003.

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Robert Reich: The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda – “We’re Not Going Away”

November 28, 2016 by Source

By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org

Resistance Agenda Anti-Trump ProtestsTrump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse. Here’s the First 100 Day resistance agenda [with thanks to Alan Webber]:

1. Get Democrats in the Congress and across the country to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda. Prolong the process of approving choices, draw out hearings, stand up as sanctuary cities and states. Take a stand. Call your senator and your representative (phone calls are always better than writing).

2. March and demonstrate—in a coordinated, well-managed way. The “1 Million Women March” is already scheduled for the Inauguration —and will be executed with real skill.

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From Mission to Microchip: An Interview with California Labor Historian Fred Glass. Part 3

November 28, 2016 by Jim Miller

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It seems like a million years ago now, but back in my Labor Day column, I gave a shout out to Fred Glass’s seminal new labor history of California, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement. As Glass notes in his introduction, his history of working people in the Golden State is much broader than a narrow chronicle of unions:

California labor history doesn’t begin and end with union membership. Forming and maintaining unions is one part of a broader story, …

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The OB Rag’s Thanksgiving Appeal for Donations – Keep the Press Local and Free

November 22, 2016 by Staff

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Our Goal is $2,000 – We Now Need Another $600

Last Friday, Nov. 18, the OB Rag began a week of fund-raising, appealing to our readers and supporters to help us with our costs. With a goal is to raise $2,000 over the week, we now have reached $1405. We’re hoping to cover the remaining $600 this week.

Here’s why we need that much. Over the last 6 months, here is what we have spent from our shoe-string budget:

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