A Higher Calling for Downtown San Diego’s East Village

December 1, 2015 by Source

East Village Sunset

By Bill Adams / UrbDeZine

I read an op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune that made me want to stand on top of a downtown high-rise and scream . . . YES!!!

The opinion piece was entitled “A higher and better use for downtown,” and was written by Wayne Raffesberger and co-authored by Rob Quigley, Jack Carpenter, Pete Garcia and David Malmuth – individuals who have exceptional knowledge of downtown San Diego’s East Village neighborhood and a promising vision for its future.*

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Nothing or Everything Changes After Paris

November 30, 2015 by Jim Miller

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There has been much to be dismayed about in the wake of the horrible Paris (and Beirut) attacks, from the carnage itself to the ugly xenophobia it aroused in American politics to the sheer stupidity of the eternal return of the same that is the bipartisan hegemony on foreign policy.

The answer for everything is always an eye for an eye until the whole world is blind with little to no intelligent reflection on the blunders that got us here—that might mean a fundamental rethinking of our role in the world rather than yet another knee-jerk response.

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OB Rag Poll: Majority Supports Police Cameras in OB But Sizable Minority Oppose Them

November 27, 2015 by Frank Gormlie

Ocean Beach is definitely split over the issue of police surveillance cameras being installed along OB’s waterfront in the next few weeks.

The OB Rag ran a poll on the issue – actually two polls – one for OBceans and another for visitors – for a week. In the unscientific survey of our readers, a large majority in each poll favored the cameras.

But sizable minorities oppose the cameras.

In the first poll among OBceans, two-thirds favored the cameras while a third was opposed. With a total of 183 participants, 67.76% or 124 votes said they support them, while 32.24% or 59 votes opposed them.

It was closer in the second poll for visitors to OB. With 86 readers taking part, 59.3% ( 51 votes ) favored the cameras and 40.7% ( 35 votes ) did not.

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Ocean Beach Restaurant Rave: Jake & Eggs

November 27, 2015 by Source
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By Geoff Page

Before I get into my review of OB’s newest breakfast joint, I have to admit two things. I am a breakfast guy, breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out, and I know the young people who have created Jake & Eggs and I like them. So, biases confessed, let me tell you about the new place.

Jake & Eggs is located on the west side of Sunset Cliffs bordering the alley a half block south of Narragansett. The Olive Tree market anchors the little commercial cluster at the north end. For those of you who have discovered Sundara and its excellent Indian cuisine, Jake & Eggs is in the same spot on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a Sundara connection because Jake is one of the chefs at Sundara, which, for me, was a great recommendation for this new place.

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Petition Against Police Cameras in Ocean Beach

November 27, 2015 by Source
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Here is the Petition in Opposition to Police Surveillance Cameras in Ocean Beach, sponsored by the OB Citizens Against Privacy Abuse.

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Sen Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism: Let Us Finish What FDR and MLK Started

November 27, 2015 by Source

The following are the prepared remarks for a speech given by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at Georgetown University on Thursday, November 19th, 2015.


In his inaugural remarks in January 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt looked out at the nation and this is what he saw.

He saw tens of millions of its citizens denied the basic necessities of life.

He saw millions of families trying to live on incomes so meager that the pall of family disaster hung over them day by day.

He saw millions denied education, recreation, and the opportunity to better their lot and the lot of their children.

He saw millions lacking the means to buy the products they needed and by their poverty and lack of disposable income denying employment to many other millions.

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OB Town Council Needs 100 Volunteers for Holiday Parade

November 27, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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One Hundred Volunteers Are Needed for OB Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 5th

Submit Application by November 30th

The Ocean Beach Town Council is seeking the help of 100 responsible persons who would like to volunteer and help ensure that the 36th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade is a successful and wonderful event for our community.

The Holiday Parade occurs on Saturday, December 5, 2015, and it cannot occur without the dedicated support of our volunteers.

The Parade starts at 5:05 pm (OB Time). All participating volunteers will need to report in to the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave, Ocean Beach, at 2:00pm sharp on Saturday, December 5th and check in with the OBTC Volunteer Coordinators.

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Why Aren’t Seniors Getting a Raise This Year?

November 25, 2015 by John Lawrence

CEOs Got a Pay Increase Last Year But No COLA for Social Security Recipients

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The Social Security Administration announced that senior citizens would get no increase in their monthly checks because there wasn’t any inflation last year as measured by the increase in paychecks for urban and clerical workers.

Yes, those workers didn’t make any more money, but CEOs certainly did.

Why don’t they gear their index to the increase in paychecks for CEOs? That was a whopping 3.9%. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (the only Senators who stand up for We the People) are introducing legislation that would give seniors the same increase that CEOs got last year. It has a snowball’s chance in Hell of passing, but they get A for effort.

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Laffing it Up

November 25, 2015 by Ernie McCray

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My mother used to say “Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying,” and when I think back on our days of second-class citizenship she sure wasn’t lying.

The other day Maria and I gave in to that old adage as we laughed about this and that, whiling the time away during her stay in a little two-bed hospital room at Scripps Mercy, worrying about what the doctor might say.

We started laughing ourselves silly listening to a woman’s (Maria’s roommate) emotional and animated conversation in Cantonese, with all the rhythmic inflections and rapidly changing nuances intertwined.

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Anti-Muslim Bigotry in San Diego; Trump’s Racist Rampage Continues

November 25, 2015 by Doug Porter

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By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

A female Muslim student at San Diego State University was assaulted on campus last week. An unknown male, believed to be a SDSU student, pushed her and pulled her by her hijab while making hate comments and threats based on her religious appearance.

An unidentified pregnant woman, dressed in a traditional Muslim headscarf and pushing her child in a stroller in Mission Valley, was stopped by an unidentified man making racially charged threats. He went so far as to push her stroller back into her.

Those are just the most recent two of the 170 reported threats against Muslims in San Diego this year, according to officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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Why SeaWorld Can’t Build a Hotel at its Location on Mission Bay

November 24, 2015 by Frank Gormlie

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By Frank Gormlie

Coming off its trouncing over the last 2 years because of the Orca circuses, SeaWorld has announced that it now plans on building a hotel and resort at its location on the southern rim of Mission Bay. Its hope is that declining attendances and revenues will be halted with a branded hotel right there on its site with its aquatic theme.

Yet, there is trouble afoot for these plans. SeaWorld needs to re-appraise the project, for the last time a major hotel was planned for that area of Mission Bay – it ended in disaster. In the early 1980s, Ramada wanted to build a resort – and the city had given the go-ahead.

But when it came time to begin construction, it was uncovered that a toxic landfill sat beneath all that sand. The old Mission Bay Landfill.

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Excerpts From Sunshine/Noir II: Excavating San Diego Noir — A Jumping-Off Place

November 24, 2015 by Jim Miller

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By Jim Miller

In Mike Davis’s seminal discussion of noir in City of Quartz he defines the genre as “a fantastic convergence of American ‘tough-guy’ realism, Weimar expressionism, and existentialized Marxism—all focused on unmasking a ‘bright, guilty place.’”

Born in the minds of the “Depression-crazed middle classes” of southern California, the “nightmare anti-myth of noir” trafficked in alienation and a distrust of the morality of capitalism. More specifically, Davis notes how “noir everywhere insinuated contempt for a depraved business culture while it ….”

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New Private Security Patrol Alarms OBceans

November 23, 2015 by Source
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By Daniel

Though not widely discussed, the presence of a new security force in Ocean Beach has some OBceans alarmed.

National Public Safety has been retained by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association to “keep Ocean Beach family-friendly by enhancing public safety in specific geographical locations” … this after the OBMA dumped Elite Services USA (the red shirts) for general ineffectiveness.

As a security force, neither outfit has much leeway to effect actual change in terms of cleaning up the streets. Security guards in California are private citizens, and have no powers of arrest beyond that of any other private citizen and they’ve no power to temporarily detain anyone [editor: although they can make “citizen’s arrest” and detain someone until police arrive – much like super-market security can do].

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San Diego’s Hidden Homeless

November 23, 2015 by Source

Homeless women and children undercounted and underserved.

By Jeeni Criscenzo / San Diego Free Press

homeless kidsIt looks like the issue of homelessness will be getting some airtime during the 2016 election season in San Diego. That should be good news for anyone who is deeply concerned about homelessness in the region. Problem is that some candidates might use the issue to put forth solutions, without taking the time to understand the problem.

By feeding the electorate with misinformation that plays into their eagerness for a quick and easy fix to the city’s growing homeless situation, they will not only fail to solve the problem, they will exacerbate it.

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Are Police Surveillance Cameras for OB’s Waterfront “a Done Deal”?

November 19, 2015 by Frank Gormlie

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Are the police cameras proposed for OB’s waterfront “a done deal”? That’s a big question facing the community of Ocean Beach these days.

Lorie Zapf’s office wants you to think so. The councilwoman wants those ten surveillance cameras planned to be set up between the OB Pier and Dog Beach. For Lorie and her staff, it is “a done deal”. From all appearances, it looks like Zapf’s office is putting itself on the line on this issue, and strikes a very uncompromising stance on the cameras. “It’s a done deal.”

For the cops, it’s “a done deal”.

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Survey of San Diego Neighborhoods With Highest Crimes by Zip Code – Ocean Beach Is Only No. 13th

November 19, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Our local CBS station, Channel 8, just did a survey of neighborhoods of the County of San Diego with the highest overall crime numbers within the last six months. The news station did this by zip code.

We took their numbers, and after adjusting them to allow just City of San Diego neighborhoods, we found that the neighborhood of Ocean Beach – zip code 92107 – was the neighborhood with the 13th highest crime numbers. During the last 6 months, according to the survey, OB had 856 over-all.

But OB was bested by twelve other neighborhoods with higher numbers of crimes.

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“Convergence” Transformative at Cabrillo Light House

November 18, 2015 by Source
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By Eric Nielsen / blogsandiego

The Convergence show at Cabrillo National Monument was a huge success. It was fabulously put on by Ship in the Woods. It was spiritual and mystical. It was full of great people and objects. It breathed with the ocean and the cliffs. It melted into the serene and transformative power of the location.

It was site specific art at its best and if you missed it, you missed the night of the year. I couldn’t even see all of it and I couldn’t stay for the music. I really wanted to see Perry Vazquez and Pall Jenkins play in front of glass walls that looked out onto the ocean, the bay, downtown and Tijuana. But, I didn’t even need to see all the art or hear all the music to feel the presence of the ocean, the stars and night time sky serving as the backdrop to the creationist visions of local artists.

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San Diego, We Have a Use of Deadly Force Problem

November 18, 2015 by Doug Porter

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Editor: The following commentary by our colleague Doug Porter on the over-use of deadly force by San Diego area law enforcement was originally posted a week ago at SDFP, but it is as relevant today as last week.

By Doug Porter /San Diego Free Press

It should surprise no one that County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis called a press conference [November 9th] announcing that charges will not be filed against the San Diego Police officer who shot and killed Fridoon Rawshan Nehad in the Midway District last April.

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Thank you! Thank you! Funding Goal for New Server Exceeded

November 18, 2015 by Staff

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UPDATE: Since this posting yesterday, Wed., we have received an additional $70 – which puts up close to $600!

The OB Rag wants to thank the many folks who donated to our cause to replace our server – as our funding goal of $400 has been surpassed.

In the 5 days since we started our fundraising on Friday the 13th, we have raised over $500 – and are calling it off. Many of the donations were via PayPal – and were from $10 to $50. And several old friends and supporters also stepped up.

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Old Dominos on Voltaire Demolished and Lot Readied for “Upper Voltaire” Project

November 17, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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28 Two and Three-Story TownHouses Coming Will Add to Traffic Congestion

There’s been some changes to what’s called “upper Voltaire” – that stretch of Voltaire Street east of Ocean Beach, up on the hill and that flows down across Catalina Boulevard and onward across its bridge over Nimitz.

The old Dominos Pizza building (you may remember it as the surf shop) has been demolished and removed. There has been some general clearing of that lot.

And next door, the former coffee house cottage is also undergoing an interesting switcharoo. The former java joint is being turned into an off-site kitchen for the OB Noodle House. Wow – more expansion for one of OB’s most favorite restaurants.

But the main thing that is going on is that the one-acre triangular-shaped lot …

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Can Our Children Learn to Study War No More from Mice?

November 17, 2015 by Ernie McCray

Mural of two young girls writing "PLEASE NO MORE WAR" "LOVE" on a wall (Photo: txindoki/Flickr/cc)

By Ernie McCray

As we opened our hearts, this past Veteran’s Day, to our nation’s warriors with hearty “Thank you for your service” like cliches, alongside heaping praise on them for being strong heroic and brave – I kept thinking of two young men I met a little over a decade ago.

They were among the first to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

I met them at career fairs at their schools, while I was sitting at a table letting kids know that they …

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OB Rag Needs to Make the Server Switch – Still Need $225

November 16, 2015 by Frank Gormlie

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Patty tells me that the OB Rag has to make the server switch this week and no later than next weekend.

Our call for help has been fruitful – as we have raised $175 just since Friday.

We need another $225 and must ask our readers and supporters for additional help.

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Elizabeth Warren Calls for Us to Sign Her Petition for Social Security COLA Increase

November 16, 2015 by Source
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Editor: Senator Elizabeth Warren has started a petition to get Congress to pass a Cost of Living increase for Social Security recipients. As of right now there is no annual increase coming – and this is only the 3rd time in the last 40 years that there hasn’t been a COLA increase for those who received Social Security.

Here’s Elizabeth Warren’s call:

On January 1, for just the third time since 1975, seniors who receive Social Security won’t be getting an annual cost-of-living increase. Neither will millions of other Americans whose veterans’ benefits, disability benefits, and other monthly payments are pegged to Social Security.

Will you join me in calling on my fellow members of Congress to give seniors and veterans the raise they deserve?

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Only you can stop the surveillance cameras in OB!

November 16, 2015 by Source
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Hey Kids! Download or print this graphic and staple it to your favorite bulletin board or telephone pole.

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Is It Time to Put Down the Bacon?

November 16, 2015 by Source
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Processed meat may cause cancer, but your personal risk is probably low.

By Jill Richardson / OtherWords

By now you’ve probably heard the sobering news: Red meat may cause cancer. And bacon and other popular processed meats definitely do, the World Health Organization says.

Does that mean we all need to quit eating processed meats — no pun intended — cold turkey?

For nutrition-obsessed dorks like me, this pronouncement wasn’t news: Bacon’s been suspect for decades. Yet I still occasionally eat the stuff, and I have a weakness for a particular variety of overpriced salami sold at Whole Foods. (It’s great for camping trips, because it stays good outside the fridge.)

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Ocean Beach in 1969: “Hippies Move To Ease Tension in Ocean Beach”

November 13, 2015 by Source
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San Diego Free Press – March 1969

Hippies Move To Ease Tension in Ocean Beach

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Relations between Ocean Beach Hippies and the San Diego Police Dept. continue to deteriorate according to Ocean Beach residents.

Police patrolmen have apparently shifted their tactics from Field Interrogation type harassment to outright threats and intimidation. Officer McLean told a gathering of youths in front of the In-Between on Newport Ave –

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OB’s Very First Winery Has “Soft” Opening

November 13, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Gianni Buonomo Winery Opens Its Doors

The very first winery in Ocean Beach had its “soft” opening on November 10th during OB’s Restaurant Walk. The Gianni Buonomo winery – at 4836 Newport Avenue – opened its doors to the few passing by and invited them in for a taste.

I visited vintner Keith Rolle a few days before the opening at his new location and was given a tour of the place. Keith told me he has a “zoning affidavit” that allows wine manufacture on site – which he’ll do for only about 10 days a year max, he said. He’ll get his grapes from 3 growers up in Washington state – connections he made while attending Enology College up there.

Customers will be able to come in and watch the manufacture, Keith added, plus, of course, take part in the tasting.

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No Pictures, No Action at the Ocean Beach CDC Meeting

November 13, 2015 by Source

Report of OB Community Development Corporation Meeting of Thursday, November 12

By Lois Lane

The OB CDC Board Meeting Agenda held at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center promised “Veterans Plaza Committee Report – Closed Session” and it was right. After some usual financial reviews, the President, Tom Perrotti, announced that the Board would take a five minute break and then enter a closed session meeting.

When asked why items related to the Veterans Plaza were not public, he replied “President’s Decision,” and left the room. When he returned after five minutes, he announced,

“We are a 501(c )3 that is not subject to the Brown Act.”

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Al Gore’s Global Day for Climate Action – Saturday November 14th

November 13, 2015 by Staff

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The San Diego Climate Mobilization Coalition invites you to join us at Al Gore’s Global Day for Climate Action!

It’s Saturday November 14th at Noon at the Federal Building on Broadway and Front Street, San Diego 92101.

In conjunction with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and leading up to the December Paris talks we will be calling on the U.S. Government to begin the national mobilization to make the transition off fossil fuel and on renewable energy!

We encourage organizations to have a contingent present for the rally. Artistic expression via signs, banners, costumes, street theatre is encouraged.

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OBserved No. 7

November 13, 2015 by Source
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By Terry Ratner

Photos as memory has a menacing side. Our own appearances and faces are now stored and saved in hundreds, thousands, of photographs: pictures made by ourselves or made by others.

Our faces are becoming not only unforgettable, but inescapable.

Photography is at the nerve center of our paradoxical memorial impulses.

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