Environment

What’s Going On With “Tiny’s Tavern” in Ocean Beach?

April 17, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Customers and passersby are beginning to notice. “Tiny’s Tavern” – a venerable watering hole and small grill on Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach – is closed and its doors are locked. What’s going on?

As close observers of the local scene as well as our readers may recall, Tiny of Tiny’s Tavern had an agreement with People’s Food Co-op Market.

The property on which his business rested was sold to People’s and Tiny had an agreement with them to continue to operate his tavern for one year – then he was going to retire to Hawaii with his proceeds. And the market was going to use the property as part of their expansion.

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10,000 Square Feet of Ocean Beach – Half Block From Beach – Sold for $1.32 Million

April 16, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Big Question: Will New Owners Keep 97-Year-Old Cottages or Is Another Huge Condo Complex Coming In?

9 Units and Empty Lot on 5100 Block of Muir Sold

A 3-lot piece of Ocean Beach – totaling nearly 10,000 square feet – a half block from the beach on the 5100 block of Muir – has just been sold for $1,325,000.

The 3 lots on the last block of Muir Avenue, 5137, 5141 and 5153 – an empty lot – include 7 buildings, occupying a total of 9,943 square feet (448-043-21, 22 and 23). Overall, the property consists of 8 one-bedroom units plus one studio:

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St Peter’s by the Sea in South OB Throws “Open House” Party – April 18

April 16, 2015 by Source
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“All are welcome”

St. Peter’s by the Sea
1371 Sunset Cliffs Blvd

Saturday, April 18, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

By Lois Lane

The construction that has fascinated and puzzled passers-by to St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church has come to an end. The church is inviting the community to see the spectacular update at an Open House on Saturday, April 18, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

For everyone who watches the construction going on and never sees the final product, this is chance to view a meaningful change to a site that effectively combines old and new.

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Legal Complaint Filed against Civic San Diego in Superior Court

April 16, 2015 by Source

Plaintiffs seek community benefits and oversight of public funds

accountabilityEditor: Yesterday, April 15, our online partner, the San Diego Free Press, published a copy of the news release on the legal complaint just recently filed against Civic San Diego in Superior Court by the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council and Dr. Murtaza Baxamusa, a CivicSD Boardmember. We are – as SDFP did – providing their news release and a link to the complete filing below without analysis at this time.

SAN DIEGO, CA – A legal complaint was filed April 10th in the San Diego Superior Court against Civic San Diego (CivicSD) and the City of San Diego

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The History of Famosa Slough – Thursday, April 16th

April 15, 2015 by Source

Famosa SloughHistorical Society Presents Jim Peugh

Come one, come all – out to the next OB Historical Society presentation – this one on the history of Famosa Slough – the body of water just next to northeast Ocean Beach along the San Diego River.

Jim Peugh – chair of the board of directors of the Friends of Famosa Slough – will be giving the presentation about its history. It was once an ice age coastal canyon, and it once was on the City’s chopping block to be sold off to developers.

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Newport News and Other Things of Ocean Beach

April 15, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Occasionally our wandering reporter jots down what’s new – or not new – on Newport Avenue – the commercial center of Ocean Beach. Here’s what we found on a quiet Tuesday, the 14th of April.

BBQ House to Open Expansion by July 4th

The owners and staff at OB’s famous BBQ House are set to open their expansion by July 4th.

A Plea to Not Give Money to the “Homeless by Choice”

Pasted on the glass windows of a number of businesses along Newport, was a flier pleading for people to not give any money to “travelers”

Merchants Ready to Hire – Signs of Good Times

There were two storefronts advertising that they need help and want to hire. One was at “miss match” and the other at Margarita’s.

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Going All in for $15 Today! All Day Coverage by San Diego Free Press

April 15, 2015 by Staff

good jobs fair wagesSan Diego Free Press editor Doug Porter – from the OB Rag’s online media partner – will be spending the day at the locations listed below.

Doug will be tweeting throughout the day, so check our twitter feed at the San Diego Free Press.

Here’s the list of times and locations for protests on Wednesday:

7 am – Fast Food Worker Strike: 2345 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA
8:30 am – Fast Food Worker Strike: 2829 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA
11 am – Security Officer Event:750 B Street San Diego, CA
Noon – State Workers Event: 1350 Front St, San Diego, CA

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There’s Too Many Stabbings in Ocean Beach of Late

April 14, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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4 People Stabbed in 3 Weeks

By our count, there has been at least three stabbing incidents of late in Ocean Beach – and that’s three too many! 3 incidents in which at least 4 people were stabbed.

No. 1: There was the stabbing as a result of a fight between some homeless people late Saturday, March 22nd. The fight had taken place it appears in Saratoga Park. The suspect was arrested, according to Community Relations Officer David Surwilo, and the victim was fined.

No. 2: A second stabbing took place also recently

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Civic San Diego – ‘like a hole in the head’

April 13, 2015 by Source
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By Norma Damashek

We need it like a loch im kopf. A hole in the head. It’s what people in the old days would say about a bad situation. It’s what I say about Civic San Diego –the reincarnation of our former downtown redevelopment agency.

We need Civic San Diego like a hole in the head. It’s time to get rid of it.

A quick backtrack: It’s been three years since redevelopment agencies throughout California were terminated and instructed to wind down their uncompleted redevelopment projects and make good on their financial obligations. Other cities complied by doing the job in-house, under public supervision.

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OB Planners’ Project Review Committee: Del Mar Demolition and Condo Again Up for Review

April 13, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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The Project Review Committee of the OB Planning Board meets this Wednesday, April 15th. The Review committee is a sub-committee of the full Board and does an initial review of all projects before they go before the Board. The committee meets at 6pm at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

It’s one main agenda item is to review an application for Coastal Development Permit for a demolition and construction project on the 4900 block of Del Mar Avenue. The project at 4939 – 4941 Del Mar Avenue would demolish 3 existing structures and replace them with a 3-unit residential condominium with subterranean garage.

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Lawsuits Filed Against San Diego and One Paseo Project Developer

April 9, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Suits Contend Project’s Environmental Impact Report Flawed

Two lawsuits were filed on April 8th in efforts to halt the controversial One Paseo Project. In the first, three community groups sued the City of San Diego over the flawed environmental impact report (EIR).

The second suit was filed by the owner of Del Mar Highlands Town Center against the City and Kilroy Realty Corporation, the project’s developer. It also challenges the validity of the EIR prepared for the development. Both suits contend that the vote of approval of the project was based on an EIR that was not adequate.

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The Best Front Yard Fence in Ocean Beach

April 9, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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This has gotta be the best front yard fence in all of OB. Take a gander of what the residents of this Pescadero Street house did with their fence.

This is in the vicinity of the 4800 block.

So, are you bored with your front yard fence?

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City Council Votes to Sign Controversial Belmont Park Lease

April 8, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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By a vote of 7 to 2 on Monday, April 6, the San Diego City Council approved the controversial amended lease agreement for Belmont Park. With only Sherri Lightner of District 1 and David Alvarez of District 8 voting against it, the approved lease covers the long-term operation and maintenance of Belmont Park, Plunge pool, and Giant Dipper, the wooden roller coaster.

District 2’s Lori Zapf voted for it and then later made this statement: …

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Ocean Beach Planners Blast Councilwoman Zapf for Her Vote for One Paseo

April 8, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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In a letter to Councilwoman Lori Zapf, the OB Planning Board blasted her for her vote to approve the controversial project One Paseo slated for Carmel Valley. In the letter approved at the Board’s recent April 1st meeting, the Board expressed that it is “extremely disappointed” by her vote.

The letter – dated April 1 – also cites that a number of local planning groups voted to deny the project – a project that was approved by a majority of the Council, and that it “does not meet the requirement of City and local community plans.”

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Extreme Weather Watch: March 2015

April 8, 2015 by John Lawrence

Extreme Weather WatchBy John Lawrence

Vanuatu is a small island in the Pacific that was effectively wiped out by a Category 5 cyclone. It is emblematic of the plight of small islands at the mercy of global warming.

On March 17, Cyclone Pam swept through the Pacific island nation, an archipelago of over 200 islands located in the South Pacific and home to approximately 270,000 people. Packing winds of up to 155 miles per hour, the cyclone caused widespread devastation.

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Californians Won’t Take the Drought Seriously Until Government Takes the Drought Seriously With These 5 Measures

April 7, 2015 by Frank Gormlie

Californians want immediate action from their government

The citizens of California will not take the drought seriously until they see that their government is taking the drought seriously. Until government at all levels – from the state to the smallest township – shows Californians that it is enacting measures to immediately deal with the drought – now in its 4th year – people in this state won’t face up to the drought themselves.

And until government enacts these 5 measures – at a minimum – , government is not taking the drought seriously: …

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What Does “One Paseo” Have to Do With Ocean Beach?

April 6, 2015 by Source
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OB Planning Board Takes a Stand Against Carmel Valley Project

By Lois Lane

On Wednesday, April 1, the Ocean Beach Planning Board had a somewhat mystifying item on the agenda when the opposition to One Paseo, a Carmel Valley project, requested a slot. One Paseo lies in the Northern reaches of the City of San Diego, not quite to Del Mar, at Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. This project was described by Jeff Powers as the largest mixed used project in California without public transit – 608 units.

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More on “OB’s Coolest House”

April 6, 2015 by Staff
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany readers liked our “OB”s coolest house” shot – a house almost at surf line on Pescadero that we ran last week.

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California’s Drought of Ideas: Why Jerry Brown’s Executive Order Misses the Mark

April 6, 2015 by Jim Miller

texas-farm-droughtBy Jim Miller

California’s epic drought has finally made its way to the front page. Last week, Jerry Brown signed an executive order mandating the first-ever water restrictions in our state.

At the press conference announcing the move Brown observed that, “People should realize we are in a new era. The idea of your nice little green lawn getting watered every day, those days are past.”

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Know Your Ocean Beach Planning Board Member

April 3, 2015 by Source
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By Lois Lane

Each area of Ocean Beach has two Ocean Beach Planning Board members to represent them to the City of San Diego. These are your elected officials, even if you didn’t vote in the Planning Board election.

Because people may be appointed who live in another district (as a result of a vacancy), some reps move from one district to another. For example, Andrew Waltz represented District 1, but was recently elected to District 4.

Newly elected are Blake Herrschaft in District 3, Andrew Waltz in District 4, and Tom Gawronski in District 6. Yes, there are still some vacancies.

Here are your reps:

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This Land Is Our Land? Not If Republicans Have Their Way

April 3, 2015 by Source

By Joan McCarter / Daily Kos

Vermillion Cliffs, NM

One of the 43 amendments passed by Senate Republicans in Thursday’s (3/26/15) vote-a-rama was a sop to extremist state legislatures in the west who have been pushing states’ rights bills that would allow the states to sell off the federal public lands within their borders. That’s right, congressional Republicans—federal representatives—want to allow states to seize and sell off the nation’s heritage.

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Court: Navy Sonar Training Injures Whales, Dolphins and Other Sea Animals

April 2, 2015 by Source
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by Big Island Now Staff

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service wrongly approved U.S. Navy training exercises in the Pacific Ocean that would cause widespread harm to whales, dolphins, other marine mammals, and endangered sea turtles.

The Navy’s planned exercises involved the use of explosives, sonar, and vessel strikes over a five-year period, causing an estimated 9.6 million instances of harm to ocean mammals and other marine life.

It was concluded that the training exercises would impact millions of marine animals with injury, death, and disrupted essential habits like mating, rest, and communication.

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Is It True that California Only Has One More Year of Water Left?

April 2, 2015 by Source
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Editor: Back in March, NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti wrote an op-ed piece published in the LA Times, and the paper entitled it “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” Is that really true?

By Andrew Freedman / Mashable / April 2, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown announced his state’s first-ever mandatory statewide water restrictions on Wednesday, seeking to curb water use by at least 25%.

While the governor cited a record low snowpack and below average reservoirs in the midst of a four-year drought as the reasons for the move, one particular scientist’s actions may have had something to do with the restrictions.

Climate researcher Jay Famiglietti has pioneered the use of a NASA satellite system to track changes in water use worldwide. His studies have shown that the Central Valley region of California, which is one of the most productive regions for growing fruits and vegetables in the U.S., is sinking by up to a foot a year as farmers tap underground aquifers in an increasingly desperate search for irrigation water.

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The Coolest House in All of Ocean Beach

April 2, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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This has gotta be the coolest house in all of OB.

There’s no other house like it. Not along the cliffs like this.

It’s at the end of Pescadera Street and has been there for decades, in various states of repairs. Now, it looks habitable.

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SeaWorld Steals a Page from the Scientology Playbook

April 2, 2015 by Doug Porter

…And Meanwhile Easter Sunday SeaWorld Protest Gains Momentum

Pink Protest Poster

By Doug Porter

A book tour by a former SeaWorld trainer critical of the company’s treatment of Orcas has led to the theme park releasing a five year old cell phone video depicting the author using racial slurs during a drunken conversation.

Critics of SeaWorld are saying this action is just another example of …

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Video From 1990: Why Some People Don’t Like Ocean Beach

April 1, 2015 by Source

Here is a must see! It’s a 1990 video about Ocean Beach, just discovered in Paul Avery’s VHS archives. It’s all about why some people don’t like OB. It also contains wonderful – yet grainy – video footage from the summer of 1970 battle against the jetty that the city wanted to build.

The vid also displays some of the attitudes which you, dear reader, will find currently expressed in today’s social media about OB.

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Nuclear Shutdown News – March Edition

March 31, 2015 by Michael Steinberg
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By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry, and highlights efforts of those who are democratically working to bring about a renewable energy future. As nuclear plants in the US are approaching or surpassing their 40 year operating life, their ability to operate properly and safely lessens, creating more and more problems across the nation.

Here’s our March report:

Diablo Canyon – Last Nuke Plant in California

On February 20 a Federal Court of Appeals in Washington DC rejected an attempt by Pacific Gas & Electric and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to quash a lawsuit filed by environmental group Friends Of the Earth (FOE). According to FOE, the suit alleges that the “NRC illegally allowed PG&E to alter Diablo Canyon’s nuclear plant license.” …

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Peninsula Planners Win Appeal of Carleton Row Homes

March 31, 2015 by Source
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Election Results and Debate Over the Controversial One Paseo Project

By Tony de Garate / Special to the OB Rag

The agenda at the monthly March meeting of the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) called for matters of neighborhood importance: a house remodel gone haywire on Plum Street and a plan to renovate a bridge on Voltaire Street.

But not long after the meeting was gaveled to order, accusations were flying, and heads in the audience were spinning — all because of a project nowhere near Point Loma – more on that later. But first …

PCPB wins Carleton Row Homes appeal

Board members reveled in their successful appeal of Carleton Row Homes, four residential units at 3015-21 Carleton St. in Roseville, earlier in the day.

Rejecting the recommendation of its own staff, the San Diego Planning Commission voted 5-1 to deny a “map waiver” request to classify the units as condos.

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Ocean Beach Planners Agenda for Wed., April 1 – New Officers, a South OB Crosswalk and the One Paseo Project

March 31, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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The OB Planning Board will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday night, April 1st, over at the OB Rec Center. The Center is located at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue and the meeting starts sharply at 6pm.

The Board needs to certify its recent election, elect new officers and review an update on the “Crosswalk Project”. And there will be a “forum” on the very controversial One Paseo Project.

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OB’s Avalanche Hosts Middle School Scholastic Surfers

March 31, 2015 by Source
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By Brian J. Brady

It was a gorgeous March day, in Ocean Beach, for the Scholastic Surf Series this past Sunday at the locally-well know surf spot – Avalanche. About 60 middle school-aged, boys and girls, competed in in the long board, short board, and body board categories.

Oceanside, Waldorf in San Diego, Calavera Hills in Carlsbad, Muirlands in La Jolla, St. James and Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach, Pacific Beach, and Imperial Beach were represented.

Waves were shoulder to head high most of the day and most of the middle school surfers took their qualifying waves in the white water while some of the more aggressive surfers paddled out to the break.

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