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Earth Day at the OB Town Council

April 24, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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It was “Earth Day” at the OB Town Council’s meeting, last Wednesday, April 22nd, or I should say ‘Earth Night’, as it was fairly late in the evening by time the main agenda item – presentations by environmental advocates – came around before the unusually-sparse crowd.

When it came time for the presentations, Vice-chair Gio Ingolia announced that neither of the city reps, Robert Anthony and David Adkins with the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department who were to give a presentation on water conservation and drought response, could show. (Perhaps they were out getting ready for the rain?)

That left Roger Kube of the Surfrider Foundation to give the main talk, and he did a fine job. Kube – an OBcean and former president of the local Surfrider chapter – explained some, of the local organization’s main environmental issues.

First up is the development of a waste water, recycling program for potable water, Roger iterated. Surfrider Foundation has been advocating for this for 15 years, he said. San Diego receives a waiver every 5 years to not upgrade its waste treatment plant in Point Loma, and Surfrider has been lobbying the EPA to not grant the waivers.

Now, current plans for recycling will result in San Diego recycling wastewater to drinking water, so that in 20 years, 40% of our potable water will come from recycled water.

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Barrio Bits: Placas, Chicano Park Day and Barrio Art Crawl

April 24, 2015 by Brent Beltran

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Locally raised writer’s play makes SD debut tonight through Saturday
Last week I posted an extended two part interview with Doris Duke Artist Paul S. Flores where we discussed his roots in San Diego, his experiences as a college student at UCSD and SFSU, the formation of Los Delicados and his play PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo (among other cool stuff, go read them here and here.). About the play he said:

“I was commissioned by the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-SF) and the San Francisco International Arts Festival to write a play humanizing Central American communities impacted by violence and stereotyped as violent, gangbanging, murderous people. So I interviewed over 100 folks going through tattoo removal, or connected to the tattoo removal procedure including therapists family members, police, intervention workers, healers.

placassdI did interviews in San Francisco, Los Angeles and El Salvador looking at the origins of the transnational gang phenomenal between Central America and California. Studying how and why they were having their tattoos removed gave me an insight into some of the reasons of even why you join in the first place.

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Around the Ocean Beach Village – News and Notices

April 23, 2015 by Staff
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8 Units on 4900 Block of Del Mar Sells for $2.3 Mil

No Money for Old OB Libraries or Old Lifeguard Stations

New Budget Does Include Money for OB Fire Station Expansion and More Hours at Rec Center

New Wine Storefront on Newport to Teach Village About Wine-Making

Motorists Killed in Wrong-Way Crash Are Identified

Creek to Bay Clean-Up – Sat. April 25 - an Historic 106 Sites

Presentation on Medical Marijuana Regulation in California – Sunday, April 26

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Mission Valley Watch

April 21, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Somebody needs to be watching Mission Valley – the long congested corridor that is literally the heart of San Diego. And certainly, it’s not the City of San Diego that is watching Mission Valley – or rather watching out for it. And certainly, it’s not the major mainstream media in this town either that are watching Mission Valley – with one HUGE exception: the nearly-exclusive and obsessive focus on the Qualcomm Stadium site.

Yet Mission Valley certainly does need to be watched because the construction projects that are being built and are in the pipeline to being built in the next few years will quite double – or even triple – the current population of the Valley of 20,000 San Diegans. The projects will double the number of housing units that are already there. The problem with this is …

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U-T San Diego’s “Ways to Conquer Drought” Protects the Big Guys

April 20, 2015 by Frank Gormlie

U-T SD Drought 4-19-15In a huge spread in it’s “SD In Depth” section of the Sunday paper on April 19th, the U-T San Diego announced its “Five Ways to Conquer Drought” in large headlines. This drought relief was accompanied by shorter op-ed pieces and a decent map of “Our Water Infrastructure”.

Yet, after a perusal of all 4 newspaper-sized pages devoted to the drought and water, there was not one word about “fracking” – not one word – in fact, neither “fracking” nor big oil were even mentioned in any of the articles. The U-T has ignored the threats posed by fracking and is trying to turn us away from this horrible destruction, a threat posed …

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Gov. Brown with his water hogging buddies – Mr. Big Oil and Mr. Agro Business.

April 20, 2015 by Source
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Junco’s Jabs by Junco Canche

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Taxes and Inequality in California: Who Pays a Bigger Share?

April 20, 2015 by Jim Miller

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Last week was Tax Day and with it came the annual ritual of bemoaning our ever-rising taxes and complaining about the endless growth of big government.

Indeed just a few days after Tax Day, I gave a talk at a local college on the history of income inequality and workers’ struggles in which I made a comparison between the stark odds workers face today in the Fight for $15 with the similarly steep hill they faced 100 years ago before the rise of the American Labor Movement and the reforms that came with the New Deal.

As is usually the case, however, a few folks in the audience just could not get their heads around the idea that it was not all government’s fault.

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California water restrictions must include Nestlé, Big Ag and Big Oil!

April 20, 2015 by Source

by Dan Bacher

CA orders water restrictions

The mainstream media, state officials and corporate “environmental” groups have for years tried to portray California as the “green” leader of the nation.

In reality, California suffers from some of the greatest environmental degradation of any state in the nation, since corporate agribusiness, the oil industry and other big money interests control the majority of the state’s politicians and exert inordinate influence over the state’s environmental policies.

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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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The Volunteers of the San Salvador

April 13, 2015 by Judi Curry
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Editor: The launch of the San Salvador, the replica of Cabrillo’s ship being built alongside Point Loma, – originally scheduled for mid-April – as been postponed. Here, our Judi Curry continues her focus on the many volunteers who helped to build the ship. Cabrillo himself and what he and the Missionaries wrought here in San Diego is still controversial and the subject of a debate on our website.

By Judi Curry

Last year I did a story of the women volunteers working on the San Salvador. If you are not familiar with the San Salvador, it was the flagship of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 when he sailed into San Diego Bay. Cabrillo, who sailed from Portugal, was the first European to explore San Diego Bay and the coast of California.

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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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Chicano Leader Takes “U-T San Diego” to Task for Negative Reporting of Chicano Community

April 8, 2015 by Source
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Open Letter By Herman Baca – President of Committee on Chicano Rights

April 8, 2015

As the Chicano community and the Chicano Park Steering Committee (CPSC) prepares to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of historic Chicano Park, Ms. Tommie Camarillo, Chairperson of the CPSC, and longtime Chicana activist has raised issues of the U-T’s historical negative reporting of the Chicano community.

Ms. Camarillo responded to a 3-29-15 U-T article on Barrio Logan and accused the U-T reporter of not doing his homework, research and history on Barrio Logan.

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

April 6, 2015 by Jim Miller

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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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17 Things to Know Before Dating a Girl From California

April 3, 2015 by Source
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Psst: Don’t call it Cali.

By Laura Beck / Cosmopolitan

Yes, the rules are a little different based on your exact location — California is a large and varied state — but these are some things that are true for all of us.

1. We don’t get seasonal moodiness. Because there are no seasons! Want to hit the beach in October? Great! That’s the perfect time to do it in San Francisco! (Just don’t forget a jacket, mittens, a scarf, and your wooliest hat.) (And maybe some rain boots, depending on the fog situation.)

2. Like, all the songs are written about us. All of them. Whether you’re Katy Perry, Too Short, or the Beach Boys, you’ve probably got a

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The quest for justice for the 43 Mexican students continues

April 3, 2015 by Source

Video: The San Diego March for Ayotzinapa

By Horacio Jones / San Diego Free Press

ayotizinapa march san diego March_2015When I heard that the families of the “normalistas” were coming to San Diego I was keen to do a story on their caravan. Ever since I heard about the kidnappings I felt compelled to do whatever I could to support their cause against the “narcos” and the Mexican government.

I feel that the only way things will change in Mexico is through the grassroots efforts of people like these who are tired and disgusted with the current state of Mexican politics.

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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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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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The Great California Genocide

March 31, 2015 by Staff
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Originally published on August 15, 2008

What do you think of when someone says “California”? Beaches? Sunshine? Hollywood?

How about the largest act of genocide in American history?

“The idea, strange as it may appear, never occurred to them (the Indians) that they were suffering for the great cause of civilization, which, in the natural course of things, must exterminate Indians.”
– Special Agent J. Ross Browne, Indian Affairs

California was one of the last areas of the New World to be colonized.

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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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News from OB and Around the Point

March 25, 2015 by Staff
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Stabbing In Saratoga Park Saturday Night A young, unidentified man was stabbed Saturday night, March 21,

New City Planner for OB Community Plan – Rumored to Go Before Coastal in August Ocean Beach has a new planner from the city

When is the OB People’s Organic Food Co-op’s Election? There will be an election for the Board of Directors for the organic market on Voltaire Street.

VOSD in OB The online publication the Voice of San Diego is planning on taking over the Masonic Center

Beers & Bikes Wheel in OB and Point LomaBikes & Beers will literally wheel into Ocean Beach, Mission Bay on March 28, as the 2nd annual

City Council Approves $750,000 to Restore Crystal PierThe City Council unanimously voted to finish a $1.2 million dollar restoration project

AND MORE, COME INSIDE ….

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California Drought Legislation Must Target Agribusiness and Big Oil

March 23, 2015 by Source

By Dan Bacher

Photo of person drinking glass of water that has been contaminated by Big Oil's toxic wasteGovernor Jerry Brown and lawmakers touted the introduction of drought legislation in the Legislature on March 19, while leaders of environmental and corporate watchdog groups urged Brown to put real limits on the “most egregious” water users – corporate agribusiness and big oil companies – to really address the drought.

Brown joined Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin to unveil legislation that they claimed will “help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought.”

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The Public Education Reporting Charade

March 23, 2015 by Jim Miller

What if it turned out that education reform, with its teacher-blaming assumptions, got it all wrong in the first place?

By Jim Miller

war on educationRecently, with “California’s Public Education Charade,” UT-San Diego shocked no one by publishing yet another anti-union, teacher-bashing editorial that attacks California’s “dominant Democratic Party” for believing that “what’s good for the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers is good for California. And what’s good for students, who cares?”

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Police Shooting of Dog in Pacific Beach Leads to Petition Calling for Better Animal Training for Cops

March 20, 2015 by Staff
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The recent fatal shooting of a “Burberry”, a dog in Pacific Beach by San Diego police officers on Sunday, March 15th has led to an outcry against current police practices in dealing with pet animals. Thousands of San Diegans and people elsewhere have signed the petition demanding changes for better animal training for law enforcement in San Diego and elsewhere after Anderson’s pit bull was killed.

Addressed to Mayor Faulconer, at this writing, nearly 18,000 people have “liked” the “Justice for Burberry” facebook page, and nearly 22,600 have signed the petition at Change.org .

Video of Incident Inside

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San Diego Finally Allows 1st “Legal” Pot Shop 19 Years After California Voters Passed Measure

March 20, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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The City of San Diego has finally allowed the opening of the City’s very first medical marijuana dispensary. (NBC7 )

This opening of the first “legal” pot shop in San Diego comes 19 years after California voters passed Prop 215, making medical marijuana legal.

And the County of San Diego has only allowed one dispensary to open to date – a storefront opened last summer in an unincorporated area outside El Cajon.

The shameful history of nearly 2 decades for both the City and County of San Diego that viewed together initiated delays, stalls, and outright resistance to the spirit of Prop 215, stands in deep contrast to the wishes of the state’s voters.

On this issue at least, the implementation of the medical marijuana law, our local governments have been very undemocratic as they have quite openly stymied what the voters, the people, wanted.

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What It’s Like to Own and Run a Flourishing Marijuana Dispensary

March 20, 2015 by Source

Marijuana-Dispensary-Near-Woodland-HillsNorthern California owner: It’s “quite different from the view from the outside looking in.”

By David McCullick / Alternet

The view I have from behind the counter of my Medical Marijuana (MMJ) dispensary—the Sonoma Patient Group in Santa Rosa, California–is quite different from the view from the outside looking in.

Many law enforcement types, city and county elders, and much of the general public have a very pre-conceived notion of what it is we do, how we do it and who we do it for.

If you are not privy to what actually happens in a dispensary, you might be inclined to believe what you read and hear from those that do not visit them, …

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A Housing Market Divided

March 19, 2015 by Source

Deregulation won’t solve California’s seemingly intractable affordable housing crisis on its own.

content_California-housing-affordability-vs-USBy David Dayen / Capital & Main

Housing markets get discussed in the media mostly through the channel of prices. Rising prices are considered good for the economy. They can connote increased sales, which would lead to more construction and real estate-related jobs. They also give homeowners more equity in their homes, and the consequent “wealth effect” – studies show personal spending jumps when people perceive an increase in their wealth – can benefit the economy.

But there’s a darker side to rising home prices. They harm affordability, particularly for first-time homebuyers.

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‘OB Time’ in Borrego Springs: Desert Flowers, Hawks, Caterpillars and ‘Sky Art’

March 13, 2015 by Source
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By the Old OB Hippie

It’s OB Time again. Tagging along with the OB Rag crew on their Borrego Springs R & R sojourn, your old OB hippie discovered some amazing things about our own San Diego desert backyard.

The desert flowers are blooming! After recent rains in the desert, everything is going green and bonkers.

But that’s not all. We were lucky to enjoy the arrival of hundreds of Swainson Hawks, to witness thousands of Sphinx Moth caterpillars, and to appreciate the “Sky Art” of ancient dinosaurs and other animals that once roamed the grassy plains of this area millions of years ago.

Yes, the big news from Borrego is that the flowers are blooming. The storms that blew through OB and the rest of San Diego County over the last couple of weeks also hit the desert and the mountains. Julian, for instance, got 2 and half inches of rain in one day.

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Peninsula Planners Hold Candidate Forum for Upcoming March 19 Election

March 13, 2015 by Source
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The Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) held its annual Candidate Forum on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the Pt. Loma Library. Their elections will be held on Thursday, March 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. also at the library.

As with the Ocean Beach Community Planning Board, the PCPB holds a Candidate Forum a few weeks before the annual March election to give the community an opportunity to meet the people running for the open seats and ask questions. And, as with OB’s forum and as happens with the PCPB every year, the event was sparsely attended.

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