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Reader Rant: The Mainstream Media and the Push for Endless War

July 3, 2015 by Jeff Stone
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By Jeff Stone

Why is the mainstream media only in hysterics over ISIS and the “terrorist threats” from Muslims? Could it be that they are being manipulated, or even directed by our government agencies?

Before you accuse this writer of paranoia realize that there are only six corporations that collectively control U.S. media today: Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. Together, the “big six” absolutely dominate news and entertainment in the United States. (The OB Rag is not on the list)

And in the not too distance past, the government was admittedly involved in influencing the mainstream media. You may, or may not, have heard of Operation Mockingbird.

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The “Mallow Out” Campaign for Ocean Beach Continues for July 4th

July 3, 2015 by Source
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OB Town Council: Thanks for Taking Pledge – and Asks for Volunteers for “Peace Patrol” and Day After Clean-Up

Editor: The following message from Gretchen Newsom, Chair of the OB Town Council, is all about the the continuation of the successful “Mallow Out” campaign for the second July 4th in OB in a row.

THANK YOU for taking the pledge to ‘Mallow Out!’ Your solidarity and support will help keep our streets, beaches, and ocean clean, enhance public safety, and help our local economy thrive.

Please invite your friends and neighbors to take the Mallow-Out pledge – (Come inside for the link)

Also, what made a BIG difference last year was all the community volunteers that cleaned up marshmallows immediately after the fireworks, i.e. not waiting until the next morning.

If you are able and available, please join our ‘Peace Patrol’ on the 4th of July. …

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Ignored by Comic-Con, Barrio Logan Creates Its Own Chicano-Con

July 2, 2015 by Brent Beltran

chicanoconBy Brent E. Beltrán

Barrio Logan, located less than a mile from the convention center, has been mostly left out of Comic-Con over the years. Comic-Con International recently bought a building at 16th and National in Barrio Logan. Yet no official events are scheduled to take place here.

There’s not even a shuttle bus stop yet there will be Comic-Con buses running every twenty minutes down Cesar Chavez Parkway heading towards the freeway. And there will also be countless attendees using this community as a parking lot to escape the outrageous parking fees.

Yet no official activities take place here. No outreach has been done to incorporate a low income, mostly Latino community impacted every year by Comic-Con. And that is unfortunate.

We love comics and the popular arts as well. We’re even known for our art. Yet, Comic-Con ignores us.

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After Over 30 Years, OB Planning Board Changes Its Logo Due to Request From Originator

July 1, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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For over 30 years (we believe) the Ocean Beach Planning Board has sported its logo on agendas, letterhead, fliers and other documents.

The logo has the famous OB seagull with the “OB” with the planning board’s name below.

But now, the current Board – run by a bunch of upstarts apparently – has changed the logo into a symbolic “OB” with a parrot. My goodness! A seagull for a parrot. What’s next for OB? Veggie tacos instead of fish tacos? (JK guys, really.)

How could they change it after all these years? you may ask yourself.

But wait, they had a good reason it turns out.

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Murrieta, the Town Without Pity, Remembered One Year Later Today – July 1st

July 1, 2015 by Doug Porter

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Editor: As we repost an excerpt of Doug Porter’s column at SDFP, he and another San Diego Free Press editor, Anna Daniels, are on their way up to Murrieta, “the town without pity”. Stay tuned for an update.

By Doug Porter

Latino and Human Rights activists are returning to Murrieta, California on July 1st to commemorate the anniversary of a historic confrontation that laid bare the racism in Southern California for the world to see.

It was one year ago self-styled patriots, acting on rumors and innuendo, blockaded busloads of refugee women and children from Central America on their way to a Border Patrol processing center.

The angry anti-immigrant protesters, seen on TV news across the country chanting of “Go home!’ and “We don’t want you!,” were tacitly encouraged by local authorities. (It was the local police who actually stopped the buses)

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Protecting Mauna Kea: “We Are Satisfied With The Stones”

July 1, 2015 by Source

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By Will Falk / San Diego Free Press

The pohaku stopped the Thirty Meter Telescope construction last Wednesday. They began appearing on the Mauna Kea Access Road like raindrops. First, they were sprinkled lightly underfoot. A small rock here. A larger one there. The cops cussed and swore as they tried to remove them from the path of their seemingly unstoppable paddy wagons.

As the cops ascended, washing over the lines of Mauna Kea Protectors standing in their way, small piles grew into a drizzle of stones formed in the gathering fog. Then, the pohaku became a downpour. Looking up the road half-a-mile, I saw heavy boulders standing up, marching to meet us, making it impossible for the TMT construction crews and their police escort to climb any higher.

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Is Ocean Beach Number 3 in Vacation Rentals for San Diego? Boasts Meet City’s Strict Law

June 30, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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There’s a new vacation rental property management company out there that’s boasting that with 12,000 short term vacation rentals, “San Diego is rapidly becoming the fastest growing market in the country.”

And it also claims that of the top 5 key regions in the San Diego area, Ocean Beach is number 3 in terms of potential earnings from property owners turning their units into short term rentals.

The company Pillow just announced that it is officially launching in San Diego, and it has a nifty graphic that shows that short term rental fees from OB make the community the third top community in the San Diego region.The breakdown: La Jolla, Pacific Beach, then OB, then San Diego generally, and fifth is Coronado.

The company is all about enticing homeowners to rent out their digs and has held several workshops around town. It’s already established itself in several other cities. Pillow

Wow! OB is number 3!

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People Watching at the OB Street Fair – a Photo Gallery

June 29, 2015 by Source
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Here is Albert C Elliott’s black & white photo gallery on people watching at the Ocean Beach Street Fair 2015.

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Summer Chronicles #2: That Music You Are Hearing is the Grateful Dead

June 29, 2015 by Jim Miller

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Gary Snyder is a courage teacher. His fine new book of poems, This Present Moment, is a meditation on wonder and impermanence. In it, for instance, we learn to value our laptops –

“Because whole worlds of writing can be boldly laid out and then highlighted/and vanish in the flash at ‘delete,’/so it teaches of impermanence and pain.”

And it’s true, the miracle of creation that comes out of “a formless face/which is our Original Face,” but as soon as the words are formed the self who made them is no longer there.

Still there is beauty, and moments of grace are there to be found and cherished in “the morning and night coming together,” the “glacier scrapes across the bedrock,” and “the deep dense woods.” You just need to follow “the shining way of the wild” and “hang in, work it out, watch for the moment.”

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Getting Into the Spirit of OB Street Fairs – Looking Back at the Street Fair of 2009

June 24, 2015 by Staff
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We’re getting into the swing of things like street fairs and chili cook-offs. In an effort to get into the spirit of this weekend’s OB Street Fair of 2015, we decided to conjure up the spirits of a Street Fair of yesteryear, the 2009 annual OB festival down Newport.

Six years ago, the OB Rag – in conjunction with the OB Mainstreet Association, published a series of articles about different aspects of the yearly tradition, giving extensive coverage to the musicians, the street vendors, the trolley, the chili cook-off, and where all the money came from and went.

Plus some history – was the OB Street Fair of 2009 the 30th as was officially claimed or was it the 28th as one of the founders of the tradition claimed?

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Protecting Mauna Kea: This Is a War

June 23, 2015 by Source

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By Will Falk / San Diego Free Press

Sitting outside the 10 by 20 foot makeshift tent that has served as my home for the last 34 days on Mauna Kea, I watch the tent poles shudder to the concussion of US Army howitzer cannons firing live shells at their training grounds below. When the wind blows just right, from the south, the rattle of automatic rifle fire reaches the occupation. There’s no denying it: A war rages in Hawai’i.

It’s a war on native peoples, a war on women, a war on the land, a war on life itself. The war did not start in Hawai’i. …

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Take Part in OB Rag Poll: What kind of device do you use to view the OB Rag?

June 18, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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We’re running a poll to see what kind of device our readers use most when they view the OB Rag.

Is it a personal computer or some kind of a mobile device?

We ran a poll last week on the exact same question, but began wondering whether some of our friends who read on certain mobile devices could access or even see the poll.

So, please – help us out and take part in this. Come on in ….

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OB Historical Society Presents: “San Diego Legends” – Thurs., June 18

June 17, 2015 by Source

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The Clinton Playbook: Taylorism on the Campaign Trial

June 15, 2015 by Jim Miller

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By Jim Miller

One of the more interesting pieces amidst the glut of ridiculously early pre-primary news stories floating around the Internet and social media was Ruby Cramer’s largely laudatory profile of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook.

Wonder boy Mook, the story tells us, is all about “a ‘new kind of organizing’” that was “going to change politics.”

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Vacation Rentals in San Diego

June 12, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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By Frank Gormlie

Besides the Chargers stadium, there is no other hotter issue these days in San Diego than that of the issue of vacation rentals. And this is particularly true in the beach and coastal communities of San Diego, like OB, Pacific Beach, Mission Bay.

It is an issue that hits close to home and is a personal one for many San Diegans. A good friend of mine just got married up in the Bay Area. He and his wedding party of 5 found a nice, roomy house in Berkeley with such a nice backyard that they held their ceremony there. They had found the place on Airbnb after another real bed and breakfast had cancelled on them at the last moment.

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News from Around Ocean Beach and the Peninsula

June 8, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Woman’s Body Found Near OB Pier Identified

Longest Living Cat Dies in OB

OB Woman Outraged by What She Found on Firefighters’ Website – Which Had Been Hacked

SeaWorld and Its Supporters Play Dirty

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An OB Activist’s Calendar for June

June 4, 2015 by Staff
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June 20th Saturday 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. International Surfing Day Veteran’s Plaza at the end of Newport Ave ( From 6 – 8 Surfrider Foundation with FM 94.9

June 26th Friday 7:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. Critical Mass Balboa Park at the Big Fountain

June 27th – SaturdayThe 36th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival 4800 – 5000 blocks of Newport Ave; @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm –

…. And there’s more ….

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Birds of Paradise Art Show at Te Mana Cafe

June 3, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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For the remainder of June, local beach artist Micaela Porte is displaying her recent works – Birds of Paradise – at Te Mana Cafe in Ocean Beach, over at 4956 Voltaire Street.

The show has been running since the end of April. They’re open daily until 6 pm, closed Wednesdays.

Micaela told us that acrylic paint, some old canvases and bird of paradise heads from one of her neighbor’s yard inspired a binge of colorful paintings of bird of paradise flowers – which all harmonize with the aloha theme at the Te Mana garden cafe.

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Open Letter to San Diego U-T on Ad Circulars – and Their Response

June 3, 2015 by Source
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Editor: Here below is the letter to the San Diego Union-Tribune from Mary Tolena – one of our own OB activists on the newspaper’s ad circulars – the subject of the last OB Town Council meeting. Mary is writing to Robert York and Mr. Ficarra, the paper’s reps at the meeting; below Mary’s letter is York’s response.
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Dear Mr. York and Mr. Ficarra:
…after listening to you at the meeting, I have a lot of optimism about the future of the U-T in San Diego. I came away believing that the U-T of today is not the entity we were fighting when we started this Stop The Litter campaign in early April.

… I was even more delighted when I looked out my window today and saw a man and his son/grandson/nephew walking our sidewalks, checking addresses on a clipboard,

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NSA Collection of American Phone Records Ends – Thanks to Edward Snowden

June 1, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Halt to Records Collection Probably Temporary As Senate Expected to Pass Reform Measure

By Frank Gormlie

As of today – June 1st – the National Security Agency is no longer legally allowed to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk. The NSA massive collection of telephone records ended at 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, right after the Senate failed to pass a measure to extend the controversial program, part of the Patriot Act.

And Americans can thank Edward Snowden for it. Snowden was the one who heroically revealed the massive surveillance program to the American public and is now sitting in Russia for his punishment.

The halt to the phone coverage, however, is probably only temporary, as the Senate is expected to okay a House-passed reform bill targeting the NSA’s surveillance program. Even if it passed, it would still take a couple of days for it to start up.

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Ocean Beach and Point Loma News – Early June 2015

June 1, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Editor: Just about every week, we publish an roundup of sorts of recent news from OB, Point Loma, the Peninsula, the Midway District, Mission Bay and, at times, other beach areas – along with updates on issues and notices of community events. Here’s the latest from over the last week or so:

Another Stabbing in OB

There was another stabbing in Ocean Beach, in the alley of the 4900 block of Newport Ave. It occurred Tuesday night, May 25th. Community Relations Officer David Surwilo reported the incident at the recent OB Town Council meeting. This time the stabbing came down when one of the workers of a business told a homeless guy he couldn’t stay on a couch that he had occupied. The guy stabbed the employee a couple of times and fled. The worker was taken to a hospital – and probably already released, Surwilo said on the 26th.

COME INSIDE FOR MORE ……….

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Ocean Beach Town Council Seeks Compromise With San Diego U-T Over Their Ad Circulars

May 29, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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The OB Town Council, led by its president Gretchen Newsom, sought to find a compromise at their meeting on Wednesday over the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s mass distribution of the newspaper’s ad circulars throughout the community.

There’s been a small movement in OB of late to get the plastic-bagged circulars banned from Ocean Beach – due in large part to the willy-nilly way it which they’re distributed – where many end up in gutters, in streets and on sidewalks- and then in trash cans.

Supporters of the ban, led by OB resident Mary Tolena, had galvanized the Town Council to hold a debate …

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Winners of the “OB Exposed!” Photo Contest

May 28, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Here are the winning photos from the 2015 “OB Exposed!” photo contest held every year by the Ocean Beach Historical Society. The photos are on display at the OB Business Center, 4876 Santa Monica Avenue.

(Taking photos of the winning photos hung up on display was kind of iffy to begin with, as the lights created a sheen on some of them and the gentle breeze prevented a still-life, so please excuse the

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The Greek Tragedy: A Labyrinth of Debt

May 28, 2015 by John Lawrence
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By John Lawrence

How to figure out the ongoing crisis that is Greece? What exactly is going on there? As per usual it’s another chapter in the strange saga that involves Wall Street’s stranglehold over the world economy.

What happened to Greece is similar to what happened to American mortgage holders after they were encouraged to go in over their collective heads borrowing more money than they could reasonably expect to be in a position to pay back. Greece did the same.

Will Greece default soon? Will they stay in the Eurozone or be ejected out of it? These questions have been hanging in the air for what seems like an interminably long time.

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What’s Next for the “New” San Diego Union-Tribune?

May 27, 2015 by Doug Porter
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By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Tuesday, May 26th was the day when the reality of the Tribune Company’s acquisition of San Diego’s daily newspaper became apparent for many who work there. The rest of us are going to have to wait for a while to see how things shake out. [Ed. made minor changes.]

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Union-Tribune Ad Circulars Up for Debate at Wednesday’s Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting

May 27, 2015 by Matthew Wood
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By Matthew Wood

A healthy debate is expected at tonight’s Ocean Beach Town Council meeting regarding the San Diego Union-Tribune’s practice of distributing their “Local Community Values” advertising circulars.

“I’ve been picking these things up from in front of my house and getting annoyed about it for a long time,” said OB resident Mary Tolena, who will present a case to the council to have the Union-Tribune end its practice of tossing out hundreds of the plastic-wrapped circulars in the neighborhood each week.

She says the advertisements are supposed to be targeted to subscribers, but instead they are sent out willy nilly and end up sitting on neighborhood sidewalks and in yards, creating a nuisance.

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OB Town Council Meets Tonight, Wed., May 27th

May 27, 2015 by Staff

The regular monthly public meeting of the OB Town Council is being held tonight, Wed., May 27th. It will be at the Masonic Center, at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, and begins at 7pm.

The featured speakers include concerned citizens who have asked the OBTC to consider a resolution on “U-T San Diego Local Community Values” advertising circulars that are wrapped in plastic bags and thrown onto the sidewalks, gutters, and streets of Ocean Beach every Friday.

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History Undone by 60 Minutes

May 26, 2015 by Source

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Last Sunday (May 17) on 60 Minutes, Scott Pelley summoned every hormone and nanoparticle in his body to reach that sweet spot where his voice can sound like a god’s and said:

“Time is the enemy of history.”

Say what? I mean… What?

At the end of a certain amount of time, say 60 minutes, history ceases to exist? Time wins and history loses? Does history end when Scott Pelley runs out of time?

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New Street Lights (with Cell Phone Antennas) for Ocean Beach

May 22, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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OB is getting a bunch of new, modern street lights. And to top it off, they have cell phone antennas inside them. How great is that!

Ran into a work crew from Perry’s Electric yesterday on Newport Avenue. They were finishing up with the cementing of the base for a new light right in front of Cheswick’s. The new light has the antenna inside the pole itself. Their trucks and equipment took up a good portion of the block. But they were fast.

I spoke to the foreman of the crew, who told me that they’re installing 7 new lights from Sunset Cliffs to Newport.

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OB Exposed! Tonight, Friday, May 22

May 22, 2015 by Source

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