June 2009

Busby Bust Based on Bias?

June 30, 2009 by Doug Porter
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The internets are all atwitter over the last few days over reports that a fundraising event in Encinitas for Democratic Candidate Francine Busby was raided by San Diego Sheriffs on Saturday. Contrary to news reports claiming that two persons were arrested, seven attendees were at one point under arrest for heinous crimes including attempting to photograph the Sheriffs Officer as he sprayed the unruly crowd of middle aged Democrats with pepper spray.

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Sewer spill at Dog Beach ignored by OBceans

June 30, 2009 by Dave Gilbert
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MSNBC reported that a sewer spill has closed Dog Beach in OB. The spill, they reported, involved nearly 15,000 gallons and originated from the Adobe Falls area east of here.

Dave Gilbert checked it out this morning and found OBceans ignoring the stay-out signs. Here’s his report ….

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A Hot (Chili) Time in OB – The Winners!

June 29, 2009 by Staff
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By OB Rag Staffer

AND THE WINNERS ARE …. we have them!

It’s that time of year again when things really heat up in OB. It’s the Annual Chili Cookoff. …
The Chili Cookoff took place at the lawn on Abbott Street just south of the Lifeguard Tower. There were about 25 booths set up around the perimeter of the lawn.

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It Isn’t News When Mostly Good Things Happen at the OB Street Fair

June 29, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

Enough people to constitute a small city filled the streets of Ocean Beach this weekend for the 30th Annual OB Street Fair.

But it wasn’t newsworthy enough to merit coverage in our daily newspaper. Nada. Not a picture. Not a story.

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The Lot of the Street Fair Vendor in OB Enchanted Land

June 29, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

We drove into Ocean Beach for the Street Fair intending to take an outsider’s view. With the bumper-to-bumper traffic coming in on Sunset Cliffs and then on West Point Loma, with everybody on the sidewalks streaming south, it truly looked like OB was part of a theme park – OB Enchanted Land.

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Street Fair: OB sure knows how to party

June 29, 2009 by Mary E. Mann
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by Mary E Mann

Among the many things I can say about Ocean Beach, one is that this community sure knows how to get behind a party.

According to friends of mine, OB old-timers, this year’s Street Fair was tame. No longer are people allowed to drink openly in the streets, for one thing.

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How the West Was Won – how urban planning in Ocean Beach became democratic

June 29, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

Have you heard of the OB Planning Board? Meeting monthly, the Board is the official body – made up of local residents, property owners and businesses – that advises the City of San Diego on development and construction projects and issues slated for Ocean Beach. And it’s the closest thing to an elected body for OB. … MORE INSIDE …

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OB Rag’s Own Anna Daniels Makes the News

June 29, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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It’s one thing to wake up, drink coffee and turn to the daily fish-wrap, but it’s quite another to do that and see your fellow OB Rag bloggster on the goddamn front page of the Local News! But there she was – our own Anna Daniels – featured in an article about how hundreds of city employees are retiring to make the higher pension rates.

Here’s the front of today’s article from SignOnSanDiego … 608 workers retire to lock in benefits

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Free Speech in the Streets at the OB Fair

June 29, 2009 by Anna Daniels
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My beloved and I were headed into Artist Alley. It was slow going through the crowd back to the stage area. Richard grabbed my arm and said “check out the signs.”

He read out loud “Don’t Go to Hell” printed on one and then “Read Bible for Details” on another. “It gets better,” he added. “It seems that certain restrictions apply—check them out.”

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‘We all had a great time’ – musically speaking – at the OB Street Fair

June 28, 2009 by Dave Gilbert

by Dave Gilbert

I love the OB street fair! I look forward to it the way a kid looks forward to Christmas. Yesterday’s was certainly no exception. I got an early start and showed up around 10 a.m. because my plan was to catch both John Taffola’s set and Bart Mendoza’s band the Shambles set too, but the best laid plans…. I caught one song by the School of Rock, (Somebody to Love) before I headed to the ATM to procure some 20’s.

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More Photos! OB Street Fair 2009

June 28, 2009 by Staff

We’ve received more photos from our own Wireless Mike and another good friend of the Rag, R. Kacmar. Look for an upcoming article by Wireless Mike on the Chili Cook Off and check out other photos taken by R. Kacmar’s in Anna’s post, Trolley Tales, about the the trolley service to the Street Fair. Looking […]

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Trolley Tales – OB Street Fair 2009

June 28, 2009 by Anna Daniels

9:30 am. We arrived at the Sea World Drive parking lot shortly after Gary Gilmore had opened the gate-with bolt cutters. Gary says this has become an annual tradition. The gate is never opened by the City as planned and Gary has learned to never leave home on this day without the OBMA bolt cutters.

Two shiny Old Town Trolleys were waiting there …

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Vendorland at the Fair – Street Level

June 28, 2009 by Lane Tobias
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by Lane Tobias

Treated to a beautiful San Diego summer day, thousands of people flocked to OB to take part in the 30th incarnation of the Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival. …

As for the vendors, the very people who make this fair the bustling event that it is, it was obvious even before the crowds started showing up around 2:00pm who was going to have a good day.

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OB Street Fair: Da Bomb – Photos

June 28, 2009 by Staff

After the historic 30th annual OB Street Fair, the seaside beach community nurses its hangover from the day of partying.

It was a picture-perfect day for OB’s annual street festival, its Chili-Cook-off, the bands, the vendors, the food, the festivities and crowds.

Here’s the first crop of photos, taken by Doug Porter and Jeff Stone. We’ll be adding more as they come in!

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OB Street Fair: SHOW ME THE MONEY!!

June 27, 2009 by Gary Gilmore
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by Gary Gilmore

There’s more to our little Street Fair than chili, music, beer & good times.

What makes this whole extravaganza tick is money. That’s right, crass as it may seem, it’s money that makes the Street Fair go ‘round.

All 250 vendors (give or take a few) with their colorful booths, … had to fork over $365 bucks each …

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OB Makes the Union-Tribune (again) – One Year Ago

June 26, 2009 by Frank Gormlie

OB Rag Makes the Union-Tribune

Today – June 26, 2009: this was the original headline one year ago, posted on June 14, 2008. We thought we would run it again for some obvious reasons.

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Here’s the piece on O.B. that ran in Saturday’s U-T and we’re quoted …

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The First Ocean Beach Street Fair

June 26, 2009 by Source
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by Mike James

As co-chair of the first Street Fair, I must set the record straight. This year’s 30th Annual Street Fair is actually the 28th.

The first street fair which took place July 4th, 1982 and was an expansion of the Fireworks Festival which began in 1980 (hence the 30th anniversary).

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Ride the Trolley to the OB Street Fair

June 26, 2009 by Anna Daniels
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Why hassle with trying to find a parking space when you can be eating chili and groovin’ to the tunes this Saturday? If you are one of the 70,000 people anticipated to attend the fair, and if you are driving, you can park at two locations, take a trolley and leave the hassles to Larry, Curley and Bob. And it’s FREE!

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Some Like It Hot – Getting Ready for the OB Chili Cook Off

June 25, 2009 by Doug Porter
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As part of the OB Rag’s team coverage of the 30th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook Off, we’re presenting this little “warm up” for Saturday’s Chili Cook Off.

We’ll have our own correspondent “embedded” deep within this fierce competition.

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San Diego Protest Against State Cut-backs

June 24, 2009 by Gregg Robinson

by Gregg Robinson

Yesterday roughly 150 people showed up at the California State building on Front Street to demand rejection of Gov. Schwartzenegger’s draconian cuts to state services. Rally attendees heard speakers from religious, trade-union, and community groups speak out against the cuts.

With nearly one million children threatened …

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Jim Grant shares his sunsets

June 24, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Jim Grant is one of the best local photographers in the OB/ Point Loma area. He keeps sending us his shots of sunsets and other wonderful views – and we just have to share. Which one do you prefer?

If you have any beautiful – or not so beautiful photos of OB or Point Loma you’d like us to showcase, send them to us via email : obragblog@gmail.com

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Good-bye Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

June 24, 2009 by Source
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I worried, oh how I worried, when my favorite ice cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, was bought out in 2000.

Since I live in their home area, rumors were thick; the giant, Unilever, decided they couldn’t beat them, so they made Ben & Jerry’s join them. I heard from supermarket managers that they were up against losing shelf space, always hotly contested. Stock problems; premium ice cream losing sales; owners getting older.

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Let’s Get This Party Started! OB Rag Coverage of the 30th Annual Street Fair Starts Today

June 24, 2009 by Doug Porter
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All systems appear to be “go” for this weekend’s big bash. With a little luck, 70,000 people will drop in for some fun in OB this weekend. The organizing committee for the 30th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook Off had their final meeting Monday evening at the Ocean Beach Main Street Association offices on Bacon Street.

A couple of details that you need to know: …

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Protests in Iran an Inspiration for Apathetic, Apolitical Generation of Americans

June 23, 2009 by Lane Tobias

by Lane Tobias

As I have been following the election protests in Iran over the last week or so, I can’t help but feel inspired by the movement’s energy. Long a polarizing global political figure, Iran now has everyone fixated on the unrest in its streets.

For those of us who grew up only knowing Iran as an “evil” place with religious dictators who present death doctrines for anyone not supportive of the ruling regime, it has been an eye-opening experience seeing first-hand the cultural importance Iranians place on personal freedom.

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Back in the Days of Aquarius – The “Liberator” Rises in Ocean Beach

June 22, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

In 1966 the cultural revolution that was sweeping the country washed up on the shores of Ocean Beach. Somewhere in the mists of that long ago upheaval, OB resident Norman Lamssies began to print the Liberator, an underground newspaper.

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Rally to stop State budget cuts Tuesday June 23rd

June 22, 2009 by Gregg Robinson

People United Against Cuts is a local coalition formed to oppose the Governor’s recent “All Cuts” budget. The Governor’s proposed budget will have a catastrophic impact on children, seniors, people with disabilities, low income families, college students and HIV/AIDS patients. On June 23, 2009, we will hold a rally, march, and press conference in front […]

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Sunday June 21st: Protests continue to be held in Iran

June 21, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Protesters Rally, Bloggers and Journalists Arrested, Re-form Clerics Step Up Their Criticism of Government – 3 Days of Mourning Called for the Dead

Peaceful demonstrations on Sunday. Here’s alleged video from a blogger in Iran. CNN reported on Twitter: “Eyewitnesses: Thousands of riot police lining Tehran streets Sunday; marches taking place, but no violence reported.”

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The Great Graffiti Paint-Out

June 21, 2009 by Staff
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OCEAN BEACH, CA. Saturday, June 20th, was the first (for some) Great Graffiti Paint-out for Sunset Cliffs, marred by countless taggings. About twenty people showed up bright and early and proceeded to paint clean the entire stretch from Orchard north to the Pier. Special thanks go out to Ed Baer, Lou, and Jon Carr for making this happen. Cheers to you!

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Saturday’s News From Iran … continuous update : Iranian police use tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators … but they fight back

June 20, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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I am attempting to cover the situation in Iran this morning, Saturday, June 20th, using several live blogs – so you don’t have to. I’ll do this for the next couple of hours. The original plans of the opposition in Iran was to hold a rally at 4 pm their time. I’m referring to The New York Times’ The Lede, Huffington Post by Nico Pitney, and Andrew Sullivan of the Atlantic. My writings are in Pacific Daylight Time.

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The “Twitter Revolution” Meets the Tanks – Is Tehran facing a ‘Tiananmen Square Massacre’ – or an Iranian glasnost?

June 19, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

The next day in Iran is very critical. The country is at the breaking point. This morning in his prayer-speech, the chief cleric, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, came out swinging at the opposition movement that has been in the streets for the last week in support of their reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

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