April 2010

May Day in San Diego Call to Action: Rally and March

April 30, 2010 by Source

MAY 1st –
May Day in San Diego!
Primero de Mayo en San Diego
– call to action –
Llamada a la acción
LEGALIZATION FOR ALL – WITHOUT CONDITIONS
Legalización para todos, sin condiciones
JOBS, HOUSING & LIVABLE WAGES FOR ALL
Empleos y salarios decentes para todos
FUND EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES – NOT WAR
Dinero para educación y servicios sociales, no para guerra
IMMIGRATION RIGHTS FOR LGBT PARTNERS
Ningún ser humano es ilegal, ningún amor es ilegal
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11:00 Rally at Chicano Park
12:00 Human Chain and March to Federal Building
1:00 Rally at Federal Building
Downtown San Diego
880 Front ST

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OB Town Council Supports Keeping Fire Rings

April 29, 2010 by Staff
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Nearly a dozen residents who support keeping OB’s fire rings showed up at the Town Council’s regular meeting, Wednesday night, April 28th, and about half of them spoke up at the Masonic Temple meet before the very attentive Council on maintaining the community’s icons.

And even though the Town Council did not take a vote during the meeting, those members of the Council who spoke on the issue gave strong indications the Council would vote during their next meeting in support of the fire rings. About two years, the Council had passed a similar proposal in support of the pits.

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BREAKING NEWS: California Begins Construction of Border Fence Along Arizona Border

April 29, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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In response to the State of Arizona’s new immigration law, California volunteers have begun construction of a new border fence along the Colorado River.

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Save OB’s Few Remaining Fire Rings – Come to the Town Council Meeting Wed April 28th

April 28, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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Show the OB Town Council – and everybody else (like the Mayor) – that you want to save the fire rings of Ocean Beach. They’re on the agenda tonight, April 28th, of the Town Council.

They meet at 7 pm at the Masonic Temple, corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Santa Moncia Ave.

Mayor Sanders is threatening to begin removing all 185 of San Diego’s fire rings, including the remaining eight here in OB, beginning July 1. (We used to have 16 during the summer months.)

The City says the is no more funds to maintain them, that it costs $120,ooo to clean all the pits every week.

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Is Rep. Duncan Hunter Ignorant or Just Racist?

April 28, 2010 by Source
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Rep. Duncan Hunter backs deporting U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants

At a recent Tea Party meeting in Ramona, Rep Duncan Hunter stated that he supported the deportation of children born in the US to undocumented migrants. Is he racist or maybe he just doesn’t know what the Constitution states.

Section 1, Clause 1 of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution, states:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

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‘Stop the Budget Cuts’ Rally Takes Shape for May 8th

April 28, 2010 by Doug Porter
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If you think California’s budget crisis has somehow been resolved for this year just because there haven’t been many stories about it in the news media lately, think again.

And here’s the really bad part: those programs that weren’t axed in this year’s proposed budget for San Diego’s schools, will most likely be eliminated next year as the State careens towards a funding cliff caused by the cessation of stimulus funding. For San Diego Unified, that’s another $50 million whack that’s just around the corner.

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Solidarity Rally for Immigrants and Against Arizona – Photo Gallery

April 27, 2010 by Staff
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Dozens of people made it downtown on Monday, April 26th, to rally and parade in front of the Federal Building, to protest Arizona’s new immigration laws. Several OBceans made it to the rally in support.

These photos were taken by Michael Gomel for our viewing pleasure.

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Remembering a Jr. High Love Story

April 27, 2010 by Ernie McCray
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Back in 1951 my classmates and I at John Spring Jr. High, in Tucson, in our pure innocence, made desegregation work in our part of town.

It was all about love and without it, in heavy doses, many of us black kids wouldn’t have been able to bear the pain and awkwardness that came with the new era. See, there we were on the very first day singing “Hail to John Spring Jr. High” just a summer away from having, for years, sung our “hail to’s” to Paul Laurence Dunbar. At Dunbar Jr. High. Overnight Dunbar’s name was exited from our lives like a word being erased at the blackboard – as though there was no realization that this great poet with pen in hand had captured in his imagery the very essence of our struggles as a people, in black dialect, no less. This man was tied to our very psyche, our sense of self. We couldn’t understand why his name had to go.

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Reader Rave: “Thank you OB, California, and America”

April 26, 2010 by Source
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by anonymous OBcian

Often these days, we hear so many bad things about our country – the political tensions and the economy -, and we hear so many bad things about our state of California – how its going broke and the legislative stalemate -, and plus we hear so many negative things about our southwestern County – its conservatism and shyness in handing out benefits -, that we sometimes forget where we are.

Well, for one, I want to shout out: “Let’s hear it for the other side – let’s hear it for our country, our state, and yes, even for our county: “hip, hip, hurray, hip, hip, hurray!”

What the heck am I shouting about???

I’m shouting ‘hurray’ loud and clear for everyone to hear — for the safety and social nets of our county, state and country.

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Let’s play a game: Imagine if the Tea Parties were Black

April 26, 2010 by Source
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by Tim Wise

Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure – the ones who are driving the action – we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.

So let’s begin.

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition.

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County’s largest union settles fraud complaints – new elections to be held

April 24, 2010 by Source
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Editor: Our good friend and OB Rag supporter Monty Kroopkin was the nominee for president of Local 221 of the SEIU put up by a reform slate last summer. We interviewed him during the campaign, which the reformers lost. Allegations of fraud committed by the winners were raised by the reform activists. Now, they’ve won a round. Check out this update below.

by Eleanor Yang Su / San Diego Union-Tribune / April 22, 2010

The county’s largest union, the Service Employees International Union Local 221, reached a settlement this week over complaints about its election last summer, and will hold a new election under federal supervision before Sept. 30.

Members of the SEIU Local 221, which represents about 10,000 county employees and other public-sector workers, filed a complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor contending that the July 21 election illegally denied nearly 1,000 members the right to vote.

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You’ve got to be kidding… Brian Bilbray solves the immigration problem thanks to the shoes of the people

April 24, 2010 by Anna Daniels
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The Republicans have taken the bull by the horns on the immigration issue, proving yet again that they know how to produce b.s. and lots of it.

Arizona was not about to wait for President Obama to address this federal issue. Arizona wants to be as bad-ass as secessionist threatening Texas, although the Zonies themselves are smart enough to not want to actually spend time in Texas, preferring to use their get out of hell card to hang out on a California beach during the summer. Arizona’s approach to comprehensive immigration reform in all of its reducto ad absurdum is a mere two words- racial profiling. Keep it classy, Arizona!

Racial profiling is as American as apple pie and throughout the history of this great country of ours, …

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Arizona’s Immigration Bill is a Social and Racial Sin – Are We Ready for a Boycott of Arizona?

April 23, 2010 by Source
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by Jim Wallis / Christians for Immigration Reform /04-21-2010

I got up at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday to fly to Phoenix, Arizona, to speak at a press conference and rally at the State Capitol at the invitation of the state’s clergy and other leaders in the immigration reform movement. The harshest enforcement bill in the country against undocumented immigrants just passed the Arizona state House and Senate, and is only awaiting the signature of Governor Janet Brewer to become law.

Senate Bill 1070 would require law enforcement officials in the state of Arizona to investigate someone’s immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” that the person might be undocumented.

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Registrar of Voters and Republicans Accused of Mailing GOP Campaign Literature at Taxpayers’ Expense

April 23, 2010 by Source

The San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP) Wednesday named the County Registrar of Voters and the Republican Party as conspirators in a legal violation regarding postage subsidies.

The SDCDP plans to report the violation to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).

The SDCDP alleges that the County Registrar of Voters, at taxpayer expense, will insert partisan campaign literature into the official sample ballots mailed to Republican voters next month.

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You have to be kidding… Microchips, the DoD and YOUR private parts

April 23, 2010 by Anna Daniels
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by Anna Daniels

Obecians- you have participated in a polite conversation on this blog about the intrusion of government in your private lives recently. The Homeland Security cameras, the life guard towers, etc. Take note that the good citizens of Georgia have recently taken a much more pro-active approach to this issue. The Georgia House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would prohibit “requiring a person to be implanted with a microchip.” Violation of this law would be a misdemeanor.

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Climate talks in Bolivia: Capitalism vs. justice

April 22, 2010 by Source
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by Graham Land / Greenfudge.org / April 22, 2010

Bolivia has been hosting an international summit, named the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, in the city of Cochabamba. The talks began on the 19th and finish today.

From a report by the Environmental News Service:

More than 20,000 indigenous, environmental and civil society delegates from 129 countries were in attendance as President Morales welcomed them to the conference at a soccer stadium in the village of Tiquipaya on the outskirts of the city of Cochabamba.

The tone in Bolivia is decidedly political, with an emphasis on nature, poor and indigenous peoples and ‘climate justice’.

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Anniversary of the take-over of Chicano Park – April 22, 1970

April 22, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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Originally posted April 22, 2009

by Frank Gormlie

This was the day a new park was born, created out of the dirt of a Highway Patrol station. The people of Barrio Logan on this day seized land that was supposed to hold a CHP station. They made it into a park – Chicano Park – which today stands as an historic center for murals, art, Chicano and Mexican-American culture.

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In Search of the 420 Celebration in OB

April 21, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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Closing in on the 4th hour of the afternoon on April 20th (4/20), I grabbed my camera and note pad and headed for the beach. I was in search of the 420 celebration, hoping to catch OBceans partying for the holiday at 4:20 pm. I also hoped I would have more luck than other reporters searching for the same.

Easing my car into the lifeguard parking lot, I scanned the beach for a cannabis style floatopia or some such event. Yet, I saw only a couple here and there on the sand, enjoying the last rays of a sun about to be gobbled up by in-coming clouds. No mass gathering of youthful civil disobedients on this beach, flaunting johnny law to light up on this holiday.

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BREAKING NEWS: La Jolla Community Foundation steps up for La Jolla’s 7 fire pits

April 20, 2010 by Source
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Editor: This is great news. A non-profit in La Jolla has stepped up to sponsor that community’s seven fire pits. Hopefully, a local non-profit in OB could assist our neighborhood in sponsoring our eight fire pits. The issue for OB will be heard at the OB Town Council on April 28th.

By Dave Schwab / La Jolla Light / April 20, 2010

The La Jolla Community Foundation is willing to pay for beach fire pits in La Jolla if other donors and community foundations are willing to follow suit in their communities.

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The true meaning of ‘420’

April 20, 2010 by Source
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Originally posted April 20, 2009

Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, routinely plays with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, now touring as The Dead. He’s just finished a Dead show in Washington, D.C. and gets a pop quiz from the Huffington Post.

Where does 420 come from?

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OB Flashes – News, Calendar, Whatever – 4/20

April 20, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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* Rumor: Locals Plan to Celebrate Herb Holiday on 4/20

* French Students Stuck in San Diego Due to Iceland Volcano Find OB Their “Favorite” Place Because of “the funny people there”

* Truesdail Posthumously-Produced- CD Release Party at Portugalia April 29th

* OB Town Council Plans Community Clean-Up on April 24th

* Fund-Raising Cross-Country Rollerbladers to Reach OB on April 24th – Barring Snow and Rain

* Rally for “No More Cuts In Education” on Saturday, May 8th

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Gun-toting protesters rally across Potomac from Capitol voice violent thoughts peacefully

April 20, 2010 by Source
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Editor: I know, I know, this has nothing directly relating to OB but … We posted this to demonstrate what is going on across the country. Here, on the 15th anniversary of the worst domestic terrorist incident in American history, armed vigilantes rally and spout violent rhetoric against President Obama, the Democrats and our country.

By Dana Milbank /Washington Post / Tuesday, April 20, 2010

They came in camouflage and ammunition vests, carrying AK-47s slung over their shoulders and pistols in their hip holsters. They were in Northern Virginia, on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, to stand on federal land and to voice violent thoughts.

They did this in a strictly nonviolent fashion, naturally.

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Peace Activists Mobilize to Protest San Diego Drone Manufacturer

April 19, 2010 by Source
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Regional Mobilization Here on May 18-19 Calls for an End to Civilian Casualties in Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Region

Peace activists from across California and even from Nevada are planning to mobilize here in San Diego to protest the world’s largest and leading manufacturer of drones May 18-19.

San Diego is home to defense contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, site of the activists demonstration. General Atomics builds the Predator and Reaper drones generally costing U.S. taxpayers $4 million to $12 million each.

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The water subsidy for golf courses ‘scandal’

April 19, 2010 by Source
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by George / GrokSurf’s San Diego

“How your water rates subsidize golf courses” is the headline in a recent Voice of San Diego article by Rob Davis that will probably stir up some indignation around town. The article says that “475 businesses, homeowners associations, golf courses and public agencies” get a 78% discount on reclaimed water which is subsidized by regular water users.

The article cites Michael Shames, executive director of UCAN, who suggests that discounted prices for reclaimed water users may be illegal, and that “City Councilwoman Donna Frye called it “out-of-whack” and promised to hold a public hearing on it.”

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Wasted Water in OB

April 18, 2010 by Staff
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We’ve all seen it over these last months: water rushing down gutters and streets, partially filling intersections, workers on our avenues, blocked roadways to our houses in paradise.

Why does the City have to waste so much water as it replaces our pipes – especially during this drought? This is a question many of us have asked.

Jim Noble was asking the questions last Thursday while he took these shots. Again a picture or 9 are worth thousands of words.

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Local OB Architects Have Created One of First “net-zero” Office Buildings in County

April 18, 2010 by Source
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By Mike Lee /Union-Tribune / April 18, 2010

The goal: The owners of Architects wanted to showcase their passion for energy-efficient design when they moved offices in Ocean Beach last year. Their previous projects had included designing an eco-friendly building for the OB People’s Organic Foods Market a decade ago.

“When we had the opportunity to do our own office, we figured we better practice what we preach,” said Randy Hanna, a principal with the eight-member company.

The process: Hanna and his colleagues bought a 5,000-square-foot auto repair shop at Bacon and Santa Monica streets, intending to redo it as a green showpiece.

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Mayor’s Embarcadero Plans Go Down In Flames

April 17, 2010 by Source
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Coastal Commission Nixes Sanders’ Vision for Foot of Broadway – to Delight of Local Activists

By Pat Flannery / Blog of San Diego / April 15, 2010

One of the biggest mistakes Jerry Sanders made in his two mayoral terms was to fall for whatever slick sales talk Steve Cushman used to cajole him into backing this used-car salesman for a third term as Port Commissioner, despite term limits. Sanders’ strange fascination with Cushman raised eyebrows at the time. It may now have cost him his legacy – the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan (NEVP). It lies in ruins because of the cruise ships.

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OB’s Fire Pits – Still a Burning Issue

April 16, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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The Adopt-A-Fire-Pit Project Is Looking for a Few Good Local Volunteers

OB Fire Pits Before OB Town Council on April 28th

The eight remaining fire pits on OB beaches are fast becoming a burning issue. As you probably know, the City of San Diego, under the pretense of not having sufficient funds, plans on removing all 185 fire pits that ring the City’s beaches – including Mission Bay. And these include what’s left of the pits in our community.

The City’s plans of removal are said to begin at the start of the new fiscal year, July 1st, as the City does have the money for maintenance of the fire pits up through this June.

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Wait! Don’t Sign That Petition! It’s a GOP Dirty Trick!

April 15, 2010 by Doug Porter
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GOP-sponsored Ballot Petition to Rescind Living Wage Ordinance

A few days ago I received an email tipping me off to the fact that Michelle Shocked would be playing a free concert here in San Diego. Her socially conscious songwriting and troubadoresque singing style appealed to me and, hey, the price was certainly right.

I wandered into the Civic Center Plaza shortly before noon just in time to catch the end of the sound check. I was left wondering why Michelle Shocked even needed a sound check, as she clearly possessed a set of pipes so strong that a public address system seemed unnecessary.

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OB Flashes – News and Calendar – April 15

April 15, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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* Syringes Found Washed Ashore South of Dog Beach on April 14th
* OB Historical Society Presents “OB Coffee Culture” – April 15th
* “Save OB Fire Pits” on the OB Town Council Agenda – April 28th
* Changing of the Guard at the OB Planning Board
* Antique District Sales Event – April 17 – 18
* Clean OB Committee meeting – April 19
* Crime Prevention Committee meeting – April 20

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