October 2011

The choices for Mayor Sanders: Portapotties or Storming Troopers

October 31, 2011 by Staff
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Here are the choices that faced Mayor Jerry Sanders at the end of last week.

Which costs more?

4 portapotties cleaned out weekly for $300 a month or over-time pay for 110 law enforcement officers, cost of gas and vehicles to transport the 51 arrestees to Vista or Las Colinas?

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Coroner: OBcian Steve Marquez Drowned Accidentally

October 31, 2011 by Source
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NBC San Diego / October 31, 2011

A local man whose body was found under the Ingraham Street Bridge was the victim of an accident according to officials.

A family sailing on Mission Bay discovered the body of Steve Marquez on Aug. 30. The San Diego resident had been missing for several days when his body was discovered according to his brother-in-law, Mark Jimenez.

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Occupy San Diego’s Halloween Monster March

October 31, 2011 by Staff
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Group to march from Balboa Park to the Gaslamp to highlight frightening facts about corruption in America’s financial and political systems

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – On October 31, 2011, Occupy San Diego will lead a Halloween march through downtown San Diego to promote social justice, honesty, and generosity.

With costumes, street theatre, and candy, Occupy San Diego will rally at 5:00pm at the Haunted Trail Entrance in Balboa Park (6th & Juniper, just south of the Laurel Street Bridge).

March starts at 5:30pm from the Haunted Trail Entrance and will walk to the Civic Center, to Children’s Park, the Haunted Hotel, and ending in the Gaslamp Quarter.

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It’s Just a Matter of Safety … Speedboats, Paddlers in a No-Wake Zone

October 31, 2011 by Jack Hamlin
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Despite mutual frustration, it was a friendly meeting with the new Harbor Police Chief, John Bolduc and several members of the waterman community a week ago last Monday, October 17, at one of the Starbucks at Liberty Station (of course there is more than one…). He had agreed to meet with John Decker, an avid stand up paddler (SUP) and representative of Kings SUPs, Randy Peterson of the Kanaka outrigger club, and Scott MacLaggen, longtime area water activist, and me. At issue was a small waterway, 54 acres, which runs between Liberty Station and the San Diego International Airport and is bordered on the north by the United States Marine Corp Recruit Depot.

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Medical Marijuana Activists Sue Feds to Stop Raids and Threats

October 31, 2011 by Source
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By John Hoeffel / Los Angeles Times / Originally published October 29, 2011|

Medical marijuana advocates want a federal court to halt the recent raids and threats of prosecution that have significantly stepped up the Obama administration’s assault on dispensaries and growers.

Americans for Safe Access, an advocacy group based in Oakland, has sued U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Melinda Haag, the top federal prosecutor in Northern California, accusing them of violating the Constitution’s 10th Amendment by using coercive tactics to interfere with powers delegated to the states.

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Court supports Indian tribe eviction of military training center from reservation

October 31, 2011 by Source
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By J. Harry Jones / SignOnSanDiego / Originally published October 28, 2011

The Los Coyotes Indian tribe can evict the military training center that has been operating on its remote North County reservation since last year, according to a ruling a federal judge issued Friday.

U.S. District Court Judge William Q. Hayes refused to grant a temporary restraining order against the tribe, which would have barred it from evicting ERTC LLC, formerly known as the Eagle Rock Training Center. The business, which caters to the military and law enforcement, insists it has a valid 25-year lease to conduct business on virtually the entire 25,000-acre North County reservation.

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The City of San Diego and Bank of America—Time to Stop the Sell Out

October 31, 2011 by Anna Daniels
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The city of San Diego is anticipating $1.1 billion in general revenue funds this fiscal year. According to the city’s Office of the Comptroller, those revenues are deposited in Bank of America accounts. This is just one more sweetheart deal, with no strings attached, for a Wall Street bank that got bailed out while we got sold out.

Bank of America—Poster Child for Insatiable Corporate Greed

Bank of America took our $230 billion in federal subsidies (TARP+), paid no federal taxes in 2009 or 2010, and continues to pay out excessive bonuses and salaries while planning to lay off 30,000 workers.

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Riyadh Calling: Sharing some not always serious observations about the pressure to conform in contemporary Saudi Arabian society

October 31, 2011 by John M. Williams
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RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – I think most Americans have little idea of the climatic conditions here in Saudi Arabia. We, with the exception of those who have experience in small desert towns, have nothing with which to compare this environment in Riyadh. It is stark, barren, bright, superheated, and dry to the nth degree. It is unforgiving, mean, murderous, virtually without plants, animals, water or shade. Somehow, Saudi Arabs have managed to adapt to and survive in this ultra-difficult setting for, I’m guessing, 5,000 years. It seems fair to say that’s worth a tip of the hat.

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San Diego Free Speech Fights: Then and Now

October 31, 2011 by Jim Miller
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As we watch the Occupations from New York to San Diego fight for the right to exercise free speech and occupy public space, it is worth noting that we have been here before. Recently, it was my pleasure to do a small teach-in at Occupy San Diego with the OB Rag’s own Frank Gormlie on the history of civil disobedience in San Diego. For my part, I outlined the story of the San Diego Free Speech Fight in 1912 when the Industrial Workers of the World and other local labor and community activists struggled against the San Diego’s elite for the right to speak on a soapbox at the corner of 5th and E downtown. As the homepage of the San Diego Free Speech Fight 100 Year Anniversary website notes:

2012 is the 100-year anniversary of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, one of the most important moments in the history of the city of San Diego. During the winter and spring of 1912, members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and their allies in labor and the community engaged in a pitched battle against a city ordinance that banned public speaking in the area around 5th and E Streets in downtown San Diego.

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Police Erect Barricades at Plaza to Control Occupy San Diego

October 30, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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This afternoon, San Diego Police re-erected barricades at the Civic Center Plaza in an apparent effort to control access to the Plaza. Barricades have been re-set to control access from Third Avenue.

Occupy San Diego activities are due to begin around 5:30 pm with committee meetings and the General Assembly at 7pm. Hundreds of demonstrators and supporters usually show up for these meetings.

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This Week’s Leading Occupy Wall Street Stories

October 30, 2011 by Anna Daniels
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The biggest story of the week is the number of arrests made at Occupy encampments large and small across the whole country and the late night/early morning police raids that have generated so many of those arrests.

The most gripping example was the early morning dismantling of Occupy Oakland by police with riot gear. The whole world was watching as Iraq War Vet for Peace Scott Olsen was dragged to safety at a protest later that day after being left bloodied and prostrate on the ground by a police projectile. The image of someone in a wheel chair maneuvering through a cloud of smoke and tear gas was no less gut wrenching. Mayor Jean Quan decides to make nice with the occupiers the following day.

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Denver Police Shoot Pepper Spray at OWS Demonstrators – 15 Arrested

October 29, 2011 by Source
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DENVER — The simmering tension near the Colorado Capitol escalated dramatically Saturday with more than a dozen arrests, reports of skirmishes between police and protesters and authorities firing rounds of pellets filled with pepper spray at supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Officers in riot gear moved into a park late in the day where protesters were attempting to establish an encampment, hauling off demonstrators just hours after a standoff at the Capitol steps degenerated into a fight that ended in a cloud of Mace and pepper spray.

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SANDAG Approves 2050 Regional Transportation Plan Despite Possible Lawsuits

October 29, 2011 by Source
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By Hugh Moore / Special to the OB Rag

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) voted this morning to approve the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). This planned 214 billion dollar transportation infrastructure is funded by local, state and federal funds that are granted to SANDAG as long as certain environmental goals are met. Unfortunately the required goals will most likely not be met.

In the meeting this morning SANDAG presented the proposed plan and had many organizations that had worked on the development of the plan try to show that the goals and requirements mandated by accepting the funds would be met.

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Remembering Luisa Allen – She Reigned at Nati’s for Over 50 Years

October 29, 2011 by Source
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By Gail Powell

Mourners filled Sacred Heart Church in Ocean Beach on Friday morning, October 28th, to pay their respects to a beloved local lady named Luisa Allen.

Many regulars who enjoy eating at Nati’s Mexican restaurant on Bacon Street have most likely made the acquaintance of this longtime hostess and waitress. Luisa started out at the popular eatery as a waitress 51 years ago! She always greeted every customer with hospitality and a friendly smile. Luisa remembered the favorite menu items of her patrons and she watched as the babies who enjoyed Nati’s in the womb grew up and became Nati’s regulars themselves with kids of their own.

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Ocean Beach Italian Restaurant – Ciao Bella – Whets the Taste Buds

October 29, 2011 by Judi Curry
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A friend of mine, after reading my review of South Beach, suggested that I try the Italian Restaurant – “Ciao Bella” at 4953 Newport Ave. Since I really didn’t feel like cooking dinner for one of my students and myself, I suggested we give it a try.

This is a “cute” restaurant; facades of little houses line the walls, each one numbered. They really don’t have anything to do with the restaurant, but the décor is warm and inviting even though the restaurant was cold.

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Hundreds of Critical Mass Bikes Join Friday Night Rally With OccupySD

October 29, 2011 by Doug Porter
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Coming off a Thursday night where the San Diego City government ordered the eviction of OccupySD protestors from the both Children’s Park and the Civic Center, it was no surprise on Friday night that the atmosphere had changed downtown. Fifty one people associated with the ongoing demonstration had been jailed on charges ranging from violating curfew to obstructing justice. Some of them were still in jail.

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Occupy San Diego Holds Freedom Plaza

October 29, 2011 by Rocky Neptun
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In spite of the 51 arrests early Friday morning, Occupy San Diego managed to hold the Civic Center Plaza, what some young people are calling ‘Freedom Plaza,” through the night and into Saturday morning. After a tense standoff with about 30 police officers over one of the two arrests during the night and a noisy march through downtown, occupiers meeting at their nightly General Assembly split evenly over whether to continue to occupy the plaza, but since there was not a single block on the action, about 75 OccupySD folks stayed.

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All Out for Vigil Tonight at Civic Center Plaza in Solidarity with Occupy San Diego

October 28, 2011 by Frank Gormlie

There is an urgent call for supporters to come to the Civic Center Plaza tonight at 8 pm for a vigil in solidarity with Occupy San Diego and all those who were arrested during the police raids earlier today. And people are asked to bring their candles, warm clothing, and to participate in the vigil as long as they can.

Originally scheduled as a “sleepover” by trade unionists and nurses in support of the occupation, plans had to change with the new conditions that police were imposing on the Civic Center area – site of a three week encampment by demonstrators. Now, a vigil – perhaps all night – is being planned.

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Rally at 8:30 a.m. to Protest Arrests of Occupy San Diego

October 28, 2011 by Staff

In protest of the arrests made of Occupy San Diego activists in the early hours of Friday, a protest rally has been called for 8:30 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank at 5th Avenue and B Street, two blocks east of the Civic Center Plaza.

At least 44 arrests were made as police swept through both occupation sites – the Plaza and Children’s Park at First and Island.

Calls to the police department and the mayor’s office are encouraged.

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San Diego Police Take Over Occupy San Diego – at least 44 Arrested

October 28, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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Police Sweep Through Making Arrests and Confiscating Personal Belongings and Donated Supplies – Organizers Call for 8 am Protest Today at the Plaza.

In the early hours of October 28, San Diego Police swept through both encampments of Occupy San Diego, making at least 44 arrests and confiscating all personal belongings and all supplies and food that has been donated.

Around 1:45 am officers started to sweep through Children’s Park without warning and made at least 8 arrests there. Simultaneously, over hundred police and sheriffs deputies swept through Civic Center Plaza, ordering everyone out. A confrontation then occurred at B Street and 3rd Avenue as the remaining occupiers faced off with lines of blue and brown shirts. Police and sheriffs all had batons and other riot gear.

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#OccupySD Protesters are Being Arrested, Right Now in Civic Center and in Children’s Park

October 28, 2011 by Patty Jones

1:54 am, Calls coming in to Frank that arrests are being made at the plaza and at the solidarity site at children’s park! Approximately 6 were arrested at Children’s Park.  No warnings were given. Asst Police Chief Boyd Long announced that the Occupy San Diego site is “being cleared out.” What should people do who […]

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Occupy San Diego: Update on 3 Weeks of Occupation

October 27, 2011 by Frank Gormlie

Occupy San Diego jumped into history just 3 weeks ago, when on Friday, October 7th it sprang to life with a huge march around downtown that included a rally at Civic Center Plaza, and the first pitching of tents at Children’s Park.

Now, entering its third week, San Diego’s Occupy Wall Street incarnation has a monstrous achievement under its belt: it’s still going! People, protesters are still camped out at Civic Center Plaza. Despite all the problems, the tensions, the frictions – we are still there at San Diego City Hall. And the occupiers remain peaceful and non-violent.

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Occupy Wall Street, Kent State, and Chicago

October 27, 2011 by Source
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by Dan Beucke / Bloomberg News / October 27, 2011

Depending on your point of view, the Occupy Wall Street movement may be 1968 — or 1970 — all over again. And this week may mark the point where the bank protests go viral — or take a dangerous turn for the movement and those who support them. Such is the struggle by both sides to assign symbols to OWS.

Police attempts this week to clear protesters from encampments in Oakland, Atlanta, and other cities, complete with tear gas and horse-mounted police, brought to mind images from 1960s and ’70s era anti-war clashes. Then, on Tuesday night, Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran, was seriously injured after apparently being hit in the head by a police projectile.

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It’s Birthday No.4 for the OB Rag!

October 27, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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This week, we at the OB Rag are celebrating our fourth birthday since we began our online presence on October 25, 2007.

And since then, our readership has … well, take a look for yourself. Inside is a chart of our monthly readership, called “unique visitors” since October 2007. It shows our dramatic increase in monthly readers, from our first full month in November 2007 when we had 1,371 visitors – all the way to this month, and we already have over 85,000 with days to go before the end of October 2011.

So, we’re patting ourselves on the shoulders all week.

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Check out our awesome OB Rag columnists

October 27, 2011 by Staff
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Did you know that the OB Rag has a whole bevy of regular / irregular columnists? We do, and you gotta check them out!

They are plentiful – and you can see them for yourself by going to the Navigation Bar just below our masthead and clicking on either “COLUMNS” or go to the “OCEAN BEACH” and clicking on that for a list of OB columnists.

Here they are – along with a very short bio and their avatar …. (COME INSIDE)

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Get your free ticket to the OB Time Machine!

October 27, 2011 by Staff
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Here at the OB Rag, we’re celebrating our fourth birthday by handing out free tickets to the OB Time Machine!

It takes off every now and then on OB Time. Go to the Nav Bar – just below the masthead – click on “Ocean Beach” to see the scroll down options – tah dah! The OB Time Machine. See here where to go

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A string of explosions going off in Ocean Beach? Have you heard them?

October 27, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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What’s being reported as an acid bomb was set off near the intersection of Bacon and Brighton in Ocean Beach over night on Wednesday, Oct. 26th. The fiery liquid was burning in a trash can, and a street was closed as authorities dealt with the mess.

One official was quoted by news as saying that there’s been “a rash” of such incidents” in OB recently.

One local TV station reported:

Fire investigators say this kind of bomb is extremely dangerous and this is just the latest in a string of explosions in the Ocean Beach area.

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Calling All Quilters! Veterans Day “Quilting Bee” to Support Veteran Women

October 27, 2011 by Staff
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Amikas, a San Diego non-profit organization that helps house homeless U.S. military veteran women, will be raising crucial funds with a fundraising twist on an old-fashion idea – the quilting bee. On Veterans Day, San Diegans who care about our veteran women will have the opportunity to view and bid on antique quilts, provided by Martha Sullivan. There will also be a unique silent auction of quilt squares that will be assembled at the event into a crazy quilt to be displayed in the first Amikas home for female veterans and their children.

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Occupy San Diego, Public Comments and Tony Young’s Dilemma

October 26, 2011 by Anna Daniels
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My thanks to the San Diego Occupiers who attended the City Council meeting on October 25th, to abbajerry for the video and Rocky Neptun for his commentary. The mic check and call for a resolution at the morning meeting was truly thrilling! Although I was not present at the meeting I did watch the two non agenda item public comment segments that are available in the City’s online video archive (the opening credit incorrectly displays Monday’s date of October 24th). The last comment period came at the end of the 4 hour session, late in the afternoon. I applaud the dozen or so occupiers who stayed there in order to provide public testimony on behalf of the movement.

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Tents and tension return to Civic Center Plaza at Occupy San Diego

October 26, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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Tents have returned to the Occupy San Diego protest at the Civic Center Plaza. During the night time General Assembly held Tuesday, Oct. 25, tents began to appear. By last count there were eight new tents erected, and was described as “a direct action” event by those who pitched the tents on the concrete in the shadow of City Hall. The tents appeared to be newly purchased and several had “99%” written or painted on their sides.

The new tents visibly added to the tension and the daily/ nightly drama at the Plaza, as tents had been banned by the San Diego Police earlier during the occupation. Tents had been banned at the Plaza on Thursday, October 13th, in a memo delivered to the protesters.

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