August 2012

Ocean Beach Town Council Preps for Election of Board Members

August 31, 2012 by Christopher Dotson
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The Ocean Beach Town Council (OBTC) held a special meeting Wednesday, August 29th, for the upcoming elections of the new OBTC Board of Directors. Each of the ten candidates submitted a letter of intent, and each was given the opportunity to brief the council that night, prior to the elections which will be held over the next couple of weeks when ballots go out to OBTC members.

Despite the nature of this important public meeting, each candidate addressed only the existing board members, as there were no other members of the public and no other members of the OBTC present during the meeting.

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President Obama Recommends a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

August 30, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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By Middle Aged Woman Talking / Addicting Info / August 29, 2012

When Citizens United was originally passed striking down federal limits on campaign spending by corporations and unions, it effectively ended elections of the people, by the people and for the people and ceded control to corporations. As per Justice Kennedy, “independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption and the appearance of influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy.”

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6 New GMO Crops that May Soon Hit Your Dinner Table and What You Can Do About Them

August 30, 2012 by Source
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“The first two crops on this list have been on the old, slower-track approval process, which allows 60 days for the public to comment. The remaining four are new additions but are on the fast track.”

By Lisa Garber / Natural Society – NOC / August 30, 2012

Remember when the USDA gave Monsanto’s new GMO crops the fast track to approval? Regardless of the numerous accounts of organ damage, pesticide-resistant weeds, …

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American Meteorological Society: Unequivocal Evidence that Earth is Warming, Sea Levels Rising, Snow, Glaciers and Artic Ice Shrinking due to Human Activities

August 30, 2012 by Source
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How is climate changing?

Warming of the climate system now is unequivocal, according to many different kinds of evidence. Observations show increases in globally averaged air and ocean temperatures, as well as widespread melting of snow and ice and rising globally averaged sea level. Surface temperature data for Earth as a whole, including readings over both land and ocean, show an increase of about 0.8°C (1.4°F) over the period 1901-2010 and about 0.5°C (0.9°F) over the period 1979–2010 (the era for which satellite-based temperature data are routinely available).

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Surfrider to Monitor Sand Fill Projects on San Diego County Beaches

August 29, 2012 by Staff
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San Diego Chapter to Monitor Beaches Impacted to Ensure Surfing Integrity

The Surfrider Foundation will be monitoring the upcoming large-scale beach nourishment project, called Regional Beach Sand Project II, with a video-monitoring program to assess how sand deposits change the surf zones in coastal areas along the San Diego County shoreline.

A lot of sand will be pumped from the ocean floor onto beaches from the South Bay to North County. According to KPBS, the dredging vessel that will undertake the job is on its way to San Diego and should arrive next weekend.

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Ocean Beach Reporter for Reader Assaulted by Hilton Hotel Goons at Mission Valley Press Conference Exposing Mistreatment of Employees

August 29, 2012 by Source
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Dave Rice, an OBcean and current blogger for the San Diego Reader and former writer for the OB Rag was assaulted yesterday – August 29th – while covering a story about the mistreatment of Hilton Hotel employees. He was assaulted by men who work for the hotel.

Here is a report from the San Diego Free Press by Doug Porter on Dave Rice’s experience:

Mission Valley mayhem… A press conference being held yesterday by the Employee Rights Center to air charges that the hotel’s operator, Connecticut-based HEI Hospitality, had been named in a complaint …

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Police Warn Family of OB Assault Victim Not to Interfere

August 29, 2012 by Frank Gormlie

Brother of Victim Has Posted Wanted Posters Around OB and Is Offering Large Reward

Yesterday we described efforts of the brother of the recent sexual assault victim to find her assailant. John Wilson had placed posters up around OB and has offered a $5,000 reward for info leading to arrest and conviction of whoever injured his sister on August 25th on the 5000 block of Muir Avenue.

But police are not happy. They have warned Wilson and the victim’s family to “leave policing to police,” which was what SDPD spokesperson Lt. Andrea Brown told Fox5 News yesterday.

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Brother of Second OB Assault Victim Offers $5,000 Reward

August 28, 2012 by Source
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Brother Posts Wanted Posters About Ocean Beach

By Chris Dotson and Frank Gormlie

The brother of the most recent sexual assault victim in Ocean Beach has posted a $5,000 reward. John Wilson is offering this for any information leading to the arrest or conviction of the assailant of his sister August 25th on the 5000 block of Muir Avenue.

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Who is the Founder of Ocean Beach? – Part 2 of the OB History Series on its Birthdates

August 28, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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This is the next section in my continuing series of early Ocean Beach history, as we investigate the “true” birthday of OB and review the contenders for Ocean Beach’s “founder”.

In Part One, I discussed the different possible birthdates of Ocean Beach and highlighted the different theories, the main one being that OB’s birthday stems from a …

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The Slightly Stoopid and 311 Concert: A Review

August 28, 2012 by Mercy Baron
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By Mercy Baron / Special to the OB Rag

Ah, the sweet smell of ganja is in the air, I must be at a 311 and Slightly Stoopid concert. On Saturday, August 25, these two bands came to play at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. 311 Ska rockers returned for the third year in a row that I’ve seen them there, and OB homeboys made good, Slightly Stoopid opened for them.

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Arctic ice reaches lowest level ever (on record)

August 27, 2012 by Source
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Arctic sea-ice extent has fallen to its lowest level on record, according to the US National Snow and Ice Data Center. Scientists say that the loss of the reflective ice could result in even warmer surface temperatures on Earth.

By Wynne Parry / Christian Science Monitor / August 27, 2012

Arctic sea ice, the white cap that covers the watery northern edge of the planet, has melted back to a record low level.

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OB’s Weed-Strune Gateway Project Moves Into Phase Two

August 27, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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There’s good news for the OB Gateway Project – and it’s just in time, for the weeds at the site have taken over. The site’s Phase Two has been announced by city officials but no date set. The entryway at the intersection of West Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard – its first phase completed months ago – has become an eye sore for those traveling into and out of our fair village. Weeds as high as a person dominate the site.

Phase Two – delayed due to lack of funding, is now back in gear, as the City of San Diego has now released additional funds which will make the gateway area more accessible to people – you know the joggers, walkers, and bicyclists who cruise our area.

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Thoughts on San Diego Public Transportation

August 27, 2012 by Source
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By Peyton Farquhar / Prattle On, Boyo / Originally published Aug. 10, 2012

When I was a broke-ass student, my primary mode of transport was either the bus or my bike. Pedaling a bike wasn’t a bad thing because I’ve been on two wheels since I was four. But I remember all too well that boarding the bus made me feel even more impoverished, almost as if the very thought of taking public transport was an enormous badge of shame.

Back then, I didn’t realize that being an American meant having been brainwashed from a very early age by the corporate plantation owners that only poor folk take the bus.

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‘Why not place a wind turbine at Rosecrans National Cemetery – it’s windy there’

August 27, 2012 by Source
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Local Tribes Oppose Wind Turbines in Sacred Lands – Also Windy

By Nadin Abbott / East County Magazine / August 25, 2012

Watching activists defend “green wind energy” as if it was the only solution turns my stomach. It is like talking to a wall. Facts, and there are facts, make little difference. Green energy is nice and green energy is good, go blindly hug a wind turbine, seems to be the message.
So let me ask these same activists: should Pattern Energy, a division of the Carlyle group, target the Rosecrans National Cemetery for development? How dare I suggest this? Well, it’s windy there, …

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2 Sexual Assaults in Ocean Beach in 10 Days

August 27, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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A second sexual assault was reported in Ocean Beach late Saturday night, the 25th of August. This makes the second such assault within ten days in OB – not a very proud mark for the community. This one was called an “attempted assault” but an attempted assault is still an assault, according to the legal dictionary.

The latest assault occurred on the 5000 block of Muir Avenue at about 2:10 a.m. Saturday night. The victim told police she was walking home alone from an early-morning party. According to the report, the man was somehow spooked during the attempt, and took off. The woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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We Built It? 2012 Republican National Convention Site: Publicly Financed, Publicly Owned

August 24, 2012 by Doug Porter

Editor: This is an edited version of Doug Porter’s daily column “The Starting Line” over at the San Diego Free Press.

Next weeks Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida will be held at The Tampa Bay Time Forum, an indoor arena that is publicly owned and whose construction was paid for primarily with tax dollars. Seven bond issues issued in 1996 for construction, according to the St. Petersburg Times, are being paid off with a combination of revenues from sales taxes, tourist development taxes, and ticket surcharges. The facility is legally owned by Hillsborough County, which leases it the Tampa Bay Sports Authority. County ownership keeps the property off the local property tax rolls.

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OB Town Council President Helps to Showcase DeMaio’s Failed Environmental Record and Musgrove’s Own Extremism

August 24, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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One day after OB Town Council President Jim Musgrove covered for San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio’s tardiness to the town council debate Wednesday night, Musgrove joined DeMaio at a press conference in Ocean Beach. In doing so, Musgrove assisted in showcasing DeMaio’s failed environmental record.

And Musgrove – by jumping into the mayoral campaign and attempting to be a booster for DeMaio – has shown just how partisan he actually is in his politics. So, doing so, Musgrove did two things.

First, he helped bring attention locally to the extremist councilman’s dismal record on the environment. More on that below.

Second, he showed his own hand to be one of a deeply partisan and radical nature – that is, with his public display of support in favor of DeMaio – Jim Musgrove has given the village insight into his philosophy as head of the town council.

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San Diego Free Press: We Un-Nominate San Diego as Convention City for GOP If Hurricane Hits Tampa – We’re Still Paying for the 1996 Republican Convention in San Diego

August 24, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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The following ran as an editorial at today’s San Diego Free Press:

We un-nominate San Diego as a convention city in case Hurricane Isaac forces the Republicans to flee Tampa. What?

Today’s news had two items of interest: Hurricane Isaac barreling toward Florida just may disrupt or adversely affect the Republican Convention being currently set up in Tampa. Romney & Co may have to relocate their shindig.

The other bit – actually an editorial in the U-T San Diego – had this headline: “If Isaac Roars, San Diego Should Welcome GOP”, and goes on to declare:

“But if the worst should happen, and Republican officials are suddenly forced to relocate the GOP national convention to begin Monday in Tampa, we nominate San Diego as the new convention host city.”

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Car Wash Review: Midway Express Car Wash

August 24, 2012 by Judi Curry
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Midway Express Car Wash
3460 Midway Dr.
San Diego, CA
619-223-1691

I have never owned a new car before. I mean “really new.” My new Camry L had only 25 miles when I drove it off the lot. I have had it almost 5 months, and have had it “professionally” washed two times. (See my first review several months ago.) For the most part, I have washed it myself but for some reason the birds are attracted to the sky blue color, and this time I could not reach the middle of the roof when it was splattered by bird feces when I parked under a tree to keep the car cool. OK – dumb. But…the car was cooler than if I hadn’t parked under the tree; and the bird droppings didn’t bake on to the roof like it might have if it was out in the sun. OK – you are right. It was dumb.

I decided to take the car to the “Midway Express Car Wash” because there are three car washes in the area that I wanted to try.

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“The Risks of Restarting the Damaged San Onofre Nuclear Plant”

August 24, 2012 by Source

Nuclear expert Daniel Hirsch speaks on Saturday, August 25, 2012

The crippled San Onofre nuclear reactors pose an unacceptable and unnecessary risk to our environment and our communities. They leave Southern California Edison ratepayers footing a 670.8 million dollar bill for critically-flawed steam generator equipment.

Professor Daniel Hirsch, will speak on “The Risks of Restarting the Damaged San Onofre Nuclear Plant” at two presentations, on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Both programs are free and open to the public.

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Fear and Loathing at the OB Town Council Mayor “Debate”

August 23, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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It was about 6:30 pm and I was driving south on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. Wanting to ensure a parking space at the Masonic Center for the Ocean Beach Town Council’s mayoral debate Wednesday night, I slid into the lot adjacent to the building owned by the Masons. It’s a massive white two-story building at the dangerous corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Santa Cruz – I know, I lived for nearly a decade in that neighborhood and we’d be sitting around usually in the early hours of the evening and hear those sounds of screeching brakes and then the distant din of breaking glass and metal.

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OB’s Roberto’s Gets ‘Honorable’ Mention in Poll on Fast-Food Mexican

August 23, 2012 by Source
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The daily fishwrap conducted a poll very recently of foodies’ choices of Mexican fast-food establishments. And our Robertos’s on Voltaire received an ‘honorable’ mention by Charles Kaufman, baker, owner of Bread & Cie Café, and here it is:

The Roberto’s in Ocean Beach. I go off on their fish taco. If you’re in an “I don’t want to eat healthy” mood that’s the place you want to drive-thru. I love it.

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OB Band ‘Slightly Stoopid’ Thrives on its Independence

August 23, 2012 by Source
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By George Varga / U-T San Diego / August 23, 2012

Its name notwithstanding, Slightly Stoopid is seeming pretty smart these days. When this unassuming Ocean Beach band started off nearly 20 years ago, major record labels were still the dominant force in the music industry. Bands toured to promote their latest albums, MTV was still a major force and the Internet was more of a hazy concept than a game-changing reality.

Today, the record industry is fighting for its life …

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Sustainability 101: The Rebirth of Riding Wood: An Interview with Larry O’Brien and Mike Shourds

August 23, 2012 by Terrie Leigh Relf
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Originally posted August 2012

Nothing says OB more than surf, sweet boards, and social consciousness! In the following interview, OBcean Larry O’Brien, vintage body board collector, cave explorer, and aspiring eccentric shares one of his many passions: Creating boards from found wood and other materials.

Coronadoian “Paipo Mike” Shourds, builder of wooden body boards and recycled junk bikes since 1960, is also a collector and all-around creative person.

Terrie Leigh Relf: What inspired you to create your body boards?

Larry O’Brien: Back when I was in junior high school, carpentry was something taught in school, and sex was something you learned …

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Mayoral Candidates Debate the issues at Ocean Beach Town Council

August 23, 2012 by Andy Cohen
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DeMaio and Filner lay out their divergent views on the role of government in San Diego.

From the San Diego Free Press

The Ocean Beach Town Council welcomed San Diego’s two mayoral candidates to its monthly meeting at the Masonic Center last night in the latest in a series of debates ahead of November’s general election.

Not surprisingly a packed house gathered to hear what the two aspirants to the city’s highest elected office had to say about their plans for the city should they be elected.

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‘We have a winner!’ OB Rag Quotes Found in Ceiling of Brighton Comfort Station

August 22, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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Yes, we do have a winner. Several weeks ago we ran a T-shirt contest for whoever could find quotes from the OB Rag in the ceiling of the new Brighton Avenue beach “comfort station” would win one of our T’s for posterity.

It took Joe Ewing – known locally for his web talents – to find the quotes. He told us that he took a couple of photos of key words and isolated the phrases then googled them. “OB Rag was #1 so from there on it was easy.”

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Is Ocean Beach Really 125 Years Old?

August 22, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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Local OB Groups Gear Up for the Village’s 125th Birthday

As part of the village gears up to celebrate OB’s 125th “birthday”, we raise the question: is Ocean Beach really 125 years old? Was the year 1887 really the village’s birth year?

Several local organizations – such as the OB Mainstreet Association – are prepping up for the 125th celebration; the logo has been established, T-shirts have been printed up, arrangements have been made. But is OB really this old or really this young? There are different theories.

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Arizona v. United States Ruling by Supreme Court Hinged on Two Points of Law

August 22, 2012 by Jack Hamlin

Editor: The following lesson in immigration law by our blogger Jack Hamlin – a lawyer and law professor – was initially set as a comment to an article criticizing the US Supreme Court upholding Arizona’s draconian SB 1070’s main provision, show me your papers.” The court left standing SB 1070’s most controversial provision requiring Sheriff Joe Apario type, state and local police to check the immigration status of anyone that they suspect is in the country illegally; if that person was initially detained for other legitimate reasons.”

The Arizona v. U.S. decision, from what I understand, came down on two points of law. 1) Separation of Powers/Supremacy Clause, and 2) The Preemption Clause. Let me explain, while you must take into consideration it is mid-afternoon on a sunny, summer, Sunday, in OB, California.

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New Drawing of Robb Field Sexual Assailant – Plus Crime Stoppers Offers $1,000 Reward

August 22, 2012 by Staff
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The victim of the grope attack in Robb Field has now given her description of the assailant to police, and a drawing of the suspect is now public.

In addition, Crime Stoppers has an offering of up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

San Diego police are still looking for thea man who twice rode by a jogger along the San Diego River bike path on August 15th in the morning and groped her.

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San Diego Airport Future? 50+ more planes per day, more routes, more noise, over more areas? Meeting to review Airport Land Use today, Tues., Aug. 21

August 21, 2012 by Staff

Today, Tuesday, August 21st, there is an important meeting of the Steering Committee of the San Diego Airport Authority group that oversees land use in the airport area.

There is a draft plan being discussed that potentially allows for 50 plus more plans per day, more noise, more airplane routes and over more areas. Formally called the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) Steering Committe, it will meet today

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