November 2012

Ocean Beach Lobbies for San Diego Lifeguard Bronze Memorial – a Sculpture for the Beach

November 30, 2012 by Staff
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Sculpture to Honor Drowned WWI Soldiers in Tragedy that Forced City to Hire First Lifeguards

Ocean Beach leaders and surfers are actively lobbying to receive City funding for a bronze sculpture to honor San Diego lifeguards. Called the “Ocean Beach Lifeguard Bronze Memorial”, it is planned, once funded, to have the sculpture located 29 feet south of the Ocean Beach Lifeguard Station at the foot of Santa Monica adjacent to the public sidewalk. And the item will be on the OB Planning Board agenda for the General Meeting on December 4 and planners are hoping for a good turnout from the community …

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Sabotage Suspected at San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant – But Edison Moves Ahead to Re-Start It

November 30, 2012 by Source

Hearing Today Nov. 30 in Laguna Hills as nine cities voice concerns over safety issues

By Miriam Raftery / East County Magazine / Nov. 30, 2012

November 30, 2012 (San Diego)—Southern California Edison has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of possible sabotage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating facility, after finding coolant poured in the oil reservoir of an emergency backup generator at Unit 3, Energy News reports.

The FBI is taking over the investigation …

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When Should Passengers Intervene on the Bus?

November 29, 2012 by Terrie Leigh Relf
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Sustainability 101: When Should Passengers Intervene on the Bus?

Picture this: You’re on the bus and you see a mother with three beautiful school-age children and one adorable toddler in a stroller. The children are well-behaved, the toddler is babbling excitedly, and the mother is yelling at the children, especially the toddler, even covering his mouth, threatening to slap his face if he doesn’t sit still and be quiet.

What would you do?

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Grover Norquist, Pink Unicorns and a Ray of Hope

November 29, 2012 by Doug Porter

As (largely untrue) reports fly through the blogosphere and interwebs about reports of movement between the Congressional political blocs on various aspects of the impending ‘fiscal cliff’ crisis, the man at the center of it all, Grover Norquist is certainly having his moments in the spotlight.

Steve Inskeep of NPR gave Norquist air time this morning to prattle on about how it really isn’t true that Republicans are lining up to jump ship and break their pledges not to raise taxes. He likened talk of accepting tax increases in exchange for spending cuts by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to believing in a pink unicorn.

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Anti-Nuke Events Proliferate as the Holiday Season Arrives

November 29, 2012 by Doug Porter
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It may be the season for shopping for consumers. It may be a time to recharge for political campaigners. But for the anti-nuclear activists in the region it’s time to intensify their efforts. Inside are a half dozen programs, protests and events compiled by the Peace Resource Center for the coming days. Remember to make your holiday season about more than a trip to the mall.

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High Surf Expected at Beaches Thursday Through Monday

November 29, 2012 by Staff
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Calling All OB Photogs: Send the OB Rag Your Photos

High surf, a possible boon for surfers, is expected at Ocean Beach and other San Diego County beaches today, Thursday, through Monday, December 3rd. A high surf advisory is now in effect from 6 a.m. today until 1 p.m. Monday. The high surf is the result of a storm in the Northeast Pacific Ocean.

Large waves could break over the Ocean Beach Pier during this period of time. Plus the smaller jetties could be adversely affected.

The National Weather Service forecasts surf heights today, that would then peak late Friday, and gradually lower on Sunday and Monday.

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Celebrating the 30 Foot Height Limit As It Turns 40

November 28, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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The room was packed, standing room only the other night as the OB Historical Society led all of us in a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 30 foot height limit. The downstairs community room of the Methodist Church on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. opens its doors every month to the OBHS presentations, and the night of November 15th was no exception as Society president Pat James welcomed the crowd.

Nearly 50 OBceans and friends had come to hear speakers and presentations on this historic fight four decades ago to preserve San Diego’s coast, and I saw many people in the audience who had waged their own battles to save OB over the years.

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Time for a Change at Chargers Park

November 28, 2012 by Andy Cohen

Norv Turner is the convenient scapegoat, but not necessarily the problem.
I have generally tried not to be overly, publicly, vocal about sharing my opinions on what’s happening with the Chargers over the last few years. I have a platform to share my views with a wider audience than most, and yet I’ve been reticent to use it. And I’m reticent to use it now, because it will merely look like I’m piling on. Or sour grapes. Or something.

But enough is enough. Something’s gotta give out there in Murphy Canyon. This team has been in a sort of death spiral for several years now, and it’s painfully obvious that the current regime is incapable of preventing the Titanic from going down.

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San Diego Congressmen Get Campaign Contributions for Domestic Drone Support

November 28, 2012 by Doug Porter

Chances are you’ve never heard of the “drone caucus” in the US House of Representatives, officially known as the House Unmanned Systems Caucus. Yet they are considered among the most powerful groups on the Hill. And participating in the caucus is a sure way for Congressmen to enrich their campaign coffers.

A story in the San Francisco Chronicle says that members of the group have attracted nearly $8 million in drone-related contributions over the past eight years. Local Reps Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter have each received more than $200,000 from drone firms. General Atomics, maker of the ever popular Predator drone, was among the top three all-time campaign contributors to California Congressmen Brian Bilbray.

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Twinkies’ Twisted Tale: Junk Food Devoured By Junk Bonds

November 28, 2012 by Source

By John Lawrence / San Diego Free Press

All the late night talk shows laughed it up over the supposed demise of Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread etc as the news came out that Hostess Brands was going bankrupt. But delve beneath the surface and you will find something more akin to a Shakespearean tragedy than talk show banter.

It’s a tale involving two unions, one private equity fund, two hedge funds and a whole cast of former CEOs. There is sacrifice, greed and betrayal. 18,000 workers will be losing their jobs while some vulture capitalists will be walking away with millions.

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Don’t Expect the Hundreds You Spend on an iPhone to Buy You Customer Service – At Least Not Without a Fight

November 28, 2012 by Annie Lane

I’ve been a loyal iPhone customer since the first one came out in 2007. That is to say I have spent what amounts to thousands of dollars when you consider the cost of the phone and various paraphernalia, too – the chargers, a Bose stereo, protective cases, apps, songs, ringtones, etc.

Since purchasing the iPhone 5, I can only say I’ve never been more disappointed in the Apple company, product or customer service than I am now.

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4 Fascinating Things Marijuana Legalization Has Already Taught Us

November 27, 2012 by Source

By Kristen Gwynnn / Alternet

Unroll the tapestries, twist up a joint and crank up the Bob Marley jams! The stoners have token — excuse me, spoken — and dope is now legal in two states.

That’s the kind of ridiculous banter pundits have employed to discuss a historic moment in US democracy: the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. Put aside the stoner spectacle-making, and we can begin to make sense not only of voters’ decision in WA and CO, but also why other states …

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Veterans’ Help Center Opens at Point Loma Library

November 27, 2012 by Staff

For three days a week, volunteers will staff a brand new ‘help-center’ for American veterans that just opened at the Point Loma branch public library. Now opened just a week, the Veterans Resource Center will connect vets with services and benefits – and just plain, old-fashioned information passed on by a one-on-one basis.

These are services and benefits already earned by the veterans. The Center will be staffed by volunteers on Mondays, Tuesday and Fridays – these are volunteers trained by the California Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s all part of a one-year pilot program that has also opened similar centers this month in Bakersfield and Redding, California.

Ever since the local Point Loma branch of the VFW was forced to close down its chapter clubhouse,

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BREAKING: South-bound lanes of Rosecrans blocked off due to police “action”

November 27, 2012 by Staff

UPDATE FROM WED: The U-T had this story in today’s edition:

A 53-year-old motorcyclist was left wedged in the back window of a car Tuesday after a crash in Loma Portal. The accident at Rosecrans and Lytton streets was reported at 6:44 a.m., San Diego police said.

The motorcyclist was heading south on Rosecrans in heavy traffic when he ran into the back of a 2001 Saturn sedan, police said. The man suffered a broken hip and broken ribs, police said.

Officers were conducting traffic control in the area and had the southbound lanes of Rosecrans between North Evergreen Street and Lytton shut down during the investigation.

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The Sun Peeking through the Clouds

November 27, 2012 by Ernie McCray

I’m still riding high as a result of the elections. It was so great seeing so many propositions that I like pass, so satisfying having the president remain where he is, so refreshing having a mayor who is a friend. I mean, hey, I’ve been voting since 1959 and this has been a real new experience for people of my voting kind.

I’m just basking in these wins because there have been propositions voted on in the Golden State in the past that have affected me personally. Like 187. When that became law I went from a school principal to “la migra,” which just wasn’t a fit for me – …

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Doing San Diego for Free

November 27, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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There’s a blogger at San Diego Free Press, John Patrick Anderson, who’s made it a habit to find and write about places to go to for free in beautiful but expensive San Diego. In fact, his column over at our sister site is called “San Diego for Free”, and he’s written about our local museums, parks, biking paths and architecture of interest.

John leads off every column with this:

A weekly column dedicated to sharing the best sights and activities in San Diego at the best price – free! We have a great city and you don’t need to break the bank to experience it.

Also at the front-end of each column is the day or time the place is open for free to the public, their website and physical address.

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Wake and Bake – it’s Monday all day!

November 26, 2012 by Source
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By OB Joe

Hey kids – here’s a bunch of news stuff you might have missed cuz you were so busy stuffin yourselves.

The OB Chronicle hits the waves

Yessir, ol’ Trevor Watson is up to his old tricks, again, and the OBcean has published another version of his occasional “newspaper” for OB – the Ocean Beach Chronicle – dah tah!. It’s so colorful and fancy, and as a celebration of the year 1967, the 32 page spread found on storefront counters and …
The Portugalia building is sold

On the market for a while, the building that had the Portugalia restaurant upstairs, finally sold. Located at 4839 Newport Ave., it sold for $1,192,500 cash.

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Review of Car Washes On the Peninsula – Genie Car Wash

November 26, 2012 by Judi Curry
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Editor: This is the third in a series of business reviews by the Widder Curry of car washes in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma areas. Here are reviews No. 1 and No. 2.

Genie Car Wash
3949 West Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, 92110
619-223-6830

I have had a distaste for the Genie Car Wash ever since the attendant tried to convince me that my head lights on my 1996 Sable Wagon were so cloudy that I was just asking for a ticket from one of San Diego’s “Finest”. This was in 2011. But I was told that for a mere $25 the car wash could fix those cloudy filters and it would be as good as new. I declined.

When I pulled into the car wash this morning, driving a 2012 Toyota Camry, I wondered what they would try to sell me this time, and “sell” me they did.

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Field of View: A Cloudy Day at Dog Beach

November 26, 2012 by Annie Lane
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It’s been chilly at Dog Beach lately, but the pups don’t seem to mind. Located at the end of Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach, Dog Beach offers a place for the pooches to unwind, socialize and get their feet wet all at the same time.

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Christmas on Earth? Try Buying Nothing

November 26, 2012 by Jim Miller

Here we go again: the day after Black Friday was filled with the now all-too-familiar news of shopping mayhem.

There was the man who threatened to stab his fellow shoppers for pushing his kids outside a Sacramento K-mart, the melee of frenzied Georgia shoppers mauling each other to get at a stack of cell phones in a Walmart, the trampling that followed after a man brandished a gun in a line outside a Sears in Texas, the gang fight in a Michigan mall, arrests of hysterical consumers in Florida, the vicious brawling over lingerie, etc. etc.

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The beach is my church – giving thanks for the Great Pacific.

November 21, 2012 by Source
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By Sub-Committee

The beach is my church.

Standing barefoot and humble in the sand, looking out past the crashing breakers to the big blue beyond, my mind and heart vibrating with the sound of eternity in the song of the ocean, I am filled with peace and gratitude (and respect) for the strength and the forever-ness of the great ocean, our birth waters.

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The OB Holiday Schedule – Get it here!

November 20, 2012 by Staff
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The Holiday Schedule for Ocean Beach

Christmas Tree Arrival – Tuesday, Nov. 27

On the morning of November 27th, come on down to the end of Newport Avenue (at Abbott) to watch the delivery and placement of the massive Christmas Tree.

Christmas Tree Decoration – with Santa, Wed, Nov. 28

Santa will be in OB the morning of November 28, 2012 to help local OB kids decorate the Christmas Tree at the foot of Newport Avenue (at Abbott).

2012 Auction to Benefit Annual Food and Toy Drive – Thursday night, Nov. 29 at the Sunshine Co.

The annual auction to benefit the OB Town Council Holiday Food and Toy drive will be taking place on November 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm at Sunshine Company – 5028 Newport Avenue – San Diego, CA – 92107. Don’t miss your chance to bid on and win awesome prizes from local businesses and sports teams!

Santa visits OB Every Saturday in December

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Masonic Temple’s Wireless Antennaes Up for Renewal at Ocean Beach Planning Board – Wed., Nov. 21

November 20, 2012 by Staff
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The wireless antennaes on the Masonic Temple are up for renewal. The permit for their renewal will be discussed at the next meeting of the Project Review Committee of the OB Planning Board. This will be Wednesday night – November 21- at the regularly scheduled gathering of the sub-committee of the full board.

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OB Restaurant Review : Nicks at the Pier

November 20, 2012 by Judi Curry
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Nicks at the Pier
5083 Santa Monica Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
619 222-7437 (PIER)

One of the benefits of “on-line dating” is the variety of places to meet in San Diego. I probably could regale you with experiences on this particular date – he supported Romney and Bilbray – and, of course, I supported Obama and Peters. None the less, this is not about personalities but about the restaurant.

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Giving Thanks in San Diego

November 19, 2012 by Jim Miller
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It’s Thanksgiving week and lots of progressives are still feeling giddy about the near clean sweep in the recent election. But, I’m going to take a break from politics this time and focus on what we have to be grateful for here in San Diego other than our new political landscape. Despite the historically problematic origins of the Thanksgiving holiday, it never hurts to take stock. So here’s a random list of some cherished things ranging from the profligate to the profound:

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Quit Crying Over Your Damn Twinkies; Hostess Brands Employees Got ‘Bained’

November 19, 2012 by Doug Porter
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The mass media is once again missing the real story when it comes to their reporting on the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands, makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos.

Today we’re seeing mass media stories (I refuse to link to this crap) about consumers flooding into outlet stores around the country buying up all the last of these sugar/fat bombs. Why there’s even mention of Twinkies being auctioned on EBay…. of Ho Ho’s collectables.

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Black Friday Protest Plans Draw Response from Wal-Mart

November 19, 2012 by Doug Porter
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Sporadic protests and walkouts at Wal-Mart locations around the country last week have prompted the mega-retailer to complain to the National Labor Relations Board. A letter, sent by the company to the United Foodservice and Commercial Workers, accuses the union of provoking “disruptions” in its business, spreading “misinformation” and creating an “uncomfortable environment and undue stress on Wal-Mart’s customers.”

Wal-Mart (along with Target and Sears) is planning to open its stores at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. Employees, …

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Anybody else hear explosions and gunfire off Sunset Cliffs Thursday night?

November 16, 2012 by Frank Gormlie

A reader has contacted us with the following complaint about being woken up Thursday night, Nov. 15th, by what sounded to her like explosions and gunfire off the cliffs. She says she lives a block from Sunset Cliffs.

Here is her communication to us (her identity at this point is confidential, but she may wish to disclose it if someone else heard similar noises):

I was wondering if more people reported gunfire late Thursday night just before midnight. Just before going to sleep, I was shaken up by loud explosions, followed by shots and automatic machine gun fire.

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Owner of Property at Apple Tree Market in Ocean Beach Says Building Will Not Be Demolished

November 16, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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The owner of the property that the Apple Tree Market sits on was kind enough to return my call yesterday. I had left a couple of messages at the office of Elliot Megdal and Associates, up in Los Angeles. And Elliot Megdal called me back himself.

We had several minutes of a polite conversation, with me asking questions about whether he could confirm or not that a Foodland grocery store was going in, as had been rumored recently, whether or not another market was going in at all, and what his general plans for the property were.

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Labor Council Head Lorena Gonzalez: ‘San Diego Progressives Have a Lot to Be Thankful For’

November 16, 2012 by Source
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Passage of Prop 30, Defeat of Prop 32 and Bilbray, Filner and Roberts Victories All Are Cause to Celebrate

By Lorena Gonzalez

San Diego’s progressive community has a lot to be thankful for this November. We passed Proposition 30, defeated Proposition 32, took down Brian Bilbray and elected Bob Filner our next mayor! And for good measure, we elected Dave Roberts as the first Democrat and first fresh blood of any kind on the county Board of Supervisors in two decades.

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