January 2013

Random OB Stories: From Norway to Ocean Beach With Love

January 31, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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This is another in a series of random interviews with OBceans while the author has a firm belief that everyone has a story worth telling.

Meet Helga Staalhane – on loan to OB from Norway. She has lived here for six months and is in a masters program in Sociology at San Diego State University on a student visa. I met her at NewBreak the other day and she agreed to be interviewed and have her photo taken for the OB Rag (the photo is a prerequisite for the interview, as living in OB is also).

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Hey San Diego: Have a (Great) Beer While You’re Waiting for the Marijuana Dispensary to Open

January 31, 2013 by Doug Porter
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Our fair city finally got national recognition for what it does well yesterday when a writer who actually drinks beer put San Diego at the top of a “Non Fiction” list of the best beer towns in America. And our new mayor got schooled yesterday in what it really takes to be a game changer when it comes to medical marijuana.

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Sex in San Diego: An Open Letter to Men Looking for Women in the Online World

January 31, 2013 by Judi Curry

Improve-Internet-Speed-4754_b_13e4c65f27eac980It happened again today. I “met” a man online that sounded like a nice person. He had many of the attributes I am looking for in a companion, or so he said, and I agreed to meet him for lunch in a well-known restaurant in North County. (He lives in San Marcos and it was a good halfway place for us to meet.) We were both early; another nice attribute. He obviously had been there before, not because the waitress recognized him, but because he knew his way around the restaurant and we sat at “his favorite table.”

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Parties Cry Foul at Public Uitlities Commission’s Investigation of San Onofre Nukes

January 31, 2013 by Staff
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By Women’s Energy Matters

Parties to the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) investigation of the San Onofre nuclear generating station outage are crying foul over ongoing procedural delays and a narrow Scoping Memo issued Tues. Jan. 28th.

Women’s Energy Matters, the Coalition to Decommission San Onofre, United Public Workers For Action and Michael Aguirre charge that both seem designed to force southern California customers to pay even higher rates in the next couple of years to fund Edison’s reckless plan to restart one of its severely damaged reactors —instead of getting immediate refunds for the year the nuclear plant has been offline.

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Faulconer Comes Out Strongly in Support of the 30 Foot Height Limit

January 30, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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In a recent interview with online media, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer – who represents Ocean Beach and the Peninsula – reconfirmed his strong support for the 30 foot height limit. The recent debate about the height restrictions in San Diego’s coastal zone must have caught his eye, and he wanted to make his positions clear.

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Puppy That Fell From Sunset Cliffs Will Be Ready for Adoption Soon – Apply Now.

January 30, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Most everyone by now in OB has heard about the little puppy that fell 80 feet off Sunset Cliffs earlier this month. Well, the 3 month old Chihuahua mix is healing – has a new name of “Clifford” – get it? – and will be ready for a permanent adoption by humans very soon.

The Department of Animal Services is now accepting applications for his adoption – and their deadline is Saturday, Feb. 2nd.

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Widder Curry: A Call From The Other Side

January 29, 2013 by Judi Curry
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Those of you that have been reading my articles for the past few years, probably will remember that I am a widow. My husband of 46 years died September 21, 2009, from lung cancer. Yes, he was a smoker, or was for 30 years of his life. He gave it up for 34 years but it was still the cause of death. Whether it was caused by his smoking or living in Los Angeles for the first 39 years of his life, or working in a school where he helped install the asbestos in the ceiling so it could open on time we will never know. And the reasons for his death are not germane to this article.

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What’s to Become of the Mural on the Old Apple Tree Market?

January 29, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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You’ve noticed the large mural on the north side of the old Apple Tree Market over the years, I know. You know, the one that faces Santa Monica Avenue. It’s been there for literally decades.

But now that Apple Tree has moved on and the building is up for lease, what’s to become of the mural? Ken Keegan, the main artist and facilitator of the mural has contacted the OB Rag searching for information on the fate of the mural.

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To Bike or Not To Bike? That is a good question.

January 29, 2013 by Source
By Brigitte Taylor

I love the idea of cycling all over town and the trend to encourage people (and currently women, in particular, to ride bikes.

Ideas are great, but as a result of biking in Mission Valley, Old Town, North Park, Downtown, College Area, City Heights and various parts of the city, I definitely have a new take on what it means to share the road with vehicles. I used to ride my bike frequently until I was knocked off by a driver. Thankfully, I was not injured but after that, I limited my rides to mountain biking and bike paths where road sharing is not an issue.

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Federal Court Denies Lawsuit Claiming Marijuana’s Medical Benefits

January 29, 2013 by Source
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By Steven Wishnia / Alternet

Preserving the main legal barrier to medical marijuana, a federal appeals court on Jan. 22 rejected a lawsuit intended to force the Drug Enforcement Administration to move marijuana out of Schedule I, the federal law that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no valid medical use.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that the medical-marijuana advocates who filed the suit—Americans for Safe Access, a California-based patient-advocacy group; the Coalition to Reschedule Cannabis, Patients Out of Time, and four individual medical users, including Air Force veteran Michael Krawitz—had not proved that the DEA’s decision to keep marijuana in Schedule I was “arbitrary and capricious.” The court held that marijuana had failed to meet the five standards the DEA sets for drugs to qualify as having a valid medical use.

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Digging Tunnels Under the 30 Foot Height Limit – Part 1

January 28, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Height Limit Critic Sparks Debate But Important Exemptions Need to Be Acknowledged

This is the first part in a two-part series on the latest debate about the 30 foot height limit.

New Year’s confetti and the champagne glasses used celebrating the end of 2012 – a year that marked the 40th anniversary of the 30 foot height limit in San Diego – had barely been cleaned up when the assault on that height limit began. It all started in a January 3rd Voice of San Diego article questioning any positive attributes of the 30 foot limit.

Not exactly like a “D-Day” type assault, but more like a tunnel being dug – a tunnel designed to undermine the coastal height limit of 1972, writer Andrew Keatts questions the basic character of the height limit, declares that its essential rigidity will be necessarily and periodically questioned by a city yearning to break free, and gives voice to its critics. The critics believe that because of the 30 foot height limits, all kinds of problems plague San Diego, with rents and property values at the coast being too high.

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Renewed Interest in OBcean Larissa Nearing’s Story – Neighbor’s Fire Became Police Nightmare for Woman

January 28, 2013 by Source
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In 2011 OB Woman’s apartment damaged by neighbor’s fire, legal pot found, she’s arrested and son taken from her

Editor: There’s been some renewed interest in a November 2011 incident that occurred in Ocean Beach, resulting in the arrest of Larissa Nearing – aka Larissa Danielli- aWe repost it here.
By Toni Samanie / Salem-News.com

Larissa Nearing’s story is a poignant illustration of what can happen when you are busy living your life.

On November 3, 2011, Larissa began what seemed like a routine day. She had taken her baby to daycare in the morning and then went to work.

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The Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party Continues

January 28, 2013 by Jim Miller

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In the wake of President Obama’s electoral victory and inauguration much of the political analysis has been about the continued chaos inside the Republican Party. With some establishment conservative figures openly questioning whether it was good for the party to continue to be dominated by the hard right, some in progressive circles have been downright giddy, as they have watched the circular firing squad proceed. While this is surely entertaining sport, the more important battle may be happening inside the Democratic Party.

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OB RAG POLL: Nearly 3 in 4 Support the 30 Foot Height Limit or Want to Expand Its Area

January 25, 2013 by Frank Gormlie

In a recent OB Rag poll, nearly three out of 4 respondents indicated their support for the thirty foot height limit – with a good portion wanting to see the limit extend throughout the City of San Diego.

58% supported it and agreed that it was “passed in the public interest by the public”; another 15% want to see it “expanded throughout much of the rest of” San Diego, and obviously support it, for a supportive total of nearly 73%.

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The Top Head at Whole Foods Calls Obamacare “… Like Fascism”

January 25, 2013 by Source
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Editor:This eye-opening post about the head of Whole Foods calling Obamacare something close to “fascism” was brought to our attention by a supporter, and we re-post here.

By Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress – RSN / Jan 17, 2013

]In an interview with NPR, Whole Foods CEO and self-professed libertarian John Mackey revived his previous criticism of Obamacare – but this time, with a new twist.

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Monsanto’s Earnings Nearly Double as They Create a Farming Monopoly

January 24, 2013 by Source

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In early January Monsanto announced staggering profits from 2012 to celebratory shareholders while American farmers filed into Washington, DC to challenge the Biotech giant’s right to sue farmers whose fields have become contaminated with Monsanto’s seeds. On January 10 oral arguments began before the U.S. Court of Appeals to decide whether to reverse the cases’ dismissal last February.

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OB Town Council Has Five Finalists in OB Entry Sign Contest

January 24, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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The Ocean Beach Town Council has been sponsoring a contest for a new OB Entry Way sign, with allegations that the current one is falling apart due to termites and weather, etc. The Town Council board – a private organization – has decided on five finalists for a new sign to grace the entry way to Ocean Beach.

Only Town Council members will be allowed to vote – on the sign that represents the entire community. The Council is asking folks to go to their website and then make constructive comments on their facebook page. You can also make comments here to this article, and you can vote for the finalists in our poll – started today, Jan. 24th.

Come inside to see the finalists. Here is the OBTC statement on the finalists – this is from their website: …

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Shout-out at the PB Corral – Residents Fight for Conditional Booze Permits

January 24, 2013 by Source

By sub-committee

The corral for easy police DUI checkpoints, and multi-other crime/infractions, from public urination and vandalism, to armed robberies and violence, due to the alcohol party ambiance that been the sustained reputation of Pacific Beach for the past 20+ years , has become the focus for a grassroots citizen protest in the form of, yes, a good old PUBLIC PETITION …

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Big Push for OB’s Participation in Next Planning Board Election in March

January 22, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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That venerable institution of Ocean Beach that’s been around since the mid-1970’s – the Ocean Beach Planning Board – is holding its annual elections in March. But this year there is a difference in the way the Board is approaching voting and in what will be on the ballot. The election is on March 12th.

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Welcome to the Annual “Primavera Falsa”

January 22, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Every year around this time, San Diego and Southern California enjoy a week or two of “unseasonably” warm weather. Temperatures reach into the 70’s and like this week, even the lower 80’s. Surfers grab their boards and head for the waves in droves. People flock to the beaches in swimsuits and actually go into the ocean.

We call it Primavera Falsa – False Spring – and it happens every January.

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Looking Back to When San Diego Said ‘No’ to Honoring Martin Luther King

January 22, 2013 by Doug Porter
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The year was 1986, and San Diego, like much of the nation, was swept up in a national discussion about a new holiday commemorating MLK’s contribution to US history. Legislation (signed three years earlier) making Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday was going into effect, and many cities around the country were honoring the slain civil rights leader by naming streets and buildings after him.

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I’m Supposed to Feel Sorry for Phil Mickelson?

January 22, 2013 by Judi Curry
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I think I must have arrived in “pity poor me” land without the benefit of a ticket.

In channel surfing a few moments ago, I was appalled at all the people interviewed that are feeling sorry for Mr. Mickelson, a multimillionaire that may have to leave California because he feels “targeted” by higher taxes being foisted on the 2% of Americans and he may have to change his life-style. Excuse me while I go puke.

Is he saying that if he makes an endorsement for a product and is paid ten million dollars that he will only be able to keep $3.7 million? (I suspect

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The Random Stories of Ocean Beach – Eric Long – Musician and Documentary Film Maker

January 22, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Editor: this is the first in a hopefully weekly series highlighting different OBceans and their stories, OBceans chosen at random.

Each person I’ve ever met has a story. Whether it was their life experiences or their dreams, or a combination of both, everybody has a story to tell. So, with this belief firmly in mind, I set out to find a denizen of Ocean Beach who I knew would have an interesting and deeply individual story, so I could tell their story to the rest of the village.

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Remembering the Real Martin Luther King Jr. Without Apologies

January 21, 2013 by Jim Miller
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As we celebrate the rich legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am drawn back to my favorite speech of his, “Where Do We Go From Here?”. This was Dr. King’s last address as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, given toward to end of his life in 1967. It outlines two core principles of King’s unfulfilled legacy that united the questions of racial injustice with those of economic inequality and rampant militarism.

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8 Units on Santa Cruz Avenue in Ocean Beach Sell for $1.75 Milliion

January 19, 2013 by Staff

The eight-unit apartment complex in Ocean Beach at 4819 Santa Cruz Ave., has been sold for $1.75 million. The buyer was Alan Dehghan, who is trustee of The Alan Dehghan Trust. The sellers were Candice Richard Fritschner, special administrator of The Estate of Walter Joseph Fritschner; and Thomas A. Lancaster and Marilyn J. Lancaster, trustees of the Lancaster Family Trust.

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Bizarre Ocean Beach Craigslist Kidnap and Robbery Attempt Goes … Empty

January 19, 2013 by Frank Gormlie

There was a bizarre Craigslist kidnapping and attempted robbery that began in Ocean Beach on Wednesday, January 16th, and ended up – well – for the would-be robber -he ended up empty-handed, and the victim unharmed. All the local corporate media reported on the incident, which not only seemed very strange but also slightly contradictory.

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Man Stabbed by Woman in Ocean Beach Friday Night

January 19, 2013 by Staff

Right around 9:15 Friday night – Jan 18th -in Ocean Beach a woman stabbed a man in his forearm with a pocketknife – or folding knife – while they were arguing. The 44 year old woman was taken into custody by police.

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Updates on Police Investigations into Recent Assaults in Ocean Beach

January 18, 2013 by Frank Gormlie

Late last week I had called Officer David Surweilo, the Community Relations Officer for Ocean Beach, for any updates on the San Diego police investigations into the various assaults and violence, including some sexual assaults, that had occurred in OB since August. I had emailed him a list of the violent and sexual assaults. Surweilo promised a report this week – now, that’s no easy feat, as Surweilo is the community relations officer for all of Western Division.

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Four Single Family Units Going in at Santa Monica and Ebers – at Former Children’s Energy Center

January 18, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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There’s only a giant mound of dirt there now, but that old blue building at the intersection of Santa Monica Avenue and Ebers Street – recently demolished – is being replaced by four single-story and single family residences – each with a garage.

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Dear OB Rag Readers: Please bear with us as Editor Dude was laid up all day.

January 17, 2013 by Staff
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Please bear with us today – Jan 17th – as Editor Dude was laid up all day with a swollen foot and unable to publish any articles. So, not so much “technical difficulties” as physical difficulties.

Actually he’s been laid up since mid-afternoon yesterday, Wed, and hasn’t been able to assemble and post some really interesting material on OB –

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