May 2013

Brand New OB Lifeguard Statue Already Vandalized

May 31, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Well, what did it take? Two weeks? The brand, spanking new bronze lifeguard statue just unveiled has already been vandalized. Of course, we don’t know who did it. But there it is. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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If you like what the OB Rag is doing, show us some love, baby!

May 31, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Hey, it’s true. If you like what THE online website for Ocean Beach is doing, please help us out. Show us some love, baby!

  • Join our team. We’re always looking for writers, bloggers, poets, photographers, artists …. contact us at our email – obragblog@gmail.com
  • Get a T-shirt. For $20 plus postage, we’ll send you our brand new T-shirt, designed and produced by OBceans.

The OB Rag Is Your History and Your Culture

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San Diego Free Press Focus on Stereotyped Communities: Golden Hill, Barrio Logan and North Park so far

May 31, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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OB Rag is Model for Coverage of Neglected Neighborhoods

The San Diego Free Press – which is about to celebrate its first year anniversary June 4th – has for the last three to four months been using the OB Rag as its model in its coverage of different communities around San Diego.

All during this past month of May, the Free Press has targeted the community of Golden Hill.

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Downtown Doublecross Foiled – Mayor Filner Calls Out San Diego Hoteliers’ Attempt to Sabotage Tourism Deal

May 31, 2013 by Doug Porter

“The City of San Diego will not be held hostage”

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Once again we’re seeing headlines proclaiming Mayor Filner to be responsible for causing the San Diego Tourism Authority to close down.

We’re hearing about how people’s jobs will be affected by a “squabble”.

We’re being told via the Daily Fishwrap editorial about a “crippling blow to a major pillar of the San Diego economy.”

Hogwash.

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It’s Official: DeMaio to Challenge Congressman Peters for 52nd Congressional District in 2014

May 31, 2013 by Andy Cohen

By Andy Cohen

It’s official. Carl DeMaio has announced his bid to challenge freshman incumbent Scott Peters for the 52nd Congressional District seat in central San Diego. The right wing/Tea Party conservative who lost his mayoral bid to one of the most liberal candidates ever to seek the top job at City Hall now has set his sights on the left-of-center consensus builder who took down long time Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray, who was only slightly less conservative than DeMaio.

Congress is broken, he tells us, and he’s just the guy to go and fix it.

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Peace Breaks Out at San Diego City Hall as Mayor Filner and Unions Announce Contract Proposal

May 31, 2013 by Doug Porter
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By Doug Porter

More than a decade of demonizing public employees in San Diego appeared to be coming to close yesterday, with the announcement of a tentative deal between the City and six labor unions.

Previous administrations have exploited concerns over pension indebtedness and budgetary shortfalls caused by the great recession, using city employees as a public whipping boy for political gain.

One need look no further that former Mayor Jerry Sanders’ refusal to negotiate with the Police Officer’s Association during the Proposition B campaign to understand just how egregious these political games have been for everybody except a small group of politicians.

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Free Mulch for Greener Yards and Gardens

May 31, 2013 by Source

Mulch pileBy John P Anderson

Address: Miramar Greenery / Landfill – 5180 Convoy Street, San Diego, CA 92111 (Miramar / Kearny Mesa)

Date and Time: Monday – Friday 7 AM to 4 PM, Saturday – Sunday 7 AM to 4:30 PM

Best For: Reducing water usage, increasing plant life, healthier neighborhoods

In San Diego residents can pick up free mulch at the Miramar Greenery (part of the Miramar Landfill).

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OB-to-Sacramento Innocence Project March Hits Santa Barbara – Expects to Be in Santa Cruz June 6th

May 30, 2013 by Staff
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Justin Brooks of Ocean Beach leads march to Sacramento for “California Twelve”

The California Innocence Project is currently sponsoring an OB-to- Sacramento march – 600 miles – to present Gov. Brown with petitions for the “California Twelve” – a group of inmates who all have been imprisoned under false pretenses, according to the evidence presented by the CIP.

The march – being led by local lawyers – was organized by Justin Brooks – an OB resident, law school professor, and founder of CIP – and includes family members of the twelve inmates along the way. Here’s our report from May 2.

The march began on April 27th with an initial walk from downtown to Ocean Beach by Brooks and the other lawyers and dozens of law students.

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Family of Un-armed Marine Killed by Orange County Sheriff Settles for $4.4 Million

May 30, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Do you recall the case of the unarmed Marine killed by an Orange County sheriff right in front of his two daughters? We do as we ran articles on the incident.

Marine Sgt Manuel Loggins Jr was shot to death as he sat in his SUV along with his daughters by Deputy Darren Sandberg back on February 7, 2012.

His family just settled a federal lawsuit against Orange County for $4.4 million. Loggins had been stationed at Camp Pendleton.

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Pin Points on the Peninsula – News Around Ocean Beach and Point Loma

May 30, 2013 by Staff
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Controversy Over “Cave Rave” Continues

On Memorial Day, May 27, surfers, residents, and police found that a “Cave Rave” had been held at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. They also found broken glass, graffiti on the inside of the cave and other damage. But who was responsible? … a portable generator, strobe lights, and music. … COME INSIDE FOR MORE …

Does OB Want the Brighton Beach Restrooms Open 24/7?

The city has given itself a time extension to make a decision, but some members of the OB Town Council are not pleased about it. The restrooms Had been open 24 hours a day until mid-April … . A 30-day trial period ended May 15, but now the city says … COME INSIDE

Why Has OB Apartment Market Stalled?

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The Widder Curry Looks at the Cost of Staying Beautiful

May 30, 2013 by Judi Curry

Lipstick at Rite Aid

By Judi Curry

People that know me know that the only make-up I wear is mascara and eyeshadow. I probably wouldn’t wear that if my eyelashes weren’t blond – or is it gray now – and I like to highlight my blue eyes. But recently I have started dating – bad word – “going out with” – younger men and after changing the lights in my bathroom have discovered wrinkles I never knew I had. (Of course, having cataract surgery has helped (?) my vision.)

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The Giving of End-of-Life Care to Ocean Beach Homeless Woman

May 30, 2013 by Christine Schanes

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There is one certainty in life – we are all going to die. How and where we die are the only issues.

Will we die quickly or have a lingering death? We don’t know. However, most of us housed people are pretty sure we will die indoors in some health facility or in our own home. In fact, some of us buy insurance so that we are assured of the particular standard of care and facility we prefer in our last days.

However, what about unsheltered homeless people? They live outside and very likely will die outside.

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Bye Bye Bachmann: Reliving Ten of the Tea Party Darling’s Craziest Gaffes

May 29, 2013 by Source
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Minnesota Congresswoman swears she’s not retiring because of that little ol’ ethics probe.

AlterNet / By Janet Allon

Minnesota far-right Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann has declared she will not run for a fifth term in 2014, and is making the dubious claim that her decision has nothing to do with that ongoing ethics probe into her campaign fund-raising in the 2012 race, or her falling poll numbers. No, she is a newfound convert to term limits.

Right.

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San Diego’s Had Six Months of Bob Filner as Mayor and the World Hasn’t Ended

May 29, 2013 by Doug Porter
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By Doug Porter

I’m not surprised that the first six months of Bob Filner’s tenure as the top elected official in America’s Finest City have been tumultuous.

After all, San Diegans elected a progressive Democrat after years of rule by mostly moderate Republicans. The local GOP leadership opted to back a more radical flavor of conservative in Carl DeMaio and, as a result, lost.

That’s been a bitter pill for them to swallow, and you could hardly characterize them as gracious losers. And, in a way, you can hardly blame them. Losing the election has cost their supporters the kind of insider access needed to assure that their financial interests take priority over public concerns. The UT-San Diego has run (nearly) weekly editorials, bleating about one (often imagined) offense after another.

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5 of the Worst Things About MONSANTO

May 28, 2013 by Source

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Fed up with the fact that she has to spend “a small fortune” in order to feed her family things she says “aren’t poisonous,” Tami Canal of Utah has organized a global movement against the giant chemical and seed corporation Monsanto. Monsanto is the conglomerate mastermind behind many of the pesticides and genetically engineered seeds that pervade farm fields around the world. Monsanto produces the world’s top-selling herbicide; 40 percent of US crops contain its genes; it spends millions lobbying the government each year; and several of its factories are now toxic Superfund sites.

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News Around the Village of Ocean Beach

May 28, 2013 by Staff

Marijuana dispensary robbed near Ocean Beach

On Memorial Day near Ocean Beach, two men robbed a medical pot dispensary and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and herbal weed. It happened around 11:15 a.m. when a guy walked into The Storefront with a gun. Another man waited outside in a car, witnesses told the press. CBS8

Strong Rips Off OB

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More to the Story About the “Imbroglio” Over Point Loma’s Mysterious Stop Signs

May 28, 2013 by Source
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By Geoff Page

I would like to say, before I comment on the story, “Point Loma Imbroglio Continues Over ‘Bogus’ Stop Signs After Peninsula Planners’ Compromise” is that I very much appreciate the work the OB Rag and its staff does keeping us all informed about what is happening in our community and beyond. So, if I make some corrections to this article, I am not being critical of the effort.

There is more to this story.

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California Obamacare Insurance Exchange Announces Premium Rates

May 28, 2013 by Source

If you are among the many Americans who have bought into the fear and loathing that has been the campaign against Obamacare, you just might wish to reconsider.

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By Rick Ungar / Forbes

Every now and again, a political pundit is required to stand up and admit to the world that he or she got it wrong. For me, this would be one of those moments.

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San Diego’s Left Found a Haven in Golden Hill During the 1970s

May 28, 2013 by Jim Miller

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By Jim Miller

In the first part of my interview [at the San Diego Free Press] with Peter Zschiesche, he discussed Golden Hill past and present and described what he calls “the Golden Hill vibe.” Much of that feeling came out the politics and culture of the late sixties and early seventies. In this second and final installment of our interview, Peter talks about that time period and outlines some of the key places and players that made Golden Hill a vital, progressive community.

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Today’s College Graduates: In Debt and Unable to Find a Job

May 28, 2013 by Source

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By John Lawrence

The American mythology that getting a good job requires a college degree is turning out to be a hollow promise, a mythology devoid of any connection to reality. Today’s college graduates are being weighed down with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt, and many of them are either unemployed or working in jobs that don’t require a college degree.

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Monsanto Protest on May 25th Drew Large Crowd to Balboa Park in San Diego

May 28, 2013 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter

I wasn’t too surprised by the lack of coverage of San Diego’s demonstration against Monsanto this past Saturday. If you read Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, you’ll realize that successful protest movements rarely get proper credit or acclaim for their influence.

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A Farewell to My Beloved Dog “Lil Bear”

May 28, 2013 by Jack Hamlin

Baby BearBy Jack Hamlin

The early morning sunlight filtered through the venetian blinds and fronds of the potted palm, highlighting her multi-hued earth toned fur. She lay on her cushion strategically placed by the bay window so she could keep watch, guarding our home; a task she had performed diligently for over fourteen years.

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Guantanamo, Drone Strikes and the Non-War Terror War: Obama Speaks

May 26, 2013 by Source
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By Marjorie Cohn / Truth-Out.org

As one of the 1,200-plus signatories to the full-page ad that appeared in The New York Times, calling for the closure of Guantanamo, I was disappointed in President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday on counterterrorism, drones and Guantanamo.

Torture and Indefinite Detention at Guantanamo

In a carefully crafted – at times defensive, discourse, Obama said, “In some cases, I believe we compromised our basic values – by using torture to interrogate our enemies and detaining individuals in a way that ran counter to the rule of law,” adding, “We unequivocally banned torture.” But Obama failed to note that the United Nations Human Rights Commission determined in 2006 that the violent force-feeding of detainees at Guantanamo amounted to torture and that he has continued that policy.

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Are San Diego Taxi Drivers Driven to Despair?

May 24, 2013 by Doug Porter
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By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

A survey released yesterday leaves little room for doubt that conditions in the local taxi industry pose a very real threat to the safety of passengers, drivers and the general public in San Diego.

Conducted over a two month period by San Diego State University and the Center for Policy Initiatives (CPI), the study interviewed 331 local cab drivers, asking about earnings, expenses, hours, health care, vehicle safety and industry practices.

What emerges from the data is a picture of nearly serf-like conditions, where workers are obliged to perform in unsafe vehicles for long stretches of time with low pay under an ever-present threat of being blackballed should they dare to complain about conditions.

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San Diegans to March and Rally Against Monsanto in Balboa Park – Saturday, May 25

May 24, 2013 by Source
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San Diegans will join thousands of others around the country and hold a march and rally against MONSANTO – this Saturday, May 25th in Balboa Park.

WHAT: Rally and March Against Monsanto and Genetically Modified Organisms
WHERE: Balboa Park, San Diego
WHEN: Saturday, May 25th, 11 a.m.
Contact: March Against Monsanto San Diego Coalition

San Diego Action for May 25th is participating in the international ‘March Against Monsanto’ taking place in over 45 countries and 400 cities.

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Mayor Filner Calls for “Jury Nullification” in Federal Marijuana Prosecution

May 24, 2013 by Source

By Chad Peace / IVN San Diego

Former congressman and Democratic Mayor of San Diego Bob Filner took the unusual step of publicly calling for jury nullification in the prosecution of Ronnie Chang, who faces 60 felony charges for violations related to his ownership of marijuana dispensaries in San Diego and Riverside Counties.

“This is way overdoing it when local laws, state laws allow compassionate use of medical marijuana,” Filner told reporters at the downtown U.S. District Court complex Monday. “Someone should not be going through this stage of prosecution for trying to help people to have access to medical marijuana.”

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Those Uninvited Guests at Your Barbecue

May 24, 2013 by Source

With most samples of several common store-bought meats testing positive for antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” factory farming practices must change.
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Planning a Memorial Day barbecue? When you buy meat for that festive meal, watch out for some uninvited guests. An alarming amount of American meat harbors not just pathogens, but “superbugs” — antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

For now, you’d better cook your meat well enough to kill the germs (165F is the magic temperature),

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The Miracle Worker is Alive and Living in Ocean Beach: Marys Therapies

May 24, 2013 by Judi Curry
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Marys Therapies
4789 Narragansett
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
619-755-6990
www.marystherapies.com

In a tiny little building off Sunset Cliffs and Narragansett the Miracle Worker plies her trade quietly, efficiently and expertly. Who is this Miracle Worker and what does she do? I’m not quite ready to tell you, but let me tell you something about her.

She was born in Illinois and spent most of her teenage years there. She came to San Diego via Las Vegas where she learned her trade. (No…she is not a dealer.) She arrived here in 2006. And she performed a miracle on me today.

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(SATIRE) Ocean Beach Lifeguard Statute Is a Secret Republican Plot to Hold City Council Seat

May 23, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Today – Thursday, May 23rd – will witness the display of a secret Republican plot to maintain the City Council District 2 seat now held by Kevin Hawkner, a Republican who is termed out.

And it all involves the unveiling of a bronze statute dedicated to lifeguards in San Diego and Ocean Beach. Former Republican old guard, Byron Worn, who used to hold the seat, will be on hand to assist in the dedication. Byron used to be a lifeguard until he propelled his political career off the backs of the Lifeguard Employee Union and into the City Council seat – this was years ago – but his appearance today will confirm his continued involvement in local politics.

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Take 20 Minutes (or less) to Reduce Junk Mail by 90%

May 23, 2013 by Source

By John P. Anderson / San Diego Free Press

Want to reduce the amount of trash and recycling you have each week? Reducing the amount of junk mail you receive is a good place to start. Below I’ve compiled a convenient list of the websites and companies you should contact to most effectively reduce the junk mail you received.

Here are a few figures from a post by NYU Law School that highlight the environmental impact of junk mail:

  • 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other direct mail advertisements end up in U.S. landfills annually
  • The average American household receives 848 pieces of junk mail per household, equal to 1.5 trees every year – more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined.
    • 100 million trees a year is the equivalent of deforesting all of Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.
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