September 2013

OB Planning Board Agenda for Wed., October 2

September 30, 2013 by Staff
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Here’s the agenda for the October monthly meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board. The Board meets at 6pm sharp at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.

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America Being Held Hostage by Tea Party-Led Republicans

September 30, 2013 by Source
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PRIVACY? What Privacy?

September 30, 2013 by Judi Curry

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By Judi Curry

Do you really think that you have privacy in your everyday doings? Do you really believe that no one knows when you are doing something you shouldn’t be doing? Do you really think that the good deeds you are doing are not noticed by someone? Do you have any awareness of just how “unprivate” your life is? Not only is “big brother” watching you, but so are his sisters and brothers, and it is a little unnerving.

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Opening of the New San Diego Central Library: a Grand and Glorious Occasion

September 30, 2013 by Source

008 By John Lawrence

Saturday, Sept. 28, will go down in San Diego history as the day the much awaited central library opened in San Diego.

The opening ceremonies started at 11 a.m. and lasted for about an hour. All sorts of dignitaries were seated on the platform, and many of them spoke. The event was presided over by Mayor pro tem Todd Gloria.

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Local Author Mel Freilicher Reads from his New “Encyclopedia of Rebels”

September 30, 2013 by Jim Miller

Wednesday, October 2nd at 7pm at DG Wills Book Store
Encyclopedia of Rebels cover hi resBy Jim Miller

San Diego City Works Press is proud to announce the publication of The Encyclopedia of Rebels by local author and UCSD writing teacher, Mel Freilicher. The book plays with the intersections between history, fiction, memoir, fantasy, and mystery. As Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout puts it, “You could call this both an outrageous comedy and a credible look at the world we live in.”

Mel Freilicher will read from his new book this Wednesday, October 2nd, at 7 PM at D.G. Wills Book Store at 7461 Girard Ave in La Jolla as part of the San Diego City College International Book Fair.

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Secret Meeting of the “San Diego Free Press” Exposed

September 30, 2013 by Source

Editor: Dear Reader, as you probably know, the OB Rag is part of a “two-blog” strategy to bring progressive online media to Ocean Beach and beyond … including San Diego. We do this with the San Diego Free Press, a daily online journal for the city and county of San Diego. The Free Press is run by a cabal of editors – of which, we editors at the Rag are part of – and holds monthly meetings with its contributors and interested supporters.

Here is a report of the latest monthly meeting of the Free Press by contributor John Anderson:

Notes from the September monthly meeting of SDFP editors and contributors.

San-Diego-FreePress-home-8-6-12By John Anderson

In an attempt to increase the transparency of the conversations at the San Diego Free Press and to encourage a wider variety of voices from across the region we are publishing Inside Freep to let current contributors and readers keep up with items on the agenda for discussion and for future articles. The September monthly contributors meeting for the San Diego Free Press took place Wednesday, September 25, 2013, in North Park from 7 to 9 PM in an undisclosed location hereafter known as The Freep Cave.

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Body Snatchers: The Parasites of Mission Bay

September 30, 2013 by Source

By Micaela Porte

When wildlife enthusiasts, researchers and professors met recently at UCSD Kendall-Frost Mission Bay Reserve, they had one thing on their minds: the microscopic parasites that inhabit Mission Bay.

The presentation was delivered by Ryan Hechinger, a UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute professor, who stated that trematodes, such as the common flatworm, frequently make their way from marsh bird feces into host organisms, like a horned snail, California Achilles fish and fiddler crab, among others. From there, they perform a key role in the regulation of marsh bio-systems.

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Full Text of OB Town Council Resolution Calling for End to Marshmallow War

September 27, 2013 by Source

Editor: Here is the full text of the Ocean Beach Town Council resolution calling for an end to the 4th of July marshmallow war:

OCEAN BEACH TOWN COUNCIL RESOLUTION:

END the 4th of JULY MARSHMALLOW FIGHT

Whereas, the Ocean Beach Town Council is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the betterment and welfare of our community.

Whereas, the Town Council Board of Directors recognizes the annual 4th of July marshmallow fight is a tradition that started as a friendly rivalry between two Ocean Beach families involving a small group of people and no significant property damage.

Whereas, the annual 4th of July marshmallow fight has devolved into a rolling, violent altercation in which some bystanders have been injured and had their property destroyed.

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Business Review: Beach Community Acupuncture

September 27, 2013 by Judi Curry
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“Beach Community Acupuncture”
4993 Niagara Ave., Suite 206,
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
619-224-2442

What does a porcupine, a pin cushion and a needle have in common?

That’s a pretty simple question. Of course you know the answer. But here is another question for you: What does a native of Maryland, a degree in English literature, and working in a non-profit domestic violence agency have in common? You don’t know the answer? Let me give you a hint by asking another question.

What does a Master’s fellowship in documentary film making, a developmental director for Alternet.org, and the Managing Director of “Baykids” have in common? A hint about “Baykids.” This is a group of hospitalized kids learning to express themselves through movie making. Does that help?

Hmmm. Well, how about a brief stint in Peace Corps in Vanuatu, Melanesia, a former pet care business owner or the mother of two. Does that help any?

Geez – maybe this will help. A Masters degree in Chinese Medicine; passage of the California acupuncture board exam in 2009, and the sole practitioner of the “Beach Community Acupuncture”.

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Ocean Beach Land Speculator Makes Cool Half Mil in One Year by Flipping Apartments on Pt Loma Avenue

September 27, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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For some, the Great Recession has been a good deal. Just look at this land speculator who in a year’s time, made over a cool half million dollars by flipping apartments in Ocean Beach.

John Douglas Dudek bought 8 units in the 4700 block of Point Loma Avenue in September 2012 for $1.85 million. He just sold those same units for $2,384,200. That’s over half a million bucks in one year. Nice going for somebody who can afford that.

Isn’t it great to watch as Establishment types roll in the dough, while the rest of us working stiffs have trouble even making our rent or mortgage payments?

The property that has now been sold twice within a year is located at 4746-4756 1/2 Point Loma Ave (assessor’s parcel 448-351-06). It’s a single-story courtyard apartment that includes 8 two-bedroom and one-bath units – which are small, each with 672 square feet. There’s also 8 garages off the alley.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Unilaterally “Cancels” July 4th Marshmallow Fights

September 26, 2013 by Frank Gormlie

Lack of Community Consensus Could Lead to Worse Problems

At their public monthly meeting – held last night, Sept. 25th – the Ocean Beach Town Council voted to “cancel” the July 4th marshmallow wars.

The Council board passed a resolution that called on the community to end the annual and traditional marshmallow fights held just after the fireworks display on the beach.

Council representative Dave Cieslak told the media:

“Over time the hope is that the marshmallow war starts to taper off and goes away and that people can enjoy the Fourth of 4th of July without worrying about having a marshmallow thrown at their head.”

As part of their resolution, the OBTC will ask the San Diego Police Department to enforce the city’s laws against littering and throwing harmful objects.

The council will also be asking local merchants not to sell marshmallows, marshmallow “guns”, and other items related to the tradition, such as T-shirts. The fireworks will continue.

However, within the pro’s and con’s of the board’s resolution, there are some issues and questions that are left unresolved, despite this vote by the board.

First, we applaud the council’s effort to take some leadership around this sticky issue, as there hasn’t been any leadership or sponsorship taken by neighborhood groups up to now – due to the “organic” nature of the tradition itself, and it has been absolutely a leadership-less yearly event.

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Word to the Wise: Week of September 26, 2013

September 26, 2013 by Source
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By Kelsey Lynore / The Tarot Nook

Each week, Kelsey throws a “What to do?” spread for each of the zodiac signs. The first card is shown and the other two… well, you’ll just have to infer them from the written forecasts. Mind the heads up and have a lovely week!

AceofWandsRams

You may feel an overwhelming need to take a break this week, Aries. And while I usually encourage my readers to follow their feelings, it would be most unwise to take any sort of downtime right now. Your main creative project is simply too fresh, too new, and too delicate. It will wilt without your care. So, focus on where you’d like this endeavor to be heading and then take full charge to make sure all goes according to your plan. As this project starts to blossom, you may find that the labor itself becomes its own relaxation because the rewards are so stunningly sumptuous. But know this — You are the only one who should be calling the shots right now.

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San Diego Bolts’ Brass Must Decide on Mathews’ Future

September 26, 2013 by Andy Cohen

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Chargers and SDSU football teams have given San Diego little to cheer about early in the 2013 season.

By Andy Cohen

The state of San Diego football at both the pro and major college level is a pretty sad one as I sit here and type this. And it’s disappointing, because San Diego is one of the better football cities around. We deserve better here; a better pro/college stadium, and better teams that the fan base can be proud to support.

But we’re being seriously shortchanged here in “America’s Finest City.” Our pro team is apparently back to its maddeningly foundering ways with a star running back who the team doesn’t seem to trust with the ball. And our FBS college team….well, as much as I love my Aztecs (and yes, I am biased and not at all afraid to admit it), what’s happening out there on the field of play is nothing short of embarrassing. I expect much better from this program at this point in the program’s post-Chuck Long development.

Can’t trust star RB

In 2010, then General Manager AJ Smith traded up 16 spots in the first round to take Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews with the 12th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Matthews was talented to be sure, with plenty of speed and big play potential. Durability, however, was a major question mark.

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Sex in San Diego: Asexuality 101 — The invisible orientation

September 26, 2013 by Source
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By ApostleOfCarlin / Daily Kos

I’ll come out of my closet and state up front that this is a topic close to my heart, because I am asexual. No, I don’t reproduce through mitosis. I simply don’t experience sexual attraction to the same sex or to the opposite sex.

I have not spotted much in the way of discussion … on asexuality, though I’m glad to see there’s a lot of support here for the LGBT* community in general. I thought I’d be helpful and post a little introduction to asexuality, also known as the Fourth Orientation.

Unless you live in a cave, I’ll assume you’re familiar with heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality, characterized as attraction to the opposite sex, the same sex, and both sexes respectively.

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Gentle Fathers in the Wild

September 26, 2013 by Ernie McCray

At Camp HeiseBy Ernie McCray

I hadn’t camped since Nancy died in ’09. But there I was, this past weekend, laying my sleeping bag down on the ground, to spend some time in the wilderness, near Julian, for two days and two nights with some of the most delightful people one could ever meet in life. It would be an understatement to define those moments as nice.

I mean we were living good, just kicking back, underneath a sky that was black as it could be considering that there was a full moon at play, eating meals off the grill, over burning logs we needed to feel cozy in the evening chill.

It had been a while but nothing had changed since the days when Nancy and I and our offspring would get out into the woods. Like back then, no sooner than I stepped out of my car my spiritual nature rose to the fore.

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OB RAG Readers: We’re “down” today due to Editordude’s shoulder surgery

September 25, 2013 by Staff
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Notice to our readers:

We have to beg off today – the OB Rag is officially “down” for the day, as Editordude just had shoulder/neck surgery. It was minor but his range of motion is limited and even being at the keyboard is a strain. He has been cautioned by the doctor not to stretch too much as he might break his stitches.

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Huntington Beach Locals Revive Bias Against “Inlanders” – the ‘909er’ Stereotype

September 24, 2013 by Source
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By Paloma Esquivel / Los Angeles Times / September 21, 2013

For years, a stubborn divide between youth in Orange County’s beach communities and those who visit from the inland has been summed up in the term ‘909ers,’ a less-than-flattering reference to an Inland Empire area code that — in beach slang — has come to mean anybody east of the county line.

Its popularity has waxed and waned but resurfaced with a vengeance in the aftermath of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach in July.

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Do Artificial Surf Parks Make Oceans “Unnecessary”?

September 24, 2013 by Source
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Generated waves are safe and predictable, but they’re also a major energy drain

By Gillian Flaccus / Salon / Sept. 23, 2013

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Some of surfing’s biggest names aren’t just catching waves. They’re also talking about making them.

Surf parks — massive pools with repeating, artificial waves — are the latest buzzword in the surf community, as everyone from top athletes to retailers look for ways to expand the sport, boost sales and create a standardized way to train that could help surfing earn an Olympic pedigree.

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Former ATF Agent Talks Straw Purchasers, Background Checks and the NRA’s Relentless Attacks on Gun Laws

September 24, 2013 by Source

Editor: We thought a repost of this article originally posted on the San Diego Free Press March 19 this year would be appropriate.

by Kimberley Beatty

guns1Starting in 1990, I was a federal agent with both the DEA and ATF. My first assignment was with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms at their Richmond, Virginia office. At that time Virginia was a major source for illegal gun trafficking to urban centers in the eastern United States.

Over an 18 month period, 1,627 guns were obtained from crime scenes in New York. 41% of those guns had been purchased in Virginia and 10% of those guns were traced to one store, the Virginia Police Equipment Company in Richmond. That gun shop was not far from the federal building where I worked.

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San Diego’s New Main Library: A Benefit for All

September 24, 2013 by Source
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By Joe Flynn

Odd isn’t it? The self professed “cheerleaders” for San Diego – the editors of the U-T San Diego – preview the grand opening of the new library with this article puffed up with a quote from San Diego’s Dr. No, Richard Rider, libertarian. I wanted to get the spelling right, but after reading his remarks no one will mistake him for a librarian.

Richard Rider, a local libertarian, called the new library “a monument to an era that is ending — a structure that in a few years will have little more utility value than a Pharaoh’s pyramid in Egypt. The only difference is that the library will have high operating costs — the pyramids need no such annual funding.”

UT San Diego article “New library: Is this monument necessary?”

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Fletcher Versus Alvarez: The Battle for the Soul of San Diego’s Democratic Party

September 23, 2013 by Jim Miller

democratic-party-where-are-youby Jim Miller

This last week marked the two-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, a political happening that finally put the issue of economic inequality in the spotlight and started a national discussion about money, class, and political corruption. That movement was largely brought to us by young people, Millennials mostly, whose view of mainstream politics is justifiably jaded.

As Peter Beinart recently pointed out, “Compared to their Reagan-Clinton generation elders, Millennials are entering adulthood in an America where government provides much less economic security. And their economic experience in this newly deregulated America has been horrendous.”

And this experience has been made worse by bankrupt politics that pits what Beinart rightly characterizes as “a procapitalist, anti-bureaucratic Reaganized liberalism” that is “inclined toward market solutions” to everything against a radicalized “right wing populism”:

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Stagnation in San Diego – “What Economic Recovery?”

September 23, 2013 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter

The Center for Policy Initiatives (CPI) released its annual number crunching report for San Diego yesterday based on 2012 Census data, and picture painted within isn’t pretty.

Despite media reports about how “things are getting better”, CPI’s data point to the reality that the economic recovery has passed by most households and employees in the San Diego region.

“People have less money to spend, even those working full-time,” said CPI Research Director Peter Brownell in a press release. “The wealthiest saw their incomes increase in 2012, but when we hear talk of economic recovery, it hasn’t reached most people in our region.”

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The Birds, the Bees and the Wolfpack, Part 3

September 23, 2013 by Source

Filner was pushed. And yes, he jumped

jump_off_building1by Norma Damashek / NumbersRunner

Editor: Here’s Part 1 and Part 2.

Here’s a quick reminder about our former Mayor: there is no dispute that Bob Filner’s interpersonal habits, short fuse, and juvenile impulse control in the presence of women were blatant failings. The problem is, these failings were embedded in a unique individual whose political agenda was like long-awaited manna to the voters who elected him.

Tension, arguments, and righteous proclamations have erupted during these past months among San Diegans (mostly Democrats) genuinely torn between condemning a “progressive” political leader for his personal defects and giving up their hopes for a new, more enlightened social and economic agenda for San Diego — a no-win dilemma.

But there’s much more to the story. Last week, in an effort to shed light on likely suspects in the political defenestration of just-elected and swiftly-deposed Bob Filner, we herded the San Diego “wolfpack” into one side of a large meeting room for some mug shots.

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Cell Phone Tower Going Up on Newport Avenue?

September 20, 2013 by Matthew Wood
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By Matthew Wood

A potential new cell phone tower could be going up on the roof of the Newport Antique Center, at 4864 Newport Avenue.

Craig Gerwig, owner of the antique store between Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Cable Street, confirmed that he had plans to add the tower, but said no contracts were in place. A group of men were seen on the rooftop of the building late last week, presumably scoping out the site.

Gerwig refused to answer any questions about the possible addition to his business, but did say he had no concerns about any health issues that might arise from having a tower so close to a residential area.

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Surfrider Summons Beach-Lovers to Paddle for Clean Water Around Ocean Beach Pier – Sunday, Sept. 22

September 20, 2013 by Source
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Surfrider’s Annual Paddle for Clean Water Around OB Pier Hits 22

WHEN: Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: The Ocean Beach Pier at Newport and Abbott, in OB 92107

From Surfrider Foundation:

The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s Annual Paddle for Clean Water marks its 22nd year. The Paddle is a non-competitive event demonstrating support for pollution-free beaches and waterways.

Participants are encouraged to bring

  • a surfboard,
  • kayak,
  • body board
  • or other human-powered craft

In this paddle around Southern California’s longest pier in a mass display of solidarity for the protection of our precious coastline.

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Restaurant Review : Old Venice Restaurant

September 20, 2013 by Judi Curry
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Old Venice Restaurant
2910 Canon Avenue
Point Loma, CA 92106
619-222-5888

San Diego’s Restaurant Week unleashes the names of many restaurants that people do not try on a regular basis. Usually the cost is too high for the regular menu and some of these gems go untried by only those that can afford pricey meals. Barbara and I had made plans to go out to lunch as early as 3 weeks ago, but could never find a date that was agreeable to both of us.

Then Wham! Restaurant Week was upon us and one of the restaurants in the Pt. Loma/Ocean Beach area and a place she had been to last year appeared on the list. After checking the menu, she called me and suggested that we go to Old Venice for their $10 lunch special. It sounded like a good idea to me and she made reservations for us at 12:30 pm.

Although they take reservations at lunch, it was not needed.

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On This Harvest Moon

September 19, 2013 by Source
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By Stephanie L. Denton

Today we celebrate the Harvest Moon. Its time to prepare for the upcoming season change by gathering what we have grown through the Spring to Summer seasons. With her help Mother Moon sheds a little extra light onto this process. She tugs and pulls at our waters and ourselves, giving light to the shadows to better excavate by.

She shows us half of herself one night a month, the rest of the month we see her partially. Twelve times a year we get to see a solid half of her, the rest is a mystery. I find comfort in this as the mystery of the human personality persists, and I relate her phenomena to human character. What a beautiful thing to be revered when the light shines down and the scenery is illuminated.

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Word to the Wise: Week of September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013 by Source
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By Kelsey Lynore / The Tarot Nook

Each week, Kelsey throws a “What to do?” spread for each of the zodiac signs. The first card is shown and the other two… well, you’ll just have to infer them from the written forecasts. Mind the heads up and have a lovely week!

10WheelofFortuneRams

Prepare for a banner week, Aries. But know this: Your dreams won’t come true if you isolate yourself in your own mental bubble and fantasize about how great your life could be if only. You need to move out into the world and make it happen! Is it scary? Of course! Will it get your blood pumping? I sure hope so! But where you might have tried and failed in the past, you now stand a very good chance of succeeding. So, strap on your hiking boots, pack only those things that you want to carry with you into the future, and then move towards that future. As soon as you do move, you really, really will. Yee-haw!

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Final Design of OB Veterans’ Memorial Plaza Made Public

September 19, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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It’s happened. The final design for the new Ocean Beach Veterans’ Memorial Plaza has been publicly unveiled.

Over the last week and a half, presentations of the new design have been made in front of both the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association and the OB Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) – the project’s sponsoring organization. And both groups gave green lights to the project that will replace the current memorial, one that has been worn down literally by salt air, sand, ocean water, foot traffic – not to mention marshmallows – .

Yet it may be years before the new memorial project itself is completely constructed.

The OB Veterans’ Plaza has also been in the news for months (for instance San Diego Newsroom ) because of a connection with the developer Sunroad and accusations of ‘pay to play’ monies given to the City, that former Mayor Filner wanted to go to the memorial. (It was mentioned in last weeks San Diego Reader cover story entitled “Did Sunroad pay to play?” )

Once built, the new plaza will have a final design that resulted from a process that involved two community workshops earlier this year and the creative input of the design consultant, and will be located next to the current reserved parking lot south of the main lifeguard station, butting up to Abbott Street. It will have a mosaic walkway from Abbott Street to a gathering plaza next to the sand, and includes four granite walls with the names of the honored vets. A crosswalk at Newport Avenue and Abbott Street is also being considered as part of the design.

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For the Love of Food: Baked Pears With Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Honey

September 19, 2013 by Source

By Melissa Phy / For the Love of Food

I don’t really eat dessert. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate it, because I love me some chocolate. But it’s just not something I consume — or make — very often.

My very good friend Annie was helping me brainstorm some ideas for blog posts and she suggested a fall-type dessert, a sort of teaser for the impending season.

We came up with baked pears with blue cheese and honey, and walnuts for texture (and because I had some in my freezer patiently waiting to be used up).

Delicious on their own. Dynamite when combined.

Delicious on their own. Dynamite when combined.

This recipe is super simple and a crowd-pleaser, perfect for when you want to impress company.

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