October 2017

A Summary of Nuclear Waste Issue at San Onofre

October 23, 2017 by Source

By Gary Headrick

I was recently asked to clear up some confusion about our nuclear waste strategy in an email thread between some good friends. I thought it might be worth sharing a refined version of my reply with you.

Also if you have not signed and shared our Petition yet, please do.

Here is the basic objective:

Delay the date for silos on the beach to get loaded with extremely radioactive waste.

This allows time to consider better alternatives that make us safer while deadly waste remains here cooling off for perhaps decades before it can be moved. We must deal with the fact that they are using canisters that can’t be monitored to prevent leaks, can’t be repaired

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Restaurant Review: Meechai Thai Cuisine in the Midway

October 23, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Meechai Thai Cuisine
3960 W. Point Loma Blvd. #4
(Midway Town Center at Sports Arena)
San Diego, CA 92110

On the one day of the week that the weather changed from 80 degrees to 68 degrees, windy, and wet, was the one day that the Widows were getting together for lunch. We had talked about going to the OB Brewery, and in spite of the fact that none of us drink beer, we had heard that the food was so good we should go and check it out. Except when we drove by to park the car, we saw that the umbrellas were not unfurled; it was wet outside, and, very breezy. We decided to try it another time.

Our next stop was at the OB Noodle Café. After all, we reasoned, it was only 11:15am and wouldn’t be too crowded. Wrong. It was packed. So it was left up to me to find a place and I remembered going to the Meechai 25 years ago. I wondered how much it had changed over the years.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that not much has changed.

The ambiance was inviting; the seating was cozy; and Janet, the server, was the same server from many years ago. What probably has changed was the menu.

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Point Loma’s Jack Allen Davis – Pilot and Adventurer of a Bygone Era

October 23, 2017 by Source

By Brett Warnke

San Diego historian Karen Scanton presented “Read the Book Before you Fly ‘Em,” a lecture focused on Point Loma’s Jack Allen Davis, Jr. at last Thursday’s – October 19th – OB Historical Society’s monthly event.

In a series of slides at the newly branded Water’s Edge Faith Community – formerly the United Methodist Church -, Scanton offered a biographic lecture focused on the life of a local adventurer. Davis was a flyer but he was also a yarnspinner—“the train tore down the tracks and tooted its tooter”—and a speculator who bought and sold surplus aircraft after World War II.

Davis built and operated Red Sails Inn (closed in September 2016) and later, Palomar Airport. In one of Scanton’s examples, Davis bought small planes like the Howard DGA-15P and when he met airport workers on the runway who looked on in awe, pointing to several Howards, notoriously difficult to land, that had crashed and lay in ruins nearby.

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Mel Freilicher’s ‘American Cream’: Rewriting the Radical Past to Redeem the Future

October 23, 2017 by Jim Miller

Mining the Heart of the American Left to Address Today’s Bleak Realpolitik

Mel Freilicher will be reading and discussing “American Cream” in San Diego City Works Press’ Release Event at Verbatim Books, located at 3793 30th Street in North Park, on Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m.

Longtime San Diego resident, writer, educator, and activist Mel Freilicher was the editor of the regional literary journal Crawl Out Your Window for 15 years and taught at San Diego State and in UCSD’s literature department for several decades. In addition to this, Mel has published in a wide range of publications and anthologies including two chapbooks on Standing Stone Press and Obscure Publications.

His last two books on San Diego City Works Press, “The Unmaking of Americans: 7 Lives” and “The Encyclopedia of Rebels” engage radical American history in a way that brings together serious fiction, history, fantasy, memoir, humor, and political commentary in the service of excavating some of the lost stories of the American left and countercultures.

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Televangelist Extremist Morris Cerullo Gets His Disneyland Park in Mission Valley

October 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

San Diego City Council Approves 18-Acre Christian-Themed Center

On Tuesday, October 17th, the San Diego City Council approved televangelist Morris Cerullo’s $130 – 160 million Legacy International Center project. The Center will replace the former Mission Valley Resort at 875 South Hotel Circle Drive on an 18 acre site at the west end of Mission Valley.

That’s the main headline.

But what the Council also did was approve a mini Disneyland-type of religious theme-park that will promote controversial religious tourism, owned by the head of a extremist Evangelical empire who is outspoken in his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, who was expelled from India for religious disturbances, who is criticized by rabbis for trying to convert Jews, and whose disputed claims of being a faith healer and miracle worker have led to at least one documented death.

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Is the San Diego Mayor’s Office Boycotting Ocean Beach?

October 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Is there a boycott going on by the San Diego Mayor’s Office in attending Ocean Beach community meetings?

For at least the last six months, the leaders of both the Ocean Beach Town Council and the Ocean Beach Planning Board have openly complained during their public meetings about the absence of anyone from the Mayor’s Office.

I’ve sat through most of these meetings over these 6 months and have heard both John Ambert, chair of the OB Planning Board, and Gretchen Newsom, president of the OB Town Council, cite their continuing disappointment that Mayor Faulconer has failed to send a representative to their community meetings.

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Special City Council Hearing on Vacation Rentals for Oct. 23rd Is Cancelled

October 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A special hearing by the San Diego City Council set for Monday, October 23rd, on deciding policy on short term vacation rentals has been cancelled. The cancellation – or ‘adjournment’ – was basically due to a last-minute memo from the City Attorney’s Office that raised legal questions about elements of the proposed ordinances by various members of the Council.

Mrytle Cole, President of the City Council, issued a Memo on Thursday, October 19th, that stated in part:

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San Diego City Council Not Ready for Vacation Rentals at Monday Oct. 23 Meeting

October 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It does not appear that the San Diego City Council will be ready to finally make policy on short term vacation rentals at their hearing set for Monday, October 23rd.

Said Councilman David Alvarez, a key player on the issue:

“The breaking news is there won’t be anything done on Monday.”

A front page article in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune quotes Alvaraz as saying he doesn’t see how the Council can move forward on the contentious issue after the City Attorney just released

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City Road Blocks and Other Shenanigans Keep ‘Surf Check’ From Happening in South Ocean Beach

October 19, 2017 by Judi Curry

At a time when many protests over the fact that Target wants to becomes established in Ocean Beach rile the community, I think it is about time that people become aware of how a “little man”, wanting to start a successful business in OB is being met with frustration after frustration.

Just about a year ago I wrote an article about the Surf Check – a dream of Richard Aguirre‘s to own a small business that would enhance the local neighborhood.

For those of you that are not aware of the Surf Check it is located on the northwest corner of Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma Avenue. It is, for all intent and purposes, a “food truck.” Richard wanted it to be more than just a food truck, and, with permits from the city, put in a raised platform and added tables and benches to the area.

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Ten Years Ago the ‘OB Rag’ Started Under Fire

October 18, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It was ten years ago this month that the online version of the OB Rag was launched into the ether of the internet. We began publishing October 26-27, 2007 – and we began under fire.

10 years ago a massive fire raged across San Diego County from October 19th through the 27th. Over 346,890 acres were burned, over 1,588 residences were destroyed and there were 7 civilian fatalities.

It resulted in one of the largest mass evacuations in California history – and certainly the largest in Southern California – where 640,000 residents were evacuated.

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OB Planning Board Vice-Chair Sounds Off on Vacation Rentals at ‘Voice of San Diego’

October 18, 2017 by Source

Blake Herrschaft Says Vacation Rentals Worsen the Housing Crisis

By Blake Herrschaft / Voice of San Diego/ October 16, 2017

If Councilmen Chris Ward, David Alvarez, Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey get their way, up to 10,000 housing units in San Diego could be effectively taken offline, making the housing crisis we’re now facing far worse.

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Sailboat for Peace Crashes Fleet Week

October 18, 2017 by Dave Rice

Golden Rule Sails In Peacefully

By Dave Rice /San Diego Reader / Oct. 15, 2017

On Saturday (October 14), Fleet Week was in full swing at San Diego Bay.

Crowds lined the waterfront from Tuna Harbor north along the Embarcadero to watch Navy and Coast Guard vessels and helicopters performing in and over the water. More waited in line to tour Broadway Pier, where sailors sporting sidearms and semiautomatic rifles guarded access to the amphibious transport ship USS Anchorage, troop transports, churro vendors, tanks, bubble tea stands, and pieces of heavy artillery on display.

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Why Councilman Cate Likely Won’t Be Prosecuted for Helping Out Soccer City

October 18, 2017 by Doug Porter

City Councilman Chris Cate’s admission of his decision to pass along a confidential legal memo to a lobbyist working for the backers of the Soccer City development proposal has been at the center of controversy in recent days.

Cate and his PR guy say the decision to share was a necessary part of gathering information to make an informed decision. Except it would appear the Councilman had already taken a stance since his photograph appears alongside a supportive quote with other project backers at GoalSD.com. And lobbyist Craig Benedetto, who received the memo–stamped “confidential”–donated to and raised funds for Cate earlier this year.

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OB Historical Society Presents: Life of Point Loma’s Own ‘Fly Boy’ – Jack Allen Davis, Jr – Oct.19th

October 17, 2017 by Source

“Read the Book Before You Fly ‘Em”,
By Karen Scanlon –
Thurs. Oct. 19, 2017 at 7 pm
at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

From OBHS:

Point Loma’s Jack Allen Davis, Jr. wanted to fly airplanes. And fly ‘em he did! This high-flying speculator bought and sold World War II surplus aircraft with daring competence. Jack was a local boy who learned to fly at age 14 with Gibbs Flying Service. “Old Bill Gibbs turned me loose on an old Piper Cub,” Jack bragged.

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OB Planning Board Chair Says Project at Ebers and Greene Is a ‘Public Nuisance’ and Calls for City to Take Action

October 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Ambert Calls Project at 2269 Ebers a Violation of Municipal Code

The Chair of the Ocean Beach Planning Board, John Ambert, in a letter to City representatives, described the decaying construction project at Ebers and Greene Streets a “public nuisance” and calls on the City to take action.

Recently, part of the fence that surrounds the site collapsed at 2269 Ebers and exposed the fact that the skeleton of a 3-story building has been lived in.

Ambert – in his letter to Xavier Del Valle (of the Development Services Dept.?) and Conrad Wear, Councilwoman Lorie Zapf’s community rep – says

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Development to Begin On the Last Sand Dune of Ocean Beach

October 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It appears with the recent installation of a construction fence around it, the “Last Sand Dune of Ocean Beach” will be demolished with the building of a mixed-use project upon its soon-to-disappear sands.


The project at 5040 Santa Monica Avenue includes a 2-story commercial unit in front and 4 residential units behind and above it. The Ocean Beach Planning Board approved it by a vote of 7 to 2 over two years ago

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How San Diego’s Transit Went from First to Worst

October 17, 2017 by Source

By Murtaza Baxamusa / UrbDeZine

The current leadership at San Diego’s regional transportation agency hates tax, except that they love to spend it.

This double-standard has become increasingly apparent in the recent months, as they are back-filling the shortfall in the local sales tax revenues and increase in project costs with $5 billion from a statewide gas tax that many on the agency’s board vehemently oppose.

With the failure of the local sales tax measure last year, and the gridlock in Washington D.C., the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG – in charge of planning and building transit in the county) is now far more dependent on the passage of transportation taxes by the California legislature.

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Ocean Beach Planners’ Panel to Review New Design of Condos at Abbott and Muir – Wed., Oct. 18th

October 16, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Planning Board Project Review Committee meets Wednesday, October 18th, and has two projects on its agenda.

The first is the 4 condos project at Abbott and Muir and the second is the Houlton Family bluff repair project. The Project Review panel is a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board and makes recommendations to the full board. The meetings take place at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica in the Community Meeting Room. They start at 6pm.

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OB Walkabout No. 2

October 16, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Being an occasional column featuring sights and sounds from Ocean Beach and Point Loma.


My nephew was surfing Dog Beach a few years back and he heard some distant thunder.
Two other guys were talking to each other about the situation:

First Surfer: Do you think we should get out of the water?

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98 Year Old Cottage Demolished on Del Mar Ave in Ocean Beach

October 16, 2017 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

After years of blight at 4706 Del Mar Avenue in Ocean Beach, the 1919 cottage and other structures have been demolished.

OB historian Ruth Held described the property many years ago as having a beautiful garden.

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A First Hand Account of the Northern California Fires

October 16, 2017 by Source

Editor: We have all read about the horrible fires and devastation north of us. This account was sent to OB Rag staff member Judi Curry by a friend living in the Bay Area, who has given permission to post.

I am going up today to look around. I am still shut out of my neighborhood. The boys are staying at the beach.

Reflecting on the current reality, and thought I’d share, since some folks who haven’t been here yet are driving in this weekend …

We walk around in masks, and know what N95 means. We regularly ask if you “saw flames or just smoke.” We gather in parking lots to watch our hillside, discuss “back fire,” and argue over white vs. black smoke. We end conversations with strangers with “Be Safe.”

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The New Democrats Crab-Walking with the Radical Right, San Diego Style

October 16, 2017 by Jim Miller

Last week in the second part of my review of Nancy MacLean’s “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” I noted how the complicity of neoliberal Democrats with the aims of the Right is one of the reasons why fighting the Koch brothers of the world has been so difficult. Thinking they are reasonably compromising or engaging in a savvy war of position, these Democrats are instead simply crab walking us over a cliff.

More specifically, following MacLean’s argument, I observe that:

The key here was the embrace of privatization as the point of the spear, the starting point for their greater, unstated war on government and democracy itself. One of things that made this effective, of course, was the fact that many neoliberal Democrats were unwitting accomplices in this slow-motion demolition of democracy. MacLean again notes:

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SANDAG Reform Becomes Reality; Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill No.805

October 13, 2017 by Doug Porter

I’m pleased to report some good news today. San Diego’s regional transportation agency is going to change the way they do business, thanks to AB 805, legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher and signed by the Governor on Wednesday, October 11th.

This is a big deal, even if most of the benefits are in the future. The balance of power is shifting to areas of the region where most people live. The old boy network’s influence over long-term planning for San Diego County has been diminished.

This is a good thing .

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San Diego’s Dangling Participles

October 13, 2017 by Source

By Norma Damashek / San Diego Free Press

Dangling participle – a piece of a sentence in search of its true identity. Here’s an example: Sitting in the boss’s chair, deadly disease runs rampant among homeless people on the streets of San Diego.

What’s wrong with this sentence? Something’s missing. We can fix it this way: Sitting in the boss’s chair, Mayor Kevin Faulconer twiddles his thumbs while deadly disease runs rampant among homeless people….

An equally correct alternative might be: Sitting in the boss’s chair, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors lazily ignore their civic responsibilities as deadly disease runs rampant….

Once we get the grammar right, the picture becomes clear. Locally-elected officials – by choosing to ignore their political duty

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Point Loma Project at Garrison and Locust Raises Community’s Eyebrows

October 12, 2017 by Source

Roseville developers’ runaround in progress

Editor: This article by Julie Stalmer originally appeared in the San Diego Reader on October 6th. Since its publication, the City’s Development Services Department (DSD) got back to Julie .

By Julie Stalmer/ San Diego Reader / Oct. 6, 2017

Since moving into the Roseville neighborhood in May, Toni Popoki Reed had not seen much happening in the vacant lot across the street. She knew of the housing project that broke ground there in 2016. She was aware it had stalled sometime early 2017 but didn’t know why. She was surprised when, mid-September, she saw something other than the weeds getting taller on the corner of Garrison Street and Locust Street.

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The Boycott of Target Express in Ocean Beach Is On

October 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

Members of the “No Target in OB” group hosted a forum Wednesday night, October 11th, and the message from all the presentations is, the boycott of Target Express in Ocean Beach is on, baby!

About 40 people crammed into the meeting room of the OB Rec Center to view a good power-point presentation by Kim McGinley with updates and messages the group wants to get out to the community about why a boycott is necessary. McGinley pressed the message, “it’s not a done deal yet,”

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OB Rag Says: ‘Thanks, Ocean Beach, for These Last Ten Years’

October 12, 2017 by Staff

This month the online OB Rag is ten years old! We started publishing during the fires of late October 2007.

And we’ve been going strong ever since! A lot of that is due to the solid support OBceans and friends have given us.

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Reader Rant: ‘My Family Just Got Robbed of Our Rent’

October 12, 2017 by Source

By Josh Weber

My family just got robbed of our rent.

We have two girls and a baby on the way, so this is extremely tough … for the first time since my oldest was born, thoughts of homelessness cross my mind.

We were trying to move from one place to another. It’s the same size as where we lived before, just cheaper and a further commute. Finally we could save a little, and our kids would still have their own room and space.

We were struggling to get in with individual agents, each charging us around $100 for applications or credit checks.

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If Trump Is Impeached Will His Base Mobilize Against a ‘Liberal Coup’?

October 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Second of Two Parts

In one of the most provocative incidents involving self-styled Neo-Nazis since Charlottesville, about 25 men in masks and bandanas descended on a progressive book fair in Houston, Texas on Sunday, September 24th. They set off smoke bombs, shouted “sieg hiel!”, “blood and soil!” and generally harassed folks at the event.

It was a story totally missed by mainstream media, but observed by reporters from AlterNet who filed a report, picked up by other progressive news sites:

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‘No Target in OB’ Community Forum – Wed. Oct. 11th at OB Rec Center

October 10, 2017 by Source

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