OB RAG Community Bulletin and sometimes Discussion Board for the week of September 22nd-29th, 2009.
News and views, community events, thoughts, musings – it’s all here. Discuss anything that is bugging you, or exciting you, or of interest. Or just something you want to share with the rest of us. Do it in the comments section.
Not only that, if you or your buds are having a meeting or event you would like to inform the rest of us about, do so here. If you are having a GARAGE or YARD SALE this week, let us know.
Leaflet Against War at Point Loma High School This Week
Students want an education not a one way ticket to a war zone. Help them learn the truth about war. Reaching students with an anti war message and offering alternatives is the best way to help them avoid going to war and reduce the war machine. If you can help, contact Stephanie Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org until Wed, 9/23. After Wed. please contact Susan Orlofsky at email@example.com.
OB Town Council and Dog Beach Dog Wash Doin’ It – Annual Clean-up on Halloween
The OB Town Council in conjunction with Dog Beach Dog Wash and the City’s ESD are doing the annual cleanup on 10-31-09. There is a need for volunteers. Last year over 18,000 pounds of couches, TV’s and other things dumped in the alleys of OB were collected, many unweighed recyclables. Here’s a link to the OBTC website.
We’re Number 37! Number 37, 37, 37! (C’mon – chant!)
According to the World Health Organization, the “overall health system performance” of the U.S. puts it in 37th place in the world. Here is a great music video on YouTube called “We’re Number 37”. It’s gone viral, approaching 300,000 hits. Watch it and forward the link to your friends.
Last Week’s 25th Annual Coastal Clean-Up Resulted in 65,000 Pounds of Trash
About 180 volunteers had signed up to be part of the OB sector in last week’s clean-up. Over-all, a record number of volunteers helped beautify and restore San Diego’s coastline, waterways, and open space areas Saturday (9/19) as part of the 25th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. With 85 percent of cleanup sites reporting, a total of 9,587 volunteers participated in the cleanup effort at a record 80 cleanup sites throughout San Diego County and Tijuana.
The volunteers removed more than 65,000 pounds of debris from more than 120 miles of land and even underwater at two dive sites. Last year, more than 160,000 pounds of trash was picked up, according to I Love A Clean San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper. (Go here for the remainder of the article from SDNN.) Question: why was this year’s clean-up short of about 100,000 pounds of trash from last year?
OB Librarian Promoted and Transferred
Matt Beatty has been promoted and will transfer to Malcolm X library as their branch manager. There is no replacement branch manager yet, as more particulars will be found out in the near future. We all will miss Matt, but he does need that promotion. The Friends of the OB Library plan some sort of send-off. At their last meeting Matt suggested we wait until we have the new person so that he/she can be invited.
To those of us involved in last Fall’s campaign to save the OB library, Matt was as helpful as he could be as a city employee. We all wish Matt the best, as he opens the next chapter of his life.
OB Hoopers Have Trial in November
Remember the fire performance hoopers cited last June here in OB? Four women hoopers were cited by police in early June while practicing their craft and skills at North OB. They were cited for a violation of city municipal law prohibiting setting things on fire, an infraction. Their trial has been set for November 19th.
They are contesting the charges, as many in the fire performers community view the case as a threat to their art and livelihood. There are stirrings within this community to form some sort of coalition that could hammer out agreements with the police and fire marshal, so that citations like this won’t occur in the future.