OCEAN BEACH, CA. This is the “New and Improved” version of OB Flashes – the OB Rag’s calendar and discussion board for the week of September 30th through October 6th, 2009. What follows are of interest to OBceans everywhere:
Anti-Hate Crimes Conference Oct 1
United for a Hate Free San Diego, a coalition of faith and community leaders, presents the 2nd annual Hate Crimes Summit on Thursday Oct. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Ave, in El Cajon. A series of violent, hate-motivated incidents in East County and elsewhere in San Diego County have prompted community leaders to take action on in hopes of raising awareness and preventing future violence.
In our region, most hate crimes are committed by minors under the age of 21, according to the coalition’s website, highlighting the need for better education and intervention programs to prevent such violence. In some cases, crimes were not reported or prosecuted as hate crimes, instead being labeled gang violence or other offenses by law enforcement although victims were taunted with racial, ethnic or gender-based slurs prior to physical attacks.
OB’s Oktoberfest Is on October 10th at the OB Pier
This year’s Ocean Beach Oktobefest 2009 is set to take off on Oct. 10th, from 10 am to 8:30pm. It will be held down at the OB Pier. There will be two stages, and a Bavarian Beer Garden. Free shuttle buses are provided, every 30 minutes from PB to OB and back, from noon to 8:30pm. This year’s event is sponsored by the OB Mainstreet Association. For more details – go to www.OBOktoberfest.com .
Peaceniks Leaflet Point Loma High School
San Diego’s local Coalition for Peace and Justice members and other volunteers handed out anti-war fliers to students as they arrived at Point Loma High on Wednesday, September 30th. Our local supporter reported that it was a successful flier event – as there were 4 people at the both the front and back of the high school, situated on Chatsworth Blvd. Over 700 fliers were distributed, providing students and their parents info on how to “opt out” of military recruiters contacting the students at home. Some parents were irate as they wanted their kids to have the opportunity be sent off to future wars and brought back in body bags. However the school vice principal and gardener were very nice. If you would like to join this effort contact the OB Rag and we’ll put you in touch with this organizing effort.
North OB Restrooms to have Temporary and Mobile Replacements
As many know, the public restrooms at the beach in north OB have been torn down. The facility will not be fully replaced for another 18 months. In the meantime, the City of San Diego plans on installing mobile and temporary restrooms on the old cement slab. There are port-a-johns there at the moment. The mobile units are waiting for final approval.
Bongo drum attacker arrested on Voltaire Street
Union-Tribune reports: A 35-year-old man was arrested in Ocean Beach early Thursday (10/01/09) after police said he hit a woman on the head with a bongo drum. Officers were called to Voltaire Street near Etiwanda Street about 3:40 a.m. by someone who heard a woman calling for help, San Diego police said.
When officers arrived, they found the woman bleeding from a gash on the back of her head, police said.She said she was walking with the man and some other friends when for unknown reasons he hit her with the 2-foot-tall drum, police said. The attacker was taken into custody and the instrument was impounded. The woman was taken to a hospital for stitches. Police said the pair had been drinking.
Diver who died off Sunset Cliffs identified
A scuba diver who apparently drowned off Sunset Cliffs Tuesday has been identified as Daniel Forchione, an officer with the University of Arizona Police Department who was vacationing with his family in San Diego, university police said Wednesday. Forchione, 46, was a 15-year veteran of the department in Tucson. He served most recently as a motor officer.
He and two diving companions were heading back to their chartered dive boat after completing a second dive Tuesday when he became separated from the other two, according to Rich Sillanpa, president of Dive Connections in Mission Bay. Forchione took off his tank, but still had his weight belt on, and it appears he may have panicked on the surface, Sillanpa said. An autopsy will be performed this week.
Forchione is survived by his wife, who works as an officer with the Tucson Police Department, and their 8-month-old daughter.
Another Sewer Spill
From the Reader : on Sept 28 by By Cindy Winslow
Dog Beach was crowded with beachgoers and their dogs playing in the hazy afternoon sun on Saturday, September 26. Just a couple days earlier, signs warning of sewage contamination in the water flanked the popular canine hangout.
The contamination originated from a 1368-gallon sewage spill in Mission Valley at 11:28 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23. The spill was caused by a grease blockage and began at the intersection of Mission Center Road and Camino de la Reina. The untreated sewage flowed into a storm drain that empties into the San Diego River, which leads to Dog Beach.
“I didn’t even know there had been a sewage spill,” said one dog owner as she stood on the sand and watched her dog frolic in the surf. “Either way, there’s nothing that’s going to keep him out of the water.”
Banned Book Week Looks at Censorship
During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2009 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 26 through October 3.
Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click
here to see a map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007 to 2009. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups–or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore the latest problems to classic and beloved works of American literature.
For the ten most challenged titles, go to the American Library Association, and see how them out of 513 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2008.
OB Town Council and Dog Beach Dog Wash 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.