OB Flashes – News, Calendar and Discussion Board: October 9 – 15, 2009

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OCEAN BEACH, CA.

This is the latest version of OB Flashes – the OB Rag’s news, calendar and discussion board for the week of October 9th through 15th, 2009.   What follows are the latest newsy bits, calendar, and discussion of issues in the comments section – of interest to OBceans everywhere:

UPDATE: Airport could get a new track – public hearings to be held on High-Speed Rail line

SDNN/ October 10, 2009.

San Diego residents will have the chance to weigh in on the three proposed routes for the California High-Speed Rail line that is expected to run from Los Angeles to San Diego by 2019.

The state is planning to construct a high-speed train that will ultimately run from San Francisco and Sacramento to San Diego and perhaps include a stop at Lindbergh Field. The railroad line is being planned in eight segments by the California High-Speed Rail Authority with input from regional planning groups.

Three meetings will be held, on Oct. 13, 14 and 15, for the public to comment on the three proposed routes that will stop in University City and then continue Downtown. The meetings will feature various information booths — rather than a lecture presentation —to discuss environmental issues, stations, the process and so on.

OB Elementary calling on alumni for Holiday Parade

The elementary school of Ocean Beach is celebrating its centennial next year.  To honor that occasion, the school is calling on all its alumni to join them in this years Holiday Parade.  The goal is to have a Birthday Cake Float, and if need be, have our younger alumni pushing any older alumni in any mode possible. OB Elementary will also have a booth set up in the Funzone selling all Logowear, etc.  The Chair of the event is Jeff Fagan.

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Should this tree be cut down?

The Union-Tribune’s “Just Fix-it” column reported that the City of San Diego has determined that this Monterey  Cypress on Del Mar Ave is dying and is ready to be cut down. Do you agree? Local residents are fearful that if the tree falls, it will damage local cars – as a similar tree did across the street earlier this year.  Go check it out. Here is the link to the U-T article on signonsandiego.com.

Hodad’s staging benefit to honor OB Elementary’s Centennial

Hodad’s, probably OB’s most famous restaurant, is having a benefit for OB Elementary School on Thursday, October 22nd.  In honor of the school’s centennial, from 11 am to 9 pm, Hodad’s will donate 25% of its sales to the school.  The restaurant is also asking customers and other members of the community to drop off items that can be donated to the school. Items such as gift certificates, retail items, dinners, free or discounted treatments and tickets can be dropped off at Hodad’s, located at 5010 Newport Avenue.

OB Rag to receive ‘special award’ from OB Mainstreet Association

At its next Annual Awards dinner the OB Mainstreet Association will be giving the OB Rag a “Special Award”.  Members of this website will graciously accept and do a live blog session during the actual award ceremony. This will be the first formal award that this website has received since our inception two years ago.

Anti-graffiti progress seen along cliffs but not at local market

One of OB’s local anti-graffiti activists, Ed Baier, reported that on Wednesday, October 7th, three days had gone by with no graffiti seen along Sunset Cliffs from Pt. Loma Ave to the OB Pier at Niagara.  Hopefully, none has appeared more recently.  Our community has Ed and other such activists to thank for their diligence in keeping our cliffs graffiti-free.

However, on another front, a local market still has not addressed graffiti on its walls and roof.  Another anti-graffiti activist has informed us of the following:

I wanted to let you and everyone else know that Apple Tree market is still not doing anything about the numerous large tags all over their building.  The mural on the north side has been tagged for months now, and if you stand over near Pirates Cove coffee cart, you can see a variety of very large tags all over the roof area.  I have asked someone to do something about it, but apparently there is a lag in their caring about this issue. Go in and let them know or … in the alternative, take a moment to fill out the city’s complaint form here:

It only takes a second and they only ask for your name and phone (phone not required). Apple Tree’s address is 4949 Santa Monica Ave.  If they get enough complaints, they will have to start maintaining their building.  It’s a total mess right now.

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Above Sunset Cliffs by Ken Goldman.

Sale of Sunset Cliffs seascape to benefit Cliffs Natural Park Council

Local artist Ken Goldman has completed a spectacular painting of Sunset Cliffs. Copies of the painting are being sold to benefit the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council by having a portion of the purchase price donated to the Council to used for the implementation of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Master Plan. There are various sizes  available for purchase . Please contact Ken for more details.

OB Rag to you: please support our sponsors

If you have noticed of late, our right sidebar has new logos and ads of our sponsors. Please support those who support us. And tell them they you saw their logo on the OB Rag. It will impress them. And us.

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Jump in the OB Elementary PTA’s recycling program

OB Elementary PTA is running a recycling program to assist them in raising funds for the school this year.  Please look through the list of everything that they can accept, and bring in your donations to OBE or they will pick up locally on the peninsula!

OB Elementary recycles:

Cell Phones, GPS Devices, iPods, DVDs, PDAs, Inkjet cartridges, Laser cartridges, Video Games, Digital Cameras, and Laptops. The Cartridges for Kids program is not only good for our environment, it is good for our children. www.cartridgesforkids.com

OB Peoples Food to hold “Healthy Halloween for The Children”

On Halloween, Peoples will have a great event for kids at the store. The “Healthy Halloween” will be from 3 to 5:30 pm. For more info, call 619-224-1387.

Don’t forget Halloween clean-up by OB Town Council and Dog Wash

On October 31st, the OBTC, Dog Beach Dog Wash, and the City’s Environmental Services are sponsoring a community clean-up and recycling day.  Get rid of those old appliances, old electronics and that other junk that you’ve been storing in the garage or back yard.  Check out this pdf document to what’s recyclable and what’s not, plus other details, like where to take your junk.

The OBTC meets next on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

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avatar doug porter October 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Demonstration in support of health care reform…. from MoveOn

‘We’re counting on you!’ Rally
in front of Senator Feinstein’s office Downtown, 750 B Street (Map)
San Diego, CA 92108
Wednesday, October 14th, 12:00 PM

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avatar Molly October 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I appreciate OB Flashes even if no one else does. Lots of little items that would be missed during the busy, normal course of things.

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avatar Editor October 10, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Molly – ah, thanks for your support. But these OB Flashes just went up, and plus it’s a beautiful day and we really don’t want people sitting at home (like us) and being on their computer in the middle of a gorgeous day. Besides there’s Oktoberfest. And then Lane is taking the GRE – good luck, dude! You’ll do well, we know. And then Jon is taking off on a cruise with future in-laws. Keep your lifejacket on at all times! Mary is busy waitressing and trying to pay bills by writing for others. Dave’s got twelve gigs this weekend alone. Gary’s got a business to run, Patty has a neck collar on, Frank has to do work that brings in money, Anna is planning our counter-attack on the fundies, Wireless is cleaning his apartment for our upcoming monthly meeting, Ernie is pondering the next step, … but Doug, PSD and maybe Jon are at the Oktoberfest and hopefully will be filing a report with lots of photos soooooon. Stay tuned.

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avatar jon October 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm

ugh…can we please not import every douche-bag from PB to our event in the future? That beer garden was a nightmare. Last year was way more local, way more fun.

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avatar Editor October 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Check this out – very important: UPDATE: Airport could get a new track – public hearings to be held on High-Speed Rail line

San Diego residents will have the chance to weigh in on the three proposed routes for the California High-Speed Rail line that is expected to run from Los Angeles to San Diego by 2019.

The state is planning to construct a high-speed train that will ultimately run from San Francisco and Sacramento to San Diego and perhaps include a stop at Lindbergh Field. The railroad line is being planned in eight segments by the California High-Speed Rail Authority with input from regional planning groups.

Three meetings will be held, on Oct. 13, 14 and 15, for the public to comment on the three proposed routes that will stop in University City and then continue Downtown. The meetings will feature various information booths — rather than a lecture presentation —to discuss environmental issues, stations, the process and so on.

Read more: http://www.sdnn.com/sandiego/2009-10-10/news/lindbergh-station-is-on-track-within-new-high-speed-rail-plan#ixzz0TahEASSu

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avatar PSD October 11, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Hodad’s is being cool enough to not only donate proceeds from sales on the 22nd but also on the sale of gift certificates and merch sold on that day (in case you don’t feel like dealing with the perpetual line)…

http://obelementary.com/apps/events/show_event.jsp?REC_ID=545736&id=0&rn=8735406

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avatar Editor October 12, 2009 at 11:42 am

Oct 7th was the 8th anniversary of our war in Afghanistan. Students around the country were demonstrating. Here’s a link to a site of Students for a Democratic Society with lists of actions and photos: http://sdsantiwar.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/on-26-campuses-students-demonstrate-against-afghanistan-occupation/

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avatar doug porter October 12, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Counterprotest Planned

Friday, October 16, 2009
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location:San Diego High School
City/Town:San Diego, CA
Description WESTBORO BAPTIST NOISE OUT
As you may have heard, the Westboro Baptist Church is coming to San Diego on OCTOBER 16th to spread their words of hate with those who have no interest or desire to hear it.
If you do not know who these people are please Google them to find out what they are all about.

The church’s “Quit Telling Kids it’s OK to be Fags” demonstration will take place from 2:10 P.M. – 3:00 P.M at San Diego High School.

I am proposing that we are there armed with our voices and any other musical instrument – be it a guitar, drums, flute, whistle, kazoo, banjo, tambourine… anything that is used to make noise!
If our love is loud enough their hate will be silenced!
PLEASE, if you are interested please contact me and I will keep you updated as this progresses!

Here are a few things to keep in mind!:
We are there to support those who are being targeted.
We do not want to argue with anyone from the Westboro Church or their supporters for if we do so our message of love and tolerance will become contradicted.
Violence is not an option.

If everyone is positive there is no way we can not be heard.

If you have any questions or other ideas, post them on here or email me at: alexminors@gmail.com

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avatar annagrace October 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Wikipedia entry on Westboro had some good counter protest signs & ideas. My fav- “God Hates Shrimp

and http://www.godhatesshrimp.com/

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avatar annagrace October 13, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Westboro Counter Protest at San Diego High School- “Drown out H8 with music not signs” Friday 10/16, 2:10- 3:00. Contact: fagsofsandiego@gmail.com

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avatar Abby October 13, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Why are these protests always so early? Don’t these baptists have jobs?

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avatar annagrace October 13, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Good question, Abby. Even more important- why aren’t they in church on Sunday? They have a full day of protesting here from 7 am to Sunday afternoon. They will be protesting churches, but they will take time out at 9:30 am and 1:15 pm to protest at the La Costa Resort and Spa (WTF???) I will pay someone 20 bucks to show up at these times with a sign that says “God Hates Cheap Chemical Peels.”

PS. They have a $200,ooo travel budget which enables them to get the hell out of Kansas and go to some civilized part of the US like San Diego…

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avatar Editor October 14, 2009 at 9:34 am

OCEAN BEACH HISTORICAL SOCIETY presents:
Katheryn Rhodes of La Playa Heritage:
HISTORIC DESIGNATIONS AND HOW TO WRITE A HISTORIC DESIGNATION REPORT
Thurs., Oct. 15th, at 7 p.m. (Free)
At PL United Methodist Church, 1984, Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
Ms. Rhodes will discuss the beautiful historically
designated homes in the La Playa neighborhood which was
established in 1849.
The City of San Diego, State, and Federal government all have the same basic guidelines for Historic Designation report. Katheryn Rhodes of La Playa Heritage will give a talk on the required steps and research needed to write your own
Historic Designation Report in order to qualify your home for Mills Act status and a reduction in property taxes. A template for Historic Reports and a Step by Step guide will be available free to anyone who would like to research their home for possible historic designation.

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avatar Editor October 14, 2009 at 9:53 am

No More War on Afghanistan – Troops Out Now

Demonstrate Friday October 16, 2009, 4-6pm

Federal Building , Front St. and Broadway, Downtown San Diego

Join with the San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice and others around the country to oppose the war and occupation in Afghanistan . The SDCPJ is calling for:

End the Occupations: Afghanistan , Iraq and Palestine

Healthcare, Jobs and Education, No to War and Occupation

We urge all groups and individuals opposed to the war in Afghanistan (soon entering its ninth year) to join us on October 16. If your group would like to endorse the demonstration, please let us know by contacting the SDCPJ at aka0001@thotmail.com. Decide on your own slogans. Bring your own signs and banners. Bring your friends, fellow students, and coworkers. Be there on October 16.

San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice

http://www.sdcpj.org

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avatar Frank Gormlie October 14, 2009 at 9:58 am

Hey – check out 2 things: our new all-black OB Rag T-shirts – and all our new sponsors and advertisers on the sidebar.

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avatar Editor October 14, 2009 at 10:08 am

Ch 10 reports that an OB Woman was just arrested Wed for ahit-and-run on Sunset Cliffs and former councilmember Michael Zucchet witnessed it and led police to her home.

A 24-year-old woman was in custody Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run after allegedly striking a 16-year-old boy on a bicycle with her car near Sunset Cliffs.

The teen was struck shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday while riding in a bicycle lane, according to San Diego police.

for more of the article go to http://www.10news.com/news/21291722/detail.html

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avatar Editor October 16, 2009 at 10:50 am

Don’t forget the 24th Annual Pier Pancake Breakfast coming up this Sunday morning on the OB pier! It is a great cause and all the proceeds go to the OB Christmas Parade, Tree and Food and Toy drive! 7:30 am to 11am; Adults – $10, kids – $5. It’s hosted by the OB Geriatrics Surf Club.

Last year we raised a RECORD amount – over $18K – and helped out over 75 families and 20 community organizations in OB! Hope you can spare some time to come down and have some pancakes or maybe just sip on a Mimosa and enjoy the sun and the ocean! It should be nice out there!

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avatar Brian October 18, 2009 at 2:26 am

I thought the high speed rail got voted down.

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avatar mr fresh October 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

vote for the OB Rag at the blogger choice awards, PLEASE. it would be so cool if our community blog got recognized here!

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