UPDATE at 8:30pm: The event being planned tomorrow we have learned is a public meeting at the new VFW post. We have yet to see the flier. There may be a picket. Stay tuned.
We have just been informed that some residents in south Ocean Beach / Point Loma area are upset that the new VFW post is opening in their neighborhood. A protest rally is being planned in front of the new post on Friday, January 28th.
Apparently a flier is circulating in south OB with all kinds of rumors about the old VFW plus perceived problems with the new location.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Newport Avenue lost their lease (we did an article on it) and there were rumors that they were moving to the old Ranchos Restaurant location on Point Loma Avenue in southern OB. Those rumors are true.
The new post is located at Pt. Loma Ave and Ebers Street.
We were told – we have not ourselves seen the flier – that the flier contains numerous rumors or speculations about the old Post, that drugs were easily available, there were problems with all the alcohol drinking, that they served non-vets. And now it is said that the new post location will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. (the same time period of many bars), that there is insufficient parking.
It is true that there is a liquor store across the street. But there are no bars in that part of the Peninsula. The old Ranchos did serve alcohol – only beer and wine.
We were told that some people “are up in arms!” about the VFW opening in their neighborhood.
The absurdity of this attitude and this planned protest is all too visible when one considers that Point Loma is saturated with retired vets. And that this is not the way to show appreciation to those who placed their lives on the line for Uncle Sam – and all those folks in Point Loma and southern OB.
There is even a rumor of a counter-protest.
We’ll keep you informed as we hear more about this.