OB Walk-About – Part 4

November 7, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Sandwich makers overheard in a local deli:

First Guy: So a woman came in today and asked if we have any gluten-free bread.

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Restaurant Review: Ocean Beach’s BO-beau Kitchen Bar

November 7, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Kitchen Bar
4996 W. Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107

Sometimes people celebrating their birthday want to just forget about it; others want it to go on for a few extra days. My friend Mary is one of the latter people, and, after celebrating her birthday Saturday night at another restaurant, she decided it would be fun to celebrate again at BO-beau’s in Ocean Beach.

It started out as a frustrating experience because when I called to make a reservation I was told that they didn’t take reservations but I could be placed on a “waiting list” and would be called as soon as our 6:30pm table was available. (Their menu on-line encourages you to make a reservation.)

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It’s Time for Ocean Beach and Point Loma to Pay Attention to Mission Bay

November 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

City to Present Draft Plans for De Anza Cove at Upcoming Meeting of Mission Bay Park Committee – Tues., Nov. 7th

Many in Ocean Beach view the ocean and sand as the “front” of the community, the waterfront, the front yard of the house of OB that gets a lot of attention. And if that is the view to take, then OB has a huge “side yard” that it often ignores.

Mission Bay.

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Feeding the Hungry for 10 Years in Ocean Beach

November 6, 2017 by Source

‘Feeding The Hungry’ Ministry Celebrates Its 10th Year

by Bob Edwards

Every other Tuesday for more than ten years, Feeding The Hungry Ministry on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. in Ocean Beach has welcomed seniors, low income, disabled, and homeless people of our community to a free, nutritious, and tasty meal. A ministry of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the all volunteer staff serves 80 to 180 people at each meal.

“The turnout varies, depending on the time of the month,” according to Jack Hamlin who has been volunteering and helping organize the program for about seven years

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As Trump Heads for Korea Candlelight Vigil for Peace at Shelter Island in Point Loma on Tues., Nov. 7th

November 6, 2017 by Doug Porter

Public Domain“We will speak, sing, and pray for wisdom and grace in the face of nuclear holocaust.”

Starting a war with Korea is a really bad idea. What’s even worse are the people who think there would be a ‘winner’ in such a conflict. As President Trump visits the Korean peninsula on Tuesday, it’s almost a sure bet he’ll rattle the swords of war.

Indivisible San Diego and Interfaith Worker Justice of San Diego County are urging people to join them for a 7pm candlelight vigil for peace on Tuesday, November 7th at Japanese Friendship Bell Park on Shelter Island (across from the Kona Kai).

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Ocean Beach Parents and Kids Urge Motorists to Stop at Red Light at Sunset Cliffs and Santa Monica

November 6, 2017 by Source

These parents and cute kids were out by the intersection light at Santa Monica Ave and Sunset Cliffs Blvd. on Friday, Nov. 3rd,

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Education in the Trump Era: Bad for Your Mental Health

November 6, 2017 by Jim Miller
Graphic illustration resembling neural network filled with cognition related words

Fear and loathing in the classroom? Not exactly, but things aren’t that great either. According to a new study released last week by my union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the advocacy group the Badass Teachers Association (BAT), educators are feeling significantly more stressed these days.

As Education Week reports, “The survey found that educators find work to be stressful 61 percent of the time—and nearly a quarter of respondents said work was ‘always’ stressful. Meanwhile, workers in the general population report that work is stressful 30 percent of the time.”

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OBcean Mercy Baron Chosen to Be Judge for World Food Championship

November 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Well-known local OBcean, Mercy Baron, has just been chosen to be a Top 10 Judge at the 6th Annual World Food Championships. It’s touted as the “largest Food Sport tournament in history” with over a thousand contestants and hundreds of teams. Last year, they say, 20,000 foodies watched.

The WFC claims :

“… it has given birth to ‘Food Sport’ by providing a level playing field, a fair judging system, a creative culinary fest, and a process that allows the culinary elite to show their chops and earn the respect they deserve.”

The Championships will be held in Orange Beach, Alabama in less than a week. And Mercy told me she’s the only one going to this prestigious event from San Diego.

Just how did this happen?

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New Sign at Dog Beach

November 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A new sign at OB’s Dog Beach warns people and dogs to “check in before you get in”. It’s all an effort by the County’s Department of Environmental Health to have swimmers and surfers and dog owners to get the very latest on the status of coastal water quality.

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City Declares Ebers and Greene Public Nuisance and Demands Owner Clean It Up in 2 Weeks

November 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A little after 2pm on Thursday, November 2nd, a Notice of Abatement was attached to the abandoned building at Ebers and Greene streets by the City of San Diego.

Addressed to Nelco Properties, LLC, it notified the owner at 2269 Ebers that representatives of the City’s Code Enforcement Division and the Development Services Department had inspected the property on October 17th and had found it to be a vacate building with graffiti and lots of trash. The inspectors found enough threats on the property to the public ‘s health and safety that they declared it to be a public nuisance pursuit to a number of Municipal and State codes.

The Notice requires “immediate actions” and gives Nelco Properties until November 17th to clean up the site and secure all the openings on the building.

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What San Diego is Doing Wrong: Housing Law 101

November 2, 2017 by Source

By Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi / San Diego UrbDeZine / October 27, 2017

Instead of taking concrete steps to address the growing housing affordability crisis, San Diego has done nothing for years. Now, faced with nationwide criticism for its mishandling of a Hepatitis A outbreak that was caused by the mistreatment of a growing homeless population, City leaders are wondering what went wrong.

First, San Diego gave its public housing authority, San Diego Housing Commission, free reign to opt out of following federal laws aimed at protecting housing subsidy recipients. As a result,

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Narragansett Project Not Ready for Prime Time Say Ocean Beach Planners

November 2, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A project proposed for 5018 Narragansett is not ready for review, the Ocean Beach Planning Board told the developer last night at their monthly meeting. Also, no one showed for the condo project proposed for Abbott and Muir, plus the Board had a lively discussion about short term rentals and is considering asking a Board member to resign for lack of attendance.

5018 and 5018 1/2 Narragansett Project

Chair John Ambert informed the audience that an action item associated with this project on the 5000 block of Narragansett was changed to an informational item only as the Board had not received updated documents on the project. The Coastal Development Permit proposes to demolish and to remodel 2 single story units with a second story addition on each unit.

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A Statue Honoring the Murderous Vasco Nuñez de Balboa in San Diego’s Balboa Park? No Way!

November 2, 2017 by Source

By Steven Newcomb / Indigenous Law Institute

On November 2, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., the Balboa Park Committee will meet at Balboa Park, in San Diego. During the meeting, the House of Spain is scheduled to ask the Committee for a decision regarding a proposal to build a statue honoring a Spanish conquistador named Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. The Committee ought to tell the House of Spain “No, it’s 2017.”

These days, at a time when many statues in the South are being taken down because they honor a legacy of slavery, the House of Spain wants to erect a statue in honor of a Spaniard

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News and Notes of Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early November 2017

November 1, 2017 by Staff

Nov. 4th OB Woman’s Club Luau

Native OBceans Return With In-House Seafood Market for Fresh Fish for All

Roseville Jewish Story

City Attorney Didn’t Expect Council Would Cancel STVR Hearing

Open Air Roof to Be Installed at the Plunge in Mission Beach

Kilowatt Brewing to Feature Immersive Technology


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Jefferson Jay’s ‘OB Rag Rag’

November 1, 2017 by Source

Local OB musician Jefferson Jay and his partner Arlene played for the OB Rag‘s celebration last weekend.

And it turned out Jefferson wrote us a song, “The OB Rag Rag”, which of course they played – and actually got a few folks dancing and stomping their feet.

Here are the lyrics:

The OB Rag Rag
(Happy 10th Anniversary)

by Jefferson Jay

Here’s to the OB Rag,
Where justice writing for our
people is our bag,
With even saddest stories, spirits
never sag,
Where folks are flying Ocean
Beach’s flag.

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Abbott – Muir Condos and Narragansett Demolition Project Return to Ocean Beach Planning Board – Wed., Nov. 1st

October 31, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets Wednesday night, November 1st, and has 4 action items on its agenda. The Board meets in the Community Room of the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.

First, the Board will review its attendance log for the 2016 calendar year, and if any Board member has missed too many meetings, he or she may face some kind of sanction, according to the bylaws. Second, the Board will discuss recent events within the short term vacation rental controversy – such as the recent cancellation of a City Council hearing ostensibly due to a last-minute memo from the City Attorney’s Office – and potentially take steps according to their stance.

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Hierarchy of San Diego’s Elected Venerables

October 31, 2017 by Source

By Norma Damashek /San Diego Free Press

You and I – as ordinary voters living in greater San Diego – have a mindnumbing number of opportunities to elect scads of people to serve as our public mouthpieces.

We routinely go to the polls or mail in our ballots to select the “public servants” we believe will represent our personal and community interests and improve our well-being. Keeping up with who’s running for what is a daunting job.

In fact, if we built a totem pole made up of all our elected officials, it would surely reach the clouds, maybe even touch the sky.

Curious about how it might look?

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It Was a Blast! Memorable OB Rag Celebration

October 30, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

What a blast we had at the OB Rag‘s 10th anniversary celebration and Halloween costume party.

Over seventy people – many in costume – joined Rag staff and friends at the gig, which included live music, food and drink, raffle tickets and prizes and a costume contest.

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The Widder Curry Says ‘Thanks’

October 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

Thank you.

When the OB Rag throws a party, they know what to do: Food, entertainment; raffles; drinks; good company; great people, etc.

I would like to thank those of you that introduced yourselves to me and thanked me for the articles I have written for the Rag for over 8 years.

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It Just Doesn’t Stop Over at the Scary Ebers – Greene Project in Northeast Ocean Beach

October 30, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Good thing it’s close to Halloween because otherwise OB wouldn’t put up with the crazy stuff that just keeps happening at that scary Ebers- Greene Streets project – at 2269 Ebers.

It just doesn’t stop.

The site is going to hell.

The latest – from neighbors of the project – the fence surrounding the lot is now completely gone.

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Restaurant Review: Sunnie’s in South Ocean Beach

October 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

4723 Pt. Loma Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107

I have been so reluctant to go to Sunnie’s since they have reopened. My review of them awhile back was less than stellar, and I was afraid that this time it would be no different. I am so happy to say that it was 180 degrees different this time than last time.

It was a very hot night and I just didn’t feel like cooking. Hitomi had school until 7:00pm, and my other student had gone out for “Taco Tuesday.” I decided to “bite the taco” – and try Sunnie’s again.

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Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’, Ocean Beach Style

October 30, 2017 by Source

Dog Beach Pet Cemetery Desecration?

by Bob Edwards

Call it coincidence, call it synchronicity, call it just freaking weird!

What are the odds that on the Sunday of this long Halloween weekend I would stumble upon the weirdest, most macabre Ocean Beach story ever?

I was next to Robb field, walking with some companions along the flood control channel and noticed two uniformed SDPD officers walking ahead of us. I asked one of my friends:

“Have the cops started walking a beat over here or do you think they’re responding to a complaint?”

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Republicans Try to Squelch Nathan Fletcher’s Bid for San Diego Supervisor With Jim Miller’s Old Quotes

October 30, 2017 by Jim Miller


By Jim Miller

Will Nathan Fletcher ride in on a magic carpet to the Board of Supervisors?

Tomorrow is Halloween. Are we in for something scary?

Not really.

While the vast majority of people in San Diego are not paying the least bit of attention to local races heading into 2018, there has been quite a bit of petty drama surrounding the San Diego Board of Supervisors District 4 race in recent weeks.

It appears that local Republican operatives have decided to kill Nathan Fletcher’s most recent political aspirations

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Thanks OB for Making These Last 10 Years a Real Trip

October 27, 2017 by Staff

On behalf of the OB Rag staff we wish to thank everyone who made this decade a real trip.

To all our readers who have made it all worth while.

To all those who have …

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Exactly 10 Years Ago the OB Rag Was Launched

October 27, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It was early October in the year 2007 – George Bush was still president and the war in Iraq was in its 4th year. I lived in a small cottage on the 4600 block of Long Branch with Patty Jones.

I remember watching the news in the livingroom and yelling at the anchors and pundits for parroting the Bush administration’s lies . It was upsetting and that anger had propelled me to be involved in San Diego’s peace movement. The newspapers – especially the Union-Tribune – were no better. The truth, it seemed, had no outlet, both nationally – and locally – and the media only presented the corporate narrative. Progressive ideas were being stymied – .

I recall this one program on TV – a documentary about the counter-culture and “the hippies” narrated by Peter Coyote. It was so bad I found myself literally yelling at the television and cuzzing out Coyote – .

Patty – over in the dining area – had been putting up with all my ranting – finally said,

“Why don’t you start a blog.”

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Work Begins on Controversial Froude Street Project in Ocean Beach

October 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Work has begun on the controversial Froude Street project in northeast Ocean Beach. The demolition and first stages of excavation have changed the lot at 2257 Froude Street.

The project’s design:

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OB Town Council Calls for Holiday Volunteers, Board Elections and Advocates for Kids

October 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Town Council met under duress last night, Wednesday, Oct. 25th; it was very warm and the baseball series was going on, plus a number of Board members were sick. It was a thin crowd in the audience as well, with about 30 chairs occupied.

Besides the usual politico rep and community reports, the Board made a big push for volunteers needed for the various holiday events the OBTC sponsors later this year. Also explained, was the new schedule for elections to the Board. Finally, the night’s special speaker give a pitch about becoming an advocate for foster children.

OB Holiday Volunteers

The Town Council needs volunteers for the four major events it sponsors during the holidays. They include:

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Ocean Beach Business Briefs

October 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

James Gang Moving into Former Hookah Lounge

The venerable James Gang is moving – and they’re moving back to Newport Avenue into the former hookah lounge at 4851 Newport. In fact, they’re moving this weekend. “No to Target” signs are already in the windows – and coincidentally – they will be right across the street from the Antique Center – which of course Target wants to move into. When they first opened in 1976, James Gang was on Newport.

Blue Waters Seafood Moving into Tower 2

Speaking of moves, the well-known Blue Waters Seafood Bar & Grill is opening up a second establishment in Tower Two.

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History Made: City of San Diego Publishes Website Guide to Recreational Marijuana Industry

October 25, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

What an historic day Tuesday, October 24th was. It was the day the City of San Diego published a guide to the recreational marijuana industry on a new webpage.

The page – on the city’s Development Services section – is titled: “Permitting Process for Marijuana Cultivation, Testing, Sales and Delivery” and it includes

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Peninsula Planning Board: Vacation Rentals and Continued Controversy Over Jennings Street Project

October 25, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board held its regular monthly meeting at the Point Loma library Thursday, October 19. The agenda was light with only one action item but there were a few other items of interest to the community worth relating.

Probably the most contentious item, the one real action item that was discussed, didn’t get contentious because there was no need for immediate action that night.

Short Term Vacation Rentals

This was a presentation of the Zapf and Bry draft ordinance to put some controls on short term vacation rentals more commonly referred to as STVRs.

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