Doug’s Monster Calendar for Progressive Activists in San Diego, Sept. 9th – 18th

September 9, 2017 by Doug Porter

The Trump administration continues its assault on decency: immigrants are targeted, college rapists are protected, and a corporate crime wave of unheard of magnitude is sweeping the nation. Locally, the politics of disgust have fomented a Hepatitis A epidemic, in large part because making it hard to find a place to take a shit is part of the city’s program for the homeless.

So the struggle continues. Resist. Persist. Keep a song in your heart. And a smile on your face.

So what will you do? Check out this week’s Progressive Calendar listings below. Following those listings are upcoming events of national importance, along with opportunities for organizational involvement.

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The Ocean Beach Connections in the Case of the Exiled Wall Street Fraudster

September 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There is s strange case out there of a Wall Street fraudster who was recently featured in a San Diego Union-Tribune article about being wanted for assault and kidnapping – and the case has some strange connections to Ocean Beach.

Vladislav ‘Steven’ Zubkis, an Ukrainian immigrant and dubious Wall Street investor, has a long history over the last 20 years of committing white collar crime in this country. A number of years back, Zubkis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering in a San Diego federal court. He was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution.

In April of 2010, Zubkis got out of prison, and despite being a deportable felon, immigration officials didn’t know what to do with him as he had immigrated from Ukraine while still part of the Soviet Union.

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Restaurant Review: The Pho Shop in Point Loma’s Midway District

September 8, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

The Pho Shop
3760 Sports Arena Blvd., Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92110

I am always delighted when someone that has read my reviews asks if they can do one with me. I want to encourage my readers to do just that. And today, I met a “new friend” – Kareen, who agreed to try out The Pho Shop – (where the Mandarin Plaza Chinese Buffet used to be, behind the Red Lobster.)

In talking to Michael, our server, we found out that the restaurant is family owned and many of the recipes are from different members of the family. Michael, by the way, knew his menu and his food, and was a delight to have as our server.

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‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Organizing Meeting – Fri., Sept. 8th

September 8, 2017 by Staff

OB Town Council Sets Up Online Poll – “No Target in OB” T-shirts Available

The group “No Target in OB” is holding an organizing meeting tonight, Friday, September 8th at the Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street at 7:00 p.m.

Coming off a major rally and march down Newport on August 30th and a smaller protest rally outside the Sports Arena Target on Sunday, September 3rd, the network is regrouping to discuss future action items, more outreach ideas, etc.

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Update on Ocean Beach Businesses and Projects – Photo Gallery

September 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s an update on Ocean Beach businesses and projects – in a photo gallery. Who’s new and what’s the status of upcoming merchants, storefronts and development projects.

Voltaire Street

Car’s Jars

Car’s Jars at 4161 Voltaire had their big opening in July. Kelsey said they’ve been an online business for 3+ years…

The Upper Voltaire Project

Yes, the Upper Voltaire development has seen some progress after months and even years.

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Ocean Beach Planners Okay Condos on Saratoga and Approve New Design for Mixed-Use on Voltaire

September 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Wednesday night, September 6th, the Ocean Beach Planning Board approved a map waiver to allow 4 condos, approved a newly-designed project for a run-down house on Voltaire, and critiqued Councilwoman Barbara Bry’s proposed City ordinance on short-term vacation rentals.

The all-volunteer board meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the OB Rec Center and makes recommendations to the City and Planning Department on development projects that come before it. It also carries out and tries to enforce the OB Community Plan – recently renewed 3 years ago after a bitter fight with the San Diego Planning Commission.

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Republican Dumanis Declares for County Supervisor

September 7, 2017 by Doug Porter

Fourth District includes Ocean Beach and Good Part of Point Loma

Former County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has formally declared her intention to run for the Fourth District Supervisor seat. Finally.

The 2018 election represents an opportunity to begin changing that reality. As is true with any big institution, change will not happen overnight. But you have to start somewhere.

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San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial: A Spurious Attack on Teachers and Public Education

September 7, 2017 by Source

Banner on ground reading "WE ARE STUDENTS NOT CUSTOMERS"

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

An editorial in The San Diego Union Tribune says that Democrats in the Trump era see themselves as protecting the disadvantaged but that’s not true when it comes to schools. The editorial claims, “When it comes to public education, however, there’s fresh evidence that state Democratic leaders are the ones siding with the powerful forces over the disadvantaged.”

Those powerful forces – in an era when billionaires like Carrie Walton Penner, Reed Hastings and Eli Broad flex their financial muscle to privatize schools – are teachers and their unions. The evidence presented is bogus and the conclusions reached are based on willful ignorance.

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San Diego Rallies in Response to Ending DACA

September 6, 2017 by Doug Porter

“I used to be in the shadows, and I refuse to go back into the shadows.”–Osmar Abad Cruz, DACA recipient

A Tuesday Sept. 5th night rally at the County administration building by immigration advocates and allies was part of a nationwide response to the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA program was finished.

The beauty of a San Diego sunset provided a vivid contrast to the ugliness being thrust upon nearly 8 million people in the United States brought in as children by undocumented parents.

In New York and Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles, along with dozens of other cities around the United States

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Jennifer Campbell Joins District 2 Race

September 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Dr. Jennifer Campbell has joined the District 2 City Council race, having filed her paperwork in late August.

A professor of integrated medicine, Campbell was also the Regional Director of the California Democratic Party.

District 2, of course, includes Ocean Beach and Point Loma and much of the beach areas.

Campbell joins four other challengers to incumbent and Republican Lorie Zapf, environmental attorney Brian Pease, former Chargers executive Jordan Beane, real estate broker Daniel Smiechowski, and veteran Joshua Tomolak.

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City Removing DecoBike Stations From Ocean Beach and Other Beach Areas

September 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

For some reason, the City of San Diego is removing DecoBikes stations – mainly from the beach areas – including 2 in Ocean Beach.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 5th, the City is having DecoBikes remove 15 of their stations – the vast majority in OB, Mission Beach and PB – and relocate them to the urban core of the city. The removal and relocations are supposed to be completed by September 11th.

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A Brewery Fails to Open in Ocean Beach: Little Miss Brewing Calls It Quits

September 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

An unusual thing has occurred within the budding brewpub explosion in Ocean Beach. A brewery tasting room has failed to open on Newport Avenue and the owners have obviously called it quits.

Little Miss Brewing apparently is not going to happen. Inside construction has stopped and a Three Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit was taped to the outside of a glass door for a few days. It was dated September 2, 2017.

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San Diego Irish Men Stripped Naked for 3 Years Find Final Victory!

September 6, 2017 by Source

Setanta San Diego Gaelic Football and Surf Club Win North American Championships

By Nate Bazydlo

After 7 years of grueling defeats in the North American Gaelic Football Championships, our very own San Diego Men’s Gaelic Football club has defeated all odds and triumphantly succeeded in bringing home the 2017 Cup!

A team comprised of hard-bodied young men of both Irish nationals and American-born players, this storied club based in San Diego trained tirelessly for the last 6 months in order to overwhelm the competition once and for all to win the North American Championships held in San Francisco.

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Settlement Reached Over San Onofre Nuke Waste

September 5, 2017 by Michael Steinberg

Nuclear Shutdown News August 2017

By Michael Steinberg /Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and abroad, and highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free world. Here is our August 2017 report.

San Onofre Nuke Plant’s Solution to its Megatons of Radioactive Waste–Make it Someone Else’s Problem

On August 28 the San Diego Union-Tribune broke the story: “Court settlement looks to move nuclear waste from San Onofre”

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OB Planning Board Agenda for Wed., Sept. 6th: Saratoga and Voltaire Projects

September 5, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

On Wednesday, September 6th, the Ocean Beach Planning Board has two projects to review on its agenda. One at 4950 Saratoga and other at 4921 Voltaire. The Board is also to review the proposed draft policy on short-term vacation rentals proposed by Councilwoman Barbara Bry, who represents La Jolla and District 1.

The Board meets at 6pm in the Community Room of the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

4950-4956 Saratoga Avenue

The first project on the planners’ agenda is located at 4950-4956 Saratoga Avenue between Bacon and Cable, and is a proposed map waiver for 4 units already under construction to become condominiums.

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The Mindless Wanderings of the Widder Curry

September 5, 2017 by Judi Curry

After finding out that I write for the OB Rag and sometimes the San Diego Free Press, people frequently ask me what I write about besides doing Restaurant Reviews. It is difficult to pinpoint what I EXACTLY write about – because I find that my mind (yes – I still have one -) tends to wander all over the place; sometimes enough to write an article; sometimes to get really p – – – – – off; sometimes just to create a discussion.

So this Labor Day Weekend, alone for the first time in 4 ½ years since Cowboy dumped me, I have had a lot of time to ponder many different things. Some I’ll share with you. And for those of you that don’t like my wanderings – DON’T READ IT! I’m writing this as a catharsis for me. I’d like you to enjoy it; think about it, but if you don’t want to do so, it’s fine. Just don’t write back and tell me that my Editordude must have gone soft because he published this drivel. Here goes –

As a former educator, Administrator – read Principal – I was appalled when the Boards of Education in many school districts changed the starting dates for school to the middle of August.

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What Good is a Union in 2017?

September 4, 2017 by Jim Miller

What is there to celebrate this Labor Day for the average American? We live in troubled times and many of us in the United States are increasingly anxious or angry as we see the American Dream slipping away right before our eyes as the middle-class shrinks and the gap between the very rich and the rest of us continues to grow.

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San Franciscans Show Their Heart in Response to Hate and Intolerance

September 1, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Check out what San Franciscans did a few days ago in response to the intolerance and injustice of the haters.

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SeaWorld Going for Retraining Order Against PETA Protesters

September 1, 2017 by Source

Activist Says It’s Retaliation for Complaint Against SeaWorld Security for Rough Treatment

By Julie Watson / AP / August 31, 2017

SeaWorld is seeking a restraining order against three animal rights activists who disrupted a killer whale show at its San Diego park last month in a protest led by actor James Cromwell.

The company wants to bar Lyanne Fernandez, Ricky Chavez Rodriguez and Lisa Lange from the San Diego park and SeaWorld’s nearby waterslide park, Aquatica, according to court documents filed Thursday in San Diego County Superior Court.

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Is Dusty Rhodes Park in Ocean Beach Another City Money Pit?

September 1, 2017 by Source

South OB Girl Looks at the Contract Between the City and Aztec Landscaping Re: Dusty Rhodes Park

By South OB Girl

Tree maintenance, weed removal, and gopher control were specified in the City’s contract for Dusty Rhodes Park– and not done.

As far as I can tell the City has thrown money into the wind (again) and not thoroughly or responsibly administered its contract with Aztec Landscaping, the company previously hired by the City for maintaining Dusty Rhodes Park.

A close reading of the contract is unsettling. The details of this contract were not carried out. There are specific jobs in the contract that were supposed to be done, were budgeted for, and not done.

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Ocean Beach and Point Loma Schools Under Minimum Day Schedule Due to Friday’s Heat

September 1, 2017 by Staff

Local Peninsula schools are among the more than 70 campuses in the San Diego Unified School District that are operating on a minimum day schedule, today – Friday Sept. 1 – due to the continuing heat wave, district officials said.

Only campuses with air conditioning in less than 80 percent of their classrooms have been instructed to move to a minimum day schedule.

OB and Point Loma schools that affected include:

Cabrillo Elementary
Dana Elementary
Ocean Beach Elementary
Silvergate Elementary
Sunset View Elementary

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OBceans Say ‘No!’ to Target

August 31, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A large crowd gathered at the foot of Newport Avenue and rallied against Target coming into Ocean Beach.

Many signs, a large banner and chants of “No Target in OB!” met the strollers, the visitors, people driving by and the handful of TV trucks and cameras.

It was Wednesday August 30th, late in the afternoon, and it was Farmers Market day on Newport Ave.

After about a half hour of speeches, more chants and people signing petitions, the protest marched into the street and down the middle of OB’s main business street.

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Ocean Beach: 7 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality

August 31, 2017 by Source

By Lauren Horne / San Diego Entertainer Magazine / August 29, 2017

Every San Diego beach community has its own unique vibe. If you’ve lived here long enough, you know which beaches are for tourists, which ones are good for parties and pub crawls, and which beaches to visit for a quiet, relaxing day.

Perhaps of all the small beach neighborhoods in San Diego, Ocean Beach is the most eclectic. OB is known for its crowds of free-spirited hippies, starving artists, and a “locals only” attitude. Residents even have a saying that OB is “seven square miles surrounded by reality”.

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Target Blues

August 31, 2017 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

Sometimes timing in life can be ironic. Like on August 29, 2017 after doing an all-nighter to submit my complete book materials on deadline. I had been working this book called Ocean Beach Where Water and Land Meet, a historical photo book for Arcadia Publishing since January. It is a follow-up book from Ocean Beach, which I co-authored 2014.

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The Miramar Air Show: Just Don’t Go

August 31, 2017 by Source

Aircraft on display at the MCAS Miramar Air Show.

By Dave Patterson, San Diego Veterans for Peace

The San Diego Veterans For Peace is now in its second year of working to influence the public away from attending the MCAS Miramar Air Show. We view American militarism as a clear and present danger to our society and the world, and the most visible symbol of militarism in San Diego is the annual Miramar Air Show.

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Running on Thoughts and Gasoline

August 31, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

Heading west in my car on University Ave.
tuned in to 88.3
in the heart of North Park, just past the emptied dollar Arab store
(a “for lease” sign posted, probably another craft brewery in the making)
and approaching that no-name street,
I see an average American four-door has its wheel aggressively cranked
to enter my lane.

Driven by a greybeard waving two American Flags

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Summer of 1967: Memories of a Little Surfer Kid from Ocean Beach

August 30, 2017 by Source

Editor: During this summer, we’ve been collecting and publishing accounts and memories of the 1967 “Summer of Love” here in OB and elsewhere. Here’s our latest by Seal:

By Seal in the Selkirks

Born at 5142 Cape May in 1954, my parents divorced in 1959 and I was living in Mission Beach with my dad and step-mom by 1961.

Summer of 1967: I had just graduated from 6th grade at Mission Beach School and was heading to Pacific Beach Jr. High in the Fall. I turned 13 years old after summer in 1967.

My Granny K was managing an apartment building at the end of Del Monte St. that had this huge rickety wooden stairway set in the concrete facing on the cliff that led down to the rocks. It was the shortcut to the Pier and beach.

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Democracy v. Dictatorship

August 30, 2017 by Source

By Stan Levin

Among the myriad of political systems societies flirt with, the most fragile revolutionary experiment — and possibly least likely to endure — might be democracy.

An ideal that people of different persuasions would willfully and collectively empower one another for the well-being of all defies odds. Democracy requires adherents to accept that all people have value, and are entitled to safe and satisfying lives, eschewing exploitation of any kind.

Dictatorship — the antithesis of democracy — once entrenched, may endure for generations

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Just Another Day in Ocean Beach …

August 30, 2017 by Source

By Shona Neufeld / HuffPost / August 24, 2017

“…this really funky corner of a city that would grab us and hold us and speak to us as no other place…” – Zip Code 92107 by Franklin Straus, hanging in the OB post office

It was a Friday evening, like any other, unusual only in that I could not find a companion to accompany me to my favorite fish taco joint. The sun was about to set and I wanted nothing more than to chow down whilst watching the sun melt into the ocean behind the pier and palms. South Beach has the perfect outside patio for just the occasion.

The notion that rent is skyrocketing and my time here could potentially be limited is, unfortunately, always on the back-burner of my consciousness. The changing atmosphere, vacation rentals, and condos replacing my previous apartments, the breweries, and now swanky wineries…suffice to say it’s not looking good for regular folk like myself.

As I sat there drinking my beer,

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late August 2017

August 29, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

* Homeless Man Injured by City Truck
*OB Hardware Is NOT Closing
* Is the City Installing Round-abouts on Rosecrans?
* Councilwoman Zapf Dodges Financial Hardship as Hubby Discharged from Chapter 7
* Airport Noise Committee Demands Details From Noise Monitoring Study
* Point Loma High Switches on the Lights Amid Continued Controversy
* Different Vibe With Girl Surfers
* Man Rescued From Fishing Vessel Miles Off Point Loma
* Undocumented Migrants Arrested at Sunset Cliffs and Mission Beach
* Point Loma Plumbing Co. Wins Gold Medal Plumber Fourth Year in a Row
* Co-Author of “Afoot and Afield in San Diego County” to Speak at OB Library, Sept. 16th
* Raised in Point Loma, Artist Shares His Struggles in Exhibit at Liberty Station
* Plant Power Seeds in Leucadia* OB Surf Lodge Part of Syndicate
* Surfrider Foundation and Volunteering – Int’l Coastal Cleanup Day – Sept. 16


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