Sunset Cliffs One of Top Two ‘Trashiest’ Beaches in 2016

May 16, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Ocean Beach-related Beaches Have Scored “Worst” Beach in 4 Out of Last 10 Years

On May 15th, Surfrider and Coastkeeper released the bad news:

188,000 pieces of trash were removed by more than 6,500 volunteers who cleaned up San Diego County beaches in 2016. 80 percent of all trash removed contained plastic.

But the bad news for OBcean and Point Lomans is that Sunset Cliffs was deemed one of the top two “trashiest” beaches in the County. Sunset Cliffs provided the most refuse on a per- volunteer basis, with an average of 7.65 pounds per person. The other was the Oceanside Pier. La Jolla Shores was the cleanest beach with 0.42 pounds of trash found per person.

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As Chinese Exclusion Act Turns 135, Experts Point To Parallels Today

May 16, 2017 by Source

By Kat Chow / Code Switch

A Chinese man stands on a pedestal surrounded by a harbor as a cartoon imitation of the Statue of Liberty. His clothes are tattered, his hair is in a long, thin tail, his eyes squint. The words “diseases,” “filth,” “immorality,” and “ruin to white labor” float around his head.

This man is the center of an iconic image from 1881 called “A Statue for Our Harbor,” made by the cartoonist George Frederick Keller.

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‘My Way Or the Highway’ Isn’t a Rallying Call for San Diego Labor Activism

May 16, 2017 by Doug Porter

In a not-so-improbable dystopian future, forces loyal to fearless leader Donald Trump will have rounded up local labor leaders, only to be surprised to learn of a faction demanding a separate firing squad…

By Doug Porter

A breakaway group –the San Diego Working Families Council– led by deposed Labor Council President Mickey Kasparian includes seven local branches of some big-name unions.

The San Diego Free Press and the OB Rag have offered up three perspectives of what this split means for local activists.

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10 San Diego Progressives Who Brought Down Mickey Kasparian

May 16, 2017 by Source

Mickey Kasparian

By Marcus Bush / San Diego Free Press

After nearly 6 months of controversy and tumult stemming from lawsuits on hostile work environment, retaliation, and sexual harassment, on Monday, May 8th, Mickey Kasparian was removed as President of the San Diego Imperial-Counties Labor Council by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

The shocking announcement rocked the regional political climate, as Kasparian was one of the most powerful leaders of the Labor Movement and Democratic Party in San Diego County.

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Restaurant Review : Breakfast Republic

May 15, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Breakfast Republic
4839 Newport Ave.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
/ocean- beach/

By Judi Curry

Sometimes you want things to be so good that you are disappointed when they do not turn out the way you wanted them to be. A little of that happened today when I went to breakfast with Stuart and Nancy at the new Breakfast Republic in Ocean Beach.

The restaurant is where the old Portugalia and OB Warehouse used to be. (Those of you that have been here as long as I have been may remember that it was originally a Christian Science Monitor Reading Room!) The restaurant is on the top floor, accessible by steps or an elevator. Currently the bottom floor is still empty, but the word is that Coin Haus will be opening there soon.

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Demolition and Remodel at 5018 Narraganset Up for Review by Ocean Beach Planners

May 15, 2017 by Staff

The Project Review committee of the OB Planning Board meets this Wednesday night – May 17th – at the OB Rec Center. The Project Review is a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board and usually makes recommendations on projects to the full board.

The main item on the Project Review committee’s agenda is a review of a demolition and remodel of two single story units, and a second story addition on each unit. This is at 5018 Narragansett.

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The Last Days of ‘Eating on Less than $5 a day’

May 15, 2017 by Dave Rice

By Dave Rice

The finish line is approaching – for the last week, my family has been participating in the San Diego Hunger Coalition’s CalFresh Challenge, winding down on Friday. It’s actually finishing a few hours early for me, as I’m sure to blow my meager $58.52 weekly budget (that’s what a family of three receiving a state food allotment gets to spend for four and two-thirds days of meals) and then some taking my wife and daughter out to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as a family on Friday night.

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Public Service Announcement: Presentation on Need to Form a Point Loma Town Council – May 18th

May 15, 2017 by Staff

Some folks in Point Loma think there is a great need to form a Point Loma Town Council. And there’s a presentation about that at the next Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting, Thursday, May 18th. The presentation is at 6:30 pm.

The Board meets at the Point Loma Hervey Library, 3701 Voltaire Street.

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What’s the Matter with Labor in San Diego?

May 15, 2017 by Jim Miller
…there is no great philosophical debate over principle at stake here in San Diego. In fact, principle or coherent strategic thinking has nothing to do with the current state of affairs at all.

laborBy Jim Miller

In one of my first columns of the year, I made a plea that San Diego labor should not allow itself to be distracted by the trials and tribulations of Labor Council President Mickey Kasparian.

With everything from a looming anti-labor shift on the Supreme Court and at the National Labor Relations Board, to “right to work” legislation in Congress along with a host of other perils, I argued that the Trump era simply holds too many dangers for labor to get bogged down in the petty drama surrounding one leader

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News and Notices for Ocean Beach : Mid-May 2017

May 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Developer Busted at OB Planning Board for Misrepresenting Vacation Rental …Architect Scot Frontis, owner of Frontis Studio, appeared at the May 3rd meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board …

Pharmacist Sentenced to 16 Years for Fatal Shooting in OB
A pharmacist found guilty of fatally shooting his roommate’s boyfriend in Ocean Beach was sentenced to 16 years …

Owner of OB Cannabis Testing Chimes in on Proposed Rules for Marijuana Industry
Greg Magdoff, owner of marijuana testing facility PharmLabs in Ocean Beach, said an area where the restrictions are relatively loose …

OB Farmers Market Celebrates 25th Anniversary
This May, the OB Farmers Market celebrates its 25th anniversary. There will be special activities at the market including giveaways …


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Secrets of the Fire

May 12, 2017 by Source

By Niall Twohig / The Triton (UCSD) / May 11, 2017

Let’s begin with the bare facts: On May 10, 1970 George Winne Jr. stepped into Revelle Plaza. He held a sign that read “In God’s Name End the War.” Winne doused himself with gasoline, lit a match, and burst into flames. Students saw the burning man from a nearby building. They ran to him, beat out the flames. Winne was badly burnt. He died the next day.

Such facts can be deceiving. They only show the surface of reality. When we focus on the surface, we risk losing sight of the historical context surrounding Winne’s self-immolation. We also miss more profound secrets. I write now to whisper some of these secrets to you, so that you may whisper them to others.

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Bearing Witness to Homelessness in San Diego

May 12, 2017 by Source

Homelessness San Diego; Photo credit Michael McConnell

By Stan Levin / San Diego Veterans for Peace

They are here, by the hundreds, by the thousands, the dispossessed among us.
People having little in the way of the niceties of a comfortable existence
That equates with the concept of “Home”.
Many wear all the clothing they own, on their backs, day and night.
Some push their collection of meager possessions around in a shopping cart they have found
Or stolen, ahead of them in their endless wanderings
To nowhere in particular.

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San Diego Indivisible Pricks National GOP Bubble in Coronado

May 12, 2017 by Doug Porter


By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Nearly 400 activists with the network of 88 Indivisible-affiliated groups in Southern California took to the beach on Thursday, aiming to send a message to the Republican National Committee’s Spring Meeting at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Inside the building, it was business as usual for GOP delegates from around the country.

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Eating on Less Than $5 a Day – Continued

May 12, 2017 by Dave Rice

Editor’s Note: Local OB writer, Dave Rice, decided to take the challenge of eating on less than $5 a day. On May 10th we posted his first installment on this journey. Today is his latest.

By Dave Rice

Sunday night, the eve of the impending CalFresh Challenge, where my family will join more than 100 people across San Diego County in learning what it’s like to live on the average budget for area food benefit recipients – $4.18 a day.

Earlier, I’d planned to ride my bike up to the local market, advertising boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.97 a pound. It rained all day, so I ended up driving, a luxury not available to many CalFresh recipients, and snagged three breasts for $4.69.

In my last post I’d mentioned a lunch dilemma – I had nothing planned.

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The Death of George Winne Jr. and the Fight for a More Peaceful World

May 11, 2017 by Source

By Curtis Yee / The Triton (UCSD) /May 10, 2017

Kingdom Come

May 10, 1970: M*A*S*H was still on TV, The Guess Who was at the top of the Billboard charts, and a little after 4 p.m., George Winne Jr., a UCSD graduate student, set himself on fire in the middle of Revelle Plaza.

Winne was standing in the the northeast corner of the plaza by Ridge Walk, covered in towels and holding a sign that read, “In the name of God, end the war.” A physics graduate student named Ralph J. Archuleta passed by Winne while he was dousing himself in gasoline. “I thought it was water and that he was just trying to cool himself off,” Archuleta said. He kept walking.

Then Winne set himself on fire.

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The Ocean Beach 1966 World Surfing Championship on Exhibit in Oceanside

May 11, 2017 by Source

1966 surfing exhibit in Oceanside going on until the 27th of May
The 1966 World Championships – A Defining Moment in Competitive Surfing
By California Surf Museum

The 1966 World Surfing Championships in San Diego was a watershed moment in surfing. Organized by an international cadre of visionary contest directors, the event was attended by more than ten thousand spectators, showcasing the budding sport to the nation in real time.

Held in the city’s beachfront neighborhood of Ocean Beach,…

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OB Town Council: How Short Term Vacation Rentals Affect OBceans

May 11, 2017 by Source


OBTC to Hold Forum on Short-Term Rentals – May 24th

From the OB Town Council

The “OB vibe” is in danger, as an unregulated and alarming increase of Short Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs) poses a threat to our quality of life and OB’s character.

The objects and purposes of the Ocean Beach Town Council are to express the will, to represent the welfare, and to sustain the spirit of the community of Ocean Beach, and therefore the OBTC must address this issue that weighs heavily on the future of our town.

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Join Indivisible for Peaceful Protest at GOP National Committee Meetup at Hotel Del: Thursday, May 11th

May 10, 2017 by Source

From Indivisible San Diego

The only way we get to the truth on Russia, save health care, save the environment, save Planned Parenthood, civil rights, women’s rights, stop the wall, protect immigrants is to #FlipCongress2018!

The Republican National Committee 2017 Spring Meeting will be held at the Hotel del Coronado May 10 – 13. Join Indivisible for a peaceful protest to let the GOP know that we simply can’t wait to vote them out of office in the 2018 mid-term elections. Participants will spell out “2018” on the beach near the hotel for an aerial photo.

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How well can one eat for less than $5 a day? My family is about to find out.

May 10, 2017 by Dave Rice

By Dave Rice

How well can one eat for less than $5 a day? My family is about to find out.

According to the latest available statistics, 285,000 people in San Diego County receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Once referred to as “food stamps,” here the government food assistance program goes under the moniker CalFresh.

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Trump’s Ties to Russia and Putin: One Picture Says it All

May 10, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

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America Is Now in a ‘Full-Fledged Constitutional Crisis’: Firestorm Unleashed and Cover-Up Confirmed

May 10, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

A firestorm of unprecedented proportions has been unleashed. With the FBI Director James Comey firing, Trump has threatened the rule of law in this country and has moved to undermine any Constitutional accountability that his administration has to face.

This is the very first time in our history that an American president has fired an FBI director while the director was investigating the president.

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CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS: Echos of Watergate and a Whiff of Fascism

May 9, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Trump Firing of FBI Director Comey Sets Off Calls for Independent Investigator of Russia-Trump Connections

Echos of Watergate. May 9th, 2017 will go down in American history, much like Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre”.

It’s all over the news. In the middle of a FBI investigation into Trump’s connections with Russia, Trump fires the man at the head of that investigation. It is a constitutional crisis in which the rule of law in America is now at question.

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Why Can’t Ocean Beach Preserve Its ‘Open Space’ Instead of all the Planned ‘Enhancements’ for Our Waterfront?

May 9, 2017 by Source

Are Owners of the Millionaire-Dollar Condos Driving Development of Saratoga Park?

By Geoff Page

There was a story in the OB Rag on Thursday May 4, “Concerns About Plans for Saratoga Park: Loss of Green Space and View Corridor” by a man named Scott.

He was expressing serious concerns about the children’s play area at what is called Saratoga Park. Scott began his piece by admitting he had not been able to attend one of the workshops on the park. Well, I did attend the last one about two weeks ago and I too definitely wanted to say something about it but was not able to until now. I am not in favor of this thing and there were a number of people at this workshop who were also against it.

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Mickey Kasparian Removed from San Diego Labor Council by AFL-CIO

May 9, 2017 by Staff

In Act of Defiance, Kasparian Forms New Labor Group

Voice of San Diego reports:

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, a federation of national labor unions, ordered the removal of leaders of the local San Diego Imperial-Counties Labor Council on Monday [May 8] and put it under a receivership. The move prompted several local unions, including two of the largest, to leave the Labor Council and announce the formation of a new entity, the San Diego Working Families Council.

The dramatic moves follow months of turmoil in the local labor movement following allegations of sexual harassment against Mickey Kasparian, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 and now ousted leader of the Labor Council. …

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Dusty Rhodes Dog Park: Brown Grass, Gopher Holes, and Weeds – Locals Want to See Change

May 8, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

Despite the rain, protesters gathered Sunday afternoon, May 7th, to protest the current conditions at Dusty Rhodes Dog Park.

Their message was clear: they would like to see green grass (and not brown), and they would like to see the rampant gopher holes taken care of and weeds removed. Dusty Rhodes Dog Park is a City park, and locals would like to see it treated as such.

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Workers, Students and Adjuncts as Disposable People in the Trump Era

May 8, 2017 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

Last week will live in infamy as the time when the American House of Representatives consciously voted to take away health care from millions of Americans, potentially threatening the lives of countless numbers of our family members, friends, and neighbors. It was also the week when May Day rallies happened across the country, including here in San Diego.

At San Diego City College, my friend and colleague, Christy Ball, delivered the following speech that tells the story of the very Americans who are now at great risk, and it shares the anger that more and more Americans are feeling at the cruelty of the current regime. For my column, then, I yield my soapbox to her.

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Need for Police Accountability and Transparency After La Jolla Shooting

May 8, 2017 by Anna Daniels

“It is possible to be in debt, to be lovelorn, and to be racist. They are not mutually exclusive.”

By Anna Daniels / San Diego Free Press

The recent shooting rampage at the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex in University City left one person dead and seven persons wounded. This is indisputable.

We also know that the dead victim and wounded were all African Americans and the shooter, who was subsequently shot by the police, was white.

Local news coverage of the event has unsurprisingly focused on the possible motives for San Diego’s scene of American Carnage.

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WARNING: Stay Out of the Ocean for 3 Days After Rain

May 8, 2017 by Source

Times of San Diego

A rise in bacteria in San Diego’s beaches caused by urban runoff from this weekend’s storm prompted the Department of Environmental Health to issue an advisory Sunday, May 7th.

Swimmers, surfers and other beach goers were warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoons that discharge urban runoff.

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Clean and Renewable Energy Has Never Been Easier

May 5, 2017 by Source

Stylied graphic of wind turbines and trees

By Tyson Siegele/

You can now switch to 50% renewable energy with no increase to your electricity bill. Or you can opt for 100% renewable energy, which only costs an additional 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. That’s according to the latest prices from Arcadia Power, a nationwide clean energy supplier.

While roof mounted solar is the best way for an individual to help the planet and save money, that approach is not possible for everyone, including those of us who rent

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The Guardian of Third Avenue

May 5, 2017 by Source

By sloan ranger

Sometimes I don’t see him for weeks and I wonder where he is.

He must cover several miles daily, walking silently up and down Third Avenue, wearing his heavy black peacoat with a hood.

I don’t worry about him in the cold so much, it’s the blistering hot days I think of him most because he has the heavy coat on then, too.

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