climate action plan sdBy Jim Miller

Since I last wrote on the People’s Climate March in late September, the grim environmental news has just kept coming in, whether it’s the revelation that September was the warmest month ever on planet earth, the Stanford study linking California’s grueling drought to climate change, the World Wildlife Federation report that the earth has lost half of its wildlife in the last fifty years, or the unpleasant surprise that, “In what could be termed as the worst effect of degrading climatic conditions and global warming, a new study has showed that fish in large numbers will disappear from the tropics by 2050”—it just doesn’t let up.

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OB RAG VOTER GUIDE
please voteHere is the November 2014 Election Voter Guide by the OB Rag. It closely follows the endorsements of the San Diego Free Press editorial board – as the editors of the OB Rag are also part of the editorial board – and the SDFP is our online media partner (and prodigy). For all SDFP articles on the upcoming election, check out our 2014 Progressive Voter’s Guide.

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The San Diego County Registrar of Voters issued a 76 page long list of the 671 local candidates for the November 2014 elections. And that doesn’t include local propositions, the statewide propositions and the dozen or so statewide races for office. So there are plenty of contests on the ballot we passed over. These were the ones we agreed upon.

Regardless of your political persuasion, we urge you to vote.

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Do you remember when the Pacific Ocean became OB’s front yard? The last time it really flooded in Ocean Beach was in mid January 2010.

The rains and high winds brought the ocean right into Ocean Beach’s front yard those several days.

The typical areas of OB did flood. And then there was the aftermath.

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Editor: The following is a media statement by Preserve Point Loma, a new grassroots group from the Peninsula.

Point Loma Citizens Organize to Oppose La Playa 4 Lot Sub-Division on Steep Hillside

Preserve Point Loma, a newly created grassroots citizens group announced its opposition to the 4 lot proposed subdivision “The Point Loma Summit” on the old Jessop estate on La Crescentia Drive. “The site contains environmentally sensitive steep and unstable hillsides and sets a bad precedent for future deviations and variances to the San Diego City land use policies detrimental to our community character.” said Marcie Rothman, co chair of the group.

“This project is in violation of our adopted Peninsula Community Plan and contains deviations to the existing Zoning Code regarding access, setbacks and height,” said Bill Moody, a member of Preserve Point Loma.

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Seals isn’t merely continuing to play Garcia’s songs; he and his band continue to push the jams in the bold and exploratory directions the Jerry Garcia Band was always known for.

by Greg M. Schwartz /Popmatters / Oct 17, 2014

It was a Friday night in Ocean Beach, where a hippie haven oasis exists in what is otherwise considered more of a conservative town. Deadhead culture thrives here on Ocean Beach’s main drag on and around Newport Avenue, an area that feels like a cross between LA’s Venice Beach and San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Winston’s Beach Club doesn’t quite stack up to Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in the Bay Area, but the club has been helping to keep the vibe alive by featuring the Electric Waste Band covering the Grateful Dead every week for over two decades.

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The Secret of the San Diego Growth Machine: Another Case for Nancy Drew

October 17, 2014 by Source

Nancy Drew silhouetteBy Norma Damashek

Albert Einstein searched for a unified theory that would unite the forces of nature (he had his eye on relativity and electromagnetism).

I, too, have been searching for a unified theory—albeit a more modest one—to unite the forces of nature (human, in this case) that make San Diego the chronically backwater/ amorphous/ uninspired/ tunnel-visioned/ closed-shop/ quasi-corrupt/ rigidly-manipulated/shady city it is.

Come join the search. Just follow the trail of clues, click on a sampling of news links about San Diego, and you’ll discover a unifying theme that even Einstein would find surprising.

Clue #1: City governments are not bush league versions of the ones at the top. The people and forces that drive, define, and control city governments are different from the ones that steer state and federal government. …

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Reflections of Love

October 17, 2014 by Ernie McCray

By Ernie McCray

I was asked to write something that rhymes for Steve, a friend of mine, who was celebrating entering his 70’s and these words came to me:

Love SignIn a spirit of love,
with feather weight ease,
I say to my dear friend, Steve,
who has just turned 70,
that he
has reached an age
where you can truly
do or say pretty
much anything
you damn well please.
Cuz the world doesn’t
give a hoot
about an old-assed coot.

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OB Hit and Run Victim Katie Connor Improves Slightly

October 17, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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The victim in last weekend’s Ocean Beach hit and run is showing some signs of recovery, after suffering a severe head injury while ridding her bicycle late at night.

Katie was on her bicyclist when it was hit by a white pick-up truck around 1:20 a.m. at the intersection of West Point Loma Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Blvd. The pickup truck had a camper shell and was northbound, and didn’t stop.

Katie Connor, 23, an OBcean, is being treated at the University of California at San Diego Medical Center, where – and we quote from a website set up for her – “as of October 16, she has shown some signs of recovery …

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How to Destroy Mission Valley

October 16, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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If you want to destroy Mission Valley, what’s coming down the development pipeline will surely do it for you. There are four massive residential and commercial projects and another four minor ones in various stages of construction and blueprints – which if all were built – would permanently damage Mission Valley to the point where the Valley that we now know would no longer be there.

Some old-timers believe Mission Valley was destroyed a long time ago, when it was a long, lush valley of dairy farms and agricultural fields. Then the hotels, resorts, golf courses and freeways came and Mission Valley lost its beauty, serenity, and its soul. Yet it’s also another group of “old-timers” – a special group – a group of Mission Valley landowning families who have plans to damage the Valley even further.

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The Co-Op Movement – Democratizing the Ownership of Wealth One Step at a Time

October 16, 2014 by John Lawrence

Capitalby pikettyBy John Lawrence

It has finally dawned on the American consciousness that wealth is being concentrated among fewer and fewer people. In fact just 400 Americans own more wealth than the bottom 180 million taken together.

Thomas Piketty in his ground breaking book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, shows the dynamic behind this dramatic rise in wealth among the upper echelon of society while everyone else, in particular the middle class, is being left in the dust.

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Labor saving devices and later computers and automation were supposed to create a virtually utopian society in which everyone could work less and have an ever increasing standard of living.

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Down-Ballot Races in San Diego You Need to Know About

October 16, 2014 by Doug Porter
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By Doug Porter

While there is no rule saying a ballot must be filled out completely to be valid, there are four contests you should know and care about as we approach the 2014 general election.

Exhibit A is why we should care about down-ballot races is Judge Gary Kreep, who’s now lurking around Department 7 in the central courthouse, handling a full calendar of landlord-tenant disputes.

People voted for Kreep because the only thing they’d heard (if they’d heard anything at all) were rumors, spread via a suspicious robocall campaign saying his opponent was soft on crime.

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OB Town Council Recognizes Key Volunteers of the Community

October 15, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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At their annual “OBie Awards” dinner, held last night, October 14th, at Shades, the Ocean Beach Town Council recognized key community volunteers – giving out the Council’s traditional awards during an event attended by a ‘who’s-who’ of village politicos.

Congressman Scott Peters and Councilman Ed Harris also addressed the crowd, and numerous reps of other politicians were recognized. Harris gave out a special certificate of recognition to OB Planning Board chair Pete Ruscitti.

Town Council president Gretchen Newsom guided the event swimmingly through the evening,

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OB Historical Society: “Reading Between the Lampposts – the Literary Giants of Loma Portal” – Oct. 16th

October 15, 2014 by Staff
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Join the Ocean Beach Historical Society for their monthly presentation on Thursday, October 16th. This month’s program is “Reading Between the Lampposts: the Literary Giants of Loma Portal” – a book about street names.

This program will feature a unique book that is about a special neighborhood project coordinated by friends Elaine Fotinos Burrell and Karla Lapic.

The neighborhood of Loma Portal, has the curious distinction …

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OB Rag Presented “Community Partner” Award by OB Town Council

October 15, 2014 by Staff
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At the annual “OBie Awards” dinner last night hosted by the Ocean Beach Town Council, the OB Rag was presented with the yearly “Community Partner” award given out by the Council.

Frank Gormlie, editor, accepted the certificate on behalf of the OB Rag. Gormlie immediately thanked Patty Jones, his partner, “for making it all happen,” praised the new generation of the OB Town Council and the OB Planning Board, and spoke of the OB tradition of “doing it the OB way.”

In her prepared remarks, OB Town Council president Gretchen Newsom stated …

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Proposition 48: Are Casinos Coming to Your Neighborhood?

October 15, 2014 by Doug Porter

Prop 48By Doug Porter

The following analysis of Proposition 48 represents my opinion. The SD Free Press editorial board may or may not agree with me. For all the articles on the upcoming election, check out the online media partner SDFP’s 2014 Progressive Voter’s Guide.

It’s funny how people who normally couldn’t be bothered to pick up a gum wrapper off the sidewalk will become environmental activists when it suits their economic interests. In this instance we have “environmental concerns” being voiced by groups who are themselves exempt from the laws.

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Propositions 45 and 46: This Won’t Hurt. Much

October 15, 2014 by Doug Porter

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Editor: The following analyses of Propositions 45 and 46 represent the opinions of the writer, Doug Porter, a member of the San Diego Free Press Editorial Board. The rest of the editorial board may or may not agree with him. The SDFP is the online media partner of the OB Rag. For all the articles on the upcoming election, check out the San Diego Free Press’ 2014 Progressive Voter’s Guide.

By Doug Porter

There are no special interests more special than insurance companies, doctors and lawyers. Here we have two propositions involving all three groups. And there is more subterfuge going on than anybody can keep track of.

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Councilman Alvarez Brokers Compromise on Winter Homeless Shelter

October 15, 2014 by Source
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Compromise Means Barrio Logan to Host this Year But Not in 2016

By Brent E. Beltrán /

With his back against the wall, and a community within his district upset with the continued siting of the winter shelter in their neighborhood and the negative impact it brings, Councilmember David Alvarez stepped up and brokered a compromise.

Though the shelter will return this coming winter the City Council voted unanimously (with Councilmember Marti Emerald absent due to health reasons) with Mr. Alvarez’s motion to not have the location at Newton Avenue and 16th Street in Barrio Logan considered by the Housing Commission in 2016.

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OB Project Review Committee : Demolition of 101 Year Old House on Niagara

October 14, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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2nd Demolition Slated for 4700 Block of Del Mar Ave

The Project Review Committee – a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board – has two projects to review when it meets Wednesday night at the OB Rec Center, October 15th. The Rec Center is at 4726 Santa Monica Ave, and the meeting begins at 6pm.

Both projects are applications to demolish existing housing and to then construct new condominiums or single-family residences.

The first on deck is a proposal to demolish an over one-hundred year old house at 4677 Niagara Avenue by its new owners, who just purchased it for $690,000 on September 25, 2014 . It was built in 1913.

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Who Runs San Diego? Some Taxpayers Are More Equal Than Others at the County Taxpayers Association

October 14, 2014 by Source

The Nerd, the Negotiator, the Pretender and its Protégé

Womans Democratic LogoBy Linda Perine / Democratic Woman’s Club

This week’s article is a little more complex than some of our previous looks at Who Runs San Diego?. When David (Cory Briggs) slays Goliath (Hoteliers Financing District) – that’s a good story!

When some (Sea World and certain electeds) tell us it’s OK to imprison and mistreat our sweet Shamu, LOTS of folk get mad. When our CD2/lifeguard good guy (Ed Harris) takes on tenants (Belmont Park) that seem a little moochy, you can pump your fist.

My job this week, yes, I am the aforementioned “Nerd”, is to go behind the curtain of these and other deals involving our beaches, bays, parks, taxing authority and other civic assets to take a look at an organization that pretends to work for all taxpayers, but in reality represents its well- connected, conservative donors.

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A Very Determined Carol Kim Runs for City Council in District 6

October 14, 2014 by Doug Porter

Carol Kim at the DoorBy Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Meet Carol Kim. She lived in District 6 before deciding to run for City Council. Her idea of campaigning is spending 40 hours a week going door-to-door, meeting potential constituents. She’s the mother of two children; a professional whose work evaluating results for agencies could easily translate into public service as a watchdog for the public interest.

The race for city council in District 6 is an important contest for Democrats. A win by Kim gives the party an effective counterweight to the Chamber of Commerce alliance seeking domination over San Diego. The district’s voters are almost evenly divided between Democrats (33.6 percent), Republicans (31.7 percent) and Decline to State voters (29.5 percent).

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Woman Bicyclist Severely Injured by Hit-and-Run White Truck

October 13, 2014 by Staff

A severe head injury to a bicyclist occurred early Sunday in Ocean Beach in a hit-and-run. A woman bicyclist was hit by a white pick-up truck at the intersection of West Point Loma Avenue and Sunset Cliffs.

The pickup truck had a camper shell and was northbound. She was eastbound – they crashed around 1:20 a.m. –

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Sea Cave Provides Refuge for 3 Struggling Sunset Cliffs Jumpers

October 13, 2014 by Staff

A sea cave in Sunset Cliffs provided refuge for three struggling swimmers on Sunday October 12th. The three people were part of a larger group of cliff jumpers at a popular local spot known as The Arch.

The waves and backwash prevented the trio from using the usual route back up the cliff. Fortunately they found safe haven in a nearby sea cave, and then waited for the lifeguards to finish the rescue.

And they were rescued, although one had been injured. They felt trapped around 2:15 pm and got into the sea cave. Using ropes in their rescue rig lifeguards lifted the two up over onto the street side of the cliffs and had to use a stretcher for the third one. After being evaluated by paramedics, all three were let go, after being questioned by police.

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Lessons from Cointelpro – Many Learned in OB and San Diego in the Seventies

October 13, 2014 by Source
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Editor: The following is taken from a talk given by Professor Peter Bohmer at the Radical Ecology Conference, in Portland, Oregon on September 6, 2014. Bohmer currently is a faculty member in Political Economy at the Evergreen State College in Washington state. He lived in Ocean Beach in the Seventies and taught at SDSU. Many of the lessons Bohmer learned were from experiences here in San Diego and OB during the heady days of the 1970s.

By Peter Bohmer

I have been asked to share my experiences and knowledge of government repression with you not to scare you but so that we can deal with it and build stronger and more effective movements today for social, environmental and economic justice, locally, nationally and globally.

First a few comments.

We live in a society that is very unequal and growing more so. 50 million are below the official poverty line, and 10 million are officially unemployed and another 10 million have given up looking or are working part-time and want to work fulltime.

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A Tour of the OB Oktoberfest

October 13, 2014 by Matthew Wood
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By Matthew Wood

Ocean Beach got its “oom-pah” on this weekend at the 10th annual OB Oktoberfest. Festivities included the 5K Brat Trot on the beach, a stein holding contest, music on two stages and – of course – a whole lot of beer.

Here’s a look at the “partei” in some pics from the event.

The Rey Vinole Oktoberfest Band performed all day on the side stage by the seawall, playing traditional German polkas and other favorites. … Fans start to crowd the main stage as night falls on the fest. A dozen bands in all played the festival over the two days. …

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Update on the DeMaio Scandal

October 13, 2014 by Doug Porter
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A Comparison Between the DeMaio and the Filner Scandals

Editor: Doug Porter only at San Diego Free Press, our online media partner, has the very latest on the sexual harassment scandal swirling around Carl DeMaio, running in the 52nd Congressional District against Scott Peters. Plus Porter does a comparison between this latest DeMaio scandal and the scandal that forced out Mayor Bob Filner.

By Doug Porter

Last week sexual harassment accusations against congressional candidate Carl DeMaio went national by way of stories in Politico.com and CNN. Today we’ll follow up on developments in this story over the weekend.

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Notes From the Education Wars: Marshall Tuck and the Plot Against Public Education

October 13, 2014 by Jim Miller

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After my column last week on the battle between Tom Torlakson and the corporate education reform machine backing Marshall Tuck, I was pleased to see The Nation magazine’s special issue on schools. The writers aptly note that the struggle in American education is not one of the “status quo” versus “reform,” but rather, it is between a kind of educational class war dressed up as reform and a more progressive vision that seeks to empower all kids equally.

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Cash Stash Takes Over OB on Eve of Oktoberfest

October 10, 2014 by Matthew Wood
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By Matthew Wood

Why were a bunch of dudes wandering around the corner of Bacon and Newport this morning? They were looking for some cold, hard cash.

It’s part of the festivities for this weekend’s OB Oktoberfest. The contest is called “Find the Schnitzengruben.” Organizers are leaving 10 envelopes full of $10 bills around OB, then tweeting out clues as to where they are.

Whoever finds it keeps the money, up to $150.

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News From La Playa at Ocean Beach and Beyond

October 10, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Local Albert Elliot Has Beach Photos installed in the National Museum of Natural History

OB loc, Albert C. Elliott, was informed that his photos of Ocean Beach are now part of an exhibit in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.
OB’s Pizza Port Among San Diego Breweries That Won 14 Medals at Beer Festival
San Diego area breweries took home 14 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado October 4.
Possible Ties Between Recent Hold-Ups in Point Loma with Those in La Jolla and University City?
Is it possible that the holdup artists responsible for 4 robberies at gunpoint in the Point Loma and OB areas are also the guys involved in a stickup in La Jolla and University City?

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Reader Rave: “Scott Peters Is a Congressman Who Won’t Embarrass Us”

October 10, 2014 by Source

By Bill Reedhead

Greetings from Ocean Beach!

I really hate like hell doing this — contacting those fortunate enough to be included in my personal Rolodex file [Ed.: Bill gave us permission to repost his email.] This, in order to deliver a tawdry pre-Election Day pitch for a political candidate I haven’t actually met. Or especially care to meet.

But, if the current polls are correct, those of us residing in the 52nd Congressional District could, for the next two years, find ourselves having to answer an awkward question: …

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Well-Known Skateboarder Dies of Injuries From OB Skatepark

October 9, 2014 by Frank Gormlie
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Marc Delellis Died of Injuries From Head Injury at OB Skatepark

A very well know skateboard, Marc Delellis, died Tuesday from injuries he suffered at the OB Skatepark on Monday, October 6th. The 39 year old had been hospitalized with a head injury at UC San Diego Medical Center, where he passed.

Known to many as “Shockus”, he was the global marketing director for C1RCA, a San Clemente-based skateboarding apparel company.

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Extreme Weather Watch: September 2014: Fires in California, Cabo San Lucas Destroyed by Hurricane

October 9, 2014 by John Lawrence

By John Lawrence

Extreme Weather WatchAs many as 6000 firefighters battled blazes in northern California during the month of September.

The King Fire, which was deliberately set, devoured nearly 120 square miles of timber and vegetation about 60 miles east of Sacramento. The blaze in steep terrain forced the evacuation of 2800 people and burned multiple structures in the White Meadows area of Pollock Pines. Firefighters dropped record amounts of retardants – more than 203,000 gallons in a single day.

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