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The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets Wednesday night, June 3rd in the OB Rec Center, at 6pm sharp. (See inside for official agenda.)

Down and Up on Del Mar

The big issue of its agenda is the application for a permit to demolish 3 units and replace them with three new units and a subterranean garage at 4939-4941 Del Mar Avenue .

Apple Tree Market

Also on the Board’s agenda is the new Apple Tree Market going in at 4976 Newport Avenue. Specifically, it’s the owner’s conditional use permit application for a license to sell alcohol and a neighborhood development permit to resume its retail and commercial use.

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Halt to Records Collection Probably Temporary As Senate Expected to Pass Reform Measure

By Frank Gormlie

As of today – June 1st – the National Security Agency is no longer legally allowed to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk. The NSA massive collection of telephone records ended at 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, right after the Senate failed to pass a measure to extend the controversial program, part of the Patriot Act.

And Americans can thank Edward Snowden for it. Snowden was the one who heroically revealed the massive surveillance program to the American public and is now sitting in Russia for his punishment.

The halt to the phone coverage, however, is probably only temporary, as the Senate is expected to okay a House-passed reform bill targeting the NSA’s surveillance program. Even if it passed, it would still take a couple of days for it to start up.

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Editor: Just about every week, we publish an roundup of sorts of recent news from OB, Point Loma, the Peninsula, the Midway District, Mission Bay and, at times, other beach areas – along with updates on issues and notices of community events. Here’s the latest from over the last week or so:

Another Stabbing in OB

There was another stabbing in Ocean Beach, in the alley of the 4900 block of Newport Ave. It occurred Tuesday night, May 25th. Community Relations Officer David Surwilo reported the incident at the recent OB Town Council meeting. This time the stabbing came down when one of the workers of a business told a homeless guy he couldn’t stay on a couch that he had occupied. The guy stabbed the employee a couple of times and fled. The worker was taken to a hospital – and probably already released, Surwilo said on the 26th.

COME INSIDE FOR MORE ……….

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By Jim Miller

A couple of weeks ago, Bill McKibben penned a very sharp editorial in the New York Times in response to the Obama administration’s choice to allow drilling in the Arctic noting that, “The Obama administration’s decision to give Shell Oil the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic shows why we may never win the fight against climate change. Even in this most extreme circumstance, no one seems able to stand up to the power of the fossil fuel industry. No one ever says no.”

Indeed, it is precisely this kind of political cowardice that may very well cost us far more dearly than we can imagine. In his defense, Obama went to Twitter and had little to offer other than red herrings and equivocation about the limitations of existing regulations.

But the bottom line could not be clearer: in the face of a stark moral choice, the President punted.

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Channel 10News has broken the story that a claim against the City of San Diego has been made by the family of the man fatally shot by police in the Midway District at the end of April. The claim alleges that the police officer involved used excessive and unreasonable force, violating the civil rights of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad, the victim.

Nehad was shot by Officer Neal N. Browder in the alley outside an adult bookstore near Rosecrans Blvd. on April 30th.

The claim calls for the city to compensate Nehad’s estate and his parents for damages in an amount of $20 million. A claim such as this is the first step in a lawsuit.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Seeks Compromise With San Diego U-T Over Their Ad Circulars

May 29, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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The OB Town Council, led by its president Gretchen Newsom, sought to find a compromise at their meeting on Wednesday over the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s mass distribution of the newspaper’s ad circulars throughout the community.

There’s been a small movement in OB of late to get the plastic-bagged circulars banned from Ocean Beach – due in large part to the willy-nilly way it which they’re distributed – where many end up in gutters, in streets and on sidewalks- and then in trash cans.

Supporters of the ban, led by OB resident Mary Tolena, had galvanized the Town Council to hold a debate of sorts over the issue, some of whom were in the audience. U-T representatives were present at the meeting as well.

After a discussion over the debacle and possible solutions, Newsom seemingly forged a compromise between residents and the newspaper (just recently purchased by the LA Times owner), and came up with a resolution of the problem with 3 components:

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Decomposed Body of Woman Found Near Ocean Beach Pier

May 29, 2015 by Staff
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The badly decomposed body of a woman was pulled from the ocean about 100 yards west of the Ocean Beach Pier, near the end of Niagara Avenue on Thursday afternoon. The body was found inside the surf line, and brought it to shore,

Rescuers believe the body was in the water for at least a day and probably more. San Diego Fire-Rescue Departmen Capt. Joe Amador told the media that the body had been in the water “for quite some time,” and was beyond recognition.

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Protecting Mauna Kea: Notes From the Summit

May 29, 2015 by Source

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By Will Falk / San Diego Free Press

I went to the Thirty Meter Telescope construction site near the summit of Mauna Kea for the first time, today. Four-wheel drive is recommended for the road that twists steeply with hairpin turns up the Mountain, so ten of us piled into a Kanaka uncle’s (older native Hawaiian man’s) pick-up truck to go see the summit. Leaving from the visitor center parking lot at 9,200 feet the road ascends over 5,000 feet to an elevation close to 14,000. While my ears popped, my sense of wonder grew. Conversations around the truck bed stopped as the Mountain’s power over our senses intensified.

Beginning below the tree line, the six-mile ride carries you through ancient cooled lava flows, across red-stained cinder fields, and under patches of snow adorning Mauna Kea’s brown shoulders like jewels.

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Auto Emissions: More Deadly Than Auto Accidents

May 29, 2015 by Source
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By Bill Adams/UrbDeZine

A nearby roadway may be putting your household’s health at risk. The same is true of workplaces, schools, and other places where people spend significant time. This health risk is from the elevated auto emissions near high traffic roadways. It’s a health risk separate and in addition to the regional air pollution from auto emissions.

We have come to draw a false sense of security from our collective sharing of regional air pollution and, perhaps, the belief that regulatory agencies protect us. However, research continues to show that air pollution, particularly from auto emissions, has profound effects on health.

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Winners of the “OB Exposed!” Photo Contest

May 28, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Here are the winning photos from the 2015 “OB Exposed!” photo contest held every year by the Ocean Beach Historical Society. The photos are on display at the OB Business Center, 4876 Santa Monica Avenue.

(Taking photos of the winning photos hung up on display was kind of iffy to begin with, as the lights created a sheen on some of them and the gentle breeze prevented a still-life, so please excuse the

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Restaurant Review : The Marine Room

May 28, 2015 by Judi Curry

View from the Marine Room

By Judi Curry

There is no questioning the beauty of the restaurant. Right on the water’s edge; quiet with subdued music playing so that you could hear everyone at the table without having to raise your voice, and a wait staff that was second to none. Friendly, knowledgeable, patient, and made suggestions that we listened to in selecting our entrees. There is also no question that the prices were high, but the food was excellent.

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The Greek Tragedy: A Labyrinth of Debt

May 28, 2015 by John Lawrence
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By John Lawrence

How to figure out the ongoing crisis that is Greece? What exactly is going on there? As per usual it’s another chapter in the strange saga that involves Wall Street’s stranglehold over the world economy.

What happened to Greece is similar to what happened to American mortgage holders after they were encouraged to go in over their collective heads borrowing more money than they could reasonably expect to be in a position to pay back. Greece did the same.

Will Greece default soon? Will they stay in the Eurozone or be ejected out of it? These questions have been hanging in the air for what seems like an interminably long time.

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Peninsula Planners View City’s Plan for Catalina and Cañon Street

May 27, 2015 by Source
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By Tony de Garate / Special to the OB Rag

Nearly three months after an SUV struck and killed a seven-month-old girl who was being pushed in a stroller in the middle of a Point Loma crosswalk, city officials say they are developing plans to ensure such a tragedy doesn’t happen again.

Two city engineers say construction of a traffic signal designed to protect people using the crosswalk where the fatality occurred near the intersection of Catalina Boulevard and Cañon Street could begin in two months.

Pedestrians would be able to stop traffic 50 feet in front of the crosswalk by pushing a button, which would cause the light to turn yellow, then red, allowing cars to stop in good time, said Kharman Tawfiq, an assistant civil engineer in the city’s Traffic Engineering Division, at the monthly meeting of the Peninsula Community Planning Board May 21.

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What’s Next for the “New” San Diego Union-Tribune?

May 27, 2015 by Doug Porter
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By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Tuesday, May 26th was the day when the reality of the Tribune Company’s acquisition of San Diego’s daily newspaper became apparent for many who work there. The rest of us are going to have to wait for a while to see how things shake out. [Ed. made minor changes.]

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Bernie Sanders to America’s Billionaires: “Your greed has got to end.”

May 27, 2015 by Source
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Bernie Sanders Announces Presidential Campaign

This is Bernie Sanders’ prepared speech*, delivered Tuesday, May 26, in Vermont.

Today, here in our small state – a state that has led the nation in so many ways – I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America.

Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally.

Today, we stand here and say loudly and clearly that; “Enough is enough. This great nation and its government belong to all of the people, and not to a handful of billionaires, their Super-PACs and their lobbyists.”

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Union-Tribune Ad Circulars Up for Debate at Wednesday’s Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting

May 27, 2015 by Matthew Wood
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By Matthew Wood

A healthy debate is expected at tonight’s Ocean Beach Town Council meeting regarding the San Diego Union-Tribune’s practice of distributing their “Local Community Values” advertising circulars.

“I’ve been picking these things up from in front of my house and getting annoyed about it for a long time,” said OB resident Mary Tolena, who will present a case to the council to have the Union-Tribune end its practice of tossing out hundreds of the plastic-wrapped circulars in the neighborhood each week.

She says the advertisements are supposed to be targeted to subscribers, but instead they are sent out willy nilly and end up sitting on neighborhood sidewalks and in yards, creating a nuisance.

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OB Town Council Meets Tonight, Wed., May 27th

May 27, 2015 by Staff

The regular monthly public meeting of the OB Town Council is being held tonight, Wed., May 27th. It will be at the Masonic Center, at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, and begins at 7pm.

The featured speakers include concerned citizens who have asked the OBTC to consider a resolution on “U-T San Diego Local Community Values” advertising circulars that are wrapped in plastic bags and thrown onto the sidewalks, gutters, and streets of Ocean Beach every Friday.

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This Is What Gentrification in Ocean Beach Is All About – Condos for the 1% – Just $9,500 a Month

May 26, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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At least one of the brand new 2 story condos within the Saratoga Street project at Abbott and Saratoga that just opened recently proves what gentrification in OB is all about.

Zillow is running an ad right now for one of those condos, letting a 3 bedroom rental go for just $9,500 a month.

What a steal!

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Hit and Run Against OB Street Light

May 26, 2015 by Staff
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Something hit this light pole – demolishing it over the Memorial Day weekend.

A reader who sent the photo stated:

A conversion van hit this light pole by the fire station around midnight and fled the scene. it is leaking oil and radiator fluid and probably has a big chunk of concrete in the front bumper.

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Poll: 55% Smoke Pot at least Occasionally, One-Third Smoke It Daily

May 26, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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In the most recent OB Rag poll on marijuana usage of our readers, 55% responded that they smoked it occasionally and up to one-third of our readers smoke pot on a daily basis.

The poll ran for about one week and was open to any and all of our readers. One hundred readers responded during that period. The poll was not scientific – but it does give us a view of the marijuana smoking habits of our readers.

We asked readers how often they smoked pot. 31% of the gross total answered that they smoke it on a daily basis. (Of those who actually responded to the question, the percentage of daily smokers goes up to at least one out of 3 respondents.) Another 10% said they smoked weed at least once a week.

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History Undone by 60 Minutes

May 26, 2015 by Source

Stem-Cell-Fraud-60-Minutes1By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

Last Sunday (May 17) on 60 Minutes, Scott Pelley summoned every hormone and nanoparticle in his body to reach that sweet spot where his voice can sound like a god’s and said:

“Time is the enemy of history.”

Say what? I mean… What?

At the end of a certain amount of time, say 60 minutes, history ceases to exist? Time wins and history loses? Does history end when Scott Pelley runs out of time?

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Protecting Mauna Kea: Talking Story

May 26, 2015 by Source

moonriseBy Will Falk

Looking up at the still, lingering morning stars from the best stargazing location in the world early on the third day since my arrival at the occupation on Mauna Kea, my personal velocities catch up with me and I listen. I stand at 9,200 feet above sea level.

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New Street Lights (with Cell Phone Antennas) for Ocean Beach

May 22, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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OB is getting a bunch of new, modern street lights. And to top it off, they have cell phone antennas inside them. How great is that!

Ran into a work crew from Perry’s Electric yesterday on Newport Avenue. They were finishing up with the cementing of the base for a new light right in front of Cheswick’s. The new light has the antenna inside the pole itself. Their trucks and equipment took up a good portion of the block. But they were fast.

I spoke to the foreman of the crew, who told me that they’re installing 7 new lights from Sunset Cliffs to Newport.

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San Diego’s Lawsuit Against Monsanto Shows Just How Hard It Is To Hold Polluters Accountable

May 22, 2015 by Source
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Other cities have sued over PCB pollution, but San Diego’s case is unique.

by Natasha Geiling / Think Progress / March 25, 2015

In a 1970 internal memo, agrochemical giant Monsanto alerted its development committee to a problem: Polychlorinated Biphenyls — known as PCBs — had been shown to be a highly toxic pollutant.

PCBs — sold under the common name Aroclor — were also huge business, raking in some $10 million in profits.

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OB Exposed! Tonight, Friday, May 22

May 22, 2015 by Source

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Why Does the American Left Ignore the Struggle for Freedom in Northern Ireland?

May 22, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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By Jeff Stone

The Irish Republican Movement has been struggling for a socialist free Ireland since the first uprising against the British in 1916 led by Michael Collins.

Most Americans have a very naive idea at best and ignorant, uninformed at worst, attitude about the IRA or any of the nationalist parties that favor expelling the British and restoring Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland.

For example, the IRA, which a lot of Americans still don’t realize, its antecedents are basically a very Marxist, socialist approach to government, democracy, and human rights.

While many members are Catholics, the IRA is a secular organization.

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Possible Showdown Over Canon Street and Catalina at Peninsula Planners Meeting – Tonight, May 21

May 21, 2015 by Staff

Some Point Loma residents who’ve been pushing for changes to the intersection of Canon and Catalina expect a showdown with city planners at tonight’s Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting.

This all follows a fatal accident at that intersection and its crosswalk where a 7-month-old girl was killed back in March.

Residents of the area have known about the dangers latent at that junction and have lobbied city planners with a proposal to redesign the intersection into a residents-only street. Planners have told them that this will take years and only wish to make minor adjustments. The residents believe this is what planners will say tonight at the meeting, and have urged their neighbors and supporters to attend the Point Loma planners’ meeting.

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Three Ocean Beach Restaurants Join Campaign Against Plastic

May 21, 2015 by Staff
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Three restaurants in Ocean Beach have joined a city-wide campaign against plastic containers.

The Lazy Hummingbird Cafe, Raglan Public House and Wonderland Ocean Pub are part of the campaign that has at the moment 16 San Diego restaurants pledging to eliminate plastic containers in exchange for paper. Each one will have a special sticker outside their store to show they have made the switch.

The other restaurants include: …

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San Diego vs. Monsanto – Protest March on Sat., City and Port Sue for Polluting Bay, and Chipotle Bans GMOs

May 21, 2015 by Staff
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The City of San Diego is gearing up against Monsanto, the giant corporate producer of such products as Roundup and the star of the GMO world. There is a lot going on in this town around Monsanto.

First, there is a march and rally scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2015 starting at 10 a.m. in Balboa Park. Organizers expect a large turnout and heavy media coverage this year due to the World Health Organization announcement that Monsanto’s Roundup is carcinogenic.

Second, the City of San Diego and the San Diego Port District are suing Monsanto for polluting San Diego Bay with PCBs.

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Santa Barbara oil spill now stretches for 9 miles

May 21, 2015 by Source
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by Dan Bacher

The spill from a ruptured pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline expanded overnight from 4 miles long to two slicks stretching 9 miles along the coast, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The pipeline carries crude oil from to Flores to Gaviota.

Preliminary reports indicated that the ruptured 24 inch pipeline in Goleta leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil Tuesday. However, the pipeline company may have actually released as much as 105,000 gallons, with tens of thousands of gallons going into the ocean, according to the latest data from Plains All American.

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