By Matthew Wood OBceans looking to buy a Christmas tree in the neighborhood basically have a couple options. You can go to Rite-Aid and buy an overpriced tree that was probably shipped in before Thanksgiving – at last check they had about a half-dozen left on the lot. Or they can go see local residents […]
The following is based on remarks I made at a press conference earlier this week on Tuesday, Dec. 2, to announce the dismissal of felony vandalism charges against Vince Adame by the DA’s office. I did represent Mr. Adame in the final phase of the case.
By Frank Gormlie
The main editorial at the U-T San Diego today – Dec. 2nd – spoke of how San Diego has avoided another black eye what with the District Attorney’s dismissal of felony charges against Vince Adame, the hedge trimmer. The first black eye was the prosecution by the City Attorney’s office of the chalk drawer. So yes, San Diego has avoided another black eye.
This is all well and good, but what about Vince Adame’s black eye.
Vince Adame got a black eye, as he had to go to court, hire legal representation, go through felony booking at the downtown jail that lasted half a day, have his DNA taken, and his family has gone through quite a bit of stress since he was charged in October.
Yet Adame is happy that the DA has found the wisdom to dismiss this case.
Last night at their annual Christmas Toy live auction, the Ocean Beach Town Council raised at least $5,000. That’s an unofficial figure, arrived at last night at the end of the proceedings at the Sunshine Company bar, provided to an inebriated OB Rag staffmember by Steve Grosch.
With such auctioneers as Mike James, New York Mike, Ed Decker and
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, a hearing by an officer of the San Diego Planning Commission ruled that the City does not have to remove the so-called police trailer from the parking lot at the OB Pier.
The hearing was held to make a judgement on whether the City of San Diego had to comply with a violation that the California Coastal Commission slapped on the trailer and its owners back in July of this year. The police trailer is owned by the City and supported by the OB Mainstreet Association as a deterrent to drug dealing and other anti-social behavior. Others call it an eyesore and an unnecessary structure that takes away parking and blocks view.
Some residents and merchants in OB have been split on this issue of the police trailer since at least all of this century.
By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press
The media today is dominated by coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death at age 95. Following a few fast facts designed to put this great man in perspective, I’m reposting the best of the obituaries I’ve seen posted today. (It’s long, but worth it)
Facts you might not see in today’s mainstream media coverage:
- During his 27 years of imprisonment he was forced to labor in Robben Island’s limestone quarry. The dust damaged his tear ducts, and when released, he could not cry.
- He was never a pacifist, never a Gandhi and never afraid to assert the absolute right of the oppressed to fight back
- The South African government banned photos of Mandela in prison. When he was released in 1990, few South Africans knew what he looked like.
- Even after serving as the first Black President of South Africa and receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Mandela remained on the US terrorist watch list, requiring special certification from the State Department to enter the country. In 2008 George W Bush signed a bill fixing this just prior to his 90th birthday.
- Mandela’s arrest in 1962 came as the result of a CIA informant, allowing the South African police to nab him at a roadblock, even though he was disguised as a chauffeur.