It was a rocky road for development projects that came before the Project Review Committee last Wednesday night. The panel – a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board – was to review four projects, but no one showed to present two of them, a third was handed back to the developer owner with significant design suggestions, and the fourth was so complex it was punted to the full board to deal with.

No one showed up during the meeting at the OB Rec Center representing either the 5018 Narragansett project or the controversial Abbott- Muir condos (although one person did for this project did show after the meeting had been adjourned). This means these projects will probably be kicked to the bottom of the pile – a long list of development projects making their way to the OB Planning Board’s agenda.

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6 “Green Streets” Planned for Downtown

By Michael-Leonard Creditor / UrbDeZine

View south along 14th Street from Market, San Diego

The idea for grand pedestrian routes through downtown San Diego is not new.

In 1908, John Nolen famously had vision of a Promenade from Balboa Park to San Diego Bay along what is now Cedar Street.

Just imagine how that would be today if it had been implemented 100 years ago, with the beautiful County Administration Building at the bottom of the gentle hill from Park to Bay. Sometimes I think ‘so many opportunities lost’ should be San Diego’s motto.

But, in the fertile minds of planners, this idea hasn’t died. Now, they are being called Green Streets, and six are planned for downtown.

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The first 44 Presidents of the United States didn’t contemplate pardoning their children. Now we’ve learned number 45 may be breaking this precedent.

The Washington Post is reporting that Trump is discussing the possibility of pardoning himself, his family, and his closest aides in response to news about investigators looking into his finances as well as his campaign’s complicity in Russia’s subversion of the 2016 election.

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By South OB Girl

Last Friday July 14th saw the official opening of Botanica Home and Garden at 1909 Cable St. The shop is right on the busy stretch of sidewalk between Newport Ave and Santa Monica Ave and was the location of the long standing former tenant the Loan Ranger Pawn Shop.

Owner of Botanica Home and Garden, Caitlin Brooks, has always had a love of plants. She has previously worked at garden centers and nurseries, and she has now turned her love for plants into a business.

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Shel Dorf-edBy Frank Gormlie

Sheldon Dorf was one of the founders of Comic-Con and he lived in Ocean Beach for many years. “Shel” was living in OB when I met him in the mid-1970s. He passed away at the age of 76 in 2009, but now he’s a key focus in a current Rolling Stone article, entitled “San Diego Comic-Con: The Untold History” by Chris Chafin.

It turns out Dorf was quite a character, even a tragic figure gathering from Chafin’s brief recounts of his early history. Here’s a quote about him from the article:

Many of the founders [of Comic-Con] would go on to successful careers. … For Dorf, things were less smoothly.

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‘Come on OB’ – We’ve Reached 2/3rd’s of our Goal – Only 2 Days Left

July 20, 2017 by Staff

If you’ve never donated to the OB Rag, the online newspaper for Ocean Beach and Point Loma, now is the time to do it.

If you have donated to the OB Rag in the past, consider contributing again.

Our Summer Fund Raising campaign has only 2 days left and we’re at 2/3rds of our campaign goal of $1,000.

How to Support Us>>>>>> INSIDE

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‘No Target in OB’ T-Shirts Available

July 20, 2017 by Staff

The “No Target in OB” campaign is heating up in Ocean Beach.

T-shirts with the slogan are now available at the James Gang at 1931 Bacon Street.

Meanwhile, the online Petition against the Target Express has over 1800 signatures.

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The Right to Resist Foreign Intervention and Domestic Collaborators

July 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

A good friend and I were discussing the whole Trump debacle the other night with all its Russian connections. At some point, he admitted he was exasperated about a certain and perhaps common progressive ambiguity with Russia and blurted out:

“I know we’re supposed to be against Russian of course and all of its meddling in our election, but – in some sense, Trump is right, the US has intervened in other countries and manipulated their elections, too.”

He rattled off a litany of countries and nations where the US has interfered – Iraq, Chile, Guatemala, Ghana, Iran, … it was a long list.

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Demolition Derby in Ocean Beach

July 14, 2017 by Source

One picture says it all.

The demolition of the old, 1955 medical and dental building has been complete. Just think, OBcans haven’t had this view across this space for over 60 years.

For background, COME INSIDE

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Millennials Are a Beautiful Sight to See

July 20, 2017 by Ernie McCray

Millennials. So many of us see them as lazy, naïve, un-motivated “Me-Me-Me” kinds of human beings who somehow threaten to bring the world to an apocalyptic end – all while taking a selfie.

But from all I’ve ever seen, it’s the Millennials, the 20-year-olds and 30-year-olds — and to think of it, the 40-year-olds — of any time who are at the forefront of societal change.

I mean, Thomas Jefferson was thinking, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” when he was 33.

On behalf of the Lakota Sioux people, Sitting Bull — a spring chicken at the time, and being no Tonto — said to the powers-that-be: “Reservations? I don’t think so!”

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It’s Off to the Races at the Del Mar Death Track

July 20, 2017 by Doug Porter

It’s the time of year when the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club cranks up its well-oiled PR machine. Wednesday, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes, with a 14-horse field of 3-year-olds competing on the infield grass race track, kicked off a 36 day summer season. Are you excited yet? Don’t be.

There were hats — outrageous hats, funny hats, and flamboyant head coverings–worn by people competing for a $5000 prize and 15 seconds of fame on local TV news. Later this year, the famed Breeder’s Cup, two days of racing moving from track to track each fall, will draw international attention to Del Mar.

The celebratory ‘cool as ever’ public relations slogan, opening day promotions, concerts and celebrity events barely mask the stench of death surrounding the Del Mar race track. It’s not just the (too many) horses dying; it’s the sport itself.

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‘What would happen if nobody cared…?’

July 20, 2017 by Source


By South OB Girl

After the OB Planning Board monthly land use meeting Wednesday night, I ended up at Culture for a brew.

Per usual, as often happens when I wander out, a number of interesting things happened.

I befriended the cutest little French bull dog, Frida, who settled into my lap despite just meeting her and despite being a total stranger to her.

And then a familiar looking pooch Nacho wandered in, a sweet-natured pit bull Nacho. Within minutes the conversation shifted from discussion about dogs to discussion about the planning board.

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Support the OB Rag in the Time of Trump – We’re Half Way to Our Goal!

July 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Now’s the time to support your local and independent press – the OB Rag – the online newspaper for Ocean Beach and Point Loma. Especially these days in the Time of Trump.

Trump has called the free press, “the enemy of the people.” So, now is when the people – our readers – need to respond.

We’re half way to our summer fundraising goal of $1,000 – we’ve received $520 up to now from supporters and readers since Friday when we started this campaign. Help us to achieve the remainder this week.

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Reflections on Our Little Beach at Bermuda in Ocean Beach

July 19, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

Love this photo. Editor Dude ran it in this article the other day.

Sea wall building in action — and an example of what most (but for some reason not all) coastal property owners are required to do. Adding up to at least six figures or even millions of dollars paid by the property owner. A man-made structure designed to look like a natural cliff. Inside is the structure and engineering of a small sky scraper. Rebar and concrete designed with erosion in mind, to be sturdy enough for the power of the sea.

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Reader Rant: What Are the Differences Between a Proposed Town Council for Point Loma and the Peninsula Community Planning Board?

July 19, 2017 by Source

Editor: The following is an opinion piece by Michael Winn who is a strong proponent of creating a town council for Point Loma, and as such does not represent the views of the OB Rag staff.

By Michael Winn

The Peninsula Community Planning Board reviews project proposals and votes based on findings about whether a project before it meets code requirements. The Planning Board’s vote isn’t binding on the City Planning Commission, the Planning Board has no authority — it’s advisory.

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Still Cleaning Despite the Dirt

July 18, 2017 by Source

The dry cleaning business still stands – as the rest of the building was demolished. The site is being prepped for the Ocean Beach Plaza.

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Sanctuaries in a Sea of Oil

July 18, 2017 by Source

July 26 is the deadline for public comments to defend our Marine Monuments and National Marine Sanctuaries!

By David Helvarg / Blue Notes #159

In late April President Trump issued his “America First Offshore Energy” Executive Order that, along with threatening to put an end to the only significant safety regulation resulting from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, also ordered a review of 27 national monuments that had been declared or enlarged over the last 20 years. He then doubled down with instructions to reconsider recently expanded marine monuments and sanctuaries.

COME INSIDE FOR LINKS TO MAKE COMMENTS NOW

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Controversial Abbott and Muir Condos Return to Ocean Beach Planners: Wed., July 19th

July 18, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Project Review Committee has a huge agenda with four projects before it, this Wednesday, July 19th. The review panel – a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board – has projects on Voltaire, Sunset Cliffs, Narragansett and the controversial Abbott and Muir condo project to take up, and on which to make recommendations to the full board. The full board meets Wednesday, August 2nd. The review panel meeting takes place at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave., and begins at 6pm.

2150 1/3 Abbott St. – Controversial Project Downgrades to 3 Condos

Number 4 on the agenda, but by far the most controversial project, is the permit to build 3 residential condos for a total of 6730 square feet, on that large, empty 7500 square foot lot at the intersection of Abbott and Muir.

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Watch Your Step! – The Sidewalks of Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Thurs., July 20th

July 18, 2017 by Source

Hosted by the Ocean Beach Historical Society and Presented by Eric DuVall

Be with the OB Historical Society July 20th as Eric DuVall explains his forty five year fascination with the sidewalks of Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

This is a path upon which entire streets appear and disappear, and where the passage of time and the physical history of our community are literally written in concrete.

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Calif Supreme Court Rules If Property Owners Build Sea Wall, Permit Restrictions Apply

July 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

In a legal decision that may affect Ocean Beach and Point Loma land owners who own property right on the cliffs and who have built seawalls, the California Supreme Court has just issued a ruling about the responsibilities of sea bluff property owners and those seawalls.

Closely watched by California environmental groups as well as by advocates of expanded property rights up and down the coast, the California Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, ruled against two property owners who own adjoining cliff side lots in Encinitas, and who had sued the California Coastal Commission over the Commission’s authority over seawalls.

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An Open Letter to Whoever Stole My OB Bike Last Week

July 17, 2017 by Dave Rice

Hi, Buddy!

You must be feeling awful clever right about now, having made off with my shiny, precious toy. I’m sure it took not only daring but a remarkable measure of stealth to find your way into my apartment building’s garage, defeating not only the locked access doors but also the 24/7 surveillance cams with what I imagine must have been a sizeable set of bolt cutters to cleave through my lock so efficiently. Kudos!

Also, thanks for not scratching my wife’s car while you conducted your theft – the foresight and careful touch with which you extracted my ride is much appreciated, since I’m sure damage to her bumper would’ve been much costlier than the spoils of your hard work was worth to me, in terms of dollars and cents anyway.

But that’s not entirely what my bike was worth. You see, even though it may have looked shiny and new, …

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Restaurant Review : Jake & Eggs in Ocean Beach

July 17, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Jake & Eggs
1774 Sunset Cliffs
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
619-419-1207
Open 8-1 – Wednesday – Sunday

By Judi Curry

When this restaurant closed down a few months ago I was sorry that I had not patronized it more often. I was thrilled to see that it reopened in May, and when Marilyn came into town from Ohio today I decided to go back and see if it was as good now as it was originally. I am happy to say it is!

While not a standard breakfast menu, there are plenty of items to choose from. And, for those of you that need gluten free meals, almost all of the items have a “gf” designation.

The menu starts out with French Toast ($10); and goes to Short Rib Machaca Burrito ($11); Sweet Potato Hash is $12 as is Biscuits and Gravy. There is a Kimchi Fried Rice ($14); Chilaquiles Stack for $13;

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The Wilderness of Silence : Summer Chronicles #2

July 17, 2017 by Jim Miller

Our noise is everywhere. Just try to sit for a moment in your house and experience a moment without some kind of artificial noise, whether it be passing traffic, the sound of your neighbor’s television or stereo or the now nearly ever-present buzzing of somebody’s ear buds.

But let’s say you want to head out beyond the sprawling reach of the homogenous exurban landscape, past even the glow of the Walmart on the edge of Small Town, Anywhere to what is left of the great American wilderness.

Any peace there?

Apparently not, according to the most recent research on our never-ending din.

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Occupy Wall Street Protester Among Americans Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria

July 14, 2017 by Source

The National / July 13, 2017

Robert Grodt died fighting alongside Kurdish units in battle around the Syria extremist stronghold of Raqqa

An American activist who had previously played a role in anti-capitalist protests in the United States has been confirmed as having died in battle fighting against ISIS in Syria.

The 28-year-old Robert Grodt of Santa Cruz, California, had been operating as a volunteer medic for the Kurdish military group known as the People Protection Units, referred to by their initials in the local language as the YPG.

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OB Rag’s Summer Fundraiser! Help Us Reach $1,000 by Next Week

July 14, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Our Summer Appeal for Donations – Keep the Press Local and Free

The OB Rag‘s Summer Fundraiser starts today!

For the last couple of years, we’ve held two fundraisers a year, in the summer and in the fall.

Today, our goal is to reach $1,000 in donations and contributions from our readers and supporters, over this weekend and into next week. Last November, we surpassed our goal of $2,000, so now we’re not asking for as much.

Now that the president of the United States has called the press, “the enemy of the people” and charges of “fake news” are all around us, the folks of OB and Point Loma (and the rest of San Diego as well) need the OB Rag more than ever.

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Questions and Some Answers about Ocean Beach Re-Model Project on 4600 Block of Orchard

July 13, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Neighbors to the remodel project going on in the middle of the 4600 block of Orchard have been asking questions about the construction work.

Ever since Melissa and Richard Chester began talking to and asking for help from their neighbors and the OB community at large about the project at 4651 and 4653 Orchard, interest in it has increased significantly. For instance, since the OB Rag included the project as one of 3 developments that tell the story of gentrification in OB, hundreds of our readers picked up the story. The same article on the OB Rag facebook page reached nearly 1300 people.

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How Many Scams Did You Receive this Week?

July 13, 2017 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

I received the following email today:

“Dear Client, For your security, We have put a hold on the online access based on the suspicious activity happened today earlier. That hold was placed by our automated security system. Just to ensure your se4security, we have created a new security forum for your to confirm your identify. You will need to visit our verification page in order to restore the account. To begin, please select the link below.” BB&T

Yesterday, I received the following email – twice:

“Final Warning: Dear Customer, It is strongly recommended that you update your account. There are series of issues about theft of account informations. We have update our security server for the year 2017; enhance your online banking security and protect our customers from online fraud. Please click here to continue the verification process.” Bank of America

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Everybody’s Talking About the ‘I’ Word

July 13, 2017 by Ernie McCray

Crowd with person holding sign: "impeach donald trump now .org

By Ernie McCray

Hey, y’all, have you heard?
Everybody’s talking ‘bout the “I” word.
“Impeachment,” in other words:
throwing The Donald to the curb;
finally fed up
with him on our last nerve
like a cowboy riding a wild bronco
wrangled from the herd;
realizing it is
extraordinarily absurd
continuing to let this “I” word
be deferred and deterred and misheard and/or
unheard and slurred and unstirred,
considering that we have a leader
who is emotionally disturbed,
who, on his own,
has made himself the last word
when it comes to
lacking political decorum…

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Support the Morena Corridor Specific Plan

July 13, 2017 by Source

By Philip J. Bona for American Institute of Architects San Diego / San Diego UrbDeZine

Aerial view of Morena district from Morena Corridor Specific Plan

The San Diego Region will struggle in every neighborhood to accommodate the population growth forecasted by SANDAG – as many as a million new residents by 2050.

San Diego already has a widely-recognized housing shortage that results in major annual price increases and undermines the city’s climate action plan as commuters go farther afield in search of affordability. The problem will only get worse unless we take bold steps to sensibly accommodate this inevitable growth.

An important tool in addressing this growth and implementing the climate action plan is a denser type of development that mixes residential and other uses along transit corridors and at transit stops. The city has already produced a great tool for implementing this type of transit oriented design, or TOD – the Morena Corridor Specific Plan.

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The President’s Son Just Confessed to Treason – Read Donald Jr.’s Emails

July 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Donald Trump, Jr., the president’s son, by releasing the train of texts about setting up a meeting with a Russian, Kremlin-linked lawyer because the attorney had “dirt on Clinton” – has just confessed to treason.

The meeting occurred on June 9, 2016; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and top advisor (and still in the White House with a security clearance) and Paul Manaforte, the then-campaign manager, with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Donald Jr. has now admitted with this release of the emails that he conspired with a Russian-government operative to interfere in the American presidential election.

COME INSIDE to Read the Emails on Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting

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