Two dozen people crowded into the OB Green Center on Voltaire last night, August 15th, to discuss organizing a group opposed to Target Express coming into Ocean Beach.

Their discussion began with the reasons they’re opposed to the mega-corporation opening up on Newport Avenue, familiar themes expressed by OB residents and businesses ever since the community heard the owners of the Antique Mall were leasing their huge building to Target.

Target represented a threat to OB’s character, many mentioned. Also it is a threat to many of the local businesses on the main commercial street, such as OB Hardware, clothing shops and crafts stores. One woman declared, “We already have what we need” in the storefronts on Newport and close by.

Another raised the issue a Target would actually hurt tourism in Ocean Beach …

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By David Helvarg / Blue Notes / Aug. 15, 2017

“We cannot truly protect our planet without protecting our ocean.”

President Barack Obama, 2016

“Today our offshore areas are underutilized. In the field of energy, we have just begun to tap the potential of our oceans’ oil and gas.”

President Donald Trump, 2017

Both 2016 and 2017 will be remembered as years of contrast in the way the United States approached its public seas, an ocean frontier that like our 19th century western frontier has been ruthlessly exploited but remains an essential element of who we are as a people and what we might yet achieve.

In his final year in office President Obama, who had a mixed record until then, seemed to become a born-again Hawaiian waterman, snorkeling through the coral shallows of Midway Island …

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By Friend of Orcas

39 years in captivity. Finally free of pain. Kasatka Orca.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. made billions off your captivity and children born into it. But they never did right by you, in funding the design, construction and maintenance of a seapen retirement sanctuary where you could once more feel the ocean, and share it with your children.

Will the City of San Diego honor your long service to its tourist economy? #MayorKevinFalconer #CouncilmemberLorieZapf

VIGIL at NOON TODAY:

This is the same Kasatka featured in the OB Rag’s 2014 series of the ten orcas held in captivity by SeaWorld, “Orca Profiles in Captivity”; Kasatka was #2 of the San Diego 10. COME INSIDE FOR MORE.

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There’s a fundraiser concert this Thursday night – August 17th – for the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club and it’s all happening at OB’s newest music and bar venue – The Holding Company – 5046 Newport Avenue.

The San Diego reggae band Big Mountain will be playing, with proceeds benefiting the Woman’s Club. Doors to the event swing open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8pm.

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100 Years Before Lexington and Concord, Bacon’s Armed Rebellion of Whites and Blacks Forced Plantation Elite to Create System of Racial Slavery

Originally published Feb. 27, 2015

By Frank Gormlie

Since the turmoil last year in Ferguson, Missouri, swept in a new civil rights movement, once again America is faced with the reality of its system of institutionalized racism. For Americans with conscience, understanding this system is key to changing it, and it cannot be understood without understanding its origins which trail back, of course, to colonial America.

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OB Historical Society Presents – A View of OB Activism – Thurs., Aug. 17

August 16, 2017 by Source

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‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Organizational Meeting – Tues., Aug. 15

August 15, 2017 by Staff

Activists at the Ocean Beach Green Center are hosting a meeting to formalize an opposition group to Target Express moving into OB – which will be held tonight, Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. The Green Center is located at 4843B Voltaire Street.

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White [House] Supremacy: As the Nation Mourns, Trump Scorns

August 15, 2017 by Doug Porter

Crowd gathered at dusk, many holding vigil candles

San Diegans Join Nation-Wide Gatherings to Condemn Charlottesville Violence

People gathered in roughly 700 locations around the U.S. over the weekend in response to violence in Charlottesville instigated by right wing extremists on August 12. Activist Heather Heyer died, and 19 others were injured in an act of terrorism perpetrated by a young Nazi sympathizer. Virginia State troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates died in a helicopter crash as the day came to a close.

The “Unite the Right” rally brought traditional white supremacist groups and militant members of the so-called alt-right together for what they hoped would be a clarion call to the darkest side of the American psyche. Years of dog whistles from the highest echelons of politics promoting fear of the ‘other’ paid off on Saturday, as advocates of hatred openly displayed their wares.

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Multiple Development Projects Before Ocean Beach Planners – Wed., Aug. 16

August 14, 2017 by Staff

Project Review Committee Has Full Agenda

The OB Planning Board has a sub-committee – the Project Review Committee – which does a preliminary assessment of development projects that come before the full Board. And this Committee’s agenda is quite full for Wednesday’s meeting, August 16th. They meet at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica at 6pm.

The following projects are before the Review Committee:

  • 4719 Bermuda
  • 4950-4956 Saratoga
  • 4820 Point Loma Avenue – Note: the Boulton Bluff Repair will not be presented on the August agenda. The developer for the project has notified OB planners they are in a response period to city review comments and will be completing additional geotechnical materials, so they decided it was a bit premature to present.
  • 2150 1/3 Abbott
  • 5018 Narragansett

Here is the official agenda

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Restaurant Review: Flavors of Mayura in Midway District of Point Loma

August 14, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Flavors of Mayura
3760 Sports Arena Blvd. #5
(Behind Red Lobster)
San Diego, CA 92110
619-224-7500
www.flavors-usa.com

In my quest to try almost all of the restaurants in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma area that I have never tried before, I asked my friends Jim and Marilyn if they would like to join me for this review of Flavors of Mayura. I knew that they liked Indian food because I had introduced them to another Indian restaurant on Midway Drive. I was happy when they said yes.

I wasn’t sure where this restaurant was because I knew that I had frequented the Cafe India some time ago but was unaware that it had changed hands. This is where that restaurant used to be. The motif is the same; even to the buffet table, which, by the way, is only available at lunch.

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Beauty in the Age of the Anthropocene: Summer Chronicles #6

August 14, 2017 by Jim Miller

We live in a world of profound beauty and horror. One can turn on the news and view famine, war, and terror attacks and then stroll down the street to the park and revel in a glorious summer day.

Of course, it must be said that this is evidence of our privilege as citizens of the first world nation where we live in relative comfort compared to our fellow humans and across the globe, millions of whom don’t have enough to eat or have been forced to flee their homes due to circumstances beyond their control.

Here in San Diego, our own homeless are

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Point Loma Hills and Sunset Cliffs Park Drainage on Tap for Tuesday Meeting – August 15

August 14, 2017 by Source

Important Meeting of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council

By South OB Girl
If you enjoy walking or surfing at Sunset Cliffs — and enjoy the beautiful view — you’re invited to this important meeting of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council on Tuesday, August 15th, and your attendance and comments would be of value to the future of the Cliffs.

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Opposition to Target Express in Ocean Beach Deepens

August 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It is clear to one with their ear close to the pavement, opposition to a Target Express store opening on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach is deepening, hardening, and developing.

The opposition campaign thus far has consisted of a “No Target” T-shirt, a petition against the store moving in, and a large, boisterous show-down of opponents at the last OB Planning Board meeting with the property owners and Target representatives, with plenty of TV stations interviewing OBceans on the street.

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Update on DA Case Against San Diego Cannabis Attorney

August 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

From San Diego Chapter – Americans for Safe Access

Local cannabis attorney charged in the MedWest raid, Jessica McElfresh will be in court on Friday, August 11. The hearing is required in order to set search parameters in the prosecutor’s examination of Jessica’s documents and devices.

The devices were seized earlier this year when a warrant was served on Jessica’s law office and home. At that time, charges of conspiracy and a host of cannabis related criminal charges were filed against Jessica and several MedWest employees including the president of the organization, James Slatic.

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New Coaster Ride at SeaWorld Approved by Coastal Commission

August 10, 2017 by Source

7SanDiego reports:

SeaWorld San Diego said it will begin building a new roller coaster immediately after the plans were approved Wednesday by the California Coastal Commission. “Electric Eel, featuring astounding loops, twists and airtime, will bring a whole new level of excitement to SeaWorld,” SeaWorld San Diego spokesperson David Koontz said.

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‘America First:’ The Value of Knowing Where We’ve Been

August 10, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

Tough subjects seem always to end up with Greek or Latin roots. Alienation, bulimia, catastrophe, depression … just go through the alphabet and you’ll find them.

In our fragile democracies, maybe we assign concepts like these, wrestled over by so many psychoanalysts, social and clinical psychologists, political scientists, sociologists, historians, writers for large daily newspapers — even some politicians — that they’ve become contorted and distorted to the point that they are merely suggestive, symbolic, abstracted from the particular.

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Making America Without so Many Crises Again

August 9, 2017 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

I just hurriedly clicked off a discussion on TV concerning how Trump might do in the 2020 race for the presidency.

What little I heard was too much for me – because with all I’ve seen of this man idiocy – just mentioning his name in regard to his being re-elected.

That such a conversation can even take place in our democracy says to me that we are undoubtedly, in a bad place, in a state of social and political disgrace aka crisis.

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California’s Senate Bill 17: First Step Toward Fixing Our Other Big Drug Problem

August 9, 2017 by Doug Porter

The California Assembly will be considering legislation in just a few weeks holding drug makers accountable by demanding greater transparency in decisions leading to price increases. It’s a small, but necessary, step toward making health care more affordable, so pay attention when you hear about Senate Bill 17.

America’s Other Drug Problem, namely consumers all-too-often being gouged on the price of prescription drugs, has proven to be a tough nut to crack. “Everybody knows” drug prices are ridiculously high. Other developed nations average 41% of U.S. net drug prices (for the 15 companies marketing the 20 top-selling drugs).

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August 8th, 1974: ‘I Remember Exactly Where I Was When Richard Nixon Resigned as President’

August 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It’s true, I do remember exactly where I was when Richard Nixon came on the tube and announced he was resigning the presidency. It was August 8th, 1974, 43 years ago exactly, and I was sitting in a Mexican restaurant having dinner in the little town of Isla Vista – right outside the campus of UC Santa Barbara. I was in the midst of driving down the coast from the Bay Area, returning to my home on Cape May Avenue in OB.

An announcer came on the TV above us, which was clamped to the wall. Something about “… an important message from the President of the United States … directly from the White House.”

My attention immediately was jolted and while I stared at the black and white, Nixon came on and after his brief introductory remarks, he announced he was resigning effective noon the following day.

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Point Loma Treatment Plant Cleared by EPA to Treat Recycled Water For Drinking

August 8, 2017 by Source

KPBS reports:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board finalized a wastewater discharge permit for the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant to protect ocean water quality and increase water reuse, it was announced Monday.

What this means is the permit will allow San Diego’s system to “divert up to 83 million gallons of Point Loma wastewater per day from ocean discharges. That water will be purified and sent to local reservoirs. By 2035, the Pure Water program is expected to generate one-third of the potable water supply needed for San Diego and surrounding communities.”

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Eleven Reasons an Electric Car Wouldn’t Be for You

August 8, 2017 by Source

Not a sequel to the 1999 movie: 10 things I Hate About You.

By Bill Adams / San Diego UrbDeZine

I’ve been driving my electric car (aka EV for electric vehicle) for a little shy of a year now. While I love it (I even bought a second one), I realize they’re not for everybody. Below are some reasons you might hate an EV:

  1. You love gas stations: The ritual, the delay in getting home, to work, or that trip out of town; and the drama of rising and falling gas prices.
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Save Kellogg Beach Petition

August 8, 2017 by Source

From Save Kellogg Beach

A potential Multi-family development right on Kellogg Beach threatens all who cherish this beautiful public beach and the surrounding area. If this project goes through…..

  • It will cause increased erosion to the beach.
  • It will threaten the delicate environment at this beach
  • It will hinder and even block public access to the beach at Lawrence Street.
  • It will create increased traffic and parking issues for the area.
  • It will block public view corridors that have existed for decades for the enjoyment of all who live and visit the area.
  • And, it will forever negatively change the look and Character of Kellogg Beach.
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San Diego Sheriffs’ Inactions Toward Alt-Right Counter-Protestors at Impeachment March to Be Raised at Law Enforcement Review Board – Tues., Aug. 8

August 8, 2017 by Staff

You’re invited: CLERB Board Meeting – 5:30 PM, Tuesday, August 8th, SD County Administration Center.

The inactions of the San Diego Sheriffs Department at the July 2nd Impeachment March outside the County Administration Building will be discussed during the upcoming Community Law Enforcement Review Board meeting on August 8th.

Doug Porter at SDFP described it (go here for much more):

… Sheriff’s Deputies initially stood by idly and watched as members of the ‘Proud Boys’ disrupted, threatened and harassed attendees and speakers.

Several members of the Impeachment March SD planning group (and others) have been meeting on a weekly basis to address the concerns regarding the Sheriff Department’s response to the “Proud Boys’” aggressive behavior and attempts to incite violence at our July 2nd event. Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana has been part of this effort.

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A Tale of Two Very Different School Board Meetings

August 8, 2017 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

It’s not always pretty when the public gets a chance to voice its opinion, but it is democratic. Recently, I attended the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) school board meetings. It was reminiscent of Dicken’s depiction of Paris and London.

Sweetwater, which has been living a nightmare for most of the previous decade, was like being at camp sitting around a bonfire singing “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.” It wasn’t quite “Kumbaya,” but it was close.

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News and Notices From Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early August 2017

August 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

50 Years of the Summer of Love Celebrated at Kilowatt

Dozens of folks crowded into Kilowatt Brewery last Thursday night, Aug. 3, to join the brewpub owners, Stones, Rachel and Adam along with Paul and Lynne Bolton, co-sponsors of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

Man Rescued Off Sunset Cliffs

Mixte Communications Part of Free Food Movement

OB Historical Society Presents

Calendar EventsFor more calendar events for August for progressives, go here.

Top La Jolla Chef Lives in OB

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Restaurant Review: Point Loma Living Room … A Second Look

August 7, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Point Loma Living Room
1018 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92106
619-222-6857
PointLomaLivingRoom.com

Not so long ago, I met a man at the Point Loma Living Room for a first date. The thought went through my mind at that time that I wondered how the place had stayed in business; it was dirty; drab looking; and just didn’t have a nice feeling. (Ed. See Judi’s review from 2013) I don’t know if my never seeing him again had anything to do with the place but…..

I had heard that it had been sold recently, so when Irene and I decided to have brunch together I thought it might be interesting to see if it had changed. And I am happy to report that it has changed, and for the better!

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Summer Chronicles #5: Two Conversations

August 7, 2017 by Jim Miller

Two recent conversations that stayed with me for some reason.

One was with a man who told me that he knew what it was like to feel so empty that the fragile construct that was him, his identity, could fall apart at any moment. He knew this, of course, because that is what happened to him. He had a breakdown; he broke down and the pieces of him fell off, down on the ground all around him — inexplicable shards of what used to be that thing he called himself.

It is remarkable when someone tells you such a thing. I was struck by the courage of the confession and also by the rawness of the moment, the trembling intensity that accompanied the admission and the heightened anticipation of what I don’t know.

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Excellent Ocean Beach and San Diego August Calendars for Progressives

August 4, 2017 by Source

The OB Rag has access to two excellent progressive calendars for August, one from the OB Green Center and the other from Doug Porter at our online partner, the San Diego Free Press. And we’re republishing both of them below (there is some duplication):

August Events at the Ocean Beach Green Center

August 9th Wednesday Film 7:00 p.m. “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” How might your life be better with less?

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Ocean Beach Muralist Celeste Byers Opens Gallery at Culture Brewing – Friday, Aug. 4th

August 4, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

In the spirit of OB that was so strong Wednesday night at the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting — come on out to Celeste Byers’ Gallery Opening tonight, Friday, August 4th at Culture Brewing Co. at 4845 Newport Avenue. The event will be 5 – 10 pm.

Celeste was born and raised in OB. She has several murals in OB — the mural on the south-facing wall of Chris’ Liquor, the mural on the west-facing wall at Teter, the shop front of Often Wander at Noon, and she is finishing up her third local mural which she has been working on this week between Sunset Cliffs and Cable less than a block from Culture.

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Trusting the FAA, Learning to Love Tiny Airline Seats and Other Nightmares

August 4, 2017 by Source

Delta Jet

By Raymond Bender / San Diego Free Press

July gave us another court case rebuking FAA secrecy and arbitrary decisions. In Flyers Rights Education Fund, Inc. v. FAA, the D.C. United States Courts of Appeals told the FAA to again review whether skinnier, narrower, claustrophobic aircraft seats created passenger safety hazards.

Flyers Rights argued that shoehorning passengers into cramped seats risked passenger health before and after crashes. Restricted blood flow caused by cramped seats, they said, might lead to deep leg thrombosis — a condition caused when blood settles in the circulatory system, as often occurs in the lower limbs during long flights and especially among the elderly.

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A Genealogy Adventure with Slave and Super-centenarian Moses Williams

August 4, 2017 by Ernie McCray

Members of the Jubilee Singers, nine men and women sitting or standing before the camera.

By Ernie McCray

Donya Williams, the four-times great-granddaughter of a man named Moses Williams, asked me if I would help draw attention to some research she and a cousin are doing titled: Stronger Together: The Moses Williams Genetic Genealogy Project.

So I started reading a bio she sent me of their work and can’t help but think they already know what they’re doing.

I was barely into reading other information when the names Strom Thurmond, 50 Cent, Al Sharpton, and L.L. Cool J jumped out at me – names I wouldn’t ever expect to appear in the same sentence.

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