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

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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Most in Audience at Packed Planning Board Meeting Oppose Target Coming to Ocean Beach

August 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

One could tell it was going to be a large turn-out for the OB Planning Board meeting on Target Wednesday night, when more than a dozen people congregated at the locked doors of the Masonic Lodge a half hour before the town hall was to begin.

And a large turn-out it was. At least 200 people packed the Masons’ steamy meeting room, lining the walls, crowding at the doors – it was standing room only by time OBPB Chair John Ambert called the gig to order a little after 6pm.

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Sex and the Evangelical Republican

August 3, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn

The Republicans seemed always to have maintained the fiction that all of them live in one big uprighteous tent. Donald Trump, alone above public figures, has proved that even the Republicans can’t restore credit to that myth.

It took someone as outrageous as Trump to bring down this shibboleth. Somehow, for some reason, they survived their own fetid combination of industrial-strength exploitation of working people with imagery of their own responsible, sober natures. All this survived until the mixture became impossibly hypocritical.

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Vapor Beds and Other Non-Facts

August 3, 2017 by Source

Rows of institutional style beds with superimposed text: Vapor Beds

By Jeeni Criscenzo /San Diego Free Press

Let me start with an apology. At the San Diego Select Committee for Homelessness meeting on Monday, July 24, I made some comments in response to a report by the new CEO of the Regional Taskforce on the Homeless, Gordon Walker, which came out sounding critical and petty.

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Bombshell Report Details SANDAG Misdeeds, Cover-Up

August 2, 2017 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

The Board of Directors for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) will be convening on the morning of Friday, August 4 to hear results from an investigation by the law firm Hueston Hennigan into reports published in Voice of San Diego concerning misrepresentations about revenue forecasts used to promote ballot measures.

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Nuclear Shutdown News from July 2017

August 2, 2017 by Michael Steinberg

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear industry, in the US and abroad, and highlights the efforts of those working to create a nuclear free world. Here is our July 2017 report:

Hackers Hit US Nuke Plants

On July 6 the New York Times published, “Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security and FBI Say.”

“Since May hackers had been penetrating computer networks of companies that operated nuclear power stations of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the US and other countries,” the Times reported.

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What Will the Point Loma Pocket Park Be Called?

August 2, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

What will the Point Loma pocket park along Cañon street be called? Cañon Street Pocket Park? Or Portuguese Village Park? … or some other name?

That eventual decision was part of the discussion at a very interesting meeting on Wednesday, July 26 billed by the city as the “Cañon Street Pocket Park Workshop #1.” This was the name the city’s Public Works Department used on its postcard and the name on the Park and Recreation Department’s notice posted at the Cabrillo Recreation Center.

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Graduations and Another Good Reason to Ride the Train

August 2, 2017 by Judi Curry

This has been a month of graduations. My grandson – one of twins – graduated with his Master’s in Social Work. (His twin graduated last year with the same degree.) Two of my grandsons graduated from high school, and one of them won a wrestling scholarship to Central University in Iowa. (If you have been reading my columns for awhile, you might remember the article I wrote about my grandson going from the dance floor to the wrestling mat.)

This article really isn’t about my grandson, per se, but his graduation is the catalyst for this article being written.

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OB Planning Board Sponsors Presentation and Discussion on Target in Ocean Beach – Aug. 2nd at Masonic Center

August 2, 2017 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board is anticipating a large crowd at their meeting on Wednesday, August 2nd as the main item on their agenda is an “Open Discussion” about the future Target Express store coming into OB.

That’s why the Board has moved to a much larger venue for the discussion and will be holding their monthly meeting at the Masonic Center at 1711 Sunset Cliffs.

There will be a presentation from Target representatives, plus a discussion with San Diego police about the process for off-site alcohol permits, and then an open community discussion about the project.

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The Worst Nuclear Meltdown in U.S. History – And You’ve Never Heard of It!

August 1, 2017 by Michael Steinberg

Santa Susanna Lab in Ventura County Suffered Meltdown 58 Years Ago

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

The worst meltdown in our history? And we’ve never heard of it?

That’s Right. Wikipedia characterizes the meltdown as “the worst in US history” and asserts “the radioactive releases are thought to be much more than at Three Mile Island in 1979.”

And where? Less than 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles and less than 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

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Report of Workshop on Point Loma Pocket Park

August 1, 2017 by Source

Authors Felt It All Was an Enlightening July 26th Workshop on Avenida de Portugal Park

By Jon Linney and Don Sevrens

Our thanks to the more than 100 persons who attended the Portuguese Hall workshop July 26, on our coming pocket park on Avenida de Portugal.

Everyone who chose to speak or ask a question was allotted two minutes. The views expressed ran the gamut, and answers to probing questions were enlightening. All present appeared to learn something, including landscape architect firm KTU&A, which was told the park needed to be special, not mundane.

City project manager Mark Calleran said the budget is funded at $1.16 million and the completion date is projected at summer 2020.

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Restaurant Review: Hector’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant in Point Loma

August 1, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Hector’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant
1224 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92107

Several weeks ago I met someone that asked me if I had tried Hector’s. He said it has been in Pt. Loma for years, and, to be honest, I had never even heard of it. (It is located on Rosecrans as per address, but I was directed to take Locust Street and then Carlton to get to it. It is very close to West Marine, and it is easy to miss because it is on the back of the parking lot of the Mail Boxes Express.)

The person that told me about Hector’s said that he makes the best breakfast burrito in town, and has an excellent homemade salsa.

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Ocean Beach’s Anti-Corporate Attitude Translates into Wide-Spread Opposition to Target

August 1, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

OB Has Long History of Bias Against Large Mega-companies

By Frank Gormlie

It’s axiomatic that residents and businesses in Ocean Beach have an anti-corporate bias. OB is known for this attitude of distrusting huge, mega-companies – and it goes back a long ways. At least back to the 1970s.

And this anti-corporate bias has now translated into a stiff wind of opposition to the plans by Target to open up one of its Express stores right here on Newport Avenue, the main commercial street of the bohemian enclave.

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How Short Term Rentals are Affecting Ocean Beach in 5 Charts

July 31, 2017 by Source

By OB Planner

On social media, in news articles, and at City Council meetings on the topic of Short Term Vacation Rentals, a constant complaint has been the lack of meaningful data on the topic. Occasionally a map is highlighted, or members of Save San Diego Neighborhoods share data they have paid for on the issue. Other than that, the conversation is severely lacking useful data points. The City is playing catchup, and has not requested a detailed study by local economists.

Meanwhile Short Term Rental websites, like AirBnB and VRBO continue to closely guard information which is confusing local elected officials.

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50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love – Kilowatt Brewing – Aug. 3

July 31, 2017 by Source


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Future Brightens for Ocean Beach’s Dusty Rhodes Park

July 31, 2017 by Source

Dusty Rhodes Recreation Council Addresses Concerns

By South OB Girl

The above looks like a photo of a tree on a dreary day in a cold winter climate. But guess again. It is a photo of a dead coral tree on a recent warm summer day at Dusty Rhodes Park.

There are a number of dead coral trees at Dusty Rhodes. Just sitting there dead, with their bare branches stretching into the sky and looking even more like pieces of coral than if the trees had leaves. The trees are old and break easily in stormy weather. They don’t fare well in a drought or in storms. And also don’t fare well if they aren’t watered. Watering of the grass and trees at Dusty Rhodes Park were stopped this year due to the City’s drought restrictions.

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Summer Chronicles #4: Crossing Coronado Ferry

July 31, 2017 by Jim Miller

One of the great pleasures of San Diego in the summer is joining the gaggle of tourists and bike riders for the short trip across the bay from downtown to Coronado.

Like Allen Ginsberg who, in his poem “A Supermarket in California,” touches on Walt Whitman’s book and feels absurd–but wanders through the aisles dreaming nonetheless—I stand in line with young couples holding hands and whole families grinning and gabbing in the midday sun and muse about that which connects us all without our knowing it.

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Target in OB on Agenda of Ocean Beach Planning Board – Wed, Aug. 2nd

July 28, 2017 by Staff

Planning Board to Meet at Masonic Center
UPDATE: See Agenda here

The OB Rag has just learned that the Ocean Beach Planning Board will be taking up the issue of a Target Express coming into OB.

Taking up Target will occur during their regular monthly meeting to be held Wednesday, August 2nd. In anticipation of a large crowd, the Planning Board meeting has been moved to a different venue, the OB Masonic Center, located at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

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Assemblyman Todd Gloria Urges Citizen Action on Short Term Rentals – Report from Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting

July 28, 2017 by Source

OB Town Council Met in Muggy Masonic Center on Wednesday, July 26

By Brett Warnke

On Wednesday, July 26th OB’s Town Council met in the muggy Masonic Center, though there was not much hot air from delighted grant recipients or special guest, 78th District’s Democratic Assemblyman Todd Gloria.

In President Gretchen Newsom‘s absence, newly-selected Vice-President Marcus Turner led the meeting before an audience of over 50 people.

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Granny Flats and Short-Term Rentals

July 27, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego City Council went ahead on Monday, July 24, and by a 8 to 1 vote, passed a law allowing looser rules for so-called granny flats, in its effort to deal with the city’s housing shortage and affordability crisis.

Many hail granny flats as the panacea to the whole mess in this city, where the average 2 bedroom goes for $1700 a month and where less than half of the residents can afford a median-priced home.

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Ocean Beach Town Council’s Community Grant Winners

July 27, 2017 by Staff

By Brett Warnke

At last night’s July 26th Ocean Beach Town Council meeting, Vice-President Marcus Turner announced the winners of the Board’s Community Grants program.

So, here they are:

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I’m Not a Patriot

July 27, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

I’m not a patriot. I’m just a citizen.

A citizen who pays taxes on time, and watches out for people attempting to cross busy streets by way of blinking crosswalks placed as memorials to those once killed by a sports sedan driven by someone in a hurry.

I haven’t been a patriot for a very long time. Not since Vietnam, when a leading general was caught in the crosshairs of a confusion so profound that he actually said:

In order to save the village we had to destroy it.

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News and Notices from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late July 2017

July 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Santa Cruz Pocket Beach Now Protected by Lifeguards

It’s an historic move by San Diego lifeguards – for the first time ever, the beach at the foot of Santa Cruz Avenue now has a lifeguard “station”. Two lifeguards staff the cliff top stand, overlooking a beautiful, yet dangerous pocket beach with waves crashing on a narrow beach and tide waters sweeping through the labyrinth of rocks and tunnels. When this reporter visited the beach on a mid-week July afternoon, I found dozens of people on the beach, hitting the waves, or jumping off rocks into oncoming waves. Because of its inherent dangers, this pocket of OB needs first responders, and now it has them.

Come Inside for Much More!

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