Restaurant Review : A Second Look of the Supannee House of Thai in Point Loma

June 14, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Supannee House of Thai
2907 Shelter Island Drive #110
San Diego, CA 92106

By Judi Curry

It’s been about four years since I last reviewed Supannee House of Thai. A new friend – Marie – suggested that we meet there for lunch and I am glad that we did.

We arrived at 11:45am, and it was already busy. There was a large group of people at one table, and five other tables were already taken. I noticed while we there that there was a steady stream of people coming in for take out as well as dine in. After looking at the extensive menu I could understand why.

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Why Good Journalism is Liberal

June 14, 2017 by Source


. . . and conservative journalism isn’t news journalism

By Bill Adams / San Diego Free Press

Mainstream news media has long been accused of having a “liberal bias.” Some studies have supported this belief. “Liberal bias” may be inherent in news journalism for reasons that aren’t flattering to conservatives.

Defining Liberal and Conservative. While political views are neither immutable nor binary, certain characteristics have remained relatively consistent. Broadly speaking, liberal policies support labor, equality and a strong social safety net, strong public institutions, progressive taxation, diplomacy and the avoidance of military conflict, and protection of the environment.

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Fear and Loathing in America

June 14, 2017 by Jim Miller

LoathingBy Jim Miller

A couple of weeks ago I saw Dead and Company open their tour in Las Vegas. The trip was filled with a bit of personal nostalgia for the many other times I came see the Grateful Dead play two or three show runs there before Jerry Garcia died.

Of course, all of those trips, taken with friends steeped in the larger history of the band, were full of easy, ironic references to Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas where he tells the tale of his own savage journey into the Heart of the American Dream.

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OB Rag Readers – Thanks for Your Patience – We Were on Vacation in Mt. Laguna

June 14, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Thanks for your patience, everybody!

We didn’t post Monday or Tuesday as we were on a much-needed vacation in the local mountains, and had a cabin up at Mt. Laguna.

But now we’re baaack. Refreshed with new energy but bummed that the news continues to be bad.

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OB Planners Juggle Condo Conversion, Bike Boulevard, Capital Improvements and Input for New Lifeguard Station

June 9, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

At the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting held Wednesday night, June 7th, the Board quickly approved the only project before it, held a discussion about Bacon Street being turned into a bicycle boulevard, prioritized a list of capital improvements for Ocean Beach, and engaged in a preliminary discussion to formulate input to the city about the new OB lifeguard station.

4628 – 4630 Point Loma Ave

The project up for review at 4628-30 Point Loma Avenue was a condo-conversion of two existing residences. Ryan, representing the owners, said his clients have owned the property since 1979. Because the back house was remodeled in 79 and the front in 2013, there was no actual construction planned, just the conversion of the two into condos. The owners plan to live in one and sell the other.

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OB Community Cleanup – Sat., June 10th – Come Show OB Some Love

June 9, 2017 by Source

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Strand Building Not for Sale – But This Building Is …

June 9, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Thanks to Mercy Baron we have discovered that the old Strand Theater building is NOT for sale.

The “For Sale” sign was placed on the wrong building.

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38th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival Saturday – June 24th

June 9, 2017 by Source

Chili Cook-Off Information and Application

It’s getting really close – the 38th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival on Saturday, June 24th.

From OB Mainstreet Association

Chili Cook-Off Information and Application

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Cheers to the San Diego Free Press, a Player in My Life’s Journey

June 8, 2017 by Ernie McCray

Editors’ Note: The staff of the OB Rag launched the online San Diego Free Press five years old this week. This is one in a series of posts reflecting on the paths we’ve traveled.

By Ernie McCray

San Diego Free PressMy journey in life has been down many a highway, leading me this way and that way. Mostly wonderful, though, I must say.

I could go on and on for days about the stops I’ve made in this voyage, about the human connections that have sat well in my soul: like my relationship with the San Diego Free Press, SDFP, which, by the way, is celebrating it’s fifth year of treating us San Diegans to an array of progressive news and views.

Propositions we can use.

I remember how the San Diego Free Press came to be, how we, at meetings of the OB Rag, with its major focus on Ocean Beach, thought about reaching out to all of San Diego.

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Faulconer’s Proposed Tourism Tax Increase: Perpetuating the Hourglass Economy

June 8, 2017 by Source

hourglass economy

By Lori Saldaña

I’ve been reviewing various reports about the proposed ballot measure and special election that seeks to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). Proponents tell us this is needed to fund a Convention Center expansion, pave our streets, and provide shelter for homeless people — wow!

Impressive — if true.

I’ve shared these thoughts and research points with others, including a member of the Convention Center board, and wanted to include others in the conversation.

First: for 20+ years I’ve taught Business IT skills as part of the Community College’s Workforce Development program. Throughout that time I’ve been looking at what actual jobs result from different types of taxpayer “investment” and what that means for my students.

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Mad as Hell That I Was Indoctrinated In School and Not Educated

June 8, 2017 by Source


By Anne Haule / San Diego Free Press

I’d like to go on a bit of a rant about how naïve I have been for so long and even though I am an educated person, my education was more akin to indoctrination. Now that I am finally waking up, I wish to share a few examples of what I was taught and what I now believe.

Christopher Columbus

I was taught he was a hero for proving the world was not flat and discovering and bringing Christianity to the new world. In fact, he was a really a “bad hombre” and he was not the first explorer to reach the Americas; he was preceded by its indigenous people who came from Asia and later, the Vikings.

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Labor, Environment, Social Justice Groups Forge Coalition to Focus on Affordable Housing in San Diego.

June 7, 2017 by Source

By Murtaza Baxamusa / San Diego UrbDeZine / June 5, 2017

These are interesting times in the housing world. The unprecedented housing crisis statewide in California, and locally in San Diego, is forging unprecedented coalitions among affordable housing advocates, community-based organizations, labor unions and environmentalists.

These coalitions are galvanizing in response to the demand from their members to put all options on the table to tackle this crisis that is taking a significant toll on all of us.

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Strand Theater Building in Ocean Beach Is Up for Sale

June 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

UPDATE: “For Sale” sign was placed on the wrong building.

We noticed that there’s a For Sale sign on the former Strand Theater building – where Wings presently sits.

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Words for the Freeps on Our Fifth Anniversary

June 7, 2017 by Source

The New York Times Could Only Take ‘One Outrage a Week From San Diego’

Editors’ Notes: The OB Rag staff launched the San Diego Free Press five years old this week. This is one in a series of posts reflecting on the paths we’ve traveled.


By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

Many of us Freeps were born at the simultaneously best and worst of times. We came into the world during or just after World War II, which itself is probably the best war these so-called United States ever fought.

Our parents had been rescued from the Great Depression by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal thinkers, a class not afraid to be called intellectuals because they combined brains with a conscience, a combination that produced programs like Social Security and a set of banking laws that are still in operation

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Real Estate Interests, Hoteliers Triumph in Special Election Showdown

June 7, 2017 by Doug Porter

You could say that special elections are actually a form of voter suppression. And you’d be right.

By Doug Porter

The absurdities of politics in American’s Finest City never cease to amaze me. Monday’s battle of the budget was a perfect example, complete with surprise ending(s). There were dueling press conferences, grueling hours of public testimony, some public fuming, and a mayoral overruling.

Given the number of players involved–and some won’t get mentioned for the sake of brevity–it’s best to lay out a timeline of events.

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Two Icons of the Surfing World Pass

June 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

Two giants of the surfing world just passed away a week from each other. True icons.

John Severson, founder of Surfer Magazine, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, May 26th at the age of 83.

And Jack O’Neill, inventor of the modern wetsuit, passed way a week later on Friday, June 2th, also of natural causes. He was 94.

Students like me who went to local schools like Dana Jr High and Point Loma High in the sixties definitely remember Surfer Magazine. It seemed revolutionary …

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Restaurant Review: Umi Sushi in Point Loma

June 6, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Umi Sushi
2806 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

By Judi Curry

With all of the Sushi restaurants opening up – and some closing – I thought it might be interesting to take my two visiting students from Korea to one sushi restaurant that has been opened for quite some time. (Yes! I know that sushi is Japanese, but they told me they really liked sushi!)

We had just been at Humphrey’s listening to Scott Stephens and part of his “Liquid Blue” group, and we would be driving right by Umi Sushi so decided to have dinner there.

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Behind the Digital Curtain at the ‘San Diego Free Press’

June 6, 2017 by Doug Porter

Editors’ Note: five years old this week, staff at the OB Rag produced the first online version of the San Diego Free Press – and it took off. This is one in a series of posts reflecting on the paths we’ve traveled.

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By Doug Porter

One thousand, three hundred and thirty posts ago I started writing for the San Diego Free Press. Today, I want to give you a peek behind the digital curtain.

Along with this column, there will be articles from contributors throughout the week. I urge you to read them. You’ll discover–I hope–some of the humans whose creative efforts make this unique media platform happen.

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We Marched for Truth

June 5, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

March for Truth

The following is from my speech at one of the rallies during the San Diego March for Truth held Saturday, June 3rd in east Mission Bay Park.

By Frank Gormlie

I’m a citizen journalist with the OB Rag and the San Diego Free Press. I’ve been involved with publishing the truth, and have been active in grassroots San Diego politics since I was in college.

We’re here today to march and rally for the truth, to stand up for the truth. Somebody has to! Somebody has to stand up for the truth.

And there’s six hundred of us today – how do I know? I stood and counted you as you marched.

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The Ocean Beach Hedgehog Story Goes National

June 5, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Yup, the story about the abandoned hedgehogs found in an Ocean Beach trash can has gone viral.

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Today – Monday, June 5th – Is the Last Day to Submit New Logo Designs to OB Town Council

June 5, 2017 by Staff

Today – Monday, June 5th – is the very last day to submit new logo designs for the Ocean Beach Town Council logo contest. Here is what the OBTC states on their website:

The OB Town Council is seeking a new logo, and asking for design submissions from members of our local community! Please send your designs to to enter our logo contest.

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“What to Do With the Sorry Project at Ebers and Greene Streets in Ocean Beach?”

June 5, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

The OB Rag asked for my opinion as to what I would do with the sorry project at Ebers and Greene Streets if I could call all the shots.

Background on the Project

The property is on the southeast corner of Ebers and Greene. There is an unfinished, partially framed building there now and it has not been worked on for some time.

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Why the ‘San Diego Free Press’ Matters Now More Than Ever

June 5, 2017 by Jim Miller

Free Press
Editor’s Note: The San Diego Free Press is five years old this week. This is one in a series of posts reflecting on the paths we’ve traveled.

By Jim Miller

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the San Diego Free Press and that’s something to celebrate. I first started writing for the OB Rag and then subsequently became part of the birth of the SD Free Press because I loved the way that those outlets both paid homage to the legacy of San Diego’s countercultural press and continued its legacy into the digital age.

As part a key part of the local New Left and counterculture in the sixties and early seventies, Doug Porter, Frank Gormlie, and others offered a space for radical voices and cultural threads that were not acceptable in the mainstream, commercial media of the time.

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Petition Began for New Lifeguard Station for Ocean Beach

June 2, 2017 by Staff

There is a petition that has just been started for a new lifeguard station for Ocean Beach. Councilmember Lorie Zapf began the petition on very recently, and asks for people to sign the petition in support of her motion for $200K that would pay for a design process for a new facility.

She states:

“The final step for approval will occur on Monday, June 5th at 2 PM, when the City Council will be asked to approve this allocation as part of this year’s Budget Revision Process.”

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Hedgehogs Rescued from Ocean Beach Trash Can

June 2, 2017 by Staff

The big news coming out of Ocean Beach today is that 9 hedgehogs were rescued from an Ocean Beach trash can on the 4600 block of Voltaire Street.

County Animal Services were called out – by someone who thought they might be possums – and the CAS officer made the discovery about 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 1. Nine of the 15 hedgehogs survived. They are now in the care of County Animal officials.

Upon arriving at the trash can, the responding officer found several of the mammals loose inside the trash can, then noticed a sealed plastic garbage bag that was moving. When the officer tore open the bag, more of the animals were inside, but 5 were dead.

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March for Truth Organizes as Putin’s Puppet Starts to Dance

June 2, 2017 by Doug Porter

truthBy Doug Porter

This weekend people in 140+ cities will take to the streets to say facts matter.

The March for Truth represents a collective demand for a thorough investigation and complete disclosure of events surrounding the ascension of Donald Trump to the White House.

Editor: Here is info for the 2 Marches for Truth in San Diego County:

Saturday, June 3, 11am
East Mission Bay – Just North of Hilton Hotel
For More Information – San Diego

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Miramar Air Show, Just Don’t Go!

June 2, 2017 by Source

By Dave Patterson

Summer is around the corner in San Diego and many of us look forward to the annual traditions, like the Miramar Air Show.

This wildly popular event with perhaps 500,000 attendees brings people from all over the world to see the pilots demonstrate their precision flying and perhaps line up purchases of weapons.

Corporate chalets are available where the weapons vendors can “use their company logo and message to reach 500,000 Air Show Attendees, while the military people risk their lives to entertain the crowd.

More sinister is the promotion of war to our youth …

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Storms Brewing Over Mission Bay

June 1, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

There are gray storms brewing over Mission Bay – or rather over the future of Mission Bay. And in particular, over the future of the northeast corner of Mission Bay, the largest aquatic park on the West Coast.

In a nutshell, there are conflicting visions over what should happen to the area at issue between the City of San Diego’s development plans versus what is envisioned by environmentalists, led by the San Diego Audubon Society.

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March for Truth San Diego – Sat., June 3rd – Mission Bay Park

June 1, 2017 by Source

Activists in San Diego are decidedly fed-up with what’s been going on inside the White House. They have joined a nation-wide campaign to march for truth, and have organized a March for Truth San Diego for this Saturday, June 3rd to be held in Mission Bay Park.

The following is info from March for Truth San Diego facebook.

Co-sponsored by INDIVISIBLE San Diego, this march is a non-partisan call to Congress to commission an independent investigation into the Trump Campaign/Administration’s ties to Russia.

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Friends of the OB Library Call for OBceans to Attend June 5th Council Budget Meeting

June 1, 2017 by Source

Library Budget Crisis Only Partially Averted – OBceans Asked to Attend City Council Budget Hearing – Monday, June 5th

Monday Afternoon, June 5, 2:00 pm – San Diego City Council votes on final FY 2018 budget modifications.

Where & When: 2:00 pm, 12th floor of City Hall (202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101)

The City Council has restored $100,000 (of the $500,000 proposed cut) for the Library’s programs budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Library hours, books, and material spending were preserved. However, funding might change up to the final City Council vote on Monday, June 5th. Friends of the Library from all over San Diego are headed to this meeting. If you are interested in going, call or leave a message for ,,,

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