‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Community Rally and Press Conference – Wed., Oct. 4th

October 3, 2017 by Staff

The Ocean Beach group, “No Target in OB” is sponsoring a community rally and press conference Wednesday, October 4th at the foot of Newport Avenue. They put out the call:

For OB Lovers: No Target in Ocean Beach.

Join us for a Community Rally and Press Conference
We will start gathering at 5 pm but come when you can. Press conference at 6 pm.

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The 4 Stages of How Americans Respond to Mass Shootings

October 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Here are the four stages of how Americans respond to mass shootings, such as the horrific massacre in Las Vegas that just occurred Sunday night:

The Four Stages

Stage 1:

Grief and outrage and condemnation.

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Ocean Beach Woman’s Club ‘Laying a New Foundation’ Celebration – Thursday, Oct. 5th

October 3, 2017 by Staff

Laying a NEW Foundation

at the
Ocean Beach Woman’s Club
Thursday, October 5th from 5:00-8:00

Come join the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club members and supporters for a social gathering celebrating the community who helped them ‘Lay a NEW Foundation!’

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Is San Diego Councilman Chris Ward Catering to Airbnb?

October 3, 2017 by Source

By John Thickstun, Esq.

In February 2016, Senator Dianne Feinstein received a letter from a concerned San Diego resident about the growing number of short term vacation rentals in her neighborhood.

Senator Dianne Feinstein replied:

I believe that the growth of short term vacation rentals will also cause the already high cost of living to further increase and exacerbate the shortage of affordable housing, as homeowners and renters will leave their units to rent them out to hotel users.

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Inn at Sunset Cliffs Bluff Repair Returns to Ocean Beach Planning Board – Wed., Oct. 4th

October 2, 2017 by Staff

The Coastal bluff repair project from the Inn at Sunset Cliffs returns to the Ocean Beach Planning Board Wednesday night, October 4th at the monthly meeting.

The meeting begins at 6pm inside the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

The only project before the Board is the Inn at Sunset Cliffs coastal bluff repair, at 1370 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The Board does have other business, such as:

  • West Mission Bay Dr. Bridge report
  • Catalina Emergency Pipeline replacement
  • Soccer City project.

Here is the official agenda.

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Changes Under Way at Dusty Rhodes Park

October 2, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

Areas with dead trees at Dusty Rhodes Park have been cleared of them. And the stumps were removed as well. This was a two phase process, with separate equipment required for stump removal, according to Monica Honore, the area manager for Parks and Rec.

Some of the changes we see happening at Dusty Rhodes Park are occurring because the City is currently maintaining the park. The contract with Aztec Landscaping wrapped up at the end of June 2017, and City staff have now been taking care of the park.

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Las Vegas

October 2, 2017 by Source


A gunman who fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip has killed at least 58 people, police say. Some 515 people were injured in the mass shooting and panic that ensued. At least one of the dead is an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert.

The suspect in the case is also dead. He’s been identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, a white male who is a resident of Nevada.

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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America – Part I

October 2, 2017 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

Nancy MacLean’s “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America” is the single most important new book for progressives to read this year if they want to understand how we got to the dark moment of the present.

As I noted in my recent column on the right-wing assault on public sector unions, MacLean takes us to the roots of the current crisis via an intellectual history of James McGill Buchanan, the thinker whose work, more than anyone else’s, informs the machinations of the Kochtopus, that shadowy network of interlinked billionaire-funded right-wing think tanks driving American politics.

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Why Does the Colorado River Need to Sue for Its Right to Exist?

September 29, 2017 by Source

View of Dead Horse Point, Colorado River

By Will Falk / San Diego Free Press

On Tuesday, September 26, the Colorado River will sue the State of Colorado in a first-in-the-nation lawsuit requesting that the United States District Court in Denver recognize the river’s rights of nature. These rights include the rights to exist, flourish, regenerate, and naturally evolve. To enforce these rights, the Colorado River will also request that the court grant the river “personhood” and standing to sue in American courts.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Provides a Much-Needed Forum for Residents

September 29, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There was a slim audience inside the Masonic Center when the OB Town Council meeting got off the ground, Wednesday night, Sept. 27th, but by time the agenda entered the more prominent portions, it had swelled to nearly 60 – not including the dozen board members. And once again, the council provided a much-needed community forum for all kinds of issues of residents and businessowners, wannabe politicians and all those in the audience.

Here, below, are issues, news and events announced or raised.

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Reader Rant: ‘This Short Term Vacation Rental Mess Is Like Groundhog Day in San Diego’

September 28, 2017 by Source

By John Thickstun

Save San Diego Neighborhoods thinks San Diego should stop messing around with the Muncipal Code. Do what other responsible California coastal cities – like Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Coronado – have done. Vote to reiterate – and enforce – what’s already in the Municipal Code – which prohibits short-term vacation rental(s) (STVR) because,

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OBceans Urged to Push San Diego into Joining Lawsuit Against Big Polluters

September 28, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina Speaks at OB Town Council Forum on Pollution

At the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting on Wednesday, September 27, Serge Dedina, the mayor of Imperial Beach, urged those in attendance to pressure the City of San Diego to join the lawsuit that Imperial Beach is part against big polluters.

Dedina, formerly an environmental attorney, has shepherded his city into being part of a suit against “36 of the world’s largest polluters”, which was begun by the northern California counties of San Mateo and Marin and is being joined by other cities, like Monterey and Santa Cruz.

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San Diego City Council Member Zapf Unacquainted With Cannabis Science

September 28, 2017 by Source

By Terrie Best /San Diego Americans for Safe Access / September 27, 2017

As the victory at City Council sinks in and a path to legitimacy will soon exist for San Diego’s cannabis supply chain, it is important to take a look at some of the city council members who made this happen and some of whom obstructed it.

In July, the city staff offered two options for opening zones, beyond retail, for the cannabis industry in the city of San Diego. Option One would

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Some Democrats on San Diego City Council Are Missing the Big Picture on Short Term Vacation Rentals

September 27, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There’s some Democratic members of the San Diego City Council who are missing the “Big Picture” on the issue of short term vacation rentals. Particularly Councilmembers David Alvarez and Chris Ward. Mrtyle Cole is not off the hook yet either.

I know these seats on the council are supposed to be “non-partisan” but we all know they’re not. Democrats hold 5 seats on the council and Republicans have four. Many of the council votes reflect priorities of the different parties, and usually the Democratic councilmembers are on top of the big issues that affect San Diegans.

But not right now –

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Questions Remain Over Denial of Harbor View Drive Project at Peninsula Planners’ Meeting

September 27, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

There wasn’t a lot on the agenda for the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting at the Point Loma library Thursday, September 21, but there was one proposed project that encountered a lot of opposition apparently being led by former City Council member Byron Wear.

3328-40 Harbor View Drive

The contested project is at 3328-40 Harbor View Drive. There are three existing lots on this parcel of land that the applicant wants to reconfigure. There are two existing houses on two of the lots and the owner wants to build a third home after the reconfiguration.

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City Expands Sidewalk Sanitation Efforts to Ocean Beach, Midway and PB

September 27, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Bleach Cleaning to Combat Hepatitis A Will Extend to Beach Communities Beginning Wed, Sept. 27th

The City of San Diego issued a statement today, September 27th, announcing that the program to sanitize the sidewalks in the most critical areas of downtown is expanding today to Ocean Beach, the Midway area and Pacific Beach. The City believes these neighborhoods also have the need to combat the hepatitis A outbreak.

Cleaning crews began today in parts of the Midway area, Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach, the City announced. Crews will work in Uptown and Mid-City on Friday. The announcement stated:

Sidewalk sanitizing is one of the key actions the City is taking to assist the County of San Diego’s efforts to eradicate the virus.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Responds to Target Express

September 26, 2017 by Source

From OBTC Newsletter

As a designated 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, the Ocean Beach Town Council (OBTC) is dedicated to expressing the will, representing the welfare, and sustaining the spirit of the community of Ocean Beach. Some of the many ways our organization does this include providing forums for the discussion of community issues, communicating the views and needs of the community to relevant parties, and taking appropriate action on community issues.

Recently, we held a public community forum on Target’s proposal

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San Diego Coastal Groups Working to Preserve Our Oceans

September 26, 2017 by Source

By Rachel Deitch /San Diego Entertainer Mag / September 20, 2017

Coastal groups are very important to our society here in San Diego, because we want to preserve our beautiful beaches. It’s important to educate the community on how to be aware of how to preserve our home. Restoring life and beauty to San Diego is done by the local coastal conservation groups, and its time for all of the ocean lovers and San Diego locals to get involved.

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OB Town Council Forum: Climate Lawsuit Against Big Polluters – Wed., Sept. 27

September 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

From OB Town Council

The City of Imperial Beach has joined two California counties in suing 3 dozen big oil, gas, and coal companies to help pay for damage caused by climate change, including rising sea levels. As a coastal community, the OBTC will host a forum for our residents to learn more about this action and how it might impact OB.

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Restaurant Review: Broken Yolk Cafe in Point Loma

September 26, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Broken Yolk Cafe
3577 Midway Drive
San Diego, CA, 92110
619-358-9966

Many years ago, when my husband was still alive the Broken Yolk Café was one of our favorite restaurants for breakfast. When the widows decided to get together last Friday we thought it might be fun to return to the restaurant on Midway Drive. We had all been to the one in the Grossmont area together and although I do not usually do a review of a “chain”, we decided that this chain was smaller than many and we’d give it a try.

Parking is not a problem and getting to it from Midway was relatively easy.

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News and Notes from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early Fall 2017

September 25, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

* OB Pier Pancake Breakfast Raises Over $7,000 for OBTC Food and Toy Drive

* No Target in OB Events
* City Feels Push Back on Parking Regulations
* City Makes Improvements After Tragic Accident and Large Settlement
* Point Loma Pocket Park Design Chosen by Workshop
* Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Celebration – Oct. 5th

* Golfers Rally to Save Mission Bay Golfcourse

Come inside for these and other stories of OB and Point Loma

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Why Does Trump Keep Firing Up His Base?

September 25, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

What Is Trump Preparing His Base for?

First of 2 Parts

By Frank Gormlie

No matter the issue, Donald Trump always speaks reassuringly to his base, that 35% of the electorate who are loyal supporters who have stood with him no matter what he says or does. Even his speech at the United Nations was delivered directly to his base, with its trumpeting of the nationalistic themes of the campaign, using derogatory nick-names – a style lifted right out of his campaign – all to keep them on the Trump train.

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Midway Planners Hear Plans to Re-Develop SPAWAR’s 62 Acres

September 25, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Midway Community Planning Board members were excited by a presentation at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 20 at the San Diego Community College’s West City Campus on Fordham Street. The board learned that the huge SPAWAR complex on Pacific Highway is in for a big change.

SPAWAR Buildings

SPAWAR is short for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

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Lessons from Naomi Klein: Learning How to Resist Trump’s Shock Politics

September 25, 2017 by Jim Miller

Part Two

Last week, I discussed what I see as the first central lesson of Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need—that Donald Trump represents nothing new in American politics but rather, is the logical extension of decades of terrible ideas and policies. Today I’ll focus on the second key lesson of Klein’s work.

Neoliberal Incrementalism Brought to You by Democrats Is Not Enough

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Follow The Money to Understand Graham-Cassidy. Use Your Heart to Stop It.

September 22, 2017 by Doug Porter

Facts don’t matter when it comes to the Graham-Cassidy ‘get rid of Obamacare’ scheme. But feelings do. They had seven-plus years to come up with a plan. The best the Republicans could do earlier this year was to create underfunded versions of the Affordable Care Act. Facing a September 30th deadline for getting a bill passed using 51 votes, they have opted to blow up the law entirely.

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San Diego Kumeyaay Etched ‘Resistance Art’ in Floor and Roof Tiles of Early Spanish Churches

September 22, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Richard Carrico, anthropology professor at SDSU, held an audience of over 60 people transfixed last night at the OB Historical Society monthly presentation with his slides and descriptions of how Kumeyaay laborers sketched artwork on floor and roof tiles of the churches they built for the first Spanish colonists in San Diego. He called it “resistance art or abusive art”.

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Border Wall Push Back at San Diego City Council Where Zapf Becomes an Embarrassment

September 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

California Sues Trump Administration Over Wall
This week has seen a definite push-back on Trump’s border wall, both locally, as the San Diego City Council voted 5-3 condemning it on Tuesday, and from the State of California which on Wednesday sued the Trump administration over the planned border wall.

During the debate on Councilwoman Georgette Gomez’s resolution opposing the construction of a border wall, our own Councilwoman Lorie Zapf became an embarrassment to her constituents in District 2.

More on Gomez’s successful motion

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Seeking Equality with a White-Supremacist-in-Chief in the White House

September 21, 2017 by Ernie McCray

Woman holding sign reading "Super Callous Fragile Racist Sexist Nazi POTUS"

By Ernie McCray

Some dude on television was trying to make a case that the president is not a white supremacist.

But, hey, I’ve dealt with white supremacists for 79 plus years and I have to say that Donald J. Trump is not only one, he’s the best example of such a being I have ever seen.

Take what he did with Jemele Hill, the ESPN sportscaster, my latest hero. She called him out on his white supremacism and he wants her fired and wants the network to apologize to him for her “untruth.” Scratch the prefix “un” and you see what he really wants her to apologize for.

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OB’s Own Melanie Williams Caught Up in Two Mexico Earthquakes

September 21, 2017 by Staff


OB’s own Melanie Williams went through both Mexico earthquakes that just occurred. Melanie, a former member of the OB Town Council board and an energetic mover-and-shaker in the local yoga world, had just recently moved to Mexico in June to set up a yoga center.

She was interviewed by San Diego Fox5. She told them about her experiences during the 8.1 quake off the southern Mexican coast where she was living in a fishing village about 30 miles from the epicenter when it struck 12 days ago. It woke her up:

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Bonnie Dumanis Uses Quotes from the OB Rag in Attack Ad Against Nathan Fletcher

September 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Bonnie Dumanis, former DA and now candidate for the Board of Supervisors, recently used quotes from the OB Rag – who is no friend of Dumanis – in an online attack ad against Nathan Fletcher.

Both Dumanis and Fletcher are running for the same District 4 seat on the San Diego Board. Fletcher is the most-well known Democrat and will probably be endorsed by the County Democratic Party and Dumanis is the Republican establishment’s candidate (she was slammed in the special mayoral election a few years back).

In a mock pro-Fletcher ad, called “I (heart) Nathan”,

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