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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I’m Not a Patriot

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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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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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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.

Actor James Cromwell Cited for Trespass at Protest inside SeaWorld

Actor James Cromwell was cited for trespassing Monday after he and six other activists interrupted an orca show at SeaWorld in San Diego to stage a protest, police said.

City mistakenly enforced water bill policy on OB renter

Renters like Larry Braun are stuck.

Over 2,000 Signed “Keep Target Out of OB” Petition

By now, over 2,000 people have signed the “Keep Target Out of Ocean Beach” petition.

Haw Haw Honky Tonk Country Cabaret at OB Playhouse – Wednesday, July 26

Meet a modern take on Hee-Haw, infusing country singers/musicians with sketch comedy, to create (what will be) the longest running bi-monthly Wednesday night show in San Diego!

Come Inside for Much More!

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Editor: The Widder Curry writes that in the past 3-4 weeks she has noticed an odd thing happening on Sunset Cliffs. Women are walking by, very scantily dressed, not walking their dog, and being fairly flamboyant in their dress. At the same time she has noticed that cars are coming by; talking to these women, and the next thing she knows, she says, the women are getting into the cars. So, she has come up the following, to be sung to the tune of “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window.”


How Much is that Hooker on the Ocean?
The one with her boobs hanging out,
she sways as she walks on the sidewalk,
I wonder what it’s all about.

The cars seem to stop and watch her,
She comes to the window and talks,
Sometimes she gets right inside it,
And sometimes I even see her balk.


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‘An Island in a Sea of Demolition’ – Stephan’s Cleaners & Tailoring in Ocean Beach

July 26, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

Today, Stephan Oh‘s shop is like an island in the middle of a sea of demolition. He isn’t quite sure why his business was spared when the rest of the lot at Cable and Santa Monica was demolished for the development of the Ocean Beach Plaza.

All he knows is that property owner John Small has always been nice to him. Stephan said Small expressed concern to him that having him move his business for the sake of renovation would hurt the business too much, and he would not have to move.

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Concerned About the Conditions at Dusty Rhodes Dog Park? Come to Meeting – Thurs., July 27th

July 25, 2017 by Staff

Concerned about the conditions at Dusty Rhodes Dog Park??

Tired of the brown grass and gopher holes?

Then please attend the next upcoming meeting of the Dusty Rhodes Dog Park Committee !!!

Dusty Rhodes Dog Park Committee Meeting
Thursday July 27, 5:30 pm
OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.

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Restaurant Review: Kabob Village in Point Loma

July 25, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review
Kabob Village
3145 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92110

Hours – 11:00am – 10:00pm, all week

My former student, Monica, left it up to me to decide where to go, and I thought it would be fun to introduce her to food that she has never tried before – hence the Kabob Village – for Greek and Mediterranean food. We arranged to meet at the restaurant at noon on Sunday.

The inside is open and spacious, and wonderful, quiet mood music was playing.

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‘Comedy of Errors’ at Peninsula Community Planners’ Meeting

July 25, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

There are many ways to describe what the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 20 looked like – kabuki theater, theater of the absurd, comedy of errors, keystone cops – are a few that come to mind.

Somehow this collection of reasonably intelligent people, meeting at the Pt. Loma Hervey Library, managed to vote against a motion to deny a project and then voted against a motion to approve the same project. The applicant and several audience members were left looking totally confused by this non-outcome. In 11 years of experience with this planning board, this reporter has never seen anything like it.

Jennings Street Project

The project that was the center of this comedy was a proposal to build two homes in the wooded area on two 25-footwide lots at 3424 and 3434 Jennings Street.

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Recent Visit to Iran Dispels American Myths – Author Finds a Complex Country and Friendly People

July 26, 2017 by Source

By Beau Grosscup

With American claims abound both in the media and during the recent Presidential campaign that Iran is the de-stabilizing force in the Middle East (unchallenged by any presidential candidate) in mind, I recently accepted an invitation to speak at Tehran University’s Human Rights Conference.

Outside the conference, I found life in Iranian cities (we were not in rural areas) is very similar to life in most major cities of the world with congested traffic, air pollution, a mix of middle-class and poor on the streets but very class-based segregated neighborhoods, with gated communities for the rich.

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A Brief History of SANDAG’s Climate Change Culpability

July 26, 2017 by Source

An agency incapable of change: the story of power, money, and deception in America’s Finest City

By Duncan McFetridge / San Diego Free Press

California has aggressively pursued policies to address climate change. Beginning with Assembly Bill 32, enacted in 2006, the state set in motion a set of regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The most notable action is the cap-and-trade policy. Because automobiles create about 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, the legislature enacted Senate Bill 375 in 2008. This measure attacks greenhouse gas emissions by requiring regional planning agencies — such as the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) — to prepare long range regional transportation plans to reduce them.

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Reefer Madness at Trump’s Justice Department

July 25, 2017 by Doug Porter

The US Department of Justice is preparing to crack down on marijuana use following the release of a report later this week claiming the drug is linked violent crime.

The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, organized by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is expected to recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking pot.

A Sessions memo back in April called for a review of existing policies by July 27 using the following language:

“Task Force subcommittees will also undertake a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the Department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with administration goals and priorities,”

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Ocean Beach Town Council Has a New Logo

July 25, 2017 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Town Council has a new logo.

After the OBTC launched the Logo Design Contest which gained 9 entries, members voted online and chose this design.

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Labor Solidarity in San Diego – Despite Our Differences

July 25, 2017 by Source

By Peter Zscheische / San Diego Free Press

For those who read Jim Miller’s recent articles recounting the unfortunate splits in the local Labor movement, it may seem they result from just personal differences among labor leaders. Jim reported the events that led the AFL-CIO, the parent organization of the Labor Council, to take over the council and restore it to functioning as it should.

However that came about, that is what the AFL-CIO as the parent organization is supposed to do. It will be hard work.

This work will pay off if San Diego’s Labor Council is restored to the level it maintained for over two decades beginning in the late 1990s when it helped union families leverage their collective strength in improving wages and benefits, as well as playing a key role in local elections.

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OB Rag Fund Raising Surpasses Goal by Over a Third

July 24, 2017 by Staff

The OB Rag staff is happy to announce that our recent summer fund raising has surpassed our goal by over one-third.

Our goal was $1000 and we received $1,360 over the week of the campaign. This is simply great – it makes us feel wanted and appreciated to know that our readers and supporters stepped up.

We had 25 individual donors – 17 at least from OB and Point Loma – for an average donation of about $54 – which is just awesome. Eight people donated $100 each, and we had one donation of $5 from Reno, Nevada.

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OB Rag Attacked by Russian IP Address

July 24, 2017 by Staff

On Sunday, July 23rd, the OB Rag suffered an attack by a suspected bot originating from an IP address in the city of Irkutsk in the Russian Federation.

Between the hours roughly 8 am to 10 am, two articles in particular received the bulk of the hits (4700 hits in total), all coming from a single IP address.

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Assemblymember Todd Gloria to Address Ocean Beach Town Council – Wed., July 26th

July 24, 2017 by Staff

Assemblymember Todd Gloria will be giving a legislative update at the OB Town Council meeting on Wednesday, July 26th. Gloria, a Democrat, was recently elected to the California Assembly after a long stint on the San Diego City Council. He remains a popular figure in local politics, and usually adds a bit of wit to his public addresses.

Everyone’s invited to the monthly public meeting, which begins at 7:00pm and is held at the Masonic Hall, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

The OBTC will also announce its OB Community Grant awards, going to selected local organizations, groups, and persons that promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of its residents.

COME INSIDE for the official agenda

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Local Business Owner in Coma After Being Hit by Train: His Ocean Beach Two Dollar Thrill Has Closed

July 24, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

Jeff Clark, owner of Thrift Trader, is tragically in a coma after being hit by a train in Little Italy.

On June 24th, Clark was hit by an Amtrak train in Little Italy near W. Hawthorne Street and California Street.

His store in Ocean Beach, Two Dollar Thrill on Newport Avenue along with all Thrift Trader locations — have now closed after the tragedy.

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The Utopia of the Next Moment: Summer Chronicles # 3

July 24, 2017 by Jim Miller

What would we do without wishful thinking?

Not much apparently. According to some of the most recent science on the way our brains work, the Zen Buddhists and psychoanalysts are up against it. No matter how much we try to focus on the present, we’ll be pulled away by the Utopia of the next moment.

As a New York Times piece on some of the most recent science of the brain explained:

[I]t is increasingly clear that the mind is mainly drawn to the future, not driven by the past. Behavior, memory and perception can’t be understood without appreciating the central role of prospection. We learn not by storing static records but by continually retouching memories and imagining future possibilities. Our brain sees the world not by processing every pixel in a scene but by focusing on the unexpected.

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Rocky Road for Projects Before Ocean Beach Planners’ Review Panel

July 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

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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A New Grand Pedestrian Promenade Through Downtown San Diego?

July 21, 2017 by Source

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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Innocent People Don’t Need Preemptive Pardons – Progressive Activist Calendar for San Diego: July 21- 31, 2017

July 21, 2017 by Doug Porter

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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Botanica Home and Garden Opens on Cable Street in Ocean Beach

July 21, 2017 by Source

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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Sheldon Dorf – Key Founder of Comic-Con and OBcean – Focus of Rolling Stone Article

July 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

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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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.

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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.

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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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‘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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