The OB Planning Board Project Review Committee meets Wednesday, October 18th, and has two projects on its agenda.

The first is the 4 condos project at Abbott and Muir and the second is the Houlton Family bluff repair project. The Project Review panel is a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board and makes recommendations to the full board. The meetings take place at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica in the Community Meeting Room. They start at 6pm.

Abbott and Muir Condos

Before the panel is a new design for the controversial condo project at Abbott and Muir. Before the review panel is a process 3 coastal development permit, a site development permit and tentative map to construct 4 condos (although the agenda also states the “proposed # of Units: 3”; this is due to changes by the developer from the original project description – see below) at the corner of Abbott and Muir. The proposed gross floor area is 5,650 square feet on a 7,500 square foot lot.

The last time this project was to appear before the OB Planners, we had this to say:

2150 1/3 Abbott St. – Controversial Project Downgrades to 3 Condos

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OB Walkabout No. 2

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By Joaquin Antique

Being an occasional column featuring sights and sounds from Ocean Beach and Point Loma.


My nephew was surfing Dog Beach a few years back and he heard some distant thunder.
Two other guys were talking to each other about the situation:

First Surfer: Do you think we should get out of the water?

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By Kathy Blavatt

After years of blight at 4706 Del Mar Avenue in Ocean Beach, the 1919 cottage and other structures have been demolished.

OB historian Ruth Held described the property many years ago as having a beautiful garden.

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Editor: We have all read about the horrible fires and devastation north of us. This account was sent to OB Rag staff member Judi Curry by a friend living in the Bay Area, who has given permission to post.

I am going up today to look around. I am still shut out of my neighborhood. The boys are staying at the beach.

Reflecting on the current reality, and thought I’d share, since some folks who haven’t been here yet are driving in this weekend …

We walk around in masks, and know what N95 means. We regularly ask if you “saw flames or just smoke.” We gather in parking lots to watch our hillside, discuss “back fire,” and argue over white vs. black smoke. We end conversations with strangers with “Be Safe.”

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Last week in the second part of my review of Nancy MacLean’s “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” I noted how the complicity of neoliberal Democrats with the aims of the Right is one of the reasons why fighting the Koch brothers of the world has been so difficult. Thinking they are reasonably compromising or engaging in a savvy war of position, these Democrats are instead simply crab walking us over a cliff.

More specifically, following MacLean’s argument, I observe that:

The key here was the embrace of privatization as the point of the spear, the starting point for their greater, unstated war on government and democracy itself. One of things that made this effective, of course, was the fact that many neoliberal Democrats were unwitting accomplices in this slow-motion demolition of democracy. MacLean again notes:

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OB Rag Says: ‘Thanks, Ocean Beach, for These Last Ten Years’

October 12, 2017 by Staff

This month the online OB Rag is ten years old! We started publishing during the fires of late October 2007.

And we’ve been going strong ever since! A lot of that is due to the solid support OBceans and friends have given us.

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SANDAG Reform Becomes Reality; Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill No.805

October 13, 2017 by Doug Porter

I’m pleased to report some good news today. San Diego’s regional transportation agency is going to change the way they do business, thanks to AB 805, legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher and signed by the Governor on Wednesday, October 11th.

This is a big deal, even if most of the benefits are in the future. The balance of power is shifting to areas of the region where most people live. The old boy network’s influence over long-term planning for San Diego County has been diminished.

This is a good thing for the quality of the air we breathe, the needs of lower income and minority communities, and the future of transportation. No longer will the State of California’s environmental standards be relegated to a lower priority in planning.

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San Diego’s Dangling Participles

October 13, 2017 by Source

By Norma Damashek / San Diego Free Press

Dangling participle – a piece of a sentence in search of its true identity. Here’s an example: Sitting in the boss’s chair, deadly disease runs rampant among homeless people on the streets of San Diego.

What’s wrong with this sentence? Something’s missing. We can fix it this way: Sitting in the boss’s chair, Mayor Kevin Faulconer twiddles his thumbs while deadly disease runs rampant among homeless people….

An equally correct alternative might be: Sitting in the boss’s chair, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors lazily ignore their civic responsibilities as deadly disease runs rampant….

Once we get the grammar right, the picture becomes clear. Locally-elected officials – by choosing to ignore their political duty

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Point Loma Project at Garrison and Locust Raises Community’s Eyebrows

October 12, 2017 by Source

Roseville developers’ runaround in progress

Editor: This article by Julie Stalmer originally appeared in the San Diego Reader on October 6th. Since its publication, the City’s Development Services Department (DSD) got back to Julie and she wrote a follow-up, which was not included in the Reader article but we have published here at the end of the original article.

By Julie Stalmer/ San Diego Reader / Oct. 6, 2017

Since moving into the Roseville neighborhood in May, Toni Popoki Reed had not seen much happening in the vacant lot across the street. She knew of the housing project that broke ground there in 2016. She was aware it had stalled sometime early 2017 but didn’t know why.

She was surprised when, mid-September, she saw something other than the weeds getting taller on the corner of Garrison Street and Locust Street. At 6:45 a.m., she spotted workers on the lot.

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The Boycott of Target Express in Ocean Beach Is On

October 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

Members of the “No Target in OB” group hosted a forum Wednesday night, October 11th, and the message from all the presentations is, the boycott of Target Express in Ocean Beach is on, baby!

About 40 people crammed into the meeting room of the OB Rec Center to view a good power-point presentation by Kim McGinley with updates and messages the group wants to get out to the community about why a boycott is necessary.

McGinley pressed the message, “it’s not a done deal yet,” in regards to Target leasing the space in the building that now holds the Antique Center on Newport Avenue.

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Reader Rant: ‘My Family Just Got Robbed of Our Rent’

October 12, 2017 by Source

By Josh Weber

My family just got robbed of our rent.

We have two girls and a baby on the way, so this is extremely tough … for the first time since my oldest was born, thoughts of homelessness cross my mind.

We were trying to move from one place to another. It’s the same size as where we lived before, just cheaper and a further commute. Finally we could save a little, and our kids would still have their own room and space.

We were struggling to get in with individual agents, each charging us around $100 for applications or credit checks.

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If Trump Is Impeached Will His Base Mobilize Against a ‘Liberal Coup’?

October 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Second of Two Parts

In one of the most provocative incidents involving self-styled Neo-Nazis since Charlottesville, about 25 men in masks and bandanas descended on a progressive book fair in Houston, Texas on Sunday, September 24th. They set off smoke bombs, shouted “sieg hiel!”, “blood and soil!” and generally harassed folks at the event.

It was a story totally missed by mainstream media, but observed by reporters from AlterNet who filed a report, picked up by other progressive news sites:

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‘No Target in OB’ Community Forum – Wed. Oct. 11th at OB Rec Center

October 10, 2017 by Source

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Disasters Are Us

October 10, 2017 by Source

By David Helvarg / Blue Notes – Blue Frontier

The Ocean is in trouble is a familiar refrain.

A year ago we seemed to be making some progress, but most of that is now being reversed. Denial of science and common sense solutions to existential threats like fossil fuel-fired climate disruption also put our lives and our future at risk.

That is why I can’t understand people like EPA Chief Scott Pruitt or Governor Rick Scott of Florida who refuse to believe NOAA scientists when they tell them climate change is real

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Ocean Beach Memories of Tom Petty

October 10, 2017 by Source

Editordude: Here are two tributes to Tom Petty by two members of the Ocean Beach community.

Tom Petty RIP

by Bob Edwards

Another giant of rock passed away last week. Tom Petty had the same sort of swaggering, rock and roll presence as Bruce and Mick and Ray Davies of the Kinks.

Tom Petty and Bob Dylan at the San Diego Sports Arena

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

I’d already heard the OB Dylan stories–at least some of them.

“Yeah, he owns a place on Abbott Street, everyone knows that.”

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OB Walkabout

October 9, 2017 by Source

Editordude: Please welcome this new column, “OB Walkabout” by Joaquin Antique, which will feature photos of oddities, signs and other things Joaquin finds of interest plus funnies he overhears in his walkabouts in OB.

By Joaquin Antique

The Week’s Anecdote

Overheard at Roberto’s:

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A Real Hero of Sunset Cliffs

October 9, 2017 by Source

The Widder Curry writes: On Friday morning, October 6th, Matthew Alford was surfing off of Hill Street and Sunset Cliffs. This is his own story, as posted in Next Door. Nice to read a good story! Matthew is a professor at La Jolla Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Wow. An amazing thing happened this morning while I was surfing: I saved a life.

I was surfing my favorite high tide spot at Sunset Cliffs and people on the cliff started yelling and pointing. A woman had fallen off the cliff and was getting swept by the waves toward the rocks.

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Democracy in Chains: Crab-Walking Our Way Over a Cliff — Part II

October 9, 2017 by Jim Miller

Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America is disturbing reading. Last week, I outlined how she exposes the missing link of the Right’s plan to “save capitalism from democracy—permanently.” As centrally important as it is to understand that basic premise of the Right’s agenda, it is equally valuable for progressives to learn precisely how and why that is the case and what, ultimately, the end-game looks like.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid-October 2017

October 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

* OB Woman’s Club Celebrates New Foundation
* Coffee Bean at Voltaire and Catalina closed.
* Willie Is Back!
* Woman Injured in Fall at Sunset Cliffs
* OB Man Wants City to Help Clean-up Homeless Trash
* Good Rant Against Short-Term Rentals
* San Diego County rents hit record high
* Point Loma Picked as One of “Hottest” Neighborhoods in the Country
* Home Brew Mart Founded by Point Loman Celebrates 25 Years
* “Muses of the Old Globe” Includes Dress by Actress Marion Ross, Graduate of Point Loma High
* OB Electric Bike One of 1000s Stolen Across San Diego, Police Say


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Book Review: ‘How the Irish Became White’

October 6, 2017 by Source

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“The Irish are the blacks of Europe,” says the band manager in “The Commitments,” the 1991 movie about his quest to put together a soul act in pale, white Dublin. “Say it loud — I’m black and I’m proud.”

Noel Ignatiev, a Massachusetts College of Art history professor and controversial scholar of American race relations, uses that classic line to kick off “How the Irish Became White.” The 1995 book offers an in-depth analysis of America’s assimilation of the millions of Irish who emigrated in the 1800s.

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Ocean Beach House Could Be Yours for Free If You Haul It Away Within 30 Days

October 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Remember that old Craftsman house on Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach that was possibly up for grabs for free? The one that will be demolished in order for the construction of the new, mixed-use, 2 story building approved recently by the OB Planning Board.

It’s located at 4921 Voltaire Street, 92107.

The one condition was the house had to be hauled away within a few months – with the caveat that the owner had not agreed to the whole deal yet.
Well, there’s been some new developments …

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Remember. Again.

October 6, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

I woke up to a New York Times headline on Tuesday, October 3: No Easy Answers After Las Vegas.

Yes, there are.

Let’s not sell automatic rifles to anyone who goes to a gun show or a gun shop. F**k ’em. Let them manufacture their own, like the moonshiners during Prohibition did. Then they can strut and have movies and serials that can make them feel like they won the Civil War.

Maybe they’d even be arrested for possession of killing machinery.

While we’re at it, let’s not sell guns to kids.

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High Bacteria Levels at Dog Beach and San Diego River – Avoid Water Contact

October 5, 2017 by Source

Effective October 5, 2017 at 8:20am, a health advisory from the County went into effect warning of high bacterial levels at Ocean Beach’s Dog Beach and the San Diego River outlet. Within this area, bacteria levels may exceed health standards.


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Ocean Beach Planning Board Votes for Inn at Sunset Cliffs and Against Soccer City at Qualcomm

October 5, 2017 by Source

By Bob Edwards

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the Ocean Beach Planning Board met at the OB Rec Center and dealt with two hot button issues.

In the first action, the Board voted 8 to 3 to recommend granting a retroactive building permit for repairs and changes to a cliff side deck at the Inn at Sunset Cliffs. These modifications had been done without a permit in previous years by former and current owners and in 2016 through an emergency permit.

In the second action, the Board voted, also 8 to 3, to oppose the Soccer City proposal for the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley.

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The Challenge in Keeping Ocean Beach, ‘O.B.’

October 5, 2017 by Source

Keep OB, OB?

By Brett Warnke

A small but fervent protest of about twenty to twenty-five members of “No Target in OB” showed up to obtain signatures and raise awareness for a Community Forum directed at halting Target from entering Ocean Beach. One speaker declared:

“We want to preserve our local beach town. Target is not wanted here. We stand strong against it and other mega-corporations!”

Target, a Minneapolis-based company whose stock prices are down 16 percent this year, has been heavily criticized for compromising millions of customers data and recently paid $18.5 million to states in a settlement.

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City to Open Temporary Shelter for Homeless Behind Goodwill in Midway District

October 4, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Called a temporary “bridge-to-housing” shelter for homeless people, the City of San Diego plans to open such a facility in the Midway District. With city hopes that it will open by December, the local site to house more than a hundred people is behind the Goodwill building along the 2700 block of Sports Arena Boulevard, and will be run by the Veterans Village of San Diego.

The Midway location is one of three temporary shelters the City plans to open. The others are:

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OB Friends of the Library Have Much More than Books at Book Sale – Sat., Oct. 7th

October 4, 2017 by Source

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Nuclear Shutdown News for September 2017 – Texas and Florida Nukes Refused to Shut Down During Hurricanes

October 4, 2017 by Michael Steinberg

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

As Hurricanes Batter the Caribbean and Southeast US, Nuke Plants in Texas and Florida Refuse to Shut Down, Heightening Risk to Already Devastated Communities

On September 19 the Austin American-Statesman ran this story “South Texas Project stayed open during Hurricane Harvey.” South Texas Project is a nuclear plant with two reactors near Bay City, TX on the Gulf Coast, 90 miles from Houston. It has been operating since the late 1980s. Austin Energy is one of three utilities that owns it.

The newspaper article’s subtitle was “Some question decision to keep Texas nuclear plant open during Harvey.”

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Taylor Winston Is OB’s Hero of the Las Vegas Massacre

October 4, 2017 by Staff

The name “Taylor Winston” might as become a household name in Ocean Beach, for he was one of the heroes at the mass shooting at the Las Vegas country music concert Sunday night. He’s been all over the local news – and rightly so – for Taylor, a former Marine, and a friend drove up to 30 critically injured victims to a hospital.

Winston – in the middle of the carnage – “borrowed” a work truck parked with its keys nearby, loaded critical victims he could find, and drove to the Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center. He was doing this before ambulances arrived. Here is what he told

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Notions of Love Rising Out of the Darkness in Las Vegas

October 3, 2017 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

I just left Vegas a few days ago, with very fresh memories of how loud and all aglow it was, which makes it particulary difficult for me, in these moments, to fathom a man mowing down people who are having a good time as though they were foes on a battlefield.

Such a tragedy tears at your heart and it came at a time when we Americans are already suffering as we seem to be spinning aimlessly away from embracing each other as fellow citizens.

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