Both legal actions by San Diego’s City Attorney and law suits face restaurants that add a surcharge to their patrons’ bills.

On October 11th, City Attorney Mara Elliott filed a civil enforcement action against Mission Bay’s Barefoot Bar & Grill for failing to disclose its surcharge and then adding it to menus in extremely small print, she alleged. This was her office’s first legal move against a local restaurant for allegedly adding an deceptive menu surcharge, ostensibly to cover higher labor costs from recent minimum wage increases.

Also, more than a dozen San Diego restaurants and dining groups now face lawsuits that have been filed against them with claims they are defrauding customers by illegally tacking on a surcharge to bills.


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By Mary Carreon / OCWeekly / November 21, 2017

Nearly 80 people gathered in Laguna Beach on Saturday to protest Southern California Edison’s (SCE) plan to bury 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente. According to Public Watchdogs, SCE has supposedly obtained a permit from the California Coastal Commission that not only authorizes them to bury the deadly waste, but also permits them to store it in thin-walled canisters 20-feet below the surface and 108-feet from the high tide mark. SCE is expected to dump the waste in mid-December.

This is a big problem for many reasons. The plutonium that’s planned go inside the cans is lethal to all life (humans, animals, plants, etc.) for 250,000 years. The uranium waste is estimated to be deadly for up to a million years. But the cans—which can hold up to 125,000 pounds of atomic waste— are only guaranteed to last between 10 – 25 years, according to the manufacturer’s warranty. Let that sink in for a second.

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There’s lots to make one upset or angry these days, from Trump and his Russia collusion, to nuclear show-downs, to the national catharsis on sexual harassment, to global warming, all the way to Mayor Faulconer building a $2 million restroom for tourists but none for the homeless …

But one thing that’s making OBceans upset right now is the wholesale turning over of apartments and new condos into vacation rentals. OB is losing needed housing stock and affordable rental units for residents to mini-hotels and weekend party houses for vacationers.

And it’s happening right before our eyes!

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By Patty Jones

I want to share a family secret with you – one long held in the Jones family holiday tradition – on the accepted method of “flipping the bird” at Thanksgiving.

Many years ago my mother stumbled through her early morning Thanksgiving ritual of prepping a huge turkey for the afternoon feast. Before her first cup of coffee she dropped the bird in the roasting pan and shoved it into the oven. A couple of hours later she opened the oven door and she realized she had put it in the pan upside (or breast-side) down. At this point the huge bird was too hot to handle so she basted it, tented it and shoved it back into the oven. The resulting bird has lingered in mouthwatering memory…


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Fire and Disturbances With Neighbors Over Weekend Culminate in Crack-Down

Today Monday, after a rocky weekend at the infamous Ebers – Greene Street project – during which both fire and police department units were called – the City of San Diego has taken over the property and begun a clean-up of the site and a securing of the skeleton of the two-story building.

Code Enforcement representatives and a private contracting clean-up crew arrived early today at 2269 Ebers to seize the site after the owner, Curtis Nelson, failed to abide by the City’s Notice of Public Nuisance by the deadline, which was Friday, November 17th. The City had demanded Nelson clean up and deal with all the trash and debris and cover up all the openings by the deadline – he was given 2 weeks – which he clearly failed to do.

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Learning Courage from Thoreau in Dark Times

November 20, 2017 by Jim Miller

One of the things that I am grateful for this Thanksgiving is the fact that I am fortunate enough to teach Henry David Thoreau every fall, particularly this 200th year since the great American author’s birth.

Most of my students at City College have lived, worked, and struggled more than your average college student and, consequently, Thoreau’s call to avoid a life of “quiet desperation” speaks to them more profoundly than it might to other students from different circumstances.

Simply put, they are in a college English class reading literature because they have chosen to be there. Running against the grain of all the siren calls for a more market-based education driven by efficiency and expediency, many of my students have decided that what moves them most is to read and think and to live a life they hope will be more meaningful because of it.

Hence, before my students even get to this great old courage teacher, they have chosen to live “deliberately” as Thoreau put it. And that, of course, is one of the central lessons that Thoreau still teaches us: that we can insist on choices and that those choices really matter. They have moral consequences. They make us who we are.

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OB Walkabout No. 5

November 20, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

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


When the bars close at 2 AM and the locals stagger home, about half the out of town partiers drive past my old home on the 4900 block of West Point Loma, headed back to where ever.

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Editor from ‘San Diego Free Press’ Named by CityBeat as One of Top 20 San Diegans for 2017

November 17, 2017 by Staff

Brent Beltrán is one of the seven editors of the San Diego Free Press – the online partner of the OB Rag. Well, this week, San Diego CityBeat named Brent as one of their top 20 San Diegans for 2017. We’re very proud of Brent and certainly agree that it’s time he received some public accolades.

Here is what CityBeat writer Torrey Bailey said about Brent:

Who is he? He’s the vice chair of the Barrio Logan Community Planning Group and sits on the Environmental Health Coalition board of directors. Oh, and he’s on the editorial board of the San Diego Free Press as well.

Why did we pick him?

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Ebers-Greene Project Owner Fails to Comply With City Order to Clean Up and Secure Site

November 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

On Thursday, November 2nd, a Notice of Abatement was attached to the abandoned building at Ebers and Greene streets by the City of San Diego, ordering the owner, Curtis Nelson of Nelco Properties, LLC, to take “immediate actions” to clean up the site and secure all the openings on the building. The owner was given until November 17th to comply with the legal order.

It is now November 17th and the owner has failed to comply. In fact, neighbors say the conditions at the site are even worse than they were when the owner was cited.

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Updates on Development Projects and Other Business News from Ocean Beach

November 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

New Owners of OB Business Center

Joella and Chris Peregoy have bought the OB Business Center on Santa Monica Avenue and things appear to be running swimmingly. One change they’ve initiated is to be open on Saturdays, from 9am to 2pm. Plus they’ve made access to the personal mail boxes 7 days a week. But they provide the same basic services: copys, faxes, scans and printing of course.

Chris told me they’d been vacationing here from Phoenix these last 4 to 5 years and they finally decided to move here and buy the business. He used to work for American Express and she for Michaels. We wish them the best of luck.

Projects Around OB

Occasionally, we peruse current development projects in and around Ocean Beach and take a “look-see” and share. Here’s what we found on Thursday, November 16th.

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County Jail Deaths Don’t Matter in San Diego

November 17, 2017 by Doug Porter

The decision of the county’s police oversight group to not look into the deaths of twenty-odd human beings should serve as a reminder of how true justice is a much rarer commodity than most people realize.

As part of my research into the upcoming elections for County Sheriff and District Attorney, it’s been made clear to me that oversight of the agencies vested with the power of arrest and the administration of justice is largely an illusion.

On one level this is about the frailties of humans; peer pressure to maintain the integrity of the tribe in the face of constant threats. The unspeakable cruelties of injustice are seemingly compartmentalized away from public view so the ongoing–and often misguided–crusade against crime can continue.

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San Diego County Government Laid Bare

November 16, 2017 by Source

By Norma Damashek

Who knew the race for San Diego County Board of Supervisors could be so hidden, so mysterious?

County government leaders have gotten negative press lately with charges of complacency … neglect … elitism … callousness … and worse! But that hasn’t stopped a vigorous set of candidates from vying for a seat on the tarnished Board of Supervisors.

What an intriguing mystery! It’s time for girl-crusader-for-good-government Nancy Drew to do some sleuthing.

She’s got five big questions about county government. And she’s got a few question for the candidates whose eyes are glued on the June 2018 primary election. All she wants are the facts, ma’am.

Question 1: What’s County Government For, Anyway?

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The Widder Curry: ‘A Boycott I Unintentionally Breached’

November 16, 2017 by Judi Curry

The Widder Curry Pledges Not to Patronize Restaurants that Add Surcharge Ever Again

Several months ago I said/wrote the statement that I would not patronize a restaurant that charged a surcharge after the raise of the minimum wage.

Last week I attended a birthday celebration at BO-Beau’s in Ocean Beach, and at the very top of the menu was the following statement:

“A 3% surcharge will be added to all Guest checks to help cover increasing costs and in our support of the recent increases to minimum wage and benefits for our dedicated Team Members.”

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Target Express in South Park – a Photo Gallery of What OB Could Expect

November 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Take a Pictorial Stroll Through What Could Be Coming to Ocean Beach

Having never been inside a Target Express, I wanted to visit one plus I wanted to show the people of Ocean Beach with my camera what to expect if one does show up on Newport Avenue. So, I visited the one in South Park (actually the only one in San Diego) to glimpse a view of a possible storefront future for OB.

The Target Express in South Park is on a large lot mainly by itself. It has a huge parking lot – which is the first thing any OBcean would notice, with reportedly 99 spaces. But that’s triple the parking for any T. Express at the Newport Ave Antique Center.

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The “Coastal Exception” for San Diego’s Short Term Vacation Rentals

November 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

As the San Diego City Council is about to sit down on December 12th and hammer out what probably will be some kind of compromise on one of the most contentious issues in the city – short term vacation rentals – it is interesting to know that some community leaders who serve on beach and coastal planning committees tried to come up with something different earlier this year.

Called the “Coastal Exception”, members of these volunteer panels – including the OB Planning Board – tried to carve out literally an exception to what has looked like a consistent drumbeat for Airbnb’s march across neighborhoods among many City Council members. Faced with the possibilities of a very horrible compromise that would allow Airbnb and such businesses to legally ride roughshod over beach communities, these planning board members drew up draft legislation, called Draft Coastal Zone STVR Legislation. OBPB Chair John Ambert and Vice-chair Blake Herrschaft participated in drawing up this draft.

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‘Community Choice Energy’ Technical Study Finds Cheaper and Greener Benefits for San Diego

November 15, 2017 by Source

Conservative Assumptions Camouflage Benefits of this New Energy Option

By Tyson Siegele / San Diego 350 / San Diego Free Press

San Diego struggles under the yoke of the highest electricity prices in the state. Meanwhile, thousands of cities across the United States have executed a plan to reduce their electricity prices, called Community Choice Energy. City officials hired an expert to determine if Community Choice would work here too. The technical study, also known as the feasibility study, found that San Diego would benefit from Community Choice, just like thousands of cities before it.

In July, when the City released the technical study, several publications such as the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Voice of San Diego highlighted the main finding of the study:

San Diego could provide cheaper, greener energy than SDG&E.”

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‘No Target in OB’ Organizing Meeting – Wednesday, November 15th

November 15, 2017 by Staff

Meeting at New James Gang Location on Newport

OBceans are invited to a “No Target in OB” organizing meeting at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15.

The meeting will be held at the new James Gang location – 4851 Newport Avenue.

Agenda Items to date:

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2018: Time to Clean House in San Diego County Government

November 14, 2017 by Doug Porter

Western side of the County Administration Building

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Imagine, if you will…

A place in California where a single official believes he has the power to turn back the clock on same-sex marriage… A place where investigations into the deaths of people in jail are dismissed… A place where elected officials get to pick their successors…

… A place where a politician can pick up the phone and order police retaliation on people whose views he doesn’t share… A place where hundreds of millions of dollars sit undisturbed while homelessness spreads unabated, while a single elected official can pledge $150 million for a sports stadium.

Welcome to San Diego County

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O.B. Historical Society Presents: Dean Hollenbeck – Thurs., Nov. 16

November 14, 2017 by Staff

“O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout”

Starring: Dean Hollenbeck – Produced by Kathy and Ray Blavatt

Ocean Beach is known for its characters, and Dean Hollenbeck is one of our most endearing.

Dean loves to walk… and talk! He has made countless friends on his meandering walks in Ocean Beach and the peninsula.

At 89-years-old Dean some days walks up to 16 miles … though it may take him the whole day depending on how many people he talks to. Ocean Beach Historical Society’s Kathy and Ray Blavatt filmed Dean on his O.B. adventures

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Remembering Debbie

November 14, 2017 by Ernie McCray

By Ernie McCray

Debbie, my first born,
is gone, and now
is but a sweet memory for me
as I mourn.
With tears in my eyes
I reflect on our journey in life together
since she arrived,
seemingly out of the rich blue
of the Tucson skies
on January 4th, 1957,

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The Playgrounds of Ocean Beach Get a Flunking Grade

November 13, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

As Ocean Beach becomes increasingly like one gigantic play ground for adults, we decided to check out the other type of playgrounds – the ones for kids, here in Ocean Beach – and see how they’re doing in comparison. I took my 10-year-old granddaughter Bella with me to get a kid’s eye view on everything. I asked her to give a letter grade for each playground we visited.

And we have to report back that the playgrounds of OB – in total – are not doing well. In fact, overall, they get a “D”.

Robb Field Playground = D+

The very first playground we visited was the one in Robb Field. It’s got 2 sets of swings, a tire swing, 1 small slide and a climbing dome – all within a large sand pit. And it has a few benches around part of the sand.

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Restaurant Review: Humphrey’s on Shelter Island

November 13, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

2241 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

As a general rule, I stay away from doing reviews of known entities because they are generally priced out of my budget, and they are usually well-established businesses. I had no intent of doing a review of this restaurant when I knew I was going to go to celebrate my “besties” 65th birthday, but the experience was so good I knew within several minutes of being seated that it would become a review.

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Donna Brazile Is Still Right: the Culture of the Democratic Party Needs to Change

November 13, 2017 by Jim Miller

Last week brought welcome news for those of us looking for some light at the end of the tunnel as we close in on the first year of the Trump era when voters repudiated Republican rule by handing resounding victories to Democrats in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere around the country.

While this is clearly a morale booster for beleaguered progressives, let’s hope that it does not stop folks from continuing to ask the hard questions that need to be answered if we truly want to change the course of the country from the dangerous path we are on.

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News and Notices from Ocean Beach and Point Loma: Mid-November 2017

November 9, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

* OB Town Council Presents Holiday 2017 Artwork Design
* James Gang Open for Business
* Fitness Center to Open on Newport
* Creations Throws Wide Its Doors
* Why OB Surf Was Rotten This Summer and September
* Froude Project Hole
* No Target in OB Organizing Meeting – Wednesday, November 15th
* OB Las Vegas Hero Honored by City Council
* OB Muralist Celeste Byers Finds Hope in Mexico City’s Rescue Dog
* Local Writer Tracks Down History of “Feigley House” – at 4921 Voltaire Street
* Liberty Station’s Public Market Has Fans


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Musings by the Widder Curry on Women Coming Out With Tales of Sexual Harassment

November 9, 2017 by Judi Curry

As I sat in the beauty shop the other day waiting to have my hair cut, I picked up a copy of the latest People magazine. On the cover was a picture of Harvey Weinstein and page after page of women talking about how he had molested, raped, threatened etc. And as I looked at the pictures – I wasn’t really interested in reading about all of their experiences – I had to sit back and reflect over my life time, because what happened to those women did not just happen to famous people; it happened, and is still happening to women all over the world.

I am getting old. Very old. But it sure doesn’t take much to remember the assaults that I faced; the threats I faced; the acts foisted upon me. And the interesting thing is that even at my age it hasn’t stopped.

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Are Apartments on Abbott Street in Ocean Beach About to Become Short Term Rentals?

November 9, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Rag recently was notified by a neighbor of an apartment complex on Abbott Street in OB who was concerned the units were being converted into short term vacation rentals.

The neighbor was referring to the 2-story, 4 unit complex on the northeast corner of Abbott and Brighton Avenue, 2101 – 2107 Abbott. Each unit has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

I was definitely familiar with the building – So, the other day, I ventured up close to the complex to check it out.

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Contractor Pledges Not to Change Grade at Ebers and Del Mar in Ocean Beach

November 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Neighbors and other OBceans have been concerned recently about a large pile of dirt that surfaced on the empty lot at the northwest corner of Del Mar and Ebers Street in Ocean Beach.

The lot is where several former buildings were demolished and cleared to make way for a planned 2 house development.

One of the chief concerns expressed of late on some of OB’s social media is whether the developer intended to raise up the grade with all that dirt, in order to then build even higher buildings for even better views.

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Point Loma Vigil for Peace

November 8, 2017 by Source

From Pamela of San Diego Indivisible

A candlelight vigil for peace was held on Shelter Island on Tuesday evening, as 80 plus San Diegans sang and prayed for peace with North Korea.

The citizens gathered at the Japanese Friendship Bell park, across from North Island, just as President Trump was speaking to the South Korean parliament.

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Editordude’s Daughter Just Had a Baby – Today’s Posts Will Be Delayed Several Hours

November 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

That’s right, my daughter just gave birth last night to a baby boy.

So, I won’t be able to post any articles until later today.

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Review of ‘Villa Famosa’ Project at Local Planners’ Meeting, Thurs. Nov. 9th

November 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The “Villa Famosa” project proposed for a large lot right off Famosa Slough is coming up for review. And that review by the Project Review Committee of the Peninsula Planning Board is happening Thursday, November 9, at 1:30 PM, at the Loma Riviera Clubhouse, 3115 Loma Riviera Drive.

Here is the official agenda

The OB Rag reported on this project back in late March of this year:

A new construction project coming to the shores of Famosa Slough promises to be a challenge to one of the last natural vestiges of Mission Bay.

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Regular Marijuana Use Linked to More Sex, Says Stanford Study

November 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A brand new study by Stanford University shows a positive correlation between marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse for Americans.

Ah, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was all true!

It’s something pot users have known for decades – but now it’s scientifically correlated. The more pot, the more sex. Kind of.

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