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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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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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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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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Restaurant Review

Kabob Village
3145 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92110
619-226-2524

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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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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The Right to Resist Foreign Intervention and Domestic Collaborators

July 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

A good friend and I were discussing the whole Trump debacle the other night with all its Russian connections. At some point, he admitted he was exasperated about a certain and perhaps common progressive ambiguity with Russia and blurted out:

“I know we’re supposed to be against Russian of course and all of its meddling in our election, but – in some sense, Trump is right, the US has intervened in other countries and manipulated their elections, too.”

He rattled off a litany of countries and nations where the US has interfered – Iraq, Chile, Guatemala, Ghana, Iran, … it was a long list.

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Reflections on Our Little Beach at Bermuda in Ocean Beach

July 19, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

Love this photo. Editor Dude ran it in this article the other day.

Sea wall building in action — and an example of what most (but for some reason not all) coastal property owners are required to do. Adding up to at least six figures or even millions of dollars paid by the property owner. A man-made structure designed to look like a natural cliff. Inside is the structure and engineering of a small sky scraper. Rebar and concrete designed with erosion in mind, to be sturdy enough for the power of the sea.

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Reader Rant: What Are the Differences Between a Proposed Town Council for Point Loma and the Peninsula Community Planning Board?

July 19, 2017 by Source

Editor: The following is an opinion piece by Michael Winn who is a strong proponent of creating a town council for Point Loma, and as such does not represent the views of the OB Rag staff.

By Michael Winn

The Peninsula Community Planning Board reviews project proposals and votes based on findings about whether a project before it meets code requirements. The Planning Board’s vote isn’t binding on the City Planning Commission, the Planning Board has no authority — it’s advisory.

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Still Cleaning Despite the Dirt

July 18, 2017 by Source

The dry cleaning business still stands – as the rest of the building was demolished. The site is being prepped for the Ocean Beach Plaza.

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Sanctuaries in a Sea of Oil

July 18, 2017 by Source

July 26 is the deadline for public comments to defend our Marine Monuments and National Marine Sanctuaries!

By David Helvarg / Blue Notes #159

In late April President Trump issued his “America First Offshore Energy” Executive Order that, along with threatening to put an end to the only significant safety regulation resulting from BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, also ordered a review of 27 national monuments that had been declared or enlarged over the last 20 years. He then doubled down with instructions to reconsider recently expanded marine monuments and sanctuaries.

COME INSIDE FOR LINKS TO MAKE COMMENTS NOW

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Controversial Abbott and Muir Condos Return to Ocean Beach Planners: Wed., July 19th

July 18, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Project Review Committee has a huge agenda with four projects before it, this Wednesday, July 19th. The review panel – a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board – has projects on Voltaire, Sunset Cliffs, Narragansett and the controversial Abbott and Muir condo project to take up, and on which to make recommendations to the full board. The full board meets Wednesday, August 2nd. The review panel meeting takes place at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave., and begins at 6pm.

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

Number 4 on the agenda, but by far the most controversial project, is the permit to build 3 residential condos for a total of 6730 square feet, on that large, empty 7500 square foot lot at the intersection of Abbott and Muir.

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Watch Your Step! – The Sidewalks of Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Thurs., July 20th

July 18, 2017 by Source

Hosted by the Ocean Beach Historical Society and Presented by Eric DuVall

Be with the OB Historical Society July 20th as Eric DuVall explains his forty five year fascination with the sidewalks of Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

This is a path upon which entire streets appear and disappear, and where the passage of time and the physical history of our community are literally written in concrete.

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Calif Supreme Court Rules If Property Owners Build Sea Wall, Permit Restrictions Apply

July 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

In a legal decision that may affect Ocean Beach and Point Loma land owners who own property right on the cliffs and who have built seawalls, the California Supreme Court has just issued a ruling about the responsibilities of sea bluff property owners and those seawalls.

Closely watched by California environmental groups as well as by advocates of expanded property rights up and down the coast, the California Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, ruled against two property owners who own adjoining cliff side lots in Encinitas, and who had sued the California Coastal Commission over the Commission’s authority over seawalls.

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