It turns out the Target Express potentially coming to Ocean Beach is not just some chance encounter between the corporate giant and a small, seaside community.

Corporate Target has been having a difficult time lately and has been putting into play its plans to turn its business around. It was just in February at the end of that quarter Target reported its profits plummeted 43% as sales at its stores sagged due to “the mass migration by its customers online and elsewhere.”

It’s been really tough for malls and traditional retailers as they compete against Amazon and other online retailers as shoppers hit the keyboards instead of the aisles.

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San Diego involved in new study which tells the story of craft beer’s astonishing rise and geographic clustering

By Richard Florida / City Lab / Aug. 15, 2017

I enjoy living in Canada for many reasons, but one downside has been my distance from my home country’s craft beer revival. Since Canada’s outmoded liquor laws prevent much of the good stuff from flowing across the border, I’m reduced to hauling cases back to Toronto from Michigan, where my wife’s family live.

While Canada has experienced a craft beer boom of its own, it’s impossible to compete with the sheer variety of brews being produced in America these days. Between 1985 and 2010, the number of craft breweries in the United States jumped from 27 to 1,754. Even more remarkably, between 2010 and 2015, the number of craft breweries has more than doubled, to 4,225.

A new study in The Professional Geographer tells the story of this trend, and explains its transformative impact on cities and neighborhoods across the country.

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Restaurant Review

Kaiserhof Restaurant & Biergarten
2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107
619-224-0606

It’s been almost 30 years since I have had a meal at Kaiserhof. The last time I did they were still located in the Mission Valley/State College area.

When my friend Barbara suggested that we go to lunch at Kaiserhof I jumped at the chance. My background has German/Hungarian heritage and I thought it would be nice to see how authentic Bavarian food would taste compared to what I make in the kitchen.

Although there is a parking lot in the back of the building, there were no available parking spaces

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As I enter my thirtieth year as a professor at a public college of one kind or another, I’m used to the constant political fray that comes with being in the middle of funding battles, debates about education reform, and the culture wars, but this may be the first time in my long career that I have begun a new semester with the knowledge that a large number of Americans no longer see higher education as a public good.

Over the summer, the Pew Research Center released an interesting poll that helps explain where we are at this political and cultural moment in America. The survey revealed that most Republicans now believe that institutions of higher education have an adverse effect on the United States.

As Salon reported:

For the first time, a majority of Republicans think that colleges and universities have a negative impact on the country.

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OB Planning Board’s Project Review Committee Meeting

By Brett Warnke

The OB Planning Board’s Project Review Committee on August 16 included only three agenda items but turned lively as locals pushed back on a proposed plan for redevelopment.

The builders and architect presented drawings of a trendy modern design — a style popular for vacation rentals and in the changing neighborhoods along the coast. In the design, there are two three-story single-family residences on a .15 acre site at 4719 Bermuda Avenue. The plans, which call for four-bedrooms and 3.5 bath, in the builder’s words, maximize their profits as well as the space of the two narrow lots.

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Ocean Beach Woman’s Club Fundraiser a Success at The Holding Company

August 18, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By any measure, last night’s fundraiser for the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club was a definite success.

Held at The Holding Company bar and music venue on Newport Avenue, the big draw was the San Diego reggae band, Big Mountain.

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The Little Chef Still Afloat in Waves of Changes in Ocean Beach

August 18, 2017 by Source

A small business feels the heat in OB’s changing landscape

By Brett Warnke

Maryanne Hsu does not stop moving.

Her restaurant, The Little Chef on Newport Avenue, is a busy reef of patrons. There are a few tables occupied as I entered and a teenager wearing an Ohio shirt who flung a fortune cookie to his friend. Both quit their tables with stray grains of fried rice lying on dirty plates, as empty as he left the tip jar. Maryanne quickly tidied up.

Her Little Chef is little bigger than a Point Loma heiress’s closet, but it is a delicious local spot where she has spent roughly 65 hours of each of the 7 days a week she works since she immigrated to San Diego in 1990.

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OB Versus the Klan and Other White Supremacists

August 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Less than two weeks after Donald Trump was elected, dozens of OBceans and San Diegans rallied against him at the foot of Newport and then marched down the sidewalks chanting, “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!”

This is a common chant these days at anti-Trump protests, yet the inclusion of “KKK” in a chant shouted out in Ocean Beach was not as out of place as it may have seemed, for OB does have its own history of a KKK – or Klan – presence, and the presence of other white supremacists over the years.

And within OB’s well known laid-back character and tolerance for alternative lifestyles – which has allowed artists, musicians, bohemians, gays and lesbians, along with bikers and skin heads, to reside within the dense neighborhoods of the community – there’s also been a fiercely, anti-racist attitude among the more liberal and radical residents, at least since the late 1960s.

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Last Call for 1967 ‘Summer of Love’ Memories in OB or Anywhere

August 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

All summer the OB Rag has been collecting memories of those who lived through the 1967 “Summer of Love” in Ocean Beach and San Diego – asking our readers to send us their experiences so we can share them.

And boomers and those younger than boomers but who recall those days have been emailing us and making comments about their memories.

We have published a few but intend to publish many more at the end of August. Many of those who responded didn’t live in OB or San Diego but sent us their recollections of that summer wherever they were.

So, this is the LAST CALL for Summer of Love memories wherever our readers gathered them.

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Ocean Beach Artist Ray Blavatt Is Semifinalist in National Adult Literacy Project

August 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

You’ve probably seen Ray Blavatt’s cartoon drawings around town at the local coffee houses, but didn’t know he has been the animator for a special program for adult literacy.

Now, in fact, Ray is part of a team that is a semifinalist in a national adult literacy project called X Prize. He is the team’s animator and has created their titles that have taught over 1 million students.

Ray is part of another team – the team of locals who keep the Ocean Beach Historical Society going. Often working quietly in the background, he provides tech support to the OBHS during their monthly presentations.

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After Charlottesville: Swift Resistance

August 17, 2017 by Anna Daniels

By Anna Daniels

The response to Trump’s total moral failure to reckon with what happened in Charlottesville last Saturday prompted an immediate response from citizens all over the country. Over 700 rallies and marches were held in the aftermath, including here in San Diego.

Also in San Diego, the Horton Plaza pavement plaque commemorating the Confederacy was removed–quickly. According to the petition that was circulated yesterday

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What Would You Do If White Supremacists Tried to Hold a Rally in Chicano Park?

August 17, 2017 by Brent Beltran

Community Activists Respond to a Very Real Hypothetical

By Brent E. Beltrán / San Diego Free Press

Barrio Logan’s national landmark, Chicano Park, is sacred space to the multitude of people that visit every year. It is the epicenter of Chicanx art and culture in San Diego and “el ombligo de Aztlán” as poetic wordmaestro alurista once wrote.

After the white supremacist terror in Charlottesville, Virginia I thought about what I would do if nazis and white supremacists decided to hold a rally in Chicano Park, steps away from my home.

Attacks by white supremacists and right wing groups are not something new to Chicano Park.

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First Protest Against Target Coming into Ocean Beach Set for Wed., August 30th

August 16, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Two dozen people crowded into the OB Green Center on Voltaire last night, August 15th, to discuss organizing a group opposed to Target Express coming into Ocean Beach.

Their discussion began with the reasons they’re opposed to the mega-corporation opening up on Newport Avenue, familiar themes expressed by OB residents and businesses ever since the community heard the owners of the Antique Mall were leasing their huge building to Target.

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What a Difference a Year Makes for America’s Public Seas: Obama vs. Trump

August 16, 2017 by Source

By David Helvarg / Blue Notes / Aug. 15, 2017

Both 2016 and 2017 will be remembered as years of contrast in the way the United States approached its public seas, an ocean frontier that like our 19th century western frontier has been ruthlessly exploited but remains an essential element of who we are as a people and what we might yet achieve.

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OB Historical Society Presents – A View of OB Activism – Thurs., Aug. 17

August 16, 2017 by Source

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Vigil at SeaWorld to Honor Passing of Orca – Noon Today, Wed., Aug. 16

August 16, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Friend of Orcas

39 years in captivity. Finally free of pain. Kasatka Orca.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. made billions off your captivity and children born into it. But they never did right by you, in funding the design, construction and maintenance of a seapen retirement sanctuary where you could once more feel the ocean, and share it with your children.

This is the same Kasatka featured in the OB Rag’s 2014 series of the ten orcas held in captivity by SeaWorld, COME INSIDE FOR MORE.

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‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Organizational Meeting – Tues., Aug. 15

August 15, 2017 by Staff

Activists at the Ocean Beach Green Center are hosting a meeting to formalize an opposition group to Target Express moving into OB – which will be held tonight, Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. The Green Center is located at 4843B Voltaire Street.

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The Holding Company Holding Fundraiser for Ocean Beach Woman’s Club – Thurs., Aug. 17

August 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There’s a fundraiser concert this Thursday night – August 17th – for the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club and it’s all happening at OB’s newest music and bar venue – The Holding Company – 5046 Newport Avenue.

The San Diego reggae band Big Mountain will be playing, with proceeds benefiting the Woman’s Club. Doors to the event swing open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8pm.

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White [House] Supremacy: As the Nation Mourns, Trump Scorns

August 15, 2017 by Doug Porter

Crowd gathered at dusk, many holding vigil candles

San Diegans Join Nation-Wide Gatherings to Condemn Charlottesville Violence

People gathered in roughly 700 locations around the U.S. over the weekend in response to violence in Charlottesville instigated by right wing extremists on August 12. Activist Heather Heyer died, and 19 others were injured in an act of terrorism perpetrated by a young Nazi sympathizer. Virginia State troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates died in a helicopter crash as the day came to a close.

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Multiple Development Projects Before Ocean Beach Planners – Wed., Aug. 16

August 14, 2017 by Staff

Project Review Committee Has Full Agenda

The OB Planning Board has a sub-committee – the Project Review Committee – which does a preliminary assessment of development projects that come before the full Board. And this Committee’s agenda is quite full for Wednesday’s meeting, August 16th. They meet at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica at 6pm.

The following projects are before the Review Committee:

  • 4719 Bermuda
  • 4950-4956 Saratoga
  • 4820 Point Loma Avenue – Note: the Boulton Bluff Repair will not be presented on the August agenda. The developer for the project has notified OB planners they are in a response period to city review comments and will be completing additional geotechnical materials, so they decided it was a bit premature to present.
  • 2150 1/3 Abbott
  • 5018 Narragansett

Here is the official agenda

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Restaurant Review: Flavors of Mayura in Midway District of Point Loma

August 14, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Flavors of Mayura
3760 Sports Arena Blvd. #5
(Behind Red Lobster)
San Diego, CA 92110
619-224-7500
www.flavors-usa.com

In my quest to try almost all of the restaurants in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma area that I have never tried before, I asked my friends Jim and Marilyn if they would like to join me for this review of Flavors of Mayura. I knew that they liked Indian food because I had introduced them to another Indian restaurant on Midway Drive. I was happy when they said yes.

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Beauty in the Age of the Anthropocene: Summer Chronicles #6

August 14, 2017 by Jim Miller

We live in a world of profound beauty and horror. One can turn on the news and view famine, war, and terror attacks and then stroll down the street to the park and revel in a glorious summer day.

Of course, it must be said that this is evidence of our privilege as citizens of the first world nation where we live in relative comfort compared to our fellow humans and across the globe, millions of whom don’t have enough to eat or have been forced to flee their homes due to circumstances beyond their control.

Here in San Diego, our own homeless are

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Point Loma Hills and Sunset Cliffs Park Drainage on Tap for Tuesday Meeting – August 15

August 14, 2017 by Source

Important Meeting of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council

By South OB Girl
If you enjoy walking or surfing at Sunset Cliffs — and enjoy the beautiful view — you’re invited to this important meeting of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council on Tuesday, August 15th, and your attendance and comments would be of value to the future of the Cliffs.

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Opposition to Target Express in Ocean Beach Deepens

August 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It is clear to one with their ear close to the pavement, opposition to a Target Express store opening on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach is deepening, hardening, and developing.

The opposition campaign thus far has consisted of a “No Target” T-shirt, a petition against the store moving in, and a large, boisterous show-down of opponents at the last OB Planning Board meeting with the property owners and Target representatives, with plenty of TV stations interviewing OBceans on the street.

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Update on DA Case Against San Diego Cannabis Attorney

August 11, 2017 by Source

From San Diego Chapter – Americans for Safe Access

Local cannabis attorney charged in the MedWest raid, Jessica McElfresh will be in court on Friday, August 11. The hearing is required in order to set search parameters in the prosecutor’s examination of Jessica’s documents and devices.

The devices were seized earlier this year when a warrant was served on Jessica’s law office and home. At that time, charges of conspiracy and a host of cannabis related criminal charges were filed against Jessica and several MedWest employees including the president of the organization, James Slatic.

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New Coaster Ride at SeaWorld Approved by Coastal Commission

August 10, 2017 by Source

7SanDiego reports:

SeaWorld San Diego said it will begin building a new roller coaster immediately after the plans were approved Wednesday by the California Coastal Commission. “Electric Eel, featuring astounding loops, twists and airtime, will bring a whole new level of excitement to SeaWorld,” SeaWorld San Diego spokesperson David Koontz said.

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‘America First:’ The Value of Knowing Where We’ve Been

August 10, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

Tough subjects seem always to end up with Greek or Latin roots. Alienation, bulimia, catastrophe, depression … just go through the alphabet and you’ll find them.

In our fragile democracies, maybe we assign concepts like these, wrestled over by so many psychoanalysts, social and clinical psychologists, political scientists, sociologists, historians, writers for large daily newspapers — even some politicians — that they’ve become contorted and distorted to the point that they are merely suggestive, symbolic, abstracted from the particular.

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Making America Without so Many Crises Again

August 9, 2017 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

I just hurriedly clicked off a discussion on TV concerning how Trump might do in the 2020 race for the presidency.

What little I heard was too much for me – because with all I’ve seen of this man idiocy – just mentioning his name in regard to his being re-elected.

That such a conversation can even take place in our democracy says to me that we are undoubtedly, in a bad place, in a state of social and political disgrace aka crisis.

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California’s Senate Bill 17: First Step Toward Fixing Our Other Big Drug Problem

August 9, 2017 by Doug Porter

The California Assembly will be considering legislation in just a few weeks holding drug makers accountable by demanding greater transparency in decisions leading to price increases. It’s a small, but necessary, step toward making health care more affordable, so pay attention when you hear about Senate Bill 17.

America’s Other Drug Problem, namely consumers all-too-often being gouged on the price of prescription drugs, has proven to be a tough nut to crack. “Everybody knows” drug prices are ridiculously high. Other developed nations average 41% of U.S. net drug prices (for the 15 companies marketing the 20 top-selling drugs).

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August 8th, 1974: ‘I Remember Exactly Where I Was When Richard Nixon Resigned as President’

August 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It’s true, I do remember exactly where I was when Richard Nixon came on the tube and announced he was resigning the presidency. It was August 8th, 1974, 43 years ago exactly, and I was sitting in a Mexican restaurant having dinner in the little town of Isla Vista – right outside the campus of UC Santa Barbara. I was in the midst of driving down the coast from the Bay Area, returning to my home on Cape May Avenue in OB.

An announcer came on the TV above us, which was clamped to the wall. Something about “… an important message from the President of the United States … directly from the White House.”

My attention immediately was jolted and while I stared at the black and white, Nixon came on and after his brief introductory remarks, he announced he was resigning effective noon the following day.

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