Now’s the time to support your local and independent press – the OB Rag – the online newspaper for Ocean Beach and Point Loma. Especially this 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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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.

I offered a few: Vietnam, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Mexico. And even Russia itself during its civil war in the early 1920s.

He continued: “I don’t want to be hypocritical – but isn’t it hypocritical for the left to be so anti-Russia?”

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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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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.

Point Loma Town Council and Peninsula Community Planning Board – Are They Duplicative?

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.

Town Council and Planning boards are elected by some of the same people as are county supervisors, city council members, state and federal legislators but Planning Board are less formally elected and not covered by state election code. Planning Board members are elected by fewer than two tenths of one percent (0.2%) of the Peninsula population or less.

Point Loma Town Council (PLTC) directors are elected by residents of districts.

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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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An Open Letter to Whoever Stole My OB Bike Last Week

July 17, 2017 by Dave Rice

Hi, Buddy!

You must be feeling awful clever right about now, having made off with my shiny, precious toy. I’m sure it took not only daring but a remarkable measure of stealth to find your way into my apartment building’s garage, defeating not only the locked access doors but also the 24/7 surveillance cams with what I imagine must have been a sizeable set of bolt cutters to cleave through my lock so efficiently. Kudos!

Also, thanks for not scratching my wife’s car while you conducted your theft – the foresight and careful touch with which you extracted my ride is much appreciated, since I’m sure damage to her bumper would’ve been much costlier than the spoils of your hard work was worth to me, in terms of dollars and cents anyway.

But that’s not entirely what my bike was worth. You see, even though it may have looked shiny and new, …

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Restaurant Review : Jake & Eggs in Ocean Beach

July 17, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Jake & Eggs
1774 Sunset Cliffs
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
619-419-1207
Open 8-1 – Wednesday – Sunday

By Judi Curry

When this restaurant closed down a few months ago I was sorry that I had not patronized it more often. I was thrilled to see that it reopened in May, and when Marilyn came into town from Ohio today I decided to go back and see if it was as good now as it was originally. I am happy to say it is!

While not a standard breakfast menu, there are plenty of items to choose from. And, for those of you that need gluten free meals, almost all of the items have a “gf” designation.

The menu starts out with French Toast ($10); and goes to Short Rib Machaca Burrito ($11); Sweet Potato Hash is $12 as is Biscuits and Gravy. There is a Kimchi Fried Rice ($14); Chilaquiles Stack for $13;

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Demolition Derby in Ocean Beach

July 14, 2017 by Source

One picture says it all.

The demolition of the old, 1955 medical and dental building has been complete. Just think, OBcans haven’t had this view across this space for over 60 years.

For background, COME INSIDE

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Trump and His Baja Resort Fiasco – ‘Just a Giant Hole in the Ground’

July 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

Ever since Donald Trump announced he was running for president, reports began circulating in the press about all the various failures of his businesses, which included the bankruptcy of his Atlantic City, N.J., casinos, the defunct Trump University here in San Diego where students successfully sued him, and particularly the troubles of his Trump Towers.

For instance, in the saga of the Trump Tower in Tampa, Florida, Trump sold the use of his name to developers of the $300 million condo project for $2 million. The developers collected down payments from investors but after the project went south in 2008, the snookered buyers sued Trump for misleading them.

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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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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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The Wilderness of Silence : Summer Chronicles #2

July 17, 2017 by Jim Miller

Our noise is everywhere. Just try to sit for a moment in your house and experience a moment without some kind of artificial noise, whether it be passing traffic, the sound of your neighbor’s television or stereo or the now nearly ever-present buzzing of somebody’s ear buds.

But let’s say you want to head out beyond the sprawling reach of the homogenous exurban landscape, past even the glow of the Walmart on the edge of Small Town, Anywhere to what is left of the great American wilderness.

Any peace there?

Apparently not, according to the most recent research on our never-ending din.

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Occupy Wall Street Protester Among Americans Killed Fighting ISIS in Syria

July 14, 2017 by Source

The National / July 13, 2017

Robert Grodt died fighting alongside Kurdish units in battle around the Syria extremist stronghold of Raqqa

An American activist who had previously played a role in anti-capitalist protests in the United States has been confirmed as having died in battle fighting against ISIS in Syria.

The 28-year-old Robert Grodt of Santa Cruz, California, had been operating as a volunteer medic for the Kurdish military group known as the People Protection Units, referred to by their initials in the local language as the YPG.

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OB Rag’s Summer Fundraiser! Help Us Reach $1,000 by Next Week

July 14, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Our Summer Appeal for Donations – Keep the Press Local and Free

The OB Rag‘s Summer Fundraiser starts today!

For the last couple of years, we’ve held two fundraisers a year, in the summer and in the fall.

Today, our goal is to reach $1,000 in donations and contributions from our readers and supporters, over this weekend and into next week. Last November, we surpassed our goal of $2,000, so now we’re not asking for as much.

Now that the president of the United States has called the press, “the enemy of the people” and charges of “fake news” are all around us, the folks of OB and Point Loma (and the rest of San Diego as well) need the OB Rag more than ever.

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Questions and Some Answers about Ocean Beach Re-Model Project on 4600 Block of Orchard

July 13, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Neighbors to the remodel project going on in the middle of the 4600 block of Orchard have been asking questions about the construction work.

Ever since Melissa and Richard Chester began talking to and asking for help from their neighbors and the OB community at large about the project at 4651 and 4653 Orchard, interest in it has increased significantly. For instance, since the OB Rag included the project as one of 3 developments that tell the story of gentrification in OB, hundreds of our readers picked up the story. The same article on the OB Rag facebook page reached nearly 1300 people.

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How Many Scams Did You Receive this Week?

July 13, 2017 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

I received the following email today:

“Dear Client, For your security, We have put a hold on the online access based on the suspicious activity happened today earlier. That hold was placed by our automated security system. Just to ensure your se4security, we have created a new security forum for your to confirm your identify. You will need to visit our verification page in order to restore the account. To begin, please select the link below.” BB&T

Yesterday, I received the following email – twice:

“Final Warning: Dear Customer, It is strongly recommended that you update your account. There are series of issues about theft of account informations. We have update our security server for the year 2017; enhance your online banking security and protect our customers from online fraud. Please click here to continue the verification process.” Bank of America

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Everybody’s Talking About the ‘I’ Word

July 13, 2017 by Ernie McCray

Crowd with person holding sign: "impeach donald trump now .org

By Ernie McCray

Hey, y’all, have you heard?
Everybody’s talking ‘bout the “I” word.
“Impeachment,” in other words:
throwing The Donald to the curb;
finally fed up
with him on our last nerve
like a cowboy riding a wild bronco
wrangled from the herd;
realizing it is
extraordinarily absurd
continuing to let this “I” word
be deferred and deterred and misheard and/or
unheard and slurred and unstirred,
considering that we have a leader
who is emotionally disturbed,
who, on his own,
has made himself the last word
when it comes to
lacking political decorum…

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Support the Morena Corridor Specific Plan

July 13, 2017 by Source

By Philip J. Bona for American Institute of Architects San Diego / San Diego UrbDeZine

Aerial view of Morena district from Morena Corridor Specific Plan

The San Diego Region will struggle in every neighborhood to accommodate the population growth forecasted by SANDAG – as many as a million new residents by 2050.

San Diego already has a widely-recognized housing shortage that results in major annual price increases and undermines the city’s climate action plan as commuters go farther afield in search of affordability. The problem will only get worse unless we take bold steps to sensibly accommodate this inevitable growth.

An important tool in addressing this growth and implementing the climate action plan is a denser type of development that mixes residential and other uses along transit corridors and at transit stops. The city has already produced a great tool for implementing this type of transit oriented design, or TOD – the Morena Corridor Specific Plan.

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The President’s Son Just Confessed to Treason – Read Donald Jr.’s Emails

July 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Donald Trump, Jr., the president’s son, by releasing the train of texts about setting up a meeting with a Russian, Kremlin-linked lawyer because the attorney had “dirt on Clinton” – has just confessed to treason.

The meeting occurred on June 9, 2016; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and top advisor (and still in the White House with a security clearance) and Paul Manaforte, the then-campaign manager, with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Donald Jr. has now admitted with this release of the emails that he conspired with a Russian-government operative to interfere in the American presidential election.

COME INSIDE to Read the Emails on Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting

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Funding Approved for New Ocean Beach Lifeguard Station Design

July 12, 2017 by Staff

Funds for the new design of the Ocean Beach Lifeguard Station have been approved by the City Council and Mayor of San Diego. The approved $200,000 is now in this year’s budget and now the study and design phase for a new facility can begin.

A new lifeguard station has been at the top of the ‘needed infrastructure’ lists of both the OB Planning Board and the OB Town Council, plus we at the OB Rag have been advocating for a new one for years. The OBTC sent a letter to the Council during budget deliberations advocating for a new station, as did the Planning Board.

District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf did take up the cause and touted the funding approval as a great victory for her office. She had sponsored a Petition in support of the funding (which received a lukewarm response, however).

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Official Neglect Fosters Wage Theft In San Diego

July 12, 2017 by Doug Porter

Study: Nearly 40,000 workers shorted on paychecks.

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

What happens if voters approve an increased minimum wage ordinance and government can’t be bothered? Short answer–people get ripped off.

The Mayor’s office in San Diego fought an increase in the local minimum wage at every turn over a two year period. The City Council passed an ordinance raising the wage in steps along with a system for earned sick leave in July 2014. The Mayor vetoed it. The Council passed it over his veto.

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Today Is Net Neutrality Day – Here’s a Video Worth Watching

July 12, 2017 by Staff

So, today – Wednesday, July 12th – is Net Neutrality Day. Now what? The short little video clip below is a reminder of what is at stake. If you haven’t yet sent your message to the FCC and your legislators, click here.

We at the OB Rag love watching all kinds of video. Those short visual stories entertain, inform, and agitate in a way completely different from the written word.

Since our platform is about expressing ideas and ideals instead of cash flow, clicks, or the commercialization of media, we have the freedom to include a wide range of topics and formats that might not work elsewhere. We don’t need or want text links articles, paid for content, promotional materials, or story lines designed to please donors.

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Where Were You During the ‘Summer of Love’ in Ocean Beach in 1967?

July 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Hey, you boomers! Where were you during the “Summer of Love” in Ocean Beach in 1967?

The OB Rag wants to know.

We’re complying a bunch of memories from those who remember the old days of 1967 when the counter-culture blew up and all of a sudden, young people were becoming hippies across the nation. And we’ll print up those responses that will explain it all. Or at least those that describe what happened.

About 3 weeks ago, we asked a similar question of our readers – and we received a bag of responses. Here’s part of what we said then:

Were you in or near OB during the “Summer of Love” in 1967?

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Community Choice Energy: The Power of Competition

July 11, 2017 by Source

By Mark Hughes / San Diego Free Press

Community Choice Energy — also known as Community Choice Aggregation — offers us the chance to bring about a historic event: the conversion of a monopoly into a competitive business.

This happened to the telephone business by breaking up Ma Bell, and to the postal system, when FedEx started up. Would we have the data plans and services, even the phones we have today, without

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San Diego Has $80 Million Worth of Promises for the Homeless

July 11, 2017 by Doug Porter

America’s Finest City isn’t really all that fine, sometimes. Especially if you happen to be a homeless human. Or a whistleblower. Or a woman. Or a protester. The same old, same old, keeps on happening, and like cartoon character Charlie Brown going after that football Lucy’s holding for him, we keep falling for it.

An $80 million commitment in funding for homeless services announced last week is just the latest in a series of moves designed to make people think something is being done by local officials.

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Opposition Grows to an Ocean Beach Target Express

July 10, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Since the OB Rag broke the story on July 5th about Target looking to move one of its Express stores in the current Newport Avenue Antique Center on Newport Avenue, some other local mainstream media have picked it up.

Both ABC 10 News and CBS 8 carried the story, and in doing so confirmed its validity, and both reported on the concerns of residents and other businesses about a Target Express moving onto OB’s main commercial street. Many of the comments to our original post echo the worries and feelings of dread of those quoted in the TV station accounts.

A poll on an OB facebook on the issue involving over 500 respondents resulted in 70% opposed to the store, checking the box for “Terrible. Keep OB Local.” There’s also a Keep Target Out of OB petition.

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Gentrification in Action in Ocean Beach – 3 Projects Tell the Story

July 10, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

If you look closely, you can actually see gentrification in action here in Ocean Beach.

There’s at least 3 projects right now in Ocean Beach that tell the story, where the potential opportunity to build gentrifying structures and future short-term vacation rentals is just too great to resist. Check these projects out.

4651 and 4653 Orchard

A lot is going on at 4651 and 4653 Orchard. The permit was pulled by Expedited Permits of San Diego, for the property owner, Farrow Trust 11-24-15. There’s been a scope change to this project. Now, it states that the project includes permits for remodel and additions to 2 existing single dwelling units on two different lots.

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Demolition Work Begins on ‘Ocean Beach Plaza’

July 10, 2017 by Frank Gormlie


For any casual passerby of the old medical and dental offices building at the corner of Cable Street and Santa Monica Avenue, it’s very obvious demolition work on the site at 1929 Cable Street has made significant progress.

It’s the one-and-only “Ocean Beach Plaza” – a coming commercial-only complex of nearly a dozen business spaces with a total of over 10,400 square feet. The owner of this near-half acre of prime OB property is John Small, a well-known and long-time Newport Avenue business and property owner. Small owns a couple of bars – Sunshine Company and Tony’s, plus other buildings on Newport Avenue.

Yet, this project is arguably one of the most important commercial developments to come to Ocean Beach in recent years.

The project was approved by the Ocean Beach Planning Board by a vote of 8 to 1 in early August 2015.

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Summer Chronicles #1: When Things Fall Apart

July 10, 2017 by Jim Miller

Summer is here and it’s time to take a break from my usual column and stretch the form a little with some chronicles. As I explained when I started this summer series a couple of years ago, the chronicle is a literary genre born in Brazil:

In the summer of 1967, the great Brazilian writer, Clarice Lispector, began a seven-year stint as a writer for Jornal de Brasil [The Brazilian News] not as a reporter but as a writer of “chronicles,” a genre peculiar to Brazil. As Giovanni Pontiero puts it in the preface to Selected Chrônicas, a chronicle, “allows poets and writers to address a wider readership on a vast range of topics and themes.

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