Two sets of different apartment complexes in Ocean Beach have been sold recently.

Back during the third week in May, a 6-unit apartment complex at 5018-5022 Saratoga Avenue was sold for $2.08 million ($347K per unit). The seller of the property was the Carl and Barbara Yamashiro Revocable Trust of San Diego and the all-cash buyers were Florida-based investors Fred and Cynthia Deluca.

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By Geoff Page

As seems to happen at almost every meeting of the Midway – Pacific Highway Community Planning Group, the topic of the homeless population came up again, twice, during the board’s regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 21, at the San Diego Community College’s West City Campus on Fordham Street.

New Police Detail for Midway

The first mention of the homeless issue came from the San Diego Police Department represented by Community Relations Officer David Surwilo and his partner Ricardo Pinon. They announced that the SDPD has a new project in which six officers are now available specifically for calls in the Midway area and a Deputy City Attorney has been assigned to this group.

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In Chilling Move, DA Served Search Warrants on Attorney Jessica McElfresh’s Office and Home

By Terrie Best / San Diego Americans for Safe Access

Something outrageous is happening in our criminal justice system in San Diego. In a post proposition 64 world, after voters could not have sent a clearer message about acceptance of the cannabis industry, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is busy making enemies of some of the most effective leaders who have emerged.

Bonnie thumbs her nose at voters while nearly dancing toward a seat on the county board supervisors. Particularly shocking in this prosecution is the targeting of cannabis attorney, Jessica McElfresh who has represented several of the newly-licensed collectives under the city’s ordinance.

The Med-West case began with a raid in January 2016, …

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Saturday, July 1st, is the deadline to submit an application for a community grant that the OB Town Council could fund for the year 2017.

Here’s more from the website of the OBTC

The OBTC seeks to award grants to local organizations, groups, and persons that will promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of its residents.

The OBTC will award a total of $12,000 in community grants in 2017. Grant amounts range from $200 to $1,500.

To apply for an OBTC Community Grant …

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By George Mullen / San Diego Free Press

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Whether you loved or hated the San Diego Chargers isn’t important.

What’s important is the flagrant public and political breach of trust surrounding the team’s departure, as well as San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s push for the FS Investors/SoccerCity redevelopment to replace them.

This breach of trust is a major concern that all San Diego citizens and NFL fans nationwide should be paying close attention to. It could very well lead to the Mayor’s resignation or recall.

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OB Bike Infrastructure & Advocacy Panel Discussion at Next OB Town Council Meeting – June 28th

June 27, 2017 by Source


At the very next OB Town Council meeting on Wednesday, June 28th, there will be an “OB Bike Infrastructure & Advocacy Panel Discussion”.

The OBTC has invited local and regional bike advocates and experts to present opportunities for bicycle infrastructure in OB, including the resurfacing of Bacon Street, round-abouts, speed bumps, one-way streets, and protected bike paths.

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Reader Rant: Short Term Rentals Allowed as Ministerial Re-Model on 4600 Block of Orchard

June 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Richard Chester

Help!! I want to get the word out. More short term vacation rentals are coming soon. Now invading cottage district AGAIN in Ocean Beach.

A Process One Permit which bypasses all review procedures to include local planning board has been granted by the city for a remodel to the property at 4651-4653 Orchard Ave in OB Planning District 7.

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Help Preserve Point Loma’s Kellogg Beach

June 26, 2017 by Source

From Save Kellogg Beach

By Barb Franklin

A persistent developer continues to promote their plan to build condos right on Kellogg Beach. They have lawyers, lobbyists and a whole hired team of people that are trying to convince the City that this project meets all Municipal codes and will not be detrimental to the beach or community.

But, They are Wrong.

They have again revised the plans to attempt to comply with codes and aspects that are clearly against the best interests of the Point Loma community.

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Are We Witnessing the End of Public Education as We Know It? — Part One

June 26, 2017 by Jim Miller

Public Education

By Jim Miller / Kelly Mayhew

These are dire times for public education. With Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education leading the charge for big budget cuts, charter schools, and a radical privatization agenda, the possibility that free quality public education for all in America could soon be a thing of the past is real.

One would think that such clear and present danger to a cornerstone of our democracy coming from the right would unite Democrats behind the mantle of defending public education.

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It’s Do or Die Time : San Diegans Joining Nationwide Trumpcare Protests

June 26, 2017 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter

This is the week that will determine the future of healthcare and a lot more in the United States for the foreseeable future. If there ever was a time to stand up and be heard on the topic the time is now.

There will be political actions aimed at pressuring elected officials nationwide. On Tuesday, July 27, local activists will add to the chorus against this abomination of a bill in San Diego and Vista.

Here are this week’s protests in anticipation of the Trumpcare vote in the Senate:

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Summer News From Ocean Beach and Point Loma

June 23, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

OB Street Fair & Chili Cookoff

* Long-time OB Methodist Church Holds Last Service – OB Historical Society Archives Okay

* Car windows and tires vandalized on Cape May and Muir
* Missing Pt Loma Woman Found
* Cow Records Hildebrand Enjoys the Hippie Mystique of OB – Thanks OB Planning Board
* Non-Profit Van Used to Transport Homeless Youth Stolen and Recovered
* Short Term Rentals Threaten PB’s Housing Stock
* OB Brewpub Claims Gold and Bronze at Annual Beer Competition
* Point Loma Fire Station Built in 1943 Demolished – New One to Open Summer 2018
* Dana Students Handed Bibles
* Bricks Thrown Through Galactic Comics
* Mentally Ill Man Who Killed Parents Sentenced to 100 Years

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Police Release Images of Possible Suspect in Ocean Beach Fatal Stabbing

June 23, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

San Diego Police have just released surveillance video of a possible suspect who stabbed Raz (aka Walter Riley) to death on Bacon Street in Ocean Beach.

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Rachel Maddow Nails Senate Bill’s Axing of Medicaid

June 23, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Thursday night, June 22nd, Rachel Maddow on MSNBC took on the newly-exposed Senate Republican health care proposal and making no bones about it summarized that it “takes a meat ax” to Medicaid, America’s number one insurer.

Republicans want to ax more than $800 Billion from Medicaid. (That’s “B” for billion.)

Maddow neatly and clearly laid out all what Medicaid provides, but with the punch line that the drastic cuts could affect 75 million Americans. Here, in brief, were her major points about Medicaid:

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Community Choice Energy Myths Debunked, SDG&E Misdirection Exposed

June 23, 2017 by Source

By Tyson Siegele / SanDiego350

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SDG&E and its parent company Sempra have been misleading customers about their stance on Community Choice Energy (CCE).

Sempra promotes itself as an upstanding community participant with only the best intentions for its customers, but in conjunction with SDG&E, it charges exorbitant rates and fights tooth and nail behind the scenes to maintain its monopoly. It does so at the expense of electricity consumers.

By reviewing Sempra marketing material and comparing Sempra’s statements to its actions, a clear pattern of misdirection and exploitation emerges.

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‘Morning Shot’ at the Jetty in Ocean Beach

June 23, 2017 by Source

“Morning Shot” by Albert C Elliott – Ocean Beach, June 23, 2017. Nice.

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OB Stabbing Victim Was a ‘Quiet’ Homeless African-American Man

June 22, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

According to a local OB businessperson – who knew the victim of last night’s fatal stabbing – his name was either “Roz” or “Raz” and the merchant last saw him at Wednesday’s Farmers Market. He was fatally stabbed Wednesday night late into the early hour of Thursday.

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News From Friends of the OB Library

June 22, 2017 by Source

By Laura Dennison

The June 17 Friends meeting was devoted primarily to our annual budget. Our treasurer, Mary Cairns, detailed our current income based on membership dues and estimated book sale proceeds. Due to a variety of reasons, e.g., fewer membership renewals, smaller member donations, and city-wide cutbacks, we are facing a shortfall if we want to fund all the library programs we currently have.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Now Accepting Applications for Community Grants

June 22, 2017 by Source

From the OBTC

Calling all who want to do some good in the neighborhood…

The Ocean Beach Town Council is now accepting applications for community grants that the Council will fund for the year 2017.

The OBTC seeks to award grants to local organizations, groups, and persons that will promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of its residents.

The OBTC will award a total of $12,000 in community grants in 2017. Grant amounts range from $200 to $1,500.

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Solving Homelessness Can’t Wait Another Year

June 22, 2017 by Source

By Jeeni Criscenzo / San Diego Free Press

Is the Regional Task Force on Homelessness (RTFH) really expecting people in desperate situations to patiently wait another year while we work on yet another plan?

Do we have so little confidence in our own ability to assess a situation that we need to bring in an expert from Sacramento to tell us what to do? Or are we so hamstrung by the same old vested interests that we can’t accommodate new ideas unless they come from outside and we pay lots of money for them?

I really want to believe that we are getting closer to a coordinated plan for housing people who’re experiencing homelessness. But I’ve sat through enough of these meetings over the last decade to justify my skepticism.

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Man Fatally Stabbed in Ocean Beach Early Thursday

June 22, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Tragically, a man was stabbed last night on the streets of Ocean Beach who has since died of his wounds. Police are calling the fatal assault an “unprovoked attack” and are searching for the assailant.

Around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, June 22, police were called and told that one man was attacking another in the 1900 block of Bacon Street – near Newport Avenue. When they arrived on the scene, police found a man on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to his upper body. They performed life-saving measures, got him into an ambulance and off to UC San Diego Medical Center – but he later died.

The victim was reportedly in his sixties, but has not been identified as of yet.

The assailant was wearing a white or gray hooded sweatshirt and baggy blue jeans, police said.

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Restaurant Moving Into the Old Mission Bay Visitors’ Center

June 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

In our continuing irregular series on Mission Bay and its condition and future, the following development of a project heading for the old Visitors Center in East Mission Bay is a must-read, especially for those so-inclined to keep up with this largest of aquatic parks on our doorstep in OB and Point Loma.

What’s being called “a waterfront restaurant/event center” will open in the former tourist info center later this year. A $3 million project headed by a San Diego hospitality company, Playground Concepts, is developing the site as “Shoreline Mission Bay”.

And recently, the San Diego City Council approved a 25-year lease with Playground to move forward on their project. The building is 4,600-square-feet and the entire site is 2.6-acres.

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Ocean Month According to Trump and a ‘Dolphin-Hating’ Budget

June 21, 2017 by Source

Trump’s Version of Ocean Month

By David Helvarg / Blue Notes /June 20, 2017

On May 31 the White House released a statement from the President declaring June National Ocean Month. It read in part,

“Today, our offshore areas remain underutilized … In the field of energy, we have just begun to tap the potential of our oceans’ oil and gas, wind, wave, and tidal resources to power the Nation. The fisheries resources of the United States are among the most valuable in the world. Growing global demand for seafood presents tremendous opportunities for expansion of our seafood exports.”

The depths of the ocean are nothing compared to the depths of ignorance in that statement. To reiterate: Good science tells us that we need to leave most of the known oil reserves in the ground and under the seabed, not expand offshore drilling if we’re to survive the climate crisis.

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Alyce Smith-Cooper at the Ocean Beach Library

June 21, 2017 by Source

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Russian Hacking, Voting Restrictions, Data-Mining, and Threats to Democracy

June 21, 2017 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter

Our ability to vote in fair and free elections has never been more in doubt. This is about more than any single foreign power, dark money donor, or racist state official taking action to degrade Democracy. It’s about all of them combined. Follow me down this rabbit hole….

The Supreme Court has just agreed to hear a case challenging partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. While it will be a while before a ruling gets announced, this case has the potential to unleash a wave of lawsuits against widespread partisan gerrymanders nationally.

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Film and Discussion on Single-Payer Health Care – OB Green Center – Thurs. June 22nd

June 21, 2017 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Green Center is hosting a film and discussion about single-payer health care for California. This will be Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm.

The presentation and film will be led by a representative of Health Care For All San Diego. The film “Now Is The Time”and the discussion will be on single-payer health care and how we can move forward with SB 562 “Healthy California” legislation.

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An Unnecessary Embarrassment for 39 Cents

June 20, 2017 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

An embarrassing thing happened to me the other day while shopping at Ralphs. Something that had me puzzled, and later pissed off.

Several months ago I purchased an item from an on-line seller. I returned it, but didn’t notice that it took almost 8 weeks to issue me a credit. In the meantime, Mission Federal Credit Union – the institution I have banked at since 1966! charged me interest on the remaining balance.

I protested the charge, and, in the end, I thought it was all taken care of. A credit appeared for the merchandise. BUT I did not check the amount of the credit carefully – my error.

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Peninsula Planners Learn City Missed Crucial Coastal Commission Deadline to Approve Roseville 30-Ft Height Ordinance

June 20, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 15 at the Pt. Loma Hervey Library. The two items that generated the most interest had to do with the 30-foot height limit and the proposed soccer stadium development, or Soccer City, where the Qualcomm stadium now sits.

Missed Coastal Commission Deadline Could Allow for Roseville Projects Over 30 Foot Height Limit

Last year, the city council passed an ordinance to place a footnote in the Municipal Code supposedly “fixing” a loophole in the RM-3-7 zone, specifically in the Roseville area.

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The Mickey Kasparian Scandal, Six Months Later

June 20, 2017 by Source

Update and Time Line of Scandal

By Sara Kent / San Diego Free Press

Six months ago news broke about Sandy Naranjo, a young mother, progressive activist, and passionate labor advocate filing a lawsuit against one of the most powerful men in San Diego.

Mickey Kasparian, President of United Foodservice and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 135 was named in the complaint, which included claims of gender discrimination and retaliation she experienced while working at the Union. Kasparian was then also President of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council.

That litigation is ongoing.

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

June 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

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

If so, we’re looking for you and we’d like to hear your stories of those days. The OB Rag is looking for folks who were in OB – or San Diego – during the famous summer 50 years ago and can share what they experienced during that fabled summer.

The summer of 1967 certainly changed OB. Music, clothing, fads, drugs and a new rebelliousness among the young were the hallmarks of the emerging counter-culture which burst upon the national – and international – scene when the fabled Summer hit. And OB was right there – it became the hippie capital of San Diego, while San Francisco became the hippie capital of the nation.

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Ten Concrete Actions Jerry Brown Can Take to Become a Real Green Governor

June 19, 2017 by Source

by Dan Bacher

Responding to President Donald Trump’s decision on June 1 to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown immediately issued a bluntly-worded statement condemning the decision.

“Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course,” said Brown. “He’s wrong on the facts. America’s economy is boosted by following the Paris Agreement. He’s wrong on the science. Totally wrong. California will resist this misguided and insane course of action. Trump is AWOL but California is on the field, ready for battle.”

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