By Kevin Reichard / Arena Digest / Dec. 5, 2021

Oak View Group is out and new investors with ties to the NBA’s Sacramento Kings are now in, as five groups seek city approval of the affordable-housing and San Diego arena project.

It’s been quite the journey in the San Diego arena project, what with one false start and a redo of the bid project to include affordable housing to meet state guidelines. So, in keeping with the tumultuous nature of the process, it’s no surprise that the final bids–which were due Friday [December 3]–included some last-minute changes. (We’ve previously covered other bids for the 48-acre site; check it out.)

In the biggest change, venue giant Oak View Group is out. An original plan for the Midway Village+ group included a housing plan from Toll Brothers and a climate-neutral arena from Oak View Group, which has certainly been the most active player in arena development recently.

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by Ernie McCray

Baby
came into our lives
near the turn of the century
about eighteen years ago,
out of nowhere,
it seems,
a kitten
tramping through
our yard
and hanging out
on our front porch,
perhaps sensing
that she was at the right place

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No Trees, No Parking, No Set-Backs, and No Affordable Rental Units:

By Paul Krueger

The listing boasts of the “incredible income opportunity for an investor” on a “tree lined street in the historic district of Talmadge” at 4754-4756 Madison Avenue.

For $2.4 million you can buy your own four-bedroom/four-bath “mini-dorm” with adjoining two-story, four-bedroom, two-bath “accessory dwelling unit”.

But this “incredible opportunity” for speculators and absentee landlords is, more importantly — the latest example of the pressing need to sensibly revise San Diego’s building and development codes.

Let us count the ways:

1) Proponents of the current “build what you want, how you want it, wherever you want” city policies claim their laissez faire philosophy will create much needed rental housing for San Diego very-low and low-income residents.

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And you thought you were upset at antifa at the Pacific Beach demonstration. What about these guys – with flags, shields, leg guards and masks – all chanting “Reclaim America.”

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Monday was a bad day for Jen Campbell. She was replaced as City Council president and a local watchdog group has asked the San Diego City Attorney’s Office to investigate whether she or her staff illegally influenced the ongoing process of redistricting – the drawing of new council districts.

As the Voice of San Diego reports:

San Diego City Council members decided not to re-elect their colleague Councilwoman Jen Campbell as Council president, Monday. She became the first Council president not to win at least a second term in the role since it was formed in 2006 when the city switched to the strong mayor form of government. Councilman Sean Elo-Rivera, who represents City Heights, Kensington and the College Area, took the position instead.

The move was a shock to all but the apparently small number of insiders who knew an effort to change things was afoot.

Elo-Rivera’s win, and Campbell’s loss, came via an unconventional Council majority. Councilman Chris Cate, the body’s lone Republican, joined the Council’s left flank to vote against Campbell’s re-election.

In perhaps the more serious setback, a letter sent late last week from Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance questioned whether Campbell’s senior policy advisor, Seamus Kennedy, had a hand in crafting the boundaries of Campbell’s own District 2,

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Study of Bike Use on 30th Street Demonstrates Fears and Predictions of Opponents: Less Business and Locals Unable to Find Parking

December 7, 2021 by Source

Kate Callen, a longtime North Park activist, performed a study of bicycle use along the contentious 30th Street corridor and its new bike lanes. She found that the fears and predictions of opponents of the bikepath project are true: there is less business and local residents are having a difficult time finding parking.

Callen took a careful count from security video of bike lane riders (bikes, scooters, skateboards) on the 3400 block of 30th Street during peak commuting times, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Oct. 8. Over the course of those 20 hours, the average number of riders per peak commuting hour was 16.

Callen, a former San Diego Bureau chief for United Press International, said:

“People have been asking for years for any data, the city has been saying we will get to it eventually.”

This important study has ramifications for other communities, such as Normal Heights and Ocean Beach,

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It Is Unacceptable That Only Left-Wing Counterprotesters Are Arrested From January Clash With Trump Supporters in Pacific Beach

December 6, 2021 by Frank Gormlie

On January 9 this year, when Trump was still calling himself “president” and just 3 days after the Trump-inspired violent insurrection at the Capitol, pro-Trump supporters held a rally in Pacific Beach.

This was a time when Trump was still trying to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory and about one hundred Trump supporters showed up in PB for a so-called “Patriot March.”

And roughly 100 counterprotesters also showed up. Many of these were Americans sickened by the Capitol insurrection attempt and by Trump’s continued refusal to admit defeat.

Clashes did break out that Saturday afternoon between the Trumpists and the counterprotesters.

San Diego Police Department were also in attendance and eventually declared an unlawful assembly — but it only applied to the counterprotesters.

At the time, Kylee Belanger, director of the San Diego National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer Program, who documented the police response to the events in Pacific Beach, told the Union-Tribune then she believed the Police Department showed clear bias against the counterprotesters.

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My Abortion Stories

December 6, 2021 by Source

By K-B Gressitt / Blog / December 5, 2021

At 18, I had an IUD. One day, mid-coitus, my partner yelped. An embryo had spurned the device. Ouch.

Mother took me to the hospital, then brought me home, tucked me in, and fed me sweet and savory support.

At 19, I tried being a party girl. Didn’t like it. Or the host who climbed on top and fucked my barely conscious body.

I took myself to Planned Parenthood, raged in humiliated silence, swore a life of celibacy.

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The Pandemic and the Continuing Attack on Democracy and Public Education

December 6, 2021 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican / November 30, 2021

Nancy MacLean’s amazing book Democracy in Chains documents Charles Koch’s anti-democratic and anti-public education agenda plus his relationship with Nobel Prize winning economist James Buchanan (Democracy in Chains page 184).

She quotes Buchanan speaking about their shared libertarian agenda, “The project must aim toward the practical removal of the sacrosanct assigned to majority rule.” MacLean writes of Buchanan, “The collective enemy he was constructing included nearly everyone in education except academic economists” (Democracy in Chains page 119).

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Mike James: Change in Venue of Annual Auction for OB Food & Toy Drive — Saturday, Dec. 11

December 6, 2021 by Source

By Mike James / Facebook / Dec. 6, 2021

Proud of the legacy my brothers and I have created in Ocean Beach. It has also been a lot of fun. I had a blast announcing the parade again this past Saturday.

Next Saturday I will once again be an auctioneer to raise money for the O.B. Food and Toy Drive.

There is a change of venue and date this year for the first time in 42 years. Plus the format will be quite a departure from previous auctions. It will start at 6 pm Saturday December 11th at The Holding Company. Previously it was the Thursday before the parade at the Sunshine Company Saloon. It will be sad to no longer be at the Sunshine where it has been held since 1980.

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In Tentative Ruling, Judge Sides With ‘Save Our Access’: 2020 Ballot Measure E’s Removal of 30-Foot Height Limit in Midway Was Illegal

December 6, 2021 by Frank Gormlie

Residents of the Midway District, as well as others in OB and Point Loma took a sigh of relief Friday upon the news that a San Diego judge made a tentative ruling against the 2020 ballot Measure E that eviscerated the 30-foot height limit in the Midway.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal agreed with petitioner Save Our Access in her tentative ruling that the city should be barred from implementing Measure E. Judge Bacal ruled that the City of San Diego improperly placed the measure on the November 2020 ballot because the city failed to study the environmental impacts of buildings taller than 30-feet, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

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OB Tenants on Orchard Complain of Mistreatment by Property Management Company

December 3, 2021 by Source

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By Dave Schwab / Peninsula Beacon / Dec. 3, 2021

After receiving a 60-day notice to vacate, tenants in an Ocean Beach apartment complex are complaining of improper treatment by their management company, which they claim is forging ahead with remodeling plans to their detriment before they’re out.

The dispute is between residents in the two-building apartment complex at 4802 Orchard Ave. and their property manager, Lifestyle Property Management Group, Inc.

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Que Vivan Las Mujeres!

December 3, 2021 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

As I listened to
my friend and hero,
Berenice Badillo,
talk about her art
in Chicano Park
a few days ago,
her mural,
“No Human Being is Illegal,”
that was born in her soul,
I hadn’t expected to
hear about
the plight of women
in the Chicano movement

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December 3: City to Release Non-Toxic Red Dye Into Mission Bay to Study Water Circulation

December 3, 2021 by Source

The City of San Diego will release fluorescent red dye into Mission Bay on Dec. 3 to study water circulation as part of a larger environmental project. Data will help the City design future water quality improvements and ecological restoration projects at the bay.

The nontoxic dye will be visible for about a week. It is made of rhodamine and is safe for use in drinking water and salt water. The dye will naturally become absorbed into the bay and is not expected to leave any residue on beaches or have any other long-term effects.

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New Group Emerges to Bid on Sports Arena Redevelopment

December 2, 2021 by Source

By Jennifer Van Grove / San Diego Union-Tribune / Dec. 2, 2021

A new team emphasizing strong ties to San Diego has surfaced in the do-over competition to remake the 48 acres of city-owned land near Pechanga Arena San Diego in the Midway District.

Developer Zephyr Partners has partnered with sports-and-entertainment venue operator Legends and affordable-housing builder Chelsea Investment Corp. to submit a bid for the property’ that includes more than 1,000 subsidized units, 29 acres of parks and public space, and a new arena.

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Family of Missing Woman Posts Flyers in Ocean Beach

December 2, 2021 by Source

Unconfirmed sightings of missing woman Lateche Norris in the Ocean Beach area led family members there Wednesday to post flyers and hunt for tips.

Norris, who is from Indiana, was last seen in San Diego Nov. 4, is considered at-risk by San Diego Police Department investigators as of Nov. 30.

“I’m hoping there’s, I don’t know, some scenario that I haven’t fathomed, and she’s safe and we’ll keep going until we find her,” Norris’ mother Cheryl Walker said.

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US Supreme Court Poised to Overturn Roe v Wade

December 2, 2021 by Source

The Guardian / December 2, 2021

Conservative justices in the US supreme court have signaled their support for curbing abortion access during oral arguments in the most important reproductive rights case in decades, threatening the future of abortion access across the country.

Campaigners have warned the case poses a direct threat to the legal underpinnings of Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. In their lines of questioning on Wednesday, liberal justices warned against abandoning important legal precedent, while conservatives argued for reviewing it.

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‘Hello Granny Flats, Adios Trees’

December 1, 2021 by Source

By Sheila Pell / San Diego Reader / Nov. 30, 2021

San Diegans want more trees. That was made clear in surveys for the climate action plan update, but tree advocates say the urban canopy is stuck in time.

Under the 2015 climate action plan, a goal of 15 percent coverage by 2020 fell short; today trees cover 13 percent of the city.

Amid losses to development, pests, and disease, the city has removed as many trees as it planted in the past two years, according to Anne Fege, chair of the community forest advisory board.

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600 Jobs at San Diego County Schools Up for Grabs at Job Fair at Liberty Station – Sat., Dec.4

December 1, 2021 by Source

More than 600 jobs at San Diego County school districts will be up for grabs at a job fair Saturday at Liberty Station in Point Loma. It’s this Saturday, December 4.

The jobs run the gamut:

  • substitute teachers
  • after-school program staff,
  • bus drivers,
  • campus supervisors,
  • child nutrition assistants,
  • food service professionals,
  • health clerks,
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‘Mister Eddy’ Rolls Into OB

December 1, 2021 by Source

Ocean Beach resident Jessica Taylor captured this awesome video of the Mister Eddy – the marine layer — rolling into OB Monday afternoon.

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December 2021 Events From the Ocean Beach Green Center

December 1, 2021 by Source

All events are online and free unless stated otherwise.
* December 8th Wednesday 8 am – 9th Thursday 3:30 pm National Zero Waste Virtual Conference

* December 8th and 9th Holiday Joy Ride 2021 and Golden Gear Awards

* December 8th Wednesday 5 pm – 6 pm Celebrate Sustainably: Gifts & Glitz
* December 8th Wednesday 6 pm – 7 pm Electric Vehicle Association
* December 10th Friday 9 am – 1 pm 6th Annual Community Choice Energy Forum

*** Every Saturday 10:15 am. Climate Mobilization Coalition Zoom Meeting. December 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.

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OB Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 4

December 1, 2021 by Staff

Under the theme of ‘Rockin’ Around The Crooked Tree!’, the annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade kicks off this Saturday, December 4.

It will be the 42nd annual event – and it starts on OB Time, 5:05 pm.

Some claim OB has “one of the best Holiday Parades in SoCal,” but whatever, it sure is fun – and a unique moment for the village. So, get your spot on Newport ready.

Come inside to get connected, more info, how to’s ….

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Oh OB Tree, Oh OB Tree, You’ll Live Forever in Donor Family’s Memories

December 1, 2021 by Source

OB has a special place in the heart of Ken Stone, the main guy behind the online news site Times of San Diego. Here’s his report of the cutting down and installation of OB’s 2021 Christmas Tree. For some great photos of the event, check out his post.

By Ken Stone / Times of San Diego / November 30, 2021

Recording the scene with her phone, Catrina Russell looked forlorn. Part of her family history was dying. But as Randy Bates of NatureScape used a chainsaw to separate a dramatically leaning tree from its Ocean Beach stump Tuesday, Russell knew it was for the good.

“It’s kind of ironic because I’m helping in the fight to save our palm trees….”

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Another Assault in the War on San Diego’s Community Planning Groups

November 30, 2021 by Source

By Mat Wahlstrom

Although we all hoped to be spared further cringe-making videos by out-of-touch electeds after the Downtown Partnership fundraiser fiasco in September, alas it was not to be.

Shared with less fanfare two weeks ago from his official Twitter account is a production on YouTube featuring District 1 Councilmember Joe LaCava, capering on behalf of his developer donors, to propose a complete undoing of the city council policies governing community planning groups (CPGs).

But once again, the asinine is the point: it cloaks the atrocious under cover of whimsy. A little background:

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NRC Fails to Penalize Nuke Plant for Failure to Prevent Flooding from Hurricane Ida

November 30, 2021 by Michael Steinberg

Nuclear Shutdown News for December 2021

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear industry in the US and beyond, and supports the efforts of those working for a nuclear free future.

On November 2 the Associated Press reported, “Millstone nuclear plant failed to prevent flooding during Ida.”

Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans in August with 150 mile per hour winds,

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We’ve Got a Long Haul, If We Really Want Liberty and Justice for All

November 30, 2021 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

“Liberty and Justice for All.”
That just might be America’s biggest lie
of all.
I mean
a young man,
a White teen,
with a rifle
that looks like
an AR-15,
appears on a scene
where people,
in spite
of some folks
acting crazy and obscene,
were peacefully
chanting and singing,

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Some in Pacific Beach Not Happy With Redistricting Map: Want to Keep PB Together With Mission Beach and Mission Bay

November 29, 2021 by Frank Gormlie

Some folks in Pacific Beach are not happy with the latest redistricting map being proposed for the new boundaries of San Diego’s council districts.

Specifically, they are not pleased with the prospect of being separated off from Mission Bay and Mission Beach and being attached to La Jolla in District 1. They are also very against any map that divides Pacific Beach up into different council districts.

Currently, PB sits in Council District 2, along with Mission Beach, OB, the Peninsula and western Clairemont.

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Night Time Surfing: The Appeal and Risks of Paddling Out After Dark

November 29, 2021 by Source

By Kylie Capuano / Lomabeat.com

Whether searching for an uncrowded break, cutting out time within a busy schedule, or chasing after a new experience, adventurous surfers paddle out after the sun sets to partake in nighttime surfing, welcoming the risks and unique experience of paddling out after dark.

Stepping away from the crowds, night surfing offers a more serene experience with less crowded breaks. This allows surfers to have more freedom with chasing after waves, as they don’t have to share them with others.

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American Democracy is Not Dead or Dying — Just Malfunctioning

November 29, 2021 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

It is easy to find despair among so many headlines about new COVID variants (Omicron); mass casualty events; sinister, incompetent, corrupt politicians, bankers, ministers, and institutions.

It is easy to complain, nag, give up and be aggrieved as a way of life.

It is especially easy to note all of America’s many legitimate woes; massive economic and social inequalities; inflation; labor shortages; ignorance, all amid this fourth industrial revolution that few can comprehend, let alone manage to navigate smoothly.

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