She would attend every community meeting she could, and get up – usually during the non-agenda public comment period – and in her quiet voice, urge her fellow OBceans to sign up for a free tree. Virginia Wilson of Save Peninsula Trees did this for months and months. She handed out forms, went door-to-door on weekends with friends enlisting residents to commit to the small tasks needed in order to receive a city tree for free.

And now it’s paying off. Trees have been planted on the 4500 blocks of Brighton and Muir Avenues.

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Joy to the Fishes

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By Steve Kowit

I hiked out to the end of Sunset Cliffs
& climbed to the breakwater,
sneakers strung over my shoulder
& a small collection of Zen poems
in my fist.
A minnow
that had sloshed out of someone’s bait bucket,
& that I came within an inch of stepping on,
convulsed in agony.
Delighted to assist,
I tossed it back into its ocean:

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Editordude: The following two articles – Point and Counter-Point – are on the subject of free speech and both written by students at Point Loma Nazarene University. The first one is “Pro: Hate Speech is Free Speech,” is by Chris Osborne, a senior majoring in political science and the chapter chair of the Young Americans for Freedom at PLNU. and the second one – which follows – is “Con: Unrestricted Free Speech is Not Free at All” by Cole Curry, a sophomore majoring in political science.

Pro: Hate Speech is Free Speech

By Chris Osborne / / April 18, 2018

Richard Spencer, an avid white supremacist, has spoken at several college campuses recently. Is his speech hate speech? Yes. Should it be banned? No.

Some scratch their heads as to why what is perceived by some as hate speech shouldn’t be banned. It has, in fact, resulted in violence on several college campuses. ….


Con: Unrestricted Free Speech is Not Free at All

By Cole Curry / / April 18, 2018

One of the many things that makes America great is the ability to speak freely. It allows for controversial political ideas to be voiced without fear of being harmed or legal reprisal. In fifth grade, I remember my teacher Mrs. Ford asking my class why there are laws if citizens in America are free. My fifth grade brain just about exploded–I didn’t understand at all. …

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It has just been confirmed to the OB Rag that this weekend’s Dog Beach Beer Fest has been cancelled. No reason was given.

According to radio station 94.9, they found out about the cancellation little after 12 noon today. Even though the radio station is one of the sponsors, it didn’t have the authority to cancel the fest scheduled for Sunday, April 29th – that decision was made by the promotional company.

That may be Eventbrite. Or is it Rock Star Beer Festival? Or Hodads? the other sponsors?

This all may be good news for some OBceans – those with concerns and questions about the event


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Editordude: The following is a compilation of a number of suggestions readers left in comments to our articles on short term vacation rentals.

Perhaps the solution to the mini-hotels and short term vacation rentals is for all permanent residents to collectively hit the STVR owners where it hurts the most – the pocket book. If you are a permanent OB resident living next to a full time vacation rental, make life miserable for the guests – in legal ways. Make it so they won’t want to come back and will encourage others not to.

Here are a number of suggestions on how to annoy the STVR guests and the non-residential host-owners. Some may verge on a little civil disobedience as long as it doesn’t drag one down to their level. So, be as obnoxious as possible.


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Hillside Improvements at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Aim to Restore Native Plants

April 25, 2018 by Source

by Andie Naugler/ / April 11, 2018

“Good morning!”

Long-time neighbor of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park David Kimball wakes up early in his house before the sun comes up and heads over to the demonstration garden adjacent to the Ladera Street parking lot. It is his favorite time of day.

“You couldn’t tear me away from here,” Kimball said.

The waves are crashing below the cliffs as his lungs are filled with the fresh smell of ocean. The song birds join him in the garden and the rising sun hits the native plants just enough to make them sparkle. As Kimball weeds and prunes the garden, the smell of bacon drifts across the landscape as Point Loma Nazarene University’s cafeteria prepares breakfast for its students.

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Putting My Love in Play

April 25, 2018 by Ernie McCray

Man holding a stained glass heart

Ernie McCray

By Ernie McCray

I recently wrote a rhyme about all the love I’ve enjoyed for 80 years, and now I’d like to share how I’ve put that love in play.

Regarding that, I have to say that loving has been easy for me because my life’s work has been dedicated to schools which are perfect places for spreading love.

And my intent, all along, has simply been to make my world more just for all human beings – beginning, in a moment in time, when I was in grade school myself.

I can still picture the day. There was a sweating fan blowing across a little container of water as though that could affect the temperature in a classroom in Tucson, Arizona, the first weeks of school.

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Ocean Beach Climate Rally and March – Sat. April 28

April 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Join your fellow OBceans and other San Diegans at Saturday’s Ocean Beach Climate Rally & March – April 28. Hosted by San Diego Climate Mobilization Coalition, the rally begins at 10:00 a.m at the at the foot of Newport Ave. in Ocean Beach on the grass.

There’s a rally with music and speeches. and then march to the Ocean Beach Post Office to post on the door the demand

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late April 2018

April 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie


“Bait Bike” Program Launched by Police in OB and Point Loma

OBceans Turned on to Books About OB

Power Outage Hit OB, SeaWorld and Airport

Friends of OB Library News

Grass Growing Back

Pt Loma Patient Consumer Co-op Wins 2nd Place in SoCal Cannabis Cup – Best Hybrid Flower

Pot dispensary raided for second time in Midway District

OBceans Develop $5 / Day Food Recipes

Reward Offered for Info on Hit-and-Run Driver

Where Are All the Vendors Going?

Criminal Proceedings Suspended for Man Suspected of Shooting Boss at Pt Loma Auto Shop

Pt Loma Association Chair Wants More Affordable Housing

OB Beekeeper at Earth Fair

The Chart Lady of Point Loma

Denny Knox Interviewed

Voltaire Beach House to Have Bowling Lanes

Walk for Animals at Liberty Station – May 5

Choose the Right Type of Yoga

Point Loma Has a Used Book Store

Patti Serrano is one of the most influential voices in bodyboarding.

Hands Across the Sand – May 19

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It’s Been 25 Years for Dog Beach Dog Wash in Ocean Beach

April 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It’s been 25 years now – a quarter of a century – since Mindy Pellesier and Jane Donley opened up Dog Beach Dog Wash, in February 1993, on Voltaire Street. It was the first do-it-yourself dog wash in San Diego.

This year is also their 16th anniversary of sponsoring monthly Dog Beach clean-ups. And that’s where I recently ran into the couple – under the canopy of their clean-up HQ on the berm before Dog Beach last Saturday. They had teams out on the sand and along the River picking up litter – and other unmentionables.

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The Closed Storefronts of Ocean Beach

April 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s usually a lot of fanfare whenever a new business or commercial enterprise opens in Ocean Beach, like the new 4-lane bowling alley opening in a local restaurant in northern OB, or when Apple Tree reopened on Newport Avenue.

In all the hubbub, we tend to overlook those businesses or commercial enterprises that have closed, the empty storefronts that hang like dragging anchors on any forward progress and a blight on our collective psyche. Sure, you might say, who’s going to celebrate the closed businesses in our community?

And that’s exactly the point. We don’t celebrate them. And we tend to forget them. Or we ignore them.

But we shouldn’t –

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City Confirms the Ocean Beach Target Cannot Be Open from 5 pm to 2 am

April 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The City of San Diego has confirmed the report that any Target Express in Ocean Beach will not be allowed to be open from 5pm to 2am.

In response to an OB Rag inquiry, the Development Services Department stated:

“Target cannot operate during the hours that South Beach has the exclusive use of 33 parking spaces, per the Shared Parking Agreement.“

According to the city, Target will be required to operate in a manner that does not conflict with the Shared Parking Agreement with South Beach Bar & Grill, which requires the exclusive use of parking spaces for South Beach from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Holds Forum for District 2 City Council, District Attorney Candidates

April 23, 2018 by Source

On Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm, the Ocean Beach Town Council will be hosting a Candidate Forum in preparation for the June 5th primary election.

The OBTC has invited all District 2 City Council candidates and District Attorney candidates to introduce themselves to our community, give us some details on their positions on community issues, and answer a few questions. It’s important to note that this event will not be a debate.

Candidates Jordan Beane, Jennifer Campbell, Bryan Pease, Daniel “Danny” Smiechowski, Kevin Melton, and DA candidate Genevieve Jones-Wright have confirmed their participation; the Town Council has not received confirmation from Councilmember Lorie Zapf or DA Summer Stephan.

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Some History of the Land Where the Point Loma Bike Track Is Built

April 23, 2018 by Source

By David L. Dick

At the Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting on Thursday, April 19, I offered to assist Ms. Bendixen with her efforts to investigate ownership and title to the property. I asked her to e-mail me at my personal e-mail address that appears on the PCPB website ( and I would work with her. I am a former member of the San Diego Housing Commission and and very familiar with the property and its history. Further, I believe I could help her cut through the “red tape” at the Housing Commission to resolve questions about title. But, so far, I have not heard from her.

But I have since done some of my own investigation since Thursday.

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Those Who Turned Their Bodies into the Ocean Beach “Vote!”

April 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The Dog Beach parking lot was packed by 9am this past Saturday, April 21st, the day when people were going to congregate on the sands and spell out the word, “VOTE!” with their bodies and towels. It wasn’t supposed to start till 10 and the drone wasn’t flying over until 11.

Mike James, the principle organizer, was busy when I walked up to him. He and a handful of early-birds were laying out the grid for the letters. He was hoping for enough people to show up to spell out the human banner and have plenty of bodies to spell out another word, “8645”. Mike had arranged to coordinate the action with folks up at Ocean Beach San Francisco who were going to also spell out “Vote”.

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Peninsula Planning Board Meetings Are Always Entertaining

April 23, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

There was not much on the Action Item agenda for the Peninsula Community Planning Board at its regular meeting April 19 held at the Point Loma Library, but PCPB meetings always have some entertainment value.

There was good news, a vacancy was filled and a new chair was elected. A former board member was elected by the board vote to fill the vacancy and was then elected the new chair, something that is clearly a much welcomed improvement. The downside is that the PCPB will very probably cease to be as entertaining a side show it has been for some time.

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Last Days in Ocean Beach: Reckoning with the Anthropocene

April 23, 2018 by Source

Photo by Doug Porter

Editor’s Note: We’re giving Jim Miller’s column a week off to celebrate the publication of his new book.

By Jennifer Cost

I have spent a lot of time in the past thirty years kayaking, hiking, and backpacking in the western United States–in Alaska, the Sierra Nevada, the Lost Coast, the Wind River Range, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Beartooth/Absarokas, the Grand Canyon, the Anza Borrego Desert, and the San Juan part of the Colorado Rockies.

On every backpacking trip for the past twenty years, I have walked through or around larger and larger areas of charred forest, and from most mountaintop views, rust brown swaths of dead conifers cut through the healthier dark green forest of the surrounding mountains.

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Human Bannering in Ocean Beach Means: ‘Vote!’

April 22, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

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Point Lomans Oppose Plans to Build 78 Units on Bike Track – Part of Original Collier Park

April 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Locals Appeal to Peninsula Planners for Help – But Board Had Sent Letter of Support of SDHC in June 2017

Mayor Abandons Effort to Oppose Housing Commission Development on Part of Original Collier Park
The Point Loma parents who are trying to save the bike track next to Cleator Park are being frustrated at every turn, it seems.

Thursday night, April 19th, they took their case for saving the open space and dirt tracks to the Peninsula Community Planning Board – only to find out

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To Get Their Ocean Beach Building Permitted by City, Target Agrees to Close by 5 PM

April 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

According to reliable sources, the City of San Diego’s Development Services Department is likely to permit the former Ocean Beach antique mall for a new Target as long as the Target Express closes at 5pm. And supposedly, Target has agreed to this restriction.

This is astounding as 5 pm is supposed to be Target’s busiest time of the day – and no other Target Express in the country closes at 5pm.

Sources close to the behind-the-scenes negotiations highly doubted that Target would live up to this time limit.

The issue is parking.

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Petition: ‘Enforce the Littering Ordinances in Ocean Beach’

April 20, 2018 by Staff

New Petition Calls on City Departments to Issue Citations to Combat Worsening Litter Problem

There’s a brand new petition out calling for the enforcement of the littering ordinances in Ocean Beach.

It states that “despite the 1000’s of volunteer hours” spent cleaning OB, litter “is threatening he health and safety of our local environment” and “the problem is getting exponentially worse”.

And it’s due to “the lack of enforcement of our littering ordinances”.

The Petition was initiated by CSI-OB (Cleaner Streets Initiative-Ocean Beach) and it’s directed to the San Diego Lifeguards, the City of San Diego, the Police Department and to Councilwoman Lorie Zapf.

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San Onofre Surf Community Starts to Wake Up About Nuclear Waste on Their Beach

April 20, 2018 by Source

By Jake Howard / Dana Point Times

To be frank, the surf community’s response to the nuclear waste situation at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has been apathetic at best. Somehow, the toll road dilemma generates more attention and more buzz than the fact that at this moment there are four questionable canisters of nuclear waste buried yards from the waterline at San O. Why aren’t there more “No Nukes” bumper stickers on cars around town?

The amount of nuclear waste stored at the SONGS site includes 51 old canisters and potentially 73 new ones, which can be hazardous to human health—there are even signs posted by the fences that ward off people from going near the facility.

Meanwhile, everyone from local rippers to old salts to young hipsters and first-time surfers have been playing in the ocean, contently disregarding the threat of exposure to radiation lurking over their shoulders.

But recently, the conscience of the local surf community has been stirred

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Swimming with SeaWorld’s Captive Dolphins

April 20, 2018 by Source

By Nicole Hussey / San Diego Free Press

Some years ago, I took a boyfriend to SeaWorld in San Diego. He had few wants in life and swimming with dolphins was on his bucket list, so I booked us an extravagant SeaWorld experience and we drove down from Los Angeles.

Keep in mind, this was before the release of Blackfish. It was back when everyone felt the way about SeaWorld that they do about zoos; you hate that the animals are trapped in these small spaces but you justify pushing aside that sick feeling because it’s a “learning and conservation center” or because you just really want to see those spectacular creatures up close regardless of their cages.

I had swam with wild dolphins a number of times and spent most of my life in the ocean so I was excited to watch my boyfriend experience the magic these animals had consistently shared with me. He was nervous.

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A Snapshot of the Race for District 2 for San Diego City Council

April 19, 2018 by Doug Porter

There are six candidates challenging Zapf in 2018 for the district which encompasses the Bay Ho, Bay Park, Morena, Midway, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Point Loma neighborhoods. (I’m going to focus on her three high-profile Democratic challengers (in alphabetical order) in this post.

Republican incumbent Lorie Zapf was redistricted into her seat, meaning her earlier tenure (2010-2014) as the District 6 Councilperson didn’t count towards the term limit as written in the City Charter.

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A Pictorial of Project Progress in Ocean Beach

April 19, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s a pictorial tour of recent “progress” on construction projects in Ocean Beach.

Froude Street – Just Outside OB

Here are shots of the 2-unit, 2-story project on Froude Street, a half-width of a street outside Ocean Beach. The project involves the construction of two new 1, 814 square-foot homes each over a 1,073 square-foot basement/two car garage on two legal lots.There was a bit of controversy with this project at 2257 Froude Street, starting with this, from a post of October 2017:

The east side of Froude in that area is not within the jurisdiction of the Ocean Beach Planning Board and Community Plan, but within the jurisdiction of the Peninsula Community Planning Board and plan. The Peninsula plan has less stringent requirements – especially in terms of the floor-area-ratio (FAR) – than the OB Plan.

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Despite Term Limits for San Diego City Council, Will District 2 Voters Give Republican Lorie Zapf a Third Term?

April 19, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It is possible this year that District 2 voters will give incumbent Republican Lorie Zapf a third term in office, despite the law that limits San Diego City Council members to two terms.

How is that possible?

Well, it just so happens that current law allows sitting council representatives to reset the clock on term limits when their districts shift due to redistricting. And that’s just what happened to Zapf a few years ago, when the boundary for District 2 moved over her house in Clairemont.

So, Zapf is taking advantage of this loophole – a loophole that allows her to run for a third term, despite term limits. It all could change, however,

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Interview With Brad – the Guy Who Has Been Organizing Human Banners for 10 Years

April 19, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Editor’s Note: Hundreds of people will congregate at Dog Beach in OB this Saturday, April 21st to spell out “VOTE!” with their bodies. Here’s the OB Rag interview – via email – with Brad, the guy who has been organizing human banners for ten years.

Question: Brad, we understand you’ve been doing what’s called “human bannering” for some 10 years now. And you’re part of a group who will be doing human bannering at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Saturday, April 21st – the same time people in Ocean Beach, San Diego are doing it. Both towns spelling out “Vote” … and maybe more.

First, for the uninitiated, what is human bannering?

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Join Us in a Human Banner “VOTE!” on the Sands of Ocean Beach – Sat., Apr. 21 Dog Beach

April 19, 2018 by Source

Join hundreds of your neighbors as we create a human banner spelling out VOTE! on the sands of Ocean Beach San Diego and simultaneously in conjunction with folks up at Ocean Beach San Francisco.

We hope to create a 50 foot long human VOTE! banner on the sands at Dog Beach at 10am, Saturday, April 21st.

This year we will be coordinating with our friends in Ocean Beach San Francisco who will be creating a VOTE! banner simultaneously. Catch the Blue Wave and turn the tide by getting out the VOTE!

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The OB Rag Had Technical Problems All Day – Will Be Up and Running Thursday

April 18, 2018 by Staff

Actually, it was more than “technical” – around 11:15 this morning apparently a fiber optic cable was cut near San Antonia, Texas.

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2 New Books on Ocean Beach Released This Week – One About OB’s Past, the Other About OB’s Future

April 17, 2018 by Staff

Book Release: “Last Days in Ocean Beach”- By Jim Miller, Friday, April 20th

The Ocean Beach Green Center is hosting Jim Miller, author, teacher and activist. He will read from his new novel that deals with climate change that is based in our community of Ocean Beach.

“Last Days in Ocean Beach” is the story of William, a scientist working at the Center for Extinction Studies, a think tank at the College of the Sun funded by a green billionaire. William desperately works to raise the alarm about climate change and its dire consequences to an apathetic public, learns to live with grief, and hold on to love. Along the way, we meet the residents of his wonderfully shabby apartment complex in Ocean Beach–bikers, hippies, skate punks, adventure tourists, reggae singers, aimless young professionals, Iraq war veterans, decadent retirees, a hospice nurse, and a Buddhist monk, all of whom are searching for something, looking to live more fully. Last Days in Ocean Beach is a blues song moaning and rocking the beach party at the end of the world.

Proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the Ocean Beach Green Center!

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