OB Community Bulletin and Discussion Board: Sept 1 – Sept 7, 2009

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OCEAN BEACH, CA.  This is the OB Rag’s weekly Community Bulletin and Discussion Board.  Discuss anything that is bugging you, or exciting you, or of interest. Do it in the comments section. Not only that, if you or your buds are having a meeting or event you would like to inform the rest of us about, do so here. If you want to get rid of something, like an old working TV, do it here.

Open Thread for Discussion Right Here (in the comments)

Here is where you can say it, and say it with finesse or say it with humility, but say it.

San Diego State University Rallies Against Education Cuts

August 31st – thousands of SDSU students joined faculty and administrators to protest cuts to the education budget.   San Diego State University students returned to school Monday with 2,000 fewer peers and in the words of former professor Gean Lamke, they are “madder than hell.”

SDSU leaders gathered together alongside thousands of students to rally against California legislators and cuts they’ve made to education. Lamke was emcee of the event.

Fewer Tourists Expected in OB Over Labor Day

With Labor Day arriving nearly a week later than last year, a group that tracks travel trends is predicting 13 percent fewer Southern Californians will hit the road or fly the friendly skies this holiday weekend. This means fewer tourists to hit OB on a traditionally packed weekend.

The opening of schools and the dismal economy have a lot of say in people’s travel plans.

Marie Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the Orange County-based Automobile Club of Southern California, which puts out travel forecasts in advance of each major holiday, said :

“Historically, when we have these late Labor Day holidays, there is a dip in travel,” Montgomery said in a telephone interview Monday. “By the second week of September, people are out of the summer travel mode.”

And most schools have reopened by then.  “So, then, you’re like, ‘I’m not going to go anywhere because the kids are back in school,'” Montgomery said.  Of course, it’s not just the calendar. The economy is playing a big role, too, she said. With unemployment approaching 12 percent in California many people cannot afford to take a trip.

Hurrican Jimena Unlikely to Hit OB

The hurricane that is barreling down on Cabo San Lucas is unlikely to have much of an effect on Ocean Beach. By time the storm blows over the hot land of Baja, and reaches half way up the peninsula to Southern California, it will have fallen off to some wind and rain.

Although local surfers are hoping there are waves from the storm.

This image provided by NOAA taken at Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 at 8 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Jimena located near about 370 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Jimena will be approaching the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula on Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles. (AP Photo/NOAA)

Ocean Temps Dropping Soon

Jerry Schad, a famous writer of San Diego nature and columnist for the San Diego Reader is predicting that :

warm Water Temperatures, into the 70s Fahrenheit over the past several weeks, won’t last much longer. As fall approaches, shorter days and increasingly oblique solar radiation will mean that less and less energy will be supplied to the ocean waters offshore. These waters will soon be shedding more thermal energy than they receive, thereby keeping the coastal area comfortably balmy for several weeks after the end of the summer-vacation season. Don’t give up on the beach after Labor Day — the water’s often still quite warm, and the beaches are relatively uncrowded.

Slow Food USA Launches Labor Day “Eat-In”

On Labor Day, Slow Food USA will formally launch its Time for Lunch campaign with nearly three hundred “Eat-Ins” scheduled all over the country. Modeled on the sit-ins of the 60s, these Eat-Ins are potluck picnics to raise awareness.

In San Diego, events will include: Urban San Diego Slow Food Potluck Picnic at World Beat Center in Balboa Park on Monday, September 7, from 11 am to 2 pm Email to RSVP: candicew@gmail.com

City Stops Issuing Medical Marijuana Permits

We don’t know yet how this will affect the several permits to open new dispensaries in Ocean Beach that are on tap.  Here’s The Voice of San Diego:

In recent months, the city of San Diego received enough permit applications to almost quadruple the number of its active medical marijuana dispensaries. The city’s land development code, officials believed, was too unclear for it to handle that kind of increase.

Are medical marijuana dispensaries a retail sales issue? Pharmaceutical sales? A medical office use? A dental or health practitioner? These uses are allowed in just about all commercial and industrial zones as well as medium- and high-density residential zones.  Go here for the remainder of the article.

Peninsula planning group to hold forum on explosive-gas trucking issue on September 9th

In response to citizen complaints about plans to truck excess methane gas from the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant through Peninsula streets, an open neighborhood forum has been slated by the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) for Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hervey/Point Loma Library on 3701 Voltaire St.

For more information, e-mail john.pedersen2@gmail.com, or visit www.pcpb.net.

OB Town Council meeting on August 26th still foggy

Actually, we’re still foggy about what happened at the latest OB Town Council meeting, held on August 26th at the Masonic hall.  We’re still not clear what was presented, what was accepted, what was discussed, and by whom, for what, and you get the picture how thinly spread out our staff is.   If anyone could be so kind as to even just outline what went down, we’d appreciate it.

Ocean Beach groups meet in September

Different neighborhood groups will be meeting this month.  If you are in one, let us know.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

OBSteven August 31, 2009 at 11:27 pm

They don’t stop issuing permits to chemotherapy centers because cancer is on the rise. Why medical marijuana clinics. Is it because most of the ads for MM clinics in The CityBeat and the reader look similar to the transvestite escort and boob job / hair transplant ads? The MM law will be changed soon by republicans with fake Tits and hair grafts that get tired of seeing marijuana leaves in their reader when they are trying to figure out when the next 70’s band is playing at Pala. When Obama is finished with the White house There will already be a lot of information gathered under the pretense of MM for Jeb.


Frank Gormlie September 1, 2009 at 7:43 am

Here’s a “Congressional Send-Off” event:

Congressional Send Off Rally (Let’s Get It Done: Health Insurance Reform Now Public Events)
Our Congressional leaders are returning to Washington and we need to send them off with the strong, clear, unmistakable message that we want Health Insurance reform now!

Thursday, September 3 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

City Park (San Diego, CA)
300 block of Broadway between 3rd and 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


doug porter September 1, 2009 at 8:48 am

damn, frank i just came on to post for Congressional Send Off Rally & there you are… beat me to the punch


doug porter September 1, 2009 at 9:17 am

great post about this weekend’s town hall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKBa9K_vAm8&feature=player_embedded


Molly September 1, 2009 at 9:46 am

Doug – I watched that video – whooooa! I thought Gormlie’s piece on the town hall crazies was a little too much – they can’t be that crazy, but then I watched this video which is exclusively of right-wingers – and they are CRZY! They want to take down the government and some of them want to kill liberals.


Molly September 1, 2009 at 9:47 am

Only watch that video if you have a strong liberal stomach.


jettyboy September 1, 2009 at 10:42 am

The sad part is that this behavior under republican rule would never be tolerated. Bush had “free speech” zones and anyone that “misbehaved” was quickly arrested. I think I had just better educate myself like the lady in pink, using Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc. to teach me the true path. Or better yet I could just leave it all to god like that other guy suggested. That would be great ’cause my sandals wouldn’t wear out for forty years or more. Not good for the shoe industry, but hey god would take care of that also wouldn’t he/she/it?


jon September 1, 2009 at 12:47 pm

“HE” jettboy! C’mon, don’t get crazy. Everybody knows that God is a white male with a big pillowy beard who hates socialism, illegal immigrants and condoms.


Dave Gilbert September 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I thought that we are all God.

Jon are you sure it’s not condos? No wait, my bad, it’s trailer parks! ;)


jon September 1, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Noway Dave! He LOVES the trailer parks! That’s his bread and butter. The condos are filled with all the godless, intellectual, liberal elite.

In my opinion, you can keep your condos and your trailer parks. Give me a nice little beach bungalow with a garden and some friendly neighbors and I’m a happy man.


Dave Gilbert September 1, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Then you must be a pretty happy man Jon!

Condos do seem fairly Godless, but I know some good folks that live in them too. It’s those poor trailer parks are always the 1st thing a storm wipes out…not that I believe in anything except that God is Love.


Frank Gormlie September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am

Point Loma Actors 2nd Annual
“Theatre on the Point”

The Point Loma Actors are at it again, and this time they are bringing the classic French playwright Moliere’s “The Forced Marriage” to Ocean beach on Sep. 5th and 6th! The free performances start at 6pm and will be staged at the Rec Center park at the corner of Ebers and Saratoga. The play is directed by Hannah Ryan who has been with the troop since 2007 and is building quite a repertoie locally having directed or instructed A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the green, Only in New York, Greater Tuna, Polish Joke and Food for Thought, to name a few.
The performance is expected to last about an hour and stars Eva Risman, Ron Kubicek, Nikita Atrash, Calvin Michaels, G Lorenzo Crosby, Rachel Bray, John Lee, David Billot, Aaron Hatch, Samantha Goldstein and Duke Pekin.

So come on out this Saturday and/or Sunday and support your local actors. bring friends, family and enjoy the beautiful scenery with theatre in the park!

Point Loma Actors Workshop is a performance based acting company focused on the development of the individual actor. Beginners are encouraged to attend.

Did I mention…It’s completely FREE!!!

learn more at: http://www.pointlomaactors.com/


PSD September 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm

I’ve just got a little tidbit to share about something that really made my day…

I took my birthday off work last week, and, hanging out alone waiting for friends and family to get home for the weekend, decided to take a walk along the cliffs. While cruising along, I was really stoked at what I saw – nary a tag anywhere, and my total trash haul was a couple bottle caps, a few dozen cigarette butts, a couple cups, a plastic bag, a soda bottle and a few energy drink cans. Even got to talk to a couple guys who saw me picking up and inspired a little guilt bug that got them to clean up the stuff around them without any urging, which was cool. I’m sure I missed a few things (and a few thousand cigarettes), but as recently as a couple weeks back I’d have picked up twice as much and left depressed I didn’t get more. Everyone who’s been pitching in and picking up – thank you all a million times over!


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