OB Rag awarded by OBMA for annual Street Fair coverage

by on October 23, 2009 · 11 comments

in Labor, Media, OB Heroes, Ocean Beach, Organizing

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Doug Porter and Frank Gormlie accept OBMA's award at their annual dinner. Oct. 22, 2009. Photo: Jim Grant.

OCEAN BEACH, CA.   Last night 10/22/09 at the Masonic Temple, the OB Rag received a special award from the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association for our coverage of OB’s annual Street Fair held last June.

OBMA awarded the blog a 2009 Community Partner Award “For outstanding coverage of the 30th Annual Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival”.  Doug Porter and Frank Gormlie accepted the plaque on behalf of the website.  Others from OB Rag attending were Lane Tobias and Gary Gilmore – who is also on the OBMA Board of Directors.

(We will publish the awards and names of other recipients when we hear from the OBMA.)

It is true that the OB Rag’s coverage of the Street Fair was awesome!

The Always Popular Beer Garden

Here’s a break-down of the scope and breadth of what we presented :

Let’s Get This Party Started! OB Rag Coverage of the 30th Annual Street Fair Starts Today by Doug Porter

Making “Waves” OBcean-style by Dave Gilbert

Some Like It Hot – Getting Ready for the OB Chili Cook Off by Doug Porter

Ride the Trolley to the OB Street Fair by Anna Daniels

Vendorland at the Fair – Street Level by Lane Tobias

Trolley Tales – OB Street Fair 2009 by Anna Daniels

‘We all had a great time’ – musically speaking – at the OB Street Fair by Dave Gilbert

OB Street Fair: Da Bomb – Photos

Free Speech in the Streets at the OB Fair by Anna Daniels

Street Fair: OB sure knows how to party by Mary E Mann

The Lot of the Street Fair Vendor in OB Enchanted Land by Frank Gormlie

A Hot (Chili) Time in OB – The Winners! by Wireless Mike

It Isn’t News When Mostly Good Things Happen at the OB Street Fair by Doug Porter

OB Street Fair: SHOW ME THE MONEY!! by Gary Gilmore

Show Me the Money – Part II – Where Did the Street Fair Money Go? by Gary Gilmore

More Photos! OB Street Fair 2009

The First Ocean Beach Street Fair by Mike James

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

bodysurferbob October 23, 2009 at 6:14 pm

… and you guys wore matching uniforms, how nice.


Dave Gilbert October 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm

hey…they’re in a band together! ;)


Gary Gilmore October 24, 2009 at 8:49 am

Too bad we couldn’t get a picture of Doug & Frank with the Mayor, Kevin Faulconer & Christine Kehoe. THAT would have been worth framing.


Frank Gormlie October 24, 2009 at 9:30 am

Hey, Chris and I are old pals. Before she was elected to the City Council, she was my project manager for City Heights programs. The Mayor loves the OB Rag as he admitted that the “save the OB Library campaign” was a model for the city last year. And Kevin said he would let me sit in his chair during council meetings.


Dickie October 24, 2009 at 2:41 pm

man, those t-shirts are handsome!! I can’t believe the 60 shirts are not flying off the shelves!! . . .


Frank Gormlie October 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Dickie, actually we’ve sold 20 out of 60 so far.

I was hoping that you’d stop by the post about Ernie McCray’s B-ball record. Scroll down.


Shawn Conrad October 26, 2009 at 8:37 am

You two make a lovely couple! Go, go Prop 8!


Justice B. Peace October 29, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Gosh…..wonder how the original OB PEOPLE’S RAG gang would have thought about receiving an award from the OBMA…..probably would have had a good chuckle and thought that they must be doing something wrong! (smile)


Frank Gormlie October 29, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Not really, oh JBP. The original OB Rag had lots of advertisements from local businesses. Many more than we do now. They saw then that in order to survive, the old Rag would have to work with OB merchants – who were different than, say the Bank of America, or major developers. Merchants are not the enemies of progressive grass-roots organizing, as some think. There are good merchants and bad merchants. Also, the old Rag did not survive over 5 years, because people burnt out on their volunteerism. We’re going to make a go of this here Rag, and not only survive, but hopefully we’ll thrive, like say Peoples Food Co-op. LOL


Justice B. Peace October 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Silly Frank,
I am not dissing the OB Local Businesses….you should know better than that with me.
I am commenting on the OBMA and their historic lack of support, even condemnation, of campaigns and activities of prior OB Rag and other activist-type folks.
Geez Louise….Is the fog really that heavy?


Frank Gormlie October 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm

…perhaps I’m overreacting, maybe a tad sensitive as my integrity and honesty and citizen journalist abilities and even ability to comment about OB after living in OB for 30 of my last 40 years have been questioned by public and private comments and emails of late….


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