OB Flashes – News, Calendar and Discussion Board – November 23-29, 2009

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OB's May 2009 Heathen Parade Angered Police. Details below.

Hodad’s to open 2nd restaurant in downtown San Diego


According to Mike Hardin, one of the partners who owns OB’s most famous hamburger place, they are opening up a second Hodad’s- to be called “Hodad’s Too” – in downtown San Diego at 10th Avenue and Broadway.  Mike says he hopes to open it in March of 2010.  Originally, he had plans to open one in north county.  “That was Plan A,” he told me, and “and this is Plan F.”


OB Architects Win Small Orchid

The Bacon Street architectural offices of the Hanna Gabriel Wells firm in Ocean Beach won a small scale orchid from San Diego’s annual Onions and Orchids. The firm also is a winner of several American Institute of Architects-San Diego awards in June.

(Another) OB Comic-Con Founder Passes – Ken Krueger


Ken Krueger, co-founder and first chairperson of the event that became Comic-Con International, passed away Nov. 21.  Shel Dorf, also a co-founder, just passed away on November 3rd. (Maybe they know something we don’t.)

Krueger was owner of Alert Books here in OB and met Shelton Dorf in early 1970. The two, with a group of teen-aged fans, organized first Golden State Comic Con, held Aug. 1-3, 1970, at the U.S. Grant Hotel.  Krueger had attended the very first science-fiction convention in 1939 in New York City.

Kevin Melrose of Comic Book Resources wrote:

“Ken Krueger was as much responsible for the creation of the Comic-Con International as anyone else, alive or dead,” Mark Evanier wrote. “… Perhaps his greatest contribution to the early cons in San Diego was that he was the Grown-Up. The majority of those on the original convention committee were kids in need of adult supervision … someone with some experience in handling business matters. Most were too young to even sign the hotel contract so Shel Dorf and Ken did that. At the early cons, he was the go-to guy for any problem, any crisis, any decision. He didn’t get or seek the attention for all he did but believe me: He did a lot.”

Go here for more on Ken Krueger.

Last Spring’s Annual OB Heathen Parade Drew Police Wrath

Every Spring, right around the middle of May, the Heathens of OB stage a midnight parade of silliness and fun.  Hundreds have joined in as the usually-costumed paraders move from Brighton to Newport and then to the beach.  There’s usually a bonfire at the end, also. This has been going on for 7 years.

This past May’s event, however, was very different, as OB Rag has just found out.  This year the event  drew angry San Diego police officers who dispersed the revelers upon threat of arrest.  For the previous six years, police had been very tolerant and easy-going, allowing the non-permitted parade to be carried out without trouble or problems.

This year, as it turned out, the hundreds of paraders were harassed by police officers along the route – from Brighton to Newport and then to the beach. Individuals were taken aside and questioned by officers.  One common question was ‘who’s the leader?’

The Heathens, begun by the residents of an apartment complex on the 4900 block of Brighton, are a loose-knit crowd, without leaders, who are  into celebrating spontaneity and quiet craziness. It is an event traditionally organized by word of mouth and emails. It involves hundreds of locals, as well as “heathens” from other parts of the city.  Each year there’s a theme – this past year it was clowns – so many people wore clown outfits. But the police weren’t laughing.

I spoke to two participants who described to me the scene.  This year, I was told, there were “angry cops everywhere.”  Once the crowd reached the beach and began to have their bonfire north of the lifeguard station, they were swarmed by at least 20 blue uniforms.  People were threatened with arrest if they didn’t immediately disperse.  It was a sour ending to what’s usually and traditionally been a fun parade. “The cops just didn’t want this thing to happen,” I was told.

My contacts around the beach have offered up that recently the police in OB have been cracking down on a lot of things. This was one event – another possible tie-in was the citing by police of a troupe of fire performers down at the beach – performers who were just found not guilty by a judge – but who had to go to court for something officers in the past had allowed.  Any one with ideas?

Bug search PL Navy

Scientists search for bugs on Navy’s Point Loma Base

Scientists from the Natural History Museum are searching for spiders, wasps, bees, termites, ticks, and ants.  And they’re doing it on what’s called the”last unspoiled coastal sage scrub in Southern California,” and it’s actually the 1,200 acres of Chaparral hillsides, sandstone cliffs and Torrey pine trees at the Naval Base in Point Loma. Here’s part of the report from Voice of San Diego:

Jim Berrian and Eric Piehel, scientists from the San Diego Natural History Museum, are conducting what may be the most extensive study of spiders and insects ever done in San Diego County. And they are conducting their study on some of the last unspoiled coastal sage scrub in Southern California — 1,200 acres of Chaparral hillsides, sandstone cliffs and Torrey pine trees.

It is some of the most ecologically rich — and environmentally regulated — land in Point Loma. It also happens to be Naval Base Point Loma. The military specializes in warfare, not ecology, but it understands that we need insects to pollinate plants essential for food, oxygen and medicine. So the brass reached out to the researchers to find out which species cohabitate with the sailors and marines on the land.

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Molly November 23, 2009 at 2:29 pm

This Heathen harassment by police really pisses me off! I joined the parade one year and it was a silly, harmless thing. I was amazed – then – how nicely local cops took it in stride. What happened??? New cops on the beat? A crack-down on Ocean Beach? What’s your experience?


Danny Morales November 25, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Not seeing the influence of larger forces involved at the point of production (Ocean Beach Gentrification) and preferring to indulge in petty personal squables has been the experience of my lifetime. Unifying as a people around specific issues (like p0-lice attitudes in OB) has been my idea of the O.B. City. So who wants to peacefully assemble and to petition the CopRep at the OB Town Council for a redress of grievances?-Exodus:30


bodysurferbob November 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm

rip – ken krueger. we often don’t hear about creative and great obcieans until they pass away.


bodysurferbob November 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm

molly, i’m with you. okay, crack-down on the heathens, the fire performers, and my 60-something friends having a birthday party in their backyard – at 9pm they were told they had to go indoors – they had been singing ‘happy birthday’ in their own yard one block from the beach on a saturday summer evening.

i’ve also heard complaints of other petty citations by cops lately. what gives? who is the community relations cop these days?


Shawn Conrad November 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Enjoy your rights today as they are like the US Dollar, worth less and less everyday.

Nothing will happen until the majority of US residence have so little rights left there will be nothing to lose when they raise the black flag. Couple this with the fact that people migrate here from countries with little or no humans rights and you have a growing problem with an end that is hard to predict.


annagrace November 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Shawn- what did you do about your rights today?


Shawn Conrad November 24, 2009 at 8:16 am

First, I used my right of free speech to tell you to shut up and change your avatar. It looks like my brother’s kids painted it.
I also spent last night baking medicinal marijuana cookies for a cancer patient, and I cleaned my gums.
Now I am stilling in the “wage slave prison” earning big bucks (paying for some of you to sit at home) arguing with a member of the “Let’s Preach to the Convinced Party” on an online magazine.
Eat a fat pickle, thanks.


Shawn Conrad November 24, 2009 at 8:40 am

^^^ heavily censored post ^^^


Add “Had my right of free speech and / or press imposed upon by people that claim to be interested in people’s rights”

Pickle indeed


Frank Gormlie November 24, 2009 at 9:29 am

Free speech rights are between citizens and their government. Private citizens cannot take your “rights” away. As a blog editor, we have rights of publication and the right to monitor comments and delete them when they are dehumanizing and/or demeaning. Period, dude.


annagrace November 24, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Shawn- WTF???? When I wrote those words to you, I was anticipating an outlandish, torqued response that we would make us laugh (and grit our teeth.) So I’m guilty, take me away, for not providing the appropriate jocular lead in. Sorry about that. Otherwise- a big pickle back atcha.


Shawn Conrad November 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I laughed.


Shawn Conrad November 24, 2009 at 9:48 am

What if I find your censorship dehumanizing? huh? huh? poke poke

I am just making a point that until we can truly say and do things are truly free people nothing will change.

I understand that you must kowtow (?? or ??) to societal pressures that you so desperately wish would kowtow to you.

Thanks for almost letting me say what I wanted.

Go change. Yes we can’t.


Frank Gormlie November 24, 2009 at 10:19 am

Still luv ya, dude.


Shawn Conrad November 24, 2009 at 10:23 am

Once Prop 8 goes live we can express that love.


Sunshine November 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Does anyone know how to locate the Ocean Beach Food Bank? We would like to volunteer some hours there helping out yet can not find out its location or whereabouts….



Patty Jones November 24, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Sunshine, I made a few calls and was able to track down this phone number, 619-222-0628. I was told they do not have voicemail so you need to call when someone in there to answer the phone, which is Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 am and 10:30 am.

I will try to call myself in the morning and get information from them but have an appointment and don’t know if I will be able to reach them. If you do contact them let us know what others can do to help! Thanks!


lane tobias November 25, 2009 at 3:47 pm

The story of Thanksgiving depicts a gathering near Plymouth, Mass. between the indigenous Wampanoag tribe and Pilgrims seeking refuge from oppression; on this day, we are invited to be thankful for all the good in our lives, take time to relax, and connect with family and friends. Lets also not forget that in the four… hundred years since, the Wampanoag and other indigenous tribes as depicted in the Thanksgiving story have been almost completely destroyed in the name of progress.

This – http://www.uaine.org/ – is a link to the website of the United American Indians of New England; on here you can learn a little bit about the movement that brought about the “National Day of Mourning” and Wamsutta James’ suppressed Thanksgiving speech of 1970. By taking a minute to pay tribute to men such as James and learning about the contemporary movement he helped start, you are taking a step towards tolerance and understanding.

Contrary to popular belief you CAN stuff yourself, watch a football game, enjoy a parade, and enjoy the company of loved ones while also paying tribute to the proud people whose cultures and lives have been sacrificed in order to build this country into what it is today.


claudia j November 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

On December 15, 17,18, the OB Christmas Tree Festival stages a Food & Toy Drive for local families & seniors & we distribute the boxes of Cheer on December 19 at 9am..
We all meet at PL Masonic Center, at 5pm to 7:30 pm and we sort food & wrap toys…This is a very rewarding event….. Last year we adoped many people in OB.. We receive alot of donations and also we have 10 boxes out in the community & people respond with open arms… We are partners with OB VFW, Womens Club, OB School , SD Food Bank Loafes & Fishes , Union Bank, US Bank, OB Merchants & many community players…… We appreciate all the players who step up to the plate….

We would to Welcome everyone to help out…..
Claudia & Gerry Chairs of the OB Tree Christmas Tree Festival

Many Thanks from the OB Christmas Tree Festival, a subcommittee of the Ocean Beach Town Council,,,,


Editor November 28, 2009 at 11:40 am

Readers: we are looking for some response/ feedback to the clamp down of this Spring’s OB Heathen Parade. If you were there or witnessed anything please let us know. And you can write us or leave comments anonymously.


annagrace November 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Take a look at the police response this year to the annual Naked Pumpkin Run in Colorado. The ACLU has been contacted because nudity is not illegal per se in Boulder. The police are charging the runners with indecent exposure. This could potentially mean having to register as a sex offender, which is very bad news for health care workers, social workers and teachers who only want to run around one day of the year with nothing more than a pumpkin on their head and shoes on their feet. Here’s to the Heathens!



bodysurferbob November 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

annagrace – thanx for the link – geez, the OB heathens are so mild compared to the boulder colorado naked pumpkin run.


Danny Morales November 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Police clamp down on sk8boarders at the park too…(Beacon,11/26/09pg.6) according to professionals like Jason Barr and Mike Ryan. Isn’t it time for us as a community to assemble peacefully and petition for a redress of grievances? I could go on like a bithering idiot but I made a promise to fight only if attacked…Al Kaholic-30-


Local fisherman November 30, 2009 at 8:51 am

I am so glad the MILLIONS of Federal Stimulus Dollars have worked so well on the Mission Beach Jetty Entrance. Several days ago some ignorant well intentioned fishermen decided to go fishing in a storm I am sure on the way out of the channel they looked at the new rock placement and admired the million dollar handi work….!! hummm….after being blown around they decided in the wisdom of a weatherman that ” it is rough” we better head back. Well we can see the new and improved entrance worked really well……….not only did they get on the rocks they had to be rescued and one of Americas finest life guard boats got turned ” dirty side up” …what a joke. Just because you make the jetty bigger and change the configuration does not mean you inject boaters with any brains !!! stupid is as stupid does ……What a waste of money…those funds could have been spent on the OB Library !!!

I fish often hopefully idiots like those will not go back to the water


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