OB Flashes – News, Calendar, and Discussion Board – November 30 – December 6, 2009

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JimGrant 11-27-09 sunset

Sunset at Peace Rock, Nov. 28, 2009, by Jim Grant. Click on this amazing photo for a much larger and more detailed image.


OB Elementary Selected as Grand Marshall of Holiday Parade –  Convertible Wanted

Our local elementary school, celebrating its 100th year anniversary, has been selected as the highly-touted Grand Marshall for the OB Holiday Parade.  The annual parade is December 5th.  PTA president Amber Conley is organizing the school’s ride down Newport Avenue the night of the parade and is looking for a convertible automobile to hold school staff and notable alumni.  If you have a convertible that the school and PTA can use, contact Amber at AConley@OBElementary.com or at www.OBElementary.com or call her cell 619.606.2593.

One would think that the current principal of OB Elementary would be in the front car, but Margaret Johnson, who has held the administrative reins these past 6 to 7 years, will be missing.  For the last 3 months or so, she has been out of action taking care of personal matters.  The current substitute principal Allen Richmond – a retired principal – will be on hand, however.

Point Loma school cluster wants in on District budget discussions

Speaking of schools, OB Elementary is part of the Point Loma Cluster Schools Foundation.  Lately, Cluster reps have been pressuring the Unified School District that they want to be part of budget discussions, but are meeting resistance. Here’s a recent Anthony Gentile piece from the Peninsula Beacon / SDNN:

As the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) grapples with a deficit of up to $100 million, the Point Loma Cluster Schools Foundation (PLCSF) is asking to be a part of the school district budget discussion.  As a result of the district’s ballooning deficit since cuts were first considered in June, district spokesman Jack Brandais said everything is on the table.

Money-saving ideas mentioned in June included class size increases, mandatory districtwide four-day furloughs, reductions in salaries and a number of staff positions being eliminated. With all those things under consideration, PLSCF — a cluster of 10 schools — wants to have a voice as budget decisions are made for the 2010-11 school year.

Go here for the remainder of the article.

Sanders and seal

Library hours, beach clean-ups, 200 workers and cop horses to be cut in Mayor’s budget

The OB Library would be open fewer hours, as other branches will be also,  the beaches of the community would be messier and about 200 city workers would get pink slips under budget cuts  proposed by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders in order to close the city’s $179 million deficit.  SignOnSanDiego reports:

Under Sanders’ plan, the city wouldn’t target police officers or firefighters for dismissal but their departments would see deep program cuts, such as the elimination of equestrian patrols in Balboa Park and a rotating schedule under which certain fire stations would have one fire engine instead of two. …

The most visible cuts would be in the library system. None of the 35 branches would close but nearly every one would be open fewer days and fewer hours. Sanders wants to combine the staff at nearby libraries, such as the Mission Hills and Ocean Beach locations, and then open them on alternating days. He plans to identify eight pairs of libraries for such a system.  For more of this article, go here.

Food and Toy Drive for local families gears up – Volunteers welcomed

On December 15, 17, and 18, the OB Christmas Tree Festival stages a Food & Toy Drive for local families, seniors and  distributes the boxes of Cheer on December 19 at 9am.   The group will meet at PL Masonic Center, at 5pm to 7:30 pm to sort food & wrap toys…This is a very rewarding event….. Last year they adopted many people in OB.  They receive alot of donations and also have 10 boxes out in the community. They are partners with OB VFW, Women’s Club, OB School , SD Food Bank Loafes & Fishes , Union Bank, US Bank, OB Merchants & many community players.  The OB Christmas Tree Festival is a subcommittee of the Ocean Beach Town Council, chaired by Claudia & Gerry.

Jetty crane rocks

Photo by Jim Innis, The Log.

Jetty Project manager claims boulder placement key to jetty repair

The Log – a newspaper on California fishing and boating – has a recent lengthy article about the current jetty project and what its manager claims. Here is a section:

Mission Bay Channel south jetty specifications call for an estimated 800 boulders, weighing between 8 and 24 tons each, to be piled in a specific sequence to repair the seaward 200 feet of Mission Bay Channel’s south jetty, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Approximately 10,000 tons of small boulders form the backbone or interior of the jetty.

“(Stacking new boulders on) existing stones from the jetty that was wiped out, there’s a pretty good footprint for the base to sit on,” said Ron Allard, Connolly-Pacific Co. project manager. “These boulders will stay in place.”

Construction crews from the Long Beach-based firm completed the backbone phase Nov. 13. The second phase involves the precise stacking of large boulders to create what is called an armor layer, which involves precise placement of boulders up to 24 metric tons.  For the complete article, go here (link no longer available).

Anna Daniels nominated to have room named after her in new Central Library

Commenters have nominated our blogger Anna Daniels to have a room at the new Central San Diego Library – once it opens – named after her – for all the work she does around the issue of libraries.  Here is an example, as reported in the Voice of San Diego, of Anna’s role in this current issue.




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OB Joe November 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Nice foto, Jim Grant. Make sure you enlarge it – you’ll see some great detail. Like 6 surfers who you could not even see at the published level.


doug porter December 1, 2009 at 10:12 am

Hodad’s will lend a helping hand on Dec. 6 to a local father and son who fell victim to a recent residential fire.The Ocean Beach burger joint will host a concert at the Masonic Lodge to raise money for George and Tristan Perry, whose home burned down last month.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s all about fun,” said Hodad’s owner Mike Hardin. “Come and show up and give whatever you can. It will show Tristan and his dad that we really do rally together. This is how we do it.”
Admission to the benefit concert is free, with Mike Hardin asking for donations to financially assist the Perrys. The event will run from 1 to 6 p.m. and will feature donated burgers and drinks and live music throughout.

The primarily punk lineup features The Bordertown Skanks, Downspell, The Screamin YeeHaws, The Milli Vanillis, DPI and a few other acts. All of the music will be local, and some of the bands feature folks from Hodad’s itself.


Amber Conley December 1, 2009 at 10:51 am

Thank you for posting Ocean Beach Elementary’s news!

We currently have the first ride, which will carry OB historical icon, Ned Titlow, and
his partner Carol, both OBE alumni, and as of right now, we are waiting for a confirmation from Dolly, OBE’s very first PTA president! This is soo exciting!

We need a 2nd convertible for our long time teachers! And I am hoping that
Noah Tafolla can make it too!

Please, note that all and all alumni are welcome to join us!

Happy Holidays,
Amber Conley
PTA President


doug porter December 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Kick-flip this Holiday season with Ocean Beach Surf and Skate at the 5th Annual Holiday Skate Jam on December 5, 2009. Located at the 30th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade and Kids Fun Zone in the OB Pier Parking Lot, the Holiday Skate Jam will feature open skate sessions, a best trick contest and game of skate, as well as amazing prizes from Sector 9, Zooyork, PIG, ERGO, Katin and many more!
The Jam will run from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is open to all ages, so stop by Ocean Beach Surf and Skate and fill out an entry form today. Online and Same-day sign ups are also available, but be sure to get there early because registration will close at 11:00 a.m.


doug porter December 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

ART FOR PEACE Presented by The San Diego Puppet Insurgency is this Sunday, December 6th at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The address is 1601 University Avenue, San Diego in Hillcrest (2 blocks west of park blvd.)
You can make your own art, buy affordable original gifts, see the band Skavolutionary Orchestra and the San Diego Puppet Insurgency plays; Vegetable Monologues, Three Big Hogs and Gordon The Goat!

ADMISSION IS FREE and All proceeds benefit the High School Leafleting Project !!!!


lane tobias December 2, 2009 at 11:41 am

really cool


Barbara S. December 2, 2009 at 5:12 pm

I just returned from the Farmer’s Market and saw “OUR” OB Christmas Tree!
I think it is beautiful, and shows OB at it’s finest…OK, I’m not blind, the tree does have a few flaws! But it was free, volunteers did most of the work and it’s “OURS”
But where else can you say that “yep, it’s funny looking & why did we even put it up?”
well, we Obeachians should hold our heads up with pride and if anyone makes a rude comment…. tell them to check out PB’s tree… what’s that? PB doesn’t have a treee???
I thank OB & everyone involved for “OUR” tree.
Thanks for letting me share my thoughts


Editor December 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Barbara S – thanks for sharing your thoughts with us – that’s what we’re all about.


Editor December 4, 2009 at 9:01 am

The old Inbetween / OB Community Services building has finally been sold:
The two-story, approximately 1,760-square-foot office building in Ocean Beach at 5041-5043 Newport Ave., San Diego 92107, has been sold for $830,000.
The buyers were Mike and Deena Tajran, 1934 Via Casa Alta, La Jolla 92037.
The acquisition was financed with a loan of $557,000 from Allstar Financial Services Inc.
The property seller (assessor’s parcel 448-081-09) was San Diego Youth and Community Services Inc., a California non-profit corporation, with Walter Philips as executive director and CEO, and Angie Tran as chief financial officer.


Editor December 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Tomorrow: Emergency action in San Diego
Join our health care vigil to remind Congress not to bargain away real reform
Where: UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest (in San Diego)

When: Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 PM

What: Conservatives are pushing to bargain away the heart of real reform—the public option. So we’re organizing emergency vigils nationwide to send Congress a powerful reminder that a majority of Americans want a public option—and we won’t let it be bargained away.


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