January 2010

Reader Rant: the View of a Food Stamp Worker

January 12, 2010 by Source
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Editor: This was sent to us as a comment from an anonymous food stamp worker to this article posted back in February of 2009. We wanted to elevate it so more would see it.

by a food stamp worker

I would just like to clear up a few things. I am one of those horrible Food Stamp workers some of you like to complain about, so I do know a little bit about the subject. The rules for FS are created by the Federal Government, not case workers. Please do not blame us for doing our job.

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Federal Court Blasts Coronado Cop for Tasering Man Over Seatbelt

January 12, 2010 by Source
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A federal court last week handed down guidelines that limit the ability of police to use tasers at will. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made its decision in response to a 2005 incident where Coronado Police Officer Brian McPherson tasered and injured motorist Carl Bryan, then 21, over a minor seatbelt infraction.

The court described in detail how Bryan had spent the morning driving 180 miles from Camarillo to Coronado only to be stopped by the highway patrol for allegedly speeding on the 405 Freeway. Bryan, upset by being hit with an expensive ticket, forgot to buckle his seatbelt before continuing on his journey.

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Why Ocean Beach Is Loved … a photo gallery

January 12, 2010 by Staff
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The high surf and the beautiful skies of OB and the Cliffs electrify the spirit. Capturing nature’s wonders with human-made technology and sharing them with neighbors – either of geography or of mind – is a way of channeling that energy. Join us now for some sharing by John Noble, Doug Porter, Steven Kendrick and Jim Grant.

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Costs of War: $1.05 Trillion

January 11, 2010 by Source

Congress has appropriated an additional $136.8 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the 2010 fiscal year. National Priorities Project estimates that for this fiscal year, $64.5 billion is directed to Iraq and $72.3 billion to Afghanistan. …

These new appropriations bring total war-related spending for Iraq to $747.3 billion and for Afghanistan to $299 billion, with total war costs $1.05 trillion

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The Union-Tribune Tells Another Lie (About Education)

January 11, 2010 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

Sometimes when you throw a stone into a pond, you get surprised at the size of the ripples it creates. And I’m certainly surprised (and pleased) at the ripples that our coverage of the Union-Tribune’s editorial misrepresentations about the San Diego Unified School Board have created.

To re-cap, the U-T ran an editorial in their print edition last Tuesday warning San Diegans that the Board’s majority was ready to replace the School District’s Superintendent with a Teacher’s Union-inspired plan for a new management structure that would include as many as four administrators, each with limited and specific authority.

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OB Flashes – News, Calendar and Discussion – Jan 11 – 16, 2010

January 11, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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Saratoga Park Condos Delayed – Apartment Up for Sale

Where Is the Missing OB Fire Pit?

Lifeguards Do Cliff Rescues – Man on Sunday and Woman on Saturday

Competition between OB’s Dog Beach and Coronado

Short Film by Nazarene U Alumnus Could Get Oscar Nod

Longboard Association to Hold First 2010 Event at Ocean Beach

San Diego Reader: Sand Shift at “Big Jetty” Still a Concern for OB Surfers

Sunset Cliffs Restoration Party – January 16th

OB Artist Designs Local Postage Stamps

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“Water Cops” and San Diego Bay Polluters Agree to Cut Back On Clean-Up

January 8, 2010 by Source
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By Mike Lee / Union-Tribune / Originally published January 6, 2010

Nearly five years after regional water-pollution cops announced a landmark order to clean toxic muck in San Diego Bay, they’re back with a plan that would remove just 16 percent of the sediment targeted initially.

The latest strategy was crafted during months of confidential talks with groups on the hook for the work. It’s expected to cost about half of the $96 million price tag from the original cleanup order, which the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board spent years developing so it could withstand courtroom challenges.

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Continued Debate on ‘Avatar’: Avatar Obama and the United States of Hype

January 8, 2010 by Source
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by: Ángel Luis Lara / La Jornada (Mexico) – truthout / 04 January 2010

We live in the era of hype. The word, which bounces and bounds throughout the matrices of our information age, refers to a cultural product that has been so juiced up with marketing that its popularity takes off independently and regardless of its quality. It is the wrapping that matters: the advertisement is louder, more important and more real than what is advertised. James Cameron is the author of the latest, greatest global hype: “Avatar.”

The force behind the bludgeoning impact of “Avatar’s” promotional blitz has been driven by three main factoids: it’s the most expensive movie in the history of movies, it has revolutionized the world of special effects and it was shot in 3-D.

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State Appeals Court exonerates OB lobster poacher after questionable traffic stop

January 8, 2010 by Source
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The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District on Tuesday ruled that a state agency may not pull over and search a motorist on a mere hunch that a lobster might be hidden in the vehicle. The court considered the case of Bounh Maikhio, a motorist stopped by Department of Fish and Game Warden Erik Fleet on August 19, 2007 at 11pm. That evening, Fleet had been spying through a telescope on the Ocean Beach pier in San Diego when he saw Maikhio put something into his bag.

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San Diego – A View From the Beach

January 7, 2010 by Source
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Occasionally news in San Diego affects us at the beach. Here are a few recent headlines of interest to sand crabs, seagulls and smoldering fire pits:

Lawyers Group Honors Judge Boycotted by DA Dumanis

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in town pushing for jobs

City Council declines endorsement of medical marijuana regulations

Court upholds San Diego School District’s right to assure that school construction jobs will employ local residents

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BREAKING NEWS: OB Planning Board Opposes Removal of Fire Pits

January 6, 2010 by Frank Gormlie

January 6, 2010. Tonight, the Ocean Beach Planning Board voted unanimously to “strenuously oppose” the removal of fire pits from Ocean Beach Park. The meeting, chaired by vice-chair Giovanni Ingolia, was held at the Recreation Center and started at 6pm.

Brought to the Board via an agenda item initiated by Board member and former chair, Landry Watson, the issue of the City’s planned removal of OB’s eight fire pits along with the remaining pits around San Diego – a total of 186 – was termed “a hot issue” by Watson.

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“Union-Tribune’s” Falsehoods Seek to Divide and Conquer Public Education Supporters

January 6, 2010 by Doug Porter
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The San Diego Unified School Board held a couple of meetings on Tuesday, discussing options in their search for a permanent School Superintendent and hoping to make some sense of the implications of deep funding cuts expected when Gov. Schwarzenegger announces his 2010 budget later this week.

Our local fish wrap (the Union-Tribune) blasted the Board in advance of the first meeting in an editorial:

“Continuing its radical consolidation of power, the San Diego Unified school board majority has scheduled a special meeting today at which members are expected to take the first step toward eliminating the position of superintendent.”

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A Shout out to Some Old Arizona Wildcats

January 6, 2010 by Ernie McCray
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Hey, guys, I guess you’ll have to “Bear Down” without me. I was looking forward to ambling – or whatever you call the way we 70 plus year old dudes walk now – out to mid court with you at the halftime of the U of A/Washington game while thousands of Wildcat fans look at us, going “You guys played basketball?”

Well, I intended to be there but I lost my wife a few months ago and I find that my energy ebbs and flows. …But, wow, has it really been fifty years since we were tearing it up back in old Bear Down Gym….

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Conservatives Hate the Movie ‘Avatar’

January 5, 2010 by Source
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By Patrick Goldstein / Los Angeles Times / January 5, 2010

It’s no secret that “Avatar” has been stunningly successful on nearly every front. The James Cameron-directed sci-fi epic is already the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time, having earned more than $1 billion around the globe in less than three weeks of theatrical release. The film also has garnered effusive praise from critics, who’ve been planting its flag on a variety of critics Top 10 lists. The 3-D trip to Pandora is also viewed as a veritable shoo-in for a best picture Oscar nomination when the academy announces its nominees on Feb. 2.

But amid this avalanche of praise and popularity, guess who hates the movie? America’s prickly cadre of political conservatives.

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The Community Awakes – OB Responds to the Early Seventies Planning Crisis

January 4, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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It’s been nearly half a century since the Peninsula Community Plan was officially launched by Peninsulans, Inc., its creator, in December of 1965. For the first time the organization of Point Loman business and property elites opened their vision of Point Loma and its sub-communities to the public.

The first urban plan for Ocean Beach was to grow out of this endeavor, as OB then was simply viewed as one of those sub-communities of the greater peninsula.

Peninsulans, Inc., or just “Pen Inc” – itself the child of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce – had been officially endorsed by the San Diego City Council as “the citizen’s committee” for area planning on Point Loma. In 1968, three years after its launch, the Peninsula Community Plan was adopted by the City Council as the official plan for the Point Loma communities.

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Reader Rave: Watching OB From Afar … and Lovin’ It

January 4, 2010 by Source
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Originally posted Jan. 4, 2010

by Dickie Magidoff / January 4, 2010

For the New Year I send you all great appreciation and thanks from up here in the north country of California.

For me, reading the OB Rag online is something like having a great reality show or Sims computer game to watch – the biggest difference of course being that, unlike reality shows,
OB is real – and reading about the community good times, the community struggles, the great pictures, the genuine controversies, with real people going back and forth (with some humor) evolving a community perspective dazzling in its texture, inspiring in its purpose, and potent in its action—it helps keep me going in this very conservative place where I live.

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Poll Shows Broad Support for Fire Pits and ‘Adopt’ Program

January 4, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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The most recent reader poll by the OB Rag shows very broad support for San Diego’s fire pits – 82% want to keep them. Three-quarters of those who want to keep them think the “Adopt-a-Fire-Pit” program is a good idea.

Respondents to the two and half week poll, which ran from December 15th to January 3rd, were divided in how they want the fire pits to be saved. 55% like the Adopt program for OB. 6% thought someone with “deep pockets” should be found to pay for their maintenance. Another 14% were more demanding in their approach – and voted for “I pay taxes – at least give me a fire pit,” while another 8% voted to save all of San Diego’s fire pits. 1% said ‘you use it – you clean it.’

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OB Flashes – News, Calendar, and Discussion Board for January 4 – 10, 2010

January 4, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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FIRE PITS ON OB PLANNING BOARD AGENDA – JAN. 6TH

New Church: “T’was the night before Christmas … and you’re fired!”

Stabbing Death of OB Homeless Man One of City’s Unsolved Murders of 2009

OB Historical Society Presents Local Photographer Steve Rowell in “Our Local Wildlife”

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