OB FLASHES: News, Calendar, and Whatever – December 16, 2010

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Home Invasion in OB on Santa Cruz – 2 Arrested and 4 Detained

It seemed almost like an episode from “Terriers”.  A home invasion in Ocean Beach around 2am on Santa Cruz near Cable, where the thieves and intruders collected cell phones, a safe, and pot.  After the incident, police surrounded a home up on Chatsworth and arrested two men and detained 4 others. Here’s the report from SignOnSanDiego:

Two men were arrested and four others were detained early Thursday after a home invasion robbery in Ocean Beach.Six men, armed with handguns and expandable batons, burst through the back door of a home on Santa Cruz Avenue near Cable Street at 2:18 a.m., San Diego police Lt. William Stetson said. At least three men were in the home at the time. Stetson said. The robbers took cell phones, a safe and marijuana, Stetson said.  For the remainder of this article, go here.

Precincts in the City that wanted to legalize marijuana

By now everyone knows that OB precincts during the recent election went strongly for Prop 19, the marijuana legalization proposition, which ultimately failed (but which garnered more votes state-wide than the GOP  gubernatorial candidate).  So, who else around the County and City voted for it.  Voice of San Diego did an excellent project investigating this question and producing awesome maps that you just have to peruse. So check this out:

by Keegan Kyle / Voice of San Diego / December 15, 2010

By far the most discussed statewide ballot measure in the Nov. 2 election was Proposition 19, a proposal to legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana.  Voters ended up rejecting the measure. Prop. 19 won 46.5 percent of the vote statewide and 47.1 percent in San Diego County.

But its local opposition certainly wasn’t uniform. Precinct results show the core support for legalizing marijuana came from uptown, downtown and beach communities across the county. … In the city’s more central region, Prop. 19 divided Ocean Beach and peninsula neighborhoods further up the hill.  For the remainder of this article and for the tifty maps that break it down precinct by precinct, go here.

OB candidate for governor still getting press and still has signs up from Primary campaign

Richard Aguirre – the guy who ran for governor from his Ocean Beach hometown – is still gathering some media coverage for his run against Jerry Brown – who won of course.  He claims he would have “kicked the shit out” of Brown – if the two had debated. Even though the Primary that Aguirre campaigned in was in April, some of his signs are still up around town (there’s one high up on a telephone pole for instance at W. Pt. Loma and Ebers).  Here’s some recent coverage from The Reader.

No more free juice on Newport Ave results in less crowds at StarBucks

The San Diego U-T reports that the City’s efforts to turn off the free electricity that Newport Avenue squatters were taking from the lamp posts has resulted in less crowds in front of StarBucks.  Go here for Christopher Cadelago’s piece.

Marine Protected Areas Approved

On December 15th, the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) approved a marine protected area plan that will protect iconic places like La Jolla, Catalina Island, and Laguna, safeguarding southern California’s ocean future. The Commissioners voted to adopt a system of underwater parks that will dot the coast from Santa Barbara to the border with Mexico, forming part of the statewide system called for in the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA).

Southern California’s new marine protected area plan will protect sea life and habitats at biodiversity hot spots while leaving nearly 90 percent of the coast open for fishing (see a map of fishing areas left open) . The new MPAs will improve access for recreation, study and education while boosting the overall health of California’s ocean.

The meeting room at the Hotel Mar Monte was packed with divers, surfers, students, scientists, and other ocean fans wearing blue to show their support for marine protected areas. The Marine Life Protection Act planning process has drawn wide support from elected officials, business owners, and citizens who recognize the value of smart resource management(http://www.caloceans.org/news/tide-turning-in-support-of-mlpa)

OBCentric workshop before Christmas

We received this from Danielle at OBCentric: Tonight’s DIY Workshop at OBCentric is going to be a great one… Make stash boxes out of old books… This class is for everyone and be sure to email me back or call us at 619.222.4876 to hold your spot and make sure we have supplies for you, we are expecting a great turnout tonight & I don’t want to run out… Stash boxes are a great idea for you or any last minute christmas gifts… The class will be $10 per person, and this includes all your supplies and books… 7pm -9pm, byob (or wine or whatever) and come hang out and get crafty with us at OBCentric.  www.obcentricstore.com  – OBCentric is located at 4876 Santa Monica Ave.

Long Branch Torrey Pine at OB Planning Board Meeting January 5th

The saga to save the Long Branch Torrey Pine tree has another chapter at the OB Planning Board meeting on January 5th, 2011, at 6:00 pm at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Ave.

OB Historical Society features local photographer Joe Ewing on Jan 19th

OB Photographer Joe Ewing will be our Jan. 19th presenter, at 7 PM. Joe captures the essence of OB in his photos. He has won the OB Exposed Photo Contest with his stunning photos. He will be showing his works dating back to the 80?s. Please join us at the PLUM Church in seeing OB thru Joe’s lens.

OBMA awards local storefronts for holiday displays

With the theme of  “Ocean Beach … Older and Better”, the OBMA has awarded four OB businesses cash prizes for the best storefront holiday displays.  First prize – Best Theme – for $200 went to Cottage Antiques at 4873 Newport; 2nd prize of $175 for Most Whimsical went to Lighthouse Ice Cream at 5059 Newport; 3rd prize- Most Traditional, for $150.00 went to John Baker Picture Frames at 4735 Point Loma Avenue, and 4th prize for $125 – Best Painted Windows went to Bone Appetit at 4845 Newport.  Judging occurred at December 1.

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Prop 19 December 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

I was laughing during the Prop 19 debate. It always seemed like on other Blog sights, people were trying to preach things about it.

1. Tax it heavy because of the deficit
2. It will reduce the crime rate
3. Create jobs
4. Discourage the drug cartels from selling Americans drugs.

I never understood why the people couldn’t admit that they just wanted to get high legally without hiding the joint from the cop driving by. Why else would it be on the ballet for the past 10 years and probably again the next elections?


dave rice December 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm

My mom’s an avid fan of classical music and dance – I assure you that if there’d been a single ballet produced with a pot theme in the last decade I’d have heard of it.

As far as a measure on a voting ballot, I’m not aware of any other opportunities to vote for recreational cannabis on either a San Diego, California, or national ballot in the last decade either. Was I too stoned to catch it?


Abby December 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Sadly I have to work tonight, but I highly recommend checking out the workshop at OBCentric! I had a blast at the last one I attended.


Jon December 17, 2010 at 8:25 am

Big shout out to John Baker Picture Frames! He really helped me out recently, and did a FANTASTIC job framing some sentimental artwork. Michaels may have been a little cheaper, but the customer service I got from from John and his assistant and their cat was top notch. I highly recommend using him for anything you need framed. And congrats to him on the decorative prize!


Frank Gormlie December 17, 2010 at 9:00 am

I’d like to frame my candidate form from the Town Council.


Sarah December 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm

We love John and his cat… buckets? I can’t remember. I met him once when Bill dragged me in there to meet the cat. He was gracious and kind and not at all surprised that people stop in just to say “hi” to the kitty.


Abby December 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Just heard Captain Beefheart has passed, http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/dec/18/captain-beefheart-died-provocative-unpredictable

And yet Justin Bieber still walks the earth.


editordude December 21, 2010 at 5:52 pm

We just heard that FX just posted a link where you
can vote for the best TV drama and Terriers is on the list.

Maybe if enough people vote we can save it!


editordude December 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Forgot to mention about this “Terriers” FX voting deal; there’s at least 5 different places where you can vote, like “Most underrated show”, “Best canceled show”, “Best Comedic show”, “Best Drama” …


OB Joe December 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Hi all – I’m gonna do an experiment here in the comments box: I want to see how long it takes before my comment comes “off” or leaves the box. So I’m starting now at 6:00 pm 12/21 – help me along but at least making a one word comment.


Frank Gormlie December 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Quit playing with our chatter box!


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