OB FLASHES – News, Calendar, and Whatever – March 9, 2011

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Arrest of Second Suspect in OB Business Window Vandalism Imminent

According to SDPD Detective Bill Miles, the second suspect in the huge graffiti etchings that hit Ocean Beach businesses last month has been identified.  He had reportedly fled the state for Nevada. Officer Miles of the Graffiti Strike Force told the OB Rag today (3-9-11) that the warrant for suspect #2 is in the system and he should be arrested within the week.   Suspect #1, Jonathan Gurr of Pacific Beach, was arrested March 2nd with the aid of “good old-fashioned police work” Miles said. Plus several tips came through on the SDPD Crimestoppers post.  Suspect #3 has also been identified and is under surveillance.  Over a hundred windows were vandalized in one evening’s graffiti spree in OB.  Pacific Beach businesses were also targeted and Gurr is charged with those damages also.

Officer Miles said that Gurr is not “Hispanic”, despite the allegations that all three suspects were Latino.  An OB business security videocamera caught the three while they were engaged in their vandalism. Miles also urged victims to contact him with follow-up estimates of their damages.  Det. Miles’ desk phone is : 619-515-2756.

OB Planning Board Election – March 15th

If you’re a resident, property owner, or businessperson of Ocean Beach, you ought to be voting in the upcoming annual elections of your local planning committee, the OB Planning Board. The election to fill vacant spots on the 14 member Board is on Tuesday, March 15th, from 4 to 7pm at the OB Recreation Center, corner of Santa Monica and Ebers. Go to the Board’s website here to see which District you are in.  The OB Planning Board is the only democratically-elected representative body in town, and in recent months, it has held hearings – either informal or formal – on the Torrey Pine on Longbranch, the VFW moving, and the Brighton Ave. restroom.

NEW UPDATE: Special Meeting on Proposed Medical Marijuana Ordinance – March 16th

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will be holding a special meeting 3/16/11 at 6:30 pm at the OB Rec center to discuss the new medical marijuana ordinance that the city council will be voting on this month.  There will be a chance for public comment before the board comes up with any recommendation on the issue – so make sure you attend if you have any interest.

OB Rag Letter-Writing Campaign Over Lack of U-T Coverage of Large San Diego Labor Rally Gets “Apology”

On February 26th, a thousand supporters of the demonstrators in Wisconsin rallied in San Diego.  The OB Rag not only covered it but was one of the original instigators of the event.  But when the San Diego U-T failed to mention it, we were so incensed that we began a letter-writing campaign to the U-T to complain.  This campaign did elicit an apology of sorts from Jeff Light, the new editor of San Diego’s daily:

I’m not sure how we missed covering Saturday’s event. I am looking into it.

Our own Doug Porter sent a personal email to Jeff Light about the lack of coverage, and in response, received this from Nancy Wyld, Newsroom Operations Manager:

Dear Mr. Porter,

We blew it. No simpler way to put it. I am told there was discussion that we would have something on the rally. The editor in charge that day is not in yet for me to find out what happened but this was in error.

Pot-hole Locator Wins OB Rag T-shirt

We held a contest a short while back about finding the best OB pot-hole, with the winner receiving an OB Rag T-shirt.  Well, someone going by the handle “All People Everywhere” won hands-down by sending us a list, photos and locations of about 30 Ocean Beach pot-holes.  And they received one of our T-shirts in the mail. Congrats!

U-T Cartoonist Snags OB in Weekly Caption Contest

Each week, San Diego U-T editorial cartoonist Steve Breen holds a caption contest.  He draws a cartoon and readers are urged to come up with the funniest or most pithy caption. The winning caption and author’s name and runners-up are all published at the end of the week.  Well, this week, Ocean Beach is in Breen’s sights; the cartoon shows a large sign that says, “Ocean Beach Where Our Motto is: ” (blank)”.

We’re unclear why Breen decided to run this cartoon and caption-suggestion at this point in time. Ocean Beach has not particularly been in the news of late (except for the graffiti vandals and Park and Rec fraud).  It has been nearly a year since the divisive “bums” sticker controversy erupted in OB – which this cartoon suggests or implies. So, we are bringing this “contest” to your attention, dear reader, in the hopes that you can make some sense of all this and even submit a real humorous caption to counter the likely derisive ones that this contest will most certainly elicit. (You can submit captions via email to contestentry@uniontribune.com .)

If you read the U-T‘s online publication, SignOnSanDiego, just about any article about Ocean Beach receives a batch of the most bewildering xenophobic and derisive comments about OB, the homeless, and our residents. So, this caption contest should be interesting to see what rabbits the editors pull from their hat full of responses.

OB Historical Society’s Annual Wisteria Tea Party – March 19th

Why not join the Ocean Beach Historical Society at their annual Wisteria Tea Party? (Not to be confused with the tea parties of Sara Palin and Obamaphobes.) This one is slated for Saturday, March 19th, at 1 pm (weather permitting) at 4761 Niagara Ave.  This is to be held at Board Member Ned Titlow’s early 1900’s home, under the largest Wisteria canopy in O.B. Enjoy a variety of teas, fresh homemade lemonade, scrumptious delectables while listening to featured violinist Alicia Previn, cellist Mark Sander, and keyboarist Mark Saverino. Also, you’ll have a chance of winning great prizes in an opportunity drawing.  Minimum Suggested Donation: Members $8, Non-Members $10 or $15*, (* includes a year membership as well).

Ex-Robb Field City Worker Accused of Stealing From City

By Craig Gustafson / SignOnSanDiego / Originally published March 3, 2011

A former San Diego city parks employee whose job was saved from budget cuts five years ago has been accused of embezzling about $101,000 in recreation center funds.  Rogelio “Yogi” Najera Jr., 48, who worked for the city for 30 years before resigning last year, was arraigned [March 3rd] in Superior Court after an investigation that began with a tip to the city’s fraud hotline.  A report released Thursday by the City Auditor’s Office detailed allegations against an unidentified parks employee. City officials later confirmed the employee was Najera, who worked at the Robb Field Recreation Center in Ocean Beach during much of his career.

For the remainder of this article, please go here.

END THE WARS! Rally – March 19th

Join the San Diego Coalition of Peace and Justice and a host of other organizations for a rally to End the Wars! SDCPJ calls for Solidarity with the Arab People – No to US Intervention!  The event will be Saturday, March 19, 2011, from 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, at 6th Ave. & Grape St, Balboa Park, San Diego.

Gather for music, speakers, outreach tables, networking opportunities, Bradley Manning support postcards to convey your own personal message of hope & support. Voicemail blast your congresspeople a message of dissent and demand an end to these wars of oil and empire!

40th Anniversary of the Collier Park Riot Coming Up

This March 28th will be the 40th anniversary of the infamous Collier Park Riot of 1971.  Come join us for some kind of celebration at the Park, located at Greene and Soto (details will emerge soon), so be on the lookout for more info. The Collier Park Riot was a watershed event for Ocean Beach and is an important milestone in the community’s history.

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additional "event" March 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Thanks for the updates!

I just want to remind everyone of one additional event to add to your calendars: the aforementioned Ocean Beach Planning Board will be holding a special meeting 3/16/11 at 6:30 pm at the OB Rec center to discuss the new medical marijuana ordinance that the city council will be voting on this month.

There will be a chance for public comment before the board comes up with any recommendation on the issue so make sure you attend if you have any interest.


editordude March 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for this reminder. We’ve added it to the Flashes above.


OB Lawyer March 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Since there is a post here in reference to the OBPB Elections, I’ve provided below my assessment of the candidates through discussion with locals, friends and people in-the-know. I welcome a discussion on these and personally challenge the candidates to post if I am misrepresenting them in any way to set the record straight. I certainly do not mean to offend, but wish to help with what the good Dr. Lantos has recently indicated we should do in order to “better facilitate Democracy”. I’ve also included the candidate’s previous quotes from a previous article. Here goes:

Nancy Taylor – District 1 (North OB) – Resident – Member of the OB Precise Plan committee. Quoted — “Completion of the Precise Plan update”. My assessment: Tends to support votes to protect the current character of OB and against large, bulky projects. Has not been overly vocal on many issues except for the continued support for the funding of the approval of the community plan. Not related to any other Taylors on the Board.

Craig Klein – District 4 (Newport Ave) – resident and business owner – Member of OBMA – Husband of Julie Klein (current VP of OBMA) Quoted– “How the community will interface with the city given the economic realities, while opposing paid parking and maintaining OB community zoning”. My assessment: Staunch supporter of local people and businesses and most importantly of the will of the OBMA. Not surprisingly due to the location of this District being the Newport Ave business district. In fact, so supportive of local businesses that this allegiance often runs afoul of his statements of protecting local zoning. Case: Voted to support a local architect in the Saratoga Condos project (previously reported on in OBRag) even though this project proposed a density above what would be normal immediately adjacent to the beach. A controversial project. Also persistently vocal about homeless and transient issues in the Newport Ave area and their effects on the local businesses. Did however attend an alley clean-up sponsored by the OBRag.

Brittany Taylor – District 5 (just south of Newport) – resident – student – past President. Quoted – “Development issues not important…how the community will provide to the general fund in relation to issues such as paid parking and beach advertising”. My assessment: Daughter of Michael Taylor (previous OBPB Rep) and construction industry professional, tends to vote approval on all projects unless they are in egregious violation of the community plan. Was vocal in blocking a recent discussion on Medical Marijauna dispensaries due to “additional information needed”. As past president, had a forgetful term of less-than-interesting agenda topics, not entirely her fault if things weren’t exciting that year. Is PRO-development and sounds to be pro-other things from the quote above. Perhaps she can clear up her platform here? Are you pro PAID PARKING and pro BEACH ADVERTISING?

Jane Gawronski – District 6 (Coronado Ave area – south OB) – resident – member of OB Historical Society — retired educator – write-in candidate – has a profile on the website. Quoted– “Development is a problem due to economics. Protect the current floor area ratio from city pressure to adapt a more profitable (to developers) one”. My assessment: Vocal and staunch supporter of OB size and bulk issues. Also vocal about the protection of structures and projects that potentially have historical significance. Has a fairly consistent voting history over her time with the board but also tends to support new development that some find inconsistent with the current precise plan.

Since they have no competitors…. I don’t have a comparison or counter argument for you here. I guess….you have to take it or leave it!

I welcome any commentary or corrections by the candidates….I do not claim to represent their opinions here, but simply the perceptions of the people of the neighborhood. Enjoy!


editordude March 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

ITEM – 7:

Appeal of Hearing Officer’s decision on January 19, 2011 and Continued from
February 17, 2011

*COX RESIDENCE – PROJECT NO. 168660 – City Council District: 2
Plan Area: Ocean Beach, Staff: Patrick Hooper

The project seeks a Coastal Development Permit, Neighborhood Development Permit
and Variance to demolish an existing 1957 duplex and construct a 3-story, 1,749
square foot single family home in the Ocean Beach Community, RM-2-4 Zone and
within a special flood hazard area. The variance is requested to use all of the
allowable floor area as habitable space whereas 25% is required to be dedicated to
parking. A historical report was prepared by the applicant and reviewed by the
Historic Resource staff which determined to existing duplex was not potentially
significant. A Mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared for the project which
included a Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Program identifying the
requirement for archeological monitoring during construction. Report No. – PC-11-

Process 3: Approve or deny the appeal.

Deny the appeal.


OB Lawyer March 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Note: This is a project previously denied by the Planning Board (unanimously maybe) and then appealed because the hearing officer granted the variance.

Additionally, the Planning Board wisely voted unanimously against a recommended change by City Staff to change this very policy in the RM 2-4 zone last fall. This policy is CRITICAL to keeping the look and feel of the OB community small and less bulky than Mission and PB because it only allows for smaller homes and buildings in the zone.

No doubt that Patrick Hooper is the staffer for this project as he was behind the recommendation for OB to remove the 25% reserved for parking rule last fall.

This is an example of the City trying to change the zoning of OB one project at a time and then claim “precendence” from previous projects. They have been gunning for this requirement for years.

Go to the meeting if you have any concern for the current look and feel of OB. I hope our Planning Board reps are going to represent us well — NO BOXY BUILDINGS IN OB. SAVE THE COTTAGES!


OB Dude March 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm

“No doubt that Patrick Hooper is the staffer for this project as he was behind the recommendation for OB to remove the 25% reserved for parking rule last fall.”

Maybe it’s time to remove Mr. Hooper from city employment if he cannot or does not wish to uphold the wishes and rules of our community?

What is Faulconer’s take on this issue?


Frank Gormlie March 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Tanja Winter just sent this: Michael Moore will appear tonight on the Rachel Maddow Show to talk with Rachel about his Madison speech, the Forbes 400, and the latest attack on cities and unions in Michigan.

Tune in to MSNBC at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT (replay at 12:00 Midnight ET/9:00 PM PT).


annagrace March 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

If you didn’t see Rachel Maddow’s interview with Naomi Klein (Shock Doctrine) check it out.


Frank Gormlie March 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

K. Rhodes sent this: Please come to the steps of City Hall, 202 C Street on Thursday morning, March 10, 2011 at 8:00 am for a Rally to Save the Neil Good Day Center for the Homeless from closing down, due to a lack of funding.

A special Joint Full City Council meeting is being heard at 9:00 am to discuss Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding Allocations for Fiscal Year 2012, which starts on July 1, 2011.

David Ross the Waterman was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) yesterday on San Diego dire Homeless problem.



With his own funds, David and the Isaiah Project will hire a bus to take Homeless individuals from the Neil Good Day Center to City Hall for a Rally to save the funding for Homeless services.
For more information please contact David Ross 619-255-3131. or Executive Director of the Isaiah Project Mr. Gerry Limpic 760-855-4833.


Rick Ward March 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm

This summer will be the 40th year since I was a peer counselor at the “Inbetween”.Somehow I got elected to the board of directors.More or less by default.There were 3 or 4 people nominated and every one had the votes of thier squeezes.There was one person not of these couples,and for some reason he voted for me.We had a coalition of agencies.Free Clinic,Inbetween,DEFY,Public Health etc. We were able to do some co-ordination and refering.We had a cooking class above the Inbetween.We would charge every one a quarter and go to safeway to get the makins’ for spagetti or tuna caserole and 15 or 20 people would eat.


Patty Jones March 14, 2011 at 8:17 am

This just in….

Friends of the OB Library are having a book sale on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 to 1:00. They’ll be set up on the lawn in front of the library. If you have any donations of gently used books for the sale, please take them inside to the front desk (before sale day, please) and they’ll know what do to with them.


Frank Gormlie March 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Just in:
Cape May Block Party
Ocean Beach, San Diego
Bio Join us for this free event, celebrating community and local music on March 19, 2011 from 11am – 10pm. The party will be in Ocean Beach on Cape May Ave. between Abbott and Bacon.


OBLibraryLover May 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

The Ocean Beach Friends of the Library will be having an evening meeting on Tuesday, June 14, at 6 pm in our wonderful, historic library. We hope that more OB Library afficianados will be able to join us at that hour. You don’t need to be member of anything or a resident of Ocean Beach; if you care about the OB LIbrary, we would love to meet you. We will discuss our response to the city council’s decision on keeping our library fully functioning (hopefully!) and our next Book Sale–July 16, 10-1.


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