September 2013

Bossing the Poor Around

September 19, 2013 by Source

How about a bill banning soda sales at the House of Representatives’ cafeterias?

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food stampsI spent a few months on food stamps this year. As a single woman in San Diego, I qualified for $70 a month — less than a dollar per meal. But I’m lucky and I’m unusual because many of my friends are farmers and gardeners and I know how to forage wild foods.

Determined to stretch my $70 a month budget to somehow cover a healthy diet, I harvested wild cactus pads and edible weeds from my neighbors’ yards. Friends gave me fruit from their trees. A farmer told me to take whatever I needed from his stand at the farmers’ market. Then I used the food stamps to acquire foods I couldn’t get for free: milk, oatmeal, beans, and so on. All organic.

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Sex in San Diego: Unveiling the ‘Madonna-Whore’ Complex

September 19, 2013 by Source

How one of the most common, yet misunderstood, male sexual dysfunctions can rip relationships apart.

Hetaera-300x271By Jody Gummow / Alternet

“Where such men love they have no desire, and where they desire they cannot love,” Sigmund Freud wrote back in 1925. The founding father of psychoanalysis coined the Madonna-whore complex – a condition whereby men view women as either saintly, virgin Madonnas or sexual “whores.”

In essence, the effect of Madonna-whore on a relationship is an inability of the man to maintain sexual arousal within a committed, loving partnership. In his psyche he categorizes women into two groups: women he can admire and women he finds sexually attractive; the former he loves, the latter he devalues.

Dr. Patrick Suraci, Ph.D., and author of “Male Sexual Armor: Erotic Fantasies and Sexual Realities of the Cop on the Beat and the Man in the Street” explained the origins …

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Restaurant Review : the New Oscars of Ocean Beach

September 18, 2013 by Judi Curry
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Oscars
5060 Newport Ave
Ocean Beach, Ca 92107

This review is a difficult one for me to write because in March of this year I reviewed the “Newport Avenue Yacht Club Restaurant” – virtually the same restaurant as Oscars – same owner, same address – and gave them an outstanding review. Shortly after I reviewed it – 10 days after they had opened – I was informed that it was no longer the Newport Avenue Club but was now called Oscars.

I have a new foreign language student living with me – Riccardo – and he mentioned to me that he had a delicious smoked fish taco at Oscars and wondered if I had ever eaten there. I should mention that he is only 19 and is unable to go to places like South Beach because of the age requirements. He told me the taco was one of the best he had ever had and I should try it.

So, I called my neighbor Jim and asked him if he would like to go with me to try out Oscars, particularly since he had been my partner when I went to OB Fishers. I knew he would accept and we went last Thursday, at 6:45pm.

My immediate response was that it hadn’t changed much since it was Newport Avenue Yacht Club. It looked a little more run-down; the menu board was the same black slate with writing on it but the offerings were a little more extensive. I did not see any fried fish or French fries on the menu, something I commented on in my original review.

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Plastic Bag Ban Sparks Dialogue Between Left and Right : Conservative San Diego Rostra Responds to Satire

September 17, 2013 by Staff

Editor: We are crossposting an article from the conservative San Diego Rostra by Brian Brady – who has been in a dialogue with Bob Dorn – a contributor to the San Diego Free Press – over the issue of the ban on plastic bags. Dorn wrote a satirical piece in response to Brady’s disparagement of the possible ban by the City. Here, Brady outlines where he and progressives agree and disagree. The Free Press is the progeny of the OB Rag.

Freeped Today and Feeling Fabulous

by Brian Brady / San Diego Rostra / Monday, September 16, 2013

I was the subject of a satirical post on San Diego Free Press. Bob Dorn had some fun today, using some garden-variety stereotypes about liberals and conservatives, because I dared to confront a premise, proffered by OBRag’s Frank Gormlie, supporting a single-use plastic bag ban.

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Joy Arises, Rules Fall Apart – Thoughts for the Second Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street

September 17, 2013 by Source
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By Rebecca Solnit / TomDispatch.com

I would have liked to know what the drummer hoped and what she expected. We’ll never know why she decided to take a drum to the central markets of Paris on October 5, 1789, and why, that day, the tinder was so ready to catch fire and a drumbeat was one of the sparks.

To the beat of that drum, the working women of the marketplace marched all the way to the Palace of Versailles, a dozen miles away, occupied the seat of French royal power, forced the king back to Paris, and got the French Revolution rolling. Far more than with the storming of the Bastille almost three months earlier, it was then that the revolution was really launched — though both were mysterious moments when citizens felt impelled to act and acted together, becoming in the process that mystical body, civil society, the colossus who writes history with her feet and crumples governments with her bare hands.

She strode out of the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City during which parts of the central city collapsed, and so did the credibility and power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI that had ruled Mexico for 70 years. She woke up almost three years ago in North Africa, in what was called the Arab Spring, and became a succession of revolutions and revolts still unfolding across the region.

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My Free Tree (and How You Can Get One Too)

September 17, 2013 by Source

City of San Diego property owners are eligible for free tree plantings.

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Back in April I wrote about a program ran by the Urban Corps of San Diego that plants free trees in front yards for property owners in San Diego. At the time I was living in an apartment and unable to partake of the green goodness but have since moved into a house – I can vote now! – and one of the first things I did upon moving in was contact the Urban Corps to get as many free trees as possible.

My yard already had a number of trees, all palms unfortunately, so although I applied for “as many as possible” on the application form I was only able to get one tree planted in my yard.

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It’s MY Plastic Bag, and I Do What It Wants Me To.

September 16, 2013 by Source

sdfp plasticbagflyingBy Bob Dorn

I love my plastic bag.

No one’s going to take it from me; not some foolish enviro nut-hazard with her meds in her pocketbook, or some Japanese squeeky clean wearing a mask in the subway, or a Filner Freak-o who spends his money on Mexican marijuana that probably already has some STD buried between its cracks, or Obama, the Holy, who solved Syria all by himself (ask the cruise missiles who solved Syria!!!).

No one’s taking my plastic bags.

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Mental Health Focus of Point Loma League of Women Voters

September 16, 2013 by Judi Curry
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When the meeting first started, I was fearful that the attendance would be very low. But by 10:45am there were over 30 people in attendance for this, the first unit meeting of the Pt. Loma League of Women Voters.

Nancy Witt – the co-chair of the meeting – explained that there are different facets to the LWV; There are the unit meetings that take place in all of the 9 units throughout San Diego County. There are “special event” meetings; there are “forums” etc. Today was a “topic” meeting and all of the units were discussing the same topic.

The mayoral race candidates with be presented in a “forum” with the LWV presenting only facts and information – they cannot make any recommendations but they can bring together the candidates, the information and other information for discussion. We were assured that there will be a forum before the mayoral election.

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Restaurant Review: OB Pho and Seafood

September 16, 2013 by Judi Curry
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Hearing that “Ciao Bella”, the Italian restaurant that used to be on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, now housed “OB Pho and Seafood”, I had to reread my review of Ciao Bella written many months ago; I had mentioned that they were serving to a full house; the food was fair, but too expensive for what was being served. My final line was that I probably would not be back.

Today, after “corresponding” with a reader of my articles on the OB RAG for over a year, Eric called and suggested that we meet. In discussing where that might be I mentioned that I had driven by OB Pho today and wondered if it was open yet. We decided to meet in front of the restaurant and if it was, we would eat there.If not, we would walk to somewhere else and have a meal there.

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Governor Brown’s Betrayal of Prop 30 Funds for Schools With Funds for Prisons Instead

September 16, 2013 by Jim Miller

Photo by Charlie Kaijo via flickr.comBy Jim Miller

Finally, there was a measure of good news for schools in California with Proposition 30 creating a budget surplus that had plugged some of the gaping holes that years of budget cuts had made in our state’s public education system.

But it didn’t take long for Governor Brown to betray us. Indeed, the Courage Campaign has done a great job in recent weeks taking the Governor to task for seeking to raid the Proposition 30 surplus to fund prison expansion.

That’s right, you heard it: prison expansion.

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OB Rag Mayoral Poll: ‘It’s Saldana, then Coons and Aguirre and Alvarez …’

September 13, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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OB Rag Mid-September Readers Poll on San Diego Mayoral Candidates

The results are in for our latest readers’ poll on the candidates for San Diego’s next mayor. With Lori Saldana on top with a third of the votes, Democrats did indeed sweep the field – not a surprise due to our generally liberal and independent readers.

Bruce Coons came in with a quarter of those responding (24%), and Mike Aguirre (14%) and David Alvarez (13%) fighting for third place.

The lone Republican in the race, Kevin Falconer, placed fifth along with Democrat Nathan Fletcher, both with 7%. Marti Emerald brought up the pack with 3%, “minor candidate” choice received 1%, and the last option, “cannot or will not vote” also got 1% of those polled.

The poll was up for about a week, and exactly 200 readers voted during that time.

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OB Town Hall Meeting on Community Plan Update Postponed Due to City Delay on EIR

September 13, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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It looks like the Ocean Beach Town Hall meeting on the new update of the Community Plan that had been scheduled for mid-September has to be postponed until late October or even early November, the OB Rag has just learned.

Officially, the delay in a community gathering on this important issue is because the City of San Diego has yet to release the Community Plan Update to the public, we were told by Gio Ingolia, Co-Chair of the OB Planning Board’s Community Plan Update committee.

Also, the City has not released the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or the Public Facilities Financing Plan. Gio stated in an email that it’s the EIR that has been the source of the delay, “the document slowing down the process.” He has been told, he said, that the EIR – and the Plan Update – will be released by the end of September.

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Faulconer’s Top Priorities as Mayor: “Pension Reform” and “Managed Competition” – Code Words for the Right’s Agenda of Privatizing Government

September 12, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Kevin Faulconer – candidate for mayor of San Diego, and sitting councilman for Ocean Beach and District 2 – is staking out his priorities for his campaign, and they’re standard right-wing Republican fare: so-called “pension reform” and “managed competition” – code words for the privatization of public services and retirement plans.

In an interview with the editors of the U-T San Diego editorial page published today, Sept. 12th, Faulconer answers their questions – totally softball, as he is now the standard bearer of the GOP run for mayor and the U-T, of course, is the Republican house propaganda organ. Who would have guessed that he was their first mayoral candidate to be interviewed.

Mr. Faulconer – on the City Council for the past 7 years representing OB, Point Loma, the Midway District, most of PB and Mission Beach, parts of Clairemont, Hillcrest – was asked:

Question: What are those things we still need to do in terms of the financial stability of the city?

Faulconer’s immediate response: “First and foremost, we need to have a mayor who is committed to pension reform.” Period.

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Around the Peninsula – Mid-September

September 12, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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29th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day- September 21

After you’ve had your fill of pancakes at our Pier Pancake Breakfast, be sure to help out at the annual San Diego Coastal Clean-Up. The event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21st from 9am-12pm. Jane Donley from Dog Beach Dog Wash is leading our local event at Dog Beach.

San Diego City Council Committee Pushes for Ban on Plastic Bags

Local markets throughout Ocean Beach, Point Loma and elsewhere across San Diego wil be effected if this ban on plastic bags ultimately passes the San Diego City Council A key committee of the Council came out today in strong support for a ban of plastic bags. The Rules and Economic Development Committee took a unanimous vote in directing staff to construct an ordinance that would ban plastic bags at city grocery stores and other retail sites within the city.

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21st Century Revitalization for San Diego’s Neighborhoods – Part 2 of Challenges and Opportunities for San Diego’s Next Mayor

September 12, 2013 by Source

Promoting Sustainable Neighborhoods in the Mayoral Campaign

By Jay Powell /Part One is Here

250px-NormalHeightsSmallSometime last year the street grinders and asphalt layers showed up in our neighborhood in Normal Heights. They did a great job right in front of our house– which really didn’t seem to need any repair, but around the corner, the worst, most traveled portion of the street wasn’t touched. Still hasn’t been.

After some considerable neighborhood wondering and grumbling it became apparent that the bumps and rolling topography and potholes actually served as a kind of regimen of reverse speed bumps to slow down some of those folks who thought the curves on Mountain View Drive were there to test the adhesion of their Mini Cooper’s tires at high speed.

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Word to the Wise: Week of September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013 by Source
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By Kelsey Lynore / The Tarot Nook

Each week, I throw a “What to do?” spread for each of the zodiac signs. The first card is shown and the other two… well, you’ll just have to infer them from the written forecasts. Mind the heads up and have a lovely week!

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Although you don’t know where you need to be, you are certain of the general direction in which you should travel. It might not be justifiable to others, but you feel it in your marrow — so it would be misguided to call it a ‘vague hunch,’ right? You know. So trust yourself this week, Aries, and be brave. Don’t trust some authority figure or abide by the law of another. No. Get in touch with that most adventurous and primal part of you. Like a homing device, it will lead you where you need to be — though perhaps a bit worse for the wear. But, hey! That’s life!

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La Playa Beach – Point Loma’s Wonderful Hidden Beach

September 12, 2013 by Source
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Tucked away behind Shelter Island the La Playa bayfront beach is a gem for families and relaxing

By John P. Anderson

The following is an excerpt of the original post at San Diego Free Press.

  1. Address: La Playa beach (McCall Street at San Antonio Avenue, Point Loma) Google Maps link
  2. Best For: Watching boats and swimmers, reading in the sun, building sand castles

As a stay-at-home father I’m constantly looking for outdoor activities to do with my kids. We frequent playgrounds, the San Diego Zoo, beaches, and spend a lot of time walking around North Park.

Recently a friend from Point Loma mentioned that the La Playa beach is a great place for playing in the sand.

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Sex in San Diego: How Body Image Issues Can Ruin Your Sex Life

September 12, 2013 by Source
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From Huffington Post

Does bad body image lead to bad sex? Quite possibly.

“Nothing kills the mood quite like being negative about the way you look,” HuffPost Live host Caitlyn Becker said during a Sept. 11 segment on how body image affects women’s sex lives.

Sarah Jenks, founder of life coaching and weight loss organization Live More Weigh Less, explained that many women’s body concerns get in the way of their pleasure in the bedroom. “A lot of us believe that if we lose 20 pounds, that’s when we’ll finally feel sexy,” she said. But of course, feeling sexy has much more to do with your state of mind than your weight.

Emotional eating expert Isabel Foxen Duke recommended that women whose self-esteem affects their sex lives ask themselves: “Is this about an underlying self-doubt that has nothing to do with my weight?”

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The Widder Curry Asks: “Are My On Line Dating Days Finally Over?”

September 11, 2013 by Judi Curry
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People ask me if I am still meeting people on line. After all, I said I was going to stop months ago. There is no simple answer to the question so let me elaborate.

I am no longer paying a fee to meet on-line men. Sites like E-Harmony, Match.Com, Zoosk, Senior People Meet, Big and Beautiful Dating Network, Our Time, etc. all charge a monthly fee for their “services.” I don’t know what their services entail, even though at one time or another I belonged to all of the above. They don’t check on the character of the individual; they sometimes notify me that one of their “members” wants to chat – or meet me – but as far as anything substantial there is a real void. I figure over the past year I have paid out over $800 for these “on-line” clubs.

There are a few sites that do not charge – “Plenty of Fish” (POF); OK Cupid/Quiver, as well as a few others. I have not removed my name from these sites because I am still hopeful that I will meet someone that will take away the loneliness I am experiencing by being a 4 year widow. So, in answer to the question about whether I am still using on-line dating, the answer is “yes”, but qualified.

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Get Ye to the Annual OB Pier Pancake Breakfast – Sept 21

September 11, 2013 by Staff
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Join the folks at the annual OB Pancake Breakfast at the OB Pier on September 21. Sponsored by the OB Town Council, the yearly event raises funds for the annual OB Christmas Food and Toy Drive. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Tickets can be had at the following merchant locations:

  • Dog Beach Dog Wash – on Voltaire Street
  • Raglan Public House – on Bacon Street
  • South Coast Surf Shop – on Newport Ave
  • Surf & Sea – on Bacon Street
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Challenges and Opportunities for San Diego’s Next Mayor

September 11, 2013 by Source

Forming the Basis of a Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

Part One of a Two Part Series

sustainable NeighborhoodBy Jay Powell

As things stand now Kevin Faulconer, a two term City Councilman, appears to be the choice of establishment Republicans, while Nathan Fletcher, former State Assemblyman and David Alvarez, City Councilman, will be vying for the support of the Democratic Party faithful.

Questions still remain about IF other credible candidates will throw their hat in ring in the days remaining to declare and file as candidates for this accelerated special election.

While we hold our breath, I suggest that those of us who have embraced a platform that was characterized as “neighborhoods first” during the last Mayoral election take the initiative to define what we mean by that phrase.

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The Birds, the Bees, and the Wolf Pack – Part 2

September 11, 2013 by Source

Did Bob Filner jump? did he fall? was he pushed?

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Here’s a link to Part One, A Story About Sex, the Birds and Bees and the Wolfpack

By Norma Damashek / NumbersRunner

Forget you, Nancy Drew. You’re being replaced by Perry Mason, super-sleuth defense attorney from the zero hour this guy would laboriously rise up in the middle of the courtroom and pull a rabbit out of a hat. First he’d say something enigmatic to the judge, then to the jury. Soon he’d turn to the seated onlookers and dramatically finger the real culprit… swindler… murderer… for a histrionic wrap-up to another solved case.

The case against Bob Filner, however, doesn’t lend itself to cheap theatrics. The complexity and political fallout of Bob Filner’s ouster bring his political demise closer to classic tragedy than pulp fiction — not merely for him personally but for the future of our city.

So let’s stick with the diligent approach of Ms Drew to arrive at some answers to this mayoral mystery: did Bob Filner jump? fall? or get pushed? and when the curtains are drawn back will we find a master manipulator slinking around in the shadows?

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Rep. Alan Grayson: ‘As a Congressman, I need all the facts on Syria – and I’m not getting them.’

September 10, 2013 by Source
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On Syria Vote, Trust, but Verify

By Congressman Alan Grayson / The New York Times / Sept. 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — THE documentary record regarding an attack on Syria consists of just two papers: a four-page unclassified summary and a 12-page classified summary. The first enumerates only the evidence in favor of an attack. I’m not allowed to tell you what’s in the classified summary, but you can draw your own conclusion.

On Thursday I asked the House Intelligence Committee staff whether there was any other documentation available, classified or unclassified. Their answer was “no.”

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OB and Point Loma News Round-Up

September 10, 2013 by Source
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Point Loma Sewage Plant at End of Its Line – Only Large Plant in US Not Up to Fed Standards

U-T San Diego: After suffering years of budget cutbacks because of a pension crisis, San Diego now faces a bigger financial challenge: how to deal with a sewage project that could cost even more money — up to $3.5 billion once interest is included.

OB Man’s Bamboo Bicycle Stolen – Pledges to Pedal Across Country If Returned

abc10News: An Ocean Beach man is offering to pedal his one-of-a-kind bamboo bicycle across the United States as long as the stolen bike is returned. Rob Greenfield is an Ocean Beach resident who owns and operates The Greenfield Group, an environmentally-active marketing company.

Come inside for more ….

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Family Trust Sells Off Major Chunk of Property on 5000 Block of Santa Monica Avenue in OB

September 10, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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A family trust has completed the sale of a major piece of land that it has held on the 5000 block of Santa Monica Avenue in Ocean Beach. Total sales: $6.3 Million!

It was the Keen Family Trust that sold off its holdings, working via a successor bank trust.

First on the block – as we reported back in August – was the small, single-family house – nearly a hundred years old – and the 3 adjacent and separate rental units on Santa Monica Avenue – all right next to the Santa Monica mall. The old house – one-bedroom and one-bath – is at 5063 Santa Monica Ave. It sold for $675,000.

The three rental units are located at 5065-5059 Santa Monica – each with a side yard and parking in the alley. They were sold for $900,000, cash. They occupy a 7,000-square-foot lot.

Total price tag for the two properties: $1,575,000. They were all bought by Ku-Fong Tzung and Jean Tzung, trustees of the Fu-Kong & Jean Tzung Trust. Sell: U.S. Bank N.A., as successor trustee under the Keen Family Declaration of Trust Number One.

More recently announced was the sale of a the 22-unit apartment complex the Keen Family Trust had owned, located at 5041 – 5043 Santa Monica Avenue.

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A Restaurant Review: Kono’s Surf Club in Pacific Beach

September 10, 2013 by Judi Curry
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Kono’s Surf Club
704 Garnet Ave.
Pacific Beach, CA 92109
858-483-1669

It isn’t often that I leave Ocean Beach to try a restaurant in Pacific Beach, but today was an exception. We ended up at Kono’s Surf Club in PB.

Before we left the house, I had done some minor research on Kono’s and suggested we try having breakfast there. (It was 2:15pm). Ro checked her “Iphone” and found they were open until 4:00pm – so away we went.

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OB People’s Food Adds Parking With Purchase of Next-Door Duplex

September 9, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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OB People’s Food has just purchased property immediately to the east of its current parking lot, which will increase the organic food store’s parking availability. Parking – or lack of – has been one of the biggest problems that has accompanied the success of the store, officially called Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market.

Nancy Casady, executive director told the OB Rag this morning about the very recent purchase. The property consists of 1300 square feet that includes two rental units – one is occupied currently with a long-term tenant.

The new property located at 4747 Voltaire Street will allow the store to increase its parking by 6 to 7 spaces in the rear of the newly-bought lot, accessible from the alley.

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The San Diego Labor Council’s Choice: David Alvarez

September 9, 2013 by Jim Miller

AlvarezBy Jim Miller

Last Friday evening, after five grueling hours of candidate interviews and spirited debate, the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council overwhelmingly endorsed David Alvarez for mayor.

This decision came after weeks of intense lobbying on the part of former labor leader Lorena Gonzalez, who, along with other powerful Democratic power brokers and money people were seeking to clear the field of genuinely progressive candidates in order to anoint Nathan Fletcher as the “only choice.”

Indeed, while Democratic money bundler Christine Forrester was writing to her well-heeled contacts praising Fletcher as “an astute business leader, worthy of representing and evolving Qualcomm’s business interests” and someone “well-suited to find common denominators between left and right” in order to create a “bipartisan platform from which San Diego can soar,” Gonzalez was repackaging him as a working class hero about whom she said to her list of labor folks, “the more he learned about economic justice issues, the better champion he became.”

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What’s in it for Me? Your Obamacare Health Insurance Options

September 9, 2013 by Source

obamacare-health-insurance-marketplaceBy Joan McCarter / Daily Kos

Oct. 1 will be upon us before we know it, the launch date of the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

Note that while we’re hearing a lot about the Oct. 1 deadline for the exchanges, that’s when people can first start signing up in an open enrollment period that runs through next March. Coverage won’t begin, however, until Jan. 1, 2014.

We tend to hear more about the politics of all this (still!) than the mechanics of all this, so it’s worth talking about some of the basics for the people who it will affect.

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US Farmers Continue David Vs. Goliath Battle Against Monsanto

September 9, 2013 by Source

Group brings challenge to patents on Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed to Supreme Court.

Photo via OSGATA.org

By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams

A group of U.S. farmers is not giving up its fight against biotech giant Monsanto

In the latest step of a two and a half year legal battle, plaintiffs in Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) et al v. Monsanto asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thrusday to hear their case challenging the patents on Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed.

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