December 2013

San Diego Planning Commission Okays Continued Presence of OB Police Trailer

December 6, 2013 by Staff
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On Wednesday, Dec. 4, a hearing by an officer of the San Diego Planning Commission ruled that the City does not have to remove the so-called police trailer from the parking lot at the OB Pier.

The hearing was held to make a judgement on whether the City of San Diego had to comply with a violation that the California Coastal Commission slapped on the trailer and its owners back in July of this year. The police trailer is owned by the City and supported by the OB Mainstreet Association as a deterrent to drug dealing and other anti-social behavior. Others call it an eyesore and an unnecessary structure that takes away parking and blocks view.

Some residents and merchants in OB have been split on this issue of the police trailer since at least all of this century.

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Many Tears Shed for Madiba Nelson Mandela, the Man Who Could Not Cry

December 6, 2013 by Doug Porter

via Nelson Mandela Foundation

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

The media today is dominated by coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death at age 95. Following a few fast facts designed to put this great man in perspective, I’m reposting the best of the obituaries I’ve seen posted today. (It’s long, but worth it)

Facts you might not see in today’s mainstream media coverage:

  • During his 27 years of imprisonment he was forced to labor in Robben Island’s limestone quarry. The dust damaged his tear ducts, and when released, he could not cry.
  • He was never a pacifist, never a Gandhi and never afraid to assert the absolute right of the oppressed to fight back
  • The South African government banned photos of Mandela in prison. When he was released in 1990, few South Africans knew what he looked like.
  • Even after serving as the first Black President of South Africa and receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Mandela remained on the US terrorist watch list, requiring special certification from the State Department to enter the country. In 2008 George W Bush signed a bill fixing this just prior to his 90th birthday.
  • Mandela’s arrest in 1962 came as the result of a CIA informant, allowing the South African police to nab him at a roadblock, even though he was disguised as a chauffeur.
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County Health Officials Lift Closure of Dog Beach and South Mission

December 5, 2013 by Frank Gormlie

As of Thursday Afternoon, Dec. 5th

County Environmental Health officials have just notified the OB Rag – at our inquiry – that we and our dogs can go back into the ocean at Dog Beach and South Mission.

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OB Planning Board Votes to Approve CVS Pharmacy Alcohol Permit

December 5, 2013 by Source

By Stephanie Denton

Here are my notes from the Ocean Beach Planning Board Meeting – Wed., Dec. 4th.

The planning board meeting opened up with a modification to the agenda bringing the CVS Pharmacy ABC License Type 21 to being the first of action Items to be addressed tonight. The CVS representatives presented their Proposed OB Community Benefits Package which was created by meetings between CVS and members of the Town Council and Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association.

Gretchen Kinney Newsom president of the Ocean Beach Town Council spoke …

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OB Christmas Tree Up Despite Snags along the Way from Coronado Avenue

December 4, 2013 by Matthew Wood
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By Matthew Wood

It’s officially the holiday season in Ocean Beach: The OB Christmas tree has been planted in the sand.

The 60-foot-or-so star pine was cut down Tuesday morning from the yard of the Kuhn family at 4879 Coronado Ave. and transported with much fanfare to its spot near the boardwalk just off Newport Avenue and Abbott Street.

“Whenever we do a tree, we want to find one that can be donated,” said OB Town Council president Gretchen Newsom, who said the tree’s roots were coming into the house and it needed to be cut down anyway.

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Full Agenda at OB Planners Meeting Tonight – Wed., Dec. 4th: CVS Pharmacy, Community Plan Update, and Demolitions on 4700 Del Mar

December 4, 2013 by Frank Gormlie
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Looks like the Ocean Beach Planning Board has a full agenda for their monthly meeting tonight, Wed., Dec. 4th. The Board meets at 6pm sharp inside the OB Recreation Center at Santa Monica and Ebers.

Two big ticket items are the OB Community Plan Update and CVS Pharmacy’s alcohol permit. Also included are applications for demolitions of 2 single family houses on the 4700 block of Del Mar Avenue and additions to two buildings on Castelar Street.

The Board will also be doing some housekeeping for their upcoming annual election in March of next year.

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OB Town Council Supports Ban on Plastic Bags

December 4, 2013 by Source
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Just recently, the Ocean Beach Town Council passed a resolution that supports the ban on plastic bags in the City of San Diego. When the Council met, it passed it in support of the ordinance before the City.

Here is some of the language in the Resolution (which can be found on the OBTC website):

  • More than 500 million single-use plastic bags are distributed annually in San Diego, and approximately 3% are recycled.
  • Improper disposal results in plastic bags becoming windblown through our streets, parks, and beaches, clogging our storm drains and sewers, degrading our soils and waterways, and threatening the lives of avian and marine species.
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San Diego Reader Cartoon Comments on OB Felony Shrub Trimmer With Swing at DA Dumanis

December 4, 2013 by Staff
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On the online San Diego Reader, there is a cartoon by Neal Obermeyer that refers to the OB felony shrub trimmer and takes a swing at District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis at her office’s prosecution of Vince Adame – charged with felony vandalism for trimming city-owned hedges, and then who had them dismissed this week.

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Test Results on Waters at Dog Beach Expected Wed. Afternoon

December 4, 2013 by Staff
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Test results on possible contamination of the waters at OB’s Dog Beach and South Mission Beach are expected today, Wed. afternoon, Dec. 4th.

The County Environmental Health department ordered the beaches closed on Sunday because of a large 22,500 gallon sewage spill a few miles from the beaches up the San Diego River in Mission Valley. Both beaches have been closed since.

According to the water department, the spill originated close to I-15 along the San Diego River when pipes were broken or moved by roots.

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Charges Dismissed Against Vince Adame – “the Felony Hedge Trimmer of OB”

December 3, 2013 by Matthew Wood
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By Matthew Wood

The nightmare that has been Vince Adame’s long shrubbery saga is finally over.

He has been battling a citation over his trimming of some bushes across the alley from his house that somehow turned into a felony vandalism charge. When the district attorney’s office finally dropped the charges Monday night, the longtime Ocean Beach resident was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

A press conference …

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CVS Pharmacy Asked to Support Ocean Beach Community Benefits Package

December 3, 2013 by Source
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The OB Planning Board has a meeting this Wednesday, Dec.4th and CVS Pharmacy’s requested alcohol permit is an agenda item. CVS is planning to move into the former Apple Tree Market building on Santa Monica Avenue in downtown OB.

At last month’s Planning Board meeting, Gretchen Newsom, the head of the OB Town Council, had requested CVS to provide a “Community Benefits Package” and to detail how CVS proposes to involve itself in the local community.

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Felony Charges Dismissed Against OB Hedge Trimmer – Press Conference Called for Dec. 3rd

December 2, 2013 by Staff
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The Law Office of Frank Gormlie has announced that a press conference will be held Tuesday morning, December 3rd, where Vince Adame will announce that the felony charges against him for trimming city-owned hedges have been dismissed.

Vince Adame had been charged with felony vandalism, a violation of Penal Code 594, accused of maliciously destroying five bushes of New Zealand Christmas Tree on a slice of city-owned land behind 5072 Niagara Avenue in OB – right above the OB Pier parking lot.

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Dog Beach and South Mission Closed Due to Sewage Spill

December 2, 2013 by Staff
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Large sections of area beaches remain closed due to a huge sewage spill on Sunday, Dec 1. Dog Beach is included in the list of closed beaches. Also parts of South Mission Beach. The spill was caused by nearly 22,000 gallons contaminating the San Diego River near I-15.

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Coastal Commission To Consider 3 Hotels for Liberty Station

December 2, 2013 by Staff

By Thor Kamban Biberman / The Daily Transcript /November 27, 2013

A proposal for three hotels totaling 650 rooms at Liberty Station, where a single Nickelodeon hotel had been planned before the recession, is scheduled to be heard by the California Coastal Commission on Dec. 12 in San Francisco.

Plans currently call for a 252-room, all-suites hotel; a 215 room, residence-style hotel with kitchenettes; and a 183-room hotel with a mix of standard rooms and suites. A total of 701 parking spaces would serve the hotels.

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OB Planning Board Agenda for Wed., December 4th

December 2, 2013 by Staff

Here is the agenda for the monthly meeting of the OB Planning Board for Wed., Dec. 4th. The meeting begins at 6pm sharp and is held at the OB Rec Center, at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

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More Volunteers Needed for OB’s Holiday Parade

December 2, 2013 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Town Council is still looking for volunteers for helping to run the OB Holiday Parade this weekend.

We still need more volunteers for the positions of Staging Assistants, Traffic Barricade Guards, and Security/Crowd Control Volunteers! We have filled all positions for Announcers and Block Captains.

The Ocean Beach Town Council needs help – we almost have all the 100 responsible persons who are volunteering for the 34th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade.

The Holiday Parade occurs on Saturday, December 7, 2013, and it cannot occur without the dedicated support of our volunteers.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up to Volunteer!

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On Black Friday: I Would Prefer Not To

December 2, 2013 by Jim Miller

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As the Salon story reposted here on Black Friday noted there were about 1,500 protests around the country on our annual day of consumer madness mostly designed to shine a light on the horrendous corporate practices of Walmart, America’s beloved externalizing machine. While Walmart’s propaganda insists that the company is a provider of good jobs and many benefits to our communities, the facts suggest otherwise.

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