July 2016

Report of OB Town Council Meeting – Get It Done App, New 7-11 Coming, and Board Elections Scheduled

July 29, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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This is a brief report of the OB Town Council meeting held Wednesday, July 27th, as usual at the Masonic Center on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. What we found out: the City has a new complaint website and App, there’s another 7-11 coming into OB, and the Town Council has set up its election schedule – half of its seats are up for re-election.

What with conflicts with a big-name concert, the continuing Democratic convention, and the heat – the gathering was a little sparse. Forty attendees were counted by the end of the meeting, but many of the city departments that serve OB did not have their usual reps present to make reports (SDPD, firefighters, life guards).

“Get It Done” Webpage for City

One of the main presentations of the evening was by Conrad Wear, representative of Councilwoman Zapf’s office, on a brand new element of the City’s website called “Get it done” that makes it easy to report problems, especially street-related issues. There is also an App available. Here it is .

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San Diegans Voice Concerns to State Officials About Air Quality, Environmental Justice, and Climate Change

July 29, 2016 by Source

By David Harris / San Diego 350

SD350 members David Harris, Eddie Junsay, Nicola Peill-Moelter, Roland Bleu, Michael Brackney and others participate in the energy tableWhat do you get when you bring together 120 environmental activists and residents from environmental justice communities in a room with a dozen state regulators?

If you’re lucky, dozens of ideas for incentivizing renewable energy, improving public transit, and protecting neighborhoods from toxic industrial fumes.

This is exactly what happened on July 14th when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) sponsored a workshop on climate change at the beautiful new Cesar Chavez campus in Barrio Logan.

Local residents, whose voices are rarely heard by policy makers in Sacramento, came out in force to speak out about air pollution from local industry, the need for better transit options, and the impacts of climate change on communities already impacted by poor air quality.

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Winners Announced of OB Town Council Community Grant Awards

July 28, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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  • Ocean Beach Planning Board – $500 to assist the OBPB in their administration, since they receive no funds from the City. Dan Dennison accepted the award on behalf of the planning committee.
  • 2. “Cases for a Child” – $350, the group of local sewers make pillow cases for cancer kids at Rady’s hospital; Nancy McHenry accepted the award.

    3. Sunset Cliffs Surfing Association – $500 – goes to support the organization, which is holding a kids’ surfing contest at the OB Pier on August 27th.

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    Fiesta Island Debate: “One of few open and undeveloped areas within City will end if current proposed plan is implemented.”

    July 28, 2016 by Source
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    Fiesta Island mapBy Jean Spengel , FIDO Boardmember

    I would just like to reply to Ms. Swink’s editorial, ‘Improvements Needed to Expand Access’

    She obviously thinks that people enjoying the beach with their off-leash dogs do not matter,- they should be replaced by other users she wants to bring into the area.

    This is in spite of the fact that the 90 acre fenced off-leash area is the most heavily used space in all of Mission Bay Park.

    Every day, 365 days a year, hundreds to thousands of tax paying citizens use this area to exercise with their dogs.

    While there are over 40,000 acres of parkland in San Diego only about 40 of those acres (not including Fiesta Island) are available for off-leash use. That is about 1% of the public parkland.

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    On Love and Meritocracy – Part 2

    July 28, 2016 by John Lawrence

    There is No PhD in Love. Instead, there’s a ‘filtering out’ system

    Love in San DiegoHere’s Part 1.

    The educational system promotes “progress” in western terms that produces gadgets and labor saving devices while employing smaller and smaller numbers of highly educated people to do so.

    Those people who have a high capacity to love or care for others are devalued as lesser human beings if they do not have high IQs and advanced degrees from prestigious institutions. They aren’t promoted in terms of the educational system.

    There is no PhD in love.

    The meritocracy is seen as deserving of billions of dollars. Highly educated professionals attain the highest reaches of government from which they declaim on the virtues of people like themselves.

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    A San Diego Millennial’s View of the (Recent) History of Marijuana

    July 27, 2016 by Source
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    The Old OB Hippie Blogs

    An old fart like me gets really excited in anticipation of recreational marijuana being finally legalized for the first time in California this November. I’ve been smoking “black market” weed for 50 years, always having to hide it – first from my parents, then from my kids. But no longer.

    Smoking herb will be legal very soon. I can’t wait. In the meantime, of course, I got my Letter of Recommendation from a doctor for medicinal cannabis. (I have plenty of genuine ailments, you doubters!)

    In a quick leap, I went from smoking “Mexy” – the average marijuana from the border region – to smoking the good flower you can buy at the dispensaries. That is quite a jump. And I’ve had to run to catch up on all the brand names and accoutrements. So, to understand even more and to broaden my views, I sat down recently with a local millennial from San Diego to get his perspective on the marijuana experience and its and his history. I’ll call him “Mick”.

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    Washington Post: “Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy”

    July 27, 2016 by Source

    By Editorial Board / Washington Post / July 22, 2016

    DONALD J. TRUMP, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.

    Any one of these characteristics would be disqualifying; together, they make Mr. Trump a peril. We recognize that this is not the usual moment to make such a statement.

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    World of Wakanda: A New Marvel Comic Series

    July 27, 2016 by Source
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    By South OB Girl

    While thousands of people were attending Comic-Con last week, Marvel Comics announced the release of a new comic book series on Friday July 22. The superheroes will be women. And the series is being written by women. George Gene Gustines, writing in The New York Times July 23rd issue, did an interesting review of the series, entitled, “Marvel Shines a Spotlight on Women.”

    Wakanda is a fictional African country, and the world of the Marvel series, Black Panther. World of Wakanda will be a companion series. And will premiere in November.

    The current Black Panther series is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, author and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. The new comic will be written by two women, who are writing comics for the first time: the feminist writer Roxane Gay and the poet Yona Harvey.

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    A Vacation of Joy and Misery and Hope

    July 27, 2016 by Ernie McCray

    By Ernie McCray

    Ernie McCray (in Arles?)

    Maria and I just spent 38 days in Europe with a stop in Philly on the way home, a vacation that had a combination of both joy and misery and ended with notions of hope.

    It began with a man driving us from the Madrid-Barajas Airport to our hotel, talking about politics all the while. He wanted us to know that Spaniards, as we Americans do, have a few Donald Trumps around town. He had a lot to say about our president, a man he admired “for how he stepped up and got the U.S. out of the recession.”
    All that made us feel very welcomed and eager to explore the city. Then came Orlando, news that weakened our knees. Our tragedies, kind of, I think, seem even more dismal when you see them from far away, in another culture. You kind of feel that it reflects on you in some way.

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    Another Death at Sunset Cliffs – Fisherman Dies at Luscom’s

    July 26, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    There’s been yet another death at Sunset Cliffs – this time a man fishing near Luscom’s jumped into the ocean on Sunday, July 24th around 1 pm, reportedly to cool off, and ran into trouble immediately, according to bystanders. Luscom’s is near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Monaco Street.

    He’s been identified as San Diego resident AbelkHalek Boutayeb, 61.

    Boutayeb had been fishing for about2 hours when bystanders saw him either climb down the cliffs and got in the water or jumped in. As he struggled, he hit his head against the reef. One or 2 people jumped in and tried to save him, and one of them tried to keep the victim afloat.

    Latest Is 2nd Death – Plus Two Serious Injuries – at Sunset Cliffs This Month

    This most recent fatality comes just 3 weeks after a man fell to his death on July 5th near Ladera Street along Sunset Cliffs. And it comes just 11 days after …

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    50th Birthday of OB Pier Celebrated by OB Historical Society

    July 26, 2016 by Source
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    By Bryon Morton

    The Ocean Beach Historical Society had a presentation to coincide with the Ocean Beach Pier turning 50 years old. There was a briefing and celebration at the Point Loma United Methodist Church on Sunset Cliffs Blvd last week on Thursday, July 21stat 700PM.

    Ralph Teyssier lectured on the engineering and building that went into the Ocean Beach Fishing Pier.

    Per the Historical Society’s web site:

    Leonard Teyssier, Ralph’s father, was owner of one of the largest construction companies in San Diego in the mid- 1960s. Leonard’s firm, Teyssier, Teyssier, Inc., built the Ocean Beach Pier.”

    Ralph spoke to a packed house and engaged the audience with slides of historical photographs and architectural blue prints of the Ocean Beach Fishing Pier. He had been a teenager during the construction progress and was on-site to witness much of the pier fabrication and construction.

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    OB Town Council Looking to Fill Vacancy on Board of Directors

    July 26, 2016 by Source
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    The Ocean Beach Town Council is looking to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors.The following is from their website about applying:

    Are you interested in becoming more involved with your community? If you have a strong desire to promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of our residents, then please consider applying for the vacant seat on the Ocean Beach Town Council Board of Directors. We provide a great venue for you to engage deeply in our community and make a meaningful and lasting impact.

    To become an appointed board member, you first must be a dues-paying member of the OBTC, which requires that you live, work, or own a business within Ocean Beach. If you are not a member, you can apply and pay your dues directly on our website .

    Letter of Interest Needs to Be Submitted by August 5

    Once a member, please submit a letter of interest for your appointment to a vacant seat.

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    OB Town Council Meeting: Community Grant Awards to Be Announced – Wed., July 27th

    July 26, 2016 by Staff
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    At the upcoming OB Town Council meeting on Wednesday, July 27th, the board will announce the awards of their OB Community Grants program.

    The board has selected local organizations, groups, and persons that promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of its residents.

    The meeting is open to the public, of course, as the OBTC invites all to “Come learn more about these important community groups and initiatives and lend them our collective congratulations.”

    There also will be a brief presentation from the Office of Councilmember Lorie Zapf on …

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    Ocean Beach Fishing Pier – a Video

    July 25, 2016 by Source
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    Here is a video honoring the 50th anniversary of the OB Pier. Produced by Randy Lane, it’s a video of artist Diane Marie Cobert-Brunner and her 3d artwork, “Ocean Beach Fishing Pier”.

    It’s currently showing at Teeter on Niagara.


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    “San Diego Free Press” Takes Home 9 Professional Journalism Awards

    July 25, 2016 by Staff
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    Editor: Our prodigy media project, the San Diego Free Press has something to be very proud about; they just brought home nine awards from the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists last week.

    Many of the volunteer writers who won awards have their articles re-posted here at the OB Rag. (OB Rag editors sit on the editorial board of the SDFP.) Here is the report:


    As we enter our fourth year here at the San Diego Free Press, there could be no greater gift than to be the platform that allows eight volunteer writers worthy recognition among a Society of Professional Journalists. We are intensely proud to be working with these incredibly talented and passionate people.

    The San Diego Free Press itself was also recognized for its role in online journalism.

    The awards are as follows:

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    Outside Spaces, the Bold Vista of Ocean Beach, and Other Wonders : 2016 Summer Chronicles 6

    July 25, 2016 by Jim Miller

    sunset in OBOne of the great pleasures of my life to date was having access, for a period of several years, to a dingy little studio by the sea in Ocean Beach.

    It was so small that when you rolled out the futon, it took up the entire room. The kitchen was too tiny for a dinner table, the hot water frequently didn’t work in the bathroom, and the constant noise and pot smoke from the neighbors streamed through the cracked, paper-thin walls.

    It was paradise.

    The saving grace, no, the miracle, of this claustrophobic hovel was that you opened the door to the ocean and within a few steps you arrived at a disheveled patio full of rusty tables and moldy plastic chairs overlooking the cliffs and the pounding surf below. As with the dramatic difference between the cell-like studio and the big blue sea, on the patio, the juxtaposition of grit and grandeur was striking, and somehow perfect.

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    Will Trump Have Hillary Arrested If He Is Elected?

    July 22, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Will Donald Trump have Hillary Clinton arrested if he is elected in November? His base sure wants it.

    With loud chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” reverberating through the cavernous arena at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the delegates displayed for millions of viewers the war cry of the assemblage.

    Whenever Trump or Chris Christie or anyone else among the second and third-string speakers on stage called the Democratic Party nominee out for alleged “crimes”, the chant would go up.

    It wasn’t easy watching Trump’s speech last night from Ohio. But I forced myself to do it. My housemates all took cover as the convention blared from the living-room widescreen.

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    Reader Rant: “The community is being snookered about City’s lack of enforcement of 30-foot height violations.”

    July 22, 2016 by Source
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    By Local One

    I attended the Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting last night (Thursday, July 21) and listened intently to the presentations made by Mayor Faulconer’s representative and the head of the Developmental Services Department.

    Boy oh boy, what a bunch of packaged lies we were fed last night. The people can see with their own eyes that the community is being snookered with regard to the lack of enforcement, and continuing DSD approval, of numerous violations of the existing MC defined 30 foot coastal height limit.

    Speaker after speaker last night quoted directly from the Municipal Code in which the law is absolutely clear with regard to measuring the 30? height, but City representatives from the Mayor’s office and DSD kept insisting that the City Attorney’s office interprets the voter approved Proposition D very differently than any common sense reading of the law.

    Further, the Mayor and DSD shut down the Emerson Street project based on a violation of the FAR standards, NOT the obvious violation of the 30 foot coastal height limit.

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    Zapf Introduces Surveillance Cameras to OB at Press Conference But No Questions Were Allowed

    July 22, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    Councilwoman Lori Zapf on Thursday, July 21st, introduced the newly-installed police surveillance cameras at a brief news conference held on the greens near the OB Lifeguard Station.

    With ranking police officers and OB merchants on both sides of her, Zapf led off the presser before 2 TV cameras, and a handful of protesters opposed to the cameras.

    Zapf said that over a year ago, police leaders at Western Division working with her office to come up with safety measures came up with the idea to install ten cameras along OB’s waterfront.

    Now they’ve all been placed, from the OB Pier to Dog Beach, and the signs went up just now, Zapf said, and the cameras can now go live.

    Emphasizing the cameras were a crime-prevention tool, a deterrent, they’ll make the beach more safe, she said, mentioning that the cameras will bring relief to the tourists worried about being victimized.

    Why the cameras? Zapf asked.

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    5 Gadgets that Make Sleeping Under the Stars a Real Treat

    July 22, 2016 by Source

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    By Averi Melcher / San Diego UrbDeZine /June 29, 2016

    Last month, I accepted the challenge to camp out for a total of 31 nights between May and September. It’s not for any big campaign or some sort of a contest – just a gentle nudge in the rear to remind you that you don’t have to sail away on a month-long sabbatical to reconnect with nature.

    I really think that’s the best way to do it – a night here, a weekend there. Getting out when and wherever you can.

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    OB Rag Fund Raising Surpasses Goal by 2/3rds

    July 22, 2016 by Frank Gormlie
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    One week ago exactly, the OB Rag began a fund raising campaign – having found ourselves broke.

    We set a goal of $1,000 to raise for the week – Friday to Friday.

    And wow! Our supporters and readers came through – and we raised nearly $1650 ($1642.50 to be exact) in that week.

    That’s two-thirds over our goal!

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    San Diego Web Thin Case Leads to Another 10 Minute Acquittal in Medical Cannabis Trial

    July 22, 2016 by Source
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    By Terrie BestSan Diego Americans for Safe Access

    The thin-as-air manufacturing case against medical cannabis patient and collective operator, Shaun Smith swept so quickly through trial that before we knew it, Attorney Michael Cindrich had queued up his third cannabis-related not guilty verdict in four months.

    The Cindrich winning streak started with defendant John Mazula in El Cajon, moved north to LA and then touched down in San Diego County’s Vista yesterday – surely making waves in District Attorney’s office and changing the landscape for medical cannabis patients.

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    Debate Over Future of Fiesta Island Continues: ‘Improvements Needed to Expand Access’

    July 21, 2016 by Source
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    Editor: This is a continuation of the debate over the future of Fiesta Island. It began with op-eds in the San Diego Union-Tribune, and we helped it along with our earlier post. Here below, Judith Swink rebuts the rebuttals.

    By Judith Swink

    Improvements on Fiesta Island will happen eventually because they must.

    The 1994 Mission Bay Park Master Plan carried forward that intention from the previous master plans. The proposed Fiesta Island improvements will make the island more useful and inviting to a much larger number of people than just those who want to use it as it is today. It is a key tenet of both the Mission Bay Park Master Plan and the California Coastal Act that coastal recreation areas be developed to enable use and access for everyone.

    A Local Coastal Program amendment in 2002, in conjunction with approval of the Sea World Master Plan by the Coastal Commission requires the City to develop Fiesta Island as proposed in the 1994 Mission Bay Park Master Plan and LCP.

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    The Last Little Thrift Store on Newport in Ocean Beach

    July 21, 2016 by Source
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    Two Dollar Thrill Only Shop of Its Kind on Main Commercial Street

    By South OB Girl

    Newport Avenue has a long history of thrift shops and vintage clothing shops. A history that is decades long.

    Some folks are excited for the new coffee shop, OB Beans, opening at 4879 Newport Ave. But some folks are sad that Thrift Trader ended up closing its doors in that location.

    Thankfully — two doors down from the old Thrift Trader location is Two Dollar Thrill. Run by the owner of Thrift Trader. Two Dollar Thrill is now the only thrift shop on Newport. Since the thrift shop for animals on Newport also closed its doors this year.

    The current location at 4871 Newport — between OB Hardware and The Corner Store –is actually the original location, where Two Dollar Thrill first opened in OB 6 years ago. The larger store at 4879 was part of an attempted expansion.

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    On Love and Meritocracy – Part 1

    July 21, 2016 by John Lawrence

    We Don’t Need Another Gadget

    The Answer is LoveWhat the world needs now is love… so wrote Hal David in 1965 with music by Burt Bacharach. It was true then and even truer now.

    We don’t need another gadget. We don’t need another smartphone. We don’t need another IPO, which only increases the economic divide between the 1% and the 99%.

    Economic progress has utterly failed us. It won’t prevent the world going up in flames and/or being flooded out due to global warming. It hasn’t prevented war and violence crowding out every other story on the evening news and getting worse by the day.

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    Press Conference on Surveillance Cameras in OB Today – Thurs. at 11:30 a.m.

    July 21, 2016 by Staff

    Here is the Press Release for a Press Conference on the surveillance cameras installed in Ocean Beach.

    OB Crime Fighting Cameras Set to Go Live

    What: The City of San Diego has installed cameras in Ocean Beach near the ocean and parking lots to ward off potential criminals. The cameras are on a loop that is not monitored or reviewed unless a crime is reported. This will give law enforcement a valuable crime fighting tool to provide evidence and allow prosecutors to go after criminals to the fullest extent of the law.

    When: Thursday, July 21, 2016
    11:30 AM

    Where: Ocean Beach – at the intersection of Newport Ave and Abbott Street.

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    The People at the One-and-Only OB Farmers Market – A Photo Gallery

    July 20, 2016 by Source

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    Our good friend and photographer, Byron Morton, visited OB’s famous Farmers Market on Newport Avenue and captured some of the good folk who were in attendance – this was last week, July 13th.

    See a friend or 2 – give a shout out!

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    Good Samaritan Saves Woman After Fall Off Sunset Cliffs

    July 20, 2016 by Frank Gormlie

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    A Good Samaritan by the name of Sean Hanrahan saved a woman after she fell off Sunset Cliffs into the ocean, Tuesday night, July 19th.

    Around 8:15 pm at the end of Del Monte Avenue, the woman, with friends, somehow fell from the cliffs into the ocean and was immediately pulled out further by the rip current.

    Sean Hanrahan, who lives nearby, saw that the woman apparently having trouble in the waves, and saw her hit her head against rocks. Hanrahan jumped in and kept her afloat until lifeguards arrived.
    appeared to be struggling in the water and her head was hitting against the rocks. He jumped in to try and help her before lifeguards arrived to the scene.

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    Is This Election Good for the Fish?

    July 20, 2016 by Source
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    By David Helvarg / Blue Notes – Blue Frontier /July 19, 2016

    The party conventions are now underway starting with the Republicans in Cleveland to be followed by the Democrats in Philadelphia.

    The stark contrasts between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: on immigration, education, health care, trade, foreign policy, etc. do not end at the water’s edge where you might also find a Trump resort or golf course.

    The ocean has yet to be mentioned on the campaign trail although our organization, Blue Frontier, is coordinating a letter to the candidates from ocean leaders in business, science, conservation, education and other fields that will be sent to the candidates after the conventions.

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    The OB Pier Turns 50 ! – Join OB Historical Society for its Story – July 21

    July 20, 2016 by Staff

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