April 2017

5,000 San Diegans Mobilize for People’s Climate March: Photo Gallery

April 29, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

This reporter stood on the sidewalk and observed the entire Climate March in downtown San Diego today, Saturday, April 29th.

At least 5,000 people attended the rally, the one-mile loop of a march and then a second rally at the County Administration Building.

Here are the people and their wonderful signs:

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Short-Term Vacation Rentals Are Heating Up in Ocean Beach

April 28, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

Nate Bazydlo – the vice-president of the OB Town Council – got up before the audience the other night at the monthly meeting of the Council and recounted a sad story. He had recently run into an old friend, a long-time resident of Ocean Beach, who had just been evicted out of her home of 20 years.

Seems some mystery man had approached her landlord and had offered him hundreds of dollars more a month than what Nate’s friend was paying. The landlord took the deal, kicked the friend out, and leased it to the mystery man. And without moving in, the mystery man made the place into a short-term vacation rental. He didn’t even have to buy it, he just leased it, and then turned around and now leases it out to high-paying vacationers.

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Banner Seen Over I-5 Near Downtown San Diego

April 28, 2017 by Source

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Report on the Usual Suspects at the Ocean Beach Town Council April Gig

April 28, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

The OB Town Council held their monthly public meeting last Wednesday night – where they usually do – at the Masonic Center on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

As I drove into the Center’s parking lot from the alley between Santa Monica and Santa Cruz, I could see that something was up, as there was a crowd of people congregating around the side door that leads immediately into the community room. Oh, no. Another meeting outside? I conjectured, recalling the last time that the meeting was held outside on the asphalt, that summer night when the electricity blew a fuse or something.

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San Diego’s April 29th Climate March: Why It Matters

April 28, 2017 by Source

By Mark Hughes, SanDiego350

In the recently published book, “The Knowledge Illusion”, authors Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach assert something rather disturbing: we rarely think for ourselves. Instead, we patch together our understanding of the world by taking a bit from over here and a bit from over there. If they are correct, it’s pretty easy to see that it’s whose bits we incorporate (the IPCC or Trump? Hmm.) that create our worldview.

Person holding sign: Pipelines Leak, It's Not If, It's When

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OB Library Book Sale : Saturday April 29

April 28, 2017 by Source
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Ed Harris Slams Fire Chief Over Dispatch Changes at OB Town Council Forum

April 27, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Ed Harris, union leader for San Diego lifeguards, slammed the city’s fire chief over water-rescue dispatch changes recently implemented, Wednesday night- April 26 – at the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting.

Billed as a “public forum on policy change to water 911 calls”, both Harris and Brian Fennessy, the new fire chief, had been invited by the council to debate the issue – but Fennessy had declined to attend, and OBTC president Gretchen Newsom read his email response instead.

The core issue is that after over 30 years of practice, Fennessy unilaterally changed the policy on water-rescue dispatches.

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Midway Planners Frustrated with Zapf and City’s Responses to Homeless Issues

April 27, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Midway Community Planning Board devoted its regular Wednesday monthly meeting April 19th to the topic that is most on the minds of its members: the homeless and the problems they are causing in the Midway area.

Council member Lori Zapf was at the meeting as was the Mayor’s so called “homeless czar” Stacie Spector. There were about 40 people in attendance. The meeting was held at the new EF Language School on Kenyon Street.

Zapf arrived at 3:30 and was the first to speak.

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The Science of San Diego Mastodon Bones, Time and Human Habitation

April 27, 2017 by Anna Daniels

Mastodon San Diego

By Anna Daniels / San Diego Free Press

Who knew that the Cerutti Mastodon site along SR54 in San Diego may be “the oldest in situ, well-documented archaeological site in North America and, as such, substantially revises the timing of arrival of Homo into the Americas”? And what does that actually mean?

San Diego has been a rich source of paleontological discoveries. A 300,000 year old mammoth was excavated during the construction of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in downtown San Diego. Additional excavation ten feet below the skull and tusks of the mammoth revealed the 500,000 year old skeleton of a California Gray Whale.

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Mar-a-Lago to Add More Watersports Facilities

April 27, 2017 by Source
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Mar-a-Lago to Add More Watersports Facilities


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Peninsula Planners: McMillin Company and Liberty Station Improvements

April 26, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

There was another good sized crowd at the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Point Loma Library. But, as it turned out, many of those attending were presenters. The biggest group was from the McMillin company, there to show the public plans for improvement at the intersection of Nimitz and Rosecrans.

The improvements were only on Rosecrans north and south of the intersection from Jewell Street to Jarvis Street, nothing was planned for Nimitz.

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San Diego Warships Still Leading the Charge Against North Korea

April 26, 2017 by Michael Steinberg

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

If anything can be believed from anyone in the Trump regime, the US “strike group” led by the the San Diego based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is indeed heading for the Korean Peninsula.

On Saturday April 23, Trump said, “all options are on the table, ” including a military strike, according to Al Jazera, while VP Mike Pence added to the war fever escalation, stating that the the US warships would be in Korean waters “within days.”

That same day, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told reporters in Greece, where he was visiting:

“We need to issue peaceful and rational words. China is firmly supporting the peaceful de-nuclurerization of the area in the name of stability and peace.”

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Wave of the Future? Regulated Store Fronts on Newport Avenue

April 26, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

Yesterday I was strolling down Newport Avenue in OB and I thought one of my favorite stores was closed.

Usually the store has rolling racks of clothes for sale outside, but there weren’t any yesterday.

One of the workers informed me that the OB Main Street Association has been addressing what exactly all the businesses are putting on the sidewalks of Newport.

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The Inevitability of Universal Health Care

April 26, 2017 by Source

Why It’s Not Crazy to Think That Trump Could Champion Universal Health Care

By Bill Adams / San Diego Free Press

Universal health care in the U.S. is inevitable. It’s inevitable as long as this country remains among the league of economically developed countries. This inevitability stems from the answer to the fundamental moral question: Do all persons, regardless of wealth, deserve medical treatment? This question is essentially a rhetorical question.

The only acceptable answer in a modern civilized country is “yes.” Yet, the barbaric U.S. health care system tolerates the death of thousands of people per year attributable to lack of health coverage.

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OB Town Council Logo Design Contest

April 25, 2017 by Source

The OB Town Council is holding a contest for a new logo design for the organization.

And it’s seeking submissions from members of the OB community. The winning design will represent the unique community of Ocean Beach on all OBTC materials.

The winner will receive a $250 Visa gift card. Submissions must be in by June 5th, 2017.

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Projected Land Loss for Ocean Beach With Sea Rise Due to Climate Change

April 25, 2017 by Source

Editor’s Notes: The following post includes excerpts from Robert Burke’s “Pace of Sea Level Rising Quickly – Disaster Looms for Coastal San Diego“, published recently at San Diego UrbDeZine. Our excerpts focus on the effects on Ocean Beach.

Over the last few weeks, a vocal swath of San Diego has been quite polarized about large and small investors perhaps changing the nature of local communities thru the ongoing rental of homes principally in our coastal neighborhoods for profit. News reports have shown ‘for’ and ‘against’ waging this debate on the overall feel and makeup of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and elsewhere. This certainly is a debate worth having.

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A Freeway Runs Through It: How City Heights and Barrio Logan Fought Local Political Machines to Save Their Neighborhoods

April 25, 2017 by Anna Daniels

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Editor: The following is a retelling of how the San Diego communities of Barrio Logan and City Heights fought CalTrans and the local political machine to save their neighborhoods. (Originally published April 24, 2013.)

Resistance, Vision and Community

By Anna Daniels

During the month of April, San Diego Free Press has been providing extensive coverage of Barrio Logan. Much of that coverage has focused upon Chicano Park–its history, its national historical designation and its deep spiritual and community connections.

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Islamophobes Angry at San Diego School Board Over Anti-Bullying Policies

April 25, 2017 by Doug Porter

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The San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting this week may see an exercise in bombastic bigotry, thanks to articles published at Breitbart News and other outlets suggesting policies aimed at preventing bullying are actually implementing Sharia law.

An article in the Union-Tribune says the district is hearing complaints from people drawing misinformed conclusions stemming from the lead-in to the article at Breitbart, which strongly suggests the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a terrorist organization.

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Arrest Made in Stabbing Incident in Apartment above ABC Liquor

April 24, 2017 by Staff

UPDATE: The following is provided by Watch Commander Officer Buttle


The victim and his female friend were renovating an upstairs apartment. An unknown suspect drove up,

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15,000 San Diegans Marched for Science and Against Trump: Photo Gallery

April 24, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Resistance to Trump Continues

Between 15,000 and 18,000 San Diegans rallied and marched and rallied again for science, Saturday, April 22nd. They also marched and rallied against Donald Trump.

They formed up at the San Diego Civic Center Plaza – then marched down Broadway to the County Administration Building and the Waterfront Park.

Here are some scenes and some of the faces in the march.

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Show Down on Lifeguard Distress Calls at the OB Town Council Meeting: Wed. April 26th

April 24, 2017 by Source

Panel Discussion on Recent Policy Change with Ed Harris and Fire Dept Chief

From OBTC:

The Ocean Beach Town Council has invited San Diego Fire Department Chief Brian Fennessy and Ed Harris, leader of the San Diego Lifeguard Union, to the April 26th OB Town Council Meeting to speak on a recent policy change in the way that water distress calls are handled by the City.

Jeff Hatfield, former Lifeguard President, longtime Ocean Beach resident, and Lifeguard dispatcher will also sit on the panel.

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From Ocean Beach to Santa Barbara: 4 Days on a Bike to Heaven

April 24, 2017 by Source

Editor’s Note: OBcean Dave Milligan – who’s no spring puppy – took off on his bicycle April 10th and rode all the way from OB to Santa Barbara with his friend John. The amazing journey took them four days, and it’s recounted in detail here in Dave’ daily log. Dave called it “to heaven and back”.

By Dave Milligan

Day One: Sunday morning, wake up my good friend and riding partner, John, at 5:30. The edge of a new day is barely apparent. It’s quiet in Ocean Beach, it will be another half hour until we can see to ride, and another half hour beyond that until Lindberg Field sounds its general area wake-up alarm. A quick protein bar and banana and we are off down the alley and on the streets, a little after 6:00.

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In Congress This Week – April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017 by Source

congressLegislative Briefing for Week of 4.24.17

Compiled by Indivisible 49

In Congress This Week:

Health Care: Big week ahead! Negotiations are under way for the budget bill which must be passed on Friday, April 28th by midnight to avoid a fed gov’t shutdown. (Right around when 45’s 100 days are up. Good work team! We got baby to whine. sad.)

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Dumanis to Ease Out of DA’s Office amid Call for Independent Investigation into Her Ethics, Yet Considers Supervisor Seat

April 24, 2017 by Doug Porter

Democratic chair calls for independent investigation

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has informed her staff she’ll be leaving the position as of July 7, and is considering a run for County Supervisor.

In a letter distributed to the DA’s office on Thursday morning Dumanis says, although not committed as of yet to run for office, she believes her experience, along with the Board’s involvement in public safety and policy issues, would make her an effective member.

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Why the People’s Climate March Matters Now More Than Ever

April 24, 2017 by Jim Miller

Climate March

By Jim Miller

In the lead up to Earth Day, Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction, accurately observed that this year there wasn’t much to celebrate.

She’s right. An administration that can’t seem to stop stepping on its own feet in nearly every other area has been pretty darn good at gearing up to kill the planet. As Kolbert writes in the New Yorker:

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News from Ocean Beach: April 2017

April 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

After 24 Years Loan Ranger Pawn Shop to Close

The Loan Ranger Pawn Shop, which opened in 1993 at 1909 Cable Street, is closing. Signs up at the storefront indicate that the business is closing and ‘everything must go’. The space is also up for lease. Owned by Robert Johnston, the store was estimated to generate $130K in annual revenues and employed 3 people.

OB Man Convicted of Manslaughter

Lifeguard Disses Ocean Beach at La Jolla Shores Meeting

PETA Claims Heartbreak Killed SeaWorld Polar Bear


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Present at the Creation: Walter Cronkite and the ‘Environment Story’

April 21, 2017 by Source

By Ron Bonn/ SanDiego350

You could say I was present at the creation.

Looking back in our lives, we rarely know exactly when something started. But regular television news coverage of man-made climate change, with all it implies, started on New Year’s Day, 1970.

The staff of “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite”: producers, writers, technicians; a couple dozen of us in all, were sitting around the newsroom waiting for something to happen—because nothing happens on New Year’s Day—when the man himself stormed in. “Goddamn it,” he said to us, “we’ve got to do something about this environment story.”

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Proposed San Diego Budget Bad News for Urban Forestry

April 21, 2017 by Source

By Anne Fege / San Diego Free Press

The City’s FY 2018 budget was released on April 13, with a proposed cut of $880,000 for shade tree pruning—a grave disappointment.

With the City’s commitment to the Climate Action Plan, existing and large trees provide the most canopy cover, and they need to be managed and protected to maximize their health and life span.

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OB Rag Readers Choice Awards: Public Infrastructure

April 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Here Are the Winners and Losers – the “Best” and the “Worst”

Two weeks ago, we asked our readers to join in on our OB Rag Readers Choice Nominations for “Best” and “Worst” of Public Infrastructure in Ocean Beach. It was a chance for OBceans to weigh in on their favorite or not-so-favorite element of our public landscape here in the Village of OB.

We asked readers to give opinions on everything from the best neighborhood park to the worst intersection – and they did. Some gave their view of the overall “best” and “worst” of OB, which we include at the end.

So, here they are, the “Best” and “Worst” of OB’s public infrastructure:

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The Countdown on the Government Shutdown Begins in Congress

April 20, 2017 by Doug Porter

CongressBy Doug Porter

Congress will return to ‘work’ next week, and the most pressing matter facing legislators is simply keeping the government from shutting down.

As it turns out, Day 100 of the Trump administration will be the first day past the end of Federal funding for most government departments. House and Senate staffers have spent the past two weeks trying to hammer out a bipartisan deal covering the final five months of the fiscal year.

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