May 2017

News and Notices of Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early June 2017

May 31, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Suspected Drunk Drives Car Down OB Boardwalk

36-year-old Jacob Souchak was arrested for DUI and hit and run after driving his gold Chevy Impala down the OB Boardwalk at the end of Newport Avenue over the Memorial Day weekend. …

OB Lifeguards Made 66 Water Rescues in April

Sgt Lonnie Stephenson of the San Diego Lifeguards told the OB Town Council that OB lifeguards made 66 water-rescues during April. …


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Restaurant Review: Surf Side Deli in Point Loma

May 31, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Surf Side Deli
(Formerly Brown Bag Deli)
1912 Rosecrans
San Diego, CA 92106

No less than four people have asked me if I have tried the Surf Side Deli. When the fourth person asked me about it I asked them what was so special about it.

His answer was that the Chef is Billy “Butter” Joyce – a local, that has an extensive career in the food industry. He has worked at the Old Venice, Miguels, the Brigantine, Karl Strauss, etc. His background goes on and on, and it was highly suggested that I try it.

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Nuclear Shutdown News May 2017: San Onofre Shenanigans Continue

May 31, 2017 by Michael Steinberg

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear industry in the US and abroad, and highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free world. Here is our May 2017 report:

San Onofre shenanigans continue–and so does resistance

On May 27 KPBS along with the Associated Press reported the story “Customers May Never Know How They Got Stuck With $3.3 Billion Paid For San Onofre Shutdown.”

This report details how the San Francisco-based California Public Utilities Commission –

“once again failed to release sources of emails it exchanged with Governor Jerry Brown’s office” concerning the “nuclear plant’s closure.”

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An Ace in the Hand – Photos from Albert’s Walks Around Ocean Beach

May 30, 2017 by Source

It’s a fortunate thing for the rest of us that ACE, Albert C Elliott, local photographer, surfboard maker and dude around town, takes his camera with him when he takes walks around Ocean Beach.

Come inside for some samples from his walks this past month.

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May 30, 2017 by Source


by sloanranger

We can bring the world to peace or let the tyrants rage,

we can watch the glaciers disappear or bring a golden age.

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A Farewell to a Friend of Point Loma and Ocean Beach – Katie Klumpp

May 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

I first met Katie over 43 years ago when she was my daughter’s BlueBird/Campfire Leader. She was one of the most intelligent women I had ever met, and I was in awe of all the things that she managed to do in 24 hours. She seemed to volunteer for anything that she believed in, and did an outstanding job in all areas.

She received her Master’s in speech pathology and Audiology way before women were receiving Master’s degrees.

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OB Beans Coffee Roasters Now Open

May 30, 2017 by Source

A Shave Ice Stand to Share Space

By South OB Girl

What a week for opening days! Monday was the long awaited opening of Apple Tree Market and Friday, May 26th saw the opening of OB Beans Coffee Roasters located at 4879 Newport Ave.

OB Beans takes coffee beans, coffee bean roasting, and all things coffee very seriously. Mark Bell, the principle owner, has even traveled to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Oaxaca and observed the coffee process. He has spent time with farmers. He has held cherries of coffee in his hands.

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What’s the Matter with San Diego Labor (Part 3): A Divided Movement Hurts Us All

May 30, 2017 by Jim Miller

South Bay Democrats Show the Way with Resolution in Support of a United Labor Movement

By Jim Miller

Last week, the first meeting of the newly reorganized San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council was a refreshingly upbeat gathering as the local movement recommitted itself to weathering the storm and reinventing the Labor Council as a far more democratic and activist organization that will do everything it can to engage union members and organize the unorganized.

One of the most encouraging moments of the night came when Doug Moore of the United Domestic Workers spoke about the pressing need to rebuild real, less transactional relationships with our allies in the community. This is a very good thing.

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Restaurant Review : Shanghai Bun in Point Loma

May 26, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Shanghai Bun
1029 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106

If ever I wanted a restaurant to succeed this is the one. Point Loma/Ocean Beach has needed a good Chinese restaurant for years.

But let’s get one thing straight – the Shanghai Bun is not a Chinese restaurant in the true sense of the word. Rather, this is a Chinese Tapas Bar, with many Tapas, a few Chinese entrees, Seafood and Rice and Noodle offerings, a Meat and Poultry selection and a Vegetarian section offering 5 items.

There is a dessert section with 6 offerings and a lunch menu. Prices on the menu begin at $5 and the most expensive menu price is $18.

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City Attorney Elliott Addresses Lack of Enforcement Against Vacation Rentals at OB Town Council Forum

May 25, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Residents Urged to Contact City Council and Mayor to Break Logjam Over Lack of Policy on STVRs

At the Wednesday, May 24th Ocean Beach Town Council forum on short-term vacation rentals, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott faced an energized audience of some 70 residents and explained why there is a lack of enforcement against the illegal mini-hotels that have sprouted up within coastal residential zones.

Invited to the forum on the rentals, Elliott was joined by residents who have been displaced by vacation rentals and also by John Ambert, chair of the OB Planning Board, who gave an update on what the his Board has been doing.

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New Map Shows Extent of Vacation Rentals in Ocean Beach

May 25, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Members of the sub-committee on short-term vacation rentals of the Ocean Beach Planning Board unveiled a new map that clearly shows the extent of the rentals across the community. The map was put together by Kevin Hastings and was first publicly shown at the OB Town Council meeting on May 24th.

Each marker on the map represents a vacation rental. The different colors represent the different online sites that lease them.

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Potential Funding for Ocean Beach Lifeguard Station Study in New City Budget

May 25, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

At Wednesday night’s Ocean Beach Town Council meeting, the representative from Councilwoman Lorie Zapf’s office, announced that there is potential funding for an assessment study for a new lifeguard station for Ocean Beach.

Conrad Wear told the assembled audience that Zapf’s office has determined that there is a sum of $200,000 available for a preliminary engineering assessment. And at a recent San Diego City Council Infrastructure Committee meeting, Zapf’s motion to allocate the $200,000 to begin the design process for a new OB lifeguard station – as part of the 2018 budget – was unanimously approved by the committee.

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Neighborhood Character Altered by Hundreds of Vacation Rentals

May 24, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

OB airbnb mapThe Ocean Beach Town Council will hold a forum on short term vacation rentals tonight at its monthly meeting, – Wednesday, May 24th.

Hopefully, there will be discussions about how the hundreds of short term rentals in OB and other coastal communities are cutting into the community’s housing stock – and making rents higher and even more restrictive.

When there are hundreds of STVRs, neighborhoods are negatively impacted and disrupted, and even the character of a neighborhood can be altered.

And deep critics of short term vacation rentals understand this larger consequence, and that is it indeed, the Loss of Community that is the most dangerous aspect of this ‘home-sharing’ trend – especially at the beach.

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Did Trump Commit High Crimes And Misdemeanors?

May 24, 2017 by Source

The old adage that the cover-up is worse than the crime may once again prove true.

By Marjorie Cohn

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has responded to the crescendo of outrage by appointing former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump’’ and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation’’ as well as any other matters within the scope of the Department of Justice (DOJ) regulation on special counsel appointments.

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When Will More Ocean Beach Restaurants Join the Plastic ‘Straw Wars’?

May 24, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is part of the world-wide movement to ban plastic straws in restaurants, the so-called “Straw Wars” campaign, part of a wider effort to get restaurants certified as Ocean-Friendly Restaurants (OFR).

A number of OB restaurants are currently ocean-friendly, according to Surfrider.

But now we hear that 3 “high-profile” restaurants in other parts of San Diego have joined this movement to limit the number of plastic straws, many of which end up polluting our oceans and harming marine life. An estimated 500 million plastic straws are used by Americans everyday, and many of them splash down in our coastal waterways and oceans.

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Think Tank Recommends Universal Draft Registration and Military Testing

May 24, 2017 by Source

By Rick Jahnkow / Draft NOtices

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently released a report on U.S. military personnel policy that, among other things, recommends registering women for the draft and giving all young people the military’s aptitude test when they register.

The report’s title is “Building a F.A.S.T. Force: A Flexible Personnel System for a Modern Military” (F.A.S.T stands for Fully engaged, Adaptable, Sustainable, and Technically proficient). It was created by a BPC task force that includes former Department of Defense officials, retired military officers, and several former U.S. senators.

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Soft Opening of OB’s New Recycling Center with Breathtaking Views

May 24, 2017 by Source

There’s the soft opening of Ocean Beach’s new recycling center going on!

It is conveniently located cliffside, with breathtaking views.

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Peninsula Planners Balk at Idea of Town Council for Point Loma

May 23, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

Here is a report of the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Board Opposed to Sponsoring Town Hall Meeting on Forming Point Loma Town Council

The agenda item that seemed to have generated the most interest was a presentation on creating a town council for Point Loma. Peninsula resident Michael Winn is spearheading this effort. It appeared that this was Winn’s idea that came about because Winn and others had seen that the community planning board was unable to deal effectively with some community issues due to various restrictions the board is bound by.

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Short-Term Vacation Rentals On Tap at Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting – Wed., May 24

May 23, 2017 by Staff

This Wednesday, May 24th, the Ocean Beach Town Council will be providing a forum on the topic of short-term vacation rentals. The title of the forum is “Shorting OB Community via Short Term Vacation Rentals”.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm, inside the Masonic Center at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., in Ocean Beach.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Advocates for New Lifeguard Tower

May 23, 2017 by Source

from OBTC:

Last week, members of the OB Town Council advocated for a new OB Lifeguard Station before the San Diego City Council. Below is a copy of the testimony given by OBTC President Gretchen Newsom with support from OBTC boardmembers Gio Ingolia and Andrew Waltz:

I stand here to inform you that the Ocean Beach Town Council is in support of Councilmember Lorie Zapf’s efforts to obtain design funding for a new Ocean Beach Lifeguard Station as identified in her 2018 Budget Priorities memorandum. This project is consistent with the Ocean Beach Community Plan and is a long time advocated need within the community and by community based organizations.

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Cat Herding and Loathing at the California Democratic State Convention

May 23, 2017 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter

Democrats gathered in Sacramento this past weekend for their annual convention, and there were–surprise, surprise–disagreements. Based on the angst woven into some news accounts of the event, you’d think some of these writers had never heard the comparison made between organizing Dems and herding cats.

Foremost among the hand-wringing coverage were stories about the competition for chair of the California Democratic Party. Kimberly Ellis, widely considered to be an insurgent candidate symbolizing the aspirations of the Bernie Sanders wing of the party, lost to Eric Bauman, Male Vice Chair and Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair, by 62 votes.

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California Failing to Track Police Database Abuse

May 23, 2017 by Source

Typically, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office conducts more investigations into CLETS misuse than any other agency. This time, they did not file anything at all.

By Dave Maass / Electronic Frontier Foundation

Police in California have your data literally at their fingertips.

They can sit at a computer terminal or in their squad car and check your DMV records, your criminal records, your parking citations, any restraining orders you’ve filed or have been filed against you. They can search other state databases and even tap into the FBI’s trove. If you’ve got a snowmobile, they can look up that registration too. Much of this personal data they can access through a smartphone app.

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Midway Planners Like ‘Sunbreak Ranch’ for the Homeless, Dislike Energy Alternative for the Rest of Us

May 22, 2017 by Source

by Geoff Page

A couple of hot topics were discussed at the Midway/ Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 17 at the San Diego Community College’s West City Campus on Fordham Street.

Sunbreak Ranch

The first was something with an endearing sounding name, Sunbreak Ranch, as a possible interim solution for a not so endearing problem, the homeless. The second was an idea for having the City of San Diego become an energy provider.

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Apple Tree Market Now Open!!

May 22, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

As the OB Rag reported on Friday, May 19th, it’s been a long, slow saga for Apple Tree Market to reopen after the owner, Saad Hirmez, was forced out of the site where he had his first market (where the CVS is now at Cable and Santa Monica).

Monday May 22nd is the soft opening for the brand new Apple Tree.

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What’s the Matter with San Diego Labor (Part 2): Rank and Who?

May 22, 2017 by Jim Miller


It was a palace civil war and nobody in the break-away group even bothered to ask their members what to do.

By Jim Miller

Last week I outlined why the ill-conceived Mickey Kasparian-driven split in San Diego labor was such a bad idea, citing the recent history of the failed attempt of several national unions to form a break-away organization outside of the AFL-CIO called Change to Win (CTW) that eventually fell apart under its own weight accomplishing not much of note in the long run.

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Sexual Assaults at Southwestern Community College Prompt Protests

May 22, 2017 by Source

By Barbara Zaragoza / San Diego Free Press

Southwestern Community College Sexual Assault ProtestStudents held a protest against sexual assault at Southwestern Community College on Thursday, May 18th. The group gathered in front of Mayan Hall and several speakers made demands to the administration, after which they marched to the Student Center.

The protest was ignited by a special April edition of the college newspaper The Sun, which devoted itself entirely to sexual assault.

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Mysterious Banner Appeared on OB Pier

May 20, 2017 by Staff

A mysterious banner was placed on the Ocean Beach Pier on Thursday, May 18th.

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Trump’s World Tour. (Gulp) Meanwhile, Here’s the Progressive San Diego Calendar – May 20-31, 2017

May 20, 2017 by Doug Porter

Editor’s note: the following progressive calendar for San Diego County has been briefly edited to update the text.

By Doug Porter

Combover Caligula is on a road trip to a bunch of countries, some of which are populated by brown people. The trip marks the first time since taking office that he has spent a night away from the White House at a property that doesn’t bear his name.

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Trump Motivated Local Ocean Beach Woman to Renew Her Activism

May 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

Until recently, Judith S. was enjoying her life as a retired educator, living in a cute 2-bedroom cottage in northeast OB with her husband Wayne, tending to her plentiful garden, playing with her grandchildren when they visited. Everything was good.

Then it all changed on November 8th – the day Trump was elected.

“The day after, I was in disbelief, shock,” Judith told me recently while sitting on her covered patio in the back. “I couldn’t get my head around what had happened.”

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New Apple Tree Market on Newport Avenue to Open May 22nd

May 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It’s been a long, slow saga for the well-known store to reopen after the owner, Saad Hirmez, was forced out of the site where he had his first market – where CVS is now – so many years ago.

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