August 2017

OBceans Say ‘No!’ to Target

August 31, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A large crowd gathered at the foot of Newport Avenue and rallied against Target coming into Ocean Beach.

Many signs, a large banner and chants of “No Target in OB!” met the strollers, the visitors, people driving by and the handful of TV trucks and cameras.

It was Wednesday August 30th, late in the afternoon, and it was Farmers Market day on Newport Ave.

After about a half hour of speeches, more chants and people signing petitions, the protest marched into the street and down the middle of OB’s main business street.

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Ocean Beach: 7 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality

August 31, 2017 by Source

By Lauren Horne / San Diego Entertainer Magazine / August 29, 2017

Every San Diego beach community has its own unique vibe. If you’ve lived here long enough, you know which beaches are for tourists, which ones are good for parties and pub crawls, and which beaches to visit for a quiet, relaxing day.

Perhaps of all the small beach neighborhoods in San Diego, Ocean Beach is the most eclectic. OB is known for its crowds of free-spirited hippies, starving artists, and a “locals only” attitude. Residents even have a saying that OB is “seven square miles surrounded by reality”.

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Target Blues

August 31, 2017 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

Sometimes timing in life can be ironic. Like on August 29, 2017 after doing an all-nighter to submit my complete book materials on deadline. I had been working this book called Ocean Beach Where Water and Land Meet, a historical photo book for Arcadia Publishing since January. It is a follow-up book from Ocean Beach, which I co-authored 2014.

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The Miramar Air Show: Just Don’t Go

August 31, 2017 by Source

Aircraft on display at the MCAS Miramar Air Show.

By Dave Patterson, San Diego Veterans for Peace

The San Diego Veterans For Peace is now in its second year of working to influence the public away from attending the MCAS Miramar Air Show. We view American militarism as a clear and present danger to our society and the world, and the most visible symbol of militarism in San Diego is the annual Miramar Air Show.

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Running on Thoughts and Gasoline

August 31, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

Heading west in my car on University Ave.
tuned in to 88.3
in the heart of North Park, just past the emptied dollar Arab store
(a “for lease” sign posted, probably another craft brewery in the making)
and approaching that no-name street,
I see an average American four-door has its wheel aggressively cranked
to enter my lane.

Driven by a greybeard waving two American Flags

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Summer of 1967: Memories of a Little Surfer Kid from Ocean Beach

August 30, 2017 by Source

Editor: During this summer, we’ve been collecting and publishing accounts and memories of the 1967 “Summer of Love” here in OB and elsewhere. Here’s our latest by Seal:

By Seal in the Selkirks

Born at 5142 Cape May in 1954, my parents divorced in 1959 and I was living in Mission Beach with my dad and step-mom by 1961.

Summer of 1967: I had just graduated from 6th grade at Mission Beach School and was heading to Pacific Beach Jr. High in the Fall. I turned 13 years old after summer in 1967.

My Granny K was managing an apartment building at the end of Del Monte St. that had this huge rickety wooden stairway set in the concrete facing on the cliff that led down to the rocks. It was the shortcut to the Pier and beach.

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Democracy v. Dictatorship

August 30, 2017 by Source

By Stan Levin

Among the myriad of political systems societies flirt with, the most fragile revolutionary experiment — and possibly least likely to endure — might be democracy.

An ideal that people of different persuasions would willfully and collectively empower one another for the well-being of all defies odds. Democracy requires adherents to accept that all people have value, and are entitled to safe and satisfying lives, eschewing exploitation of any kind.

Dictatorship — the antithesis of democracy — once entrenched, may endure for generations

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Just Another Day in Ocean Beach …

August 30, 2017 by Source

By Shona Neufeld / HuffPost / August 24, 2017

“…this really funky corner of a city that would grab us and hold us and speak to us as no other place…” – Zip Code 92107 by Franklin Straus, hanging in the OB post office

It was a Friday evening, like any other, unusual only in that I could not find a companion to accompany me to my favorite fish taco joint. The sun was about to set and I wanted nothing more than to chow down whilst watching the sun melt into the ocean behind the pier and palms. South Beach has the perfect outside patio for just the occasion.

The notion that rent is skyrocketing and my time here could potentially be limited is, unfortunately, always on the back-burner of my consciousness. The changing atmosphere, vacation rentals, and condos replacing my previous apartments, the breweries, and now swanky wineries…suffice to say it’s not looking good for regular folk like myself.

As I sat there drinking my beer,

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late August 2017

August 29, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

* Homeless Man Injured by City Truck
*OB Hardware Is NOT Closing
* Is the City Installing Round-abouts on Rosecrans?
* Councilwoman Zapf Dodges Financial Hardship as Hubby Discharged from Chapter 7
* Airport Noise Committee Demands Details From Noise Monitoring Study
* Point Loma High Switches on the Lights Amid Continued Controversy
* Different Vibe With Girl Surfers
* Man Rescued From Fishing Vessel Miles Off Point Loma
* Undocumented Migrants Arrested at Sunset Cliffs and Mission Beach
* Point Loma Plumbing Co. Wins Gold Medal Plumber Fourth Year in a Row
* Co-Author of “Afoot and Afield in San Diego County” to Speak at OB Library, Sept. 16th
* Raised in Point Loma, Artist Shares His Struggles in Exhibit at Liberty Station
* Plant Power Seeds in Leucadia* OB Surf Lodge Part of Syndicate
* Surfrider Foundation and Volunteering – Int’l Coastal Cleanup Day – Sept. 16


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San Diego Lifeguards Prevented from Going to Houston to Help in Rescues

August 29, 2017 by Source

Editor: The following is a letter to the governor of Texas, the mayor of Houston and the citizens of that city in crisis from Ed Harris, a San Diego lifeguard sergeant. Harris is part of a nationally-recognized River Rescue Team that went to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. They packed this time in preparation to go to Houston – but were blocked from going. Read this disturbing letter.

Dear Governor Abbott, Mayor Turner and citizens of Houston:

I am sorry to tell you that we are not coming.

I am a San Diego Lifeguard Sergeant. We have a River Rescue Team that is nationally recognized. Our guards spent weeks rescuing people during hurricane Katrina.

We saw this storm approaching Thursday and packed our bags. The team hooked up the taxpayer funded CAL-OES trailer and boats that have sat in storage for this type of event.

They waited for the call to go that would surely come quickly.

It did not.

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‘Target Express Is Moving into Ocean Beach… and It’s None of Your Business.’

August 29, 2017 by Source

Target Signed Lease Memo for Antique Center on August 1st – Despite Denials to the Contrary at Two Public Meetings
By Chuck Thassing

On Tuesday, August 1st of 2017, the Target Corporation quietly signed on the bottom line, to lease the Antique Center location on Newport Avenue of our beloved Ocean Beach. Target’s lease extends through 2027, with the option to extend in increments until the year 2051. The document further states the “Tenant may use the Premises for any lawful Retail Use.” Our source obtained this information from a lease agreement filed with the county.

This signing occurred a day before members of our Ocean Beach Planning Board hosted the 1st community meeting to discuss the prospect of Target Express.

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What’s the Latest with Short Term Vacation Rentals in San Diego?

August 28, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It’s been two years now the City Council of San Diego has been debating what to do about short term vacation rentals. They’ll continue this debate at another hearing on the matter, October 23rd, the 6th hearing in those two years.

At that hearing, the city planning department will probably present draft alternative measures based on three options it released in March of this year, plus it will hopefully address new draft ordinances – one by Councilwoman Barbara Bry and one by Councilman Chris Cate.

Bry’s proposal – the most promising – was released last week

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Restaurant Review: Guahan Grill in Point Loma

August 28, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Guahan Grill
3373 Rosecrans
San Diego, CA 92110
Closed Monday

In all my years of reviewing restaurants, I have never come across a true Guamanian restaurant, food from the island of Guam, an island that’s been in the news of late.

Guahan Grill is a family run, Chamorro restaurant. In fact, one of our servers – Wilma – was born on the island of Taipei , just off the coast of Guam. Christine, our other server, has never been to Guam.

Their menu states:

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Following the Lead of the Liars: How Conservatives Are Winning Their War on Reality

August 28, 2017 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

Nothing about the Trump-driven spectacle of the last few weeks should be shocking if you have been paying the slightest amount of attention to American politics.

It’s been an obvious fact for years that Trump is a racist and has done everything he can to stoke the ugliest aspects of the American political imagination. It was disgustingly clear when he led a campaign designed to “other” the first African American president of the United States by absurdly questioning his citizenship, and it was also evident in his very productive use of our long history of anti-immigrant fervor and xenophobia during and after his campaign for the presidency.

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A Few Changes at Pacific Shores

August 28, 2017 by Source

A few changes under way at Pacific Shores

By South OB Girl

It is official folks — Pacific Shores on Newport Avenue has spruced up its exterior.

After celebrating its 75th Anniversary in December 2016, the 3 quarter of a century old establishment decided to freshen up the paint and is planning to return to the original building design with a window in the front.

I recently met with bar manager Jack Panighetti who gave me a tour of what everybody calls “Pac Shores”.

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Fear Mongering 101: Antifa as the New ACORN

August 26, 2017 by Doug Porter

Be prepared to be very scared. Mask-wearing people clad in black are reportedly coming to a neighborhood near you very soon. You’ll want to clutch your pearls as they snarl at puppies, menace children, and spray paint obscenities in the neighborhood. Fox’s Sean Hannity will curl his upper lip, calling on milquetoast mayors for law and order in the streets.

Somewhere in the United States as I’m writing this, faux documentarian James O’Keefe is undoubtedly planning his next ‘gotcha’ production. I’m sure it will involve implied violence with not-so-subtle overtones of racism.

Something called Antifa has made itself known to fright wing activists desperate for any counterpoint to the insanity of Fearless Leader and his feckless followers.

So it’s time for a little common sense discussion. Does anybody remember ACORN?

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12th Annual Suffrage Parade to Celebrating Women’s Equality Day- Sat. Aug. 26

August 26, 2017 by Staff

The Women’s Museum of California is holding its 12th annual Suffrage Parade Saturday August 26th, in Balboa Park.

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Jim Bell Joins District 2 San Diego City Council Race While Zapf Maintains Lead in Fundraising

August 25, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s a Run Down of the Candidates for D2

Long-time OBcean Jim Bell publicly announced his candidacy for the District 2 City Council race at the OB Town Council meeting Wednesday, August 23rd.

Jim, a veteran of prior council primaries, is a well-known environmental figure about town, and usually runs in the Green Party. Just for starters, he helped design the building’s architecture for OB People’s Co-op Market.

Bell joins a race that’s getting somewhat crowded on the non-Republican side of the fence – but a race where the incumbent, Lorie Zapf – the Republican – holds a substantial fundraising lead over her opponents.

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Community Groups to Oppose San Diego Mayor’s Secret Police Chief Panel

August 25, 2017 by Source

By Edward Sifuentes / ACLU San Diego

A coalition of community-based organizations gathered on Wednesday in front of City Hall to express their disappointment in Mayor Faulconer’s flawed plan to select our next chief of police. Specifically, the group called on the mayor to do away with a proposal for a secret selection panel and asked for additional community forums in Districts 8 and 9.

In attendance were representatives of Alliance San Diego, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, San Diego Organizing Project, Mid-City CAN, Center on Policy Initiatives, The San Diego LGBT Community Center, and Community Assistance Support Team, and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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Oppose San Diego Border Wall and Divest

August 25, 2017 by Source

By Kilian Colin, Member of the Committee for Better Banks

The resolution recently proposed by District 9 Councilwoman Georgette Gomez calls the border area “among the most unique, diverse and beautiful regions in the world,” and the wall plans “offensive and damaging symbols of fear and division that will increase tensions with Mexico.”

She also says the wall would damage the economy and disrupt joint tourism promotions between San Diego and Tijuana.

She also says the wall would damage the economy and disrupt joint tourism promotions between San Diego and Tijuana.

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Target Greeted With Another Full House in Opposition at Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting

August 24, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Once again, Target representatives were greeted with another full house of OBceans in opposition to their potential move onto Newport Avenue at Wednesday’s, Aug. 23rd, OB Town Council meeting. They faced the same wall of “no’s” at the August 2nd OB Planning Board meeting.

And once again, Target brought to the meeting about a dozen of its employees who took up several rows in the front – this is the same thing they did on August 2nd. Target had two representatives who spoke,

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No Target in Ocean Beach – Community Rally – Wed. Aug. 30

August 24, 2017 by Source

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Dear Readers: Help Me Deal With the Cat from Hell

August 24, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

Have you had a cat from hell? Readers out there — I am guessing many of you have stories of trying to get your misbehaving cat to behave.

I recently met my friend’s cat who is a candidate to work with a real life cat whisperer (if such a thing really exists).

This is a hissing, biting, unfriendly, territorial cat. Consistent and repeat peeing and pooping throughout the house and on the furniture. Whenever and wherever he wants to in the house.

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Trump’s Suspension of Obama’s Desegregation Policy Impacts San Diego Housing Vouchers

August 24, 2017 by Source

On August 11, the Department of Housing and Urban Development suspended key components of an Obama Administration rule that addressed growing segregation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Only days later, the Trump Administration declared plans to target and dismantle affirmative action in universities.

Façade of Housing and Urban Development building

By Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi / UrbDeZine

In an effort to address our nation’s increasing levels of segregation, the Obama Administration implemented a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Final Rule that changed the way 23 metropolitan areas issued vouchers to low-income tenants.

The goal was simple: improve the health of low-income families by increasing access to areas of lower poverty and higher opportunity.

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‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Facebook Page Set Up

August 23, 2017 by Staff

A brand new facebook page for the “No Target in Ocean Beach” group has just been set up. (As of this writing, already 92 93 people “like” the page – and it literally just went up.) Here it is.

Here is what the facebook page states:


OB means community. It means local shops and lively culture. It means flare and it means funky, pride and positive vibes, casual — not corporate. A Target Express on Newport Ave directly threatens what it means to be OB. Join our fight to keep it out.


Recently, the community of Ocean Beach found out that Target Express intends to open on Newport Avenue, which will directly and detrimentally impact the local economy. We intend to stop it.

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Pillars of the Community: Seekers of Unity in a Climate of White Supremacy

August 23, 2017 by Ernie McCray

Group of people gathered in front of mural

I heard talk on TV about people being “stunned” that the president would say that both sides were at fault when he had “rebuked” (if you really want to call it that) the white nationalists’ stunningly violent and reckless behavior in Virginia just the day before.

Stunned about what? I would have been stunned if he hadn’t taken his words back. What happened was the dude desperately had to get back to his true self, back to speaking from the dark places in his mind.

And the way his mind works

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False Narratives Drive Charter School Advocacy in San Diego UT Op-Ed

August 23, 2017 by Source

Thomas Ultican / Tultican

Another editorial in the San Diego Union-Tribune attacks teachers and the California public education system. The author has a personal work history of harming California’s public schools by scheming to privatize them. The editorial was written by Rae Belisle. She is identified as a former member of California’s State Board of Education, but she is so much more than that.

Ms. Belise opened her attack,

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San Diego Cancer Patients Receive Free Medical Marijuana From Company Named After Famous Ocean Beach Surf Spot

August 22, 2017 by Staff

Nearly 400 San Diego cancer patients receive free medical marijuana from a company named after one of Ocean Beach’s famous surf spots: “the Jetty”.

The San Diego company, Jetty Extracts, gives out the cannabis extracts every month through a program called the “Shelter Project.”

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California Hating by the Heroes of Populism

August 22, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

For whatever reason, California envy has been rising lately.

Remember Rick Perry’s failed attempt to lure high tech and other of the state’s businesses (Elon Musk’s Tesla, included) to Texas in 2013 and 2014?

Did you know that a Utah state legislator has offered a bill to support California’s secession from the United States?

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OB Town Council Holding Community Forum on Target Express in Ocean Beach – Wed., Aug. 23

August 22, 2017 by Source

From OB Town Council Newsletter:

At our Ocean Beach Town Council (OBTC) meeting on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7pm at the Masonic Hall (1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd), we will host a community dialogue on the proposed lease of the Antique Mall building to a Target Express storefront in OB.

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