September 2017

Is 4896 Newport Avenue ‘the Most Desirable Corner in Ocean Beach’?

September 18, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

We had to chuckle the other day when we read the listing for the sale of Helm’s Brewing Company on BizQuest which included a description of their OB tasting room at the corner of Newport and Cable as “the most desirable corner in Ocean Beach”.


Is the corner which includes 4896 Newport Avenue really “the most desirable” in all of OB?

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Learning How to Resist Trump’s Shock Politics

September 18, 2017 by Jim Miller

Lessons from Naomi Klein – Part One

Last week at the San Diego Free Press, Sharon Carr provided a nice overview of Naomi Klein’s new book No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. These next two weeks, I’d like to follow up Ms. Carr’s good work by underlining what I see to be the two central insights in Klein’s book and why they matter.

In essence, Klein’s book is centered on two key points: 1) Despite all the drama and spectacle, Trump is nothing new; and 2) Neoliberal incrementalism is a dead end and we require bolder vision and practice to win the world we need. This week, we’ll consider the first proposition.

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September 16th: Mexican Independence Day

September 16, 2017 by Staff

Grito de dolores graphicEditor: It’s important for people living north of the US-Mexico border to know and understand important events and dates for people living south of the border.

And today, September 16th, is one of those days, as it’s Mexico’s Independence Day, a celebration of the anniversary of the beginning of the war against imperial Spain. It’s equivalent to July 4th on this side of the border.

by Fleur De Lys

September 16th is that time of year when all Mexicans from around the world are celebrating Mexican Independence Day. On September 1810 Mexico began a 10-year war for independence with Spain and since the country gained its independence, things came a long way but violence is still too high. … The traditional shout-out in Mexico for Mexican Independence Day is “Viva Mexico!” After the 1910 revolution that toppled dictator Porfirio Diaz, Mexicans were free to live in their own country, to have their own government and be able to shout out loud (or gritar) “Viva Mexico!”

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A Dozen More Sponsors Needed for the Annual Ocean Beach Pier Pancake Breakfast

September 15, 2017 by Staff

The Annual OB Pier Pancake Breakfast is happening this next Saturday, September 23rd, and it’s usually one of the best social events of the year in the village. And of course the proceeds benefit the OB Town Council’s holiday events and the annual OB Toy and Food Drive. The whole affair is bolstered by the dozens of table sponsors – there’s 38 in all.

But that’s just it. The Pancake Breakfast needs a dozen more sponsors.

So, please – if you and your group are thinking about it or maybe just now thinking about it – now is the time to move on it.

See all this

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San Diego’s Dirty Little Secret About Short Term Rentals

September 15, 2017 by Source

By John Thickstun, Esq

In 2015 the City Attorney’s office, under former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith prosecuted Rachel Smith, who was operating a short term vacation rental (STVR) – renting rooms to tourists – out of her home in the neighborhood of Burlingame in North Park. She was advertising the rooms on Airbnb.

In the Matter of Rachel Smith v. City of San Diego, Administrative Hearing Officer Catriona Miller ruled in favor of the City. She concluded that Rachel Smith had “violated the law by operating a bed and breakfast establishment without a permit.”

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New Photos of Suspect in Fatal Attack in Ocean Beach Last June

September 15, 2017 by Staff

New photos of the suspect in a fatal knife attack that occurred in Ocean Beach last June 22nd have been released by San Diego County Crimestoppers.

Walter “Ras” Riley was found with multiple stab wounds on a sidewalk on Bacon Street near Newport Avenue around 12:30 a.m. on June 22. Riley, 65, died from his injuries at UC San Diego Medical Center.

A man believed to be the suspect was captured by the camera at a local business off Newport Avenue, just moments before the attack happened, police said. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants.

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Letter to Target: ‘Do Not Put Target Express onto Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach.’

September 15, 2017 by Source

Editor: We received this letter sent to Target corporate headquarters in Minneapolis by Kevin MacDonald and think it expresses the feelings of many in Ocean Beach.


I am a loyal Target customer. I shop at the super store, 3 miles form my home, on Sports Arena Blvd, in San Diego.

I have Target stock in my portfolio.

I implore you, as strongly as I possibly can, DO NOT PUT TARGET EXPRESS ONTO NEWPORT AVE IN OCEAN BEACH!

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The Idea of Another “Terriers” Series in Ocean Beach Just Won’t Go Away

September 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The idea of another shoot for the wonderful but short series Terriers – filmed in Ocean Beach – just won’t go away.

Why, just the other day, Matthew Lickona at the San Diego Reader brought it up. He raised the point that of all the detective shows shot in San Diego (Simon & Simon, Veronica Mars, High Tide, Grand Slam, Coronado 9, Sarge, Harry O and Terriers) – ONLY Terriers is ever mentioned as a series to revive. (Editor’s note: I haven’t heard of many of these shows – but I do recall a San Diego TV show about San Diego city police way back in the Fifties and early Sixties maybe?)

Terriers – if you’ve never watched it –

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Russians Used Facebook to Stage Anti-Clinton and Anti-Immigrant Rallies in the U.S.

September 14, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Clear evidence now shows that Russia used Facebook to stage anti-Clinton and anti-immigrant rallies. For instance, a Russia-linked Facebook group attempted to organize a series of anti-immigrant, anti-Hillary Clinton rallies across Texas last November.

According to Daily Beast:

Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event-management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho…

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Looking Through the Glass Door of the Craftsman House on Voltaire: Demolition or Removal?

September 14, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

WOW!! A free house!! Frank Gormlie sure got OBceans’ attention with his article announcing the possibility of the structure at 4921 Voltaire St. being given away for free.

I wandered down to do a little reconnaissance.

The roof looks pretty new and shingles are in good shape. (Perhaps the roof was replaced to help the sale of the property when the property was originally for sale?)

Walls in the front room which I could see, through the glass panels of the front door were sturdy-looking, clean, and painted white. They were not dirty and derelict which I was expecting. Paint was not peeling, there weren’t holes in the walls.

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Has the Brewpub Scene in Ocean Beach Peaked?

September 14, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

With the continued failure of Little Miss Brewing to open its doors on the 4800 block of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach – and now with the latest news that Helm’s Brewing tasting room at the corner of Newport and Cable Street is being sold (the entire business – not the property) – we have to ask the question:

Has the craft brewpub scene in OB peaked?

Little Miss – if it had opened – would have been the 8th brewery or brewpub in Ocean Beach. Little Miss would have joined the following:

  • Mike Hess,
  • OB Brewery,
  • Pizza Port,
  • Kilowatt,
  • Helm’s,
  • Belching Beaver, and
  • Culture Brewing.

Here’s the latest on Helm’s:

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Do You Want This Ocean Beach House for Free? Come and Get It!

September 13, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Do you want this Ocean Beach house for free? This is a 2-bedroom craftsman’s house in beautiful Ocean Beach – free for the asking! Maybe. This would be such an incredible deal!

This older-looking single-story residence is just sitting there at 4921 Voltaire Street in northern OB – just waiting, potentially, for somebody to come and get it. And move it.

At the last OB Planning Board meeting, the architect of a new mixed-use building coming onto the site, Kent Smith, dropped a comment that if somebody came and got the house, they could have it for free.

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How Ocean Beach Became the Haight-Ashbury of San Diego

September 13, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

By 1967 – a year after the OB Pier had officially opened – it was already evident that Ocean Beach was morphing into the San Diego equivalent of that fabled and iconic San Francisco neighborhood synonymous with “hippie-ism”. If you were a hippie or a hippie-wannabe during this time somewhere in San Diego, you ended up in OB.

Of course, other factors contributed to the incubation in Ocean Beach of a community sympathetic and supportive of the new emerging counter-counter:

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News and Notes of Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid-September 2017

September 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Timing of The Little Miss Brewing

Voice of San Diego. Little Miss Brewing was looking to open a tasting room in Ocean Beach this year. The Miramar-based company applied for a liquor license and was given a conditional permit from the police department in June. …

Controversy with Point Loma Project at Emerson and Evergreen Is Not Over Yet


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San Diego City Council Votes to Legalize Pot Cultivation, Manufacturing and Testing With Cap of 40 Businesses City-Wide

September 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Zapf Votes Against Measure to Allow Pot Industry Local Supply Chain

The San Diego City Council voted 6 to 3 Monday evening to legalize marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and testing within city limits and voted to create a total cap of 40 such businesses for the city.

This historic vote will set up regulations allowing a full cannabis industry and local supply chain including farms, manufacturing plants producing pot products and testing facilities – including one such facility in Ocean Beach.

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The Heat Is On: How Climate Change Is Making Western Wildfires Worse

September 12, 2017 by Source

By Sher Watts Spooner / Daily Kos

Let’s look at the other set of natural disasters that is being exacerbated by climate change.

Major wildfires are burning in British Columbia in western Canada and in at least nine states throughout the American West: California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. California, Montana, and Oregon are bearing the worst of it.

So far in 2017, more than 8 million acres have burned.

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The OB Rag’s Final Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love

September 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The Memories of Our Readers Keep the Spirit of Love and Peace Alive

By Frank Gormlie

As we approach the official end of the Summer of 2017, we offer our final tribute to the 1967 “Summer of Love” with memories from our readers of that summer 50 years ago, whether from Ocean Beach, San Diego or other parts of the country.

Why 1967?

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September Calendar for the Ocean Beach Green Center

September 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s the September Calendar of events to be held at the Ocean Beach Green Center, located at 4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107 619.225.1083

September 13th Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Film night at the Ocean Beach Green Center – “1984”

Director Michael Radford’s adaption of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984. This British film, made in 1984, stars John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton. “Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience and demonizes foreign enemies has never been timelier” quotes the United States of Cinema. Free of Charge :-)

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The Long and Short of Why Short Term Vacation Rentals Are Prohibited in San Diego

September 11, 2017 by Source


By John Thickstun

Short term vacation rentals fall into the Commercial Uses category, Visitor Accommodations – San Diego Municipal Code (SDMC) section 131.0112(a)(6)(K) which reads,

“Uses that provide lodging or a combination of lodging, food and entertainment, primarily to visitors and tourists.”

Hotels, motels and Bed & Breakfast Establishments are also defined in the Code as visitor accommodations. Visitor Accommodations is a use category in the Use Regulations Table for Residential Zones (SDMC section 131.0422).

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The War on Public Sector Unions Is a War on Progressive Politics and Democracy Itself

September 11, 2017 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

As the Trump circus keeps people focused on daily scandals along with assaults on immigrants, transgender folks, and a myriad of other battles, the right is busy trying to quietly win the long war. Last week in my Labor Day column, I noted how the upcoming Janus v. AFSCME decision will help make it possible to gut public sector unions and the labor movement as a whole in order to change the power structure of the entire country and rig American politics in favor of the interests of the rich and our corporate oligarchy.

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Doug’s Monster Calendar for Progressive Activists in San Diego, Sept. 9th – 18th

September 9, 2017 by Doug Porter

The Trump administration continues its assault on decency: immigrants are targeted, college rapists are protected, and a corporate crime wave of unheard of magnitude is sweeping the nation. Locally, the politics of disgust have fomented a Hepatitis A epidemic, in large part because making it hard to find a place to take a shit is part of the city’s program for the homeless.

So the struggle continues. Resist. Persist. Keep a song in your heart. And a smile on your face.

So what will you do? Check out this week’s Progressive Calendar listings below. Following those listings are upcoming events of national importance, along with opportunities for organizational involvement.

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The Ocean Beach Connections in the Case of the Exiled Wall Street Fraudster

September 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There is s strange case out there of a Wall Street fraudster who was recently featured in a San Diego Union-Tribune article about being wanted for assault and kidnapping – and the case has some strange connections to Ocean Beach.

Vladislav ‘Steven’ Zubkis, an Ukrainian immigrant and dubious Wall Street investor, has a long history over the last 20 years of committing white collar crime in this country. A number of years back, Zubkis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering in a San Diego federal court. He was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution.

In April of 2010, Zubkis got out of prison, and despite being a deportable felon, immigration officials didn’t know what to do with him as he had immigrated from Ukraine while still part of the Soviet Union.

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Restaurant Review: The Pho Shop in Point Loma’s Midway District

September 8, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

The Pho Shop
3760 Sports Arena Blvd., Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92110

I am always delighted when someone that has read my reviews asks if they can do one with me. I want to encourage my readers to do just that. And today, I met a “new friend” – Kareen, who agreed to try out The Pho Shop – (where the Mandarin Plaza Chinese Buffet used to be, behind the Red Lobster.)

In talking to Michael, our server, we found out that the restaurant is family owned and many of the recipes are from different members of the family. Michael, by the way, knew his menu and his food, and was a delight to have as our server.

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‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Organizing Meeting – Fri., Sept. 8th

September 8, 2017 by Staff

OB Town Council Sets Up Online Poll – “No Target in OB” T-shirts Available

The group “No Target in OB” is holding an organizing meeting tonight, Friday, September 8th at the Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street at 7:00 p.m.

Coming off a major rally and march down Newport on August 30th and a smaller protest rally outside the Sports Arena Target on Sunday, September 3rd, the network is regrouping to discuss future action items, more outreach ideas, etc.

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Update on Ocean Beach Businesses and Projects – Photo Gallery

September 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s an update on Ocean Beach businesses and projects – in a photo gallery. Who’s new and what’s the status of upcoming merchants, storefronts and development projects.

Voltaire Street

Car’s Jars

Car’s Jars at 4161 Voltaire had their big opening in July. Kelsey said they’ve been an online business for 3+ years…

The Upper Voltaire Project

Yes, the Upper Voltaire development has seen some progress after months and even years.

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Ocean Beach Planners Okay Condos on Saratoga and Approve New Design for Mixed-Use on Voltaire

September 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Wednesday night, September 6th, the Ocean Beach Planning Board approved a map waiver to allow 4 condos, approved a newly-designed project for a run-down house on Voltaire, and critiqued Councilwoman Barbara Bry’s proposed City ordinance on short-term vacation rentals.

The all-volunteer board meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the OB Rec Center and makes recommendations to the City and Planning Department on development projects that come before it. It also carries out and tries to enforce the OB Community Plan – recently renewed 3 years ago after a bitter fight with the San Diego Planning Commission.

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Republican Dumanis Declares for County Supervisor

September 7, 2017 by Doug Porter

Fourth District includes Ocean Beach and Good Part of Point Loma

Former County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has formally declared her intention to run for the Fourth District Supervisor seat. Finally.

The 2018 election represents an opportunity to begin changing that reality. As is true with any big institution, change will not happen overnight. But you have to start somewhere.

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San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial: A Spurious Attack on Teachers and Public Education

September 7, 2017 by Source

Banner on ground reading "WE ARE STUDENTS NOT CUSTOMERS"

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

An editorial in The San Diego Union Tribune says that Democrats in the Trump era see themselves as protecting the disadvantaged but that’s not true when it comes to schools. The editorial claims, “When it comes to public education, however, there’s fresh evidence that state Democratic leaders are the ones siding with the powerful forces over the disadvantaged.”

Those powerful forces – in an era when billionaires like Carrie Walton Penner, Reed Hastings and Eli Broad flex their financial muscle to privatize schools – are teachers and their unions. The evidence presented is bogus and the conclusions reached are based on willful ignorance.

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San Diego Rallies in Response to Ending DACA

September 6, 2017 by Doug Porter

“I used to be in the shadows, and I refuse to go back into the shadows.”–Osmar Abad Cruz, DACA recipient

A Tuesday Sept. 5th night rally at the County administration building by immigration advocates and allies was part of a nationwide response to the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA program was finished.

The beauty of a San Diego sunset provided a vivid contrast to the ugliness being thrust upon nearly 8 million people in the United States brought in as children by undocumented parents.

In New York and Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles, along with dozens of other cities around the United States

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Jennifer Campbell Joins District 2 Race

September 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Dr. Jennifer Campbell has joined the District 2 City Council race, having filed her paperwork in late August.

A professor of integrated medicine, Campbell was also the Regional Director of the California Democratic Party.

District 2, of course, includes Ocean Beach and Point Loma and much of the beach areas.

Campbell joins four other challengers to incumbent and Republican Lorie Zapf, environmental attorney Brian Pease, former Chargers executive Jordan Beane, real estate broker Daniel Smiechowski, and veteran Joshua Tomolak.

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