October 2017

Abbott – Muir Condos and Narragansett Demolition Project Return to Ocean Beach Planning Board – Wed., Nov. 1st

October 31, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets Wednesday night, November 1st, and has 4 action items on its agenda. The Board meets in the Community Room of the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.

First, the Board will review its attendance log for the 2016 calendar year, and if any Board member has missed too many meetings, he or she may face some kind of sanction, according to the bylaws. Second, the Board will discuss recent events within the short term vacation rental controversy – such as the recent cancellation of a City Council hearing ostensibly due to a last-minute memo from the City Attorney’s Office – and potentially take steps according to their stance.

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Hierarchy of San Diego’s Elected Venerables

October 31, 2017 by Source

By Norma Damashek /San Diego Free Press

You and I – as ordinary voters living in greater San Diego – have a mindnumbing number of opportunities to elect scads of people to serve as our public mouthpieces.

We routinely go to the polls or mail in our ballots to select the “public servants” we believe will represent our personal and community interests and improve our well-being. Keeping up with who’s running for what is a daunting job.

In fact, if we built a totem pole made up of all our elected officials, it would surely reach the clouds, maybe even touch the sky.

Curious about how it might look?

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It Was a Blast! Memorable OB Rag Celebration

October 30, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

What a blast we had at the OB Rag‘s 10th anniversary celebration and Halloween costume party.

Over seventy people – many in costume – joined Rag staff and friends at the gig, which included live music, food and drink, raffle tickets and prizes and a costume contest.

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The Widder Curry Says ‘Thanks’

October 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

Thank you.

When the OB Rag throws a party, they know what to do: Food, entertainment; raffles; drinks; good company; great people, etc.

I would like to thank those of you that introduced yourselves to me and thanked me for the articles I have written for the Rag for over 8 years.

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It Just Doesn’t Stop Over at the Scary Ebers – Greene Project in Northeast Ocean Beach

October 30, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Good thing it’s close to Halloween because otherwise OB wouldn’t put up with the crazy stuff that just keeps happening at that scary Ebers- Greene Streets project – at 2269 Ebers.

It just doesn’t stop.

The site is going to hell.

The latest – from neighbors of the project – the fence surrounding the lot is now completely gone.

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Restaurant Review: Sunnie’s in South Ocean Beach

October 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

4723 Pt. Loma Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107

I have been so reluctant to go to Sunnie’s since they have reopened. My review of them awhile back was less than stellar, and I was afraid that this time it would be no different. I am so happy to say that it was 180 degrees different this time than last time.

It was a very hot night and I just didn’t feel like cooking. Hitomi had school until 7:00pm, and my other student had gone out for “Taco Tuesday.” I decided to “bite the taco” – and try Sunnie’s again.

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Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’, Ocean Beach Style

October 30, 2017 by Source

Dog Beach Pet Cemetery Desecration?

by Bob Edwards

Call it coincidence, call it synchronicity, call it just freaking weird!

What are the odds that on the Sunday of this long Halloween weekend I would stumble upon the weirdest, most macabre Ocean Beach story ever?

I was next to Robb field, walking with some companions along the flood control channel and noticed two uniformed SDPD officers walking ahead of us. I asked one of my friends:

“Have the cops started walking a beat over here or do you think they’re responding to a complaint?”

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Republicans Try to Squelch Nathan Fletcher’s Bid for San Diego Supervisor With Jim Miller’s Old Quotes

October 30, 2017 by Jim Miller


By Jim Miller

Will Nathan Fletcher ride in on a magic carpet to the Board of Supervisors?

Tomorrow is Halloween. Are we in for something scary?

Not really.

While the vast majority of people in San Diego are not paying the least bit of attention to local races heading into 2018, there has been quite a bit of petty drama surrounding the San Diego Board of Supervisors District 4 race in recent weeks.

It appears that local Republican operatives have decided to kill Nathan Fletcher’s most recent political aspirations

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Thanks OB for Making These Last 10 Years a Real Trip

October 27, 2017 by Staff

On behalf of the OB Rag staff we wish to thank everyone who made this decade a real trip.

To all our readers who have made it all worth while.

To all those who have …

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Exactly 10 Years Ago the OB Rag Was Launched

October 27, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It was early October in the year 2007 – George Bush was still president and the war in Iraq was in its 4th year. I lived in a small cottage on the 4600 block of Long Branch with Patty Jones.

I remember watching the news in the livingroom and yelling at the anchors and pundits for parroting the Bush administration’s lies . It was upsetting and that anger had propelled me to be involved in San Diego’s peace movement. The newspapers – especially the Union-Tribune – were no better. The truth, it seemed, had no outlet, both nationally – and locally – and the media only presented the corporate narrative. Progressive ideas were being stymied – .

I recall this one program on TV – a documentary about the counter-culture and “the hippies” narrated by Peter Coyote. It was so bad I found myself literally yelling at the television and cuzzing out Coyote – .

Patty – over in the dining area – had been putting up with all my ranting – finally said,

“Why don’t you start a blog.”

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Work Begins on Controversial Froude Street Project in Ocean Beach

October 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Work has begun on the controversial Froude Street project in northeast Ocean Beach. The demolition and first stages of excavation have changed the lot at 2257 Froude Street.

The project’s design:

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OB Town Council Calls for Holiday Volunteers, Board Elections and Advocates for Kids

October 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Town Council met under duress last night, Wednesday, Oct. 25th; it was very warm and the baseball series was going on, plus a number of Board members were sick. It was a thin crowd in the audience as well, with about 30 chairs occupied.

Besides the usual politico rep and community reports, the Board made a big push for volunteers needed for the various holiday events the OBTC sponsors later this year. Also explained, was the new schedule for elections to the Board. Finally, the night’s special speaker give a pitch about becoming an advocate for foster children.

OB Holiday Volunteers

The Town Council needs volunteers for the four major events it sponsors during the holidays. They include:

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Ocean Beach Business Briefs

October 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

James Gang Moving into Former Hookah Lounge

The venerable James Gang is moving – and they’re moving back to Newport Avenue into the former hookah lounge at 4851 Newport. In fact, they’re moving this weekend. “No to Target” signs are already in the windows – and coincidentally – they will be right across the street from the Antique Center – which of course Target wants to move into. When they first opened in 1976, James Gang was on Newport.

Blue Waters Seafood Moving into Tower 2

Speaking of moves, the well-known Blue Waters Seafood Bar & Grill is opening up a second establishment in Tower Two.

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History Made: City of San Diego Publishes Website Guide to Recreational Marijuana Industry

October 25, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

What an historic day Tuesday, October 24th was. It was the day the City of San Diego published a guide to the recreational marijuana industry on a new webpage.

The page – on the city’s Development Services section – is titled: “Permitting Process for Marijuana Cultivation, Testing, Sales and Delivery” and it includes

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Peninsula Planning Board: Vacation Rentals and Continued Controversy Over Jennings Street Project

October 25, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board held its regular monthly meeting at the Point Loma library Thursday, October 19. The agenda was light with only one action item but there were a few other items of interest to the community worth relating.

Probably the most contentious item, the one real action item that was discussed, didn’t get contentious because there was no need for immediate action that night.

Short Term Vacation Rentals

This was a presentation of the Zapf and Bry draft ordinance to put some controls on short term vacation rentals more commonly referred to as STVRs.

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Local Ocean Beach and Point Loma Schools on Minimum Day Schedules Again

October 25, 2017 by Staff

Because of the severe heat the region is suffering through, San Diego Unified School District has again placed many city schools on another minimum day schedule.

Here are local schools on the heat list:

  • Cabrillo Elementary
  • Dana Middle
  • Ocean Beach Elementary
  • Ocean Beach CDC
  • Silver Gate Elementary
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Sidewalk Cleaning Coming to Bacon Street Wed., Oct. 25

October 24, 2017 by Staff

This was posted up and down Newport Avenue today.

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San Diego’s Democratic Party Leadership Needs to Take Its Head Out of the Sand

October 24, 2017 by Doug Porter

Last weekend’s San Diego County Democratic Convention was a success on many levels. Candidates spoke, networks were built, and the party faithful came away full of hope for the future. The mechanics of the event went smoothly.


Ten thousand dollars bought a lot of silence at the Democratic Convention.

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Call to Action: We Need Transparency, Not Secrecy, in Selecting New San Diego Police Chief

October 24, 2017 by Ernie McCray

In the next few months we will have a new San Diego Chief of Police and I hope that whoever gets the job can do something, for me, no one has been able to do: create an environment wherein I don’t find myself squirming a bit every time a police officer rolls up behind me or next to me. I just can’t help it, though, with my life’s experiences.

Now, hey, don’t get me wrong, I’ve known some good police officers — parents at my schools, guys I grew up with, dudes I’ve toked and toasted with, played ball with — it’s just that the bad seeds among them can be downright scary at times.

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OB Town Council: Holiday Volunteering and Learning to Be a Special Advocate for Kids – Wed., Oct. 25th

October 24, 2017 by Staff

At their final public meeting for 2017, the Ocean Beach Town Council will host a forum to learn about volunteer opportunities with their upcoming holiday events, which are extensive; there’s the Food and Toy Drive, the Christmas Tree, the Annual Christmas Auction – and of course, the world famous OB Holiday Parade in early December. The Parade itself needs dozens of volunteers.

It’s also getting time for the OBTC yearly elections to the Board of Directors – so the Council will share their elections timeline for OBTC members to get elected to the Board .

The meeting will conclude with learning about opportunities to volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in our region.

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OB Halloween Walkabout

October 24, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Being an occasional column featuring sights and sounds from Ocean Beach and Point Loma, this edition celebrates Halloween in OB.

An OB Halloween memory:

It was late October, some year in the 1970s and my girlfriend Mary Pat and I were hanging out in OB, bored.

We had no Halloween party to go to, no costumes, no ideas. Finally, I suggested we grab some pink bedsheets from the closet

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A Summary of Nuclear Waste Issue at San Onofre

October 23, 2017 by Source

By Gary Headrick

I was recently asked to clear up some confusion about our nuclear waste strategy in an email thread between some good friends. I thought it might be worth sharing a refined version of my reply with you.

Also if you have not signed and shared our Petition yet, please do.

Here is the basic objective:

Delay the date for silos on the beach to get loaded with extremely radioactive waste.

This allows time to consider better alternatives that make us safer while deadly waste remains here cooling off for perhaps decades before it can be moved. We must deal with the fact that they are using canisters that can’t be monitored to prevent leaks, can’t be repaired

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Restaurant Review: Meechai Thai Cuisine in the Midway

October 23, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Meechai Thai Cuisine
3960 W. Point Loma Blvd. #4
(Midway Town Center at Sports Arena)
San Diego, CA 92110

On the one day of the week that the weather changed from 80 degrees to 68 degrees, windy, and wet, was the one day that the Widows were getting together for lunch. So it was left up to me to find a place and I remembered going to the Meechai 25 years ago. I wondered how much it had changed over the years.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that not much has changed.

The ambiance was inviting; the seating was cozy; and Janet, the server, was the same server from many years ago. What probably has changed was the menu.

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Point Loma’s Jack Allen Davis – Pilot and Adventurer of a Bygone Era

October 23, 2017 by Source

By Brett Warnke

San Diego historian Karen Scanton presented “Read the Book Before you Fly ‘Em,” a lecture focused on Point Loma’s Jack Allen Davis, Jr. at last Thursday’s – October 19th – OB Historical Society’s monthly event.

In a series of slides Scanton offered a biographic lecture focused on the life of a local adventurer. Davis was a flyer but he was also a yarnspinner—“the train tore down the tracks and tooted its tooter”—and a speculator who bought and sold surplus aircraft after World War II.

Davis built and operated Red Sails Inn

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Mel Freilicher’s ‘American Cream’: Rewriting the Radical Past to Redeem the Future

October 23, 2017 by Jim Miller

Mining the Heart of the American Left to Address Today’s Bleak Realpolitik

Mel Freilicher will be reading and discussing “American Cream” in San Diego City Works Press’ Release Event at Verbatim Books, located at 3793 30th Street in North Park, on Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m.

Longtime San Diego resident, writer, educator, and activist Mel Freilicher was the editor of the regional literary journal Crawl Out Your Window for 15 years and taught at San Diego State and in UCSD’s literature department for several decades. In addition to this, Mel has published in a wide range of publications and anthologies including two chapbooks on Standing Stone Press and Obscure Publications.

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Televangelist Extremist Morris Cerullo Gets His Disneyland Park in Mission Valley

October 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

San Diego City Council Approves 18-Acre Christian-Themed Center

On Tuesday, October 17th, the San Diego City Council approved televangelist Morris Cerullo’s $130 – 160 million Legacy International Center project. The Center will replace the former Mission Valley Resort at 875 South Hotel Circle Drive on an 18 acre site at the west end of Mission Valley.

That’s the main headline.

But what the Council also did was approve a mini Disneyland-type of religious theme-park that will promote controversial religious tourism, owned by the head of a extremist Evangelical empire who is outspoken in his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage,

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Is the San Diego Mayor’s Office Boycotting Ocean Beach?

October 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Is there a boycott going on by the San Diego Mayor’s Office in attending Ocean Beach community meetings?

For at least the last six months, the leaders of both the Ocean Beach Town Council and the Ocean Beach Planning Board have openly complained during their public meetings about the absence of anyone from the Mayor’s Office. I’ve sat through most of these meetings over these 6 months and have heard

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Special City Council Hearing on Vacation Rentals for Oct. 23rd Is Cancelled

October 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A special hearing by the San Diego City Council set for Monday, October 23rd, on deciding policy on short term vacation rentals has been cancelled. The cancellation – or ‘adjournment’ – was basically due to a last-minute memo from the City Attorney’s Office that raised legal questions about elements of the proposed ordinances by various members of the Council.

Mrytle Cole, President of the City Council, issued a Memo on Thursday, October 19th, that stated in part:

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San Diego City Council Not Ready for Vacation Rentals at Monday Oct. 23 Meeting

October 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It does not appear that the San Diego City Council will be ready to finally make policy on short term vacation rentals at their hearing set for Monday, October 23rd.

Said Councilman David Alvarez, a key player on the issue:

“The breaking news is there won’t be anything done on Monday.”

A front page article in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune quotes Alvaraz as saying he doesn’t see how the Council can move forward on the contentious issue after the City Attorney just released

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City Road Blocks and Other Shenanigans Keep ‘Surf Check’ From Happening in South Ocean Beach

October 19, 2017 by Judi Curry

At a time when many protests over the fact that Target wants to becomes established in Ocean Beach rile the community, I think it is about time that people become aware of how a “little man”, wanting to start a successful business in OB is being met with frustration after frustration.

Just about a year ago I wrote an article about the Surf Check – a dream of Richard Aguirre‘s to own a small business that would enhance the local neighborhood. For those of you that are not aware of the Surf Check it is located on the northwest corner of Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma Avenue.

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