The OB Rag’s Winter Fund Raising Campaign – Help Us Raise $1,000 Over the Next Week

by on December 29, 2017 · 11 comments

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Over the last several years, the OB Rag has hosted two fund-raising drives – one in the summer and one in the winter. And thanks to our readers and supporters, they’ve all been successful – we’ve always met our goals and then some.

Well, we’re at it again.

Starting today, Friday, December 29th, 2017th, we’re doing our Winter fund-raising drive, which will go to next weekend, January 6th – 7th in 2018, and we’re asking our friends to help us reach $1,000.

We have managed to survive and thrive these last ten years – we just held our 10th Anniversary Celebration in late October – and truly and thankfully, we have done it only because of the outpourings from the folks who have stood by us over this last decade.

So, please – you can donate safely online with our PayPal button at the top right of our home page.

Or you can send us a check to our Post Office box at the OB Post Office on Santa Monica Avenue. Here’s our address:

OB Rag
PO Box 7012
San Diego, CA 92167

Imagine, ten years as the online newspaper for Ocean Beach and Point Loma. We’ve tried to keep it local and independent.

Yet, despite it all – we’re still in the Time of Trump – and we’re the citizen journalists whom Trump has lumped into the press category and called all of us “the enemy of the people.”

Cover of OB Rag, early May 1974

And once again, it’s time to support your local and independent press – the OB Rag.

Back in the old days, during the 1970s when the OB Rag was an actual paper newspaper, the staff would leave stacks of the folded issues on counters in storefronts and businesses across OB, and on top of each stack was a large coffee can with a sign for donations.

And no one would touch the contents of those cans. In large measure, that’s how the OB Rag survived in those days – through contributions from residents and businesses of the community.

Likewise today, the online OB Rag – now in our 11th year – has survived, as we have said, on donations from our readers, supporters and businesses who take out ads.

It’s how we roll.

So, we’re asking our friends to step up and again help us with contributions in order to cover our costs.

Here’s some reasons for keeping us alive:

Here’s why OB needs the OB Rag – just from recent coverage:

  • The attention and analysis given to local issues is like none other, such as
  • short-term vacation rentals,
  • progress of OB and Point Loma developments,
  • gentrification,
  • The controversial Ebers – Greene Project;
  • We covered the campaign to save the Torrey Pine on Saratoga Avenue – which was unsuccessful; we’re supporting folks in the Friends of Peninsula Trees and their efforts to have all OB’s Torrey pines designated Heritage Trees.
  • We helped shed light on the Point Loma project at Emerson and Evergreen.
  • We continue our vigilance on the issue of the 30-foot height limit and watch for threats.
  • The OB Rag continues to be a thorn in the side of SeaWorld – recently criticizing their move to beautiful the exterior of the  Orca’s tanks without enlarging them.
  • We provide coverage of some of the more community-oriented public meetings, such as the OB Town Council and the OB Planning Board – and the other Peninsula planning committees.
  • We support small and local businesses with our continued series of “News on Newport Avenue”, and keep residents up on the comings and goings of local merchants.

Again, How to Support Us

Send us a one-time donation via our PayPal button on the homepage;

Become a regular monthly contributor; via PayPal on the homepage;

Send us a check made out to “OB Rag” to:

OB Rag
PO Box 7012
Ocean Beach, CA 92167

Have a business or non-profit – take out an advertisement – we have great rates for locals;

Send us photos, poetry, musings, observations, or volunteer to help us cover local events and meetings.

So, help us keep the OB Rag alive and well – send us a donation during this Summer campaign.

The original OB Rag was first published in the fall of 1970 – and we’re still here 48 years later – okay there’s been some gaps – but with your help, we’d like to be for a while longer.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie December 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

We have received 2 new donations, totaling $115. Thank you Peter B and Carol H!

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie December 30, 2017 at 8:32 am

This morning – Sat. – we received another $100 from Gordon M – thanks so much.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie December 30, 2017 at 8:33 am

Chris E just sent in $10 – gracias mi amigo. That’s a total of $225 so far.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie December 30, 2017 at 8:54 am

$20 from Christopher who says: “Thank you for being an essential voice in our funky little corner of the universe! ” It’s because of readers like you who make us happen.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie December 30, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Burt sent us $20.

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Christo December 30, 2017 at 8:57 am

Keep it up Frank! We may not agree on everything, but a bit of civil discourse is essential to a functional democracy. We will get back there.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie January 1, 2018 at 4:25 pm

We’ve reached $415 – thanks to a new batch of donations over the weekend.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie January 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm

A huge donation just arrived – $300 – from Judith and Wayne; thanks so much. This truly lifted our fundraiser and our spirits. We get energized by the outpouring of support from friends, supporters and readers.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie January 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm

3 more donations have come in totaling $85; we’re now up to $800. Our goal is $1,000.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie January 5, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Another $50 was just posted at our PayPal account – thank you Robyn. That puts us at $850.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie January 6, 2018 at 2:04 pm

$25 came to PayPal this morning; thanks D.H. We’re at $875 – need just $125 to reach our goal.

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