January 2018

The Challenges and Rewards of Serving on the Ocean Beach Planning Board – Election on March 7th

January 30, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There are tough challenges and many rewards to serving as a volunteer on the Ocean Beach Planning Board. Reviewing projects and making recommendations to the City carries an important responsibility – but it also represents the crucial role that community members play in the arena of land-use and urban planning issues and insights.

Every year the OB Planning Board holds an election for seats on its 14-member Board of volunteers. This year, the election will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, and voting will take place inside the OB Recreation Center, from 4 to 6pm. Any tenant, resident, property owner or business owner in Ocean Beach can run as a candidate and/or take part in the election itself, as long as

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How to Make Housing More Affordable in San Diego

January 30, 2018 by Source

By Murtaza Baxamusa / SanDiegoUrbDeZine Jan. 23, 2018

There isn’t enough affordable housing being built in the city of San Diego. Lenders and banks aren’t lending as much, apartment owners aren’t caring, and builders aren’t building as much since it’s not as remunerative to build for income-constrained households.

This worsens the disconnect between the economics of the housing stock and the demographics of the families it’s meant to serve, as shown by a recent Harvard University study on apartments. In San Diego, less than 10 percent of the rental housing stock is affordable*. With new federal tax policies, things could get worse.

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Candidate Filing Opens for Peninsula Community Planning Board

January 30, 2018 by Source

Deadline Is March 1st

By Don Sevrens

Want to make a difference in the Peninsula community?

The candidate filing period has opened for five of the 15 seats on the Peninsula Community Planning Board. The deadline for filing is Thursday March 1. The election itself will be Thursday March 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Point Loma Branch Library.

The planning board is an elected advisory body that has first say on important projects as well as influencing the City on important planning concepts.

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At Spanish Landing in Point Loma, Councilmembers Alvarez, Bry and Zapf Call on Feds to Remove San Diego From Offshore Drilling Sites

January 30, 2018 by Source

By Bianca Bruno / Courthouse News / January 29, 2018

Standing in front of the picturesque San Diego harbor Monday at Spanish Landing in Point Loma, city council members called on the federal government to remove the eighth largest U.S. city from its list of potential offshore drilling sites, saying it will negatively impact military operations and tourism.

Councilwomen Lorie Zapf and Barbara Bry were joined by Councilman David Alvarez in calling for San Diego’s coastal waters to be protected from offshore oil drilling after the region made the Jan. 4 list of potential sites scoped out by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Under International Spotlight, El Cajon Ends Its Ban on Feeding Homeless in Parks

January 29, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Being portrayed negatively in the international spotlight is never good, as the city of El Cajon recently found out. The east county city found international attention after it banned feeding the homeless in parks, and after about a dozen homeless advocates were arrested, cited and released for trying to feed homeless people in a local El Cajon park.

The city lifted the temporary order on Tuesday, January 23rd. They had enacted the ban – they claimed – as a safety measure after the San Diego County Board of Supervisors declared the region’s growing hepatitis A outbreak a public health emergency. The same day, last Tuesday, the County ended the health emergency over Hep A.

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New Owner of Nati’s Building in Ocean Beach Has Record of Conflicts with Other Communities

January 29, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The other bombshell that San Diego Reader writer Delinda Lombardo dropped in her Jan. 25th article – besides Nati’s Mexican Restaurant being replaced by Pop Pies Co. – was the change in ownership of the building Nati’s is currently in. The incoming Pop Pie partners still need to finalize their lease with the new owner. Plus other businesses in the building have not been told what to expect.

Lombardo reported that it appears that the structure is being taken over by controversial developer Michael Donovan of SDPB Holdings, LLC. . Donovan is controversial because of his conflicts with the city as well as with neighbors a year ago next to a Mission Hills project he was building, as well as conflicts with neighbors against a Golden Hill / South Park development of his a few years back.

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Two Bad Ideas for California Higher Education in Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal

January 29, 2018 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

It’s the first week of classes in the San Diego Community College District where I teach, and, as has become almost an annual ritual, the new year comes with a number of suspect education reforms from Sacramento.

Jerry Brown released his budget proposal recently, and unfortunately, there are two big, bad ideas that the Governor would like to be part of his higher education legacy: a new fully online college and performance-based funding. What unites these initiatives is that they are both driven more by corporate education reform ideology than sound pedagogy or evidence that they will be effective in reaching their stated aim.

I’ll start with the online college.

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Nathan Fletcher, Candidate for District 4 County Supervisor: Build a Coalition for Change

January 29, 2018 by Doug Porter

Part Four: The High Profile Democratic Candidates

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Democrat and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is running for termed-out Supervisor Ron Roberts seat in District 4. The outgoing Republican held that office since 1995, managing to get re-elected each time despite Democrats outnumbering Republicans his district 2 to 1.

Fletcher dropped out of politics a few years ago after a couple of angst-filled losses while taking flack for switching political parties. Most recently he was working for Qualcomm and teaching a class at UCSD. The urge to serve returned along with a long-term opportunity to end the GOP’s monopoly at the County level.

His opponents on the Democratic side in the June primary include former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña and Attorney Omar Passons. The winner will likely challenge Republican Bonnie Dumanis in November. District 4 includes most of the city of San Diego, spanning Ocean Beach and Point Loma, to La Jolla, to Kearny Mesa, Encanto, and downtown.

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San Diego City Council Members to Protest Trump’s Offshore Oil Drilling

January 29, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Three Council members and Environmental Groups to Demand Trump Administration to Stand Down on San Diego Offshore Oil Drilling While Candidate for District 2 to Protest Republican’s Involvement

Councilmembers David Alvarez, Barbara Bry and Lorie Zapf join together with environmental leaders will rally in a protest today, Monday, January 29th and make the case for San Diego to be removed from the Administration’s list of potential oil drilling sites released by the Department of the Interior on January 4.

The protest and news conference will be at Spanish Landing Park – East, at 3900 N. Harbor Drive, across from the airport at Noon.

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Peninsula Planning Board Approves Project Off Famosa Slough

January 26, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

Two of the projects that came before the Peninsula Community Planning Board, or PCPB, at its regular monthly meeting January 18 at the Pt. Loma Library engendered opposite reactions. One was very popular, although it had a major flaw, and the other was very unpopular.

Replacing the Dolphin Motel on Rosecrans

The popular project was an attractive new hotel that would replace the Dolphin Motel on Rosecrans, a collection of four old buildings on the corner of Rosecrans and Garrison that will be demolished. The address are 1453-1463 Rosecrans Street and 2912 and 2930 Garrison Street. Everyone on the board believed this would be a big improvement over what is there now.

The 49,150 square foot hotel will be three stories tall with 92 rooms, about double the number of rooms in the old motel.

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13 Candidates for 7 Seats on the Ocean Beach Town Council

January 26, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Town Council is having its annual election to its Board of Directors, and this year there are 7 open seats. And there are a staggering number of 13 candidates for those seats. Four of the candidates are incumbents. The top 7 vote-getters become Board members – there is no run-off.

The election takes place online from Monday, January 29th to Friday, February 9th, only by the several hundred members of the OB Town Council. (Voting members are paid up for the $20 annual fee.)

The Ocean Beach Town Council is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the care and improvement of our beautiful coastal community. Membership costs $20 per year, and all money raised goes right back to helping our community. If you’re interested in being a member, go here.

At the monthly meeting of the OBTC Wednesday, Jan. 24th, the 13 candidates appeared and all of them gave very brief speeches.

INSIDE is a list of the candidates with a very, very brief description, in the order of their presentations the other night:

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Omar Passons, Candidate for District 4 County Supervisor: Policy Wonk With a Heart of Gold

January 26, 2018 by Doug Porter

Part Three: The High Profile Democratic Candidates

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Omar Passons is a first-time Democratic candidate running for termed-out Supervisor Ron Roberts seat. The retiring Republican held that office since 1995, managing to get re-elected each time despite Democrats outnumbering Republicans his district 2 to 1.

He’s a construction/land-use attorney lawyer and long-time North Park community activist running a campaign based more on ideas than partisanship.

His opponents on the Democratic side in the June primary include former Asssemblypersons Lori Saldaña and Nathan Fletcher. The winner will likely challenge Republican Bonnie Dumanis in November. District 4 includes most of the city of San Diego, spanning La Jolla to Kearny Mesa, Encanto, downtown and Ocean Beach.

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Love Fest and Good Vibes at the Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting

January 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It was like a love fest during the Summer of Love at the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting Wednesday night, January 24th. It was all good vibes as the Board bid a cherry and teary farewell to Gretchen Newsom, president for the last 4 years, and to other members who are stepping down from the Council. It was merry times as well during all the various governmental reports.

It was very celebratory as the Board presented the awards to the OB Holiday Parade winners – including members of the Mermaid float who came dressed in costume. And it was all very friendly as more than a dozen candidates for the open chairs on the Town Council gave their brief spiels (see separate article).

In direct contrast to last week’s ominous OB Town Hall meeting on the dreary subjects of arson and vandalism, this gathering of OB folk and kids was more akin to a circus, where ringmaster Marcus Turner, OBTC vice-president, directed the various performances and shows in a delightful couple hours of entertainment.

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One of Most Iconic Restaurants of Ocean Beach – Nati’s – to Be Replaced by Pie Shop

January 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In the January 25th edition of the San Diego Reader, Delinda Lombardo, breaks the sad news that the days are numbered for one of the most iconic restaurants in Ocean Beach – Nati’s Mexican Restaurant.

In a piece of excellent investigative work, Lombardo reports the –

“Pop Pie Co. will occupy the restaurant space, pending the signing of a lease.”

Nati’s, the famous eatery – located at Bacon and Niagara – has been a mainstay in the Peninsula since the early 1960s – and even though some express disdain for the old-school Mexican food served – for many others, it’s their favorite place for Mexican. It was voted “best restaurant” for many years.

It was originally thought the recent sale of Nati’s would only result in remodeling and the restaurant would be re-opened. But now it appears any innovations will be going further.

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Vandals Strike Again in Ocean Beach, This Time With Paint-Thinner

January 25, 2018 by Source

10 News reports an Ocean Beach couple had their vehicles vandalized when someone threw paint-thinner over them sometime Tuesday or Wednesday of this past week. The damage to the cars’ exteriors is in the thousands of dollars. The station reports:

Terisa Harju says someone threw paint thinner or a solvent of some kind all over her and her fiancé’s vehicles. Both were parked in their driveway along West Point Loma Boulevard.

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Tragic Motorcyclist Death on West Point Loma Blvd Echos Dangers of Intersection

January 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Tragedy struck the 5100 block of West Point Loma Boulevard Wednesday, Jan. 24th, when a motorcyclist lost control of his Harley-Davidson and collided with an oncoming Ford Escape; the unidentified man died from his injuries.

It’s reported “The 53-year-old man was riding to the east on a curving stretch of roadway in the 5100 block of West Point Loma Boulevard shortly before 2 p.m.” when the collision occurred, according to San Diego police. He ended up slamming onto the concrete and sliding into a parked vehicle.

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THC in Ocean Beach Undergoes Major Rehab – Like Totally, Dude

January 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The popular bar, THC, is undergoing a huge change – like, a total rehab, dude.

The old building has been scraped off the face of the earth. And in it’s place will be owner Steve Yeng’s dream restaurant bar combo. But looking at what’s left and realizing how narrow the interior of the structure was, it’s amazing to think anything and all those people had fit into that space.

In previous posts, such as this June 2016 report, we stated:

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Comment Period Opens for Midway Community Plan Update EIR

January 24, 2018 by Source

Midway Homeless Veterans’ Tent Not Being Filled

By Geoff Page

Environmental Impact Report for the Midway Community Plan Update

The big gorilla in the room at the Midway Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting was a thing called an EIR or Environmental Impact Report. Anyone who has ever seen one of these documents can attest to the actual weight and complexity of an EIR such that characterizing it as a gorilla is understandable.

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Lori Saldaña, Candidate for District 4 County Supervisor: ‘The Truth Will Set You Free’

January 24, 2018 by Doug Porter

Part Two: The High Profile Democratic Candidates

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña is running for termed-out Supervisor Ron Roberts seat, a Republican who managed to get re-elected despite Democrats outnumbering Republicans in the district 2 to 1.

She has a long progressive political pedigree and has maintained a high profile despite not currently holding office through her activism with groups advocating for the homeless, women’s rights, and environmental causes.

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‘Hey Mueller – Spank Trump’ – OB Resister Sisters Do It Again

January 24, 2018 by Staff

The OB Resister Sisters have hit again with another freeway banner.

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Just Why Is Mission Bay Being Dredged?

January 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

A project to dredge sections of Mission Bay began last week by the City of San Diego. A large crane mounted on a barge has begun to excavate about a total of 64 acres of the bay as part of the plan.

Why is the Bay being dredged?

It’s all about the boats. Apparently over the last 50 years storms and currents – as well as boats themselves – have moved the floor of the Bay around and now it’s uneven and unsafe for boating. The dredging will make it easier and safer for boats to navigate around the Bay, the largest aquatic park on the West Coast.

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Contact Information for Politicians Who Represent Ocean Beach and Point Loma

January 23, 2018 by Staff

On the flip side of the OB Town Council’s monthly meeting agenda is a list of contact information for all the politicians who represent Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

Here we repost it:

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County Elections to Watch in 2018 Including Fireworks in District 4 Supervisor Race

January 23, 2018 by Doug Porter

Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Much of the City Are in District 4

First in a series: An Overview

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

The motto for San Diego County is “The noblest motive is the public good.” Questions to be answered in 2018 will decide if this is possible in the future.

I hold that the government of the County of San Diego is the single biggest factor standing in the way of solving many of the social problems facing the region. Voters have an opportunity to do something about it, starting in June.

San Diegans have the means at their disposal to make meaningful inroads into challenges surrounding child development (prevention), health (addiction, mental health), housing (affordability/homelessness), and economic inequality. All we need is the political will.

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Reader Rant: Review of Point Loma – OB Democratic Club Endorsement Forum – ‘a Beans, Peas and Campbell Soup’

January 23, 2018 by Source

Editordude: Sunday night, January 21st, the Point Loma- OB Democratic Club held their endorsement forum for the upcoming District 2 city council race. The following is unsolicited review of that candidate forum and does not represent the views of the OB Rag:

A Beans, Peas and Campbell Soup

By Michael Winn

Three people sought endorsement from the PL-OB Democratic Club Sunday night:

Mr. Bryan Pease said he’ll beat Ms. Lorie Zapf (the incumbent) because women voters like environmental attorneys (like him).

Mr. Jordan Beane said his chances are best because he’s young and a renter, since most District 2 voters are close to his age and income.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late January 2018

January 22, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

OB Women Noted in Media Coverage of San Diego Women’s March

In the San Diego U-T’s coverage of Saturday’s Women’s March in downtown, several women from OB were mentioned or highlighted. …

Two Pedestrians Injured at Voltaire and Cable

Adam Ewing reported on facebook, that two women pedestrians were hit by a van with Nevada plates on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the intersection of Voltaire and Cable.

Establishment Woman from Point Loma to Be Mayor’s New “City Manager”

This is not a surprise. Mayor Kevin Faulconer has chosen longtime establishment woman from Point Loma, Kris Michell, to be the City’s chief operating officer – which in effect is like being the city manager under the “strong mayor” model. …

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OB Town Council Meets Wed., Jan. 24 : Parade Winners and Candidate Forum

January 22, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

To kickoff their first meeting of 2018, the Ocean Beach Town Council will meet our new community representatives from our elected officials’ offices and discuss our community concerns.

The Town Council meets at 7pm, Wednesday, January 24th at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

The Town Council will also award the winners of the 38th Annual OB Parade with their award plaques. The parade theme was “California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love.”

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OB Town Council Elections Coming Up! – Deadline for Candidate Statements Is Tues., Jan. 23

January 22, 2018 by Source

The annual elections for the Ocean Beach Town Council Board of Directors is coming right up. Voting will take place from Monday, January 29th to Friday, February 9th.

Anyone member considering running as a candidate for one of the 7 seats open must submit their Candidate Statement by Tuesday, January 23rd.

Here is the statement from the OBTC website:

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In World-First Rescue, Drone Saves Swimmers By Dropping Flotation Device

January 22, 2018 by Source

Off Austrialia, drone drops flotation device to stranded swimmers in world-first rescue mission

Two Australian beachgoers have learned first-hand how drones can be useful to lifeguards – and those they save.

New Atlas reports:

After being swept away by the surf off the coast of New South Wales, the two found themselves safely back on shore after a local lifeguard used a drone to deliver them a lifesaving flotation device.

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Ocean Beach Lifeguard Reports Are Serious, Hilarious and Thought-Provoking

January 22, 2018 by Source

Sometimes the column Daniel Powell writes at San Diego Reader is hilarious, and more often serious and thought-provoking when he repeats verbatim local Lifeguard reports.

Powell, son of OBcean Gail Powell, writes a weekly column that we find fascinating. Here are some quotes from only OB or Point Loma lifeguard reports:

Lifeguard reports for December 25 to January 1

14:25 Medical: Lifeguard requests medics for a 25 year-old patient with an altered level of consciousness. Emergency and medical units respond and transport patient to UCSD.

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More Photos From the San Diego Women’s March – Funny Signs

January 22, 2018 by Staff

Here are more photos from Saturday’s San Diego Women’s March – most from OB Rag staffer Bob Edwards. There’s a bunch of really funny signs.

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