March 2018

Assemblyman Todd Gloria Declares He Is ‘the Worse Gay Ever!’ at Ocean Beach Town Council

March 30, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Assemblyman Todd Gloria graced the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting last Wednesday, March 28th, and during his spiel before the crowd, declared he was the worse gay ever.

In front of the board, Gloria – in a humorous moment – had forgotten the title to the film, “The Wizard of Oz” – and when someone reminded him – he exclaimed : “I’m the worse gay ever!” – to a burst of laughter from the room. He had been in the midst of citing the famous line by Dorothy from the movie, “… we’re not in Kansas any more,” and momentarily the title had slipped his mind. This self-deprecating humor by the former San Diego Councilman has endeared him to many.

Gloria had come to the Town Council meeting to speak of his latest goals.

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Congressional Districts 51, 52, and 53 – Three Incumbent Democrats with Safe Seats

March 30, 2018 by Doug Porter

Editordude: Check out this great snapshot of what’s up in 3 Congressional Districts in San Diego County, the 51st, 52nd and 53rd – OB and Point Loma are in the 52nd CD – ; it’s by Doug Porter over at our sister website the San Diego Free Press.

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Three incumbent Democrats. Zero controversies. No surprises expected on June 5. I thought this snapshot would be the most boring of all the election pieces I write pre-primary. But it wasn’t. I learned some stuff, and you will too.

The Democratic Party has a majority of registered voters in each of these Congressional Districts. .

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Lime-Green Dockless Bikes Haven’t Yet Been Deployed in Ocean Beach, Says Company’s General Manager

March 29, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The general manager of the lime-green dockless bikes denied that they had launched in Ocean Beach.

Zack Bartlett, general manager of LimeBike San Diego, told the crowd at the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting Wednesday night his bikes have not been deployed in OB, that the green bikes people see are from Point Loma and other communities where they have been deployed.

A number of people present questioned this claim.

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Local Artist Promises to Turn Your Beach Trash Into Art – Clean-up April 8th

March 29, 2018 by Staff

A local artist, Mel Clarkston, promises to turn the beach trash you collect – during an Ocean Beach clean-up on April 8th – into art.

Mel and her cohorts have launched “Let’s Get Trashed” – a campaign to turn the plastic found on local beaches into works of art.

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Shedding Tears of Hope and Joy as Children Make America Great

March 29, 2018 by Ernie McCray

I’ve lived a life
among children,
as a child initially, obviously,
and who knows how many
young ones there are
with whom I’ve had the honor
of being in their company
as their teacher
or their vice-principal
or their principal

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Reader Rant: ‘Let’s Not Forget Short Term Vacation Rentals Pose Worse Threat to Ocean Beach than Dockless Bikes’

March 29, 2018 by Source

By Jon Carr

The bikeshares – or dockless bikes – have caused a stir in numerous communities like Ocean Beach, other parts of San Diego, and around the country. They are noticeable with their vibrant colors and placement in heavily trafficked areas of the town.

Coronado has banned them, Little Italy’s business district is threatening to impound them, and our beach communities are holding forums

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Skateboarding, Not Surfing, Should Be California’s Official State Sport

March 28, 2018 by Source

By Dennis Romero / LA Times via Reddit / Mar 11, 2018

In case you missed the headlines, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi of Torrance has introduced a bill to make surfing the official sport of California. Muratuschi, a member of the Assembly’s informal “surf caucus,” announced the proposal at a news conference in Hermosa Beach last month, while standing next to a statue of the 1960s surfer Tim Kelly and wearing a Hawaiian shirt. “Nothing represents the California dream better than surfing,” he said.

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March 28: Anniversary of the Collier Park Riot in Ocean Beach – Who’s Collier and What Riot?

March 28, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

What’s Its Significance?

March 28, 1971 was the day of the historic Collier Park Riot in Ocean Beach – 47 years ago. It was probably the wildest day in OB’s history. It certainly was OB’s most violent day.

The riot occurred when San Diego police attacked a peaceful gathering of hundreds of young OBceans and students who had gathered at a site in northeast OB – on what was to become Collier Park – as part of an anti-Vietnam war protest and a ‘clean-up the park’ project. — Collier? D. Charles Collier is the true “father of Ocean Beach”

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2020 Census Citizenship Question Amounts to a ‘Sabotage’ of Democracy

March 28, 2018 by Source

By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams

In a move denounced by immigrant rights advocates and legal experts as an effort to “undercount communities of color” that could have an enormous impact on the drawing of congressional districts, the Trump administration announced late Monday that the 2020 Census will ask respondents whether or not they are U.S. citizens.

“This is an attempt to racially rig the census,”

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An Appeal to Our Point Loma Readers

March 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

For the last several years, the OB Rag has been intentionally increasing our coverage of the Point Loma community.

For example, the Rag sends reporters to cover the monthly meetings of the Peninsula Community Planning Board and of the Midway Pacific Highway Corridor Community Planning Board. It’s very important for Point Loma citizens to know what’s going on with these citizen planners. No one covers these meetings as consistently as we do.

And at least twice a month, we publish a round-up of Point Loma and OB news from a variety of sources – including our own. We consolidate your neighborhood news and put it all in one place, our online platform.

No one else does that. Not one other media outlet or platform or newspaper does that.

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It’s Been a Year Since Woman Went Missing – Her Car Was Found in Ocean Beach

March 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Debra Puente, a woman from Linda Vista, went missing one year ago. A week after she was last seen her vehicle was found in Ocean Beach. Both her wallet and ID were found in the car.

Her friends and family are still hopeful she or something will show up.

Puente, 50, was last seen at the Longhorn near Mission Gorge Road and Friars Road on March 28, 2017. A poster with her photo and pleas for help stated:

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Is Trump Trying to Fire Mueller or Preemptively Discredit His Findings?

March 27, 2018 by Source

By Marjorie Cohn / Truthout / March 25, 2018

Over the past week, nearly a year after he tried to have Robert Mueller fired, Donald Trump went on a tweeting rampage against the special counsel. Trump’s escalating Twitter attacks may be a harbinger of Mueller’s impending dismissal — or the president could be trying to preemptively discredit and delegitimize Mueller’s eventual findings against him.

Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017.

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Community Plan Update Approved by Midway District Planners

March 27, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

After 15 years in the making, final approval of the Midway Pacific Highway Corridor community plan update is within reach. At their regular meeting Wednesday March 21, the Midway planning board voted to approve the final draft of its community plan. The community plan will go

  • to the Planning Commission on April 26,
  • to the Smart Growth and Land Use committee on May 24,
  • and to City Council for final approval on June 26.
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Ocean Beach Town Council Discussion on Dockless Bikes – Wed., March 28

March 27, 2018 by Staff

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the OB Town Council, the Council will host a discussion on local concerns regarding the effects of dockless bikes in our area.

As always, city and state government representatives will be in attendance to hear and address issues raised by the Ocean Beach community.

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Debate Over Dockless Bikes Continues: ‘The Bikeshare Blowout’

March 26, 2018 by Source

By Paul Jamason / San Diego Urban / March 18, 2018

The meltdown over dockless bikeshare in San Diego is in full swing, but it’s somewhat expected in a city where cars come first – often at the expense of other travel modes. A common argument against dockless bikes has been that the bikes are in the way, which they sometimes are, since many of our sidewalks aren’t wide enough to accommodate a parked bike and pedestrians. But it’s remarkable that pedestrians and bike share users are fighting over the last sliver of public space.

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Ocean Beach’s Nati’s Traditions Alive in Kensington

March 26, 2018 by Source

By Gail Powell

For those of you out there not looking forward to life without Nati’s Mexican Restaurant, I have good news to share.

No, it has nothing to do with Nati’s being saved or a change-of-heart to continue the Nati’s traditions, by the new owners. The terrible fate that awaits those of us who love this longtime Ocean Beach eatery, as it’s last days dwindle down, might be assuaged somewhat with the news I am about to share. For I have learned a previous cook who once worked at Nati’s, went and many years ago, opened his own local restaurant.

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Point Loma Nazarene’s Internet Restrictions Stunt Student’s Growth

March 26, 2018 by Source

by Parker Monroe / / March 25, 2018

To start this piece off crystal clear, I’d like to say that PLNU should not be allowed to regulate our internet use. This is not communist China, and we as students are not infantile children too young to make rational decisions. We are legal adults living, in most cases, away from our parents. The consequences of our actions are our own responsibility.

Not to mention privacy concerns.

Then there’s the way the school blocks some websites incorrectly or without good reason.

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Save the North Chapel at Liberty Station

March 26, 2018 by Source

by Ron Slayen / UrbDeZine / March 12, 2018

With its current leasing notice, the McMillin Company has every intention of gutting the North Chapel at Liberty Station (San Diego) and replace it with a restaurant. As an artist in the (slowly-disappearing) NTC Foundation’s Arts District at Liberty Station, I am leading an effort among my fellow artists to stop this outrage from coming to fruition.

The North Chapel was built in 1942, immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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If the Democrats Want a Blue Wave Next Election, Don’t Sell Out Main Street for Money

March 26, 2018 by Jim Miller

I have long thought that if you wanted to look back to find one of the key moments that showed how out of touch the Democratic establishment was on economic issues that it might very well blow the 2016 Presidential election, you’d likely want to revisit the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Indeed, in 2015, in the wake of the riots in Baltimore, I observed how President Obama could sound great on some social justice issues while badly missing on key economic ones:

So while Obama might be talking social justice this week, he is walking corporate rule. death panels.

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‘Pity the Nation Whose Leaders Are Liars’

March 26, 2018 by Source

“Pity the Nation Whose Leaders Are Liars”

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20,000 Rally and March for Our Lives in Downtown San Diego – Photo Gallery

March 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Up to 20,000 San Diegans rallied and then marched through part of downtown San Diego, calling for gun control and an end to the NRA’s influence in politics. Led by students from schools across San Diego – the crowd assembled in front of the San Diego County Administration Building at Waterfront Park, listened and cheered speakers threatening politicians who support the NRA with their votes, decrying assault weapons, and the ability of people who shouldn’t have them to easily purchase them.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Spring 2018

March 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” at the OB Playhouse

It all begins at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; plus 8 p.m. April 3 (industry night). Through April 15.

Peninsula Planners Election Results

The results are in for the March 15 annual election to the Peninsula Community Planning Board –

Peninsula Planners’ Election Results Being Challenged

Two unsuccessful candidates for the March 15th election to the Peninsula planning board have filed challenges to the election.

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Big, Big Book/DVD/CD Sale at the OB Library, Saturday, Mar. 24th

March 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

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Updates on Two Construction Projects in Ocean Beach: on 5000 Santa Monica and 5100 Brighton Blocks

March 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s updates on a couple of construction projects currently in progress in Ocean Beach. They include a mixed-use project on the 5000 block of Santa Monica Avenue and 2 residential units on the 5100 block of Brighton Avenue.

5040 Santa Monica Ave.

The OB Rag has been covering this project at 5040 Santa Monica Ave. for some time. It includes the construction of a 2-story commercial unit in front and 4 residential units behind and above the front unit. It was approved by the Ocean Beach Planning Board over 2 and a half years ago, by a vote of 7 to 2 on July 1, 2015. And according to local OB historian, Kathy Blavatt, the site was the last sand dune in Ocean Beach.

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Saturday March 24th – March for Our Lives in Downtown San Diego

March 22, 2018 by Source

This Saturday March 24th – March for Our Lives in Downtown San Diego

The rally in downtown San Diego will begin at 10am at Waterfront Park (1600 Harbor Drive), followed by a march through downtown led by local high school students starting at 11am, and wrapping up with Voter Registration and networking back at the park.

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History of Famosa Slough

March 22, 2018 by Source

From Friends of Famosa Slough

Slough (sloo) n.

  1. A stagnant swamp, marsh, bog, or pond, especially as part of a bayou, inlet, or backwater\
  2. A place of deep mud or mire
  3. A shallow lagoon

Wetlands provide an important ecological niche. For migrating and local birds, they provide a rich source of food, a place for resting and for nesting. It is estimated that 95 percent of California’s historical wetlands have been lost to development.

The Famosa Slough was originally a part of the Mission Bay wetland complex known as False Bay.

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Gym to Open in Former James Gang – and Other News from Ocean Beach

March 22, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

New Gym in Downtown OB

A gym will be opening in the former James Gang at 1931 Bacon Street in Ocean Beach. With a brand new coat of paint on the building, Performance 360 will be opening soon in the building that once housed the nation’s last single lane, manually-set bowling alley, and where the James Gang sat for years. The owners have just begun to move in some equipment. The gym company has two other facilities, both in Pacific Beach.

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Reader Rant: ‘Just Who Is Trying to Control the Peninsula Planning Board?’

March 21, 2018 by Source

By Incensed Peninsulan

I really want to know – given the recent brouhaha over the electioneering for the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s March election – just who is trying to control the Peninsula Planning Board?

The reason I raise this query is because it appears that the electioneering became quite ugly with negative campaigning and possible violations of the Planning Board’s own bylaws.

On the surface, a slate of candidates for the 5 empty Board seats was elected and a number of Board members were ousted and other candidates defeated in the March 15th annual election. This happens every year, doesn’t it – during the elections throughout the City’s 50- some neighborhood planning committees? Or does it?

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Coronado to Impound Dockless Bikes and Fine Companies

March 21, 2018 by Source

By Gustavo Solis / San Diego Union-Tribune

Dockless bicycles, those ubiquitous two-wheelers that have overtaken downtown San Diego, have been declared a public nuisance in Coronado. The city said it plans to impound the bikes if they are left in the public right-of-way — streets, sidewalks, alleys and public parks or beaches — and potentially charge the companies that lease them hundreds of dollars to get them back.

Enforcement could begin Wednesday, said City Manager Blair King.

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Mayor’s Office Calls for ‘Temporary Hold’ to Disruption of Point Loma Bike Track

March 21, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Housing Commission Asks Residents to Stay Off Track Until Meeting Between All Parties

Mayor Faulconer’s office has called for a temporary halt on any further disruption to the Point Loma bicycle track, called the Famosa Pump Track. This came out of a meeting between the Mayor’s office, Lori Zapf’s office and the San Diego Housing Commission held Tuesday, March 20.

In messages to various local residents involved in the “stand-off” between the neighborhood, the city and the Housing Commission over the community-built track, Anthony George of the Mayor’s Office stated they have asked the Housing Commission “to temporarily hold off on any maintenance on the land until we can get everyone to the table for a conversation about the realities of this lot and how we may move forward with this.”

George said his office will be organizing a meeting between all the parties to resolve the issues and controversies over the track and the land.

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