April 2018

Roundup at the OB Corral

April 30, 2018 by Source

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‘Some San Diegans Want to Keep Having a Beach Party at the End of the World’

April 30, 2018 by Jim Miller

Author of Last Days in Ocean Beach Explains How We Live on the Border Between Dread and Wonder

Last Days in Ocean Beach is an effort to capture the mood of deep unease and uncertainty that permeates our era and informs the thinking of many writers, artists, and intellectuals, even if they are not quite saying it out loud.

It was written before the election of Donald Trump, but it is clear that his election only underlines the chasm between the cartoon reality driving much of our social, cultural, and political discourse and the unrelentingly grim truth that we are killing the world whether many of us want to admit it or not.

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Could the Golden State Killer Be Linked to Ocean Beach’s Unsolved Double Murder from 1964?

April 30, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There has been some local speculation of late that the Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, is linked to the unsolved double-murder that occurred in Ocean Beach in 1964. He’s being possibly linked to a string of at least a dozen murders, 50 rapes and dozens of burglaries up and down the state from 1976 to 1986. NBC7

Is it even possible that he could be tied to OB’s infamous crime of the early Sixties?

First – the tragedy.

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Should San Diego Councilman Scott Sherman Recuse Himself from Decisions on Short Term Vacation Rentals?

April 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Sherman’s Family Owns 33 Rental Units in or Near Ocean Beach

There’s just something sketchy going on about San Diego Councilman Scott Sherman, the allegations that he has a conflict of interest in decisions concerning regulations for short term vacation rentals, and the lack of any genuine investigation by the San Diego Ethics Commission.

And the issue whether Sherman should recuse himself from any decisions about STVRs just won’t go away.

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Nuts and Bolts from the Ocean Beach Town Council

April 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Besides the Candidate Forum held by the Ocean Beach Town Council, Wednesday, April 25th, there was plenty of other things going on. So, here’s more of the nuts and bolts of their monthly, public meeting held at the Masonic Center.

One of the favored periods on the board’s agenda is the non-agenda public comment time. It’s the period when anyone can get and announce anything or make a comment about any issue.

About 20 school kids and adults had come to the meeting to decry the amount of trash around the community.

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The 11 Best Flavors of Cookies at The Cravory in the Midway-District

April 27, 2018 by Source

by Delaney Mowers / Lomabeat.com / April 18, 2018

Arguably, there is nothing better to college students than these two words: cookies and discounts. The Cravory, conveniently located close to PLNU on Midway Town Center, combines cheapness and sweet treats for a winning combination.

Offering PLNU students a two-for-one deal, guests can choose from among a wide array of cookies. The colorful and flavorful variety frequently beckons me to take advantage of this deal, and The Cravory has been a favorite snack spot since my freshman year.

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Ocean Beach Green Center’s 29th Anniversary Celebration! – Sat., April 28

April 27, 2018 by Source

Join the good folks at the OB Green Center to celebrate 29 years of environmental, peace, and social justice activism.

Come to hear great local live music, speakers – there’s refreshments, raffle prizes from local Businesses, good conversation, and smiles. All are welcome!

It’s all happening at the Ocean Beach Green Center’s celebration at 4843 B Voltaire Street in OB, on Saturday, April 28th, fdrom 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Anniversary Celebration Schedule

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The 5 Candidates Running for City Council District 2 and against the Incumbent – OB Town Council Forum

April 26, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The big draw at Wednesday’s Ocean Beach Town Council meeting April 25th was the candidate forum – with candidates invited from two races: the District Attorney race and the District 2 City Council race. Only Genevieve Jones-Wright appeared for the DA campaign – Summer Stephens did not; and 5 of the candidates for D2 were on hand – but not incumbent Lorie Zapf.

DA Candidate Jones-Wright: “Break the cycle of crime”

“Many don’t trust the DA office,” she admitted – and her plans to rebuild the public’s trust is to “break the cycle of crime”;

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Thanks to Virginia Wilson, New Trees Are Being Planted in Ocean Beach – and They’re Free

April 26, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

She would attend every community meeting she could, and get up – usually during the non-agenda public comment period – and in her quiet voice, urge her fellow OBceans to sign up for a free tree. Virginia Wilson of Save Peninsula Trees did this for months and months. She handed out forms, went door-to-door on weekends with friends enlisting residents to commit to the small tasks needed in order to receive a city tree for free.

And now it’s paying off. Trees have been planted on the 4500 blocks of Brighton and Muir Avenues.

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Joy to the Fishes

April 26, 2018 by Source


By Steve Kowit

I hiked out to the end of Sunset Cliffs
& climbed to the breakwater,
sneakers strung over my shoulder
& a small collection of Zen poems
in my fist.
A minnow
that had sloshed out of someone’s bait bucket,
& that I came within an inch of stepping on,
convulsed in agony.
Delighted to assist,
I tossed it back into its ocean:

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Free Speech: Point and Counter-Point

April 26, 2018 by Source

Editordude: The following two articles – Point and Counter-Point – are on the subject of free speech and both written by students at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Pro: Hate Speech is Free Speech

By Chris Osborne

Con: Unrestricted Free Speech is Not Free at All

By Cole Curry / Lomabeat.com / April 18, 2018

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BREAKING NEWS: Dog Beach Beer Fest Is Cancelled

April 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It has just been confirmed to the OB Rag that this weekend’s Dog Beach Beer Fest has been cancelled. No reason was given.

According to radio station 94.9, they found out about the cancellation little after 12 noon today. Even though the radio station is one of the sponsors, it didn’t have the authority to cancel the fest scheduled for Sunday, April 29th – that decision was made by the promotional company.

That may be Eventbrite. Or is it Rock Star Beer Festival? Or Hodads? the other sponsors?

This all may be good news for some OBceans – those with concerns and questions about the event

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Reader Rant: ‘How I Stopped Worrying and Came to Love Annoying My Short Term Vacation Rental Neighbor’

April 25, 2018 by Source

Editordude: The following is a compilation of a number of suggestions readers left in comments to our articles on short term vacation rentals.

Perhaps the solution to the mini-hotels and short term vacation rentals is for all permanent residents to collectively hit the STVR owners where it hurts the most – the pocket book. If you are a permanent OB resident living next to a full time vacation rental, make life miserable for the guests – in legal ways. Make it so they won’t want to come back and will encourage others not to.

Here are a number of suggestions on how to annoy

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Hillside Improvements at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Aim to Restore Native Plants

April 25, 2018 by Source

by Andie Naugler/ lomabeat.com / April 11, 2018

“Good morning!”

Long-time neighbor of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park David Kimball wakes up early in his house before the sun comes up and heads over to the demonstration garden adjacent to the Ladera Street parking lot. It is his favorite time of day.

“You couldn’t tear me away from here,” Kimball said.

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Putting My Love in Play

April 25, 2018 by Ernie McCray

Man holding a stained glass heart

Ernie McCray

By Ernie McCray

I recently wrote a rhyme about all the love I’ve enjoyed for 80 years, and now I’d like to share how I’ve put that love in play.

Regarding that, I have to say that loving has been easy for me because my life’s work has been dedicated to schools which are perfect places for spreading love.

And my intent, all along, has simply been to make my world more just for all human beings – beginning, in a moment in time, when I was in grade school myself.

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Ocean Beach Climate Rally and March – Sat. April 28

April 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Join your fellow OBceans and other San Diegans at Saturday’s Ocean Beach Climate Rally & March – April 28. Hosted by San Diego Climate Mobilization Coalition, the rally begins at 10:00 a.m at the at the foot of Newport Ave. in Ocean Beach on the grass.

There’s a rally with music and speeches. and then march to the Ocean Beach Post Office to post on the door the demand

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late April 2018

April 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie


“Bait Bike” Program Launched by Police in OB and Point Loma

Pt Loma Patient Consumer Co-op Wins 2nd Place in SoCal Cannabis Cup – Best Hybrid Flower

Pot dispensary raided for second time in Midway District

Reward Offered for Info on Hit-and-Run Driver

Where Are All the Vendors Going?

Criminal Proceedings Suspended for Man Suspected of Shooting Boss at Pt Loma Auto Shop

Voltaire Beach House to Have Bowling Lanes

Walk for Animals at Liberty Station – May 5

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It’s Been 25 Years for Dog Beach Dog Wash in Ocean Beach

April 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It’s been 25 years now – a quarter of a century – since Mindy Pellesier and Jane Donley opened up Dog Beach Dog Wash, in February 1993, on Voltaire Street. It was the first do-it-yourself dog wash in San Diego.

This year is also their 16th anniversary of sponsoring monthly Dog Beach clean-ups. And that’s where I recently ran into the couple – under the canopy of their clean-up HQ on the berm before Dog Beach last Saturday. They had teams out on the sand and along the River picking up litter – and other unmentionables.

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The Closed Storefronts of Ocean Beach

April 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s usually a lot of fanfare whenever a new business or commercial enterprise opens in Ocean Beach, like the new 4-lane bowling alley opening in a local restaurant in northern OB, or when Apple Tree reopened on Newport Avenue.

In all the hubbub, we tend to overlook those businesses or commercial enterprises that have closed, the empty storefronts that hang like dragging anchors on any forward progress and a blight on our collective psyche. Sure, you might say, who’s going to celebrate the closed businesses in our community?

And that’s exactly the point. We don’t celebrate them. And we tend to forget them. Or we ignore them.

But we shouldn’t –

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City Confirms the Ocean Beach Target Cannot Be Open from 5 pm to 2 am

April 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The City of San Diego has confirmed the report that any Target Express in Ocean Beach will not be allowed to be open from 5pm to 2am.

In response to an OB Rag inquiry, the Development Services Department stated:

“Target cannot operate during the hours that South Beach has the exclusive use of 33 parking spaces, per the Shared Parking Agreement.“

According to the city, Target will be required to operate in a manner that does not conflict with the Shared Parking Agreement with South Beach Bar & Grill, which requires the exclusive use of parking spaces for South Beach from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Holds Forum for District 2 City Council, District Attorney Candidates

April 23, 2018 by Source

On Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm, the Ocean Beach Town Council will be hosting a Candidate Forum in preparation for the June 5th primary election.

The OBTC has invited all District 2 City Council candidates and District Attorney candidates to introduce themselves to our community, give us some details on their positions on community issues, and answer a few questions. It’s important to note that this event will not be a debate.

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Some History of the Land Where the Point Loma Bike Track Is Built

April 23, 2018 by Source

By David L. Dick

At the Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting on Thursday, April 19, I offered to assist Ms. Bendixen with her efforts to investigate ownership and title to the property. I asked her to e-mail me at my personal e-mail address that appears on the PCPB website (www.pcpb.net) and I would work with her. I am a former member of the San Diego Housing Commission and and very familiar with the property and its history. Further, I believe I could help her cut through the “red tape” at the Housing Commission to resolve questions about title. But, so far, I have not heard from her.

But I have since done some of my own investigation since Thursday.

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Peninsula Planning Board Meetings Are Always Entertaining

April 23, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

There was not much on the Action Item agenda for the Peninsula Community Planning Board at its regular meeting April 19 held at the Point Loma Library, but PCPB meetings always have some entertainment value.

There was good news, a vacancy was filled and a new chair was elected. A former board member was elected by the board vote to fill the vacancy and was then elected the new chair, something that is clearly a much welcomed improvement. The downside is that the PCPB will very probably cease to be as entertaining a side show it has been for some time.

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Last Days in Ocean Beach: Reckoning with the Anthropocene

April 23, 2018 by Source

Photo by Doug Porter

By Jennifer Cost

I have spent a lot of time in the past thirty years kayaking, hiking, and backpacking in the western United States–in Alaska, the Sierra Nevada, the Lost Coast, the Wind River Range, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Beartooth/Absarokas, the Grand Canyon, the Anza Borrego Desert, and the San Juan part of the Colorado Rockies.

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Human Bannering in Ocean Beach Means: ‘Vote!’

April 22, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

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Point Lomans Oppose Plans to Build 78 Units on Bike Track – Part of Original Collier Park

April 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Locals Appeal to Peninsula Planners for Help – But Board Had Sent Letter of Support of SDHC in June 2017

Mayor Abandons Effort to Oppose Housing Commission Development on Part of Original Collier Park
The Point Loma parents who are trying to save the bike track next to Cleator Park are being frustrated at every turn, it seems.

Thursday night, April 19th, they took their case for saving the open space and dirt tracks to the Peninsula Community Planning Board – only to find out

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To Get Their Ocean Beach Building Permitted by City, Target Agrees to Close by 5 PM

April 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

According to reliable sources, the City of San Diego’s Development Services Department is likely to permit the former Ocean Beach antique mall for a new Target as long as the Target Express closes at 5pm. And supposedly, Target has agreed to this restriction.

This is astounding as 5 pm is supposed to be Target’s busiest time of the day – and no other Target Express in the country closes at 5pm.

Sources close to the behind-the-scenes negotiations highly doubted that Target would live up to this time limit.

The issue is parking.

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Petition: ‘Enforce the Littering Ordinances in Ocean Beach’

April 20, 2018 by Staff

New Petition Calls on City Departments to Issue Citations to Combat Worsening Litter Problem

There’s a brand new petition out calling for the enforcement of the littering ordinances in Ocean Beach.

It states that “despite the 1000’s of volunteer hours” spent cleaning OB, litter “is threatening he health and safety of our local environment” and “the problem is getting exponentially worse”.

And it’s due to “the lack of enforcement of our littering ordinances”.

The Petition was initiated by CSI-OB (Cleaner Streets Initiative-Ocean Beach) and it’s directed to the San Diego Lifeguards, the City of San Diego, the Police Department and to Councilwoman Lorie Zapf.

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San Onofre Surf Community Starts to Wake Up About Nuclear Waste on Their Beach

April 20, 2018 by Source

By Jake Howard / Dana Point Times

To be frank, the surf community’s response to the nuclear waste situation at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has been apathetic at best. Somehow, the toll road dilemma generates more attention and more buzz than the fact that at this moment there are four questionable canisters of nuclear waste buried yards from the waterline at San O. Why aren’t there more “No Nukes” bumper stickers on cars around town?

The amount of nuclear waste stored at the SONGS site includes 51 old canisters and potentially 73 new ones, which can be hazardous to human health—there are even signs posted by the fences that ward off people from going near the facility.

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Swimming with SeaWorld’s Captive Dolphins

April 20, 2018 by Source

By Nicole Hussey / San Diego Free Press

Some years ago, I took a boyfriend to SeaWorld in San Diego. He had few wants in life and swimming with dolphins was on his bucket list, so I booked us an extravagant SeaWorld experience and we drove down from Los Angeles.

Keep in mind, this was before the release of Blackfish. It was back when everyone felt the way about SeaWorld that they do about zoos; you hate that the animals are trapped in these small spaces but you justify pushing aside that sick feeling because it’s a “learning and conservation center” or because you just really want to see those spectacular creatures up close regardless of their cages.

I had swam with wild dolphins a number of times and spent most of my life in the ocean so I was excited to watch my boyfriend experience the magic these animals had consistently shared with me. He was nervous.

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