May 2018

Earth’s Atmosphere Crosses Another Threshold

May 7, 2018 by Jim Miller

Last week after I sent off my column about why I wrote Last Days in Ocean Beach, a novel about living on the border between dread and wonder in the Anthropocene, the news cycle was full of coincidental but eerie echoes. A Los Angeles Times story observed of the recent floods in Kauai, “A Hawaiian island got about 50 inches of rain in 24 hours.

Scientists warn it’s a sign of the future,” while the Washington Post reported, “’Fallen off a cliff’: Scientists have never observed so little ice in the Bering Sea in spring.”

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The May 1970 National Student Strike

May 4, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Many of us are aware of the tragic and fatal events that came down 48 years ago at Kent State University in Ohio during protests against the Vietnam war and president Nixon’s expansion of it with his invasion into Cambodia. On May 4, four students were shot dead and eleven wounded by National Guardsmen who had been called in to quell the unruly protests. What many of us don’t know is what came before and what came afterwards.

On April 30, Nixon announced the invasion into Vietnam’s neighbor. In response, campuses nationwide exploded into a national student strike -. And certainly San Diego campuses were no exception.

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Recent Investigation Prompts Closer Look Into PLNU’s Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct

May 4, 2018 by Source

From Lomabeat

When former Point Loma Nazarene University student Amy McClanahan went to her then PLNU professor and Mid City Church of the Nazarene pastor, John Wright, seeking help with issues that she said were related to childhood sexual trauma, she was following university protocol.

Wright also followed the appropriate steps when he went to PLNU’s Wellness Center and other faculty on campus, seeking assistance for McClanahan.

Neither Wright nor McClanahan found what they were looking for.

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Los Angeles Moves to Regulate Short Term Vacation Rentals – Only Rentals of Primary Residences Would Be Allowed

May 4, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In an historic and unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, May 2, decided on a package of proposed rules to regulate short term vacation rentals.

The proposals would allow city residents to rent out their own homes on a night-to-night basis, but not allow the renting out a house or apartment for short stays if it is not their primary residence.

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California Statewide Offices & Local Legislative Seats – Progressive Voter Guide for June 2018

May 4, 2018 by Staff

Today: California Statewide Offices & Local Legislative Seats

The OB Rag and San Diego Free Press are pleased to present part three of our 2018 Primary Election Progressive Voter Guide. As usual, we tried not to let perfect be the enemy of good in our decision making. This year we’re breaking it into parts to make it more digestible.

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Can We Permanently Bury the Idea of a Dog Beach Beer Fest in Ocean Beach?

May 3, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It was just a week ago that we found out the so-called Dog Beach Beer Fest was cancelled. It had been planned for Sunday, April 29.

It had been scheduled from 1 to 5pm and billed as ” a dog-centric event in which human attendees may indulge in unlimited samples of craft beer in our beer garden area” – with “several dog oriented vendors, a dog play area, as well as a DJ.” Called “the first ever Ocean Beach Dog Beach Beer Festival”, it was sponsored by radio station Alt 949, Rockstar Beer, and OB’s very own Hodads.

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Healing the Soul One Board, Breath and Brush At a Time

May 3, 2018 by Source

by Jenna Miller/ Lomabeat. com

On the beaches of San Diego, she stands wearing a straw hat secured around her neck and is wearing a black wetsuit. Her blonde hair reflects the San Diego sun and her smile reflects the San Diego attitude. She walks up to a group of women and they grab their surfboards and hit the waves.

To an outsider, they look like a group of friends, having fun with each other as they surf and take in the beautiful weather together. But to Natalie Small, this is her dream made reality and to these women, this is their new found sanctuary.

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Reader Rant: ‘I’d Rather Pledge Allegiance to the Constitution’

May 3, 2018 by Source

Each month at the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting, we all rise and pledge our allegiance to the flag – as do countless community meetings and school classrooms across the country.

Because I’m an atheist, I always pause while everyone else it seems says “under god” near the end of the pledge. I always wonder whose god are we talking about. The god of Abraham? The Catholic god? The Protestant god? The Christian god, the Jewish god, the Muslim god? The Buddhist god? The gods of the native peoples who roamed this land before we. I don’t really want to pledge to any god. And I know there’s other atheists out there – especially in Ocean Beach.

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Green Activist Calendar for May

May 3, 2018 by Source

May Events at the Ocean Beach Green Center

Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107 619.225.1083

May 10th Thursday 7:00 p.m. Double Feature Film Night

“Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science” Our planet is riddled with floods, rising sea levels, severe weather, drought, and the highest temperatures in recorded history. Up to 99% of climate scientists agree that the current trajectory of the climate crisis will lead us to an apocalyptic scenario of unimaginable proportions. So why do so many leaders in Washington stand in direct opposition to the science behind climate change? This 2017 documentary exposes the reasoning behind their willful ignorance, and the real power players who pull their strings. (32 minutes)

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San Diego City Council – Progressive Voter Guide 2018 – Have You Made a Plan to Vote?

May 3, 2018 by Staff

Today: Information on races in San Diego City Council Districts 2, 4, 6 & 8, but only two endorsements.

The OB Rag and San Diego Free Press are pleased to present part two of our 2018 Primary Election Progressive Voter Guide. As usual, we tried not to let perfect be the enemy of good in our decision making. This year we’re breaking it into parts to make it more digestible.

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5 Summer Video Games to Look Forward to

May 2, 2018 by Source

by Riordan Zentler/ / April 25, 2018

Kingdom Hearts III (Xbox One, PS4)

The Kingdom Hearts fanbase is a long-suffering one. While a plethora of spin-offs and remakes have been released continually, Kingdom Hearts II was released back in 2006. After 12 years, the wait will be over as the series finally receives a proper sequel.

For those not in the know, the Kingdom Hearts series is an eccentric crossover between Square Enix and Disney. As such, the action role-playing game has a distinctive Japanese flavor, with Final Fantasy artist Tetsuya Nomura taking the creative helm with the game’s setting and characters. At the same time, characters like Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck are adapted to the game’s universe–with their official voice actors performing.

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Holtec Wants to Build High-Level Radwaste Dump in New Mexico

May 2, 2018 by Michael Steinberg

Nuclear Shutdown News April 2018

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those who are working to create a nuclear free future. Here is our April 2018 report.

Holtec company wants to build “interim” nuclear dump for high level radwaste from shutdown US nuke plants in New Mexico

Last month’s report featured the shenanigans of the Holtec’s company’s mishandling of high level nuclear waste it is removing from the San Onofre nuclear plant

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Progressive Voter Guide for County of San Diego Elected Offices, June Primary 2018 – When We Vote, We Win

May 2, 2018 by Staff

Today: Judicial Offices, Assessor/Recorder/Clerk, Sheriff, District Attorney, Board of Supervisors, Community College Board, SD Unified School Board, & SD County Board of Education.

The OB Rag and San Diego Free Press are pleased to present our 2018 Primary Election Progressive Voter Guide. As usual, we tried not to let perfect be the enemy of good in our decision making. This year we’re breaking it into parts to make it more digestible.

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Ocean Beach Planners to Review New Possible Vacation Rental on Cape May

May 1, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There is one project up for review by the Ocean Beach Planning Board this Wednesday, May 2nd, at 4715 Cape May Avenue – and it’s a possibly a vacation rental in the making.

Other items on the agenda include the establishment of one new subcommittee by the Board – Transportation – and the selection of Board members for the Project Review Committee, and the usual reports by politico reps and executive members. The planning panel meets in the Community Room of the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue – and meetings begin right around 6pm.

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Murals, Puns and More Murals Around OB and Pt Loma

May 1, 2018 by Source


by Emilyn Giddings / / April 25, 2018

Murals add color and creativity to the walls of cities, so have some “pun” in the sun and check out some of these murals in around Ocean Beach and Point Loma (and a couple from San Diego).

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Campaign Cash Reports Reveal Status of City & County Primary Races

May 1, 2018 by Doug Porter

Lorie Zapf Has Raised More Campaign Money Than Any Other City Council Candidate in All the Races

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Today we’ll walk through the latest financial reports for San Diego City and County races. Republicans have rounded up large amounts of cash, hoping to protect their incumbents on the City Council. Democrats are hoping to pick up some spots in County contests.

Things are about to get nasty

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May Day Is an American Working People’s Holiday

May 1, 2018 by Staff

Haymarket Massacre

May first – or May Day – is really working people’s holiday. So, tell your boss that you’re taking the day off. Yeah, right!

But seriously, this day was established by generations of American workers back in the 19th century as the day for workers and their families. And it spread world wide, way before there was a world wide web, and May Day as a working people’s holiday came to be celebrated in many other countries. But it started here, in the good, ol’ US of A.

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