July 2018

Reprieve for North Chapel in Point Loma’s Liberty Station

July 31, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The North Chapel in Liberty Station has been under a siege of sorts, as McMillin companies have been trying to turn the historic sanctuary into a modern restaurant. A campaign ensured to protect and preserve it.

The OB Rag called it, “the last battle of San Diego’s old Naval Training Center.” We reported then:

In a nutshell, Corky McMillin Company wants to turn the historic NTC North Chapel – built in 1942 – into a “restaurant space” .

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Two Point Loma Structures Nominated for Onions

July 31, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In a preview of the annual Orchids & Onions architectural contest for San Diego’s best and worst in recent urban design, Roger Showley, architecture critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune let it be known two local structures have been nominated for onions.

The newly-opened Point Loma Fire Station 22 on Catalina Boulevard was nominated for an Onion; jurors ridiculed the architecture and the bright red garage doors. “It’s a Target” one juror for the contest commented in a recent tour of Orchid nominated projects.

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OBceans Urged to Bear Witness to 2nd Reading of New Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance – Aug.1

July 31, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Residents of Ocean Beach and other coastal neighborhoods in San Diego are urged to attend the so-called “second reading” of the new ordinance limiting short term vacation rentals at the City Council on Wednesday, August 1, and bear witness to the event, which begins at 1pm.

Having a second reading of an ordinance newly voted upon and approved is standard operating procedure for the council, which meets in Council Chambers, 12th floor of City Hall, 101 C Street in downtown San Diego. So, in essence, it’s a formality but a requirement. The Bry Proposal on vacation rentals was passed by a vote of 6 to 3

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‘Can We Get Some Worker Justice Along With Our Fries and Burgers?’

July 31, 2018 by Source

By Peter Zschiesche

We have heard the argument against the “Fight for 15” campaign, which tells us fast food jobs require no skill and no expertise and, therefore, are not worthy of making $15 per hour.

That argument is rubbish, something fast food chain employers know all too well — and the primary reason behind their ‘no poaching’ policies. These policies allows food chains to block workers from changing branches in search of better pay or promotions, all while the company pays the lowest wage they can.

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Ocean Beach Planners to Review 3 Projects – Wed., August 1

July 31, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

At Wednesday’s upcoming Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting, the volunteer community panel looks to have their hands full – what with 3 projects before them to review, plus other issues such as a styrofoam ban and the airport development plan.

The OB Planners meet at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue at 6pm, Wed., August 1.

First up on the review agenda is a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) to build a nearly 1200 square foot 2-story companion unit over a 330 square foot garage at 4629 Coronado Avenue. There’s an existing 1,244 square foot dwelling unit on the property. (Granny flats are also called “companion unit” or “accessory unit”.)

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It’s the OB Rag Summer Fundraising Campaign – 10 Reasons to Help Us Continue to Be the Online Newspaper for Ocean Beach and Point Loma

July 30, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It’s that time of year for the OB Rag Summer Fundraising Campaign. We hold 2 such campaigns for support – one in the winter and one in the heat of the year – like now.

We need to raise $2,000 to cover our expenses through the November election and into the New Year of 2019 and through next Spring.

Help us with a donation so we can continue as the online newspaper for Ocean Beach and Point Loma. You can make a donation either via our PayPal button at the top of the page or by mailing it to us at our post office box (OB Rag, PO Box 7012, Ocean Beach, CA 92167).

Here’s Ten Reasons to Support the OB Rag:

  1. Short Term Vacation Rentals:
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‘OB Shelf’ Up and Running at Ocean Beach Library

July 30, 2018 by Staff

The “OB Shelf” inside the Ocean Beach branch library is up and running.

The collaborative effort by the Library and the OB Rag has finally materialized – it’s a shelf in the library that holds works on or about Ocean Beach, or books by local authors; plus it holds historic OB planning documents that go back to the early 1970s.

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Construction Company Hired to Fix Ladera Street Stairs Given Waiver for Summer Moratorium

July 30, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The construction company that contracted with the City of San Diego to fix the Ladera Street stairs at Sunset Cliffs has been given a waiver for the summer moratorium on all public construction projects.

The company, Orion Construction Corporation, was sent a letter on July 23 from the deputy director of the Public Works Department informing them they have a waiver from the normal moratorium “due to the emergency nature” of the project. Orion was granted a “Construction Beach Moratorium Waiver” until August 31, 2018.

The waiver lasts from July 23 to August 31.

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Free at Last! Free at Last! – A Dad’s Reflections of a Life That Was Enough

July 30, 2018 by Ernie McCray

Guy Ernest McCray, my oldest son,
has passed away
and needless to say
that saddens me in
the deepest way.

Yet, at the same time,
knowing the grind
he had in life,
I find myself whispering to the wind
that he is now:
“Free at Last! Free at Last!”

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When the Padres Still Played Baseball in Yuma: Summer Chronicles 2018 #7

July 30, 2018 by Jim Miller

It’s the dog days of summer but it’s Spring Training all year round in San Diego as the Padres sort through their stock of minor leaguers to see who might still be around in a few years when they hope to be competitive.

That means losing a lot. Watching a good amount of losing baseball requires a different lens and an appreciation for the small things inside and outside the game.

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News and Notices for Ocean Beach and Point Loma – July 2018

July 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Slightly Stoopid Hits the Road

Slightly Stoopid, has hit the road with its, “School’s Out for Summer” tour, in support of the band’s ninth studio album, Everyday Life, Everyday People.

Hit and Run Driver in OB Incident Sentenced to Year in Custody

An unlicensed and uninsured motorist, who fled the scene after hitting a good Samaritan helping two people stranded in a broken-down car in Ocean Beach, was sentenced today to a year in local custody.


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Should San Diego Ban Styrofoam?

July 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Councilman Chris Ward appeared before the Ocean Beach Town Council last Wednesday night and urged OBceans to support his efforts to ban styrofoam.

He explained his proposal passed the Council’s Rules Committee unanimously on July 11 and is heading to the full Council sometime this fall.

And if San Diego does pass it, the city will become the 4th city in San Diego County to ban food and beverage containers made of styrofoam – also called polystyrene; others include Solana Beach, Encinitas and Imperial Beach.

Our city would become the largest city in California to enact the ban, joining a list of 116 other cities across the state, which include San Jose, San Francisco and Long Beach (while Los Angeles is discussing it).

So, just what is Councilman Ward’s proposal?

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OB Town Council Awards Nearly $10,000 in Grants While Politicians Swarm Monthly Meeting

July 26, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Who says no politicians ever attend our Ocean Beach Town Council meetings? Last night, the monthly gathering was graced by not one, not two – but three politicians and one wannabe politician.

Assemblyman Todd Gloria made a surprise visit. Councilmembers Lorie Zapf and Chris Ward both made presentations to the Council and audience, while Dr Jen Campbell – Democratic candidate for District 2 – reminded everyone she’s in the race. And the OBTC awarded nearly $10,000 in grants to local Ocean Beach and Point Loma community organizations.

Zapf Urges OBceans to Attend “2nd Reading” of New Ordinance Regulating Vacation Rentals on August 1

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Holy Guacamole! 2 People Fell at ‘No-Surf’ along Sunset Cliffs on One Day

July 26, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Thanks to Daniel Powell’s regular column at the San Diego Reader, we have some details of the falls that occurred at No Surf beach and cliffs on the same day earlier this month.

Yeah, unbelievable. Two people fell at No Surf on July 1.

As Powell recounts, a 29 year old woman fell from the cliffs at 3:51 pm – and then less than 6 hours later at 8:14 pm a 20 year old guy fell off the cliffs.

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OB Historical Society Presents: the Fish Documentary – Thurs, August 16

July 26, 2018 by Source

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Peninsula Planning Board Chair Responds to ‘Reader Rant’

July 25, 2018 by Source

Editordude: On Monday, July 23, we posted a “Reader Rant” by Point Loman Michael Winn entitled, “Peninsula Planners Promote Increased Density in Point Loma”. At the end of his rant, Winn refers to a letter sent by the Board to Councilwoman Lorie Zapf which he criticizes.

Here is a short response by Robert Goldyn, the Chair of the Peninsula Community Planning Board, to Winn’s post:

The Peninsula Community Planning Board would like to respond to a false accusation as stated in this article.

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Vacation Rental Mini-Empire Owner Calls for ‘Firestorm of Anger’ in Assault on San Diego’s Democratic Process

July 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

When the San Diego City Council voted by a wide majority on July 16 to regulate short term vacation rentals, it was using the democratic process to resolve an issue that has been plaguing the city and especially the beach and coastal neighborhoods for years. By a vote of 6 to 3, the bi-partisan majority vote saved coastal residences for long-term renters.

Yet, immediately, the Airbnb crowd cried foul, threatening legal suits – and more against the vote – which has to be confirmed on Wednesday, August 1 in a so-called “second reading” of the ordinance. The second reading will be at 1PM in the Council Chambers at 202 C Street, 12th floor.

So, now Airbnb, HomeAway, and local STVR operators are planning “an all-out assault” against the regulations just passed coming up for that second reading. One owner of a local mini-empire of vacation rentals has called for a “firestorm of anger” to be unleashed at the City Council meeting.

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The Answer to Treason Is a Mass Movement for Impeachment

July 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It’s time for straight talk. The American nation had a moment of Epiphany during Trump’s Helsinki press conference a week ago while he stood next to a smirking Russian dictator. Our president’s collusion with Putin and the Kremlin government was open for all to see.

Let’s not mince words. Trump and Putin had a 2-hour secret meeting and made some kind of agreements and then Trump openly supported the Kremlin version of things and denied the analysis of Russian intervention and credibility of the US national security networks.

This is treasonous.

And the answer to this treason is impeachment. But the only why we’re going to have Trump impeached is with a mass movement for his impeachment.

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Contest for the Next Freeway Banner by the OB Resister Sisters

July 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

That’s right, kids! This is a contest for the slogan for the next freeway banner put up by the OB Resister Sisters.

For months and months, the OB Resister Sisters have been hanging freeway banners on San Diego roadways – and now they’re on a little break.

But to welcome them back – they’ve agreed to go with this exclusive OB Rag contest – and put up the winning message – that they pick.

So – send us your ideas for a cool and timely banner. There’s really no rules, except this:

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Controversy Over Famosa Property Alive and Kicking at Peninsula Community Planning Board Meeting

July 24, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

The controversy over the Famosa property was alive and kicking at the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s July 19 meeting. This is the parcel of land bordered by Nimitz and Famosa Blvds. across the street from the Bill Cleator Park.

There are basically two sides to the issue.

On the one side is the San Diego Housing Commission that is planning to build 78 units of some kind of affordable housing.

On the other side is the community that wants it to remain open space or parkland.

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Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox Can’t Escape Trump’s Shadow in California’s Top Race

July 24, 2018 by Doug Porter

Gubernatorial candidate John Cox is the latest in a long line of business executives who believe their experiences in the boardroom make then qualified to run the state of California.

To be sure, he was the less extreme of the GOP candidates with name recognition in the June 5 primary.

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Comic-Con’s Connections to Ocean Beach

July 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Shel Dorf-edkenkruegerThe connections between San Diego’s Comic-Con and Ocean Beach are not that generally understood and appreciated.

But in fact, two of the founders of Comic-Con were from OB.

Sheldon Dorf and Ken Krueger were both co-founders and present at the very beginning of what’s become one of San Diego’s leading annual cultural events.

Krueger and Dorf met in early 1970. Kruegar was owner of Alert Books here in OB. The two, with a group of teen-aged fans, organized the first Golden State Comic Con, held Aug. 1-3, 1970, at the U.S. Grant Hotel.

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Reader Rant: Peninsula Planners Promote Increased Density in Point Loma

July 23, 2018 by Source

By Michael Winn

Peninsula Community Planning Board is tacitly promoting densification, expressed in this letter to Councilmember Lorie Zapf.

The board voted to send it as if on the behalf of all Peninsulans, certainly without our consent and/or knowledge or debate. Present board members, most of whom were elected by less than 200 of their friends, weigh in about whether projects are compliant with our Community Plan. Elected by a couple hundred residents (hopefully), it doesn’t reflect the political will of a community of 80,000 souls.

This letter, however, oversteps their authority.

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Midway Planners Frustrated by Approval Process for Community Plan Update

July 23, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

Concern by Planning Group of Status of Community Plan

The Midway/Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s biggest concern, during its regular monthly meeting July 18, was its community plan, specifically, pushing it over the finish line.

The plan was supposed to go to city council in June, but it was delayed by questions from the city council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee over mobility issues.

The Land Use Committee met on May 21. The following results are from the minutes on the City’s website:

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OB Town Council Monthly Meeting – Wed., July 25

July 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Town Council will be hosting its usual monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 25, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. The meeting will be at the
Masonic Lodge, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107,

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‘Decisions, decisions …’ Shooting the OB Pier

July 23, 2018 by Source

Taken Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Ocean Beach Pier by ACE (Albert C Elliott)

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Thinking of Bukowski at Del Mar – Summer Chronicles 2018 #6

July 23, 2018 by Jim Miller

Every year, opening day at Del Mar brings out the beautiful people. Handsome, well-heeled (or at least trying to look that way) young men and women get dressed to the nines and parade around the track, seeing and being seen. It is a classic San Diego moment: shiny happy people in an elegant place on a perfect summer day.

Not a trouble in the world.

Until they start betting and losing and betting and losing.

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It’s All ‘Gloom and Doom’ From the Airbnb Crowd Ever Since San Diego Coastal Neighborhoods Were Saved

July 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Wouldn’t you know it. Ever since the San Diego City Council decided last Monday to regulate short term vacation rentals, it’s all “gloom and doom” from the Airbnb crowd and their sycophants.

The Council vote on July 16 was a solid 6 to 3 in favor of Councilwoman Barbara Bry’s proposal to limit short term rentals to the primary residence and an accessory unit on the same property.

The vote was very historic – as it came after a huge defeat for Mayor Faulconer’s plan which would have opened up San Diego’s coastal and beach neighborhoods to investors world-wide. Faulconer’s plan would have destroyed the community fabric of Ocean Beach, PB and what’s left of community in Mission Beach.

But for the Airbnb crowd, it’s all a disaster, the sky is literally falling

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The Burden of Charter Schools in San Diego County

July 20, 2018 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / San Diego Free Press

The California charter school law is doing serious harm to public schools. Few counties in the state have been more impacted by charter schools than San Diego County. This past school year 75,473 of the 508,169 publicly financed students enrolled in charter schools. In other words, 14.9 percent of San Diego’s students attended privatized schools and in the San Diego Unified School District, that percentage was greater than 17 percent.

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Who Does He Think He’s Fooling?

July 19, 2018 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

“No collusion,”
the man, with way more talk
than walk says.

And he flies across
waters to Helsinki
to meet and greet
a Russian of ill repute
who is seen
as our number one enemy,

a man who slapped our country
upside the head
like a Mafia Godfather
putting an underling
in his place,

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