September 2018

Ocean Beach Town Council Announces Holiday Schedule

September 28, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Town Council held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and as usual the event entertained the audience with the news and issues of the community.

Successful Pancake Breakfast

The big news from the Council board itself were the details of their very successful Pier Pancake Breakfast held on September 22. It’s estimated 900 plus tickets were sold and the annual fundraiser grossed over $12,000. …

2018 Holiday Schedule

The Town Council also announced the holiday schedule

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Show OB Some Love – Join Community Clean-Up Sat., Sept. 29

September 28, 2018 by Source

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Battle Brewing Over Future of Jim Bell’s House on Voltaire in Ocean Beach

September 28, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s literally a battle brewing over the future of Jim Bell’s house on Voltaire Street in North Ocean Beach. Locals have mounted a campaign to save the old building (that does have some history) – and they have some good reasons.

Jim Bell – a well-known local ecologist – was taken severely ill a while ago and had to move out of his house and into a care facility. In the meantime, he turned over Power of Attorney to his daughter, Heather, from Seattle.

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What Just Happened With the Kavanaugh Vote?

September 28, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Bi-Partisan Group of Senators Agree to Delay Kavanaugh Vote One Week on Senate Floor for FBI Background Investigation; Trump Still Has to Authorize It

If you’re wondering ‘what just the heck happened?’ in the Senate Judiciary Committee vote this afternoon – here,


Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley had scheduled a vote on Judge Kavanaugh this afternoon at 1:30 pm ET. But there were some last-minute ‘backroom’ discussions going on involving Republican Jeff Flake and Democrats. Earlier in the day, Flake had announced he intended to confirm Kavanaugh.

But something was up.

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California’s 2018 Ballot Propositions: An Overview of Props 1 thru 4

September 28, 2018 by Doug Porter

This is about the first four of California’s 2018 Ballot Propositions for the general election.

What the first four ballot offerings have in common are requests to use taxpayer money for things proponents would like us to believe are for the common good.

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The Whole World Was Watching the Game Between Team Ford and Team Kavanaugh

September 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Today I watched it all. The entire proceedings. From the very opening statement of Dr Christine Blasey Ford to the last question tossed to Judge Brett Kavanaugh, I was riveted to the television during today’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. So was the rest of the country. This was a moment for the country – this hearing. And the hearing was not just about whether Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr Ford, but it was about his credibility and whether he’s fit to serve on the Supreme Court.

I wanted to write something different. So, I thought – let me make this article appealing to men. Let me describe what happened as if it was a football game.

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We Didn’t Publish Today as We Watched the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh

September 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

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News From Ocean Beach and Point Loma – End of September 2018

September 26, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Accused Homeless Serial Killer to Have Mental Competency Trial

Jon David Guerrero, 41, accused of killing or wounding a dozen homeless people around San Diego in 2016- including a homeless man in Ocean Beach -….
“Secret Spot” the Pirate-Themed OB Escape Room Is Reviewed

Secret Spot, a brand new pirate-themed escape room inOB is under review here:

Come Inside for these and more stories

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Protest Against Plans for Housing at Famosa Lot Set for Saturday, Sept. 29

September 26, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Plans for a protest against the San Diego Housing Commission’s proposal to build housing at the 5-acre lot at Famosa and Nimitz are moving ahead for Saturday, Sept. 29.

Organizers say it’s a community protest and a petition-signature collection drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lot site.

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Dog Beach Dog Wash Can No Longer Afford to Provide Free Dog Bags at the Beach

September 26, 2018 by Staff

Mindy Pellissier and Jane Donley, owners of Dog Beach Dog Wash on Voltaire Street in OB have written a letter to the City of San Diego saying they can no longer afford to supply Dog Beach visitors with free dog bags. They announced they would end the service they have provided for many years on the first day of October.

In the response from the City, Jane Donley told the OB Rag, the City has agreed to replace the bags the very next day, on October 2.

Interestingly, Pellisier and Donley cite tariffs imposed by the Trump administration as one of the reasons they have to quit the service as the price of bags is anticipated to rise. The letter stated:

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Two Map Waivers Denied by Peninsula Planners to ‘Send a Message’

September 25, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

What was most notable about the Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting this month was the lack of any real drama. For the PCPB, at least in recent months, this was a departure. The only items on the agenda that did stir some passions were two map waiver requests. This is a mechanism that developers have been using for years to avoid public review of their projects and it is, unfortunately, completely legal.

What is a map waiver?

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Midway Development or Paradigm Shift?

September 25, 2018 by Source

Editordude: The following unsolicited opinion post does not necessarily reflect the views of the OB Rag staff.

By Michael Winn

In press releases published in local media, we are told we MUST build to accommodate “growth”. Perhaps, Douglas Manchester brought down commandments from Mt. Palomar, carved by God herself onto stone tablets, now guarded within a sacred arc of the covenant by disciples at the Lincoln Club, downtown.

But in reality, the Midway “update” is based on priorities of few businessmen and the City of San Diego’s budget director (with Spawar in the shadows),

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Ocean Beach Town Council to Meet Wed., Sept. 26

September 25, 2018 by Staff

All are welcome to the monthly Ocean Beach Town Council meeting, this Wed, September 26, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

The board meets at the Masonic Lodge, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd in Ocean Beach.

If you attend, you’re learn what’s happening around the OB Village

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Midway Traffic, Guns in Schools and All Those Damn Scooters and Bikes

September 25, 2018 by Judi Curry

Musing From the Old Broad

Midway Area Plan

Does anyone else wonder what the City Council was smoking a few days ago when they approved the revitalization of the Midway area? Do you think that they have EVER driven on Sports Arena Blvd. during rush hours? Do you think that they have EVER driven on Sports Arena Blvd at any time of the day, any day?

I had heard years ago that these plans were in the works because different businesses were not having their leases renewed.

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Midway Planners Celebrate Council Approval of Community Plan and Turn to Impact Fee Study

September 24, 2018 by Source

by Geoff Page

The Midway-Pacific Community Planning Board’s September 19 meeting was something of a celebration because the city council voted on Monday, September 17, to approve the long awaited community plan. Councilmember Zapf’s office even sent over two boxes of pastries for the occasion. The process is not yet over. Because part of the Midway area is under the jurisdiction of the Coastal Commission, the plan has to go there next, although no one expects any problems.

Impact Fee Study

The board is now turning its attention to the Impact Fee Study that is being implemented for the Midway area. As stated in the document presented to the board by Angela Abeyta from Facilities Planning, the purpose of the IFS is to “provide a list of facilities that are needed to implement the goals of the community plan and to develop applicable Development Impact Fees or DIFs” that will be paid by new development. The fees includes $7,975 for each new dwelling unit built and $748 for non-residential development. The imbalance was notable.

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How Does My Garden Grow? Farewell to Summer… Welcome Autumn

September 24, 2018 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

The end of summer has left me with an unwieldy forest that needs tending as autumn sets in. But with all the work it entails, my garden that was once primarily grass in 2004, has now grown into life force that only nature can create. Much like a watercolor painting, where as an artist throws ideas and paint onto a canvas, it metamorphoses into its own creation. The unexpected can and does happen.

Fourteen years of mulching, weeding, planting, and trimming, have brought beauty and death in the harmonic way nature works. September has brought multiple dragon fruit blooms!

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Restaurant Review: Cafe Rio

September 24, 2018 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

3309 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(Loma Square Shopping Center)

Editordude: When you have two foodie restaurant reviewers, sometimes the reviews end up differently. That’s the case here. Bob Edwards did a review of this eatery back in March and called it “soulless food“. Today Judi Curry has another perspective.

I have heard many different things about this restaurant. Some were very positive; some were negative. I have tried to review it several times with different people but for some reason never got to it until today, when Candy and Irene agreed to trying it out with me. I had no idea what to expect, and told them nothing about what I had heard so that they could form their own opinion.

Physically the restaurant is cavernous. Tables all along the walls, in the middle of the room, with the ordering down at the far end of the building. It is definitely cafeteria style, and as you get in line to place your order

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20th Annual OB Pier Pancake Breakfast a Success – Photo Gallery

September 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It was another success for its sponsors – the 20th Annual OB Pier Pancake Breakfast – now history but not forgotten.

Over 700 tickets were sold – a bevy of politicians showed – it was a great event, a wonderful breakfast by Breakfast Republic, and a fascinating dedication by the many volunteers.

The Ocean Beach Town Council can place another feather in its multi-tiered hat.

It was the social event of the season – and conveniently placed just before an election, as the pols came out.

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Trump to Meet With Rosenstein on Thursday After Rumors Swirl He’d Be Fired

September 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Are We About to Witness Trump’s “Saturday Night Massacre”?

President Trump will meet with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this Thursday, September 27, in the White House after rumors and speculation swirled today, Monday, through Washington DC and the mainstream media that Rosenstein was about to be fired today.

Rosenstein did go to the White House today – and initially the White House reported he was coming to resign – something the Department of Justice at the same time denied. Trump is in New York attending the United Nations conference. Rosenstein also attended a previously scheduled “Principles Committee” meeting at the White House in place of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Rosenstein did meet with Chief of Staff John Kelly –

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After the Education Wars: Someone Needs to Save Us from Our Billionaire Saviors

September 24, 2018 by Jim Miller

After failing to prop-up Antonio Villaraigosa’s flagging gubernatorial campaign last June, Michael Bloomberg apparently spent the summer pondering whether it would be wiser for him to personally save the United States rather than waste his time trying to rescue California by proxy. Last week the New York Times reported that Bloomberg was mulling a run for the Presidency as a Democrat because that represented the most viable path to victory. As the Times story observed, while Bloomberg has engaged in some good work on guns and the environment, many of his other positions might not be very likely to win over the liberal base of the Democratic Party.

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Richard Carrico in Ocean Beach and His Story of Warner Springs Ranch

September 21, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Before a good-sized audience of at least 80 people who had assembled in the old pews of the Water’s Edge Faith Community church, Richard Carrico – the well-known archeologist, writer and lecturer – entertained with his stories of Warner Springs Thursday evening, the 20th of September. Carrico appears in Ocean Beach once a year to give lectures – mostly about the native peoples of San Diego County – and this time was no different. Accompanied by a slide show, Carrico and his knowledge and wit held the audience for over an hour and half.

The Original Cupeños and Warner Springs Ranch

Carrico explained he was hired 4 years ago by the new owners of the Warner Springs Ranch

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A Layperson’s Guide to the ‘Destroy Public Education’ Movement

September 21, 2018 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

The destroy public education (DPE) movement is the fruit of a relatively small group of billionaires. The movement is financed by several large non-profit organizations. Nearly all of the money spent is free of taxation. Without this spending, there would be no wide-spread public school privatization.

It is generally recognized that the big three foundations driving DPE activities are The Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation (Assets in 2016 = $41 billion), The Walton Family Foundation (Assets in 2016 = $3.8 billion), and The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation(Assets in 2016 = $1.8 billion).

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San Diego’s City Council District 2 : Republican Zapf vs Democrat Dr. Jen – Is a Change Gonna Come?

September 21, 2018 by Doug Porter

My coverage of the 2018 general election will focus today on the City of San Diego District 2 contest between Lorie Zapf and Dr. Jen Campbell.

Let’s face it. For a city with a seemingly bright future and a terrific climate, if you had to pick a color to represent San Diego’s mood, it would be dark gray. When progressive things happen, they get tripped up by a petulant group of land speculators and scam artists entrepreneurs.

From an economic and political point of view, the “May Gray” is a year-round state of mind for all-too-many of us. All the promises of prosperity made over the past half-century compared to the ever increasing number of people who are economically challenged amount to a solid argument for why “trickle down” is a myth.

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The Midway District Is Now Ready for Massive Redevelopment, 9,000 New Units and 23,000 New Residents

September 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It really was inevitable that the San Diego City Council would approve – as they did – the Community Plan for the Midway District earlier this week on Monday, Sept. 17. Being touted as the next best thing to sliced bread, as my old man used to say, its proponents claim it will bring thousands of jobs, needed development of the old red light district, thousands of new homes to help alleviate San Diego’s housing crisis – and heaven on earth.

The plan – over the next couple of decades – will enable the population of the area to increase from between 3000 and 4600 to 27,000.

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San Diego’s City Council District 8 – Martinez vs Moreno: It’s Complicated

September 20, 2018 by Doug Porter

The district is a bi-polar political entity. Geography and long-standing loyalties both exert a significant influence on elections in the city’s southernmost political sector.

City Council District 8 is bisected by National City & Chula Vista. The north and south ends have a majority Latino population in common, but the external realities differ.

The forces of gentrification weight heavily on neighborhoods connected to the core city like Barrio Logan. The border with Mexico, along with the militarization that goes with it, looms over the southern end.

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Surfrider to Hold 27th Annual Paddle for Clean Water at Ocean Beach Pier – Sunday, Sept. 23

September 20, 2018 by Source

With concerns over water quality and warming ocean water increasing, Surfrider Foundation San Diego is working to raise awareness on the challenges we’re facing together. So, this Sunday, Sept. 23, the chapter will host its 27th Annual Paddle for Clean Water in which hundreds of San Diegans will paddle out to the water in Ocean Beach.

This is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, it is free for all, and seeks to raise awareness on the importance of water quality.

Come inside for detailed agenda of event

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Woman Dies at Foot of Point Loma Avenue at Sunset Cliffs

September 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Beautiful Sunset Cliffs claimed another victim, Wednesday, September 19. A woman was found dead out on a stretch of rocks off Point Loma Avenue in south Ocean Beach.

About 2:30 pm, a call came in to lifeguards, reporting a woman appeared to be stuck on the rocks. But by time first responders got to her, she had already passed. She was then covered, placed on a stretcher and hoisted up the bluffs using a lifeguard cliff rescue vehicle. A purse was found next to her body.

At this point, she remains unidentified and the cause of her death is yet unknown.

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City Council District 6: How Can Hough Hew His Way Around An Incumbent’s Advantage?

September 19, 2018 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

I’ll let you in on a little secret: San Diego is a lot bluer city than most people realize, meaning–as one politico told me recently–if you run the right Democrat, they can win just about everywhere.

Democrat Tommy Hough is challenging incumbent Republican Chris Cate in District 6 for the November elections. Nobody thinks it’s going to be easy to turn his seat blue.

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Reflections on Keeping Loved Ones From Taking Their Lives

September 19, 2018 by Ernie McCray

I remember back, maybe
when I was in junior high,
neighbors talking in hush-hush tones
about a man
who had drowned himself
in the night.
“Hey, why y’all whispering?”
I wanted to know,
all wide-eyed
and mystified
and horrified.
“Shhh, boy, he died of suicide.”

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The San Francisco Climate Action Summit: Is It ‘Better Late than Never’?

September 19, 2018 by Source

After the Climate Action Summit, Commitments Emerge Amidst Growing Disaster

Corporate execs, career politicians, and environmental activists converged on San Francisco for the Climate Action Summit.

by David Helvarg / The Progressive / September 17, 2018

The Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco September 12 through 14 felt both urgent (as Hurricane Florence began to soak the Carolinas and Typhoon Mangkhut battered the Philippines), and hopeful. More than 500 commitments were made to speed up the transition to carbon neutrality and to remediate the growing impacts of climate change.

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