October 2018

Hate Crimes Rise in San Diego County and California; Occur Even in Ocean Beach

October 31, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In the wake of Pittsbugh’s mass murder of Jews and the week of terror given the county by the MAGA pipebomber, it’s very troubling to hear reports that hate crimes are rising in San Diego County and across California. Ocean Beach has even been the site of some.

In San Diego County, hate crimes jumped up 27 percent between 2015 and 2017. And between 2014 and 2017, they rose 44 percent within the state.

Specifically, anti-Semitic hate crime rose nearly 27 percent from 2016 to 2017 statewide.

Just this past Monday up north at California State University San Marcos, white nationalist posters were discovered on campus – and then taken down by campus police. The posters were of a hate group.

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District Attorney Summer Stephan Must Apologize to San Diego’s Jewish Community

October 31, 2018 by Source

By Eva Posner, Mary Latibashvili, Susannah Bankhead, and Jay Bartell

On Monday night, District Attorney Summer Stephan attended the vigil at the Congregation Beth Israel for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. She stood on stage and sat in the front row.

However, when asked by a reporter from Times of San Diego about the anti-Semitic website that her campaign launched attacking George Soros during the June primary election, Ms. Stephan refused to answer any questions or acknowledge the issue.

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Duncan Hunter Is That Bro

October 31, 2018 by Source

By Brett Warnke

Duncan Hunter is a human hangover. He’s that bro who double-parks in a Navigator, who goes Dutch on a third date, and wears sandals with bruised toes. He’s that bro who the rain never touches, whose suits always fit right, and who gets the sort of bad tattoos that everyone compliments.

He’s that bro without underwear who scratches himself at your kids’ games attracting your wife’s attention. Duncan Hunter is that jock who wouldn’t pass the ball in your final high school game, going for glory as your team loses the sectional.

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OB Walkabout: Halloween 2

October 31, 2018 by Source

by Joaquin Antique

As I strolled around town this week there seemed to be less Halloween decorations in Ocean Beach than last year. I think it’s probably because most people are burned out from the real horror show in the White House and the Republican-dominated Congress.

Who needs jack-o’-lanterns when you already have an evil orange demon running the show in Washington? Who needs zombies when you have packs of evil racists marching through the streets of Charlottesville and other cities?

Some people in OB still are spreading the Halloween spirit, though as the accompanying pictures demonstrate.

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Airport Noise and the ‘Caravan’

October 30, 2018 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Speaks Her Mind

Airport Noise and the Button

Let’s start this column by saying those of you that will tell me that they are used to the airport noise do not have to read any further. Let’s continue this column by saying to those of you that say that the airport was here before me do not have to read any further either. Those of you that will say there is nothing we can do about the airport can also skip this column. And those of you that will say that I am always bitching about something do not have to read any further either. And those of you that are not bothered by the black soot, or the shaking windows, or the air pollution – well – you can skip reading also. Because I am pissed by all of the above.

Today, Sunday, October 28th, I pushed the airport noise button 7 times; four times within two hours.

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It’s Michael Winn’s Mission to Form a Point Loma Town Council

October 30, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

There was a meeting October 24 at the Point Loma library to talk about the Point Loma Town Council.

Point Loma Town Council you say? Point Loma doesn’t have a town council. Ocean Beach has a town council. So does Mission Beach and Pacific Beach and even La Jolla has one. That’s what this meeting was about, Point Loma doesn’t have a town council and one man is trying to change that.

Community member Michael Winn has made creating a Point Loma town council his mission and he has put some effort into it.

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District 8 City Council Candidate Vivian Moreno Is Backed by Short-Term Vacation Rental Industry

October 29, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

While many eyes in District 2 are focused on the intense campaign between Democratic challenger Dr Jen Campbell and incumbent Republican Lorie Zapf, we ought to take notice of what’s going on over in District 8. Because whichever of the two candidates running in that district wins, the victor will definitely have an impact on residents at the coast.

District 8 is a largely Democratic district and that’s why two Democrats are running against each other for November’s general election. Antonio Martinez and Vivian Moreno are battling it out for the soul of the district. But it seems Moreno has a leg up on Martinez on money and that’s partially due to the fact the short-term vacation rental industry is backing her.

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OB Resister Sisters Hang Another Banner – ‘Vote As If Your Social Security Depends on It’

October 29, 2018 by Source

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October 29, 2018 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Speaks Her Mind


I was in Las Vegas when I heard about the shootings in Pittsburgh. It spoiled my entire trip. (Of course not being able to find a Blackjack table for under $10 a hand didn’t help my mood.)

I was raised in a Jewish Neighborhood – the “Borscht” belt in Los Angeles. My high school – Fairfax High – was closed for Jewish holidays. Although I did not go to Sunday School, most of my friends did; most of my friends were either Bar Mitzvahed or, if female, Bas Mitzvahed. I would go to the Synagogue with friends when asked to go with them, and attended many Seder’s on the holidays. I celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas, and have a Menorah and candles ready for this holiday season.

You would think that people would be safe in the “House of God”. The president’s idiotic comment that if there had been armed guards at the “Tree of Life” Synagogue there would not have been so many deaths.

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Democrats’ Midterms Anxiety

October 29, 2018 by Jim Miller

With the midterms a little more than a week out there is a good amount of handwringing in progressive circles about whether or not the “blue wave” will actually happen.

Nervous Democrats pore over the latest posts on the polling at FiveThirtyEight, and the talking heads on MSNBC parse the current numbers, muse about the accuracy of the polling, and commiserate about their post-traumatic stress after the 2016 election.

With decision day looming, the collective anxiety is getting more and more palpable. In between ranting about Russia and the Mueller investigation, the unthinkable question is on the tip of many a liberal’s tongue: could we actually blow it again?

As of this writing, it appears that the Senate—which was never really in reach—is out of the question but

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Halloween 2018

October 26, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

OB Rag Celebrates 11th Birthday Online

On Oct. 26, the OB Rag turned 11 years old, having begun its online run during the massive fires that swept San Diego County in October 2007. And we’ve been going ever since. The original OB People’s Rag began …

McMillin Co. Asks City for Okay to Sell Liberty Station Lease

The Corky McMillin Cos., the San Diego developer that remade the Naval Training Center into a sprawling housing, business and and entertainment hub, has asked city officials to review a plan to sell all or part of its leasehold in what’s now known as Liberty Station. …

‘An Alligator Walks into a Pet Store and Says …’

An alligator was left on the steps of a pet store in Point Loma …

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OB Town Council Provides Forum for ‘What’s Happenin’ Around Ocean Beach’

October 26, 2018 by Source

By Denine Hunt

The Ocean Beach Town Council met on Wednesday, October 24th in front of a fairly sparse crowd of community members. The OBTC will “go dark” during the next two months and will resume meeting the fourth Wednesday of every month in January, 2019.

The following are announcements of OB events or updates by local groups:

The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club is holding their 6th Annual Fundraiser; ‘Obecian Luau‘ on November 3rd, 6pm-10pm. Proceeds will benefit fourteen different local organizations. You can learn more by visiting here.

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OB Hardware to Close by February 2019

October 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Rag has confirmed the OB Hardware store on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach will be closed by February 2019. Carl Weidetz, the owner, saying he was very proud of “the beach people and our loyal customers”, told this reporter by phone that he is indeed shuttering the doors of his famed storefront. “Fifty years in the business,” he said, “is enough.” He started working in the store in 1969.

The store, formally known as Ocean Beach Paint and Hardware, is one of OBceans’ favorite local “mom-and-pop” businesses.

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Drive-By Shooting Injured Man and Shattered Glass Door of Winery on Newport Ave in Ocean Beach

October 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Very early Wednesday, Oct. 24, a man walking on Newport Avenue was wounded in the leg in a drive-by shooting. The unidentified victim was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim had been one of several people who had been involved in an altercation in an alley near Newport Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard about 12:40 a.m. with a guy. That person got into his car, and while driving by next to the victim who was walking east on Newport, shot at him three times. The shooter sped away in a dark, four-door

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Ocean Beach Town Council Makes Call for Candidates for Its Board of Directors

October 25, 2018 by Source

The OB Town Council is making its annual call for candidates to its Board of Directors. Every year half of its 15-member Board stands for election, so there’s always opportunities for new people to apply to be candidates.

This time around, the week-long election by OBTC members won’t occur until late January and early February, but the Board is now accepting “Letters of Intent”. Plus the usual monthly public meeting of the Board will not be held in November and December (despite what the calendar on their website says!) as those are dark months and the OBTC is busy with holiday events. Here is the official call for candidates:

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San Diego’s Early Liberal Oligarch George Marston Celebrated

October 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Marston Legacy Reception Open to Public – Thursday, October 25 · 4-6pm Marston House Museum & Gardens

San Diego’s premier historical group, the Save Our Heritage Organization, is organizing a big shindig in honor of George Marston and his family. There’s a permanent exhibit called The Marston Legacy: Progress and Preservation and SOHO is having a Preview Reception on October 25 in the 1905-built Marston House Museum in Balboa Park.

So, what’s the big deal? Why should we care about some old, dead rich dude?

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Here’s the Updated Roster of Ocean Beach Planning Board Members

October 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Rag has been sent an updated roster of the current members of the Ocean Beach Planning Board – which is published below – by newly-elected Chair Andrea Schlageter (she had been interim-chair).

The new roster reflects recent changes: the appointments of six new members to the Board, which brings the Board up to a strength it hasn’t seen in months, and the Board’s new leadership. It also reflects more of a gender balance on the Board, what with now five women members.

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Point Loma Nazarene University Cancels Thursday’s Classes Due to FBI Report of ‘Unspecified Threat’

October 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

LATEST: The FBI released this statement regarding their investigation:

“In the early morning hours on October 25, 2018, the FBI became aware of a possible threat to Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego, CA.

Initial information received indicated non-specific comments were made regarding PLNU. Immediately, upon notification of the potential threat, our Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) engaged with our federal, state and local partners to investigate.

Point Loma Nazarene University closed all classes Thursday morning, Oct. 25,

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Follow the Money in the ‘Rough and Tumble Race’ Between Jen Campbell and Lorie Zapf for District 2

October 25, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It is a rough and tumble race out there between challenger and Democrat Jen Campbell and incumbent and Republican Lorie Zapf in the District 2 show-down.

Even though Zapf is known through-out the district and has an advantage being the incumbent, registered Democrats have the edge with their 32,000 to 22,500 registered Republicans. (There’s also 27,000 ‘no party preference’ voters.)

So, with less than 2 weeks to go to the November 6 election, who’s on first? And who’s on second?

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Jen Campbell Criticizes City Council Vote Rescinding Regulations on Short-Term Vacation Rentals

October 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The following statement by Dr Jen Campbell was just received from her Campaign for City Council:

“I was disappointed that the City Council had to rescind its recently passed ordinance that was the first progress our neighborhoods have seen regarding illegal hotels. …

Short-term vacation rentals are decimating our housing stock and fundamentally changing our neighborhoods …

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OB Hardware About to Celebrate 100 Years in Ocean Beach

October 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Hardware store at 4871 Newport Avenue is about to celebrate being one-hundred years old, having first opened in 1919. We don’t know yet how they plan to celebrate and we don’t know the details of the original days on a dusty street called Newport. But we wish them the best – one hundred years for a business, especially these days, is a very, very long time.

The storefront, formally called OB Paint and Hardware, has been at its current location for about 5 or 6 years, having moved just a few doors down from the space they occupied literally for decades.

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Resister Sisters of OB Remind Afternoon Commuters to Vote as if Their Health Care Depended on It

October 24, 2018 by Staff

The Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach were out and about the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 23,

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Ball Starts to Roll on Redeveloping Navy’s SPAWAR Property at Midway Planners’ Meeting

October 24, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

A huge topic of interest to the community was discussed at the regular meeting of the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Board on October 17: it was the beginning of things happening with the massive SPAWAR building on Pacific Highway. The Navy is holding a four hour on-site meeting on November 5 to discuss the future of the facility.

The Navy has issued a Request For Information that can be viewed (COME INSIDE) According to the Navy’s spokesperson, the solicitation is to obtain ideas from the development community on what to do with the property. A.

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Come Hear About a Point Loma Town Council – Wed., Oct. 24

October 24, 2018 by Source

Tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 24, there will be a presentation on a Point Loma Town Council at the Hervey Library, at 6pm.

The folks who are putting this together say:

This is an opportunity to find out how a town council can help Point Loma (and San Diego) address the problems we constantly complain about.

Not just some of the nagging problems of urban living, but the major problems that we live with and would like changed and feel we can’t, and problems we are most afraid about.

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San Diego Is Back to the ‘Wild, Wild West’ With Short-Term Vacation Rentals

October 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Once again, San Diego is left with the “wild west” of no enforcement of short-term vacation rentals. Where does the action taken by the City Council in a vote of 8 to 1 on Monday, Oct. 22 to rescind the regulations they hammered out this past summer leave us?

In the face of the political muscle displayed by the pro-Airbnb – lawsuit threats, sufficient signatures to overturn the July vote, and a recent poll showing limited public support for some kind of vacation rentals – the Council crumbled. It was just too much

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Suspect in Killing in Baron’s Parking Lot Identified

October 23, 2018 by Staff

The man suspected of shooting and killing a woman in the Baron’s Market parking lot on October 9 has been identified. The suspect is Joe Bennette Conway, 41, say police.

An arrest warrant in Conway’s name has been obtained – and the public is being asked to help locate him. He is 5-foot-7-inch and weighs about 150-pounds.

San Diego police believe Conway was driving a red, four-door Chevrolet Cavalier possibly with Arizona license plates.

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The Primer on Electing Judges in California

October 23, 2018 by Doug Porter

What to do about voting for or against judges is a thing this year. I’m hoping this column will answer some of the questions readers have.

The attention paid to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing has made a lot of people take notice of the judicial contests appearing on their ballots. At least that is what I assume is going on, having researched and/or produced a half-dozen or so voter guides since 2012.

A quick history lesson…

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The Ups and the Downs: My Reporter’s Life, Part Three

October 23, 2018 by Source

Part One
Part Two

By Bob Dorn

By the late 1970s, I was brought back into the newsroom to do general assignment reporting, a kind of sideways move. I could handle breaking stuff, and innocent features (like my seven-day case of hiccups) but the editors might have figured I offered too much trouble on the beats — police, higher education and investigations.

Once again on the day shift, I made it to journalism’s summa cum laude, or maybe just the magna version.

On September 25, 1978, a fully-loaded PSA liner crashed into a private Cessna in

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Peninsula Planners Provide Forum for Famosa Site Advocates But Don’t Take Position

October 23, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting on Thursday, October 18, was both short and relatively quiet, which is not usually the case.

There was only one Action Item on the agenda:
Review and discussion of the input received regarding the petition for rezoning to open space, the message from Councilmember Zapf, and comments offered during the conversational forum on the Famosa Boulevard Housing Commission site.”
This has been a hot issue for a good part of this year and there was some expectation that there might be a lively discussion of the matter. There was a discussion but it really wasn’t lively.

This issue is that the community wants the PCPB take a position on the Famosa site,

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City Council Rescinds Regulations on Short-Term Vacation Rentals

October 22, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Today, Monday, Oct. 22, in a 8 to 1 vote, the San Diego City Council voted to rescind the regulations they had imposed on short-term vacation rentals back in July. Those regulations would have ended the controversial practice of out-of-town investors buying up needed San Diego rental properties and turning them into profit-making vacation mini-hotels.

Facing the onslaught of push-back from the Airbnb-type industry, the Council backpedaled on the issue – except for Councilmember Lorie Zapf – who is facing a tough re-election campaign and couldn’t afford to upset her beach and coastal constituents – the ones mostly negatively affected by the vacation rentals.

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