January 2019

Those Who Showed Up to Clean Up Ocean Beach

January 31, 2019 by Source

Ever wonder who actually shows up for those clean-ups of Ocean Beach? You know, the OBceans who take bucket and pickerupper in hand and scrounge the allies, sidewalks, beaches and streets.

OB-CSI sponsored such a clean-up on Saturday, Jan. 26,

and …

here they are -the OBceans who actually showed up and after the clean-up, got their rewards. Photos thanks to ‘Steve O SanDiego’.

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The Anti-Starbucks Campaign in Ocean Beach 18 Years Ago – Photo Gallery

January 31, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Local photographer Joe Ewing has graced us with a series of photos he took back during the Ocean Beach anti-Starbucks campaign. 18 years ago!

The photos are from protests outside the then-coming Seattle-based coffee giant, in 2011. Many in OB were opposed – and the news of the campaign (before the common internet) went international.

Despite the protests, the boycott, the meetings with the corporate officials, the pleadings and despite the then-abundance of local OB coffee houses – Starbucks finally opened. And it opened literally on 9 – 11, the day of the infamous terror attacks.

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What Happens When the Owner of a Nuclear Plant Goes Bankrupt?

January 31, 2019 by Michael Steinberg

Nuclear Shutdown News January 2019

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 for a nuclear free world.

The January 16 San Francisco Chronicle headlined, “PG&E bankruptcy coming this month.” A followup story on January 18 described Pacific Gas & Electric as “the state’s largest investor-owned utility.”

The Jan 16 lead article reported that the company was facing “$30 billion in potential wildfire liability,” had “$4.4 billion market value” as of 1-14, had lost $25 billion since last year’s Camp fire destroyed almost 19,000 structures and took 80-some lives in the Northern California town of Paradise, and had $1.5 billion in cash as of Jan. 11.”

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How to Achieve Walkable Transit Service in San Diego

January 30, 2019 by Source

By Howard Blackson III / San Diego UrbDeZine / January 26, 2019

At last week’s State of the City address, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer enthusiastically stated,

“I want to radically overhaul the system itself. The bureaucracy has been set up to empower anti-housing forces that delay or deny projects at every turn… We need to build more housing near employment centers and transit.”

This is a rejection of our long-standing, auto-oriented, one-size-fits-all approach to city making. Fortunately, in 2008, our City of Villages plan began to shift the standards of new construction of private development from single-family, single-use land use outcomes towards more mixed-use buildings and blocks filled with offices, shops, affordable housing, and market-rate homes. This proclamation officially transitions San Diego from focusing on suburban outcomes, as we have for the past 60+ years, to building within our urban neighborhoods.

Now it’s time to do the same for our transit services.

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2018 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recorded for the Planet’s Oceans

January 30, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Do you remember how hot the ocean got this past August at the beach? During the first week of that month, Scripps Pier recorded 3 days of warm water that set records. On Wednesday, August 1, Scripps Pier recorded the highest ocean surface water temperature in its 102 history of taking measurements.

The water temperature was 78.6 degrees. According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, the “normal” August average water surface temperature at the pier is 68 degrees.

Then, that Friday – and for the second time in the week – the ocean temperature reached an all-time high at Scripps Pier in La Jolla, hitting 78.8 degrees. On Sunday, the sea surface temperature hit 79.4 degrees.

Scientists at Scripps have been taking daily measurements at the pier since 1916.

And now we find out 2018 was the hottest year for the planet’s oceans. It was no surprise to those keeping track of such things. See this report from EcoWatch:

The year 2018 was the hottest year for the planet’s oceans ever since record-keeping began in 1958, according to a worrisome new study from international scientists.

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San Diego Police Swept Through Homeless Areas Just Before Annual Homeless Count – May Have Had Negative Impact on Results

January 30, 2019 by Source

It appears that San Diego police swept through some homeless areas just before the annual homeless count last week, and now homeless advocates say the police efforts may have skewed the results of the count. Voice of San Diego reports:

Police enforcement spiked in the downtown area most densely populated with homeless San Diegans in the days before the annual homeless census last Friday, spurring questions from advocates and even the group that oversees the count about how the increased enforcement may have affected the effort.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – on the Cusp of Aquarius 2019

January 29, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Police Announce Arrests of 2 Stabbing Assailants – Ask Public for Help in OB Sexual Assault

At the OB Town Council meeting on Jan. 23, Officer David Surwilo announced that police have arrested the two people who had stabbed someone in separate incidents in OB. They are still working on the alleged sexual assault. Walking teams are patrolling Newport in an added effort to get things under control.

Police are asking the public for help. Here is a description of the sexual assault suspect in OB:

Hidden Spa Changes OwnersThe OB Rag received the following email from Jill Coppola, the original owner to The Hidden Spa on Santa Monica Avenue:

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Hawaii on My Mind

January 29, 2019 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

Maria and I just got back from Hawaii, spending time with friends on the Big Island and Oahu.

In my mind I can still see the rich colors of the rain forests and feel the warm breeze that comforted me on a walk on the beach one day and I’ll always remember sitting high above a view that literally took my breath away…

I still shiver from the experience of riding in a car, looking to see what the Kilauea volcano had left in its wake, cruising by a couple of really nice homes, and suddenly a dead end appears and before me there stands a massive mound of lava a couple of stories high that had swallowed the rest of the neighborhood we were driving through…

And minutes later we’re walking on a new black sand beach the volcano had created, as if by design, complete with a nice little wading pool just right for little children.

Out of Mother Nature’s devastating acts, there’s such beauty.

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The Old Broad Is Flooded With Scam Letters That Appear to Be From Credit Card Companies

January 29, 2019 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Asks for Help

By Judi Curry

What does “Chase”, “Discovery”, “Bank of America”, “Amazon”, “Cox”, “Bank of PNC”, “Apple”, “Navy Federal Credit Union”, “Wells Fargo”, and “US Bank” have in common?

Probably nothing, EXCEPT that I received “phishing” letters from each of these institutions at least 4 times in 5 days.

Each one said virtually the same thing – and each of them were a scam. They look so authentic; the interesting thing is that I do not even have accounts at 6 of these institutions.

Where did they get my name?

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Kennedy, King, RFK, Malcolm X Relatives and Scholars Seek New Assassination Probes

January 28, 2019 by Source

By Tom Jackman / Washington Post / January 25, 2019

Joined by relatives of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, a group of more than 60 authors and investigators have called for a new congressional investigation into the assassinations of the three men and President John F. Kennedy, saying that the four slayings were not resolved and “had a disastrous impact on the course of American history.”

In a public statement, they demanded a public tribunal modeled on South Africa’s “Truth and Reconciliation” process to persuade either Congress or the Justice Department to revisit all four assassinations.

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OB Hardware Has Been Sold and Will Remain Open

January 28, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

UPDATE: The new owners are local OB family guys: Michael De Endiro and Michael Grimes – Congrats to all !

In what will be some of the best news this year so far for OBceans is the news that the OB Hardware has been successfully sold and will remain open. The 100-year old business was just sold with all lease issues worked out.

Carl and his spouse Carolyn Weidetz had been set to close the iconic storefront down after 50 years and retire.

But with the publicity the OB Rag and other media outlets gave the store over the last few months, apparently some folks were geared to buy it and prevent it from closing.

And that is what has happened, according to Carolyn Weidetz in a phone interview with the OB Rag this morning.

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Get on Board SANDAG’s New Transit Center Vision

January 28, 2019 by Source

By Gretchen Newsom and Brigette Browing / San Diego Union-Tribune / Jan. 25, 2019

Hasan Ikhrata knew what he was getting himself into when he accepted the job as the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) new executive director. As San Diego County’s regional planning agency, SANDAG is charged with mapping out and funding transportation projects throughout the county.

But the agency became so dysfunctional that in 2017 the state Legislature intervened to increase transparency in SANDAG’s operations and ensure that decisions were made to best serve the needs of the majority of area residents.

The new and improved SANDAG — under Ikharata’s leadership

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Lessons from the LA Teachers Strike

January 28, 2019 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

After a little more than a week of striking, the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) captured the public’s imagination, helped transform the national narrative about education, won a solid new contract, and positioned themselves well for the battles to come.

For those of us in education this was an inspiring moment that showed the potential for smart organizing and activism to change the game in important ways.

As I wrote last week, UTLA was taking a lead from both the social movements of the sixties and other, more recent examples of militant protests and strikes by fellow educators elsewhere in the United States from Chicago to West Virginia.

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Jimbo’s Sues to Block Redevelopment of Horton Plaza

January 28, 2019 by Source

By Jennifer Van Grove / San Diego Union-Tribune

Specialty grocer Jimbo’s Naturally is asking a San Diego Superior Court judge to block any efforts by developer Stockdale Capital Partners to turn Horton Plaza into a technology office campus.

The locally owned business earlier this month amended its existing lawsuit against the downtown center’s previous owner to incorporate Stockdale, arguing the real estate investment firm is also violating the terms of the grocer’s lease.

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OB Town Council Hands Out Parade Awards and Introduces Board Candidates

January 25, 2019 by Source

By Geoff Page

Technology almost put the kibosh on the Ocean Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Wednesday, January 23. The OBTC meetings are held at the Masonic Temple on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and everyone was there ready to go that night but never got inside. Seems whoever controls the building can unlock it remotely so they don’t have to be there to do it. The chair sends a text or calls and the doors are then unlocked. This time, no one responded. And the chair does not have a key.

Somehow, very quickly, the OBTC got an invitation to use the Water’s Edge Faith Community church (formerly the United Methodist Church) on Saratoga and Sunset Cliffs and everyone moved over there. …

Once under way, it developed that there were two main items on the agenda. The first was handing out awards for float winners from the Christmas Parade and the second was a candidate forum presenting people running for open town council seats.

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OB Clean-Up – Saturday, Jan. 26

January 24, 2019 by Source

Start off 2019 right by resolving to give a little back to the community that gives us so much.

Join us as we take to the streets, alleys, parks, and beaches to show OB some much needed love. We will have limited supplies, but bring a bucket and gloves if you can.

Following the cleanup will be a volunteer appreciation party

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More Bluff Damage at End of Narragansett in Ocean Beach

January 24, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Residents of the 3-story Pelican Point Apartments in Ocean Beach are on edge as they experienced more bluff collapse during the recent King Tides.

As the San Diego Reader reported on Monday the building at 5107 Narragansett suffered a bluff collapse in January 2017, yet there have been no repairs to the bluff. The apartment complex was sold in May, 2018 to landlord king, Michael Mills for $6.75M.

The Reader:

…as King Tides hit and angry surf took out portions of the OB Pier, it came as no surprise that nature took another swing at Pelican Points un-repaired cliff, sending the lower half of the property onto the cliffs below, and that of the neighboring property.

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50 Years after the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

January 24, 2019 by Source

By David Helvarg / San Francisco Chronicle / Jan. 23, 2019

Fifty years after a California oil spill launched the modern environmental movement, we may finally be moving beyond the age of oil, and none too soon.

In October, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change, made up of the world’s leading climate scientists, warned global carbon emissions would have to be cut by 45 percent by 2030 if there’s any hope of keeping planetary warming at a dangerous but less than catastrophic level.

Luckily, job-generating renewable energy now has become competitive with or cheaper than most forms of fossil fuel. Progressive democrats are also calling for a Green New Deal that aims to transition the U.S. economy to clean energy, addressing both climate change and inequality.

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Local TV Station Stirs Neighbors Up With Report City Was to Chop Down Long Branch Torrey Pine

January 24, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

This morning, local TV station Fox5 reported that the city of San Diego was going to have the Longbranch Torrey Pine chopped down. This report stirred neighbors up and a number of them came out to find yellow tape and signs blocking the street around the Torrey on that 4600 block.

Officer Surwilo showed up to monitor the situation.

The contract crews began trimming the tree but had no plans to cut the large tree down. Fox5 has since changed their reporting.

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Nature’s Garden Dance Under a Full Moon

January 23, 2019 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

Baby sprouts with outstretched limbs dance under a full moon on the rain soaked earth. The heads pop-up with bent necks, slowly reaching for blue heavens. These little ballerinas do their performance. By daybreak sun reveals the nights magic.

Growing plants creates a splendid bond that feels maternal as you nurture and raise your little green sprouts.

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OB Town Council – Introduction of Board Candidates – Wed., Jan. 23

January 23, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Town Council will host its monthly meeting Wednesday night, January 23 – and on deck (by our count, at least) will be the introduction of new candidates for the Board of Director’s open seats.

There will also be the usual agenda which includes reports from local leaders, political representatives, business, first responders and law enforcement officials.

The meeting goes from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at the Masonic Lodge, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, in Ocean Beach, 92107.

The annual election for the Ocean Beach Town Council Board of Directors will take place from Monday, January 28th to Friday, February 8th by its members.

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Meet the Ocean Beach Planning Board

January 22, 2019 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board has recently added something special to its website: photos and short bios of most of the Board members. The full Board meets monthly on the first Wednesday, 6pm at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. There are 7 Planning Districts within the OB Community Planning Area.

And here we present them – verbatim, so, check it out and meet the members.

Andrea Schlageter, Chair
District 7

Andrea Schlageter was born and raised in the Ocean Beach Point Loma area. A graduate of Point Loma High School Class of 2009, she went on to study Political Science and International Relations at Boston University (’13). …

Kevin Hastings, P.E., Vice Chair
At Large

Kevin Hastings was born and raised in California, from the beach to inland Los Angeles, and in the small mountain town of Tehachapi. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a mechanical engineering degree and has worked in the profession for 15 years …

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City Called Upon to Protect North Chapel With Court Order Against New Landlord’s Renovations

January 22, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Congregations Threatened By New Landlord – If They Stay They Must Not Oppose Renovations

There’s been some new developments – and increased tension – around the North Chapel at Liberty Station. The City of San Diego is being called upon by a member of one of the congregations that used the chapel for religious services to obtain a court order to protect the chapel from any renovations by its new landlord.

And the new landlord says the congregations can continue to use the chapel through 2019 as long as they don’t oppose the new renovations.

Jeff McDonald at the San Diego Union-Tribune reports parishioner Henry Garon wrote a letter to to city officials in early January claiming the new landlord, Pendulum Properties Partners of Orange County, along with the operator 828 Venue Management Co. want to make significant changes to the chapel’s interior.

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New Interim General Manager at OB People’s

January 22, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There’s a new “interim” General Manager at OB People’s Organic Food Market. Tim Sullivan was just recently brought on to manage the store on a temporary basis, and to get it out of its slump.

Sullivan stated this in so many words in an undated letter sent out to all the co-op owners of the iconic organic food store. Meanwhile, Jim Kace, the official GM, is reportedly on medical leave.

In the letter, Sullivan said “over the past 3 years we have seen steady sales declines,” and added, “we have seen our bottom line slip into the red”.

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Rosecroft: Point Loma’s Largest Italian Renaissance Mansion

January 22, 2019 by Dave Rice

Portion of Point Loma Nazarene once known as Lomaland on the Peninsula

By Dave Rice / San Diego Reader

Rosecroft is a historically-designated estate occupying nearly two-and-a-half acres atop Point Loma. Built in 1912 by architect Emmor Brooke Weaver, who oversaw the design of dozens of local residences between 1904 and 1945, the Italian Renaissance mansion includes nine bedrooms and 12 baths spread across 15,600 square feet of living space in the main residence and outbuildings.

The largest remaining residential parcel in Point Loma, Rosecroft’s grounds were purchased in 1903 by heiress Marion James Robinson and her husband Alfred. The Robinsons were drawn to the area by Katherine Tingley, leader of the spiritual Theosophy movement.

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‘They Were Right After All About Chipped Debit Cards Being More Vulnerable’

January 22, 2019 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Found Out How You Can Protect Your Account

Yesterday my friend came to me in tears and confusion. She had gone to pay her T-Mobile bill and her debit card was rejected. She couldn’t understand why that was because she had ample money in her account.

She called her credit union to find out why it was rejected, and they told her that she, along with 1000 other people, had their accounts breached on January 14th, and a letter telling her how to reinstate her account had been sent to her post office box. The trouble was that she had not yet picked up her mail at the post office.

They told her that if she came in they would issue her a new debit card on the spot. She was so upset I asked her if she would like me to drive her to the credit union – I bank at the same one – and she quickly said “yes.”

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Ground Being Prepped for Testing at Famosa

January 22, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Famosa Park supporters and neighbors have noticed something going on this morning at the site.

These photos were sent the OB Rag – taken this morning (1-22-19).

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Point Loma House Crushed by Pine Tree Was a Vacation Rental

January 21, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The 2-story house in Point Loma that was crushed by a falling pine tree and in which two people were killed, was a short-term vacation rental.

The house at 4404 Santa Monica Avenue is listed on VRBO – a major vacation rental host site – for an average of $193 a night. And tragically, you can see the huge tree that collapsed in the background on the main photo.

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Suspect Sought in Sexual Assault on Sunday in Ocean Beach

January 21, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Sunday morning during the King tide, a half dozen San Diego Police officers were seen milling about the parking lot behind Bravos on Bacon Street. They were part of an investigation and search for a man wanted in an early Sunday morning sexual assault in Ocean Beach.

A little after 2 am a woman was walking on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of Bacon Street near Narragansett Avenue when a man emerged from an alley, grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her about 30 feet into the alley.

The woman was hit in the face and thrown to the ground; then she was sexually assaulted. The suspect ran away from the scene.

The sexual assailant is described

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San Diego’s Women’s March 2019 – Photo Gallery

January 21, 2019 by Staff

For the third year in a row, thousands of San Diegans rallied and marched for women’s rights on Saturday, January 19.

The massive crowd – estimated by police at 20,000 – gathered at the front of the County Administration Building, listened to speeches and music beginning around 10 a.m. and near noon, the throng moved to Pacific Highway on the now-familiar march route for downtown demonstrations.

And although half the size of the first Women’s March the day after Trump was inaugurated in 2017, and not quite as large as last year’s, this year’s crowd was decidedly younger – with many youthful women participating. This reporter spoke to half a dozen participants who all observed a younger crowd.

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