April 2019

Robert Reich: In Fighting All Oversight, Trump Has Made His Most Dictatorial Move

April 30, 2019 by Source

The president is treating Congress with contempt. This cannot stand – and Congress must fight back

By Robert Reich / RSN – Guardian UK / April 30, 2019

“We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” says the person who is supposed to be chief executive of the United States government.

In other words, there is to be no congressional oversight of this administration: no questioning officials who played a role in putting a citizenship question on the 2020 census. No questioning a former White House counsel about the Mueller report.

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Trump Has Now Told 10,000 Lies Since Moving into the White House

April 30, 2019 by Source

By Dylan Stableford / Yahoo News / April 29, 2019

President Trump passed a historic milestone in his presidency over the weekend.

The Washington Post, which has been tracking the truthfulness of the president’s public assertions in tweets, speeches, interviews and press conferences, reports that Trump surpassed 10,000 false and misleading statements since his inauguration.

On Friday, the president passed the 10,000 mark by making 49 false or misleading claims — including 24 in a speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. At his rally in Green Bay, Wis., Saturday, Trump made 61 false or misleading claims, for a total of 10,111 claims in 828 days, or an average of more than 12 per day.

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Friends of OB Library Call on Ocean Beach to Contact Mayor Re: No Funds for Library or Lifeguard Station and Attend Budget Hearing on May 1

April 30, 2019 by Source

Friends of the OB Library are pretty riled up. Mayor Faulconer did not include any funds for the Ocean Beach branch’s expansion. Nor did he include any funds for the OB Lifeguard station.

But it’s the lack of monies for the planned but decades-delayed expansion of the OB Library that’s most concerning – and insulting.

So, the guardians of our library have issued a call to their fellow OBceans: contact the Mayor’s office immediately about this and plan to attend city budget hearings – starting Wednesday, May 1st – down at City Hall.

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A Used Car Lot Where the Salespeople Have Not Changed their Ways

April 30, 2019 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

I had one of the worst experiences that I remember having in years today when I went with my student – Hitomi – to buy a used car.

Let me give you some background:

Hitomi was a student learning English with me for almost three years. She was a flight attendant in Japan and wanted to be able to fly international flights and needed to improve her English. When she went back to Japan she was not hired in that capacity, and after looking for jobs decided to work as a travel agent. Surprisingly enough, they sent her to San Diego for her internship for a year and she will be working on Convoy Street in a travel agency.

While she was here before she had rented a car; this time she decided to purchase one instead. We did a lot of “on-line” looking and finally she narrowed it down to three cars – one of which was an Fiat 500.

When I saw the car I tried everything in my power to dissuade her from this purchase.

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All Power to Be Restored in Ocean Beach and Point Loma by 2 pm

April 30, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Ocean Beach and Point Loma – as well as other beach communities – were hit with a power outage Tuesday morning, the last day of April. OB and PL were down around 5:55 am and about 3,600 customers were effected.

Power was restored for most, according to SDG&E, by 7:50 am – and everybody will be back online by 2pm. SDG&E crews determined it was caused by equipment failure.

Actually there were two outages. The second one hit at 6:20 am and affected about 4,700 customers in the Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, La Jolla and Bird Rock communities.

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OB’s Bookstore, Run for Cover, Continues to Celebrate

April 29, 2019 by Staff

OBceans celebrating Independent Bookstore Day found themselves at Run for Cover, OB’s only bookstore, on Saturday, April 27.

Besides the usual fare at a bookstore, the band ZZYMZZY Quartet played for customers – and passersby – of the storefront. Here they were caught by Judith Starker.

The Book Crawl celebrating the small bookstores continues today, Monday, April 29.

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OB Planning Board to Review ‘Road Diet’ for West Pt Loma, Overnight Parking Lot Enforcement, I-8 Corridor Improvements and Capital Improvement Projects

April 29, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There are no development projects on the agenda for the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting Wednesday, May 1, but there are plenty of other issues up for the volunteer panel to review. The Board meets at 6pm sharp in the Community Room of the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica.

Lane Reductions for West Pt Loma Blvd?

The Board will wade into the increasingly sticky issue of the city’s proposed “road diet” for a section of West Point Loma Boulevard. The proposal calls for a reduction of the 4 lane boulevard to 2 lanes between Nimitz and Sports Arena Blvd and the removal of some parking along that stretch. Apparently, as per the agenda, the OB Board took a vote on the issue back in June 2018.

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May Day in San Diego: Remember the Folks Who Brought You the 8-Hour Day

April 29, 2019 by Jim Miller

May Day March Kickoff:
Wednesday, May 1st at 3:30pm
at Thomas Jefferson School of Law
701 B St. San Diego, CA. 92101
Rally: 5:00pm at Sempra Energy
488 Eighth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
After Rally, March Continues to Barrio Logan

By Jim Miller

The majority of Americans don’t know much about May Day or they simply associate it with the state sponsored holiday in the former Soviet Union. For the most part, it’s lost down the memory hole. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover a whole forgotten history of American workers and their struggle for basic dignity and rights in the workplace and in society.

The truth of the matter is that May Day has deep American roots. It started in 1866 as part of the movement pushing for the 8-hour day. As historian Jacob Remes reminds us:

The demand for an eight-hour day was about leisure, self-improvement and freedom, but it was also about power. When Eight Hour Leagues agitated for legislation requiring short hours, they were demanding what had never before happened: that the government regulate industry for the advantage of workers.

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Check Out Your Local Bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day – Sat., April 27

April 26, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Book Crawl – April 27-April 29

Run for Cover Bookstore and La Playa Books will celebrate America’s Independent Bookstore Day, April 27-April 29 as part of a book crawl collection of local bookstores.

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Mueller Documented Probable Cause That Trump Obstructed Justice

April 26, 2019 by Source

By Marjorie Cohn / TruthOut / April 22, 2019

After a nearly two-year investigation, culminating in a 448-page report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Russia attempted to influence the 2016 election but found insufficient evidence to prove the Trump campaign conspired with Russia. Mueller did not decide, however, if Trump obstructed justice.

The special counsel detailed 10 acts that could constitute obstruction of justice.

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Another Ocean Beach Restaurant Applies for a Beer and Wine Alcohol License

April 26, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

They seem to keep coming. Yet another Ocean Beach restaurant has applied for an alcohol license to sell beer and wine.

This time it’s Hummus Mediterranean Kitchen at 4884 Newport Avenue – they put up their notice on April 20. They’ve applied for a 41 type of license, an “on-sale beer and wine – eating place.”

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OB Town Council: Parrots, OB Pier, City Budget Hearings, Scooters, Membership Expansion

April 25, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The wild parrots of Ocean Beach (and elsewhere) were the main attraction at last nights Ocean Beach Town Council meeting.

Other issues brought up during the course of the meeting included good news about the OB Pier’, the city’s budget hearings where OBceans are needed, the new regs on scooters, a “Hat Contest”, an expanded membership program for the Town Council, and tragically, a death in Point Loma due possibly to fentanyl.

The Parrots

Brooke, Josh and Sarah from SoCal Parrot brought their traveling road show of 2 live parrots and a power point presentation of the parrots of the greater San Diego region to the dozens of people in the audience at the Masonic Center. (Go to socalparrot.org/obtc2019 for more info on Peninsula parrots.)

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Opposition Forms to Reduction of West Pt Loma to 2 Lanes in the Midway

April 25, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Opposition has formed to the city’s plans of reducing the traffic lanes on a section of West Point Loma Blvd in the Midway District from 4 lanes to 2 lanes. Right now the opposition is in the form of two identical petitions on change.org.

Both are headlined:

Please tell Dr Jen Campbell you oppose W Point Loma Blvd bike lanes in place of two lanes!

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Weak Scooter Regulations Passed by San Diego City Council

April 24, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday, April 23, unanimously passed new regulations for dockless scooters, which place some restrictions on speeds and parking but do not limit the number of scooters companies can place on our streets or on the numbers of scooter companies allowed to use our public infrastructure.

Here, briefly, are the restrictions:

  • the speed of dockless scooters is limited to 15 to 8 mph in high-traffic areas;
  • speed limits are cut to 3 mph in areas such as the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, and the boardwalk in Mission and Pacific Beach;
  • scooter riders are banned from parking near hospitals, schools, beach area boardwalks, the Petco Park perimeter and certain parts of the Embarcadero;
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Public and San Diego City Council Were in the Dark on Police Access to ‘Smart’ Streetlights

April 24, 2019 by Source

Two City Council members say they had no idea police had been accessing footage from streetlight cameras, which were sold to the public as a tool to mitigate traffic. Now, two years after the program was implemented, police — not city officials — are writing up a policy guiding how they’re allowed to access footage and data from the cameras.

By Jesse Marx / Voice of San Diego

Last month, top San Diego officials met with residents at the Malcolm X library to direct their gaze to the thousands of new cameras that were watching them back. It was precisely the type of community education and outreach work you might expect to take place before a big project — in this case the city’s “smart” streetlight program — is rolled out to the public.

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UCSD Eye Doctor Broke Human Research Rules, Putting Patients at Risk

April 24, 2019 by Source

by Brad Racino & Jill Castellano / inewsource / April 18, 2019

Tens of millions of people have volunteered their time and bodies to help create breakthroughs in medicine. You see the results with the pain relievers in your medicine cabinet, the vaccines that protect you from disease, the pacemakers that keep your heart beating and the innovations happening now with stem cells.

Yet the systems meant to protect those volunteers from harm are far from perfect, and research violations by Dr. Kang Zhang, an eye doctor at the University of California San Diego, show just how easily that well-intentioned framework can collapse. Zhang is the chief of eye genetics at UCSD and has a lab named after him

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California Assembly Bill Would Sharply Limit Short-Term Rentals in Beach Neighborhoods

April 24, 2019 by Source

AB 1731, written by Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, would dramatically curtail short-term rentals outside commercial areas in San Diego County’s coastal neighborhoods.

By Lisa Halverstadt and Sara Libby / Voice of San Diego / April 19, 2019

A bill in the state Legislature would do what vacation rental opponents in San Diego have tried but failed to accomplish: set strict limits on short-term vacation rentals in coastal neighborhoods. AB 1731, written by Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, who represents North County

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OB Town Council Meeting – It’s All About the Parrots – Wed., April 24

April 24, 2019 by Source

Have you ever wondered about our fine-feathered parrot friends living here in OB?
Why are they here?
Do they migrate?
Are they endangered?
What do they eat?
Why are they so *ahem* talkative?

Bring ALL your questions to the Ocean Beach Town Council public meeting on Wed., April 24 because our featured speaker is Brooke Durham, founder and director of SoCal Parrot! She will have some of these beautiful creatures with her and answer all your questions!

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Y’all Bad (a Shout Out to the Lady Wildcats of the U of A)

April 24, 2019 by Ernie McCray

Y’all Bad – (A Shout Out to the Lady Wildcats of the U of A)

by Ernie McCray

Wow, what a season
you Lady Wildcats had.
Y’all bad!
Champions of the WNIT!
So honored to be
in your family
as a Wildcat
great-grandaddy,
both literally
and figuratively.

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Losing a Loved One

April 24, 2019 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

With every holiday that passes; with every special occasion that comes up, I am reminded how much I miss my husband. It is always traumatic when you lose someone that you love, but I think it is more traumatic when you lose your best friend, your lover, your confidante, your weekly date, your protagonist, your companion, etc. all at the same time.

The heart heals, but the scab always remains. Just scratch the surface a little bit and all the angst returns.

I got so tired of people saying to me, “I know how you feel”. Unless they lost a spouse they have no idea how I felt. Yes, losing a mother, a father, a sister, a brother, a child, etc. is horrible but it is nowhere near the same thing as losing a spouse.

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Beiser’s Back! (and He’s Still Running for City Council)

April 24, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds / April 23, 2019

San Diego Unified Board Trustee Kevin Beiser reappeared at a school board meeting on Tuesday night after several weeks of laying low following accusations of sexual misconduct by four men more than a month ago.

One of the accusers has filed suit. Thus far Beiser has issued only a brief statement declaring his innocence. The San Diego Democratic Party, the SD Education Association, and even his colleagues on the board have all called on Beiser to resign. Sen. Toni Atkins, Assemblyman Todd Gloria

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OB Community Cleanup Set for Saturday, April 27

April 24, 2019 by Source

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Congress Must Begin Impeachment Proceedings – to Protect the Constitution and the Rest of Us

April 23, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

If Donald Trump cannot be criminally indicted, as per Department of Justice policy, and if he isn’t impeached – then Trump walks and gets away with all that he has over these last two plus years.

Sure, there’s an election down the road in 19 months – but that, quite frankly, is a long time away. It’s almost as long as he’s been in the White House, and that’s plenty of time for Trump to do even more damage.

So, the complexities of this moment, in the post-Barr / Mueller Report time, are not that complicated.

The Mueller Report offered up plenty of evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors; Volume 2 alone is sufficient to get the impeachment ball rolling on obstruction of justice.

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News and Notes from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – April 2019

April 23, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Madmunch Grilled Cheezer Co. Paints its Doors The long-anticipated opening of the OB grilled cheese sandwich

OB Senior Badly Injured by Hit-and-Run Scooter Rider

Free Seeds at OB Library

Paddleboarder Found Guilty in Felony Assault on Point Loma Surfer

Costa Mesa Murder Victim Had PL Nazarene Ties

COME INSIDE FOR THESE AND OTHER NEWS STORIES

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Abbott Street Market Applies for ‘Tasting Room’

April 22, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

A notice of intent to sell alcohol was delivered to local residents who live around the Abbott Street Market in north Ocean Beach. From all appearances, it looks like the owners of the market want to set up a “tasting room” on their premises at 2074 Abbott Street, #100.

The market already sells beer and wine and distilled spirits, but now they wish to include what’s called “instructional tasting,” in other words, they want a license to pour the stuff.

The tasting room is planned to sell beer, wine and distilled spirits from 9am to 11pm.

The notice was from the ABC, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, dated April 18, 2019, and signed by Susan Isenman, licensing representative.

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Peninsula Planners Approve City Plan to Reduce West Point Loma Blvd from 4 to 2 Lanes and to Eliminate Parking for Bike Lanes

April 22, 2019 by Source

By Geoff Page

Opposition to Reduction of Vehicle Lanes a ‘No-Show’ – Were They Properly Notified?

When you see not one, but two, TV stations setting up cameras and the room is full of people, you can be pretty sure that something of interest is happening at a Peninsula Community Planning Board’s meeting. That was the scene for the Thursday, April 18 meeting at the Point Loma Library. The reason for the cameras and all the people deserves its own story; a recounting of what else went on at the meeting will follow.

This issue, to state it very objectively, was about reducing West Point Loma Blvd. from four lanes to two lanes between Nimitz Ave. and Sports Arena Blvd. to create protected bike lanes on each side of the street.

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‘It’s All Right Here’ at the Ocean Beach Business Center

April 22, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Business Center is alive and well and continues to offer a myriad of services to locals and visitors alike.

Chris and Jo Peregoy bought the business in September 2017. Living then in Arizona, they had vacationed in OB for many years and fell in love with the community. They finally made the plunge and took over the storefront at 4876 Santa Monica Ave.

Today, the Peregoys continue the many services offered by the previous owners and have added a few new ones. They offer:

  • calendars, postcards, and cards hand drawn and hand blended by local artists,
  • Personal mailboxes
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Editorial Cartoon: ‘A Lapdog Ate My Homework’

April 22, 2019 by Source

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A Scam About Warrants that Sounded Real

April 22, 2019 by Judi Curry

by Judi Curry

About a week ago my friend Mary called me in a panic. I could hear the heavy breathing; the fear in her voice. She told me that she was calling me, the only one that she could talk to, because she thought that I might have an answer to her problem.

During almost our entire conversation, she hovered between fear and disbelief. It was an electrifying experience from my side of our talk. This is what happened:

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Want a Better Future for San Diego? Support Students for Economic Justice

April 22, 2019 by Jim Miller

Fundraiser for the Center on Policy Initiatives’ SEJ Summer Fellowship Program – Friday, April 26th

By Jim Miller

In so many ways we are giving this generation of young people a raw deal. Whether it be saddling them with crushing debt if they choose to attend college, allowing economic inequality to hinder their opportunities, or imperiling their future by failing to address the threat of catastrophic climate change, we have done our youth a great disservice.

And this is not just a collective failure of society in general.

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