May 2019

News and Notices for Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early June 2019

May 31, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There Is a Piano at OB Hardware – and Dottie Is Still There

It’s true – there’s an upright piano at the new OB Hardward.

Mayor Wants Feedback on Scooter Corrals for Ocean Beach

Surf Check and Auto Shop at Sunset Cliffs and Pt Loma Ave Are Gone

Memorial Day Remembrance at Ft Rosecrans Cemetery Almost Didn’t Happen

Red Tide Returns to the Coast

Suspected Drunk Takes Out Tree at Voltaire & Sunset Cliffs

Campland by the Bay Wants De Anza

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The ‘New’ OB Green Center Expands Its Hours

May 31, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Green Center – in its new storefront at 4862 Voltaire – is expanding its hours starting Saturday, June 1st.

The 30-year old OB center will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Noon to 6pm, staffed by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Its 30-year birthday was just celebrated earlier this month – and the Center received $1,800 in donations.

Come on down, step through the front door and enter into a world of environmental, cultural and political books, magazines, posters, and other resources – most of them offered gratis as a lending library and data center.

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The Old Broad Asks: ‘Are You Having Head-Aches Too?’

May 31, 2019 by Judi Curry

by Judi Curry

A coincidence? Or a mistake?

I don’t profess to know everyone in San Diego. In fact, I don’t profess to know one half of one percent of the residents of San Diego, but I do know that an inordinate amount of the people I know, male and/or female, have expressed to me the same problem in the past 3 weeks.

It didn’t matter if it was Don in Imperial Beach; Irene in Santee; Hitomi in the Convoy area; Michele on Shelter Island; Lucy in La Jolla; Jackie in Encinitas; Mary on Sunset Cliffs, Larry in El Cajon, Stephanie in Sierra Mesa, or myself in Pt. Loma – we are all suffering from almost debilitating headaches. Some of the people I spoke to said that they have headaches frequently but never like this.

Others, like me, seldom ever get headaches, but these are severe.

Because mine have been so bad in the past month, I have been to my Primary Care Physician; Urgent Care; the Emergency Room; the Ophthalmologist and just last week saw the Ear Nose and Throat specialist.

What did he say?

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‘Dirty Birds’ Going for a Beer and Wine License – Interior Looks Ready

May 30, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Dirty Birds Bar and Grill on the corner of Cable and Santa Monica looks ready. At least its interior and exterior do.

The doors have been closed and nothing seemed to be going on inside for months, while the restaurant owners dealt with the denial of their full-bar alcohol license.

But now, they’re moving ahead – and have applied for a beer and wine only license.

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Pop Pie Co. Pulls Out of Former Nati’s Site in Ocean Beach

May 30, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

It seems the saga of the old Nati’s building just keeps going.

Now we have learned the Pop Pie Co. has pulled out of putting in an eatery at the site. About two weeks ago, apparently, Pop Pie Co. owners Gan Suebsarakham and Steven Torres withdrew from the enterprise after having much of the former building demolished and making other improvements.

It was in January 2018 when news broke that the popular University Heights pie shop that specialized in “handcrafted savory and sweet pies” was moving into the former long-time Ocean Beach Mexican restaurant. But it’s not to be.

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‘Mad Munch’ Finally Opens Its Doors in Ocean Beach

May 30, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

At 2:00 pm on Wednesday, Mad Munch Grilled Cheezer Co. at 4871-B Newport finally threw open its doors to the public – and twenty minutes later when this reporter stepped in to take some photos – the place was busy.

The long-anticipated opening now has Kate Uhle and her fiance Zach Heinz beaming.

It took them over 600-plus days to make it happen, Kate told me.

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Village Kitchen on Newport Avenue Up for Lease

May 30, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

In a sign of the changing of the guard along Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, one of OB’s oldest “greasy-spoons” is up for lease.

The Lopez family which has owned and run the Village Kitchen for 30 to 40 years is ready to retire. Mr. Lopez and his daughter Liz have been managing it – with Mr. Lopez in the kitchen – for much of that time.

The small eatery on OB’s main commercial street – around 1,700 square feet – definitely has its fans and many in OB call it their “favorite”. It’s still open with its regular hours.

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Here’s Robert Mueller’s First Public Statement Since the Release of His Report

May 29, 2019 by Source

On Wednesday, May 29, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered a statement about the Russia investigation. The statement, as prepared for delivery, is available below.

By Robert Mueller / May 29, 2019

Two years ago, the Acting Attorney General asked me to serve as Special Counsel, and he created the Special Counsel’s Office.

The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I am speaking today because our investigation is complete. … beyond these few remarks, it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself.


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There Comes a Time When We Need to Stand Up for Our Country and Call for Trump’s Impeachment – Sat. June 1 at Ocean Beach

May 29, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There comes a time, indeed, when we – the citizens – need to stand up for our country. We need to stand for the Rule of Law. And we need to call for Trump’s impeachment.

That time is now – this Saturday, June 1 – when OBceans and people from all over San Diego will converge on Dog Beach to spell out “Impeach” with our bodies.

Simultaneously, people at Ocean Beach in San Francisco will be doing the same thing. This will be history in the making.

It is from the grassroots that the pressure for impeachment must come – for we cannot allow Trump’s misconduct and impeachable offenses to go unanswered.

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Iraq Vows to Stand With Iran if Iran Is Attacked by U.S.

May 29, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

It’s a little-known story that’s not breaking through U.S. mainstream media, but something that Americans need to know:

Iraq’s leaders are vowing to stand with Iran if Iran is attacked by the United States.

Period. Now just grok that for a moment. Iraq will stand with Iran if Trump moves on Iran militarily.

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali al-Hakim made the pledge following talks with his Iranian counterpart.

Hakim said:

“We stand by our neighbor Iran, and economic sanctions are unnecessary and cause great suffering to the Iranian people.”

This is all in the midst of the US government ramping up its rhetoric against what it calls the Iranian threat.

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Scooter Companies Map Out ‘Corral’ Locations for Ocean Beach

May 28, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

A number of scooter companies apparently have drawn up a list and map of where they want the City to install “scooter corrals” throughout Ocean Beach. They call them “Micro-Mobility Parking Corrals”.

The OB Planning Board was sent the list of locations and maps by the Mayors office. And the Mayor’s office wants feedback by June 10th.

Similar to what was implemented Downtown, and to avoid impacting on-street parking spaces , the locations selected were based on utilizing red curb spaces that :

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3-Way Stand-Off Over Who Will Run the Sports Arena

May 28, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

AEG manages the old Sports Arena – now Pechanga Arena – and they went to court to prevent the city from turning over how much it makes to the group that owns the San Diego Gulls that is bidding to take over management

By Andrew Keatts / Voice of San Diego

The city of San Diego finds itself in the middle of what’s becoming a bitter fight between the company that runs Pechanga Arena and the venue’s most high-profile tenant. But the central contention of that dispute should be moot by July, when the two sides are scheduled to hash it out in court.

Last month, San Diego officials started accepting bids to run Pechanga Arena – the Midway district venue long known as the Sports Arena

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State Bill Restricting Short-Term Vacation Rentals in San Diego Passes Assembly

May 28, 2019 by Source

The legislation, which only applies to San Diego County, targets short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO and would have the effect of prohibiting the rental of second homes on those sites.

By Lori Weisberg / San Diego Union-Tribune

In a major victory for critics of short-term rentals, a bill to sharply curtail them in San Diego County’s coastal communities won approval Thursday, May 23 in the state Assembly. Should the bill ultimately win passage in the state Senate and be signed by the governor, it would hugely transform the home sharing landscape in local jurisdictions that have more lenient rules or none at all, as in the city of San Diego.

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Why You Should Go Camping

May 28, 2019 by Source

By Tim Fox / Camping Guide

Too many people limit their idea of camping to long hikes, tent setups, campfires and awkward conversations with strangers in the wild outdoors – but let us assure you that it is so much more than that.

We all live our day-to-day surrounded by the immense traffic of a relentlessly busy life. Smog, dust, and city lights cloud our vision of the stars at night; skyscrapers and busy streets prevent us from appreciating the beauty of nature.

The solution? A vast expanse of indigo sky watching over you, with stars serving as your rooftop for the night. Camping in the midst of such natural bliss gives us a needed reminder of the beauty of Mother Nature.

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Memorial Day – Remembering Lawrence Edward Webber, Beloved Brother of San Diego Family

May 27, 2019 by Patty Jones

Author’s note: During the last few days I have come to know and develop a deep respect for a man I have never met. I do family history as a hobby and have been doing research on Frank’s uncle, …. What follows is what I have discovered, and what has brought me to tears a few times while collecting it all, here, for Memorial Day.
Lawrence Edward Webber, USMC, MIA – POW – KIA
Lawrence Edward Webber was born in 1920, in Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Frank Webber and Elizabeth Benson. He was the youngest of four children. He had one brother, Frank Webber (long-time local businessman and owner of Ocean Beach Camera, in the Newport Avenue area) and two sisters, Mildred and Dorothea (mother of our own editor, Frank Gormlie).

As a young man Lawrence moved to San Diego, where his siblings also lived, and enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 2, 1939 at the age of 19. He was stationed in San Diego until December 1939 when he was transported to Shanghai, China.

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The Costs of Endless Wars

May 27, 2019 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

If you don’t know someone in the military, sometimes it can be easy to forget that the United States has been in a war that never ends since 9/11. As a professor at City College, I see the effects in and out of the classroom as the stream of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or dealing with war related health issues continues unabated and is frequently unrecognized by the community.

The same could be said of the skyrocketing suicide rates for active duty military and veterans .

As for the fallen that Memorial Day is meant to remember, the numbers since 9/11 are troubling with 480,000 dead from wars in the Middle East and Asia, including 280,000 civilians, according to a recent study from the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Other studies put just the number of Iraqis killed in that conflict at a cold 1,000,000.

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Think Vertical… Up, Up, and Display!

May 24, 2019 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

All Photos by Kathy Blavatt

There is an art to vertical gardening. The vertical growing process starts out as an ascetic design project combined with a floral display, a living canvas that adds beauty to garden plots, trees, fences and walls.

Creative design of floral arrangements and vertical garden displays use the same important principles in terms of shapes, colors, texture, design, and function.

A colorful array of flowers and plants of various shapes and textures form a heart from Kathy’s garden.

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Status of Alcohol Licenses in Downtown Ocean Beach

May 24, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

We checked into the status of a number of alcohol licenses being applied for with the ABC in downtown Ocean Beach.

According to the Alcohol Beverage Control San Diego area website, here’s what we found:

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OB Town Council Gets Prepped on RoundUp

May 23, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The main presentation at the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting Wednesday, May 22, was by a team from Non Toxic San Diego about the City’s use of herbicides and toxic chemicals in our parks and playgrounds – Roundup.

Anne Jackson Hefti started out by describing how she came about getting involved; she and a friend were walking their dogs at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and came across a work crew spraying Roundup. The men had no masks or other protective gear and the women were allowed to walk through the sprayed area just minutes after their work. Later, Anne’s dog became sick – and she started researching Roundup and its component glyphosate.

She was so shocked by what she found that she helped to found the group Non Toxic San Diego. (Much of the material the group handed out was from )

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Duncan Hunter (& Dad) to Crawl Out From Under Their Rocks for Border Issues Town Hall

May 23, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds

Indicted San Diego Congressman Duncan D. Hunter and his father, former congressman Duncan Hunter, will participate in a joint town hall-style event focused on border issues on Saturday, May 25, 11:30am at the Ramona Mainstage, 626 Main Street.

Doors are open at 11am, the capacity for the hall is 400 people, and it appears entry is on a first come, first served basis. An article in the Union-Tribune says event organizers are expecting protesters.

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The San Diego Connection If There’s War With Iran

May 23, 2019 by Michael Steinberg

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

On May 9 the US Naval Institute reported, “Due to provocative behavior from Iran and new intelligence…US National Security Advisor John Bolton cited {but did not identify}a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.”

Subsequently the US Central Command ordered the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln strike force from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf, belly up with Iran.

The Navy report also mentioned that the Lincoln, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, is “set to arrive at its new homeport of San Diego later this year.”

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8th Annual ‘Beginning of Summer’ Ocean Beach Community Cleanup – Sat., June 1 – 8:30am

May 23, 2019 by Source

Come show OB some love – come out to the 8th Annual “Beginning of Summer” Community Clean-up.

It’s Saturday, June 1st beginning at 8:30 a.m. with volunteers meeting at Raglan.

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Change of Date for Re-Opening of Ocean Beach Pier – Now Friday, May 24

May 22, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There has been a change in the date for the official re-opening of the Ocean Beach Pier.

It’s been changed to 8:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019. It had been set for Thursday the 23rd.

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The Holding Company Is Hiring – Apply Online Only

May 22, 2019 by Source

From The Holding Company facebook:

The Holding Company is accepting applications for all positions as of now!

If you’d like to be considered for our team go to …

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Hundreds of San Diegan Women Rally to ‘Stop the Ban’ – Photo Gallery

May 22, 2019 by Source

On Tuesday, May 21, hundreds of women – with a few men – rallied in front of the Federal Court House in downtown San Diego – joining rallies in 50 states and Puerto Rico to say “Our bodies! Our choice!”

It was a nationwide protest against the onslaught of anti-abortion legislation being passed in State Houses across the South and Mid-West – all aiming to destroy Roe v Wade.

Locally, San Diego Indivisible and Women’s March San Diego joined together to organize the rally “in Support of Women’s Rights & Reproductive Freedom !”

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Be Part of the Right Side of History – Join Impeach on the Beach – Sat., June 1 in OB

May 22, 2019 by Source

By Mike James / Impeach on the Beach

By joining IMPEACH on the Beach you will be a part of history. The right side of history.

We are at the crossroads of determining whether our republic will be ruled by laws or by a demagogue who believes he is above the law.

At every turn the Trump administration and the Republican leadership has attempted to obstruct investigations into his “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

The impeachment process was created by our founders as a safeguard against tyranny and corruption, for moments in history like this.

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Monsanto Ordered to Pay $2 Billion to California Victims for Cancer Caused by Roundup

May 22, 2019 by Source

Editordude: On May 13, 2019, a California jury awarded plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod a verdict of $55 million in non-economic and economic damages in addition to $1 billion each in punitive damages against Monsanto, for cancer ( lymphoma) caused by ingredients in their product Roundup.

The plaintiffs – through their experts – proved Monsanto made glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – fifty times more toxic in its formula, making it easier for glyphosate to penetrate the skin leading to quick dispersion to the bones, where lymphoma originates.

Roundup – the herbicide the City of San Diego uses in our parks, beaches and playgrounds – is a topic for discussion at the upcoming Ocean Beach Town Council meeting on Wednesday, May 22.

By Carey Gillam / U.S. Right to Know

After less than two full days of deliberations, a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay just over $2 billion in punitive and compensatory damages to a married couple who both developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma they say was caused by their many years of using Roundup products.

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At the Mic at Lincoln High

May 21, 2019 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

Looking at students,
“The Hornets,”
from the mic
at Lincoln High,

I could feel
my journey
in the city
rising in my memory,

my history
as a San Diegan,
arriving, August, ’62,
with a wife,
three kids,
lacking the money
between us
needed to visit the San Diego Zoo,

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‘Build, Baby, Build’ Won’t Solve California’s Housing Crisis

May 21, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds / May 20, 2019

Senate Bill 50, legislation aimed at easing the housing affordability crisis in California, got put into the ‘maybe, someday’ bin last week. While the bill could be reconsidered in 2020, chances of that happening in an election year are slim to none.

The presumption behind state (and local) legislation claiming to address this crisis is that we can build our way out if only a way can be found to make it viable for developers to make a profit and banks to consider such projects loan worthy.

Call me crazy…. But what if the “debate” is upside down, and –once again– an example of more than one thing being true at the same time standing in the way of what should be long term solutions.

If the shortage of housing is to be defined as people not being able to afford living on the available properties, perhaps the solution is to make it possible for enough income growth to solve the problem.

This solution is a non-starter, short of taking on the mirage of the ‘booming economy.’

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City’s Use of ‘Round-Up’ in the Spot Light at OB Town Council Meeting – Wed., May 22

May 21, 2019 by Source

There has been concern expressed by our community members about the use of Round-Up pesticide by the City of San Diego.

Non Toxic San Diego will be offering an informative presentation about the use of these Chlorpyrifos pesticides at our next public meeting. Q and A to follow.

Please join the Ocean Beach Town Council, Wednesday, May 22nd 7:00pm at the Masonic Lodge-1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

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