June 2019

Debate Over Comments on ‘Nextdoor’ About Peninsula Building Projects

June 28, 2019 by Source

Editordude: The following is a debate that sprang off Geoff Page’s critique posted June 24 of points made on the Point Loma Association’s online newsletter. It’s all over attitudes about comments made on Nextdoor regarding a Peninsula building project. Here below is a response by Clark Anthony Burlingame, the PLA Vice-Chair. That is followed by a reply by Geoff Page.

Response to Geoff Page by Clark Anthony Burlingame

Thanks for promoting our weekly Point Loma Association newsletter!

Our PLA mission has broadened over the years, but we still focus on beautification and quality of life issues. That includes things like building construction and short term rentals.

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Thinking About Race and the YMCA

June 27, 2019 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

An issue with racial overtones has come up in San Diego, centered on the Jackie Robinson YMCA located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

It’s caught my attention because I’m reminded of one other time I associated race with a YMCA.

First of all, though, I must say I love and appreciate YMCA’s.

I mean I was a Y brat as a kid.

I learned to swim and do arts and craft at the Y. I once held the pancake eating contest at the Tucson Y Camp where I also gained an appreciation for horseback riding and archery and backpacking and enjoying singing and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows around an open fire.

But back in those days, the 1940’s, I had to deal with racial overtones at my local Y.

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San Diego Grocery Workers Vote to Authorize Union to Strike

June 27, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Grocery workers throughout San Diego County have voted to authorize their union to call a strike if negotiations with supermarket chains stall. They were joined in the call by thousands of their fellow workers across Southern California in voting overwhelmingly to give the okay to the leaderships of their union, the United Food and Commercial Workers.

97 per cent of grocery workers in San Diego County voted to approve a strike.

There is no strike yet. But it definitely could happen if the major chains fail to negotiate a new contract successfully with the unions who represent the people who run the stores.

Which major stores are we talking about? Ralph’s, Albertsons and Vons – and Pavilions (an upscale version of Vons). Alone, Albertsons has over a 1,000 stores across North America. This would include no doubt the Vons on Midway Drive.

What is the status of the negotiations? They’re on hold as of right now after weeks of being stalled, but are scheduled to begin again July 10 and go on for several days.

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Councilwoman Campbell’s Report to District 2

June 27, 2019 by Source

Here is Councilwoman Jen Campbell’s latest report to her District 2 constituents for June 2019, officially entitled, “The Campbell Chronicles”. District 2 includes Ocean Beach, Point Loma, the Midway District and North Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Mission Bay, Clairemont and Linda Vista.

Neighbors,

After several months of hard work, I’m pleased to announce we’ve passed the fiscal year 2020 budget for the City of San Diego. It is one of the most important things that we do as a council. This budget reflects the values and needs of our communities.

Here are some of the highlights –

  • $500K for the next phase of the Ocean Beach Library.
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U.S. Census ‘Citizenship’ Question Put on Hold by Supreme Court

June 27, 2019 by Source

By Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post / June 27

The Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold the Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form sent to every household, saying it had provided a “contrived” reason for wanting the information. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the splintered opinion. In a section agreed with by the court’s liberals, he said the Commerce Department must provide a clearer explanation.

Agencies must offer “genuine justifications for important decisions, reasons that can be scrutinized by courts and the interested public,” Roberts wrote.

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Taking on 21st Century Indentured Servitude – Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez’ AB 5

June 26, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds

Drivers for Uber and Lyft gathered outside Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco Tuesday June 17 to demand that the company drop its opposition to a state bill that would make most drivers employees. Promises of freedom and opportunity have proven to be false for millions of workers in industries beyond ride sharing, and now the day of reckoning is at hand.

Drivers and delivery workers in cities throughout the country have been organizing protests and filing lawsuits against companies using so-called independent contractors to avoid paying minimum wages and benefits.

Legislation (AB 5) introduced by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez poses the biggest challenge yet to the so-called gig economy. Changing the rules of the game in the Golden State will have an impact on companies and workers nationwide. So this is a Big Deal.

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Dear Ohio: Make ‘Em Look You in the Eye

June 26, 2019 by Source

By Joni Halpern

Since 1896, Ohio voters have picked the winning candidate in all but two presidential elections – 1944 and 1960 – giving rise to the state’s renown as a “bellwether” to which candidates cannot afford to turn a deaf ear. If Ohioans are going to be so influential, maybe we could help inform their future choices by sharing some concerns from the Golden State.

Dear Ohio,

I’ve been thinking about you as we see the candidates revving up for the 2020 election. Since you are the bellwether election state, I was hoping we could continue our earlier conversation about who we are and what we want for this country.

I was reading the other day that some candidates think Ohio may not be as important in predicting election outcomes as once you were thought to be. There are some who say the efficient manipulation of social media will eventually supplant your importance as a predictor.

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Report on Airport Noise Authority Committee Meeting of June 19

June 26, 2019 by Source


Impacts on Ocean Beach and Point Loma Part of Discussion
By Anthony Steigler of Quiet Skies La Jolla / La Jolla Light / June 25, 2019

Airport Noise Authority Committee (ANAC) Meeting: June 19

ANAC met again on June 19. Significant developments included a report from the Flight Path & Procedures Study consultant, recommending which proposals should be tabled until the Part 150 Study is concluded in about 16-18 months, because the proposals may affect the initial departure heading off the runway. The Part 150 study addresses noise directly around the airport, in the 65 CNEL contour, which includes part of Ocean Beach .

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City Council’s Campland Vote Ignores Will of San Diego Voters

June 26, 2019 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor / Times of San Diego / June 25, 2019

Who are these people on our City Council?

Did they just move here? Do they know nothing of the history of Mission Bay Park?

Don’t they realize that in 1987, 79% of the voters supported Proposition D to preserve Mission Bay Park from increased development, commercialization and loss of open space?

Here is the actual language of that three-decades-old charter amendment:

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Man – and Woman’s – Inhumanity to Men, Women and Children

June 26, 2019 by Judi Curry

The Widder Curry Asks – “What has happened to my fellow American?”

For weeks I have sat back and not voiced on this site my horrific feelings about the migrant children that are being housed in sub-standard facilities.

For weeks I have watched supporters of the man in the White House cry because “they are treating the President so badly.” For weeks I have been waiting for the public outcry deploring this concentration camp atmosphere. For weeks I have been waiting for the Republican party to say “enough is enough.”

For weeks I have been listening to Republicans in office indirectly support the separation of children from their parents. For weeks I have been shaking my head when I hear things from representatives say, “There’s not a lock on the door. Any child is free to leave at any time. But they don’t and you know why? Because they’re well taken care of.” (Rep. Michael Burgess, Texas) I do not think that I have to elaborate on Burgess’ comment. If you believe him, shame on you.

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Composting Toilets: A Step Towards a Greener World

June 25, 2019 by Source

by Carla Lewis / TopReviewedTen

Global warming is one of the biggest concerns we have been fighting for the last couple of decades. One of the biggest reasons for the increase in temperature is waste. Whether this is human waste of other waste, it is an important aspect that you need to consider if you are looking to live life to the fullest and protect the earth.

The composting toilet has been designed to help convert natural human waste into compost. This compost can be reused for your garden and to fertilize plants that are around your home. However, most people are a little hesitant when it comes to the composting toilet itself. In this article, we will explore this toilet and see if it is really worth it.

Why Composting Toilet Over Regular Toilet

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San Diego’s Land Barons Are Not Capable of Solving the Housing Affordability Crisis

June 25, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds

The housing market in San Diego is just a few short steps away from being a disaster. Take the latest guesstimate (8,000) of unhoused humans in the county and city, multiply it by twenty five, and it’s possible to visualize being just one stock market crash away from dystopia.

If your budget is highly stressed because of housing costs, you may as well make contingency plans for being homeless in San Diego.

This includes 28% of the renters (who pay more than half their income for housing) in San Diego County

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Rant: Point Loma Association Stirs the Pot With Ridicule of Peninsula Project Concerns

June 25, 2019 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The Point Loma Association or the PLA has begun publishing the “Peninsula News from PLA.” I was sent a copy this weekend. It seems the PLA is branching out a little from its traditional work of just beautifying Point Loma, which it has done admirably for decades.

The newest face at the PLA is former news anchorman, Clark Anthony, who uses his real name now, Clark Burlingame – Anthony was a stage name so to speak. The June 20, 2019 edition contained something that called for commentary but there is no mechanism for commenting directly to the Peninsula News from PLA.

One of the items covered was titled “Read Nexdoor? Cry? Laugh? Fume?” Here is how it opened:

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Only a Few Days Left to Apply for Grant from OB Town Council – Deadline Is June 30

June 25, 2019 by Staff

There’s only 5 days left – from today – to apply to the Ocean Beach Town Council for one of their yearly grants to local organizations, groups, and individuals that promote the general betterment and beautification of Ocean Beach and the welfare of its residents.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 30. Community Grants funding amounts range from $200 to $1,500.

To apply for an OBTC Community Grant, complete this ….

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‘Sneak Preview’ of New Peninsula Y at OB Town Council Meeting – Wed., June 26

June 25, 2019 by Staff

Come to the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting for a “sneak preview” of the renewed Peninsula YMCA. The Council holds their public meeting on Wednesday, June 26 at the Masonic Lodge, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. 7:00 pm.

The guest speaker at the meeting will be local YMCA Executive Director Jason Milosh, who will present the rendering for the upgrades to the existing structure, as well as an explanation of the good works the Y does for our community.

As always there will also be updates from our elected

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Legal Suit by Board Member Forces Peninsula Planners to Cancel June Meeting

June 24, 2019 by Staff

By Geoff Page

A very clear demonstration of how the legal system can be used to intimidate people, especially people who have had little exposure to the system, was apparent in the cancelled Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) meeting last Thursday, June 20. A board member filed a lawsuit naming the PCPB and the City in an alleged violation of his right to free speech. Here is what the PCPB posted on its website:

Due to the PCPB named as defendant in a Civil Rights Action case, Board and committee meetings may be adjourned until further notice. Please check the committee and board pages to see if adjournments have been posted. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to be back to normal operations soon.

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School District Explains Why Torrey Pines at Point Loma High School Were Chopped Down

June 24, 2019 by Source

After the OB Rag reported on Saturday, June 22 that the tall pine trees in front of Point Loma High School on Chatsworth Blvd were chopped down, a reader responded by sending what purports to be a letter from the district’s supervisor of facilities communication, Samir Naji. The letter was a response to an inquiry about the project.

“Thank you for your interest into our Point Loma High School Whole Site Modernization Phase 1 project.

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Summer Chronicles 2019 #1: June Gloom

June 24, 2019 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

In the summer of 1967, the great Brazilian writer, Clarice Lispector, began a seven-year stint as a writer for Jornal de Brasil (The Brazilian News) not as a reporter but as a writer of “chronicles,” a genre peculiar to Brazil. As Giovanni Pontiero puts it in the preface to Selected Chrônicas, a chronicle,

“allows poets and writers to address a wider readership on a vast range of topics and themes. The general tone is one of greater freedom and intimacy than one finds in comparable articles or columns in the European or U.S. Press.”

What Lispector left us with is an eccentric collection of “aphorisms, diary entries, reminiscences, travel notes, interviews, serialized stories, essays, loosely defined as chronicles.” As a novelist, Pontiero tells us, Lispector was anxious about her relationship with the genre, apprehensive of writing too much and too often, of, as she put it, “contaminating the word.” It was a genre alien to her introspective nature and one that challenged her to adapt.

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Tall Trees at Point Loma High School Chopped Down

June 22, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

At the end of this week as the school year came to a close, the San Diego Unified School District obliterated the tall, old trees that have framed the front of Point Loma High School for generations. Chopped them down, ground them up. Disappeared them.

All part of the renovation, no doubt, of parts of the school.

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2019 Music LineUp for the OB Street Fair – 4 Stages of Continuous Music

June 22, 2019 by Source

2019 MUSIC LINEUP

MAIN STAGE
Beer Garden/OB Pier Parking lot at foot of Newport Ave

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Colleen O’Connor Calls on San Diego City Council to Save Historic ‘Prairie Style’ House in Point Loma

June 21, 2019 by Source

Colleen O’Connor, a well-known retired college professor – and the sister of a former mayor of San Diego – has called on the City Council to save the historic “Prairie Style” house on San Fernando Street in Point Loma. O’Connor voiced her argument in a recent Times of San Diego post.

The 1912 house has been the center of attention lately as La Playa and other Point Loma residents are in the process of building a campaign to save it. The Save Our Heritage Organisation and La Playa Trail Association have both weighed in on the side of preservation.

O’Connor’s point of view is that ethnic communities in Point Loma, such as the Portuguese ” have faced an erosion of their heritage and the loss of their single-family residential neighborhoods, historical sites and irreplaceable architecture.” She cites as a close and recent example the campaign to save 310 San Fernando Street. O’Connor explains why the two-story one hundred year house is an architecturally significant “Prairie Style” home.

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Mike James: A Look at Past Ocean Beach Street Fairs and a ‘Radical’ Proposal for the Future

June 21, 2019 by Source

Back to the Future: A Proposal to Replace the OB Pier Fireworks Festival With A Light and Water Show

By Mike James

In 1980 I was 24 years old and part owner of the James Gang Custom T-Shirts with my brothers Ron, Rich, Greg and Pat. I was also serving my first term as the president of the Ocean Beach Merchants Association (later renamed Mainstreet Association).

As a new organization formed in 1978, we were looking for ways to promote the community. I had remembered watching the Fourth of July fireworks off the Ocean Beach Pier while on vacation in 1974. An event that ended a year later due to lack of sponsorship.

So in the spring of 1980 I proposed to a skeptical OBMA Board of Directors to bring back the fireworks.

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Meet the Ocean Beach Town Council

June 20, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s an opportunity to meet the members of the Ocean Beach Town Council – if you haven’t already – without getting out of your chair.

Over the last couple of months, the OB Rag has collected short biographical sketches of the members of the Board of Directors. We had asked them to answer a few basic questions, like where they grew up, their family, where they went to school, how they arrived in OB and why did they want to volunteer for the OB Town Council. We present edited versions of them below.

Mark Winkie – President of the OB Town Council

Mark – recently elected to be the president of the Board – has been with the OBTC Board for over four years; he most recently served as vice president. His recent handling of the public meetings as chair has demonstrated he’s a quick-thinker, adept at juggling different roles in front of a hundred people.

Mark grew up in and around London, across the Atlantic.

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Ocean Beach Town Council’s Letter to Mayor In Support of Non Toxic San Diego

June 20, 2019 by Source

Here is the letter to Mayor Faulconer from the Ocean Beach Town Council Board of Directors expressing support for Non Toxic San Diego and its efforts to change the city’s pesticide and herbicide use.

The letter, with the signature of Mark Winkie, the President of the OBTC, was in response to Non Toxic SD’s presentation and request for support at the most recent OBTC public meeting on May 22 about RoundUp. The Board then held its internal monthly meeting on June 12 and took a supportive stance. Winkie’s letter is also addressed to the City Council. City Attorney, and County Supervisor.

At the end, Mark has some nice words about San Diego with a caveat that hopefully appeals to Mayor Faulconer.

June 13, 2019

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Defaced Scooters Found in Ocean Beach

June 19, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Earlier this week, local station Fox5 found “Dozens of electric scooters and bikes were found damaged or defaced with inappropriate words in Ocean Beach Monday,”, adding the damaged scooters caused “a bit of an eyesore.” Of course, this reporter ignored the eyesores caused by dozens of scooters everywhere else.

Some of the scooters and bikes were spray-painted; for instance, one said, “Bird sucks”; others had spray-paint on their handles and sides. Others were damaged and weren’t able to be used. At least one scooter had a flat tire.

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Point Lomans Mobilize to Save Historic House

June 19, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Some residents in the La Playa area in Point Loma are scrambling in an effort to save an historic house from being demolished and turned into a new development.

The two-story old home at 310 San Fernando Street is a 1912 Prairie-style residence that local residents and the group Save Our Heritage Organization believe should be made “historic” to avoid the wrecking crew.

Apparently an elderly couple who owned the residence passed away and the property was bought by Thomas Gaeto of BG Consolidated, LLC in Escondido. Gaeto plans to demolish it and its smaller buildings and redevelop the large lot for three new small mansions.

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Holy Mole! Submerged Airliner Found Off Ocean Beach Pier

June 19, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OMG! A partially-submerged jet airliner has just been discovered just off the Ocean Beach Pier!

The news even made Newsweek online.

What’s going on? According to iDropNews:

Social media users on Twitter, Tik Tok, and Instagram are seemingly freaking out over what appears to be an underwater airplane near the pier in Ocean Beach, a coastal neighborhood located in San Diego County. But it’s not exactly what it appears to be.

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OB Historical Society Presents: Kate Sessions – Horticulturist, Landscaper and Florist for San Diego – Thurs., June 20

June 18, 2019 by Source

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Safe Parking Lot Opens in Mission Valley – First to Accommodate RVs

June 18, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Mission Valley parking lot for homeless who live in vehicles has finally opened.

Promised by Mayor Faulconer for months, the lot – located near the corner of Friars Road and Mission Village Drive – opened for the very first time at 6pm on Monday, June 17 . It will continue to operate between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and also is the first such lot that is open to people living in their RVs. The lot, part of the City of San Diego’s Safe Parking Lot” Program accommodates up to 80 RVs or 200 standard vehicles.

A statement from the mayor’s office read in part: “Like the other two parking sites, this lot will include access to case managers, housing specialists, and more.”

Services provided at the lot will focus on several areas, including: basic needs assistance, employment, family wellness, school success, financial education, credit repair and housing.

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OB Planning Sub-Committee to Review Cable Street and Sunset Cliffs Projects – Wed., June 19

June 18, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Project Review Committee of the OB Planning Board has two projects to review at its Wednesday, June 19, meeting. The volunteer panel meets at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave., at 6 pm.

1776 Cable Street

The first project is a CDP (Coastal Development Permit) for additions and alterations to the one-story single-family residence and the detached garage at 1776 Cable.

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