November 2019

Man Fatally Stabbed in Midway District on Thanksgiving – Police Release Photo of Suspect

November 29, 2019 by Source

On Thursday morning, Thanksgiving day, two men had an altercation in the Midway District outside a 7-Eleven on Sports Arena Blvd. One of the men used an unknown weapon to cause “significant injuries” to the other guy’s neck.

The unidentified victim was taken to a local hospital where the 55-year old man died.

The suspect is still at large. At one point police believed he was in a certain area around some businesses in the Midway but figured out by 9:15 a.m. he was not.

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General Rain Advisory in Effect – Avoid Ocean and Bay Waters for 72 Hours After Rain

November 29, 2019 by Source

General Rain Advisory in Effect

The Department of Environmental Health has issued a GENERAL RAIN ADVISORY for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to contamination by urban runoff following rain.

Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff – such as Dog Beach and the San Diego River.

Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided for 72 hours following rain. The most recent rain event occurred November 28, 2019.

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Power Outages Hit Point Loma and Ocean Beach on Black Friday

November 29, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

More than one thousand SDG&E customers lost their power in the Point Loma, Ocean Beach and Midway District on Friday.

Around 10 a.m. the outrage was first reported. Crews have yet to determine the cause of the outage and is under investigation.

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5 Years Ago in Ocean Beach – November 2014

November 27, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

For some, the Thanksgiving season is a time for reflection. So, we thought it would be far-out to take a walk down memory lane back to Ocean Beach in November 2014 – 5 years ago.

Katie Connor hitnrun10-12-14Fundraiser for Katie Connor Passes $10,000 as She Nears Complete Recovery

A fundraiser for OB hit-and-run victim Katie Connor at Pizza Port surpassed $10,000. …

The Widder Curry Finishes Her 3rd Cookbook

For the last 2 years, I have been working on my third, and final cookbook. …

Gas Prices Down, Solar Energy Production Up

Gas prices have dropped below $4.00 a gallon for the first time in several years.

Just Who Is Mindy Pellissier – “OB Citizen of the Year”?

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Ocean Beach Elementary Places Among Top 20% in School District for Math Scores

November 26, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

O.B.E. Is No.31 of 152 Schools

From Hoodline comes this positive story : Ocean Beach Elementary School has a math proficiency rating that places it No. 31 among the 152 elementary and community schools in the San Diego Unified School District.

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TV Station Goes Looking for Hard Drugs in Ocean Beach But Finds Only Weed – It Was ‘Worse’ in Sixties and Seventies

November 26, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

We love making fun of local TV stations. Especially when they whip into OB chasing down the latest controversy or scandal, usually having to do with people who are homeless or drugs – or better yet – both. The newscasters often project a total lack of institutional memory when they report on the latest, but they certainly know the expression “Ocean Beach is in the news again,” will turn heads towards thousands of TV sets across the city.

So it was last week when reporter Dan Plante from KUSI News set up his camera on the OB Pier

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Dave Hubbard Stole the Show at the 2019 Bodyboarding US Festival in Ocean Beach

November 26, 2019 by Source

From SurferToday / November 26, 2019

Dave Hubbard has taken out the inaugural Bodyboarding US Festival, at Ocean Beach, in San Diego, California.

The event gathered around 109 professional and amateur bodyboarders from all over the United States, including Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and at least six other countries.

Athletes competed across six divisions: pro open men, pro open women, pro open drop-knee, amateur junior men, amateur junior women, and masters. There was no shortage of waves during the two-day contest run by APB North America and Bodyboarding US.

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True or Not So True? That’s the Question.

November 26, 2019 by Judi Curry

Dispelling the Rumor Around Showering and Doing Laundry On Same Day

By Judi Curry

The last few days have seen comments on Next Door that pertain to Senate Bill 606 and Assembly Bill 1668 –the legality of showering and doing laundry on the same day, beginning January 1, 2020.

It is amazing how difficult it has been to check this out and see if it is true – or false. The best that I can tell is that former Governor Jerry Brown did sign these bills, but it is a falsehood about residents being penalized for showering and doing laundry on the same day.

The legislation imposes restrictions on water use on cities, water districts and some larger agricultural water districts. There is no truth to the rumor that California residents have been limited to

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The Outcome of the Senate Trial Is Not a Done Deal. Here’s Why.

November 26, 2019 by Source

By TokyoSand / Reposted from Political Charge via Words&Deeds

Do you remember the days and weeks leading up to the Senate’s vote on the disastrous Republican “repeal and replace” healthcare bill during Trump’s first year as president?

I do. Thousands of everyday Americans called their Senators, and attended town halls, and demanded meetings in their local offices, and wrote op-eds for their local papers, and more. We demanded to be heard on this incredibly important topic and we did not give up. Back in 2017, we had no reason to believe that the Republican Senators would vote the way Democrats wanted them to. But we cared a LOT about this issue and nothing was going to stop us.

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Papa Doug vs. the Enemy of the People

November 25, 2019 by Source

By Richard Riehl

I shook my head in disbelief three years ago, when I learned Douglas Manchester had been offered the position of ambassador to the Bahamas. President Trump made the announcement the day after he was sworn in.

I worked, briefly, for Papa Doug, his preferred moniker, seven years ago, after the real estate magnate bought San Diego’s North County Times.

After having witnessed his disaster as a newspaper publisher, I was delighted to see this week’s CBS News investigation, explaining how this country’s diplomatic corps escaped the embarrassment of an Ambassador Papa Doug. After Manchester donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration, his ambassadorship

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Thanksgiving and American Mythology

November 25, 2019 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

As we head into the holiday season in the midst of one of the most divisive cultural and political moments in U.S. history, many people might be looking to the long American tradition of Thanksgiving as a moment of solace that evokes national unity.

Unfortunately, just like the wholesome fantasies of the Golden Era of bipartisanship that never existed being sold in some political quarters, the story of the first Thanksgiving is equally mythological. It’s not just that tales of the first Thanksgiving that many of us learned in school or around our family dinner tables are largely inaccurate,

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News and Notices for Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Turkey Season 2019

November 22, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Jim Bell’s House Gets a Make-Over

The House of Jim Bell, named after OB’s famous environmentalist who recently passed, is getting a make over.

Intersection at Point Loma Ave and Santa Barbara a Dangerous One

Residents near the intersection of Point Loma Ave and Santa Barbara feel it’s a very dangerous one – too dangerous, despite the four-way stop. Why just this week a San Diego Fire-Rescue Lifeguard Services truck ended up on its side after a collision with

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There Exists a General Rain Advisory for All Coastal Waters of San Diego County – Including Ocean Beach and the Bays

November 22, 2019 by Source

There’s a general rain advisory in effect right now for all of San Diego County’s coastal waters. Please be advised to not go into the ocean waters of OB and the other beach areas due to high levels of bacteria from urban runoff. Especially the Dog Beach area since it’s the mouth of the San Diego River. This applies to dogs too. And it’s in effect for Mission Bay and San Diego Bay

This is from the County’s Department of Environmental Health and they say surfing, swimming and diving should be avoided for 72 hours following rain. The most rain fell November 20th, Wednesday – 48 hours ago.

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The OB James Gang Rides Again into Their Legend and Lore

November 22, 2019 by Staff

By Bob Edwards

“The Legend and Lore of the OB James Gang” was presented at the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s November meeting, Thursday, November 21st, all at Water’s Edge Faith Community on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. The program covered the business and personal histories of the James family whose printing business – The James Gang – and community involvement has had major effects on the Ocean Beach community since the late 70s and early 80s.

It was one of the most humorous and touching presentations yet provided by the OBHS

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Body of Missing 75-Year-Old Man Found Off Sunset Cliffs Near Hill Street

November 21, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Thursday morning, November 21, a 75-year-old man had been reported missing by his wife. She had told police that her husband had left their home around 5:40 a.m. and had not returned by 8:30 a.m.

Tragically, his body was found floating in the water at Sunset Cliffs near the foot of Hill Street. Police called lifeguards at about 12:30 p.m. to report a person in the water off the 1000 block of Sunset Cliffs, and Lifeguards brought his body ashore using a crane. The couple live a few blocks from where the body was found.

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As Republicans Push False Narrative that Helps Russia, Truth Comes Out: Trump Needs to Be Impeached to Save American Democracy

November 21, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

As the House committee holding impeachment hearings wrapped up probably their last witness testimony this afternoon, several truths have emerged.

Trump’s Republican allies on the Intelligence Committee have repeatedly pushed the infuriating false narrative that Ukraine was responsible for interfering in the US Presidential 2016 election, and in the process tried to discredit and malign witnesses like Lt Col Vindland and David Holmes – a narrative that helps Putin. But then they ran into Dr. Fiona Hill. Hill, the National Security Council Russia expert, laid into them.

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Drifting on the Winds of Love

November 21, 2019 by Ernie McCray

By Ernie McCray

I look at a picture of little boy me and it seems as though I’m about to gently rise and drift in the air.

And that’s how my life has seemed, like I’ve drifted in the air, on the winds of love, because I have truly been loved in my life.

Love is the first thing I ever felt – without knowing, of course, as a baby, that it was love I was feeling.

But I sure felt it, from my mother’s milk, from the soothing way she sang rock-a-by-baby” to put me to sleep.

From the feel of my “pinky” toe being wiggled and the bottom of my feet tickled while she sang about some little piggy crying “wee wee wee” all the way home to greet me when I awakened from my sleep.

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San Diego City Parks Department Announces Pilot Project of 3 Organic Parks – One at Liberty Station

November 21, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego City Parks Department has just announced it will install a pilot project of three organic parks, one of which will be established at the Liberty Station NTC Park at 2455 Cushing Road. The organic parks will be run under an organic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy.

This move – finally – by the City and its Park Department is in direct response to a campaign by the San Diego Non Toxic Neighborhoods organization. The group was begun by Anne Jackson Hefti who started a petition addressed to Mayor Faucloner pleading for the city to get rid of toxic poisons, like RoundUp, at its parks, beaches and recreation areas, and to instill IPMs.

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Rainbow Over Ocean Beach

November 21, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

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US House Judiciary Approves Bill to Legalize Marijuana on Federal Level

November 20, 2019 by Source

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Wednesday that legalizes marijuana on the federal level, removing it from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, according to CNBC today.

The legislation, which passed 24 to 10, has a high chance of approval in the full House where Democrats control the chamber with 234 seats. It’s likely to face a tougher battle in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes marijuana legalization. The legislation allows states to

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San Diego’s Historical Preservation Group Adds Point Loma’s Piers to ‘Most Endangered’ List

November 20, 2019 by Source

The Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO), San Diego’s premier historical preservation group, has added the La Playa Piers along the Point Loma Bayfront to their 2019 list of endangered historic resources. Here is what SOHO says generally about their yearly list:

SOHO releases a list of endangered sites throughout San Diego County each year to raise public awareness about the valuable historic and cultural resources that are currently threatened with demolition or irreparable alteration by development, deterioration, or neglect.

SOHO has a 50-year track record of saving important historic buildings, sites, and landscapes

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City Council Voted Unanimously to Deny Ocean Beach Appeal on Dog Beach Ramp – Campbell Made Motion

November 19, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Minutes ago, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to reject the appeal by the Ocean Beach Planning Board to block the City’s plans to spend $1.1 million in building a Dog Beach ADA ramp. The project will now move forward despite this opposition by the community.

Councilwoman Jen Campbell of District 2 – OB’s district – after about a minute’s worth of discussion – made the motion to deny the appeal.

This has been a contentious issue between OB and the city;

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The Legend and Lore of the O.B. James Gang – Thursday, November 21, 2019

November 19, 2019 by Source

As Ocean Beach celebrates the 40th Annual Ocean Beach Christmas Tree and Holiday Parade, here is your opportunity to meet the family that not only started this holiday event but were instrumental in other cherished O.B. traditions as well – the OB James Brothers & Family, referred lovingly as “the OB James Gang”.

Join brothers Ron, Greg, Mike, Pat, and sister-in-law Susan as they reminisce about the trials and tribulations of working together in a family business while also trying to make a positive impact on the community.

For over four decades, the James family has been an integral part of the Ocean Beach community. They were instrumental in the founding of the Ocean Beach Merchants Association (now the O.B. Mainstreet Association) and the Ocean Beach Historical Society.

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Emails Lead to Papa Doug’s Fall From GOP Grace

November 19, 2019 by Doug Porter

RNC Cuts Ties to San Diego’s Real Estate Mogul “Papa Doug” Manchester

By Doug Porter / Words&Deeds / Nov. 18, 2019

The Republican National Committee has cut all ties with San Diego real estate mogul “Papa Doug” Manchester. They’ve refunded his most recent contributions and denounced his behavior as “totally inappropriate.”

It appears as though Papa Doug broke one of the few rules enforced at the White House these days; he got caught.

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Run for a Seat on Ocean Beach People’s Food Board of Directors

November 19, 2019 by Source

From November 2019 Newsletter – Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market

[Editordude’s note: the following appeal is directed at People’s members.]

People’s Co-op’s Board of Directors (the board) is made up of member-owners like you. There are four open seats to be filled in the upcoming election, which will conclude at People’s Annual Meeting in April, 2020.

Qualifications include an interest in the continued success of People’s Co-op, experience working cooperatively in a group, and the willingness and ability to make a regular time commitments. Each director contributes approximately five to ten hours per month for up to a three year term. Most meetings are held on Monday evenings after 5 p.m. A few times a year, directors are required to attend weekend events such as People’s Annual Meeting and People’s Birthday Party.

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The Name ‘Sunset Cliffs Natural Park’ Is Now a Joke

November 19, 2019 by Staff

By Geoff Page

In October of last year, I did some checking on why the Sunset Cliffs Park project was not yet finished. I contacted the city and the emails that follow tell the story. I’m not using the person’s name because there is no reason to cause him any difficulty as some of his responses might. This is a really sorry tale.

Oct. 16, 2018 – the response I got to my initial inquiry:

The contractor has been waiting for some materials that required a long lead time to obtain. These materials are scheduled to be delivered on site next week. The contractor intends to resume working full time on site starting this Friday or at the latest on Monday October 22nd.

Planting will begin the first week in November and will be done in two phases. Planting will likely continue through January, weather permitting.

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Ocean Beach Planning Board’s Appeal of Dog Beach ADA Ramp Project Before City Council – Tuesday, Nov.19

November 18, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Planning Board appealed the city’s Dog Beach ADA Ramp “Improvement” Project. This appeal goes before the City Council on Tuesday, November 19, at 2pm.

Readers are familiar with this story. It is true that the OB Planning Board “is going toe-to-toe with the City of San Diego” over the city’s plans to spend $1.1 million upgrading an accessibility ramp onto Dog Beach in OB. The OB Rag has been covering the issue since it appeared before OB planners in early August (see our report here) and was shot down with a 12-1-1 to vote, and our writer, Geoff Page, examined the issues involved and came up with this conclusion:

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Trump Engaged in Witness Tampering During Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Testimony

November 18, 2019 by Source

By Marjorie Cohn/ Truthout / Nov. 18, 2019

As former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified in the House impeachment inquiry to evidence of abuse of power by Donald Trump, he tweeted insulting allegations against her in real time. Trump’s tweets defensively attempted to justify his decision to abruptly pull the veteran diplomat out of Ukraine two months before her scheduled departure date.

His decision to recall Yovanovitch was part of Trump’s pattern of corrupt behavior of tying foreign policy decisions in Ukraine to his own political interests.

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Public Workshop on How San Diego Airport Reduces Noise – Thurs., Nov. 21, Liberty Station

November 18, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Residents of Ocean Beach and Point Loma may want to know how the San Diego Airport is working to reduce noise.

If so, there will be a public workshop on the update to the Part 150 study process, Thursday, November 21 from 4-7 pm at the Airport Noise office, 2722 Truxtun Road in Liberty Station.

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The Widder Curry Goes to Dirty Birds

November 18, 2019 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Dirty Birds Bar & Grille
1929 Cable Street
Ocean Beach, CA 92107

“Positively Negative or Negative Positivity?”

By Judi Curry

Have you ever stood over a sink where one side had hot water in it and the other side had cold water in it and you have your hands in both sides of water? If you haven’t let me tell you that the brain does not really know how to register the sensation. That is how this review will pan out – good and bad equates to what?

It was another get-together of three widows going out to lunch together on a relatively cool, windless day. There are many new restaurants in the Ocean Beach area, and I remember a long time ago eating at a Dirty Birds somewhere in San Diego. As I recalled, the food was good, but we never went back, probably because it was far from our house.
First of all there were over twenty people in the restaurant when we walked in.

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