OB’s Holiday Tree for 2023 goes up at the foot of Newport Avenue, Tuesday, November 28. A short vid by Charles Landon.

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A 37-year-old woman training to become a firefighting by swimming at night has gone missing from Dog Beach, her mother says, as reported by 10News. Amy D’Angelo texted her mom, Becky Obayashi, Wednesday night that she was going swimming at Dog Beach.

She took an Uber to Dog Beach with her black lab Charlie the night before Thanksgiving. The next day, Becky says police only found only Charlie and her sweatpants waiting at the shore. “He was half in the water at the shore, looking at the ocean,” Obayashi said of D’Angelo’s dog, Charlie.

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ABC10News / Nov. 27, 2023

A recent study ranks San Diego to be the worst city in the U.S. when it comes to parking availability.

FINN, a car subscription service says that the city has the lowest parking score because there is limited amenities at the parking lots in the city, including charging stations for electric vehicles and wheelchair accessibility.

According to the study:

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by Ben Christopher / CalMatters / November 28, 2023

In the minds of most Californians, accessory dwelling units — ADUs, short — bring to mind words like “small,” “subtle” and “cute.”

None of which describe the side-by-side ADU duplexes on E Street.

Perched at the edge of San Diego’s desirable Golden Hill neighborhood, there’s nothing dainty or diminutive about these three-story structures. “Backyard cottage” is another term used to describe accessory dwelling units, but these are out front, practically hiding the five-unit multiplex to which they are technically “accessory.”

Like dozens of small and not-so-small apartment buildings across San Diego, the structures on E Street are ADUs in only one way: They were permitted under the city’s ADU Bonus Program.

The city’s one-of-a-kind ordinance offers landlords a one-for-one deal. If they agree to construct an ADU and keep the rent low enough for San Diegans making under a certain income, they’re automatically permitted to build a second “bonus” unit, which they can rent at whatever price they like.

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SanDiegoVille reports that Lighthouse Ice Cream on Newport in OB was forced to close following an electrical fire on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. No one was injured but the well-known parlor suffered substantial smoke and water damage and two of the parlor’s freezers melted in the blaze.

Carol Ladiges, the owner, hopes her place will re-open in early to mid-December. Known for its hot waffle ice cream sandwich, Lighthouse Ice Cream is located at 5059 Newport Avenue, Suite #102.

Here is background on the parlor:

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Rising Sea Levels Will Impact Sports Arena Redevelopment — Midway Rising to Hold Workshop on Nov. 29 at Jacobs Center

November 20, 2023 by Source

CBS8 News – YouTube/  Nov 16, 2023

Midway Rising will hold an informational workshop on November 29 for residents to learn more about the project and to ask any questions.
The workshop will be held at Celebration Hall at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
located at 404 Euclid Ave.

Sea levels are rising. That spells trouble for low-lying areas throughout the region, none more so than in San Diego’s Midway District and surrounding areas.

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More on Loma Portal’s Vintage Street Lamps

November 27, 2023 by Source

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San Diego Lifeguards Unveil New ‘Life-Saving’ Scanner – the AquaEye

November 27, 2023 by Source

To help with in-water rescues and hopefully cut the time it takes lifeguards and dive teams to find a swimmer in need, the San Diego lifeguard service announced it has acquired two AquaEye scanners designed to use ultrasound and artificial intelligence technologies to point rescuers in the right direction.

The scanners, unveiled Wednesday at the lifeguard headquarters at Mission Bay, where Lt. Rick Romero, San Diego lifeguards dive team leader, compared the device to a flashlight or a thermal detector used by firefighters in that it emits a beam that can register information with the device.

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Loma Portal Residents Protest Removal of Historic Lampposts

November 27, 2023 by Staff

On Wednesday, November 22, nearly 50 Loma Portal residents surrounded an historic lamppost in the middle of the street, linked hands and chanted, “Save our street lamps!” At one point, the protesters began moving around the street lamp. They formed up for a brief rally and a couple of people spoke.

Earlier, locals had noticed city crews taking down lampposts near Poinsettia and Lotus. Some are older than 100 years. And the call went out to gather – by phone and email and Nextdoor.

And gather they did. People like Elaine Burrell helped organize the protest. She shared her sentiment and those of her neighbors with CBS8:

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The Rose Creek Native Plant Garden Has Some Very Good Friends

November 22, 2023 by Source

The Rose Creek Native Plant Garden has some very good friends, the nonprofit Friends of Rose Creek who judiciously maintain it and support it by being its custodian.

Friends accomplish this task, in part, through hosting work parties on the second Saturday of every month.

PB social activist and environmentalist, Karin Zirk, is the founder and current executive director of Friends of Rose Creek. If you’re lucky, you’ll get on one of her conducted tours of the native plant garden where she’ll explain the origin of the garden, its purpose, and the joys – and challenges – of keeping it properly tended.

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60 Years of the Big Lie – the Cover-Up of the JFK Assassination – Part 2

November 22, 2023 by Frank Gormlie
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By Frank Gormlie (Updated version of original published 10 years ago)

It’s been 60 years since the end of Camelot and we are told it was the end of the “idealism of the Sixties”.

Well, it has been sixty years, and it’s been 60 years of the Big Lie – the Big Lie that Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman, and that Kennedy’s killer was then killed himself – which wraps it all up rather nicely, – case closed. The Big Lie is the Warren Commission Report – and all its apologists and defenders.

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Surfrider Was Born 40 Years Ago — Here’s Its History

November 22, 2023 by Source

40 years ago a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.

Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations with a volunteer-activist network dedicated to its mission to protect and enjoy the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Today, the Surfrider Foundation has over 200 chapters and student clubs …

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City: OB Pier to Be Closed Through Early 2024

November 22, 2023 by Source

The city of San Diego announced Wednesday, Nov. 22, that it will keep the Ocean Beach Pier closed through early next year as a result of recent damage and the potential for additional impairment during the upcoming storm season.

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Today Is the Anniversary of the Assassination of President John Kennedy — 60 Years Now of ‘The Big Lie’ — Part 1

November 22, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

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Here is the first part of a 2-part series about the assassination of President John Kennedy written 10 years ago.

By Frank Gormlie — originally posted Nov. 22, 2013

Fifty years ago this Friday, the 22nd of November, I walked out of my English class at Point Loma High School and full of disgust threw my brown bag full of lunch away in a trash can. I felt sick to my stomach and couldn’t bare to think ab0ut eating – we had just heard that the President had been shot by someone from an overpass  while he was riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

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Fun New Fact: Rolling Stone’s Next American Tour Sponsored by AARP

November 21, 2023 by Source

The Rolling Stones are wasting little time hitting the road to promote “Hackney Diamonds,” the legendary English band’s first album of new songs since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang” — and its first since the 2021 death of the group’s drummer, Charlie Watts.

The tour will open with an April 28 concert at NRG Stadium in Houston and conclude with a July 17 performance near San Francisco at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

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New Study Shows Coastal Air Quality in San Diego and Tijuana Is Unsafe

November 21, 2023 by Source

By María José Durán / San Diego Magazine / Nov. 21, 2023

Some Californians rejoice when rain falls—but surfers aren’t among them. San Diegans have known for a long time that swimming in the ocean after a storm is a risk to their health, since runoff can send contaminants streaming into the sea. But recent discoveries are bringing to light that swimming or surfing in bacteria-contaminated water is no longer the only way to get exposed. Just walking on the beach—or merely existing near the coast—can make people sick.

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Wade’s World of Cannabis Seeds

November 21, 2023 by Source

Roll Up For Cannabis Equity – A Monthly Column

By Terrie Best

I met Wade years ago at a cannabis activist meeting and he stood out when he volunteered to host a seed exchange for patients who would like to grow for themselves. That generosity, very typical of Wade, eventually morphed into a really fun activist action at the first ever Cannabis Row at Earth Day in Balboa Park.

Earth Day is held every year around April 20th which of course begs for a cannabis presence. The legal market had begun to flex its PR and marketing muscle beyond the back pages of The Reader and Cannabis Row at Earth Day goes down in San Diego history as one of the first mainstream weed events. A win. After all, it was 2017!

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Issue from 2015 Ocean Beach Community Plan Update Point of Contention in Recent Approval of Barrio Logan Community Plan

November 21, 2023 by Source

Importance of community plans and local planning boards highlighted in tentative approval of Barrio Logan’s long-awaiting community growth plans

With the recent approval of Barrio Logan’s long-awaited community growth plan, it came to note that City staff raised similar concerns with affordable hotel policies in 2015 when the Ocean Beach growth blueprint was being considered. At that time, then-Coastal Commissioners agreed to remove those policies — but current commissioners say that eight years later, the city still has yet to come forward with a comprehensive, citywide ordinance.

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Shop Local Ocean Beach — Saturday Nov. 25

November 21, 2023 by Source

This year, Small Business Saturday lands on Nov. 25. In brief, the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association’s annual Small Business Saturday celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’re also hosting a scavenger hunt bingo game where shoppers will need to find parrot images at select businesses to win gift cards and prizes.

The association will also have a booth in front of the OB Mall where shoppers can submit receipts of $50 or more spent at Ocean Beach businesses for a chance to win gift cards. Booth visitors can also enter to win a holiday basket. Go here for more.

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Judge Denies Request to Disqualify San Diego County DA from Unbalanced Protest Prosecution

November 20, 2023 by Source

City News Service – KPBS / November 17, 2023

On Friday, a judge denied a request from defense attorneys to remove the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office from the prosecution of a group of anti-fascists charged in connection with a 2021 Pacific Beach protest that broke out into brawls.

[Go here for background.]

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Ocean Beach Holiday Parade Just Around the Corner –Sat., December 2nd — Volunteers Needed

November 20, 2023 by Source

Make Parade Magic Happen in OB…

The 2023 Ocean Beach Holiday Parade is just around the corner! As we countdown to the big day, we’re rallying the community’s support to create an unforgettable experience.

At the heart of this parade is the generous spirit of the Ocean Beach community. It takes a small army—over 100 dedicated volunteers—to breathe life into this event.

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New Optional Calif Law Allows ADUs to Be Sold Separately – Will San Diego Adopt It?

November 20, 2023 by Source

By Phillip Molnar / San Diego Union-Tribune Subscriber-only/ Nov. 19, 2023 

A new law allows Californians to buy and sell ADUs as a separate entity. The question is — will cities in San Diego County go for it? The optional statewide law, AB 1033, was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in mid-October, and allows accessory dwelling units, sometimes called granny flats, to be sold separately — and, presumably, at a lower price than your average home. The thinking is it could give low- to moderate-income Californians a chance at homeownership. … Now, it’s a matter of what municipality wants to enact the law when it takes effect in January.

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The ‘Mango Caper’ – Wider Curry Victimized by Next Door Work Crew

November 20, 2023 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

Let me start by saying that there are many different kinds of “victims.” Some are extremely serious; some are annoying; some are worthy of complaint to the right people.  Some “victims” find relief in many different ways.  This “victim” – me – hopes to find relief by writing about a situation that festers as each minute goes by.  I realize that some of you will think I have blown this completely out of proportion; others of you will scoff at my feelings, but I, personally, will feel better and, at this time, that is all I can ask for.

I am known as a “jammer” amongst my friends and relatives.  I have 18 fruit trees and make jam year round.  Some I sell; some I give away, and an awful lot we eat.  I pride myself in the varieties I make, and have yet to find someone tell me that the jam was not tasty.  I love trying new fruits and wines; and even mark potential calendar days to begin a new batch.

One of my most memorable jams is my mango. 

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In Truth With His ‘Vermin’ Speech, Trump Threatens a New Civil War If Elected

November 17, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

By now many perhaps have heard about candidate Trump’s infamous “vermin” speech from last weekend. It was one of those clarifying moments that every American citizen needs to know about, one of those moments that explicitly defines the situation the country faces and finds itself in.

The Republican Party’s front-runner for president spoke at a Veterans Day speech in New Hampshire and in front of the microphone intentionally declared that if he became president he would “root out” his opponents – the left – calling them “vermin”, that they’re destroying America and represent the most dangerous and grave threat facing the country. It was not a spontaneous expression or off-the-cuff; it was deliberate and was repeated on his social media.

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Local Media Coverage of the ‘Point Loma Revolt’

November 17, 2023 by Source

Here is local coverage by TV stations on Thursday night’s “Point Loma Revolt,” at the monthly meeting of the Peninsula Community Planning Board.

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As San Diego struggles with shelter bed availability for the homeless, people in the Point Loma community are speaking out against the city’s plan for a new shelter near Liberty Station that could accommodate hundreds. Dozens of residents showed up to the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s (PCPB) meeting Thursday night at the Point Loma Library to express their opposition to a proposal that would turn Barracks H, a 5-acre lot on the southeast side of Liberty Station next to the airport, into a mixed-used homeless shelter.

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Friday, Nov. 17 Is Deadline to Comment on Dangerous ‘Plan Hillcrest’ Draft

November 17, 2023 by Source

By Mat Wahlstrom / Times of San Diego / Nov. 17, 2023

Friday, November 17, is the deadline for submitting public comment on the Plan Hillcrest draft that will be moved forward to the San Diego Planning Commission.

Launched in 2020, allegedly to address the 11-acre area around the Hillcrest sign that had been carved out of the 2016 Uptown Community Plan, Plan Hillcrest warped into a do-over community plan covering 400 of the 2,700 acres in the Uptown planning area.

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Harrison Ford: ‘I’m the Same Age as Biden.’

November 16, 2023 by Source

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Starbucks Workers Strike Thursday, Nov.16 in San Diego and Across Country in ‘Red Cup Rebellion’

November 16, 2023 by Source

Starbucks’ annual “Red Cup Day” may be accompanied with long wait times Thursday, Nov. 16 instead of holiday cheer.

Thousands of workers, including some in San Diego, are planning to strike while demanding the coffee giant comes to the bargaining table in regards to staffing and scheduling concerns.

The Workers United union proclaimed the day as the “Red Cup Rebellion,” choosing the date because it’s one of Starbucks’ busiest days of the year. Annually, those who order a holiday drink of this day receive a reusable cup.

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‘Power San Diego’ Begins Campaign to Replace SDG&E With Non-Profit for Ballot Measure in Nov. 2024

November 16, 2023 by Source

The Power San Diego Campaign today published its initiative to replace SDGE in the City with a not-for-profit, publicly-owned electric utility. Signature gathering to qualify the initiative for the City’s November 2024 ballot will begin in December.

“This is a campaign for those tired of paying the nation’s highest electric rates, for those tired of paying to provide more than $1 million of profits every day pocketed by SDGE,” said Bill Powers, chairman of the ballot campaign. “It’s a campaign to cut utility bills and tap the enormous rooftop solar potential in our community. ”

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