After a long 10 hour day of hearings, the San Diego City Council by Tuesday night could not find the 5 votes needed to set policy on short term vacation rentals.

Finally, after no majority vote on any of the proposed ordinances came to fruitation, council President Myrtle Cole ended the hearing. What comes next is unclear.

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At least 5 fires – intentionally set – have plagued Ocean Beach and Point Loma over the last few days. And SDPD arson investigators believe it is one person or group. All the fires were set in alleys and have caused more than $120,000 in damage.

Up to now, police have no descriptions of the arsonist.

All the fires were set at night, the two most recent on early Monday, the 11th, and only about 15 minutes apart. Here’s a breakdown of the fires and their locations:

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The San Diego City Council is holding their hearing on short term vacation rentals Tuesday, December 12th at 10:00 am in Golden Hall at 202 C Street.

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Welcome to the future.

That’s the thing I’ve been thinking to myself as the frenetic news cycle over the past year has veered from political chaos to natural disaster and back again in a vertigo-inducing downward spiral. Increasing social division domestically as the rich pillage the rest of us, the intensified threat of international conflict, the brazen plundering of the commons, and utter disdain for the natural world amidst a myriad of sexual harassment scandals and horrifying mass shootings are punctuated by catastrophic natural disasters from the epic fires to supercharged hurricanes and yet more fearsome firestorms.

Reality is exceeding the capacity of our dystopian imaginations.

Now the Southern California fires are bringing it all very close to home as we turn on the news and see the city of Hollywood disasters ablaze in spectacular fashion. As a young man, growing up in Los Angeles, I must have driven the stretch of freeway by the Getty Museum thousands of times so it was surreal to see, as Eric Hothaus put it in Rolling Stone “the 405 freeway, one of L.A.’s busiest . . . transformed into a dystopian hellscape during the morning commute.”

But of course, despite the temptation to see a flurry of terrifying fires and other natural disasters as an aberration, they are not. Indeed, they are the new normal.

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Burglary Suspect Killed by Police in Sunset Cliffs Area Wanted to Commit Suicide

December 11, 2017 by Source

From San Diego Patch San Diego police shot and killed a break-in suspect in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood, police said on Twitter. Officers responded to the scene just after 6 a.m. Sunday for reports that someone was trying to enter at least one home on the 1300 block of Trieste Drive, police said in a […]

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The Coast Is Toast – If Inland San Diego City Councilmembers Get Their Way on Vacation Rentals

December 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

City Council Decision on December 12th Will Decide Future of Ocean Beach and Other Coastal Communities

If San Diego City Councilmembers from inland districts get their way and legalize short term vacation rentals with hardly any restrictions, coastal neighborhoods like Ocean Beach will be inundated with a flood of new such rentals. And it could have a devastating impact on OB, uprooting the sparse housing stock and turning entire sections of the community into “Airbnb Beach”.

The City Council meets on Tuesday, December 12th, and come hell or high water, will make policy on vacation rentals that day.

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Volunteers Needed for the Annual Ocean Beach Food and Toy Drive During ‘Season of Love’ – Dec. 11 – Dec. 16

December 6, 2017 by Staff

Volunteers to pack and deliver boxes and wrap gifts join in the magic of the OB Holidays during the “Season of Love !”

From OBTC:

OB Food & Toy Drive

The OB Food and Toy Drive – coordinated by the Ocean Beach Town Council – provides assistance to over 90 local families and seniors in need during the holidays.

The OBTC partners with community groups and volunteers to package a week’s worth of groceries, care packages and new gifts and toys for those in need of help during the holidays.

The Food & Toy Drive will take place the week of Dec. 11 – Dec. 16. Volunteers are needed over the course of the week meeting to sort toys and food and get them all delivered.

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A Look at Climate Change Effects On San Diego County

December 7, 2017 by Source

By Cynthia Wootton and Angela Deegan / SanDiego350

A recent presentation by Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan of UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography on climate change held locally (at the San Diego City Council Environment Committee meeting), made us wonder what climate change might look like here in San Diego County.

Typically, weather events will conform to two characteristics of climate change: more extreme and, generally, more frequent weather events.

Heat Spells

With climate change, “heat spells increase in temperature, frequency and duration, while cold spells decrease.” And it’s probable that more of the heatwaves will be humid — according to Alexander Gershunov, and others at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

On June 20, 2017, NBC 7 reported that Ocotillo Wells, a desert city, “hit an all-time high of 124 degrees, breaking the all-time San Diego County high of 122 set in 2016” and was ”only 10 degrees shy of the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth.”

Water shortages

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Short Term Vacation Rentals – the Numbers Don’t Look Good for Ocean Beach

December 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The numbers of vacation rentals in Ocean Beach don’t look good.

Numbers compiled by the group Save San Diego Neighborhoods were announced at the recent rally against short term vacation rentals in OB – and the crowd was not pleased.

For the month of October, OB had 387 total AirBNB listings (source AirDNA from October) and of these, 325 were listed as whole units.

The same month, VRBO had 212 listings (source VRBO).

A couple of smaller sites, such as Nancy with 6 (source her website) and Jonah Mechanic with 6 add to the total (neither Nancy or Jonah list on AirBNB because they have their own sites).

So we have a total of

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Facebook Minions, Greedy Old Perverts, and the War on Women

December 6, 2017 by Doug Porter

There Is No #NotMe Here

Yesterday I learned to be careful about writing the lede and headline for a story tackling the subject of misogyny. Alex Zaragoza at City Beat wrote something about all men having a degree of complicity in sexism and its more extreme manifestations and was silenced for doing so.

It didn’t take long for Facebook’s content moderation team to remove the article from City Beat’s social media postings. It seems as though the headline “Dear Dudes, You’re All Trashinfringes on the rights of white men, who are considered a protected group on the platform, according to a six-month-old

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Audubon Society: Mission Bay Planners Okay City’s Misguided Plan for De Anza

December 6, 2017 by Source

Park Committee Votes to Advance Draft Plan that Fails to Address Sea Level Rise to EIR Process

Edited from San Diego Audubon Society:

At the Mission Bay Park Committee hearing held on Tuesday, December 5th, a divided Mission Bay Park Committee narrowly approved a plan for the redevelopment of De Anza Cove over objections from hundreds of community members. The Park Committee took action to approve “alternative 2,” which forwards the plans to a formal environmental review process with the City.

Representatives from San Diego Audubon joined Campland on the Bay, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California State Coastal Conservancy in opposing the two proposed alternative plans offered by the City of San Diego.

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NRA America: The ‘Soft Target’ for Terrorism

December 5, 2017 by Source

By Beau Grosscup,

We have seen it coming.

Starting in 2009, the massacres at Virginia Tech, Binghamton, N.Y, Foot Hood, TX, Sandy Hook, Conn, Washington D.C, Charleston, SC, San Bernardino, CA and Orlando FL along with many ‘minor’ shootings too numerous to list, provided strong evidence that American society was becoming a ‘soft target’ for domestic terrorists.

The Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas massacres, that combined killed 111 and wounded 509 people, confirm it. The domestic American landscape has become a virtual ‘free-fire zone.’ Occasionally the terrorists are from foreign lands, but most often it is American citizens, armed with assault weapons, who wreck havoc in the ‘zone.’

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OB Planners: Wed., Dec. 6th – Vacation Rentals, 4-Hour Parking Limits at Pier and Dog Beach, Possible Suspension of Member

December 5, 2017 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets Wednesday, December 6th, and by the looks of it, the agenda is full of controversy – but no development projects. The Board meets at the OB Rec Center at 6pm.

First of all, the Board will determine if it has to take action against a Board member, Richard Aguirre, for his multiple absences. According to the Board bylaws, if a member misses sufficient meetings without cause, he or she can be suspended or removed.

Also, there are several issues regarding parking. One of them may have the Board looking at restricting parking at the OB Pier and at the lot at Dog Beach to 4 hours. The Board is to review the impact of unrestricted parking at these two lots and possibly request the city to install signs limiting parking to 4 hours. If passed, this would be the first move to limit daytime parking. Unrestricted parking could be more of an issue at the Pier.

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Restaurant Review : To The Point – Where Ocean Beach and Point Loma Meet

December 5, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review –

To The Point
4161 Voltaire Street
San Diego, CA 92107
619-226-6222

The one thing that really impressed me when I ate at To the Point several years ago was the slices of cucumber in their drinking water. I remember at the time it tasted so refreshing that to this day I still add a slice or two in my own water at home. But is pretty much all that I remembered from my eating there then so didn’t know what to expect this time.

Today two of the widow’s from my support group – Candy and Irene – and I got together to have lunch, and I had been asked just this morning if I had had a meal at this restaurant. She told me that the Chef had been changed; the service was better, and the menu and food was very good. I had no trouble deciding where we would go after we met at 11:00am. … Yes. The restaurant has really changed.

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Taxing Our Democracy: The GOP Plan is Part of a Larger Assault on Democratic Institutions

December 5, 2017 by Jim Miller

Back during the halcyon days of the Obama administration, political scientists Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University published a seminal study on American democracy that illustrated that:

Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. .

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Photos from OB’s Holiday Parade ‘California Dreamin’ ‘

December 4, 2017 by Staff

Better late than never. Here are some great photos of the OB Holiday Parade – “California Dreamin'”. Most are by Adam Ewing and a couple by Joe Ewing [no relation].

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Meeting Back On About City’s Plans for De Anza Cove – Tues. Dec. 5th

December 4, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The meeting on what some call the “City’s flawed De Anza plans” is about to happen, as the City presents its proposals before the Mission Bay Park Committee on Tuesday, December 5, at Mission Bay High School, at 6pm (2475 Grand Avenue, San Diego 92109).

This is a continuation of the meeting originally scheduled for November 7th but which was cancelled at the very last minute.

The OB Rag was waving the flag at the time trying to get the attention of OBceans and Point Lomans to get involved in planning in OB’s neglected “side yard” – Mission Bay, “It’s time for Ocean Beach and Point Loma to pay attention to Mission Bay“. Important decisions are coming right up – and they will affect everyone in the surrounding communities.

Why now?

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Is the City Council About to Make OB’s ‘Gateway Park’ Part of Mission Bay Park?

December 4, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Is the City Council about to make OB’s “Gateway Park” part of Mission Bay Park?

You know, that small slice of land that used to be a pizza place off to your right as you drive into OB on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard? This little park has a history of its own controversies – but now it’s besieged by yet another.

On the docket at the San Diego City Council

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OB Alley Walkabout

December 4, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Ocean Beach alleys.

Stretching from the hill to the edge of the ocean.

Gritty concrete and dirt byways where we stash our trash and hide ugly utility poles.

In our alleys you’ll find kids playing on skate ramps or shooting hoops, yard sales, entrances to granny flats, old school garages, and converted sheds.

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Reader Rant: ‘Non-Partisan’ Forum Slanted for Republican in San Diego District Attorney Race

December 4, 2017 by Source

Dear People of Color: When They Say ‘Tough on Crime’ They Mean Tough on Your Children’s Futures’

By Terrie Best

While following local politics I was surprised to find intelligent people right here in urban San Diego who will vote against their own interests. This particular anomaly is one I’d long ago set aside for white people in the rural south – the ones who are in bad need of dental check-ups but nevertheless want Obama Care repealed. When I hear of communities targeted by law enforcement I assume their leaders will be savvy enough to seek out and oppose the perpetrators of racist practices in the justice system.

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‘Lock Them Up’ Sign Appears Over Northbound I-5 into Downtown San Diego

December 4, 2017 by Staff

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Scenes From the OB Holiday Auction at Sunshine Co.

December 1, 2017 by Source

Editor’s Note: Here are photos from the 2017 OB Holiday Auction held at the Sunshine Co. last night – Nov. 30th – taken by Larry Wasserman. I don’t think Larry knows the names of all the people he photographed – and neither do we, so if you recognize someone, please let us know in a comment. We also understand that the annual auction to raise funds for the OB Town Council Food & Toy Drive broke the last record in total raised.

Photo Gallery by Larry Wasserman

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Waiting for Dark Clouds to Lift Someday

December 1, 2017 by Ernie McCray

Black-and-white photo of landscape dominated by cloudy sky and lone telephone pole

As I go along day to day, trying to move beyond the dark clouds that hover over me, I find myself indulging in reviving a few precious memories.

I see me in chorus in junior high school. Mr. Sidney Dawson is coaxing us to “sing it like you mean it” with a soulful expression on his face as he holds his hands over his heart.

I’ll always remember the day when we showed up at the Pioneer Hotel to perform, and the bellman said, “I can’t let you colored people come through the front door.”

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Ocean Beach Man Brings ‘No Target in OB’ to Target Headquarters in Minnesota

December 1, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Noah DesRosiers was in Minnesota for Thanksgiving last weekend – where his girlfriend is from. It’s also where Target has its corporate headquarters.

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OB’s Walk of Shame – Highlighting Vacation Rentals in the Heart of the Ocean Beach Airbnb Empire

November 30, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

At a rally against short term vacation rentals in Ocean Beach, the OB Rag led protesters on a “Walk of Shame” down Abbott Street where vacation rentals were pointed out along the 4-block tour. It was called the “heart of the Airbnb Empire.”

Here is the text of that tour and photos of the short term rentals highlighted along the way.

Voltaire & Abbott – The Poster child for STVR redevelopment. 3 homes lifted in as modular units have been turned into vacation rentals here.

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The OB Town Council Needs You to Volunteer for the Holiday Parade on Saturday

November 30, 2017 by Staff

The 38th OB Holiday Parade is coming up this Saturday, December 2nd, and the good folks who put it on – the Ocean Beach Town Council – need you to volunteer to help make it a success.

It’s the only ALL VOLUNTEER RUN parade in the state

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OB Holiday Parade – ‘California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love’ : Sat., Dec. 2nd

November 30, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

38th Annual Parade Includes OB Hero as Grand Marshall, First African-American Santa, and “No Target in OB” Float

The holidays are here, the OB Christmas Tree is up – and this Saturday, December 2nd is the Ocean Beach 38th Holiday Parade. This year the parade has the classic theme of “California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love” – commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

The Summer of Love in 1967 heralded the beginning of the Golden Age of Rock, the Counter-Culture, the hippie movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement.

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Nuclear Shutdown News November 2017: Lawsuit vs. San Onofre Rad Waste and ‘Last Nuke’ in California

November 30, 2017 by Michael Steinberg

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear industry in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those who are working for a nuclear free world. Here is our November 2017 report:

Lawsuit Challenges Storage of Radioactive Waste at San Onofre Nuke

Last Running California Nuke Plant Inches Towards Shutdown

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The Widder Curry: The Water Bill Has Hit the Fan

November 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

It seems to me that I wrote a similar article about the high water rates a year or so ago. I know how upset I was with the raise in the water rates after it was announced that the drought was over. I know that many of us either appeared at the City Council meeting or sent letters protesting the rate increase, and, as per usual, we were “overruled” and the rates went into effect.

At that time I was “upset” about the increase. Now I am pissed. And it isn’t just me. I have the names of 286 residents in the Pt. Loma area that are also upset with the water bills we all received this week. And before I tell you the breakdown of a poll initiated by one of our neighbors – Mi Do – of the Fleetridge area, let me tell you why I am so pissed.

I am on a fixed income.

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