San Ysidro: Nearly 2,000 Rally and March in Protest Against Trump’s Detention Camps

July 13, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Between 1,500 and 2,000 demonstrators rallied at Larsen Field in San Ysidro on Friday, July 12, against Trump border policies which have resulted in migrants and children being kept in camps and centers under inhumane conditions.

About 7pm the demonstrators formed up and marched out of the park and along Camino de la Plaza down to the bridge over I-5 at the entrance to Mexico.

The protest was organized by Lights for Liberty and the Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps and was supported and endorsed by a wide arrange of community organizations.

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OB Has 4 New Fire Rings for Total of 8

July 12, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Just before the July 4th holiday, this reporter counted only four fire rings on the beaches of OB.

Over the years fire rings have been an issue – as the City has tried to remove them in those lean years back a decade ago.

But today, we can announce: Ocean Beach is blessed with four brand, new fire rings – which now makes eight – the number OB is “supposed” to have.

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Americans Are Pressuring EPA to Ban Round-Up While City of San Diego Still Uses It on Beaches, Playgrounds and Parks

July 11, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Pressure is building on the Environmental Protection Agency to ban Monsanto and Bayer’s RoundUp, which is linked to cancer, with its glyphosate. For the last couple of months groups and companies have been petitioning the EPA to get rid of the dangerous herbicide.

Up until July 5, the EPA was collecting public comments for glyphosate’s proposed interim registration review, which could allow glyphosate to be used in the U.S. for another 15 years.

In late June environmental and consumer groups delivered more than 149,000 public comments to the EPA advocating for a ban on RoundUp. In early June, more than 100,000 Americans and 20 companies called on the EPA to significantly restrict the use of Monsanto’s weedkiller glyphosate ….

Meanwhile, pressure locally in Ocean Beach and Point Loma is growing as demands to the City of San Diego increase to halt its use of Roundup on parks, playgrounds and beaches.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early July 2019

July 8, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

No More Speeding on OB Pier

The City of San Diego is trying to stop people from driving onto the Ocean Beach Pier, recently installing plastic pylons. The city recently installed the pylons at the foot of the pier after a car sped onto the structure, hitting two people and a police cruiser in June. The pylons are the first step, but the city says it’s still considering additional options to discourage people from driving onto the pier.

The Plunge in Mission Beach Finally Re-Opens

The Plunge at Fit marked the official return of the iconic beachfront pool in Belmont Park on July 4. The completion of its $12 million restoration and construction of the 400,000 gallon swimming pool and building, include:

Social Syndicate Signs $2.4 Million Lease for Former Nati’s Site

Location Matters has arranged a $2.4 million, 10-year lease for Social Syndicate, a

BB Gun Used to Shoot Out Windows in Midway District and Lyft Car in OB


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Scott Peters and Juan Vargas Support Impeachment While Susan Davis Wants to Wait

July 8, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Scanning where San Diego County Congressional Representatives stand on impeachment, Congressmen Scott Peters and Juan Vargas both support the impeachment of Donald Trump.

Back in April, Rep. Juan Vargas was addressing the Mueller Report at a meeting of the San Diego County Chamber of Commerce when he stated:

“We should impeach him”

Vargas was the first San Diego Congressperson to join the growing list of more than 80 House members on board the impeach train. He told The Hill:

“We should start the impeachment process. I think it gets us to a place where we can get this information, and then frankly be able to make a determination.”

“By the time the courts decide, I think I’ll have grandchildren and my daughters aren’t married.”

Then in late June, Rep. Scott Peters, called for Trump’s impeachment, saying the current president has committed “more significant wrongdoing than even the Watergate break-in.”

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Study by San Diego Housing Commission Finds Famosa Property Suitable for 78 Rental Units

July 8, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego Housing Commission has just sent a memo to Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the City Council informing them that the study of the Famosa property at the center of much recent dispute has determined that the land at the corner of Famosa and Nimitz Boulevards is suitable for 78 affordable rental units.

The memo from Richard Gentry, CEO of the SDHC, dated July 2, 2019, stated his agency hired a consultant “to perform a study to evaluate whether or not the potential development of affordable housing is feasible on this property,…” which has determined “affordable housing development at Site 428 is feasible.” Site 428 is another name for the property.

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See the Government Photos of Migrant Centers – Which Make Me So Proud to Be an American This July 4 – Yessir!

July 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

I am so proud to be an American this July 4th! So proud that el Presidente is making us so safe by forcing migrants into overcrowded and squalid cages and rooms and camps.

I am so proud to have our government treat these people this way. So very proud. Fly those stars and stripes – but make sure they’re not the bars and stripes.

So verrry American. But the world may think different. They may think, ‘We treat dogs better than the way Americans are treating migrants at the border.’

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Bird Droppings or a Waste of Technology?

July 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Someone sent us this photo – it was seen on Social OB facebook. More bird droppings on Newport Avenue in OB or a sad waste of technology?

Is this OB’s answer to Mayor Faulconer’s new scooter regulations – which do not limit the number of scooters dumped on our sidewalks and streets? Or is it a display of ignorance in the way of progress to new forms of transportation?

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Social Syndicate to Open Mexican Restaurant, La Doña, at Former Nati’s

July 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The mystery has been solved about which restaurant will be going in to the former Nati’s in Ocean Beach.

The restaurant group, Social Syndicate, has just announced they are opening a Mexican restaurant – called La Doña – in the prime corner lot at Bacon and Niagara. Social Syndicate runs OB Surf Lodge and Wonderland Ocean Pub, and are partners with the brothers who opened Blue Water Seafood in their OB enterprise.

The Pop Pie Co. had been slated for the location until they pulled out – as the OB Rag was the first to publish – in late May. The building and its patio – all currently in a state of remodel – “is still owned by Nati’s Inc. but is managed by Foley Development, which intends to build a large apartment complex behind the restaurant,” as was just reported by Candice Woo at Eater.

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Showcasing What’s New at ‘Upper, Upper Voltaire’

July 3, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There’s at least a couple of new businesses at what can be called, “Upper-upper Voltaire” – the string of storefronts near Point Loma High School along Voltaire. And they deserve to be highlighted, so meet Tea’s Moment” and Kakawa Coffee. We also have a pictorial update on the large construction project on Voltaire. (Yes, the term “upper-upper Voltaire” is definitely OB-centric.)

Tea’s Moment Specializes in Milk Tea

Angela – who runs Tea’s Moment – is holding a grand opening right now. She opened her place 2 weeks ago and it specializes in “milk tea”. Growing up near Beijing, she learned how to make in while living in Taiwan.

Kakawa Coffee

Just west of the tea place is a coffee place, Kakawa Coffee (“kakawa” means chocolate in Olmec and Mayan). Managing the year-old coffee house just a breeze from the high school are Gladys Moubayed and Maria Aparicio. The moment I walked in they were enjoying the last moments of the women’s soccer game between the US and England – and we all celebrated, me over an almond croissant and a cappuccino.

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New Scooter Rules In Effect – Contact Mayor’s Office If You Witness Violations

July 2, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The City of San Diego’s new rules on scooters went into effect Monday, July 1. Please contact your Mayor’s office to report any violations.

The new regulations include:

Speed limits: In specific geofenced areas, scooters cannot go faster than 8 mph.

In pedestrian-only geofenced areas: scooters are limited to 3 mph with a push message notifying riders to leave that area.

Geofencing in effect for the following areas:

  • beach-area boardwalks,
  • Balboa Park,
  • NTC Park,
  • Mission Bay Park,
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The Trump Cartoon That Got the Canadian Cartoonist ‘Fired’

July 2, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Warning: Censorship-worthy, non-funny cartoon of Donald Trump coming up inside.

Here inside is the cartoon that got a Canadian cartoonist fired. It depicts Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants – a horrible photographic image that went viral itself. Now the cartoon by Michael de Adder has gone viral itself.

The cartoon includes a hand-drawn image of Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lying face down in the waters of Rio Grande River, having drowned while attempting to cross to get into the United States.

The cartoon went up and viral last Wednesday, June 26. Two days later, de Adder went on Twitter and told the world he had been let go.

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Newport and Cable: 5 Businesses in Less Than 20 Years

July 1, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The corner of Newport Avenue and Cable Street is a buzzing place with lots of visibility and foot traffic. And you’d think that any business at that northeast corner at 4896 Newport would be a major success story.

But there’s no such stories. What with the closing of Helm’s and the opening of Two Roots, another brewpub, a new chapter emerges.

Yet, we have to recount that over the last 20 years or so, there’s been five businesses come and go in that space. Here’s a brief recounting of businesses that have opened – and closed – in that storefront:

The Pet Supply Store

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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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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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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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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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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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Car Speeds Down Ocean Beach Pier, Hits 2 People and Police Car and Flees

June 18, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Very early Tuesday morning, June 18, a car sped down the Ocean Beach Pier, doing burnouts, striking 2 people and a police cruiser before fleeing off into the darkness. Police are currently searching for the driver in a black Acura hatchback last seen on West Point Loma Avenue.

The 2 people hit had fortunately only minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

People fishing at the pier called 911 around 1:30 am reporting a car speeding down the pier, doing 50 mph and doing burnouts – or spinouts.

When the black Acura reached the end of the OB Pier, witnesses reported, it did the spinouts, turned around and sped back towards the entrance. This is when the 2 people, who were fishing, were injured. According to witnesses, the driver – described as heavyset with a beard – was smiling as he drove.

A police officer tried to block the entrance with the patrol vehicle,

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Newport Ave in Ocean Beach: Out With the Old (Helms), In With the New (Two Roots)

June 14, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Thanks to Steve O from Kilowatt, our readers can be kept up to date on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach.

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News of Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the Midway – Mid-June 2019

June 13, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

* Driver Crashes into OB CVS – Then Fights Police
* Suspect in Serial Killings of San Diego Homeless Found Competent for Trial
* Armed Robbery of 2 7-Elevens – Midway district and Point Loma
* Suspect in Peninsula 7-Eleven Robberies Could Be Involved in LA Killing of Off-Duty Cop
* Request Your New Yard Sign to Save San Diego Neighborhoods
* Intruder in Point Loma Home Dies in Police Custody
* Hey! San Diego Media: Where Is the Midway District?
* Full Council to Vote on Campland Lease
* Old Point Loma Lighthouse a Member of SoCal’s History
* Mr. Moto to Open in July

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The Ocean Beach Street Fair in 2009 – 10 Years Ago

June 13, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB Street Fair 2013 TomC longview

Ten years ago, June 2009, the OB Rag staff swarmed the Ocean Beach Street Fair and got down to writing and photographing the gala event of that year on a granular level. Down to the nitty-gritty. Everybody on the staff (it was larger then, prior to the launch of the San Diego Free Press) got in on it, each taking on different aspects of one of the community’s mainstay happenings at the beginning of summer.

In our posts, we gave extensive coverage to the musicians, the street vendors, the trolley, the chili cook-off, and where all the money came from and went.

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‘Love Wins’ in New Yard Signs Popping Up in Ocean Beach Heights

June 13, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There’s a whole new batch of yard signs popping up in front yards in the Ocean Beach Heights area – the hilly section of eastern OB.

And these are true OBcean signs – signs that welcome, signs that express tolerance, respect. They say, “In our America Love Wins” – and then offers pearls of wisdom on the remainder of the cardboard broadside.

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Grocery Strike in San Diego?

June 12, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Whether there is a grocery strike in San Diego – and other parts of Southern California – could very well be decided on June 24 when union members from 7 different locals vote on whether to authorize a strike or not. If there is a strike, it would be against 3 major grocery chains, Albertsons, Albertsons-owned Vons, and Kroger-owned Ralphs.

The San Diego local, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135, will vote at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley, near Local 135 offices. If a strike is authorized by the membership, a strike could be called at any time by the leadership.

The other UFCW locals involved in the contract negotiations are Local 8, based in Bakersfield; Local 324 of Buena Park, Local 770, based in Los Angeles; Local 1167 of Bloomington; Local 1428 of Claremont; and Local 1442 of Inglewood.

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OB’s Very First Street Fair – 1983

June 12, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s a photo of OB’s very first Street Fair in 1983. Did anyone wear shirts way back then?

Provided by Mike James and Nicole Ueno.

Oh, and don’t forget the upcoming Street Fair on June 22th.

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Deaths and Dangers at Beautiful Sunset Cliffs : A Survey from 2005 through 2018

June 12, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Sunset Cliffs mattwood The OB Rag has been tracking deaths and serious injuries caused by or at Sunset Cliffs since 2005 -14 years. And we have found a yearly average of 5 deaths or serious injuries at our world-renown cliffs. These include surfers who’ve had heart attacks out in the water, divers who didn’t make it back alive and people who have suffered fatal falls.

Here’s a chart showing the deaths and serious injuries for the years 2005 through 2018, last year. And it’s based on what information and data we have available to us. It shows a total of 24 deaths and 49 serious injuries during that period.

We have conducted this on-going chronicle as a public service project, to make people aware of the dangers of Sunset Cliffs and of the rocks and waters below the cliffs. This is not an advocacy for more and more fencing – it’s an advocacy for more and more public education.

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Juror in Ocean Beach’s Jackson Murder Trial Opens Up on Reddit

June 11, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

A juror in the recent murder trial of Noah Mitchell Jackson who was found guilty May 31 of the stabbing death of Walter “Ras” Riley, a well-known Ocean Beach homeless man known as “the Incense Man”, has opened up on reddit and described his thoughts on the prosecution case and on Jackson’s background.

With a reddit handle alternating between “JurorNumber00” and “AfroCracker”, the person – whom we assume is being truthful – was a member of the jury that deliberated for nearly 2 and a half days, eventually finding Jackson guilty of second-degree murder for his unprovoked knife attack on Riley – which took place on June 22, 2017, on Bacon Street, near Newport Avenue after Jackson encountered Riley around 12:30 a.m.

The former juror plans to meet up with other former jurors on the anniversary of Ras’ death at the spot on Bacon Street, to pay homage to the Incense Man.

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