‘What a Difference a Day Makes’

January 31, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

There’s more snow in them thar hills today, Tuesday, the last day of January 2023.

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San Diego Plans More Compassionate Vehicle Towing Policies

January 25, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

Because a recent audit showed the top two reasons a vehicle in San Diego gets towed typically affect low-income people, San Diego officials are proposing changes to the city’s vehicle towing policies. If adopted, the new policies will be more compassionate than current ones.

The city is exploring:

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma — Late January 2023

January 24, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

Midway Eatery Makes Yelp’s Top 100 Pizza Joints in US

OB Home and Garden Store Gets Props

28th Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Pt Loma Nazarene – Feb 20-24

Poet’s First Novel Set in Beachfront Similar to OB

10 Reasons Why Smoking Should Be Banned at the Beach

OB Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Provided Fentanyl-Laced Pills that Caused Death of Other OB Man

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Democratic City Councilmembers Sounding More Like Republicans – Now Want to Charge Homeless for Use of Public Restrooms

January 23, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

What’s the big deal with having a totally-Democratic City Council if they all start sounding like Republicans? That’s what’s happening in San Diego. The City Council now wants to start charging homeless people — and others — for using public restrooms.

City elected leaders say they could solve the shortage of downtown restrooms by charging users “a nominal fee,” as much as, say, a quarter or 50 cents. Plus, they claim unhoused people would be actually better off because they would have access to more and clean public restrooms. That’s more of a Republican view, isn’t it? Let folks pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and plug in a quarter or two to go to the bathroom.

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Mt. Laguna Tuesday Morning Jan. 17

January 17, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

Here is a screen grab from the live cam at Mt. Laguna Lodge, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at 8:45 a.m.

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Monday Night – Mt. Laguna

January 16, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

8pm Monday night Jan. 16, 2023

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Martin Luther King, Jr’s Connections to San Diego Citizen Journalism

January 16, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

In U2’s Pride (In the Name of Love) Bono sings:

Early morning, April four
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

These lines are about the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968 – 50 years ago. King was in Memphis where he had gone to provide support and encouragement to 1300 African-American sanitation workers who had walked off their jobs in that city.

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Mt. Laguna – Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

January 16, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

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Controversial Proposal to Allow More High-Rise, ADUs, and One-Mile Distance Transit Stops Heads to Full City Council

January 13, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

By a vote of 3 to 1, the City Council’s Land Use and Housing Committee on Thursday, Jan. 12, approved the controversial proposal to allow high-rise housing and backyard apartments on many more properties in San Diego. The full City Council is expected to vote on the proposal in February.

Committee members Vivian Moreno, newly-elected Kent Lee, and Steven Whitburn voted for the proposal and Councilmember Joe LaCava cast the lone “no” vote.

The proposal would “soften” city rules that allow taller apartment buildings and more backyard units when a property is “near” mass transit

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$1 Million Available to Assist SDG&E Customers With High Bills

January 11, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

Public Service Announcement

Following recent news of natural gas prices skyrocketing and local utility bills going up, San Diego Gas & Electric announced Tuesday it is making $1 million in customer assistance funding available for those experiencing financial hardship.

The assistance will be disbursed through the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, which provides up to $300 in one-time grants to help offset past-due bills

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Photos From the Great San Diego Floods of 1916

January 9, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego public needs to see these photos – taken over 100 years ago in January 1916 during the Great Floods of the Rainmaker. (Most of these photos are from the San Diego Historical Society.)

San Diego flood 1916 01

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San Diegans Rally in Balboa Park and Call for Accountability, Mark the 2nd Anniversary of the Attempted Insurrection

January 7, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

Fifty San Diegans rallied Friday in Balboa Park to call for accountability and to mark the second anniversary of the attempted insurrection and coup.

They gathered near the Evenson Fountain between the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the Natural History Museum on a bright but cool afternoon. The event was organized by a local Indivisible chapter and was part of nationwide efforts to demand that those responsible at the highest levels for the violence on January 6, 2021, be brought to justice.

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It’s Now Been 2 Years Since Trump Organized the Insurrection at the Capitol – And He’s Still Walking Around Free

January 6, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

Today is January 6, 2023, and it’s now been two years since Trump instigated and organized the insurrection at the Capitol and assault on our democracy. And he is still walking around free. Although hundreds of those he mobilized for the attack are not.

And as Kevin McCarthy knows, the insurrectionists in the House are still with us. America is still dealing with the insurrection on so many levels.

Yes, the House Panel that investigated January 6 did vote on Monday, Dec. 19, to send to Justice Department prosecutors a recommendation that the former president Trump be charged with four crimes:

  • inciting or assisting an insurrection,
  • obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress,
  • conspiracy to defraud the United States and
  • conspiracy to make a false statement.
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As You Pay Your ‘Doubled’ SDG&E Bill for January, Remember the City Council Members Who Voted to Approve the Contract

January 5, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

As you pay your January SDG&E bill, remember those San Diego City Council members who voted back in 2021 to approve their contract. Why?

Because San Diego Gas & Electric just announced that its customers can expect their energy bill to more than double this January. It implemented new natural gas and electric rates on Jan. 1. SDG&E says the increase reflects the rising costs of providing reliable energy services.

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Union Bank Sells Ocean Beach Branch and 4 Others — Most in San Diego County

December 28, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Union Bank has sold its Ocean Beach branch at 1858 Cable Street and four others, most in San Diego County. The OB branch was built in 1964, and has 5,379 square feet.

Included presumably in the sale is the large parking lot on the property. There is also an OB mural from a past Street Fair on its north side, but there is no word at this point about its fate.

The total package was $19.25 million; the buyers have not been identified.

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End of the Year News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late December 2022

December 21, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Ocean Beach Businesses Suffer Raft of Burglaries

Up to half a dozen OB businesses have suffered break-ins and burglaries of late. California Wild Ales, at the corner of Newport Ave and Cable, has had 4 burglaries or break-ins since they opened about 18 months ago, and the owners are asking for help from the community. The Joint and Blondstone also were victimized, as were others.

Paul Bolton Hospitalized

We are saddened to have to report that Paul Bolton — former co-owner of the well-known Electric Chair — is being hospitalized. He suffered a heart attack Dec. 19. Well wishes and prayers are being sent to Lynne Bolton and their family.

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Ocean Beach Holiday Nostalgia – 10 Years Ago: December 2012

December 20, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Here is some OB nostalgia. December 2012 — one decade ago exactly – in Ocean Beach. What was going on? What was happening back then? Here’s a look:

OB Planning Board Calls for Immediate Moratorium on City Granting Variances to West Point Loma Block, Dec. 11, 2012

Old Town, a Photo Survey, Dec. 12, 2012

Point Loma High Christmas Tree Vandalized, Dec. 12, 2012

Gay Student Group Denied Charter at Point Loma Nazarene University, Dec. 13, 2012

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Is San Diego’s Short-Term Rental Program on Verge of Collapse?

December 16, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The question has to be asked: given the unexpectedly low numbers of short-term rental applications the city has received, is San Diego’s much-vaunted short-term rental program on the verge of collapse?

We now know that from today’s U-T piece by Lori Weisberg,

“In all, the city received 3,110 whole-home vacation rental applications from throughout the city, excluding Mission Beach, said San Diego Director of Communications Rachel Laing. For whole-home rentals in just Mission Beach, the application submittals totaled 1,291, she said.”

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Snow Still on Mt. Laguna – Wednesday, Dec. 14

December 14, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

There’s still lots of snow in San Diego’s mountains, as evidenced from this screen grab

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Half-Brother of Slain Insurrectionist Given Probation for Battery and Hate Crime in Point Loma

December 14, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The half-brother of the slain insurrectionist from San Diego was granted probation after a jury convicted him in November of a misdemeanor battery count and a hate crime allegation.

Roger Witthoeft, 34, was found guilty of the hate crime because he struck a Latino San Diego Gas & Electric worker in Point Loma and shouted racial slurs at the man. He was also convicted of violating the victim’s civil rights. The worker was directing traffic around a work site at the intersection of Voltaire Street and Mendocino

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Final Design for Ocean Beach Library

December 14, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The final design for the Ocean Beach Library has been unleashed by the City. The current “art deco” entrance is being preserved in the $11.9 million expansion of one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhood libraries, originally built in 1928.

Construction won’t begin, however, until the winter of 2024. Completion is expected the spring of 2026.

The expansion, when completed will include 4,300-square-feet and will require the removal of the annex building. Facilities in the new library will include:

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Mt. Laguna This Morning, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022

December 12, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Screen grab from Mount Laguna live cam, Dec. 12, 2022 at 8:20 a.m.

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U-T Editorial Board Slams DA Stephan, SD Police and SDSU Over Handling of Gang-Rape Case Where No One Is Charged

December 9, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

In today’s San Diego Union-Tribune, the editorial board slammed District Attorney Summer Stephan, the San Diego Police and San Diego State University officials over their handling — or lack of handling – last years gang-rape case involving SDSU athletes.

They say that DA Stephan’s statement was “inadequate” over the refusal to file charges, given the “high-profile” nature of the case. “Both the DA and SDPD need to explain their decision-making.” The long history of the mistreatment of victims in many sexual assault cases “hangs over the case,” and that it “shows why for many sexual assault victims, the process of seeking justice only yields new agony.”

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Masked-Up OBcean on Front Cover of the ‘San Diego Reader’

December 9, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

If you get a chance to pick up the Dec. 7 edition of the San Diego Reader, you’ll find OBcean Deanna Polk, all masked up giving the peace sign, on the front cover.

The paper’s frontcover article by Siobhan Braun is all about “How Covid tore San Diego friends and neighbors apart.” Polk is interviewed and spouts a lot of good common sense, but another person interviewed Amy Reichert, a co-founder of the very controversial group ReOpen San Diego, doesn’t. Polk and Reichert are diametrically opposed.

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City and Mayor Gloria’s Biggest Contributor Cement Agreement for the Lease and Redevelopment of Sports Arena Area

December 9, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Union-Tribune announced:

The city of San Diego and development team Midway Rising have cemented an agreement to negotiate the lease and redevelopment of the city’s 48-acre sports arena site in the Midway District.

Monday, the parties executed what’s known as an exclusive negotiation agreement, or ENA. The milestone solidifies the pairing, and starts the clock on a two-year period that requires the developer to produce important material at set dates and not deviate too far from its winning bid.

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Ocean Beach and San Diego Noted in Nation-Wide Review of Impacts from Short-Term Rentals

December 8, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

In a nation-wide review of the impacts of short-term rentals on cities, San Diego — and Ocean Beach — are noted. And former OB Town Council prez Gretchen Newsom is quoted.

Business Insiderran a piece on December 7 about how “leaders” in such cities as San Diego and Atlanta are aiming to limit short-term rental activity and that some STVR owners “are pushing back against government regulations.” It is an ironic twist, isn’t it? She is not mentioned, but Councilwoman Campbell could claim to be one of those “leaders.”

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What Was Going On in Ocean Beach a Decade Ago — In December 2012?

December 7, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The end of the year always summons retrospectives from media pundits and columnists. So, not to be left behind, I decided to share posts and stories of OB from a decade ago, 10 years – from December of 2012 — that were published in the OB Rag. Some of them are amazing.

Let’s start with that first week. (Links are provided.)

OB Pier Closed Due to High SurfDecember 1, 2012

Point Loma Navy Dolphins to be Replaced by Underwater Drones

The Ocean Beach Christmas Parade of 2012 and Photo GalleryDecember 3,2012

Mission Bay “Zombie Attack” Paid with Homeland Security Funds Questioned as ‘Excessive’

California Gasoline Prices go Haywire, May Have Been Subject to Collusion –

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Whether Community Plan Updates in Mira Mesa or Historic Lamps in Kensington, City Rides Roughshod Over Neighborhoods

December 6, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

It’s becoming all too apparent, now, that whether it’s community plan “updates” imposed from above like in Mira Mesa or the removal of historic street lamps in Kensington, or the painting of bike lanes in Point Loma, or the killing of palm trees in Ocean Beach, or allowing illegal ADUs in the College area, the City of San Diego is riding roughshod over neighborhoods.

Take Kensington. The City wants to remove 56 antique and historic street lamps and replace them with replicas. But residents say they would prefer to have the antique lights retrofitted, which they claim would cost less than replacing them with new versions.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma

December 2, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

OB Food & Toy Drive

During the week of December 12 — 17, volunteers from OB will conduct the annual OB Food & Toy Drive benefiting needy families and seniors throughout the Peninsula.

Did Police Move Homeless Away From Foot of Newport for the Holiday Parade?

City Received Less than Half of Allowed Applications for Short-Term Rental Licenses — Lottery for Mission Beach Still On

Come Inside for Details and More Breaking News

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City Tries to Hide Its Embarrassment as Applicants for Short-Term Rental Licenses Fall Way Lower than Expectations

November 30, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The city of San Diego is trying to hide its embarrassment as applications for short-term rental licenses have fallen way short of its expectations. The city was going to conduct a “lottery” on December 16 to see which STVR hosts get licenses, thinking the city would be swamped with applications from the estimated 16,000 whole homes that were being used as short-term rentals for more than 20 days per year.

But, as of the day before today’s deadline to apply, there were “less than 5,400 applications,”

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