Let’s Do It Again! ‘Impeach on the Beach’ – Human Banner at Dog Beach in OB – Saturday, June 1

May 21, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

We’re going to do it again! Spell out “Impeach” with our bodies – as hundreds of OBceans and San Diegans did on March 4, 2017.

Another human banner is being organized for Dog Beach in Ocean Beach on Saturday, June 1st. There will be simultaneous Human IMPEACH Banners in Ocean Beach, San Francisco and Ocean Beach, San Diego.

We’re meeting up at 11:00am near Dog Beach. We’re asking everyone

  • Bring a towel or a blanket.
  • No signs please.
  • Please bring $1 donation to cover drone services and miscellaneous supplies. Excess money will be donated to future resistance efforts.
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OB Pier to Re-Open Thursday, May 23

May 21, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Pier will re-open this week, with an official ceremony on Thursday, May 23 at 8 am.

The symbol of OB has been closed since it was heavily damaged during storms in January. It was so damaged that many pieces of the railings washed up on shore – only to be carted off as souvenirs by locals and tourists alike.

More than 2,200 feet of guard rail, electric, water and sewer lines had to be substantially repaired or replace. Repairs estimated at $430,000 were made to the pier, which has definitely become the icon image of the seaside village. Many OBceans and other San Diegans have expressed their sadness and frustration over the pier’s closure.

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Police Crack Down on Ocean Beach and Point Loma’s Jaywalkers, Wayward Drivers and Bicyclists

May 20, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

For a better part of this past Sunday, San Diego police came to Ocean Beach and Point Loma with their citation books out as part of a crack-down on jaywalkers and wayward drivers and bicyclists. They also went to Hillcrest – all part of a city-wide effort by the SDPD to focus on those violations that often cause crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists.

It is assumed but has not been confirmed that part of the crackdown was on wayward scooter riders.

The police do something similar at least twice a month, according to a spokesman.

In OB and Point Loma, it began at 10 am and went till 6pm as police centered on those trouble spots

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Hundreds ‘Walk Against Hate’ in Liberty Station

May 20, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Hundreds of San Diegans – including a whole bunch of OBceans – turned out in the rain to “Walk Against Hate” in Liberty Station on Sunday, May 19.

Sponsored by a number of local organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the demonstration was in response to the rise of anti-Semitic incidents here and around the country, with the recent Poway outrage clear in the minds no doubt of the marchers.

Wayne Starker was there and took these photos.

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Flyers Left on Cars at Dog Beach in OB Mislead About New Ordinance Banning Living in Vehicles

May 17, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

On Thursday, May 16, fliers were found on cars in the Dog Beach parking lot in OB that give false warning about police enforcement of a new law that bars people from living in cars. The flyers were found on windshields 2 days after the City Council returned the ban on people living in vehicles on public streets.

The new ordinance bans people from parking a vehicle used for habitation within 500 feet of a school or home.

The flier states:

“You have received this notice because you are on a list of vehicles that has been reported as living in this lot continuously or frequently. Please park elsewhere. Enforcement will begin without further notice.”

In addition, the leaflet claims the entire Dog Beach parking lot is a no-parking area at all times for people who live in their vehicles because of the restriction against parking within 500 feet of any home.

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News and Notices for Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid May 2019

May 15, 2019 by Frank Gormlie


Trial Begins for Man Accused of Knifing Walter “Ras” Riley

Prosecutors in a San Diego court showed jurors images of a man in a light gray hoodie, dark pants and white-soled shoes – stills, taken from an OB ATM camera, which they say captured Noah Jackson moments after he fatally knifed a popular homeless man nicknamed “The Incense Man” in 2017. But attorney Eugene Iredale said, “That is not the face of Noah Jackson. Not even close.” …

Point Loma Comedian at San Diego Comedy Festival

Comic Adam Connie is a Point Loma resident involved in the San Diego Comedy Festival. He has been performing for nine years and can be seen at venues like Comedy Heights in University Heights and Valentin’s Bar & Grill in Jamul. …

Ban on Sleeping in Cars Comes Back

On Tuesday, May 14, the San Diego City Council voted 6-3 in favor of re-establishing a ban that restricts people from living in their vehicles on city streets, with the exception of certain designated lots. …

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It Was 5 Years Ago When the San Diego Planning Commission Tried to Cut-Out the Very Tool Ocean Beach Uses to Prevent Over-Development

May 14, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

At the most recent OB Planning Board meeting, I had to do a double-take when an older gentleman came into the meeting room late and was sitting in the very back. It was David Steffens – a man OB planners knew 5 years ago when the OB Community Plan Update was up for approval with the Planning Commission and City Council.

But no one on the Board that night – except for one – knew who Steffens was. He had come to the meeting to talk about problems with people living in vans at Dog Beach parking lot.

Yet – in an ironic twist, he was there that night to ostensibly aid the Planning Board, operating under the OB Community Plan, in figuring out how to deal with the problem. It was ironic, as I recognized Steffens as the man who led the opposition to the city approving OB’s update to its Community Plan five years ago. He owns one of the McMansions just off the park. Five years ago, he led the effort to squash OB’s tool in controlling over-development, the low floor-area-ration that OB’s Community Plan uses.

After the meeting, I tried to explain all of this to some of the remaining Board members – and realized in a near-jaw-dropping moment – that there was no one left on the Board who was around during that period 5 years ago – except for Jane Gawronski. There has been at least one entire turn-over of the Planning Board during this last half decade.

So, I decided to repost the following article, published in May of 2014, as a recounting of those heady days back then when

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5 Years Ago: CVS Began Rehab of Former Apple Tree Market

May 13, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Five years ago this month, in May 2014, CVS Pharmacy has begun the work of rehabbing the former Apple Tree Market in OB.

This reporter visited the site on Thursday, May 22nd, 2914 and witnessed plenty of activity that dispelled that nothing was happening in the old market that has sat there empty for months.

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Will San Diego Keep Its Title of Area With 4th Largest Homeless Population?

May 10, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

It’s too soon to tell if San Diego will retain its title of being the area with the 4th largest homeless population. Even though the official homeless count numbers are in, HUD has not determined the order of cities currently with the most homeless.But San Diego is proud to have retained this position since 2015.

It’s done everything it can to increase the numbers – and so has California in general.So, while homeless advocates and government grant writers await the final results of the yearly national contest, we can still look at the numbers we have.

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It’s Official: We’re In a Constitutional Crisis

May 9, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The US of A is now officially in a Constitutional Crisis. That’s not the rant of a Southern California beachtown raq, that’s what the top Democrats in Congress are saying.

On Wednesday, Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that the nation was in a constitutional crisis after his committee recommended the House hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over an unredacted version of the special counsel’s report, along with the report’s underlying evidence.

And today, Thursday, Speaker of the House Pelosi said she agreed with Nadler.

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What Public Improvement Projects Does Ocean Beach Need?

May 9, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

It’s that time again in the large public project process when communities give feedback to city government about what they’d like to see in their neighborhoods.

These are Capital Improvement Projects – CIPs – and are usually projects that cost $100,000 or more.

CIPs were the topic at the most recent OB Planning Board meeting in early May when Chair Andrea Schlageter offered ideas to the board. According to City Council Policy 600-24,

Community planning groups may be called upon to advise on, or participate in, additional efforts such as CIP infrastructure needs identification discussed in Council Policy 000-32.

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Nearly 800 Former Federal Prosecutors Say They Would Have Indicted Trump

May 9, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

9 Prosecutors From San Diego Sign Letter

A bipartisan group called Protect Democracy has organized a letter that is now signed by nearly 800 former federal prosecutors, prosecutors who have served in both Republican and/ or Democratic administrations, which states the Mueller Report findings would produced obstruction charges against President Trump — if he wasn’t currently President.

The Mueller report describes several acts that satisfy all of the elements for an obstruction charge: conduct that obstructed or attempted to obstruct the truth-finding process, as to which the evidence of corrupt intent and connection to pending proceedings is overwhelming. These include:

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Homeless in Vehicles Hold Ocean Beach Protest Against San Diego’s Proposed Ban on Vehicle Habitation

May 9, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

On Wednesday, May 8th at the foot of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, there was a protest of sorts by people who are forced to live in their vehicles and homeless advocates.

A couple dozen people gathered to listen to personal stories in what was billed as a Speak-Out and Singalong called “No Housing, No Choice!” They were protesting the city’s proposed Vehicle Habitation Ordinance.

The ordinance would make it illegal to live in a vehicle between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and anywhere within 500 feet of a school or housing at any time. Cars would also not be allowed to have any evidence of cooking, bathing or sleeping materials.

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Former Mission Beach Elementary Demolished, Work to Begin on 59-Unit Project

May 8, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Now that the former Mission Beach Elementary School has been demolished, the development of a 3-story, 59-unit mega-plex planned for the property can move forward. The school site on Mission Boulevard, vacant since 2013, was sold off to private developers that year by the San Diego School Board – to much controversy.

Critics at the time derided the school district for selling forever prime beach property – and on Tuesday, May 14th, the San Diego Unified School District board authorized the sale of the former Mission Beach Elementary School property to private developers – despite objections by Mayor Filner, residents and community activists.

The pleas fell on deaf ears and the site was sold for $18.5 million to a duo of developers, doing business as McKellar-Ashbrook LLC, registered in La Jolla.Another controversy broke out about the down-sizing of a public park promised the community by the developer. The community of Mission Beach was first told that the park would be almost one-third acre. However, now, under changes, the so-called park has shrunk by a third or almost 40% depending on what formula is used.

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Public Service Announcement: What Goes Into Recycling and What Doesn’t

May 6, 2019 by Frank Gormlie


Are you aware of our recycling crisis? There is one. China doesn’t want our trash anymore. (See this from a September 2018 post at the OB Rag.)

It’s hitting home now when recent reporting reveals that “about 10,000 tons — or 15 to 17 percent — of the recycling collected from homes in San Diego each year is thrown out.

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May 5, 1970 Was One of the Most Explosive Days in American History

May 5, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Those of us long in tooth and gray in hair remember the tumultuous days of the May 1970 national student strike and the murder of four students at Kent State by National Guardsmen on May 4; those younger know the song “Four Dead in Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young about the Kent State shootings.

The deadly clash was part of the student response to President Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia, which he announced on April 30.

But what most of us don’t realize is that the day following the Kent State killings, May 5th – was indeed one of the most explosive days in American history as literally hundreds of university, college and high school campuses blew up in response – and for that day at least, the American educational system broke down.

Angry, tearful young people across the nation reacted with an intensity and in numbers not witnessed before or since.

Emergency meetings, rallies, protests, mid-night marches, letter-writing, impeach Nixon petitions, sit-ins, flag-lowerings, leafleting downtowns, confrontations with local police and guardsmen, teargas, rocks, road blockades, memorials for the dead, fires in ROTC buildings – all of these were part of the response of thousands upon thousands of American students across the land.

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Suspect in Ocean Beach Killing Shot by Police in La Mesa

May 3, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The saga of the killing of a woman in Ocean Beach on Wednesday ended in gunfire in a house in La Mesa when police shot and wounded Daniel Chase McKibben, the person of interest in that death. The woman has since been identified as McKibben’s mother, whose body was discovered in the garage of a residential unit on the 5000 block of Niagara.

McKibben was trying to hide out in a stranger’s residence in a La Mesa neighborhood east of Lake Murray, possibly brought there by the family’s son, who has mental issues. To the family, McKibben was an unwanted trespasser who they wished to have removed from their house.

They called a non-emergency police number, and when La Mesa Police showed up to remove McKibben – at that point unidentified – he resisted them, pulled a knife and was wounded twice. Taken to a local hospital, he is expected to survive.

McKibben had escaped from Ocean Beach, apparently able to slip through 2 SWAT actions on Wednesday. He had been seen running from the unit where his mother’s body had been found by his brother.

That was Wednesday, May Day.

On Thursday, about 8:40 a.m., a homeowner on Rainey Street called police to report an unwanted person inside his house. La Mesa police arrived about 9:15 a.m. but refused to leave.

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OB Planners Juggle Projects to Be Funded, I-8 Problems, No Parking Hours and West Pt Loma Lane Reductions

May 2, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

At Wednesday nights meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board, the volunteer panel grappled with 4 different issues that converged to their agenda in the old community meeting room at the OB Rec Center:

  • Capital Improvement Projects (CIP);
  • the I-8 corridor improvements;
  • overnight parking lot enforcement; and
  • West Pt Loma Blvd “road diet”.

Without any development projects before them, chairwoman Andrea Schlagelet lead the board through the various issues with ease, allowing for plenty of discussion among board members and those in the audience – an audience that was fairly slim given some of the more controversial issues. This reporter counted a maximum of 17 people in the audience over the course of the several hour meeting.

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May Calendar for Ocean Beach

May 2, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There is so much going on in Ocean Beach during this month of May, that we put together a special calendar just for Ocean Beach events or events OBceans are involved in.,

May 6 – Monday – Monthly meeting of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council.

May 8th Wednesday “No Housing, No Choice!” Speak-Out, Singalong, Lights· 5 – 8pm; Hosted by San Diego Housing Emergency Alliance. Newport Ave. & Abbott St.

May 9 Thursday – Hat Contest – OB Woman’s Club Annual Hat Contest & Fundraiser

May 11th Saturday OB Green Center’s Grand Opening at our New location

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The Green Activist Calendar for May 2019 – From the OB Green Center

May 1, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

May Events From the Ocean Beach Green Center

Ocean Beach Green Center, 4862 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107 oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.com

Dear friends of the Ocean Beach Green Center,

May 11th Saturday 2 pm – 7 pm Please come celebrate are Grand Opening at our New location 4862 Voltaire Street in OB at Jim Bell’s place (Right across from our old location). Celebrating 30 years of Environmental, Peace & Social Justice Activism, we will have live music, yummy refreshments, raffle prizes and so much more.

COME INSIDE FOR LINKS AND MORE CALENDAR

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Woman Found Dead in Garage Brings SWAT Action to Ocean Beach

May 1, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Rag is trying to piece together just what went down this morning in the Niagara – Bacon area of Ocean Beach.

But tragically, a woman was found dead in a garage on the 5000 block of Niagara. A son of the property’s owner who forced himself into the residence and found the dead women witnessed his brother running from the residence.

That man, identified as 36-year-old Daniel Chase McKibben is now being sought by police as a suspect in the woman’s death. after he was seen running from the residence.

It all began around 1am Wednesday morning when

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All Power to Be Restored in Ocean Beach and Point Loma by 2 pm

April 30, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Ocean Beach and Point Loma – as well as other beach communities – were hit with a power outage Tuesday morning, the last day of April. OB and PL were down around 5:55 am and about 3,600 customers were effected.

Power was restored for most, according to SDG&E, by 7:50 am – and everybody will be back online by 2pm. SDG&E crews determined it was caused by equipment failure.

Actually there were two outages. The second one hit at 6:20 am and affected about 4,700 customers in the Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, La Jolla and Bird Rock communities.

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OB Planning Board to Review ‘Road Diet’ for West Pt Loma, Overnight Parking Lot Enforcement, I-8 Corridor Improvements and Capital Improvement Projects

April 29, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There are no development projects on the agenda for the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting Wednesday, May 1, but there are plenty of other issues up for the volunteer panel to review. The Board meets at 6pm sharp in the Community Room of the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica.

Lane Reductions for West Pt Loma Blvd?

The Board will wade into the increasingly sticky issue of the city’s proposed “road diet” for a section of West Point Loma Boulevard. The proposal calls for a reduction of the 4 lane boulevard to 2 lanes between Nimitz and Sports Arena Blvd and the removal of some parking along that stretch. Apparently, as per the agenda, the OB Board took a vote on the issue back in June 2018.

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Check Out Your Local Bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day – Sat., April 27

April 26, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Book Crawl – April 27-April 29

Run for Cover Bookstore and La Playa Books will celebrate America’s Independent Bookstore Day, April 27-April 29 as part of a book crawl collection of local bookstores.

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Another Ocean Beach Restaurant Applies for a Beer and Wine Alcohol License

April 26, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

They seem to keep coming. Yet another Ocean Beach restaurant has applied for an alcohol license to sell beer and wine.

This time it’s Hummus Mediterranean Kitchen at 4884 Newport Avenue – they put up their notice on April 20. They’ve applied for a 41 type of license, an “on-sale beer and wine – eating place.”

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OB Town Council: Parrots, OB Pier, City Budget Hearings, Scooters, Membership Expansion

April 25, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The wild parrots of Ocean Beach (and elsewhere) were the main attraction at last nights Ocean Beach Town Council meeting.

Other issues brought up during the course of the meeting included good news about the OB Pier’, the city’s budget hearings where OBceans are needed, the new regs on scooters, a “Hat Contest”, an expanded membership program for the Town Council, and tragically, a death in Point Loma due possibly to fentanyl.

The Parrots

Brooke, Josh and Sarah from SoCal Parrot brought their traveling road show of 2 live parrots and a power point presentation of the parrots of the greater San Diego region to the dozens of people in the audience at the Masonic Center. (Go to socalparrot.org/obtc2019 for more info on Peninsula parrots.)

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Opposition Forms to Reduction of West Pt Loma to 2 Lanes in the Midway

April 25, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Opposition has formed to the city’s plans of reducing the traffic lanes on a section of West Point Loma Blvd in the Midway District from 4 lanes to 2 lanes. Right now the opposition is in the form of two identical petitions on change.org.

Both are headlined:

Please tell Dr Jen Campbell you oppose W Point Loma Blvd bike lanes in place of two lanes!

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Weak Scooter Regulations Passed by San Diego City Council

April 24, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday, April 23, unanimously passed new regulations for dockless scooters, which place some restrictions on speeds and parking but do not limit the number of scooters companies can place on our streets or on the numbers of scooter companies allowed to use our public infrastructure.

Here, briefly, are the restrictions:

  • the speed of dockless scooters is limited to 15 to 8 mph in high-traffic areas;
  • speed limits are cut to 3 mph in areas such as the Embarcadero and the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, and the boardwalk in Mission and Pacific Beach;
  • scooter riders are banned from parking near hospitals, schools, beach area boardwalks, the Petco Park perimeter and certain parts of the Embarcadero;
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Congress Must Begin Impeachment Proceedings – to Protect the Constitution and the Rest of Us

April 23, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

If Donald Trump cannot be criminally indicted, as per Department of Justice policy, and if he isn’t impeached – then Trump walks and gets away with all that he has over these last two plus years.

Sure, there’s an election down the road in 19 months – but that, quite frankly, is a long time away. It’s almost as long as he’s been in the White House, and that’s plenty of time for Trump to do even more damage.

So, the complexities of this moment, in the post-Barr / Mueller Report time, are not that complicated.

The Mueller Report offered up plenty of evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors; Volume 2 alone is sufficient to get the impeachment ball rolling on obstruction of justice.

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News and Notes from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – April 2019

April 23, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Madmunch Grilled Cheezer Co. Paints its Doors The long-anticipated opening of the OB grilled cheese sandwich

OB Senior Badly Injured by Hit-and-Run Scooter Rider

Free Seeds at OB Library

Paddleboarder Found Guilty in Felony Assault on Point Loma Surfer

Costa Mesa Murder Victim Had PL Nazarene Ties

COME INSIDE FOR THESE AND OTHER NEWS STORIES

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