Is the ‘Wild West’ of Scooters Over in San Diego?

October 15, 2019 by Source

‘Wild West’ environment may be easing with citations, impounds, and speed curbs

By John Wilkens / San Diego Union-Tribune / Oct. 10, 2019

For more than a year, San Diego was all carrot and no stick when it came to electric scooters. Now the stick is out, hitting both the scooter companies and their riders.

Three months after new city regulations went into effect, two companies, Jump and Skip, have left town. Another, Lime, may lose its permit because of repeated operating infractions. Almost 500 riders received traffic tickets, more than half of them for riding on sidewalks. The city impounded more than 3,700 scooters for parking violations.

The Wild West, it seems, may finally have a sheriff.

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Is Inspire Charter School the Next to Be Indicted?

October 15, 2019 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican / Oct.9, 2019

Inspire Charter School mirrors the methods of A3 Education. It employs practices strikingly similar to those that led to the 67-count indictment in May against A3’s leaders. Furthermore, the California Charter School Association (CCSA) took the unusual step of sharing concerns about Inspire and A3 with California authorities.

Both are virtual schools that concentrate on obtaining authorization from small school districts. These systems have a similar structure in which a central organization controls the schools that are contracting with it and they transfer funds among multiple organizations making it difficult to monitor their activities. Students at Inspire and A3 struggle academically.

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‘The Early Years of Surfing Sunset Cliffs’ by the ‘Original Dudes and Gidgets’ – Thurs., Oct.17

October 15, 2019 by Source

OB Historical Society Presents

The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents:
“Surfing Sunset Cliffs, The Early Years”
By Original Sunset Cliffs Dudes & Gidgets

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7 PM
At Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

Dig out your Hawaiian shirt for the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s “Surfing Sunset Cliffs, The Early Years” presentation.

Flashback to the blue waters of the cliffs with surfers/presenters Jim “Mouse” Robb, 86, Marsh Malcolm, 86, John Holly, 76, Billy Chapman, 75, Tom “Lizard” Chapman, 76, and the “Original Gidget” Linda Benson, age unknown.

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OB Planners to Form Outreach Committee – Monday, Oct. 14 at OB Woman’s Club

October 14, 2019 by Source

The Ocean Beach Planning Board is forming an Outreach Committee and it’s meeting tonight, Monday, October 14 at the OB Woman’s Club. It starts at 6p – and this is the very first meeting of this new sub-committee of the full board.

Board member Tracy Dezenzo is the contact person for this endeavor to increase participation from the community in the Planning Board.

Here’s the official agenda:

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San Clemente Greens Urge San Diegans to Attend Coastal Commission Meeting on San Onofre at Chula Vista, October 17

October 10, 2019 by Source

Locals Encouraged to Oppose Edison’s Application

The folks in the anti-nuke watchdog group just to our north, the San Clemente Greens, are urging San Diegans to attend the upcoming California Coastal Commission hearing being held in Chula Vista later this month about what’s going down at San Onofre nuke plant.

The utility and majority-owner of San Onofre, Southern California Edison has applied for a permit to destroy its spent fuel pool as part of the onshore portion of decommissioning of Units 2 and 3.

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Public Asked for Help in Identifying Ocean Beach and Point Loma Arson Suspect

October 10, 2019 by Source

The public is being asked for help in identifying the arson suspect who is alleged to have started up to six fires in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma neighborhoods back in late September.

San Diego Crime Stoppers have now released new photos and video of the suspect, who appears to be a white, young and thin male.

Investigators with the Metro Arson Strike Team report that during the early hours of Sept. 28, between 12:30 a.m. and 5:03 a.m., six separate fires were started in the backyards of homes, at the following locations:

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Point Loma Architectural Reporter Gives Tour of What’s on Deck for San Diego Development

October 9, 2019 by Source

Editordude: Local Roger Showley, Point Loma High School Class of 1966, gives an illuminating tour of what’s on deck in terms of San Diego’s mega development projects. Love development or hate it, it’s important to know what’s coming.

By Roger Showley / The Architect’s Newspaper

As it celebrates the 250th anniversary of its founding this year, San Diego is rethinking past projects, planning billions of dollars’ worth of new projects, and coping with a housing shortage that is making it one of the nation’s least affordable markets.

The most significant project on the boards is the redevelopment planned for Horton Plaza shopping center, a 1985 postmodernist downtown mall designed by Jon Jerde. But there are many other megaprojects under construction or in the offing throughout this county of 3.3 million residents.

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Audit Reveals San Diego Losing $2 Million a Year Due to Free Trash Pickups at Short-Term Rentals

October 8, 2019 by Source

A report by Union-Tribune writer David Garrick last week confirmed the fears: according to a recent city audit, San Diego is losing $2 million a year by allowing trash pickup at short-term vacation rentals around town.

Short-term rentals, along with commercial buildings, apartments, multi-family units and condos are excluded from the free trash pickup embedded in stone with the People’s Ordinance which guarantees free trash pick-up for single-family homes.

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Now, Here’s a Good Article from the Channel 8 Reporter We Criticized: ‘Baby Boomers and Empty-Nesters Coming Together’

October 8, 2019 by Source

Editordude: Just to show some balance and to show a pat on the back, we are reposting a good article by Channel 8 reporter Abbie Alford who was criticized last week by one of our writers.

‘Silvernest’ matches senior citizens looking for roommates
Baby boomers and empty-nesters are coming together under one roof.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — About a million San Diegans will be 55 years or older by 2030, which is a 194% increase, says Silvernest, a home sharing site for an aging population.

Silvernest says it’s a modern Golden Girls service that primarily matches baby boomers with empty nesters.

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Trump’s Stonewalling of Impeachment Inquiry Is Itself an Impeachable Offense

October 8, 2019 by Source

By Marjorie Cohn / TruthOut / October 7, 2019

As three committees of the House of Representatives proceeded with the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump, the president tweeted, “I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP.” Encyclopedia Britannica defines coup d’etat as “the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group.”

On the contrary, Congress is fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to investigate allegations that could constitute impeachable offenses — that is, high crimes and misdemeanors. Indeed, during its early history in England, impeachment was called “the most powerful weapon in the political armory, short of civil war.”

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OB Networking Group – Bytes, Computer Tech, and Knowing Google – Tues., Oct. 8

October 7, 2019 by Source

Join the OB Networking Group this Tuesday, October 8 for a talk by Steven Murphy, of Murphy’s computer services.

He has three subjects to cover:

  • Got your bits in a byte: Tuning up your tech.
  • RTFM: How 80% of tech work is knowing how to Google.
  • Have you turned it off and on again: Talking to tech support effectively.

This all happening at 12 noon at Te Mana Cafe

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This House Design Is Completely Free to Download and Has a Net-Zero Footprint

October 4, 2019 by Source

Anyone can download the plans for this elegant three-bedroom home, which won Phoenix, Arizona’s competition aimed at jumpstarting energy-efficient construction.

By Evan Nicole Brown / Fast Company

A few years ago, city officials in Phoenix, Arizona, were looking for a way to address the need for more sustainable architecture in their hot, arid environment. Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States — and as a result, has a significant environmental footprint. But in 2016, officials debuted a road map designed to transform it into a completely carbon-neutral, zero-waste city.

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San Diego to Crack Down on Street Vendors?

October 4, 2019 by Source

By Priya Sridhar / KPBS / Sept.25, 2019

The City of San Diego is considering cracking down on street vendors because of a new state law that went into effect January 1.

The new law decriminalized street vendors and requires cities across California to create local ordinances that only regulate street vending based on public health and safety, not stifling competition.

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Congress to Expand Investigation into San Diego VA Liver Study

October 4, 2019 by Source

by Jill Castellano & Brad Racino / inewsource / October 1, 2019

Congress will conduct a hearing to investigate a powerful healthcare office in the Department of Veterans Affairs following inewsource stories that exposed the office’s shoddy review of a dangerous San Diego liver study. A new inewsource analysis shows the agency under scrutiny — the VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector — has a long history of performing poor investigations into veterans’ medical care.

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San Diego Green Calendar for October 2019 – from the Ocean Beach Green Center

October 3, 2019 by Source

Events at the Ocean Beach Green Center

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

October 10th Thursday 7 pm. Film Night “The Human Element”
Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Climate Mobilization Coalition Meeting. October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
October 24th Thursday 7 pm Jim Bell’s Legacy meetings.

Other Events in Ocean Beach and Point Loma

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Bill Mayo Jr. Passes – Memorial at Sunset Cliffs Friday, Oct.18

October 3, 2019 by Source

Bill Mayo Jr.

William “Bill” Mayo Jr. died at age 93 on September 21 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was the middle son of three, born in Norfolk, VA, and grew up in the Navy towns of Norfolk, San Diego and Honolulu. Independent by nature, his childhood was full of freedom and adventure.

In 1955, Bill moved back to San Diego with his young, growing family, and was a well respected local fixture in OB and Point Loma for 64 years.

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OB Library Special Events for October 2019

October 3, 2019 by Source

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North County Climate Action Plans: A Tale of Two Cities With San Marcos and Carlsbad

October 2, 2019 by Source

By Richard Riehl / The Riehl World / October 1, 2019

A funeral was held last month at the site of Iceland’s Okjökull glacier. A century ago it covered nearly six square miles, measuring 164 ft. deep. Today, it’s less than one square mile, 49 feet thick. The shrinking sheet of ice can no longer be called a glacier. A tombstone plaque was placed at the site:

A Letter to the Future

This monument is to acknowledge that we know
what is happening and what needs to be done.
Only you know if we did it.
August 19, 2019

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Let the Children Play

October 2, 2019 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican / Sept 25, 2019

Two education experts and fathers have issued a clarion call to “Let the Children Play.”

Pasi Sahlberg and William Doyle co-authored Let the Children Play: How More Play Will Save Our Schools and Help Children Thrive. These two fathers with young children were both shocked by the education system they found when the American scholar Doyle took his family to Finland and Finland’s Education Director General, Sahlberg, brought his family to the United States. Their book is a tour de force about play practices globally and the research supporting the developmental need for children to play.

The authors document the stunning reduction in authentic outdoor self-directed play children in the United States and around the world are experiencing.

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Paddle for Clean Water – OB Pier – Sunday, Oct.6

October 1, 2019 by Source

Why We Paddle

Our signature awareness event, the Paddle for Clean Water, is the largest non-competitive surf event in California.

Each year, hundreds of participants paddle their surfboards, SUPs, kayaks and other paddle craft around the 1,971 ft. pier – the longest concrete pier on the West Coast – to raise awareness and funds to protect clean water and healthy beaches in San Diego County.

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The Case For More Scooters in San Diego: A Full-throated Defense of an Extraordinary Invention

September 26, 2019 by Source

By Brett Warnke

I adore e-scooters. I think they’re the best idea to come to San Diego in a hell of a long time. If it were up to me, I’d subsidize thousands more of the damn things in low-income neighborhoods, in addition to more bicycles.

If it were up to me, I’d do studies to see where we could lessen commute times for semi-local traffic, find new lots for additional scooter parking, and if need be, provide space and training for them at schools as well. From Facebook freaks in the Bay to refugee kids in City Heights, I think everyone should have one handy for the day’s commutes.

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1st Annual Ocean Beach Ping Pong Tournament – Friday, Sept.27

September 26, 2019 by Source

The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club is hosting the “1st Annual OB Ping Pong Tournament” and it’s this Friday, September 27.

The games begin at 6:30 pm – with warm-ups at 6:00. You can come to play, come to watch – it’s Happy Hour “all night long” with $5 beer, wine, wings or pizza.

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The Ocean’s Plastic Problem Is Closer to Home than Scientists First Thought

September 25, 2019 by Source

By Ted Henry / The Conversation / Sept. 23, 2019

You’re probably used to hearing that the ocean is full of plastic, but scientists are puzzled by a rather different problem—there actually appears to be a lot less of it than there should be. Most large plastic debris floats, but observations of it on the sea surface offshore are far lower than what would be expected, considering that 8m metric tonnes of plastic is estimated to empty into the ocean from land each year.

Scientists assumed that the missing plastic has simply broken down into tiny microplastics and sunk to the sea floor.

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OB Library Friends’ Book and CD Sale – Sat., Sept.28

September 25, 2019 by Source

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The ‘Good’ of Ocean Beach: New Yoga Studio ‘reUnify’ Already a Fixture of the Neighborhood

September 25, 2019 by Source

Nikki Rae Bose: “OB has a rawness to it. There’s a specific, open-hearted free culture here where anything goes.

By Brett Warnke

The first thing you notice when you meet Nikki Rae Bose, besides her shower of golden hair, is that you’re possibly talking to Jessica Rabbit. The voice is Nikki: intense, deep, a charming whisper that invites you in like a flower.

It’s fitting then that a “Flower of Life” orb sits atop her new yoga studio on Bacon and Voltaire, reUnify. That laser engraved piece was part of a collaboration with Justin Warchol of Warchol Woodworking because Nikki seems to know everybody.

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The Invisible Hand of Democracy Wins Two Small Victories Over Colt and the University of California

September 20, 2019 by Source

By Niall Twohig

Free marketeers want us to believe their rationale for halting assault rifle sales and divesting from fossil fuels. We don’t buy it.

Don’t be misled. We, the people, have won two small victories in the struggle for democracy: We forced Colt to stop selling assault rifles to the public. We forced the University of California system to divest from fossil fuels.

Reading statements from Colt and UC financial planners, however, you might think another hand was at play. For them, the invisible hand of the market dictated their decisions. The market compelled them from unprofitable sectors to more viable and equally profitable ones. For them, the choice to halt sales and divest just makes sense, economic sense.

But that’s all nonsense.

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‘Who Runs the City of San Marcos?’

September 20, 2019 by Source

By Richard Riehl

I was disappointed to learn that our new home in San Marcos, although within city limits, is located in the San Diego County unincorporated area of Lake San Marcos. We cannot vote in city elections, even though we are functionally subservient to the city.

As the November election draws near, I’ve resolved not to vote for any county, state or national candidate before I follow the money to find out who gave them the cash to run their campaigns. Thanks to federal and state law requiring candidates to file public disclosure statements, you can find out who owns an elected official’s loyalty.

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‘The Planet Is On Fire and Trump Fans the Flames’ – Global Climate Walk-Out – Sept. 20

September 19, 2019 by Source

In support of Greta Thunberg and the youth of the world, the Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach posted this message Wednesday, Sept. 18, over …..

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San Diegans Voted for Billions in Infrastructure Fixes, But Money Is Running Out

September 18, 2019 by Source

by Mary Plummer / inewsource / September 17, 2019

Three years after San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to boost money to fix roads, sidewalks and storm drains, funding is falling far short of projections and is expected to run out by the summer of 2022.

When voters approved the Rebuild San Diego measure by a 30-point margin in June 2016, they did it on promises from Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilman Mark Kersey and business groups that $3 billion to $4 billion in expected revenue growth and pension cost savings would fund infrastructure improvements over the next 25 years. It doesn’t look like that will happen.

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Ocean Beach’s TV Series, Terriers, Was Robbed of Long-Term Greatness

September 18, 2019 by Source

Editordude: Every now and then a TV critic bemoans the cancellation of “Terriers” – that detective series on FX that was filmed in Ocean Beach but let go after only one season – and it surfaces on the internet. Here is the latest –

by Bryan O’Donnell / 25 Years Later / Sept. 12, 2019

“Only the good die young” as the song goes. Over the years there have been a number of TV shows that have made an impact on us here at 25YL, which we have been sad to see struck down in their prime. …This week Bryan O’Donnell takes a look at Terriers.

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