‘Jingle All the Waves to the OB Holiday Parade’ – Sat., Dec. 3

November 28, 2022 by Source

From OBTC:

The OB Holiday Parade will be on Newport Ave between Sunset Cliffs and Abbott Saturday, December 3 • 5:05 PM.

Each year on the first Saturday in December we gather as a neighborhood to celebrate community, honor history, and mark the beginning of the holiday season in Ocean Beach. The Ocean Beach Town Council is proud to continue this long standing tradition with this year’s 43rd OB Holiday Parade with the theme Jingle All The Waves.

As an all-volunteer produced and community-funded event, we rely especially on the support of core community members (like you!) to make parade magic happen.

Whether you participate in a float, volunteer, sponsor, or simply attend and donate toward the parade – it truly takes all of us to light Newport up with OB holiday merriment.

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Thoughts on Bicycle Lanes in the Peninsula

November 22, 2022 by Source

Editordude: The following by Paul Grimes is taken from a couple of comments he made to Geoff Page’s post that spoke of bicycling in the Peninsula.

By Paul Grimes

I could see k-rails going onto a street like Nimitz due to speed and few cross streets to contend with. The city needs to qualify such installations by traffic volume, speed, available width, curb cuts, intersections, and bike usage

The last one doesn’t seem to be on the radar – the other day I walked from Voltaire to Rosecrans via Wabaska and Nimitz. In that roughly 30-minute hike I saw 1 bike in the expensively provided protected bike lane on what bikers call a major bike thoroughfare to move across San Diego.

There appears to be no real plan to build a network and no real standard for which type of bike facility the city installs.

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The Future Is Luminosity — Newsletter Nov. 2022

November 22, 2022 by Source


Here is the Luminosity Newsletter for November 2022.

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Reader’s Rant: ‘As a Consumer, I’m Against the Proposed Merger of Ralphs and Vons.’

November 22, 2022 by Source

By Deborah Porter

I haven’t seen much chatter about the proposed merger of Ralphs and Vons, but I think it will not benefit any of us and in fact could cause higher prices, fewer stores, less variety and fewer choices for the consumers of San Diego. I have posted some comments on Nextdoor and predictably have gotten informative responses as well as people blaming kids from the high schools of stealing food causing higher prices.

I’m not trying to food fight inflation (useless to try), or denigrate the large grocery options here, it is just that I think that for the average consumer — who may not have a Walmart nearby (we don’t), or cannot go to Costco for their groceries, or prefer to not pay the higher prices at Jensens, Lazy Acres, Target etc. — should rally against this merger. The average consumer cannot afford the higher cost premium grocery stores, and Costco may not make sense for small families.

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New House GOP Agenda – Legislating or Just Irritating?

November 21, 2022 by Source

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New Book: 50 Year Anniversary of ‘Race Riot’ Aboard Aircraft Carrier Kitty Hawk — Only Black Sailors Punished

November 21, 2022 by Source

New book by Navy lawyer who defended accused Black sailors documents one-sided investigation, dubious testimony and other injustices in case that rocked the military

By John Wilkens / San Diego Union-Tribune / Nov. 20, 2022 (Only for subscribers)

For 50 years, Marv Truhe kept the boxes. He moved from San Diego to South Dakota, from South Dakota to Colorado, and a lot of belongings came and went. Not those boxes. There were five of them, cardboard Bankers Boxes filled with official investigations, witness interviews, medical reports, trial transcripts and other documents from an incident that rocked the U.S. Navy in October 1972: a Black vs. White race riot aboard the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk.

“I knew some day I wanted to tell the full story,” Truhe said.

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The 4th Annual 2022 San Diego Music Hall of Fame Was Held in Ocean Beach

November 21, 2022 by Source

From SDMHF

Our ceremony began with a full house on Veteran’s Day. Our silent auction area was full of awesome items including instruments from Taylor Guitars, Pit Bull Audio, local art, loaded gift baskets and more.

A warm welcome came from Master of Ceremonies, Jefferson Jay, venue host Pastor Mike Quinn, and awesome San Diego musical talents, Gato Papacitos.

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Winners in Bodyboarding Competition Held in Ocean Beach

November 18, 2022 by Source

Vert Magazine / Nov. 16, 2022

The California Bodyboarding Tour 2022 stopped off in Ocean Beach November 12th-13th for the US Festival.

As usual, the event was a get together of the boogie scene in Southern California despite the clean and small waves, with new faces showing up in Ocean Beach but also a couple legends like Jay Reale competing and winning, for the second year in a row, the Masters division.

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Pt. Loma Nazarene Students Contend With Mold in the Dorms

November 18, 2022 by Source

By Sofie Fransen / Lomabeat.com / Nov. 16, 2022

It is November, the time of year when cold weather and cold symptoms prey on students.

Some students, like third-year organizational communications major Bree Brandon, may not be so quick to peg the long-lasting cough as a cold.

Last October, Brandon got a cold that quickly turned into a two-month-long cough, stopping only when she went home to Colorado for Thanksgiving. Her roommate in Finch experienced the same thing. As soon as they returned to Point Loma Nazarene University’s campus, they got sick again. She then realized that her cold symptoms must be attributed to her living conditions.

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‘No Humanity Whatsoever.’ Homeless Mothers and Children Forced to Sleep in Cold After SDPD Tows Vehicles

November 18, 2022 by Source

By Artie Ojeda / 7SanDiego News / November 15, 2022

Two homeless mothers say they were forced to sleep outside in cold, damp weather with their young children after San Diego police towed their vehicles, which they had been using as shelter.

“I explained to them, ‘Please don’t take my vehicle. This is our only shelter.’ And they just didn’t care,” said Lisa, 54, who says she’s been homeless since August. “I was so mad. I was so sad. I was heartbroken. I was frozen in fear,” said June, 41, who’s been homeless for the last year.

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Port of San Diego Ends Lease for Driscoll Marina on Shelter Island

November 18, 2022 by Source

From Peninsula News

Since 1992, the Driscoll family has run this wharf at America’s Cup Harbor. It mainly serves San Diego’s Commercial Fishing Industry.

Over three decades it needed more maintenance than it has received. A Revitalization Plan, for $285k, upgraded a few things in 2013.

Still the fishermen grumbled.

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Councilmember Campbell’s Budget Recommendations Show a Slavish Kowtowing to Bicycle Advocates for Votes

November 18, 2022 by Source

By Geoff Page

After perusing Council member Jennifer Campbell’s September 10, 2022, Memorandum titled “Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Recommendations,” the not-so-shadowy hand of the cycling community becomes immediately apparent. One sentence in particular made this clear and caused a closer look at the memo.

“While flexible bollards are useful for demarcating space for bicyclists, they do not have any stopping power to prevent distracted, impaired, or malicious drivers from hitting bicyclists.”

“Malicious drivers?” Only the cycling advocates would say anything like that and Campbell included it in her budget memo. The closer review of Campbell’s budget memo revealed much more.

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Point Loma Provides One of the Best Locations for a Marine Research Facility in U.S.

November 18, 2022 by Source

Quick access to deep water and a unique underwater topography make the Nimitz Marine Facility home to many key scientific expeditions by Scripps Oceanography and a collaborative Navy.

By Tyler Faurot / Pt Loma – OB Monthly / Nov. 13, 2022

For decades, Point Loma has served as home port to dozens of momentous research expeditions in the field of oceanography. The knowledge gained has led to military victories and medical breakthroughs and has taken mankind to realms once unfathomable. Those successes are owed to an amalgam of factors unique to the area.

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Statement on the Passage of Measure C by ‘Keep the Coast 30’

November 18, 2022 by Source

After nine days and with only 15,000 ballots left to count, it appears that Measure C has passed by 51%, narrowly clearing the 50%+1 threshold required.

Identical in wording to Measure E in 2020, which received 57% of the vote, we believe the uncertainty over the outcome and lower margin of approval indicates that voters have become more wary of proposals airily claiming to provide “affordable housing.”

Our members knew going in that we were at a disadvantage with both time and money. Although we formed in September and raised less than $500, we are proud of what we were able to accomplish by going door-to-door and holding rallies.

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River Money

November 17, 2022 by Source

By David Garrick / San Diego Union-Tribune / Nov. 15, 2022

The San Diego City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a new funding source to pay for upgrades to the San Diego River, which officials say could become a regional attraction with recreational amenities and riverfront dining.

The upgrades include parks, bicycle bridges and flood-prevention efforts that could make private-sector investment more likely along the 52-mile river, which runs from Ocean Beach, Mission Valley, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside to Julian.

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Styrofoam Products to Be Banned in San Diego

November 16, 2022 by Source

by Elizabeth Ireland / Times of San Diego / Nov. 15, 2022

Styrofoam products are on their way out in San Diego following the city council vote on Tuesday, Nov. 15 approving an ordinance banning all single-use polystyrene foam food containers, utensils, coolers and pool toys effective next year.

According to a staff presentation at Tuesday’s meeting, while Styrofoam products are accepted in the city’s blue recycling bins, it is difficult to find a market willing to recycle them, and they often are sent to the landfill — if they don’t break up into tiny pieces and get into the region’s environment first.

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In Largest Real Estate Competition in US Navy’s History – NAVWAR Is Now Officially on the Block

November 16, 2022 by Source

Edited from BusinessNews, November 16, 2022

It’s official. The United States Navy is officially seeking bids to renovate NAVWAR, the 70.3-acre complex in San Diego’s Midway District, launching the largest real estate competition in the federal agency’s history.

On Tuesday, the Navy released  the RFQ, the request for qualifications for the lease and development of the NAVWAR property, which includes Naval Base Point Loma, and Old Town Complex. The 182-page solicitation published on federal procurement site SAM.gov formally puts the property on the market and invites development teams to respond by February 7, 2023 with their high-level vision for the site and financing plans.

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Pelosi’s Next Act – An Encore

November 15, 2022 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

What’s a woman to do?

Specifically, Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Just off a near miracle election that defied all odds, almost all odds makers and every doomsday prediction cited by pollsters that the House Democratic majority could lose as many as 45 seats.

In 2018, then House Minority Lead, Pelosi promised to stay around.

“As long as (Trump’s) here, I’m here.”

She did acknowledge that it’s “up to the caucus” to select her party’s leader and that “it’s time for new blood” in the party but added that given the current political climate she should remain in her role.

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Michael Moore’s Midterm Tsunami Truth #24

November 14, 2022 by Source

Mike’s Midterm Tsunami Truth #42Can you bring yourself to say we will win the House?

By Michael Moore / November 14, 2022

It’s hard, isn’t it, to believe in ourselves? Especially when you’ve spent the past few months feeling politically hopeless and trying not to believe the “predictions” shoved down our throats that we are all going to drown in a Trumpian Red Wave of election deniers and right wing nutters. And so millions of you — good people, liberals, lefties, Democrats, Montessori parents — sink into a despair, knowing in your heart of hearts we are doomed.

Between Biden’s low approval ratings, the “record high“ inflation, and the media telling us over and over how the first midterm election of a new president is usually a slaughter (Obama lost 63 House seats in his first midterm), most liberal voters simply gave in to the inevitable.

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Thousands of Researchers and Student Workers Out on Strike at All University of Calif Campuses

November 14, 2022 by Source

Edited From KPBS

Thousands of researchers and student employees at the 10 University of California campuses have gone on strike as of 8 a.m. this morning, Monday, Nov. 14, in an effort to secure improved pay and working conditions.

Contract talks affect 48,000 workers, including 17,000 student researchers, at the 10 schools in the UC system, including UC San Diego. They voted to authorize a strike in October. UC officials are in contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers regarding four separate academic bargaining units

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Legal Actions Claim San Diego City Council Is Violating First Amendment Rights and Brown Act by Muting Speakers

November 11, 2022 by Source

Former Candidate Lori Saldaña “Muted” During Public Comments on Oct. 27 and Nov.1

By Ken Stone/ Times of San Diego / Nov. 4, 2022

The San Diego City Council is violating the First Amendment rights of citizens with a policy barring certain public comments at council meetings, a lawsuit filed last Friday, Nov. 4 alleges.

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Bo-Beau Kitchen and Bar Is Finished in Ocean Beach

November 11, 2022 by Source

From SanDiegoVille

After claiming the closure was only temporary when it first shuttered last September, San Diego’s Cohn Restaurant Group has confirmed Bo-Beau Kitchen + Bar is officially finished in Ocean Beach. In late 2010, the Cohn Group opened Bo-Beau Kitchen + Bar on the outskirts of Ocean Beach. The French bistro-inspired concept quickly became one of the hospitality company’s most highly-revered restaurants, resulting in it being replicated in La Mesa, Long Beach, and Hillcrest (which has since shuttered).

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The Audacious Re-Election Campaign for Councilwoman Jen Campbell

November 10, 2022 by Source


By Scott Lewis
Voice of San Diego / Nov. 10, 2022

When the Union-Tribune editorial board endorsed Linda Lukacs in her race to oust City Councilwoman Jen Campbell, it offered a strange logic.

Campbell, the paper said, had laudable positions: She had resolved the long, torturous dilemma about how to regulate vacation rentals and she supported major investments in housing and development in the Midway area. In contrast, the paper wrote, Lukacs had “disappointing” views on housing and “seemed too inclined to Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) thinking.”

But ultimately, none of that mattered and the U-T endorsed Lukacs. Why?

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Slain Capitol Rioter’s Brother — an OB Resident — Convicted of Hate Crime in Point Loma

November 10, 2022 by Source

Edited from 7NewsSan Diego

A brother of the slain rioter at the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol has been convicted of a hate crime for hurling racial slurs and assaulting a Latino SDG&E worker in Point Loma.

Ocean Beach resident Roger Stefan Witthoeft Jr., 34, has been convicted of misdemeanor battery with a hate crime allegation and violating the victim’s civil rights in the Sept. 14, 2021, attack on the traffic controller.

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San Diego Music Hall of Fame Kicks Off Friday, Nov. 11 in Ocean Beach

November 10, 2022 by Source

From SDMHOF

The San Diego Music Hall of Fame (SDMHOF) is holding its 4th annual induction event at Newbreak Church in Ocean Beach. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2022, Veteran’s Day.

The SDMHOF was founded to celebrate the city’s rich musical past and to honor over a century of great music in San Diego.

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Michael Moore: ‘We Killed the Red Wave’

November 9, 2022 by Source

By Michael Moore/ November 9, 2022

It’s 6am and I haven’t gone to bed. The headlines are already popping up on my screen:

“No Signs of ‘Red Wave’ as Race for Congress Remains Tight” (New York Times)

“Congress hangs in balance as Democrats defy expectations” (Washington Post)

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Election Day Mystery: Deus Ex Machina to the Rescue?

November 7, 2022 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

If you are an Agatha Christie fan, a murder mystery connoisseur, or just tired of waiting for the current election returns to become final (which may take months), take heart.

A plot device that from ions ago dating back thousands of years from Greek tragedies brings about the final “Aha” moment when clarity arrives.

Deus ex machina is that plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem in a story is suddenly and abruptly resolved by an unexpected and unlikely occurrence. .”

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Peninsula Tennis Club Presents Options for Robb Field – Includes Pickleball Center

November 7, 2022 by Source

From PR.com

Peninsula Tennis Club President Todd Sprague, presented two conceptual plans for facility improvements at Robb Field at the Mission Bay Park Committee meeting held on October 4, 2022.

The first concept is for improving and enhancing the existing Peninsula Tennis Club.

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93-Year Old Veteran for Peace Hands Out Group’s 5,000th Sleeping Bag to Homeless

November 7, 2022 by Source

By Diane Bell / San Diego Union-Tribune 

When Stan Levin encountered a homeless man in a wheelchair behind a Denny’s last month, he did what he always does. He started a conversation. As they chatted, he asked the fellow if he was sleeping on the ground and needed a sleeping bag. What he wanted at that moment, though, was a meal.

“Go in and tell the cashier what you want for breakfast and I’ll pick up the tab,” Levin replied. While the stranger was ordering, Levin walked to his car and came back with a sleeping bag to give to him.

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Video: Rally for the Height Limit, ‘No’ on C

November 7, 2022 by Source

Here’s a video by Charles Landon of the rally for the height limit and “No” on Measure C held Thursday, November 3. It was held adjacent to the San Diego River just across from the Midway area and sports arena.

Two city council candidates spoke, Linda Lukacs running in District 2 and Tommy Hough, running in District 6. Both are opposed to Measure C.

Also speaking were Lisa Ross of the Sierra Club, Geoff Page of Keep the Coast 30,

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