Online News Site Sues SDSU for Details on Its Mission Valley Stadium Plans

February 20, 2019 by Source

Funny, it was just the other day I was talking to a bicycling partner about the future of a sports stadium in Mission Valley when he began complaining the public didn’t know yet anything about what San Diego State University was planning to build at the former Chargers site. And then bingo! The Voice of San Diego sues SDSU on this very issue.

From Times of San Diego:

A local news organization is suing San Diego State University, claiming that the school has refused to disclose records involving its plans to redevelop SDCCU Stadium, with particular focus on whether the project will necessitate raising student tuition and/or fees.

According to the suit filed Friday in San Diego County Superior Court, Voice of San Diego has unsuccessfully sought records for four months regarding plans to convert the stadium into SDSU West, a 35,000-seat stadium site also featuring a river park, classrooms, hotels, retail stores, and 90 acres of open space.

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Locals Open New Seafood Market and Restaurant in Ocean Beach

February 20, 2019 by Source

Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill Opens With Much “Finfare”

by Bob Edwards

There’s been a lot of activity and happy faces at the foot of Santa Monica Street where a new restaurant, Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill, has opened. Excited locals and other San Diegans, food blogs, and a film crew from a major TV network have all been checking out or publicizing the opening.

It has always been this reporter’s policy to not review any restaurant before it has been up and running a month or two to give it a chance to iron out the inevitable issues that arise with an opening. I am going to make an exception in this case because there don’t seem to be any issues!

I’ve paid a couple visits to Blue Water and service, food quality, cleanliness, and a good vibe have been spot on each time. It’s probably because Blue Water’s original storefront on India Street has been thriving for years now (#1 rated seafood restaurant in San Diego, per Yelp) and the owners have clearly figured out how to efficiently run their business.

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Tracking the Parrots of Ocean Beach and San Diego County

February 19, 2019 by Source

By dan weisman / Escondido Grapevine / February 18, 2019

Seen a wild pandemonium of parrots lately? Report it immediately. That’s the question and request posed by University of San Diego Biology Instructor Dr. Janel Ortiz and her San Diego Parrot Project, along with “parrot sighting submission form” and a hardy SDPP thank you.

Ortiz takes the academic show on the road Wednesday. That’s when she and her flock of students plan to take flight with a plan to begin a survey of the wild parrots of San Diego County. They will track the birds monthly, trying to determine where the birds forage for food, types of food they seek and other natural behaviors. She also is asking fellow county residents if they see something parrot, say something parrot to university parrot watchers.

The parrots shouldn’t be hard to miss. Other than their rainforest color, they also make noise en masse, especially around dawn and dusk. This is parrot time, to be sure, as wild parrots go looking for mates in mid-February,

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Nature Talk by Point Loma Garden Club at OB Library – Saturday, Feb. 16

February 15, 2019 by Source

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OB Historical Society Celebrates 25th Anniversary With ‘Treasures From the Archives’

February 15, 2019 by Source

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If Trump Declares a National Emergency, He’ll Be Breaking the Law

February 15, 2019 by Source

Originally posted Jan. 11, 2019

By Marjorie Cohn / Marjorie Cohn Blog / Jan. 11, 2019

Congress refuses to enact legislation containing the nearly $6 billion that Donald Trump is demanding for an unnecessary wall on the southern US border. In response, Trump is considering whether to declare a national emergency, take money Congress has appropriated for other purposes, and divert it to build his wall. But under US law, the president cannot usurp the spending power the Constitution grants only to Congress.

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Building Housing Should Not Lead to NIMBYs and YIMBYs

February 14, 2019 by Source

Editordude: The following appeared as an Op-Ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune online Feb.13 and in newsprint on Feb. 14; we repost it with the author’s permission.

By Roy McMakin / San Diego Union-Tribune / Feb. 13, 2019

San Diego has always built new housing, and will continue to do so. We’ve always been a city that welcomes those wanting to live here. Currently there is need to focus increased energy on home building, both due to demand, but also because the state has mandated we do so. That doesn’t mean we should disregard good planning and robust community involvement in the process.

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5 Ways to Make Grocery Shopping More Zero-Waste

February 14, 2019 by Source

By Mukta Patil / Sierra Club Magazine / Feb 4 2019

Shopping for groceries can be overwhelming. Once you get past the sheer volume of products staring down from the aisles, you’ve got to reckon with their ingredients, prices, and the way the food is packed. For environmentally conscious shoppers, the latter—excessive packaging and the resulting pollution—is especially irksome. Enter the zero-waste grocery store.

These small-but-budding enterprises are increasingly popping up, and they’re promising plastic-free, packaging-free products ranging from grains and produce to detergent and shampoo.

The original zero-waste grocery story was the late in.gredients in Austin, Texas, which unfortunately shut down last April after five years of selling exclusively (un)packaged and locally sourced food.

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Here’s Mayor Faulconer’s New Proposals for Regulating Scooters and Bikes

February 14, 2019 by Source

After months of feedback from some communities of San Diego, Mayor Kevin Faulconer has adjusted his October proposals for regulating scooters and e-bikes and on Thursday, released the newest version.

The proposed ordinance will be discussed at the City Council’s Feb. 20 Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting, which meets at 2pm in City Hall, 202 C Street, 12th floor.

Here is the summary of what his office describes is included in the new proposed ordinance:

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Billionaire Jacob’s Plan for Balboa Park Back On the Shelf

February 13, 2019 by Source

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and a group of major philanthropists are shelving a plan to remodel Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama after bids for the project came in way over budget last month.

Lisa Halverstadt / Voice of San Diego / February 12, 2019

A controversial plan to clear cars from Balboa Park’s central mesa is on hold.

Philanthropist Irwin Jacobs, who has long championed the Plaza de Panama project, said this week that philanthropists have halted fundraising efforts necessary to get the project to the finish line after three construction bids each came in at least $20 million higher than earlier estimates for the project.

“There is an excellent plan for how to proceed, but the costs are a little too high at this point,” Jacobs said.

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Socialism Is More Popular Than You Think, Mr. President

February 12, 2019 by Source

Most surveys show Trump would lose in a matchup against a democratic socialist named Bernie Sanders.

By John Nichols / The Nation / Feb. 6, 2019

Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address did not feature a musical soundtrack. But, if it had, surely the orchestral accompaniment would have soared when he got to the line: “We are born free, and we will stay safe. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

But, just as surely, the music would have quieted down as the camera shifted to the assured countenance of newly elected US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat who was elected last fall after campaigning as “an educator, organizer, Democratic Socialist, and born-and-raised New Yorker running to champion working families in Congress;

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Trump Says There’s an ‘Urgent National Crisis’ at Border – Here’s Actual Numbers

February 11, 2019 by Source

Trump sees ‘urgent national crisis’ at border. You decide. Here are U.S.-Mexico border apprehension numbers.

by Shyla Nott & Brandon Quester / inewsource / February 8, 2019

President Donald Trump urged Congress to pass funding for a border wall during his State of the Union address on Tuesday for what he called an “urgent national crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Thoughts on the Dilemma Ocean Beach Planning Board Faced on Approving Another Liquor License

February 7, 2019 by Source

OB Should Be Proud of Its Planning Board

By Geoff Page

Having been on a planning board for some years, I really had an appreciation for the dilemma facing the OB planning board as they struggled with the issue of another liquor license in Ocean Beach.

Board member Craig Klein took an informal street poll in his quest to see what the community thought, and he said the 50-50 result was not much help to him in making a decision. What that did illustrate was that the board would make half the community happy and half angry no matter how they voted. The discussion was very impressive, and it was plain that the board members took it very seriously.

The problem was they were facing

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Warfare Between Pot Dispensaries: Urbn Leaf vs. Golden State Greens

February 6, 2019 by Source

By Sheila Pell / San Diego Reader

As cannabis facilities grow, so does the traffic around them. Emissions increase, air quality degrades. Yet the San Diego City Council is ignoring those environmental impacts.

That’s what several appeals of permits for three new pot production facilities before the city on Jan. 14 claimed. After a preliminary review, the city exempted the projects — 3443 Pickwick Street in southeast San Diego and 8330 Arjons Drive and 9151 Rehco Road in Mira Mesa — from further environmental study, since the applicants would use existing buildings, make limited modifications, and the impacts in these light industrial zones should be minor.

Environmental concerns have nothing to do with the appeals, speakers for those applying for permits alleged. The California Environmental Quality Act, a state law that can be used to block development permits, is being abused by competitors.

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What’s Really Going On in Venezuela

February 6, 2019 by Source

By Marc Ash / Reader Supported News / Feb. 06 2019

What the US corporate media is not telling you about the situation in Venezuela is why the Venezuelan economy is in such trouble.

Since 1999, the US has waged economic warfare against Venezuela in an attempt to destabilize and deconstruct the Socialist Revolution started by former Venezuelan president and close Fidel Castro ally Hugo Chavez.

The US wants Venezuela, with its rich oil reserves, to be a compliant client-state. That was what motivated the Cuban Revolution and that is what drives anti-colonialist sentiment in Venezuela today.

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The Great Dolphin Dilemma and the San Diego Connection

February 5, 2019 by Source

For years, animal rights advocates have waged war against the US Navy for its use of dolphins in warfare and research. Is a resolution possible?

by Lina Zeldovich / Hakai Magazine / February 5, 2019

1. The Great Divide

Michele Bollo stood on Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, close to the US Navy base in Point Loma, San Diego, looking through a video camera trained on a network of pens in the water below. The nine-by-nine-meter ocean corrals held 70 dolphins and 30 sea lions belonging to the US Navy Marine Mammal Program (NMMP). Bollo was there to document how the navy treated the animals.

One animal, a 46-year-old bottlenose dolphin named Makai, once deployed to find mines in the Persian Gulf during the 2003 Iraq War, was sick and unable to swim.

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Team Trump Is Orchestrating a Coup in Venezuela In Plain Sight

February 5, 2019 by Source

By Marjorie Cohn / TruthOut / Feb. 2, 2019

As Venezuela’s second president, Simon Bolivar, noted in the 19th century, the US government continues to “plague Latin America with misery in the name of liberty.”

From engineering coups in Chile and Guatemala, to choreographing a troop landing at the Bay of Pigs intended to establish an exile government in Cuba, to training Latin American strongmen at the School of the Americas in torture techniques to control their people, the United States has meddled, interfered, intervened and undermined the democracies it claims to protect.

Now, Vice President Mike Pence, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and the infamous Elliott Abrams are working with opposition groups in Venezuela to carry out a coup d’état.

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World Health Organization Calls for Removal of Cannabis from Narcotics Scheduling

February 5, 2019 by Source

Cannabis Rescheduling Could Change Its Status on Global Scale

By David Mangone / Americans for Safe Access / February 01, 2019

On February 1st, the World Health Organization (WHO) made an announcement that has the potential to change the status of medical cannabis globally. The WHO has determined that cannabis and cannabis resin should be removed from Schedule IV of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (which is different than the U.S. Controlled Substances Act scheduling) and divided into more specific categories in lower schedules. For, example compound pharmaceutical preparations containing THC would be placed in Schedule III and CBD preparations would be removed from scheduling entirely.

If these recommendations are adopted by the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs this would effectively nullify the excuse of violating international treaty which many governments use as an excuse to block medical cannabis reform in their country.

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February 2019 Events Calendar from the Ocean Beach Green Center

February 5, 2019 by Source

Dear friends of the Ocean Beach Green Center,

We are still in the process of setting up at our new location at 4862 Voltaire St. Ocean Beach 92107. We will be opening up soon. Look for updates on our website: Ocean Beach Green Center, 4862 Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107 :

February Events From the Ocean Beach Green Center

Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Climate Mobilization Coalition Meeting Feb 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd. Ocean Beach People’s Cooperative Community Room, 4765 Voltaire Street. Come help plan for the upcoming Climate Action events. More info Contact:

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Resister Sisters of OB Recycle Their Banners

February 4, 2019 by Source

An OBcean is being a good and green citizen by recycling

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Ocean Beach Gets a Failing Grade for Coastal Access

February 1, 2019 by Source

By Kevin Hastings

If you haven’t explored our coast south of the OB pier, I recommend you try before they are gone completely.

These cliffs and pocket beaches south of the OB pier have historically served locals and surfers as a refuge from the more touristy beaches to the north. You’ll find an interesting mix of sand crabs and other wildlife, yogis and homeless, remnants of eroded structures, breathtaking sunsets, litter, and graffiti.

Unfortunately, the constant wave action and sluggish response from the city has left most of the coastline inaccessible. The map shows the locations, most of which are now closed (in red) or are at risk of closure (yellow).

Most of the locations are somewhere in the city’s to-do list, but

Come Inside and Take a Tour of Your Inaccessible Coast

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4th Annual OB Surf Classic – POSTPONED

February 1, 2019 by Source

The 4th Annual OB Surf Classic has been postponed! The NEW DATE is Saturday February 23, 2019, 7am-5:30pm. It was originally scheduled for this weekend, Saturday Feb. 2.

The event is presented by the Hodad’s Foundation & AWOL Productions, who are dedicated to bringing back the Old School and keeping it local! This Surf Contest is for all the local rippers and families in our beloved Ocean Beach Community.

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Those Who Showed Up to Clean Up Ocean Beach

January 31, 2019 by Source

Ever wonder who actually shows up for those clean-ups of Ocean Beach? You know, the OBceans who take bucket and pickerupper in hand and scrounge the allies, sidewalks, beaches and streets.

OB-CSI sponsored such a clean-up on Saturday, Jan. 26,

and …

here they are -the OBceans who actually showed up and after the clean-up, got their rewards. Photos thanks to ‘Steve O SanDiego’.

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How to Achieve Walkable Transit Service in San Diego

January 30, 2019 by Source

By Howard Blackson III / San Diego UrbDeZine / January 26, 2019

At last week’s State of the City address, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer enthusiastically stated,

“I want to radically overhaul the system itself. The bureaucracy has been set up to empower anti-housing forces that delay or deny projects at every turn… We need to build more housing near employment centers and transit.”

This is a rejection of our long-standing, auto-oriented, one-size-fits-all approach to city making. Fortunately, in 2008, our City of Villages plan began to shift the standards of new construction of private development from single-family, single-use land use outcomes towards more mixed-use buildings and blocks filled with offices, shops, affordable housing, and market-rate homes. This proclamation officially transitions San Diego from focusing on suburban outcomes, as we have for the past 60+ years, to building within our urban neighborhoods.

Now it’s time to do the same for our transit services.

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San Diego Police Swept Through Homeless Areas Just Before Annual Homeless Count – May Have Had Negative Impact on Results

January 30, 2019 by Source

It appears that San Diego police swept through some homeless areas just before the annual homeless count last week, and now homeless advocates say the police efforts may have skewed the results of the count. Voice of San Diego reports:

Police enforcement spiked in the downtown area most densely populated with homeless San Diegans in the days before the annual homeless census last Friday, spurring questions from advocates and even the group that oversees the count about how the increased enforcement may have affected the effort.

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Kennedy, King, RFK, Malcolm X Relatives and Scholars Seek New Assassination Probes

January 28, 2019 by Source

By Tom Jackman / Washington Post / January 25, 2019

Joined by relatives of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, a group of more than 60 authors and investigators have called for a new congressional investigation into the assassinations of the three men and President John F. Kennedy, saying that the four slayings were not resolved and “had a disastrous impact on the course of American history.”

In a public statement, they demanded a public tribunal modeled on South Africa’s “Truth and Reconciliation” process to persuade either Congress or the Justice Department to revisit all four assassinations.

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Get on Board SANDAG’s New Transit Center Vision

January 28, 2019 by Source

By Gretchen Newsom and Brigette Browing / San Diego Union-Tribune / Jan. 25, 2019

Hasan Ikhrata knew what he was getting himself into when he accepted the job as the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) new executive director. As San Diego County’s regional planning agency, SANDAG is charged with mapping out and funding transportation projects throughout the county.

But the agency became so dysfunctional that in 2017 the state Legislature intervened to increase transparency in SANDAG’s operations and ensure that decisions were made to best serve the needs of the majority of area residents.

The new and improved SANDAG — under Ikharata’s leadership

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Jimbo’s Sues to Block Redevelopment of Horton Plaza

January 28, 2019 by Source

By Jennifer Van Grove / San Diego Union-Tribune

Specialty grocer Jimbo’s Naturally is asking a San Diego Superior Court judge to block any efforts by developer Stockdale Capital Partners to turn Horton Plaza into a technology office campus.

The locally owned business earlier this month amended its existing lawsuit against the downtown center’s previous owner to incorporate Stockdale, arguing the real estate investment firm is also violating the terms of the grocer’s lease.

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OB Town Council Hands Out Parade Awards and Introduces Board Candidates

January 25, 2019 by Source

By Geoff Page

Technology almost put the kibosh on the Ocean Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting Wednesday, January 23. The OBTC meetings are held at the Masonic Temple on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and everyone was there ready to go that night but never got inside. Seems whoever controls the building can unlock it remotely so they don’t have to be there to do it. The chair sends a text or calls and the doors are then unlocked. This time, no one responded. And the chair does not have a key.

Somehow, very quickly, the OBTC got an invitation to use the Water’s Edge Faith Community church (formerly the United Methodist Church) on Saratoga and Sunset Cliffs and everyone moved over there. …

Once under way, it developed that there were two main items on the agenda. The first was handing out awards for float winners from the Christmas Parade and the second was a candidate forum presenting people running for open town council seats.

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OB Clean-Up – Saturday, Jan. 26

January 24, 2019 by Source

Start off 2019 right by resolving to give a little back to the community that gives us so much.

Join us as we take to the streets, alleys, parks, and beaches to show OB some much needed love. We will have limited supplies, but bring a bucket and gloves if you can.

Following the cleanup will be a volunteer appreciation party

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