Soulless Food at Cafe Rio Mexican Grill in Point Loma

March 16, 2018 by Source

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill
3309 Rosecrans
Loma Square

Point Loma

OBites Visits Cafe Rio for Promise of New Mexico Cuisine

by Bob Edwards

Ever since my first visits to Albuquerque and the Four Corners region, I’ve been in love with New Mexican cuisine. The delicious chile verde (green chili) sauce, made from Hatch or other New Mexican chile peppers is quite unlike the chile verde you find in most California Mexican food. It’s silky smooth and the taste of the roasted chiles has incredible depth.

The sauce is fantastic with enchiladas and can also be used in a stew with vegetables, rice, beans, and usually chicken or pork. The New Mexican red chile sauce, made from dried chile pods, is also a delicious treat and goes great on enchiladas or as a base for posole, the hominy stew available at most restaurants in the region.

When I heard that there was a new restaurant, Cafe Rio Mexican Grill, that serves food inspired by the cuisine of “the Rio Grande region, Southern Texas, and New Mexico”, I knew I had to give it a try. Cafe Rio opened in January 2018 in the Loma Square shopping center at Midway and Rosecrans, between Sprouts and Jamba Juice.

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Peninsula Planning Board Meeting Focus of Efforts to Save Prince Recycling – Thurs. March 15

March 15, 2018 by Source

Tonight’s Peninsula Planning Board meeting is the focus of efforts by some locals to save Prince Recycling – the recycling center at the center of a recent storm of controversy. Residents and businessowners in the Peninsula and the Midway area are being urged to attend the planners’ meeting to counter the push to close it down.

The Peninsula planners meet at 6:30 pm at the Point Loma Hervey Library, 3701 Voltaire Street, SD 92017.

Here is the text from a press statement put out by some local activists and Sean Foldenauer of the Foldenauer Law Group:

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Legal Cannabis Brought San Diego Over $350,000 in Tax Monies in One Month

March 15, 2018 by Source

San Diego’s cannabis business tax brought in $358,348 in the first month of legalized recreational marijuana sales, according to early figures released to KPBS on Monday, March 12.

Local marijuana businesses are required to pay the 5 percent gross receipts tax every month, and the first due date to pay the tax was Feb. 28. A city spokeswoman said the figure was for retail transactions in the month of January.

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs – OB Walkbout

March 14, 2018 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

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Reader’s Rant: ‘Blame it on the Homeless!’ Who Is Really Responsible for Crime in OB?

March 13, 2018 by Source

by anonymous

All the following statements are direct quotes or paraphrased from either local social media pages or comments I’ve heard in Ocean Beach:

Multiple cars vandalized on the block Those damn trolls.

Arson in our alley. Hey, I saw a troll with matted hair going through our recycling cans the same day. Must have been him that set the fire.

That stabbing on Newport last year: Probably a beef between a couple homeless guys.

Graffiti sprayed on my back wall. Homeless again.

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False Accusations Fly in Peninsula Planning Board Election

March 13, 2018 by Source

Someone once said ‘all politics is local politics.’ This is no truer right now than here in Point Loma, where politics are indeed swirling around the local planning committee’s annual election.

Apparently, false accusations have been spread against some candidates running for seats on the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB). And one of those candidates is Geoff Page – a Point Loma activist, former chair of that planning group, consultant – and a writer / reporter for the OB Rag.

On the surface, the imbroglio surrounds the controversial recycling center at Stump’s Market on Voltaire, and who supports it and who doesn’t. Page and 3 other candidates have been falsely accused by a sitting Board member of supporting the recycling center and who also has sent out emails urging Peninsula voters to not vote for them.

Here is Geoff Page’s response to an email

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Point Loma’s Planning Committees Have Elections Coming Up: Peninsula on Mar.15 and Midway on Mar.21

March 12, 2018 by Source

Point Loma’s other local community planning committees – other than Ocean Beach – have their annual elections coming up in March.

The Peninsula Community Planning Board holds theirs on March 15th and the Midway Community Planning Group has theirs on March 21st. (The Ocean Beach Planning Board had theirs on March 7th. )

Here are the details:

Peninsula Community Planning Board Elections

The Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) will be holding elections in March 2018 to fill five (5) vacancies. Board terms are three (3) years, with exception of unexpired terms which are filled.

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County Announces Restrictions for Border Protests During Trump’s Visit to San Diego

March 9, 2018 by Source

Editor’s Note: The County of San Diego has announced Temporary Area Restrictions in the area near the Border Wall prototypes effective March 9 -16. Via the Times of San Diego, here’s their release directed at people planning to demonstrate during Trump’s visit.

It has been widely advertised that there will be a Presidential visit to San Diego during the second week of March. This visit may prompt individuals and groups with contrasting opinions to gather in the area near the Border Wall Prototype Construction in Otay Mesa.

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Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic: A Surf Event for the Community, by the Community

March 7, 2018 by Source

By Kevin Zinger / The Inertia / March 6, 2018

Ocean Beach in San Diego is a special place. It’s a beach town that still hasn’t been gentrified into losing its core identity like so many others. It’s a place where surfers, skaters, hippies, bikers, families and college students all coexist to make up a very interesting beach community. Surrounded by Sunset Cliffs to the south and Dog Beach Jetty to the North, it’s also a place with a wide variety of waves.

So, when some local companies band together to bring you the Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic, it makes sense that the contest has as much variety as the town it was based in.

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San Diego’s Rapid Response to ICE

March 6, 2018 by Source

By Peter Zschiesche

There can be no doubt that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids at workplaces and in neighborhoods will once again become major activities in our area – top officials in ICE have said so. After California’s Governor Brown signed a law limiting California law-enforcement officials’ cooperation with federal immigration authorities,

Mr. Holman, a top ICE official warned, “California better hold on tight—they’re about to see a lot more deportation officers.”

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Local Newspapers – the Peninsula Beacon and the OB Rag – Still in the Game

March 6, 2018 by Source

Editor: Please welcome Delaney Mowers – a journalism student at Point Loma Nazarene University – in her first post in the OB Rag. She’s passionate about writing and the power it has to illuminate the truth and influence lives.

By Delaney Mowers

Coming through the door of the newsroom, the first thing the eye catches is the stacks of newspapers. The stacks of black ink on white paper almost catches the front door entrance as the door swings open. Situated above a Wendy’s restaurant on Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach, San Diego, the newsroom is home to three local papers: The Peninsula Beacon, La Jolla Village News, and Beach and Bay Press.

The papers, put together in a collaborative effort here in the newsroom, are published bi-weekly, and will eventually coat the areas of La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Point Loma, and University City with their combined total of 62,000 copies per edition.

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Masai Tribesman from Kenya Steals Show at Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting

March 5, 2018 by Source

New Board Members Sworn In

By Geoff Page

The highlight of the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting Wednesday February 28 probably should have been the swearing in of newly elected members and awards for outgoing members but a Masai tribesman in traditional dress stole the thunder. During non agenda public comment at the regular monthly meeting held at the Masonic Lodge, the colorfully dressed man identified himself as what sounded like Ohlee, he spoke English fluently but had a thick accent. He was in the United States as an ambassador for an effort to bring clean water to his people in Kenya.

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My Lai Memorial Exhibit Program Comes to San Diego

March 2, 2018 by Source

By San Diego Veterans for Peace

Fifty years ago, American boys, most under 20 years of age, committed unspeakable acts against a civilian hamlet in Vietnam. Over 500 women, children (yes! there were babies!) and old men were slaughtered by American soldiers. Civilian “collateral damage” is a tragic cost of any war; the My Lai massacre only exemplified it at a highly public level.

The San Diego Chapter of Veterans For Peace is named after Hugh C. Thompson, the courageous US Army helicopter pilot who landed his chopper and, along with fellow crewmen, intervened against fellow American troops to end the carnage at My Lai.

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General Coastal Waters Advisory Lifted – Except for La Jolla and Dog Beach in Ocean Beach

March 2, 2018 by Source

The San Diego County’s Department of Environmental Health General Advisory for all San Diego coastal waters has been lifted except for La Jolla’s chronic areas and except for Dog Beach in OB.

The lifting of the general advisory includes Mission Bay and San Diego Bay.

But not for the San Diego River outlet to 300′ south – which is Dog Beach. And this is all because bacteria levels may exceed health standards due to most recent significant rain occurred on February 27, 2018.

Surfers, swimmers and dog-owners are advised to avoid contact with the ocean or river water in that area.

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Demystifying Rent Control – 7 Myths and 7 Facts

March 1, 2018 by Source

Demystifying Rent Control

Rent control can help solve California’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis by decreasing displacement and protecting the rights and dignity of working families, the elderly, and long-term tenants. To demystify rent control in California, here are seven rent control myths followed by seven anti-poverty tenant protection ordinances cities can implement.

By Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi / San Diego UrbDeZine / February 22, 2018

Articles and studies from newspapers to academic journals warn the public against the havoc and devastation caused by rent control ordinances. However, it is not tenants and community based organizations that are funding these articles and studies, …
Myth 1: Rent control is illegal.
Fact: Rent control is legal and an effective tool to address housing affordability.

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March Events from the Ocean Beach Green Center

March 1, 2018 by Source

Here’s the calendar for March provided by the Ocean Beach Green Center. It includes events at the Green Center itself, plus events from around San Diego.

March Events at the Ocean Beach Green Center

Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107 619.225.1083

March 8th Thursday 7:00 p.m. Film Night “A Plastic Ocean”

This 2016 documentary by Australian journalist, Craig Leeson, investigates the devastating impacts that plastic has caused to our environment, especially our marine life. Come Inside for more details … Free of Charge

March 10th Saturday 10:00 a.m. Shade Tree Brigade

Join Save Peninsula Trees if you would like to help green Ocean Beach and contribute to the city’s goal of meeting our Climate Action Plan. Meet at 10:00 am at the Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire St. 92107 for coffee and bagels and a short briefing.

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Can Compromises Fix San Diego’s Vacation Rental Problems?

February 28, 2018 by Source

By Tom Coat / San Diego Union-Tribune / Feb. 15, 2018

The much-too-long history of short-term vacation rentals in San Diego appears ready to write yet another chapter as early as next month when Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins the fray.

The mayor’s vacation rental point person, Elyse Lowe, is on target when she says Faulconer is seeking to find the “sweet spot” for a balanced solution. But the devil is in the details. What is that sweet spot?

The mayor and the San Diego City Council would do well to take guidance from a growing group of town council presidents who represent more than a quarter of a million San Diegans.

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San Diego School Board Urges Vacation Rental Regulations

February 28, 2018 by Source

School board unanimously passes STR resolution; Impacts on school enrollment, housing for teachers, staff cited

From Neighborhoods for Residents:

Citing impacts of short-term vacation rentals on housing that threaten the ability of communities to support their local schools, the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education last night, Feb. 27, unanimously passed a resolution urging the City of San Diego to approve “appropriate regulation” of vacation rentals.

The resolution passed 5-0 at the board’s February meeting

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OB Walkabout Returns with No. 6

February 28, 2018 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

In the early 1970s when the OB Rag was an actual printed-on-paper alternative journal, the garage – pictured inside – served as its darkroom or photo lab. The darkroom was set up by our main photographer at the time who lived in one of the apartments up front along with a rag tag group of other commie pinko activists.

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General Rain Advisory Issued for All San Diego Coastal Waters, Including All of Ocean Beach

February 28, 2018 by Source

Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided for 72 hours following rain.


The Department of Environmental Health has issued a GENERAL RAIN ADVISORY for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to contamination by urban runoff following rain.

This advisory applies to ALL of Ocean Beach and all waters around Point Loma.

Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.

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Royale: The Best Burger in Ocean Beach?

February 26, 2018 by Source

OBites Restaurant Review

4204 Voltaire Street
San Diego, CA 92107.

Author’s note: Editordude has asked me to write some restaurant reviews for the OB Rag as our previous food writer, Judi Curry, has resigned after years of penning detailed and helpful reviews about local restaurants. Thanks for your years of devotion and the provocative and interesting articles you provided, Judi! … My column will be entitled, “OBites.”

by Bob Edwards

If I told you that Royale, the new restaurant on Voltaire near Catalina, has the best hamburger in the Ocean Beach area, would you believe me? Should you believe me?

Probably not, even though I loved it and think that most people will find it and the other food served at Royale delicious.

The reason I say “probably not” has to do with the subjective nature of food writing and the ridiculous concept of “best” of anything when it comes to food.

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‘We Stand With the Parkland Kids’

February 26, 2018 by Source

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San Diego Police Raided, Damaged Cannabis Church, Says $1.1 Million Claim

February 26, 2018 by Source

The following story by Ken Stone originally was published at Times of San Diego. It is reposted here with permission.

By Ken Stone / Times of San Diego / Feb. 21, 2018

According to a $1.1 million claim filed Wednesday — a precursor to a possible lawsuit — the police targeted a “nature minded” religious organization.

It calls itself Sacred Source Sanctuary.

“The police are not raiding other churches that regularly provide wine to their members without state permits to do so,” said Alanna Reeves, president of an El Toro-based church association with 15 Southern California locations.

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OB Skatepark by Joe Ewing

February 26, 2018 by Source

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‘Straws Suck’ Campaign Hits Local Restaurants

February 23, 2018 by Source

by Andie Naugler/ / February 22, 2018

Restaurants have the ability to influence their customers with what they serve and how they serve it. Restaurants near the ocean have the added ability to support and aid the waters they reside above.

Jacqueline Coulon unlocks the door to Little Lion Café on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard before it opens to the public at 8 a.m. A giant wave mural greets guests as they walk up to the French bistro style café. Small and quaint, little lion fits the atmosphere and a healthy menu including breakfast and lunch options is available. “My sisters and I come from an Ocean Beach restaurant family so …”

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History of the Midway District Area of Point Loma

February 22, 2018 by Source

Editordude: The following is from the “Background – Community History” introduction to the Midway – Pacific Highway Corridor Community Plan adopted by the San Diego City Council in May of 1991.


Early maps of the Pueblo lands around the original town (Old Town) location show the San Diego River emptying from Mission Valley into the San Diego Bay over land which now comprises the Midway area. In the mid-1800s, George Derby, army land surveyor, engineered the construction of a dike

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Millions Made From Medicaid by San Diego Couple Who Run Managed-Care Plan

February 21, 2018 by Source

By Retired OBcean

I belong to a Medicaid managed-care plan called Community Health Group. It covers me when I go to a local nonprofit clinic in my neighborhood. I really don’t have any complaints about the clinic’s service or of the plan.

The Plan – which has annual revenues of $1.2 billion – serves nearly 300,000 poor and disabled patients in San Diego County – all under a state contract funded entirely by taxpayers. Reportedly, Community Health Group has earned above-average ratings for patient care. But I just found out .

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Peninsula Planners Take Up Recycling Center, 30-Foot Height Measurements, Upcoming Election

February 20, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board had a lean agenda for its regular monthly meeting February 15 at the Pt. Loma Library but it still allowed for controversy anyway. One issue was the Prince Recycling Center next to the Stumps Market. The other issue was a request for support of a letter asking the city attorney for an opinion on how the Development Service Department is measuring the 30-foot height limit. The second attempt to get PCPB support for this letter stalled.

Prince Recycling Center

The Prince Recycling Center has been the focus of a quickly organized and contentious move by some people to get rid of the facility. The three leaders of this push are members of the Peninsula Community Planning Board,

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The Irony of Pastor’s Day at Point Loma Nazarene University

February 20, 2018 by Source

by Alexis Szoke / / February 19, 2018

“Because of all you do” was the premise of PLNU’s Pastor’s Day 2018, as worded under the Events tab on Point Loma’s official website.

I couldn’t help smelling the staunch irony that hung in the air last Friday as PLNU hosted its annual Pastor’s Day here on campus. An event that is likely intended to be a reverent nod towards our community’s pastors far and wide, it read to me more like a public statement in allegiance with one pastor currently at the forefront of all our minds.

In complete honesty, I didn’t know we celebrated Pastor’s Day here at Loma.

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Midway Planners Have Many Questions About Community Plan EIR

February 19, 2018 by Source

by Geoff Page

Midway Planners Unhappy With Peninsula Planners Re Recycling Center Protest

Before diving into a discussion of the ponderous Midway EIR (Environmental Impact Report) at the Midway/Pacific Highway Community Planning Group meeting February 15, the board had something to say to Point Loma. The board had learned of the recycling center protest and effort to oust Prince Recycling from the Stumps parking lot on Voltaire Street. The people trying to get the center moved were proposing it be moved behind the Big Lots store in the Midway area.

The Midway planning board was not pleased because no one involved with the effort to move the recycling center contacted them to discuss this idea.

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