My Abortion Stories

December 6, 2021 by Source

By K-B Gressitt / Blog / December 5, 2021

At 18, I had an IUD. One day, mid-coitus, my partner yelped. An embryo had spurned the device. Ouch.

Mother took me to the hospital, then brought me home, tucked me in, and fed me sweet and savory support.

At 19, I tried being a party girl. Didn’t like it. Or the host who climbed on top and fucked my barely conscious body.

I took myself to Planned Parenthood, raged in humiliated silence, swore a life of celibacy.

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The Pandemic and the Continuing Attack on Democracy and Public Education

December 6, 2021 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican / November 30, 2021

Nancy MacLean’s amazing book Democracy in Chains documents Charles Koch’s anti-democratic and anti-public education agenda plus his relationship with Nobel Prize winning economist James Buchanan (Democracy in Chains page 184).

She quotes Buchanan speaking about their shared libertarian agenda, “The project must aim toward the practical removal of the sacrosanct assigned to majority rule.” MacLean writes of Buchanan, “The collective enemy he was constructing included nearly everyone in education except academic economists” (Democracy in Chains page 119).

She also noted that the handsomely Koch-financed politician Dick Armey called for the end of public education which he labeled “the most socialized industry in the world” (page 196). Today’s pandemic attack on public education is simply a continuation of a more than a half-century long crusade to end it. Koch money is still feeding the cause.

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Mike James: Change in Venue of Annual Auction for OB Food & Toy Drive — Saturday, Dec. 11

December 6, 2021 by Source

By Mike James / Facebook / Dec. 6, 2021

Proud of the legacy my brothers and I have created in Ocean Beach. It has also been a lot of fun. I had a blast announcing the parade again this past Saturday.

Next Saturday I will once again be an auctioneer to raise money for the O.B. Food and Toy Drive.

There is a change of venue and date this year for the first time in 42 years. Plus the format will be quite a departure from previous auctions. It will start at 6 pm Saturday December 11th at The Holding Company.

Previously it was the Thursday before the parade at the Sunshine Company Saloon. It will be sad to no longer be at the Sunshine where it has been held since 1980.

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OB Tenants on Orchard Complain of Mistreatment by Property Management Company

December 3, 2021 by Source

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By Dave Schwab / Peninsula Beacon / Dec. 3, 2021

After receiving a 60-day notice to vacate, tenants in an Ocean Beach apartment complex are complaining of improper treatment by their management company, which they claim is forging ahead with remodeling plans to their detriment before they’re out.

The dispute is between residents in the two-building apartment complex at 4802 Orchard Ave. and their property manager, Lifestyle Property Management Group, Inc.

“It was rumored for a long time and was made official Nov. 4,” said Sam Montero, a tenant in the complex of his notice to vacate. “The stated reasons are remodeling and repairs. But they started remodeling, demolishing, even before issuing us our notice.”

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December 3: City to Release Non-Toxic Red Dye Into Mission Bay to Study Water Circulation

December 3, 2021 by Source

The City of San Diego will release fluorescent red dye into Mission Bay on Dec. 3 to study water circulation as part of a larger environmental project. Data will help the City design future water quality improvements and ecological restoration projects at the bay.

The nontoxic dye will be visible for about a week. It is made of rhodamine and is safe for use in drinking water and salt water. The dye will naturally become absorbed into the bay and is not expected to leave any residue on beaches or have any other long-term effects.

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New Group Emerges to Bid on Sports Arena Redevelopment

December 2, 2021 by Source

By Jennifer Van Grove / San Diego Union-Tribune / Dec. 2, 2021

A new team emphasizing strong ties to San Diego has surfaced in the do-over competition to remake the 48 acres of city-owned land near Pechanga Arena San Diego in the Midway District.

Developer Zephyr Partners has partnered with sports-and-entertainment venue operator Legends and affordable-housing builder Chelsea Investment Corp. to submit a bid for the property’ that includes more than 1,000 subsidized units, 29 acres of parks and public space, and a new arena.

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Family of Missing Woman Posts Flyers in Ocean Beach

December 2, 2021 by Source

Unconfirmed sightings of missing woman Lateche Norris in the Ocean Beach area led family members there Wednesday to post flyers and hunt for tips.

Norris, who is from Indiana, was last seen in San Diego Nov. 4, is considered at-risk by San Diego Police Department investigators as of Nov. 30.

“I’m hoping there’s, I don’t know, some scenario that I haven’t fathomed, and she’s safe and we’ll keep going until we find her,” Norris’ mother Cheryl Walker said.

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US Supreme Court Poised to Overturn Roe v Wade

December 2, 2021 by Source

The Guardian / December 2, 2021

Conservative justices in the US supreme court have signaled their support for curbing abortion access during oral arguments in the most important reproductive rights case in decades, threatening the future of abortion access across the country.

Campaigners have warned the case poses a direct threat to the legal underpinnings of Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. In their lines of questioning on Wednesday, liberal justices warned against abandoning important legal precedent, while conservatives argued for reviewing it.

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‘Hello Granny Flats, Adios Trees’

December 1, 2021 by Source

By Sheila Pell / San Diego Reader / Nov. 30, 2021

San Diegans want more trees. That was made clear in surveys for the climate action plan update, but tree advocates say the urban canopy is stuck in time.

Under the 2015 climate action plan, a goal of 15 percent coverage by 2020 fell short; today trees cover 13 percent of the city.

Amid losses to development, pests, and disease, the city has removed as many trees as it planted in the past two years, according to Anne Fege, chair of the community forest advisory board.

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600 Jobs at San Diego County Schools Up for Grabs at Job Fair at Liberty Station – Sat., Dec.4

December 1, 2021 by Source

More than 600 jobs at San Diego County school districts will be up for grabs at a job fair Saturday at Liberty Station in Point Loma. It’s this Saturday, December 4.

The jobs run the gamut:

  • substitute teachers
  • after-school program staff,
  • bus drivers,
  • campus supervisors,
  • child nutrition assistants,
  • food service professionals,
  • health clerks,
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‘Mister Eddy’ Rolls Into OB

December 1, 2021 by Source

Ocean Beach resident Jessica Taylor captured this awesome video of the Mister Eddy – the marine layer — rolling into OB Monday afternoon.

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December 2021 Events From the Ocean Beach Green Center

December 1, 2021 by Source

All events are online and free unless stated otherwise.
* December 8th Wednesday 8 am – 9th Thursday 3:30 pm National Zero Waste Virtual Conference

* December 8th and 9th Holiday Joy Ride 2021 and Golden Gear Awards

* December 8th Wednesday 5 pm – 6 pm Celebrate Sustainably: Gifts & Glitz
* December 8th Wednesday 6 pm – 7 pm Electric Vehicle Association
* December 10th Friday 9 am – 1 pm 6th Annual Community Choice Energy Forum

*** Every Saturday 10:15 am. Climate Mobilization Coalition Zoom Meeting. December 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.

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Oh OB Tree, Oh OB Tree, You’ll Live Forever in Donor Family’s Memories

December 1, 2021 by Source

OB has a special place in the heart of Ken Stone, the main guy behind the online news site Times of San Diego. Here’s his report of the cutting down and installation of OB’s 2021 Christmas Tree. For some great photos of the event, check out his post.

By Ken Stone / Times of San Diego / November 30, 2021

Recording the scene with her phone, Catrina Russell looked forlorn. Part of her family history was dying. But as Randy Bates of NatureScape used a chainsaw to separate a dramatically leaning tree from its Ocean Beach stump Tuesday, Russell knew it was for the good.

“It’s kind of ironic because I’m helping in the fight to save our palm trees….”

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Another Assault in the War on San Diego’s Community Planning Groups

November 30, 2021 by Source

By Mat Wahlstrom

Although we all hoped to be spared further cringe-making videos by out-of-touch electeds after the Downtown Partnership fundraiser fiasco in September, alas it was not to be.

Shared with less fanfare two weeks ago from his official Twitter account is a production on YouTube featuring District 1 Councilmember Joe LaCava, capering on behalf of his developer donors, to propose a complete undoing of the city council policies governing community planning groups (CPGs).

But once again, the asinine is the point: it cloaks the atrocious under cover of whimsy. A little background:

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Night Time Surfing: The Appeal and Risks of Paddling Out After Dark

November 29, 2021 by Source

By Kylie Capuano /

Whether searching for an uncrowded break, cutting out time within a busy schedule, or chasing after a new experience, adventurous surfers paddle out after the sun sets to partake in nighttime surfing, welcoming the risks and unique experience of paddling out after dark.

Stepping away from the crowds, night surfing offers a more serene experience with less crowded breaks. This allows surfers to have more freedom with chasing after waves, as they don’t have to share them with others.

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American Democracy is Not Dead or Dying — Just Malfunctioning

November 29, 2021 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

It is easy to find despair among so many headlines about new COVID variants (Omicron); mass casualty events; sinister, incompetent, corrupt politicians, bankers, ministers, and institutions.

It is easy to complain, nag, give up and be aggrieved as a way of life.

It is especially easy to note all of America’s many legitimate woes; massive economic and social inequalities; inflation; labor shortages; ignorance, all amid this fourth industrial revolution that few can comprehend, let alone manage to navigate smoothly.

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Thankful for Ocean Beach and Solar Farming

November 24, 2021 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt,

Photos by Kathy & Cartoons by Ray Blavatt

As we join our loved ones, we can feel thankful this Thanksgiving 2021!

As crazy as the world has gotten, we still have our beaches and our wonderful community fighting for trees. The closest we came this year to fires were the blazing sunsets.

I am thankful to those that try to change the world for the better. There are innovators with new farm methods that can bring positive environmental changes. These solutions make so much sense.

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OB Friends of the Library Newsletter – Mid-November 2021

November 23, 2021 by Source

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A Hidden Gem for Thanksgiving Week: The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park

November 22, 2021 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

Expecting family and friends to arrive this week in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday?

A sure way to guarantee they enjoy their stay, besides the beach, the bay, the dinners, and the weather, is a hidden gem in Balboa Park: The Japanese Friendship Garden.

The garden is tucked away in Balboa Park, under lush vegetation, with meandering paths across bridges, alongside waterfalls that spill into fabulous Koi ponds. This park also hosts art exhibitions, Bonsai pavilions and currently, a textile exhibit of fine fabrics, as well as magnificent matrimonial Kimonos.

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Willie Closes His Shoe Shine Shop

November 22, 2021 by Source

By Diane Bell / San Diego Union-Tribune / Nov. 20, 2021

An Ocean Beach landmark has closed forever.

Willie’s Shoe Shine, a tiny shed in the parking lot of Mallory’s furniture store on Newport Avenue, has shut its single door.

“Shoeshine” Willie Washington officially has retired. For as many as five decades the retired Marine, now in his mid-80s, has either worked in Ocean Beach in a shoe repair store or run his own drive-by/walk-by business out of a parking lot shed.

He grew into a legend and an icon and even has been referred to as the unofficial mayor of O.B. Willie, as everyone calls him, always has a smile and a kind word and seems to know everyone, their children and their kids’ children. “He’s been a mainstay on Newport for decades,” recalls Frank Gormlie, publisher of the “OB Rag,”

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Ocean Beach Library Expansion Deserves More Thought

November 19, 2021 by Source

Great design isn’t done quickly or cheaply

By Roger Showley / November 18, 2021

Regarding the U-T article about the Ocean Beach Library expansion moves ahead; some want more input” (Nov. 14):

I grew up with the Ocean Beach Library as my branch. To a child it was a place of wonder and inspiration. I find the proposed addition to be a thoughtless, design-challenged and placeless project.

The staff believe an in-house plan will save time and $400,000 in outside architectural fees. But judging by recent city projects, like the Balboa Park West Mesa restrooms, expedited design results in Onions not Orchids.

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Dear Ed: ‘How Long Should I Let a Friend Crash at My House?’

November 18, 2021 by Source

By Edwin Decker

Dear Ed, Can you tell me how long should I let a friend crash at my house? A friend of mine is going through a divorce and has been sleeping on my couch for about a month now. Do you think that’s long enough or is it my obligation to let him stay longer? I want him to leave, but I fear that asking will damage the friendship.

Sincerely, Katy from Connecticut

Dear Katy, ah yes, the age-old question: What’s the statute of limitations on crashing?

Well, it depends on multiple variables such as how close the friend is, how respectful are they of your space, what is your tolerance level and other factors.

Given that I don’t know the particulars of your situation, I have developed a formula for you – or anyone – to apply. I call it the Crashing Friend Eviction Deadline Calculator

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How We Can Save the Ocean and Improve Access at the Same Time

November 16, 2021 by Source

By Anupa Asokan / Op-Ed / San Diego Union-Tribune / Nov. 12, 2021

This summer I was determined to catch a fish called the California corbina. Corbina don’t really carry the clout that comes with reeling in fish like yellowtail or white seabass prized by Southern California anglers, but I’m drawn to corbina partly out of nostalgia since they are related to the red drum I grew up catching in the Gulf of Mexico, and mostly because they are easier to get to. I could fish for them right off the beach without a boat.

I’m a fisherwoman and my days are focused on advancing ocean conservation,

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A Plaque Isn’t Enough for LGBTQ History in Hillcrest

November 15, 2021 by Source

From SOHO Newsletter – November/December 2021

By Dr. Lillian Faderman, Charles Kaminski and Bruce Coons

LGBTQ+ history, like the history of other underrepresented communities, has been frequently overlooked. That history has not been considered worthy of consideration or important in the development of our nation and our city. This is because historically, “homosexuals” were deemed criminals and deviants to the law, sinners to the church, mentally ill to the medical profession and often rejected by our own families. But in LGBTQ+ spaces we not only found a home and a new family, we also formed a community that made it possible for us to wage our successful fight for the civil rights due to all Americans.

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‘Table Talk’: Anna of Starfish Eatery In Her Own Words

November 15, 2021 by Source

by Sal Mineo (@snackdiego)

Hi again, everyone. We are so fortunate here in Ocean Beach. Any day, any time (within reason, it’s still San Diego), an impressive collection of options to snack, sip, slurp, nosh, nibble, graze, guzzle – you get my drift – are within walking distance.

There are so many talented folks keeping us satiated, caffeinated and hydrated; and sure you may get friendly with a few of them at your regular spots, usually the front of the house hosts and servers.

I think it’s equally important to know those behind the scenes – the chefs, cooks, bakers, baristas, brewers, drink shakers, fry guys, taqueros, the list goes on – and sometimes they are all that plus they own the joint. I hope to get to know some and share them with you.

Let’s get into some table talk with Anna Santos Hamilton, the chef\ owner of a relative newcomer to OB, Starfish Eatery.

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Is the New Airport Terminal the Reason the Point Loma Palm Trees Have to Go?

November 11, 2021 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Newport palms got their day – or rather their 10 minutes – in court Tuesday, November 9, as reported here in The OB Rag. The main reason why the effort failed was that the plaintiffs in the legal complaint, John and Tracy Van De Walker, did not own the trees. It was stated that these trees are on “city owned” property.”

Think about that for a minute. What the law is saying is the city, separate from its citizens, owns property that it can do with as it pleases and the citizens have no say. It sounds as if the judge was saying these trees are on someone else’s property as if the city was a private property owner.

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Redistricting Could Set San Diego Back Ten Years

November 10, 2021 by Source

By Norma Damashek / NumbersRunner / Nov. 9, 2021

Take a long look at the outcome of San Diego’s 2010 Redistricting Commission process. You’ll be impressed by the success of that former Commission in drawing boundary lines for our City Council districts that have enabled San Diegans to elect a range of culturally diverse leaders in our nine council districts. We now have what is popularly designated as a Black District (D4), an Asian District (D6), a Gay District (D3), and two Latino Districts (D8, D9).

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Pyramid Schemes, Affinity Fraud, and the Business of Politics

November 8, 2021 by Source

By Mat Wahlstrom

A recent documentary series available online investigated LuLaRoe, a company that targeted women with the promise of gaining financial independence working from home, by selling quirkily patterned leggings and dresses, “creating freedom through fashion.”

In reality it was a pyramid scheme, wherein the real money was made by recruiting others into becoming sellers to recruit others to become sellers. The people at the top of a pyramid scheme get a cut of both that particular scheme’s actual product sales in addition to a cut of the buy-in fees new sellers pay to get in on it.

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Nancy Pelosi: The Greatest Of All Time Speakers

November 8, 2021 by Source

The G.O.A.T of All G.O.A.T.S.

By Colleen O’Connor

By way of explanation, the term G.O.A.T. was first coined by Heavyweight boxing Champion, Muhammed Ali’s wife. She borrowed his, “I am the greatest” taunts and converted them to shorthand, “G.O.A.T.”, aka the “Greatest Of All Time.”

G.O.A.T. has been applied to other “greats;” the Olympic gymnast champion, Simone Biles; basketball greats LeBron James and Michael Jordan; as well as tennis super star, Serena Williams. These greats and others are often referred to as the G.O.A.T. by fans and journalists.

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Public Input Not Allowed on New OB Library Design – Is Ocean Beach Getting the Shaft, Again?

November 5, 2021 by Source

City Presentation of New OB Library Design Unsatisfactory

By Geoff Page

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Ocean Beach’s water…

No doubt the thought of coming to Ocean Beach, to speak for the City of San Diego, strikes terror in city employees. The largely negative reaction the city received at the November 3 Ocean Planning Board meeting presentation on the new OB Library expansion was an illustration why.

The meeting Wednesday night was held at the Water’s Edge Church, which struck this writer as a bit ironic.

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