Restaurant Review: Ceviche House in Old Town

May 22, 2018 by Source

Ceviche House
2415 San Diego Avenue
Old Town.

Bright Flavors at Ceviche House in Old Town

by Bob Edwards

It’s hard to find a good new restaurant to review in the Beach Area. Although it seems like there’s one or two restaurants opening every month, I find that most are boring and predictable or just don’t provide the quality cooking that inspires me to do a review.

I ate three meals at a seafood place in Point Loma recently, took a ton of photos, and started writing about it a few times and finally gave up.

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Special Hearing on Famosa / Nimitz Property to Be Held by Peninsula Planners – June 14

May 21, 2018 by Source

San Diego Housing Commission Met With Many Questions From Community Members
By Geoff Page

Once again, the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting May 19 provided entertainment value for those who attended. And, this time, it was also an excellent illustration of what a planning board is meant to be.

The controversy over that piece of open land off Famosa Blvd. across from Cleator Park more or less erupted. The often heated discussion took up about an hour and a half of the meeting, far longer than originally intended.

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Public Employee Union Free-Loaders Pay ‘Fair Share’ in Janus Case

May 21, 2018 by Source

This first appeared at San Diego Free Press

By Peter Zschiesche

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the “Janus Case” and determine the legality of state laws that allow public employee union contracts to require all covered employees to pay at least a “fair share” fee to cover the union’s cost of negotiating and enforcing their agreement. There are 23 states that have such laws and California is one of them.

In 1977 the Supreme Court decided unanimously that yes, states could do that. But just a few years ago several of the current conservative Supreme Court Justices let it be known that they would be willing to revisit that 1977 decision.

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California Should Not Risk Its Clean Energy Future on Extreme Strategies

May 18, 2018 by Source

By Tyson Siegele / SanDiego350

California will soon decide whether to combine its electric grid management with western states dependent on coal mining and coal-based electricity. This massive change has been proposed in the form of Assembly Bill 813 and before that in Assembly Bill 726. If passed, either of those bills would provide an avenue for coal-fired electricity to gain access to the California market. This would make the transition to renewable energy even harder.

Unifying California’s grid operations with other western states would be a huge risk. Thankfully better options are available.

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Placemaking, Community Building and Permits: Taking Back the Alleys in San Diego Neighborhoods

May 16, 2018 by Source

By Beryl Forman / San Diego Free Press

City planning tends to be a long range, expensive approach to transforming cities, with a greater focus on the creation of planning documents versus the implementation of projects. While there’s no argument that regional and transportation planning has led to a new wave of urban living throughout the country, on a localized level, placemaking offers neighborhood leaders a greater opportunity to engage the public, envision tangible projects, and work together to enhance their surroundings. When The Media Arts Center of San Diego expanded their operations on El Cajon Boulevard in 2012, they launched an initiative called Take Back the Alley to transform their

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OB Community Cleanup – Sat., May 19

May 15, 2018 by Source

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Today All of Palestine Is On Strike.

May 15, 2018 by Source

By Cathy

Today all of Palestine is on strike. No schools, no business as usual…all in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Words truly fail us today, but we are safe and together. The streets are eerily quiet.

When we visited Balata Refugee Camp last week a person on the delegation asked Ibrahim from Balata what he told his children about his life. He had been shot by the Israeli police at a demonstration and had been thought dead.

He told us that he never talked about this with his young children. That he talked with them about the need for a good education and that he wanted them to have hope.

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Research Continues to Show Benefits of Cannabis in Fighting the Opioid Crisis

May 10, 2018 by Source

By David Mangone / Americans for Safe Access

New research has been released that further highlights the potential role of medical cannabis in combating the Nation’s opioid crisis . Two studies, published on April 2nd by the Journal of the American Medical Association reveal a net decrease in opioid prescriptions in states with medical cannabis laws for Medicare and Medicaid populations.

The first study, conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia, found that states with active medical cannabis dispensaries saw 3,742,000 fewer daily doses per year filled for prescription opioids under Medicare Part D (typically enrollees are over 65) compared to states without medical cannabis programs. This decrease equates to about a 14% reduction in opioid prescriptions in states with medical cannabis laws.

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The Trump Administration’s Stupefying Hypocrisy About the Well-Being of Children

May 10, 2018 by Source

By Abby Zimet / Common Dreams

In another day of unfathomable cognitive dissonance, a blindingly heedless Melania unveiled her (stolen-from-Obama) initiative to keep kids safe from cyber-bullying and drugs so they can “do all they can to be best in everything” even as, in a galaxy really not very far from there, the soulless cretins of her philandering husband’s administration were doing everything in their depraved power to make life hell for said children.

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Best San Diego Gyms to Join Over Summer

May 9, 2018 by Source

by Dakota Campagna / Lomabeat.com

With summer less than two months away, the journey to get the perfect beach body is in full force. Here are three gyms that will make your workout out a little less gruesome and are offering some of the top deals in San Diego.

Dan McKinney Family YMCA (La Jolla):

The Dan McKinney YMCA in La Jolla is one of the most beautiful gyms to work out at. They have an upstairs weight room, as well as a separate cardio room next to it. If you were to walk outside on the top floor, there is a balcony with a turf carpet where you can stretch, work out abs, etc.

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Ocean Beach Kite Festival Is Now 70 and at New Location: Robb Field – Sat. May 12

May 8, 2018 by Source

OB Kite Festival has a new location!

The 70th annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival – that’s right, the 70th – is moving to a new and bigger venue this year. The traditional free event will now be held at Robb Field on Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The new Robb Field location will give everyone more room to fly their kites, as well as lots of free parking.

Children will learn how to make and fly a simple kite, with all materials and instruction included.

There’s also food, music (from OB’s own Beer Feat band), jumpies, and a craft fair. Prizes for the best decorated kites

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OB Walkabout, Italian Style

May 7, 2018 by Source

Editordude: The OB Rag’s Joaquin Antique, the author of numerous “OB Walkabouts”, just returned from a trip to Italy.

By Joaquin Antique

The more I travel the more I’m surprised at how familiar things can feel in other places. One of the things I relish about travel is experiencing how different other places can be, but I often find that the commonalities and shared experiences between us are what’s most amazing.

Take the coastal eddy for example. It doesn’t matter if you’re in OB or on the Amalfi Coast, when the fog rolls in it can ruin your day. Or you can just groove on it until it burns off and then it’s glorious. Yellow and green bikes cluttering up your neighborhood or polluting your view?

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100 Years Ago, 13 Drowned in Heavy Rip Currents Off Ocean Beach

May 7, 2018 by Source

One hundred years ago, on Monday, May 6, 1918, at least 13 men, including 11 servicemen, drowned in a single day in heavy rip currents off Ocean Beach. Over 60 people were rescued by lifeguards. The story was covered by the San Diego Union-Tribune, and we include the first few paragraphs of the story, below.

The tragedy forced San Diego and Ocean Beach to deal with the dangers of the surf and tides, and led to the formation of the first lifeguards.
2 DROWN, 11 MISSING, 60 ARE SAVED AT OCEAN BEACH
TERRIFIC TIDE-RIP TRAPS SWIMMERS WITHOUT WARNING

CAUGHT in a terrific tide-rip which swept upon them without warning yesterday afternoon at Ocean Beach, scores of bathers fought for their lives,

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Just Who Is Matt Beatty, OB’s Librarian?

May 7, 2018 by Source

By Brett Warnke

When librarian Matt Beatty talks about his paddle-skating, he doesn’t smile–not in that broad proud way of the athlete, but in a tiny mischievous lift of his mustache.

“It’s an old person’s extreme sport,” he said.

His wit is dry but he gets wet every morning swimming in the chilly waters bubbling under the OB Pier and makes his way to the place where we have all seen him, the OB Library, the human face of our odd little corner of San Diego. Matt is a kind of sociologist of readers,

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Recent Investigation Prompts Closer Look Into PLNU’s Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct

May 4, 2018 by Source

From Lomabeat

When former Point Loma Nazarene University student Amy McClanahan went to her then PLNU professor and Mid City Church of the Nazarene pastor, John Wright, seeking help with issues that she said were related to childhood sexual trauma, she was following university protocol.

Wright also followed the appropriate steps when he went to PLNU’s Wellness Center and other faculty on campus, seeking assistance for McClanahan.

Neither Wright nor McClanahan found what they were looking for.

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Healing the Soul One Board, Breath and Brush At a Time

May 3, 2018 by Source

by Jenna Miller/ Lomabeat. com

On the beaches of San Diego, she stands wearing a straw hat secured around her neck and is wearing a black wetsuit. Her blonde hair reflects the San Diego sun and her smile reflects the San Diego attitude. She walks up to a group of women and they grab their surfboards and hit the waves.

To an outsider, they look like a group of friends, having fun with each other as they surf and take in the beautiful weather together. But to Natalie Small, this is her dream made reality and to these women, this is their new found sanctuary.

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Reader Rant: ‘I’d Rather Pledge Allegiance to the Constitution’

May 3, 2018 by Source

Each month at the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting, we all rise and pledge our allegiance to the flag – as do countless community meetings and school classrooms across the country.

Because I’m an atheist, I always pause while everyone else it seems says “under god” near the end of the pledge. I always wonder whose god are we talking about. The god of Abraham? The Catholic god? The Protestant god? The Christian god, the Jewish god, the Muslim god? The Buddhist god? The gods of the native peoples who roamed this land before we. I don’t really want to pledge to any god. And I know there’s other atheists out there – especially in Ocean Beach.

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Green Activist Calendar for May

May 3, 2018 by Source

May Events at the Ocean Beach Green Center

Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107 oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.com 619.225.1083

May 10th Thursday 7:00 p.m. Double Feature Film Night

“Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science” Our planet is riddled with floods, rising sea levels, severe weather, drought, and the highest temperatures in recorded history. Up to 99% of climate scientists agree that the current trajectory of the climate crisis will lead us to an apocalyptic scenario of unimaginable proportions. So why do so many leaders in Washington stand in direct opposition to the science behind climate change? This 2017 documentary exposes the reasoning behind their willful ignorance, and the real power players who pull their strings. (32 minutes)

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5 Summer Video Games to Look Forward to

May 2, 2018 by Source

by Riordan Zentler/ Lomabeat.com / April 25, 2018

Kingdom Hearts III (Xbox One, PS4)

The Kingdom Hearts fanbase is a long-suffering one. While a plethora of spin-offs and remakes have been released continually, Kingdom Hearts II was released back in 2006. After 12 years, the wait will be over as the series finally receives a proper sequel.

For those not in the know, the Kingdom Hearts series is an eccentric crossover between Square Enix and Disney. As such, the action role-playing game has a distinctive Japanese flavor, with Final Fantasy artist Tetsuya Nomura taking the creative helm with the game’s setting and characters. At the same time, characters like Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck are adapted to the game’s universe–with their official voice actors performing.

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Murals, Puns and More Murals Around OB and Pt Loma

May 1, 2018 by Source

 

by Emilyn Giddings / Lomabeat.com / April 25, 2018

Murals add color and creativity to the walls of cities, so have some “pun” in the sun and check out some of these murals in around Ocean Beach and Point Loma (and a couple from San Diego).

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Roundup at the OB Corral

April 30, 2018 by Source

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The 11 Best Flavors of Cookies at The Cravory in the Midway-District

April 27, 2018 by Source

by Delaney Mowers / Lomabeat.com / April 18, 2018

Arguably, there is nothing better to college students than these two words: cookies and discounts. The Cravory, conveniently located close to PLNU on Midway Town Center, combines cheapness and sweet treats for a winning combination.

Offering PLNU students a two-for-one deal, guests can choose from among a wide array of cookies. The colorful and flavorful variety frequently beckons me to take advantage of this deal, and The Cravory has been a favorite snack spot since my freshman year.

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Ocean Beach Green Center’s 29th Anniversary Celebration! – Sat., April 28

April 27, 2018 by Source

Join the good folks at the OB Green Center to celebrate 29 years of environmental, peace, and social justice activism.

Come to hear great local live music, speakers – there’s refreshments, raffle prizes from local Businesses, good conversation, and smiles. All are welcome!

It’s all happening at the Ocean Beach Green Center’s celebration at 4843 B Voltaire Street in OB, on Saturday, April 28th, fdrom 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Anniversary Celebration Schedule

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Joy to the Fishes

April 26, 2018 by Source

JOY TO THE FISHES

By Steve Kowit

I hiked out to the end of Sunset Cliffs
& climbed to the breakwater,
sneakers strung over my shoulder
& a small collection of Zen poems
in my fist.
A minnow
that had sloshed out of someone’s bait bucket,
& that I came within an inch of stepping on,
convulsed in agony.
Delighted to assist,
I tossed it back into its ocean:

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Free Speech: Point and Counter-Point

April 26, 2018 by Source

Editordude: The following two articles – Point and Counter-Point – are on the subject of free speech and both written by students at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Pro: Hate Speech is Free Speech

By Chris Osborne
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Con: Unrestricted Free Speech is Not Free at All

By Cole Curry / Lomabeat.com / April 18, 2018

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Reader Rant: ‘How I Stopped Worrying and Came to Love Annoying My Short Term Vacation Rental Neighbor’

April 25, 2018 by Source

Editordude: The following is a compilation of a number of suggestions readers left in comments to our articles on short term vacation rentals.

Perhaps the solution to the mini-hotels and short term vacation rentals is for all permanent residents to collectively hit the STVR owners where it hurts the most – the pocket book. If you are a permanent OB resident living next to a full time vacation rental, make life miserable for the guests – in legal ways. Make it so they won’t want to come back and will encourage others not to.

Here are a number of suggestions on how to annoy

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Hillside Improvements at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Aim to Restore Native Plants

April 25, 2018 by Source

by Andie Naugler/ lomabeat.com / April 11, 2018

“Good morning!”

Long-time neighbor of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park David Kimball wakes up early in his house before the sun comes up and heads over to the demonstration garden adjacent to the Ladera Street parking lot. It is his favorite time of day.

“You couldn’t tear me away from here,” Kimball said.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Holds Forum for District 2 City Council, District Attorney Candidates

April 23, 2018 by Source

On Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm, the Ocean Beach Town Council will be hosting a Candidate Forum in preparation for the June 5th primary election.

The OBTC has invited all District 2 City Council candidates and District Attorney candidates to introduce themselves to our community, give us some details on their positions on community issues, and answer a few questions. It’s important to note that this event will not be a debate.

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Some History of the Land Where the Point Loma Bike Track Is Built

April 23, 2018 by Source

By David L. Dick

At the Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting on Thursday, April 19, I offered to assist Ms. Bendixen with her efforts to investigate ownership and title to the property. I asked her to e-mail me at my personal e-mail address that appears on the PCPB website (www.pcpb.net) and I would work with her. I am a former member of the San Diego Housing Commission and and very familiar with the property and its history. Further, I believe I could help her cut through the “red tape” at the Housing Commission to resolve questions about title. But, so far, I have not heard from her.

But I have since done some of my own investigation since Thursday.

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Peninsula Planning Board Meetings Are Always Entertaining

April 23, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

There was not much on the Action Item agenda for the Peninsula Community Planning Board at its regular meeting April 19 held at the Point Loma Library, but PCPB meetings always have some entertainment value.

There was good news, a vacancy was filled and a new chair was elected. A former board member was elected by the board vote to fill the vacancy and was then elected the new chair, something that is clearly a much welcomed improvement. The downside is that the PCPB will very probably cease to be as entertaining a side show it has been for some time.

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