‘Why I Deleted My Facebook Account’

November 13, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

I was on a road trip in October and somewhere in Northern California I tuned into a public radio station interviewing a journalist who had written a long piece in the New Yorker about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. The piece is titled “Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?” and it was written by Evan Osnos. They began to discuss the 2016 Presidential election and I was blown away by what I heard.

Here is the part that turned me off to Facebook.

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Ocean Beach Child Care Project Is Turning 40 Years

November 12, 2018 by Source

One of the Longest Running OB Grassroots Projects Is Celebrating over 40 Years

By Bonnie Elias

Many times I have driven through the intersection at Chatsworth and Nimitz and wondered about the two houses on the northeast corner – and if the childcare centers I and people I know had helped to create years ago were still operating.

To anyone else they’re just two pretty nondescript houses that are easy to ignore. But to us, the houses represent many memories and a huge success story.

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OB Restaurant Walk – Tuesday, November 13

November 12, 2018 by Source

It’s the 2018 OB Restaurant Walk

The Ocean Beach Town Council and Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association welcome you to join the foodie event of the year for Ocean Beach – the annual OB Restaurant Walk!

San Diego’s Best Restaurant Walk

This year, on Tuesday, November 13, from 5:00pm-9:00pm, the OB Restaurant Walk invites culinary enthusiasts to enjoy more than 50 food samples from some of OB’s best restaurants and breweries

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Book Sale at OB Library – Saturday, Nov. 10th

November 9, 2018 by Source

Friends of the Ocean Beach Library are holding a book sale this Saturday, November 10th from 9:30 to 12:30.

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OB Planners Support New Plans for Ruth Varney Held Park, Table Issue of Police Trailer

November 9, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

New Ruth Varney Held Park Design

There are those who look at an open space and love that it is open and that it sparks the imagination with possibilities for fun and relaxation. Then, there are those who see an open space and see chaos and feel it must be organized. For those in the first group, the revised design of the Saratoga Park was a welcome sight at the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, November 7. The frantic organization seen in the original design has given way to a much more relaxed open space.

According to board member Jane Gawronski, the change was due to complaints from the community about the first design. That plan had just about every square inch of the grassy area north of the main lifeguard station planned for all kinds of park amenities.

The new design leaves most of the grassy area wide open.

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Map of How Ocean Beach and Point Loma Precincts Voted

November 8, 2018 by Source

Thanks to inewsource we have a map of how Ocean Beach and Point Loma precincts within District 2 voted Tuesday, November 6. (Click on link to see how individual precincts voted or for other council races.)

Blue represents precincts that went for Democratic victor Jen Campbell and red those who voted for incumbent Republican Lorie Zapf.

As one can see Campbell won all of Ocean Beach and good chunks of Point Loma, including what appears to be a blue wave along the Nimitz Boulevard-corridor all the way to the San Diego Bay.

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A Few of the Polling Places in Ocean Beach – Tuesday, Nov. 6th

November 6, 2018 by Source

Here’s a few of OB’s polling places.

The OB Rec Center … just to encourage and remind you to vote …

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Dr. Jen Campbell’s Candidacy in District 2: Is She the Cure?

November 2, 2018 by Source

By Brett Warnke

Dr. Jen Campbell is not tall, loud, or filled with that busy anxiety of most politicians. But Campbell has a thoughtful quality. And a talk with her about the city’s problems is much like discussing the ailments of a weary organ. What seems to rile her most, like any good physician, is the untreated and blase patient. In this case, the city’s leadership, perpetually reacting to San Diego’s crises rather than responding actively to new realities and opportunities.

“It’s an old story of San Diego,” Campbell said. “It’s a city that just doesn’t plan ahead. Especially on infrastructure. We’re a city that has constantly gone from crisis to crisis. Zapf is part of this problem.”

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‘Vote As If Your Medicare Depends On It’ – OB Resister Sisters at It Again

November 2, 2018 by Source

The Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach hung another banner Thursday afternoon

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Gun Violence: ‘I Gotta Do Something. Anything.’

November 1, 2018 by Source

By John White / San Diegans For Gun Violence Prevention

“I gotta do something. Anything.”

How many times have you told yourself that?

Did you tell yourself that after Sandy Hook, when gun violence took the lives of 20 children and six adults?

Or after Las Vegas, when a man with guns left 58 people dead and 851 injured?

Or after Parkland, when 14 high school students and three adults died …

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‘Obecian Luau’ Annual Fundraiser at Ocean Beach Woman’s Club – Sat., Nov. 3rd

November 1, 2018 by Source

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District Attorney Summer Stephan Must Apologize to San Diego’s Jewish Community

October 31, 2018 by Source

By Eva Posner, Mary Latibashvili, Susannah Bankhead, and Jay Bartell

On Monday night, District Attorney Summer Stephan attended the vigil at the Congregation Beth Israel for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. She stood on stage and sat in the front row.

However, when asked by a reporter from Times of San Diego about the anti-Semitic website that her campaign launched attacking George Soros during the June primary election, Ms. Stephan refused to answer any questions or acknowledge the issue.

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Duncan Hunter Is That Bro

October 31, 2018 by Source

By Brett Warnke

Duncan Hunter is a human hangover. He’s that bro who double-parks in a Navigator, who goes Dutch on a third date, and wears sandals with bruised toes. He’s that bro who the rain never touches, whose suits always fit right, and who gets the sort of bad tattoos that everyone compliments.

He’s that bro without underwear who scratches himself at your kids’ games attracting your wife’s attention. Duncan Hunter is that jock who wouldn’t pass the ball in your final high school game, going for glory as your team loses the sectional.

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OB Walkabout: Halloween 2

October 31, 2018 by Source

by Joaquin Antique

As I strolled around town this week there seemed to be less Halloween decorations in Ocean Beach than last year. I think it’s probably because most people are burned out from the real horror show in the White House and the Republican-dominated Congress.

Who needs jack-o’-lanterns when you already have an evil orange demon running the show in Washington? Who needs zombies when you have packs of evil racists marching through the streets of Charlottesville and other cities?

Some people in OB still are spreading the Halloween spirit, though as the accompanying pictures demonstrate.

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It’s Michael Winn’s Mission to Form a Point Loma Town Council

October 30, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

There was a meeting October 24 at the Point Loma library to talk about the Point Loma Town Council.

Point Loma Town Council you say? Point Loma doesn’t have a town council. Ocean Beach has a town council. So does Mission Beach and Pacific Beach and even La Jolla has one. That’s what this meeting was about, Point Loma doesn’t have a town council and one man is trying to change that.

Community member Michael Winn has made creating a Point Loma town council his mission and he has put some effort into it.

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OB Resister Sisters Hang Another Banner – ‘Vote As If Your Social Security Depends on It’

October 29, 2018 by Source

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OB Town Council Provides Forum for ‘What’s Happenin’ Around Ocean Beach’

October 26, 2018 by Source

By Denine Hunt

The Ocean Beach Town Council met on Wednesday, October 24th in front of a fairly sparse crowd of community members. The OBTC will “go dark” during the next two months and will resume meeting the fourth Wednesday of every month in January, 2019.

The following are announcements of OB events or updates by local groups:

The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club is holding their 6th Annual Fundraiser; ‘Obecian Luau‘ on November 3rd, 6pm-10pm. Proceeds will benefit fourteen different local organizations. You can learn more by visiting here.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Makes Call for Candidates for Its Board of Directors

October 25, 2018 by Source

The OB Town Council is making its annual call for candidates to its Board of Directors. Every year half of its 15-member Board stands for election, so there’s always opportunities for new people to apply to be candidates.

This time around, the week-long election by OBTC members won’t occur until late January and early February, but the Board is now accepting “Letters of Intent”. Plus the usual monthly public meeting of the Board will not be held in November and December (despite what the calendar on their website says!) as those are dark months and the OBTC is busy with holiday events. Here is the official call for candidates:

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Ball Starts to Roll on Redeveloping Navy’s SPAWAR Property at Midway Planners’ Meeting

October 24, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

A huge topic of interest to the community was discussed at the regular meeting of the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Board on October 17: it was the beginning of things happening with the massive SPAWAR building on Pacific Highway. The Navy is holding a four hour on-site meeting on November 5 to discuss the future of the facility.

The Navy has issued a Request For Information that can be viewed (COME INSIDE) According to the Navy’s spokesperson, the solicitation is to obtain ideas from the development community on what to do with the property. A.

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Come Hear About a Point Loma Town Council – Wed., Oct. 24

October 24, 2018 by Source

Tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 24, there will be a presentation on a Point Loma Town Council at the Hervey Library, at 6pm.

The folks who are putting this together say:

This is an opportunity to find out how a town council can help Point Loma (and San Diego) address the problems we constantly complain about.

Not just some of the nagging problems of urban living, but the major problems that we live with and would like changed and feel we can’t, and problems we are most afraid about.

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The Ups and the Downs: My Reporter’s Life, Part Three

October 23, 2018 by Source

Part One
Part Two

By Bob Dorn

By the late 1970s, I was brought back into the newsroom to do general assignment reporting, a kind of sideways move. I could handle breaking stuff, and innocent features (like my seven-day case of hiccups) but the editors might have figured I offered too much trouble on the beats — police, higher education and investigations.

Once again on the day shift, I made it to journalism’s summa cum laude, or maybe just the magna version.

On September 25, 1978, a fully-loaded PSA liner crashed into a private Cessna in

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Peninsula Planners Provide Forum for Famosa Site Advocates But Don’t Take Position

October 23, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting on Thursday, October 18, was both short and relatively quiet, which is not usually the case.

There was only one Action Item on the agenda:
Review and discussion of the input received regarding the petition for rezoning to open space, the message from Councilmember Zapf, and comments offered during the conversational forum on the Famosa Boulevard Housing Commission site.”
This has been a hot issue for a good part of this year and there was some expectation that there might be a lively discussion of the matter. There was a discussion but it really wasn’t lively.

This issue is that the community wants the PCPB take a position on the Famosa site,

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Inspirations Bloom – Remembering Fran Conoley

October 22, 2018 by Source

How Does My Garden Grow?

By Kathy Blavatt

As I look upon my garden there are a few plants I can always count on that look good. These are strong and more beautiful as they age, stretching and branching out, providing shade for young sprouts, and blooming in full glory with a scent that attracts the pollinators who dance among her blossoms.

My friend Fran Conoley, like her plants, was the standout in the garden. The sprouts she planted over decades had been passed around to those with green thumbs and grown in many gardens. I was one of the lucky ones to benefit from her gifts of posies. On August 9, 2018, at age 99, Frances (Fran) Conley died.

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Homelessness Can’t Be Solved with Fines and Arrests

October 19, 2018 by Source

By John Tharp & Maria Foscarinis / OtherWords

When San Diego resident Gerald Stark’s rent increased and he couldn’t afford another apartment, the retired union pipefitter moved into his RV.

But because he lacked an address, San Diego law made it almost impossible for him to park his RV legally. Soon the city confiscated it, leaving him out on the streets. There, he was ticketed for violating another law prohibiting sleeping in public.

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Jen Campbell Comes Out Against Bahia Point Land Grab of Mission Bay Park

October 18, 2018 by Source

Statement from Dr Jen Campbell:

The Bahia Resort Hotel is trying to get the City of San Diego to approve an expansion of their leasehold, getting rid of Gleason Road, over 270 parking spaces and public access to the public beach at Bahia point which is one of the few areas where non-motorized, recreational watercraft can launch into Mission Bay.

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Some Big Developments – My Reporter’s Life, Part Two

October 18, 2018 by Source

Here’s Part One

By Bob Dorn

I didn’t know that the police beat was one of the tests normally applied to newcomers until the San Diego Evening Tribune editors released me from it after six months and, to my surprise, had me cover the County Board of Supervisors.

Developers had been pumping out two-story stuccoes amidst the chapparaled and original Spanish land grants to the east and the north of the city. The collapse of C. Arnholt Smith’s US National Bank was at this time the largest bank failure in US history, so I was a bit surprised to be assigned to cover the Board of Supervisors; after having been in town only 12 months or so I figured I didn’t know f-all about the county.

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Donna Frye Endorses Dr. Jen Campbell for District 2

October 17, 2018 by Source

“I am endorsing Dr. Jen for City Council District 2. One of the main reasons is because of her determination to do what she knows to do and not what others tell her to do.

She has spent most of her life caring for other people and will be able to bring that experience to the community she hopes to serve.

It’s important to me that people in public office understand the basic concept of the job and Dr. Jen gets it.

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Tight Squeeze

October 17, 2018 by Source

by Albert C Elliott – from Friday, Oct. 12

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The Route Map and Everything Else You Need to Know About CiclOBias in Ocean Beach on Sunday, Oct.21

October 17, 2018 by Source

From CiclOBias Website:
Here is everything you need to know about CiclOBias in Ocean Beach this Sunday, October 21.

Want to participate in CiclOBias? Below you’ll find everything you’ll need to know to jump in and enjoy the event!

What is CiclOBias?

The coastal neighborhood of Ocean Beach will host this year’s open streets celebration, CiclOBias, an annual event held in various neighborhoods around the city. San Diego Bike Coalition invites families to bike, skate, scooter, walk — anything outside a car — while experiencing OB’s the most popular streets while not in a car. Participants can cruise along the three-mile route, stopping to check out any of the dozens of local restaurants and shops that make up the vibrant community of Ocean Beach.

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Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach Say ‘Register to Vote’ by Oct. 22

October 17, 2018 by Source

The Ocean Beach Resister Sisters were out Tuesday morning, Oct. 16 with three new signs over the 163 and the Interstate 5.

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