Nobody Is Above the Law — Mueller Firing Rapid Response

December 14, 2017 by Source

Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Department of Justice investigation of possible illegal actions by Donald Trump and members of his presidential campaign, and the efforts to conceal those activities.

This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. It would demand an immediate and unequivocal response to show that we will not tolerate abuse of power from Donald Trump.

Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, and whether Congress—the only body with the constitutional power and obligation to rein Trump in from his rampage—will do anything to stand up to him.

That’s why we’re preparing to hold emergency “Nobody is Above the Law” rallies around the country in the event they are needed.

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Burglary Suspect Killed by Police in Sunset Cliffs Area Wanted to Commit Suicide

December 11, 2017 by Source

From San Diego Patch San Diego police shot and killed a break-in suspect in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood, police said on Twitter. Officers responded to the scene just after 6 a.m. Sunday for reports that someone was trying to enter at least one home on the 1300 block of Trieste Drive, police said in a […]

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A Look at Climate Change Effects On San Diego County

December 7, 2017 by Source

By Cynthia Wootton and Angela Deegan / SanDiego350

A recent presentation by Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan of UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography on climate change held locally (at the San Diego City Council Environment Committee meeting), made us wonder what climate change might look like here in San Diego County.

Typically, weather events will conform to two characteristics of climate change: more extreme and, generally, more frequent weather events.

Heat Spells

With climate change, “heat spells increase in temperature, frequency and duration, while cold spells decrease.” And it’s probable that more of the heatwaves will be humid — according to Alexander Gershunov, and others at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

On June 20, 2017, NBC 7 reported that Ocotillo Wells, a desert city, “hit an all-time high of 124 degrees, breaking the all-time San Diego County high of 122 set in 2016” and was ”only 10 degrees shy of the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth.”

Water shortages

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Audubon Society: Mission Bay Planners Okay City’s Misguided Plan for De Anza

December 6, 2017 by Source

Park Committee Votes to Advance Draft Plan that Fails to Address Sea Level Rise to EIR Process

Edited from San Diego Audubon Society:

At the Mission Bay Park Committee hearing held on Tuesday, December 5th, a divided Mission Bay Park Committee narrowly approved a plan for the redevelopment of De Anza Cove over objections from hundreds of community members. The Park Committee took action to approve “alternative 2,” which forwards the plans to a formal environmental review process with the City.

Representatives from San Diego Audubon joined Campland on the Bay, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California State Coastal Conservancy in opposing the two proposed alternative plans offered by the City of San Diego.

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NRA America: The ‘Soft Target’ for Terrorism

December 5, 2017 by Source

By Beau Grosscup,

We have seen it coming.

Starting in 2009, the massacres at Virginia Tech, Binghamton, N.Y, Foot Hood, TX, Sandy Hook, Conn, Washington D.C, Charleston, SC, San Bernardino, CA and Orlando FL along with many ‘minor’ shootings too numerous to list, provided strong evidence that American society was becoming a ‘soft target’ for domestic terrorists.

The Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas massacres, that combined killed 111 and wounded 509 people, confirm it. The domestic American landscape has become a virtual ‘free-fire zone.’ Occasionally the terrorists are from foreign lands, but most often it is American citizens, armed with assault weapons, who wreck havoc in the ‘zone.’

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OB Alley Walkabout

December 4, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Ocean Beach alleys.

Stretching from the hill to the edge of the ocean.

Gritty concrete and dirt byways where we stash our trash and hide ugly utility poles.

In our alleys you’ll find kids playing on skate ramps or shooting hoops, yard sales, entrances to granny flats, old school garages, and converted sheds.

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Reader Rant: ‘Non-Partisan’ Forum Slanted for Republican in San Diego District Attorney Race

December 4, 2017 by Source

Dear People of Color: When They Say ‘Tough on Crime’ They Mean Tough on Your Children’s Futures’

By Terrie Best

While following local politics I was surprised to find intelligent people right here in urban San Diego who will vote against their own interests. This particular anomaly is one I’d long ago set aside for white people in the rural south – the ones who are in bad need of dental check-ups but nevertheless want Obama Care repealed. When I hear of communities targeted by law enforcement I assume their leaders will be savvy enough to seek out and oppose the perpetrators of racist practices in the justice system.

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Scenes From the OB Holiday Auction at Sunshine Co.

December 1, 2017 by Source

Editor’s Note: Here are photos from the 2017 OB Holiday Auction held at the Sunshine Co. last night – Nov. 30th – taken by Larry Wasserman. I don’t think Larry knows the names of all the people he photographed – and neither do we, so if you recognize someone, please let us know in a comment. We also understand that the annual auction to raise funds for the OB Town Council Food & Toy Drive broke the last record in total raised.

Photo Gallery by Larry Wasserman

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Lori Saldaña: Loss of Housing Due to Airbnb Leads to Declining School Enrollments and Subsidies

November 29, 2017 by Source

By Lori Saldaña / Nov 27, 2017

This is in response to the OB Rag article, “Come out to the protest rally against short term vacation rentals in Ocean Beach.”

As an educator, I want to remind people that removing affordable, permanent residential units from a neighborhood will- over time- lead to the closures of local public schools. Before that happens, declining enrollment will impact the quality of education for those few remaining students. It will also lead to the ending of subsidized pre-school programs for families who are at eligible income levels.

Mission Bay has already faced these closures. Can we really support similar impacts in other neighborhoods.

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Confessions of an Airbnb Host

November 29, 2017 by Source

Editor’s Note: The following is an interview with an Airbnb host.

by Chuck Thassing

I’m sitting down with an Airbnb host to discuss the dollars and sense of short term vacation rentals (STVRs). These have been a hotly debated issue in San Diego, and our 9 city councilmembers are gearing up for a vote on December 12th on how to regulate it. The stories run the gamut from displaced residents and frat parties in residential neighborhoods, to desperately needed supplemental income and other benefits of the “sharing economy”.

Q: So tell us about your rental unit.

A: Last year I converted a little 1 bedroom beach cottage in Ocean Beach into a short term rental and listed it on Airbnb.

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OB’s Christmas Tree Is a True OBcean – It Leans to the Left

November 28, 2017 by Source

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS OF REMOVAL AND RE-PLANTING

OB’s brand new Christmas Tree – planted at the foot of Newport Ave. this morning – is a true OBcean – it leans to the left.

Thanks to Bob Edwards who met the truck at 7am this morning – we have this first photo of our Christmas Tree on the beach.

Well, it is a true OBcean – planted and raised right here in OB. See this.

Here’s Bob Edward’s pictorial essay of the removal and re-planting of OB’s Christmas Tree for 2017.

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Residents Rally Against Short Term Vacation Rentals in Heart of Ocean Beach Airbnb Empire

November 27, 2017 by Source

By Nick Karma

Dozens of residents of the beach communities rallied in Ocean Beach on Saturday, November 25th in the first of its kind for San Diego – a protest demonstration against short term vacation rentals. Sponsored by the OB Rag and Save San Diego Neighborhoods, the rally kicked off with a few speeches at the corner of Voltaire and Abbott, in front of “the poster boy of short term vacation rentals” – a lot filled with three 2-story modular units. The crowd proceeded on a “Walk of Shame”…

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Jennings and Camulos Projects Before Peninsula Planners

November 27, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

In an attempt to make right on one of its sorrier performances, the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB), during its regular monthly meeting at the Pt. Loma Library, decided to revisit its bizarre /no decision on a project in July of this year.

At that time, the PCPB voted no on a motion to deny a project and then also voted no on a motion to approve that same project. This rehearing of the project was part of an equally bizarre agenda that had applicants still waiting to present their projects at 9:30 in the evening, three hours after the meeting started. They had to wait while the PCPB discussed internal matters and heard informational items for things that won’t happen until May of 2018.

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The Ocean Beach Town Council needs your help TONIGHT! – Tuesday – to put up ‘No Parking’ signs

November 27, 2017 by Source

IT’S AN OB MOMENT! The Ocean Beach Town Council needs your help TONIGHT – Tuesday!

The No Parking signs have to go up (per city requirements).

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Activists Protest Plans to Bury Nuclear Waste at San Onofre State Beach

November 21, 2017 by Source

By Mary Carreon / OCWeekly / November 21, 2017

Nearly 80 people gathered in Laguna Beach on Saturday to protest Southern California Edison’s (SCE) plan to bury 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente. According to Public Watchdogs, SCE has supposedly obtained a permit from the California Coastal Commission that not only authorizes them to bury the deadly waste, but also permits them to store it in thin-walled canisters 20-feet below the surface and 108-feet from the high tide mark. SCE is expected to dump the waste in mid-December.

This is a big problem for many reasons.

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OB Walkabout No. 5

November 20, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Being an occasional column featuring sights and sounds from Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

Observed:

When the bars close at 2 AM and the locals stagger home, about half the out of town partiers drive past my old home on the 4900 block of West Point Loma, headed back to where ever.

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San Diego County Government Laid Bare

November 16, 2017 by Source

By Norma Damashek

Who knew the race for San Diego County Board of Supervisors could be so hidden, so mysterious?

County government leaders have gotten negative press lately with charges of complacency … neglect … elitism … callousness … and worse! But that hasn’t stopped a vigorous set of candidates from vying for a seat on the tarnished Board of Supervisors.

What an intriguing mystery! It’s time for girl-crusader-for-good-government Nancy Drew to do some sleuthing.

She’s got five big questions about county government. And she’s got a few question for the candidates whose eyes are glued on the June 2018 primary election. All she wants are the facts, ma’am.

Question 1: What’s County Government For, Anyway?

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‘Community Choice Energy’ Technical Study Finds Cheaper and Greener Benefits for San Diego

November 15, 2017 by Source

Conservative Assumptions Camouflage Benefits of this New Energy Option

By Tyson Siegele / San Diego 350 / San Diego Free Press

San Diego struggles under the yoke of the highest electricity prices in the state. Meanwhile, thousands of cities across the United States have executed a plan to reduce their electricity prices, called Community Choice Energy. City officials hired an expert to determine if Community Choice would work here too. The technical study, also known as the feasibility study, found that San Diego would benefit from Community Choice, just like thousands of cities before it.

In July, when the City released the technical study, several publications such as the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Voice of San Diego highlighted the main finding of the study:

San Diego could provide cheaper, greener energy than SDG&E.”

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Point Loma Vigil for Peace

November 8, 2017 by Source

From Pamela of San Diego Indivisible

A candlelight vigil for peace was held on Shelter Island on Tuesday evening, as 80 plus San Diegans sang and prayed for peace with North Korea.

The citizens gathered at the Japanese Friendship Bell park, across from North Island, just as President Trump was speaking to the South Korean parliament.

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OB Walk-About – Part 4

November 7, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Sandwich makers overheard in a local deli:

First Guy: So a woman came in today and asked if we have any gluten-free bread.

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Feeding the Hungry for 10 Years in Ocean Beach

November 6, 2017 by Source

‘Feeding The Hungry’ Ministry Celebrates Its 10th Year

by Bob Edwards

Every other Tuesday for more than ten years, Feeding The Hungry Ministry on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. in Ocean Beach has welcomed seniors, low income, disabled, and homeless people of our community to a free, nutritious, and tasty meal. A ministry of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the all volunteer staff serves 80 to 180 people at each meal.

“The turnout varies, depending on the time of the month,” according to Jack Hamlin who has been volunteering and helping organize the program for about seven years

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Ocean Beach Parents and Kids Urge Motorists to Stop at Red Light at Sunset Cliffs and Santa Monica

November 6, 2017 by Source

These parents and cute kids were out by the intersection light at Santa Monica Ave and Sunset Cliffs Blvd. on Friday, Nov. 3rd,

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What San Diego is Doing Wrong: Housing Law 101

November 2, 2017 by Source

By Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi / San Diego UrbDeZine / October 27, 2017

Instead of taking concrete steps to address the growing housing affordability crisis, San Diego has done nothing for years. Now, faced with nationwide criticism for its mishandling of a Hepatitis A outbreak that was caused by the mistreatment of a growing homeless population, City leaders are wondering what went wrong.

First, San Diego gave its public housing authority, San Diego Housing Commission, free reign to opt out of following federal laws aimed at protecting housing subsidy recipients. As a result,

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A Statue Honoring the Murderous Vasco Nuñez de Balboa in San Diego’s Balboa Park? No Way!

November 2, 2017 by Source

By Steven Newcomb / Indigenous Law Institute

On November 2, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., the Balboa Park Committee will meet at Balboa Park, in San Diego. During the meeting, the House of Spain is scheduled to ask the Committee for a decision regarding a proposal to build a statue honoring a Spanish conquistador named Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. The Committee ought to tell the House of Spain “No, it’s 2017.”

These days, at a time when many statues in the South are being taken down because they honor a legacy of slavery, the House of Spain wants to erect a statue in honor of a Spaniard

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Jefferson Jay’s ‘OB Rag Rag’

November 1, 2017 by Source

Local OB musician Jefferson Jay and his partner Arlene played for the OB Rag‘s celebration last weekend.

And it turned out Jefferson wrote us a song, “The OB Rag Rag”, which of course they played – and actually got a few folks dancing and stomping their feet.

Here are the lyrics:

The OB Rag Rag
(Happy 10th Anniversary)

by Jefferson Jay

Here’s to the OB Rag,
Where justice writing for our
people is our bag,
With even saddest stories, spirits
never sag,
Where folks are flying Ocean
Beach’s flag.

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Hierarchy of San Diego’s Elected Venerables

October 31, 2017 by Source

By Norma Damashek /San Diego Free Press

You and I – as ordinary voters living in greater San Diego – have a mindnumbing number of opportunities to elect scads of people to serve as our public mouthpieces.

We routinely go to the polls or mail in our ballots to select the “public servants” we believe will represent our personal and community interests and improve our well-being. Keeping up with who’s running for what is a daunting job.

In fact, if we built a totem pole made up of all our elected officials, it would surely reach the clouds, maybe even touch the sky.

Curious about how it might look?

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Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’, Ocean Beach Style

October 30, 2017 by Source

Dog Beach Pet Cemetery Desecration?

by Bob Edwards

Call it coincidence, call it synchronicity, call it just freaking weird!

What are the odds that on the Sunday of this long Halloween weekend I would stumble upon the weirdest, most macabre Ocean Beach story ever?

I was next to Robb field, walking with some companions along the flood control channel and noticed two uniformed SDPD officers walking ahead of us. I asked one of my friends:

“Have the cops started walking a beat over here or do you think they’re responding to a complaint?”

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Peninsula Planning Board: Vacation Rentals and Continued Controversy Over Jennings Street Project

October 25, 2017 by Source

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board held its regular monthly meeting at the Point Loma library Thursday, October 19. The agenda was light with only one action item but there were a few other items of interest to the community worth relating.

Probably the most contentious item, the one real action item that was discussed, didn’t get contentious because there was no need for immediate action that night.

Short Term Vacation Rentals

This was a presentation of the Zapf and Bry draft ordinance to put some controls on short term vacation rentals more commonly referred to as STVRs.

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OB Halloween Walkabout

October 24, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Being an occasional column featuring sights and sounds from Ocean Beach and Point Loma, this edition celebrates Halloween in OB.

An OB Halloween memory:

It was late October, some year in the 1970s and my girlfriend Mary Pat and I were hanging out in OB, bored.

We had no Halloween party to go to, no costumes, no ideas. Finally, I suggested we grab some pink bedsheets from the closet

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A Summary of Nuclear Waste Issue at San Onofre

October 23, 2017 by Source

By Gary Headrick

I was recently asked to clear up some confusion about our nuclear waste strategy in an email thread between some good friends. I thought it might be worth sharing a refined version of my reply with you.

Also if you have not signed and shared our Petition yet, please do.

Here is the basic objective:

Delay the date for silos on the beach to get loaded with extremely radioactive waste.

This allows time to consider better alternatives that make us safer while deadly waste remains here cooling off for perhaps decades before it can be moved. We must deal with the fact that they are using canisters that can’t be monitored to prevent leaks, can’t be repaired

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