‘How to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of the 30-foot Height Limit? Vote No on Measure C’

September 27, 2022 by Source

The Point Loma – OB Democratic Club held a panel discussion on the 30-foot height limit over the weekend, and after a “lively discussion” club members voted unanimously to: “Support championing the 50th anniversary of this historic landmark – by voting No on measure C.”

Panelists Mandy Havlik, Geoff Page, and Linda Lukacs led the discussion during the Zoom meeting, and pretty much all agreed on the bottomline to save the height restriction in building.

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Vote No on San Diego Measure C — Raising Coastal Zone Height Limits

September 26, 2022 by Source

By John McNab / OpEd San Diego Union-Tribune / Sept. 26, 2022

On Nov. 8, San Diego voters will be asked to lift the 30-foot building height limit in the Midway District and clear the way for a massive redevelopment of the city’s 48-acre sports arena property.

A similar ballot measure was approved in 2020 only to be thrown out after a legal challenge that argued the city had failed to adequately assess the measure’s environmental impacts. Here are two views on the new effort.

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New Polyurethane Material Biodegrades in Ocean Water

September 26, 2022 by Source

This Could Be a Sea Change for Plastic Pollution

By Mario Aguilera / UC San Diego Today / September 22, 2022 

Plastics, now ubiquitous in the modern world, have become a rising threat to human and environmental health. Around the planet, evidence of plastic pollution stretches from grocery bags in the deep sea to microplastics in our food supplies and even in our blood.

Seeking solutions to counteract the rise in plastic trash, scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed new biodegradable materials that are designed to replace conventionally used plastic.

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San Diego Municipal Pools – Neglect by Design?

September 23, 2022 by Source

Another Mess at the Mayor’s “Get It Done” App

By Colleen O’Connor

What is happening to the City of San Diego’s municipal pools is scandalous. Or it is the opposite of “benign neglect.” Developers’ dream.

Specifically, neglect by design. In the middle of a heat wave, San Diego has swimming pool hours and days reduced. Pool closed. Re-open sporadically. Then closed again.
The most egregious example is the Bud Kearns pool in North Park.

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Peninsula Planners Balk at Closing Off Evergreen Street at Nimitz Without Community Feedback

September 23, 2022 by Source

By Geoff Page

The highlight of the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting, September 15, was another end around maneuver by cycling advocates attempting a major change to a well-traveled Point Loma street.

Evergreen Street

Read this agenda item:

Approval of letter requesting city to install traffic diverters for the area of Evergreen Street near Nimitz.

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San Diego Vets Call to Cancel Miramar Air Show – Will Protest on Carroll Canyon Overpass – Thurs., Sept.22

September 22, 2022 by Source

The San Diego Veterans For Peace, along with 16 other local environmental, social, and religious groups, will be again demonstrating at the Carroll Canyon Road overpass to the I-15, this Thursday, Sept 22nd between 4 and 6 PM, asking that the upcoming Miramar Air Show be cancelled, as an unnecessarily dangerous and environmental disaster. (Come inside for more.)

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More On the Status of San Diego’s Community Planning Groups

September 21, 2022 by Source

By Paul Webb / September 20, 2022

The thing that I keep coming back to in all this is the notion that the planning groups are somehow stifling the development community and blocking much needed housing development that will bring down the cost of housing in San Diego.

I will ignore for the moment the often asserted belief that more housing will result in lower prices and just focus on how much housing planning groups have blocked. I have served two full three-year terms and am in my current term that ends in March.

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Join OB Hardware in Celebrating Its Anniversary — Sat., Sept.24

September 21, 2022 by Source

This Saturday, Sept. 24, is the OB Hardware Anniversary Party. Join the new owners –Joe and Jenae Kuchman — in their celebration at 4871 Newport Ave.

There will be giveaways, Live music, and a Kiddo craft project.

Saturday, September 24, 2022 – 12:45pm

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Sept 25 — Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Passage of the 30-foot Height Limit

September 20, 2022 by Source

Panel Discussion on Issue Main Event.
This November marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 30-foot height limit, Prop D, which was voted into law by the people of San Diego in 1972.

And the Point Loma – OB Democrats are having a panel discussion on September 25 about Measure C — this November’s ballot measure which seeks to amend the People’s Ordinance to exclude the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Plan area,

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The End to San Diego’s Community Planning Groups As We Knew Them

September 20, 2022 by Source

By Geoff Page

Anyone not living in a cave these days recognizes that we – the citizens – are now in a parent-child relationship with the administration in this city of San Diego. And we are not the parent and we are to be seen and not heard.

There are stronger terms for this than parent-child, of course. But, that term seems to fit because it is how the administration sees it, and us. To that end, the city has just taken another big step toward silencing the children so it can do what is best for us all, without having to actually listen to us.

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OB Planners’ Committee to Review Permit for 4733 Saratoga – Zoom Meeting Wed., Sept.21

September 20, 2022 by Source

The Project Review Committee of the OB Planning Board will host its Wednesday meeting remotely via Zoom, starting at 6pm. That is September 21. (See how to access the meeting below.) There is one project on the agenda.

4733 Saratoga Avenue

This is a Coastal Development permit for a new one-story, 746 square-foot dwelling unit with a 91 square-foot covered porch. 

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Pancakes on the Pier in OB – A Video

September 19, 2022 by Source

Enjoy Charles Landon’s short video of “Pancakes on the Pier” — on the Annual OB Pier Pancake Breakfast, Sat., Sept. 17. All proceeds go to the generous efforts of the OB Town Council.
Come Inside for the Vid.

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Upcoming Groovy Events at the OB Woman’s Club – Succulents Workshop and Ping Pong Tourney

September 19, 2022 by Source

Check out these groovy events coming to the OB Woman’s Club later in September.

Living Picture Succulent Workshop – (Space Limited – Must register by Sept. 20)

Tue, September 27, 2022 06:15 PM – 09:00 PM

At the Club located at 2160 Bacon Street in Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA 92107

Learn how to make a beautiful, one-of-a-kind living picture with succulents. It’s really easy and fun to make these. Our instructor, Muriel King, will provide all the materials. The cost is $50, or you can bring your own succulents and the cost is only $38.

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Recommendations for Candidates to San Diego Unified School District Board

September 16, 2022 by Source

Here are Tom Ultican’s recommendations for the two races for the San Diego Unified School District Board, Area B and Area C.

By Tom Ultican / September 12, 2022

San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Public school students 95,250 – Charter school students 19,217 – Percent charter 16.8%

Area B

Area B represents northeastern San Diego from Scripps Ranch to Normal Heights. And Godwin Higa is perhaps San Diego’s foremost expert on trauma informed education.

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Get Ready to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 30-Foot Height Limit

September 15, 2022 by Source

Join other San Diegans in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 30-foot height limit. In November of 1972, 63% of voters throughout San Diego voted to pass the citizen-initiative, known as Prop D.

Beginning in early October, a group of beach residents and supporters who are forming an ad hoc committee will carry out a series of celebrations and press conferences in San Diego’s beach and coastal areas to bring the message of this historic celebration to our fellow residents.

Donna Frye has endorsed this effort and states:

Fifty years ago, San Diego voters approved a ballot measure to preserve access to our beautiful coastal resources.  They did this by putting in place a height limit to protect our natural environment and prevent our beaches and coast from becoming overbuilt with high rises.

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The Mayor’s Spin on 49th Street

September 15, 2022 by Source

By Neighbors For A Better San Diego

Whether he was deliberately sticking a finger in the eye of Talmadge residents, or just promoting a former client of his communications director, Todd Gloria lavishly praised a Bonus Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) project on 49th Street in his latest weekly newsletter.

In the newsletter, Mayor Gloria says that the redevelopment of this former single-family home is a “huge improvement aesthetically from what it was before”. Talmadge residents would disagree

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Fall Book Sale by Friends of OB Library – Sat., Sept.17

September 15, 2022 by Source

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New ‘Reforms’ for Community Planning Groups: Potentially More Diverse But Definitely Less Powerful

September 14, 2022 by Source

By David Garrick / San Diego Union-Tribune / Sept. 14, 2022

San Diego made sweeping changes Tuesday to the city’s 42 neighborhood planning groups in an effort to diversify their membership and make them better organized, but critics call the changes a developer-driven effort to squelch public opposition to dense housing projects.

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New 150-Bed Shelter Opens in the Midway District

September 14, 2022 by Source

The shelter will slowly admit people, 15 at a time

As Gary Warth at the U-T reported: “The beds are made, the showers and restrooms are in place, and mental health and addiction specialists are ready to work with clients at the new homeless shelter in San Diego’s Midway District.”

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24th Annual OB Pier Pancake Breakfast – Sat., Sept.17

September 14, 2022 by Source

From the Ocean Beach Town Council

We’re back on the pier this year for the 24th Annual Pier Pancake Breakfast!

Bring your family & friends for a delicious full breakfast, a raffle and live music! Tickets available in bio or visit pierpancakes.com. $15 Adults, $8 kids.

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U-T Editorial Board Warns City Council to Go Slow on Approving Midway Rising

September 13, 2022 by Source

Full San Diego City Council approval seems close to certain next week after the council’s Land Use and Housing Committee’s unanimous vote Thursday to back Mayor Todd Gloria’s recommended developer — a team of companies called Midway Rising — for the 48-acre sports arena site in the Midway area.

But instead of the site’s rebirth being cause for celebration, the fast-tracking is cause for concern.

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A Memorial to Shoeshine Willie of Ocean Beach

September 13, 2022 by Source

From Cool San Diego

A memorial to a beloved Ocean Beach man now appears on the small building where he repaired and polished shoes for decades. William L. Washington “Shoeshine Willie” passed away early this year. The memorial contains two short poems written by Aaron Bryant.

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Who Is Sandy Hanshaw — the New Chairwoman of the Pt. Loma Association?

September 13, 2022 by Source

The Point Loma-OB Monthly staff interviewed Sandy Hanshaw, the new chairwoman of the Point Loma Association.

By Point Loma-OB Monthly staff / Sept. 12, 2022

Sandy Hanshaw spent more than 20 years in the hotel business in sales and marketing and was part of the opening team at the Omni in downtown San Diego. Before that, she was with the Sheraton Harbor Island.

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San Diego City Council Votes Today on Flawed ‘Midway Rising’ Deal

September 13, 2022 by Source

You Get What They Pay For: Midway Rising and Every Other City “Deal”

By Mat Wahlstrom

In the wake of an FBI investigation into the mayor for his alleged pay-for-play deal to broker (in cahoots with the local Chamber of Commerce) the sale of the city’s sports arena site to a donor in exchange for $1 million to support his re-election campaign, today (September 13) the city council will consider implementing stronger anti-corruption rules.

If you were mistaken in thinking this actual news item was about San Diego instead of Anaheim, it’s understandable.

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Naval Base Relents and Agrees to Make Presentation Pt. Loma Assoc. Meeting on Increased Military Training – Wed., Sept.14

September 12, 2022 by Source

The Navy will hear you now.

From Point Loma Association

Last month, PLA was unsuccessful in arranging a community presentation by the Navy regarding their plans to increase military training at our neighborhood base. And Public comments closed September 1.

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14 Local Groups Call to Cancel Miramar Air Show

September 12, 2022 by Source

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Why Is Queen Elizabeth II So Popular Among American Women?

September 12, 2022 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

Seriously, why are people prepared to wait in line for “thirty hours” at Buckingham Palace to view the Queen’s coffin? Such reverence, not heard of since the death of FDR’s coffin moved by train from Warm Springs, Georgia back to the nation’s capital to lie in rest.

So, why the outpouring of respect, grief, and yes, a bit of fear, at the prospect of life without this Queen.  Granted there are the just curious, the selfie-photographers, and the wannabe influencers.

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Approves City’s Concept Design for New Library

September 9, 2022 by Source

By Geoff Page

The future of the Ocean Beach Library was the single topic at the OB Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday September 7. That future was moved a step closer when the board voted to approve a specific concept for the future library that will move the design and permitting process along.

The meeting was held at the New Break church on Ebers St. where the city of San Diego made a presentation titled “Ocean Beach Library Expansion Survey Results.”

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