OB Town Council Board Has 8 Seats Up for Election, Candidate Statements Due Jan. 21, 2019

January 17, 2019 by Staff

The annual election for the Ocean Beach Town Council Board of Directors is coming right up. Voting will take place from Monday, January 28th to Friday, February 8th.

Anyone member considering running as a candidate for one of the 8 seats open must submit their Candidate Statement by Monday, January 21st.

A Candidate Statement is a Letter of Intent stating one’s reasons for wanting to join the OBTC Board and describing any relevant experience or skills

Here is the statement from the OBTC website:

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Two Seals Players Did Just ‘Dive In’ and Had to Be Rescued at Sunset Cliffs

January 13, 2019 by Staff

Hey the Pro lacrosse Seals players rescued from heavy surf at Sunset Cliffs who just living their team’s billboard. This billboard appeared recently on Sunset Cliffs Blvd near Voltaire – and OB Rag photographer Bob Edwards snapped this shot.

Here’s the news:

Two members of the San Diego Seals professional lacrosse team were rescued from heavy surf Thursday morning at Sunset Cliffs. Both suffered only minor injuries. The Seals players — identified as Garrett Epple and Nick Ossello — asked a bystander to film them jumping off the cliffs and into the Pacific Ocean at a well-known spot called “The Arches”.

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Please Don’t Go in Ocean or Bay Waters Until Wed., Jan. 9th – General Rain Advisory Still In Effect at Ocean Beach, Both Bays and Coastal Waters of County

January 7, 2019 by Staff

General Rain Advisory In Effect

The County’s Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Rain Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County – which includes Ocean Beach – due to contamination by urban runoff following the most rains. This is particularly important for Ocean Beach, as the San Diego River empties at Dog Beach – as it’s a significant outlet for urban runoff.

Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.

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Springboard West Music Festival Returns to Ocean Beach and San Diego January 10 – 12

January 4, 2019 by Staff

Public invited to Band & Brew Crawl where artists put on show of their careers in Ocean Beach

Springboard West Music Festival, dubbed the “music discovery festival”, is back in San Diego for its third year in a row. For three days, emerging artists from all over the world, industry professionals and locals will gather in Ocean Beach to celebrate the future of music.

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Thank You From the San Diego Free Press

December 14, 2018 by Staff

(And other important info on getting your news)

From San Diego Free Press

Dear friends,

The day has come to dim the lights at the San Diego Free Press. We could not have had such a successful six and a half year run without you. Each one of you invested something essential in this endeavor, whether it was through your thought-provoking submissions, committed readership, or crucial financial support. We are so grateful for the opportunities we have had as editors to get to know so many of you personally.

There are a few other details that we would like to leave you with.

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Final Plans for ReWild Mission Bay to Be Presented Tonight, Thurs. Dec. 6

December 6, 2018 by Staff

Audubon to share three final wetland maps, analysis, and public access designs – public is welcome

Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 6, San Diego Audubon will be presenting the highly anticipated final conceptual plans for ReWild Mission Bay – a project of San Diego Audubon and its partners to enhance and restore wetlands in the North East corner of Mission Bay.

The three plans, developed based on direct input from hundreds of community members, include expanded public access and habitat restoration options, as well as cost estimates and sea level rise modeling. This is the first public meeting in over a year and represents the culmination of 4.5 years of outreach and development.

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OB Planning Board to Meet Wed., December 5

December 3, 2018 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its last monthly meeting for the year this Wednesday, Dec. 5th, at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue at 6pm.

There are no projects to review apparently, but there are still some issues to be discussed.

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The 39th Ocean Beach Annual Holiday Auction – Thurs. Nov. 29

November 29, 2018 by Staff

It’s that time of year! Time for the 39th OB Annual Holiday Auction!

Hosted by Ocean Beach Town Council, the annual fundraiser is a major part of the annual OB Food & Toy Drive, which benefits local families and seniors in need during the holidays.

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San Diego Free Press to Suspend Publication After December 14

November 20, 2018 by Staff

We — the people who’ve overseen this incredible platform called the San Diego Free Press — have decided it’s time to move on. Dec. 14, 2018, will be our last day of posting.

We would like to say thank you to everyone who subscribed to, commented on, and shared our articles over the years — and to those who showed your support more quietly simply by visiting our site. We saw your presence in the stats, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

In fact, we’re going out on a high note. We’ve just had our best two months ever in terms of readership. We have funds in the bank, and — most importantly — all of us on the Editorial Board remain good friends.

Initially, we’d planned on taking a break after the 2016 election

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Marjorie Cohn to Speak – Church of the Brethren – Sunday, Nov.18

November 16, 2018 by Staff

This Sunday, Marjorie Cohn is the Souper Supper Speaker at the Church of the Brethren. In celebration of San Diego peace and justice.

Marjorie’s profound analysis of human rights, US foreign policy and the contradictions between the 2 is deeply respected around the world.

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San Diego Progressive Voter Guide – 2018 General Election

November 2, 2018 by Staff

Here is the Progressive Voter Guide for the 2018 General Election in San Diego County, published by the San Diego Free Press and now republished by the OB Rag. A few words about our process are in order. The OB Rag and the San Diego Free Press are online siblings. The OB Rag has been publishing since October 26, 2007, and the SDFP, as an all-volunteer group, has been publishing daily since June 4, 2012.

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Resister Sisters of OB Remind Afternoon Commuters to Vote as if Their Health Care Depended on It

October 24, 2018 by Staff

The Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach were out and about the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 23,

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Suspect in Killing in Baron’s Parking Lot Identified

October 23, 2018 by Staff

The man suspected of shooting and killing a woman in the Baron’s Market parking lot on October 9 has been identified. The suspect is Joe Bennette Conway, 41, say police.

An arrest warrant in Conway’s name has been obtained – and the public is being asked to help locate him. He is 5-foot-7-inch and weighs about 150-pounds.

San Diego police believe Conway was driving a red, four-door Chevrolet Cavalier possibly with Arizona license plates.

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October 22 Is Last Day to Register to Vote in California

October 22, 2018 by Staff

Yup, that’s right. Monday, October 22 is the very last day to register to vote here in California.

Hundreds of people gathered at Dog Beach and spelled out “VOTE!”

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OB Historical Society: ‘Villa Surf – Dan Dixon’s Pleasuredome’ by Barbara Houlton – Thurs., Oct.18

October 16, 2018 by Staff

Come join the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s monthly presentation on our local history. This Thursday, Oct. 18, the Society presents “Villa Surf – Dan Dixon’s Pleasuredome, 1950-1962”
by local author Barbara Houlton. Villa Surf is the magnificent home of Dan Dixon which overlooks the ocean where Sunset Cliffs Boulevard ends

Barbara Houlton has written two books about Villa Surf – located where Sunset Cliffs Natural Park has obliterated all evidence of its past and history. Beginning with the undeveloped site, its construction, its subsequent coverage in the Sunday edition of the San Diego Union, the books cover the early years.

The third volume is now being written,

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Tell Airport Leaders San Diego Needs Better Mass Transit to the Airport – Send Letter Provided Now

October 15, 2018 by Staff

Circulate San Diego is trying to get San Diego residents to let the leaders of the San Diego airport know how we want to see better mass transit – even a trolley – to the airport. And they urge everyone to send a letter now – through a form they provide.

It’s criminal that there isn’t a trolley already to the airport. Many other major cities have a train, street car or tram to theirs.

Here’s the message from Circulate San Diego:

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Public Being Asked to Help Identify Woman Killed in Baron’s Parking Lot

October 15, 2018 by Staff

San Diego Police are turning to the public in the hopes someone can identify the woman shot to death in the Baron’s parking lot last Tuesday night, October 9.

She was described as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 156 pounds and in her late 20s or early 30s. The victim may have given birth “in the past few months,” San Diego police homicide Lt. Anthony Dupree said.

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Opponents of Housing Planned for Famosa Site in Point Loma Are Collecting Signatures for Their Petition

October 2, 2018 by Staff

Organizers had promised a protest along with “refreshments, guest speakers, media and entertainment” – none of which appeared to materialize on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Famosa site of proposed housing.

They did, however, set up a “drive-by lane” where signatures could be taken without people getting out of their vehicles for a petition organizers have been circulating around Point Loma of late.

On Saturday, they had such a station across from CLeator Park –

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Dog Beach Dog Wash Can No Longer Afford to Provide Free Dog Bags at the Beach

September 26, 2018 by Staff

Mindy Pellissier and Jane Donley, owners of Dog Beach Dog Wash on Voltaire Street in OB have written a letter to the City of San Diego saying they can no longer afford to supply Dog Beach visitors with free dog bags. They announced they would end the service they have provided for many years on the first day of October.

In the response from the City, Jane Donley told the OB Rag, the City has agreed to replace the bags the very next day, on October 2.

Interestingly, Pellisier and Donley cite tariffs imposed by the Trump administration as one of the reasons they have to quit the service as the price of bags is anticipated to rise. The letter stated:

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Ocean Beach Town Council to Meet Wed., Sept. 26

September 25, 2018 by Staff

All are welcome to the monthly Ocean Beach Town Council meeting, this Wed, September 26, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

The board meets at the Masonic Lodge, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd in Ocean Beach.

If you attend, you’re learn what’s happening around the OB Village

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Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents: The Story of Warner Springs – Thurs., Sept. 20

September 18, 2018 by Staff

Warner Springs: A Cultural Landscape and Land of Broken Dream

Join the Ocean Beach Historical Society presentation on the story of Warner Springs with Richard Carrico.

Warner Springs and the surrounding area is a microcosm of the history of southern California. Situated at the foot of Hot Springs Mountain, the highest peak in San Diego County, the sprawling valleys and hills have been the scene of massacres, insurrections, murder, alleged curses on the land, exploitation of native people, and land development focused on the sulphurous hot springs.

Richard Carrico, a well-known local author and lecturer

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20th Annual Ocean Beach Pier Pancake Breakfast! – Sat., Sept. 22

September 17, 2018 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Pier Pancake Breakfast is a fun and popular tradition in OB that kicks off the big fundraising season for the OB Food and Toy Drive and all of OBTC’s Holiday events.

This year we will hold the 20th Annual Pier Pancake Breakfast on the Ocean Beach Pier from 7:30 am till Noon on Saturday, September 22. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children for an amazing breakfast over the ocean.

All proceeds go to benefit the Annual OB Toy and Food Drive,

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Secret White House Committee that Pushes Negative Pot Stories Results in Demand for Neutral Information About Medical Cannabis from the Government

September 13, 2018 by Staff

It has been reported the Trump White House has set up a secret committee to collect and distribute negative stories and statements about cannabis. It’s called the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee and it’s made up of Executive Branch officials. BuzzFeed News broke the story on August 29 and it opens with:

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Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach Persist – ‘Trump’s Flock of Felons’ on OB Pier

September 6, 2018 by Staff

The Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach had a hard time hanging their latest sign on the Ocean Beach Pier this morning, September 6.

Some crazy guy was screaming that the Sisters

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Tired of the ‘OB Pause’? New Button Allows Instant Airplane Noise Complaint

September 5, 2018 by Staff

Residents of Ocean Beach know about the “OB Pause” – or the “Point Loma pause”. People who live under the flightpath of the San Diego International Airport (no longer called Lindbergh Field) know to stop all conversation when planes fly overhead.

Now, however, there’s a new invention called AirNoise which can give those tired or sickened or bothered by the noise from jets to file a noise complaint with just a click of a button, and it goes directly to the San Diego Airport Authority. The button can be carried in your pocket, purse or on a keychain.

When a user clicks AirNoise’s button,

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Jesus Freaks On the Move in Ocean Beach or Signs of the Apocalypse?

August 31, 2018 by Staff

An observant OB Rag staff member has observed these signs that have appeared on Cable Street between Santa Monica and Newport.

Are they an indication of militant Jesus freaks on the move, or are they signs of the coming Apocalypse?

They are high enough that they had to be placed using a ladder or by someone standing on top of a vehicle.

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Two Local Burritos Make it to ‘Top 10’ in Nation

August 25, 2018 by Staff

According to a new ranking by a food website, The Daily Meal , San Diego has seven of the top 50 burritos in America. Wow!

On top of that, two local OB and Point Loma burritos made it to their “Top 10”.

Here is what they say:

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Ocean Beach and Point Loma Residents Warned of Deceptive Pro-Airbnb Petition Gatherers

August 22, 2018 by Staff

Airbnb hired firm under investigation for signature fraud to run its San Diego petition drive

A coalition of coastal town councils and community groups is warning residents of Ocean Beach, Point Loma and other neighborhoods to be leery of pro-Airbnb petition gatherers who are trying to overturn the recently-enacted ordinance on short term vacation rentals.

The aggressive signature-gatherers are using deception, outright misrepresentations and other tactics in order to woo people to sign their petition.

This is the warning from the San Diego Community Working Group, an umbrella organization that includes the San Diego Coalition of Town Councils

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Who is the Enemy of the People?

August 16, 2018 by Staff

By the Staffs of the OB Rag and San Diego Free Press

Today – August 16 – in over three hundred editorials in newspapers and media platforms large and small across the country, the American press is standing up and renouncing president Trump’s declarations that the media is “the enemy of the people.”

The San Diego Free Press and the OB Rag join these denunciations, in the call to confront Trump first put out by The Boston Globe, which began its call with:

A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country – liberal and conservative, large and small – to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words.

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OB Resister Sisters Strike Again – ‘Thanks, GOP – I Couldn’t Have Screwed Your Country Without You – Love, Putin’

August 13, 2018 by Staff

They’ve done it again! The OB Resister Sisters have struck again – this time with a banner over a freeway near downtown San Diego.

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