OB Planning Board to Review Proposed ‘Updates’ to Bacon and Newport

August 3, 2022 by Staff

Tonight, Wednesday, August 3, the Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its monthly meeting. The Board is holding in-person meetings and are back at their normal site, the OB Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica. They meet at 6pm.

Vice-chair Kevin Hastings will give an update on the status of the ongoing coastal access projects.

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Peninsula Planners: Tiny Cañon Street Pocket Park to Come In Near $3 Million – 3 and Half Times Original Budget

July 28, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting, Thursday, July 21, was not an exciting affair, but, as always, there were a couple of interesting moments. The Cañon Street pocket park item was the best and it calls for a review of this park’s weird history.

Before moving on to the park, it is necessary to note, again, that PCPB chair Fred Kosmo, again, opened the Zoom meeting by “warning” people that they were being recorded and “warning” them to be careful what they say. Admonishing people attending a planning board meeting in such a manner has a chilling effect on some people, which is the opposite of what these groups are for. Simply “informing” people that the meeting was being recorded would be sufficient.

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Former OBcean Now Head of County Democrats: Rebecca Taylor

July 26, 2022 by Staff

After the resignation of the chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party in early May, a former OBcean and former director of the OB Town Council was selected to become the new acting chair — and that was Rebecca Taylor.

Rebecca had been and still is the party’s Metro West Area Vice Chair.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, then-chair of the County Dems, took a leave of absence as the San Diego County District Attorney and Democratic party officials reviewed potential criminal allegations against him. Here is how Taylor is described on the County Democratic Party’s

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COVID Hits the OB Rag

July 19, 2022 by Staff

COVID-19 has hit the staff of the OB Rag.

Patty is recovering from falling ill last week, and editordude spent most of Monday in bed.

Rag readers need to prepare themselves for slim-downed issues the entire week.

Comments will be open, as usual, but the moderation process may take longer.

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Update on Body Found at Sunset Cliffs

July 14, 2022 by Staff

Meanwhile, Family of Missing Teen Feared to Have Drowned at Mission Beach Await Answers

We have some additional information about the body recovered by San Diego lifeguards from the rocks off Sunset Cliffs early Wednesday morning.

The body is male but was so decomposed, authorities cannot “determine race or anything at this point.”

A fisherman looking for bait originally found the body. And then called 911 shortly after 5:35 a.m. to report seeing a body in the water off Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Adair Street, police said.

Authorities suspect that the high tide washed the body ashore late Tuesday night, and it wedged into the rocks before the water receded with low tide hours later.

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Coastal Commission, Meeting Today in Northern Calif, to Decide Fate of 2 Ocean Beach Cottages at end of Cape May

July 13, 2022 by Staff

The California Coastal Commission is meeting today, Wednesday, July 13, and will be deciding the fate of a new development in Ocean Beach that will demolish two cottages at the very end of Cape May Avenue.

Local OBceans are understandably concerned that coastal access will be negatively impacted and understand that the area does flood.

The problem is the Commission is meeting in Ft. Bragg in Northern California – and they’re meeting today. OB residents want folks, however, to participate in the meeting by remote testimony on Permit #6-20-0375 at 5162 Cape May Ave.

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Body Found on Rocks at Sunset Cliffs Wednesday Morning

July 13, 2022 by Staff

An unidentified body was found on the rocks at Sunset Cliffs Wednesday morning, July 13.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m., lifeguards were notified about the body that was located at 1287 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

The first call came out as a rescue before it was changed to a body recovery effort. And now the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating.

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Jump Off the OB Pier Today for $150 – For a Good Cause

July 11, 2022 by Staff

People at least 18 and avid swimmers can jump off the Ocean Beach – San Diego Pier today, Monday, July 11 – after paying $150, which goes to a good cause.

From 8 am to 3 pm, people can jump 20 to 30 feet into the water off the pier, which was fully reopened to the public on Friday for the first time since 2019. Proceeds from the plunges will go to help raise funds for the Prevent Drowning Foundation

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OB Library Expansion Plans Book $4.5 Million From New State Budget

July 8, 2022 by Staff

Reporter Rob Vardon at the Pt Loma – OB Monthly, published by the U-T, has some good news for OB and its new library. Vardon reported on July 7 that the OB Library expansion and renovation is just a step closer because of the $4.5 million in the state’s new budget for it.

The library’s plans are estimated to cost $8.5 million.

Plus there’s a $4 million request for federal funding Rep. Scott Peters (D-La Jolla) submitted to the House Appropriations Committee at the end of April. Vardon reports that the Appropriations Committee approved the project last week.

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OB Pier Is Open

July 8, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The Rag found out the pier is open. Today. Friday, July 8.

At 10:13 this morning, the city informed the OB Pier Replacement Task Force that all repairs are complete and the that City has opened the whole Pier to the public today.

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Peninsula Planners: Vehicle Habitation Ordinance to Be Enforced Again and City’s Problem With Understaffing

June 23, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The regularly monthly meeting of the Peninsula Community Planning Board on June was pretty routine. There was only one project to review, but it was said that the July meeting would be crowded with projects.

Government Reports

The Government Reports portion of the meeting provided the most interest. Council District 2 representative, Linus Smith, had several things to report starting with the vehicle habitation ordinance.

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Midway Planners Upset Over Perceived Delay by City in Resolving Homeless Issues

June 22, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

Homeless in the Midway

The main topic of discussion at the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s regular monthly meeting, June 15, was the homeless problem in the Midway area. The amount of frustration and barely repressed anger was palpable.

One speaker, a businessperson in the area, spoke up passionately and angrily about the mess on Hancock and Kurtz Streets from a homeless encampment along the Caltrans fence. It includes vehicle habitations and other things like tents.

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Point Lomans Upset Over Yet More Trees Being Cut Down – Now at Liberty Station

June 9, 2022 by Staff

More trees have been cut down in Point Loma. First the palm trees on upper Newport Avenue – and now eucalyptus trees at Liberty Station. And some Point Loma residents are upset.

Point Loman Alex Loker spoke to 10News last week and said on Wednesday, June 2m two large eucalyptus trees near the entrance of Liberty Station were taken down:

“These trees have been here easily for 100 years. They’re about 150 feet tall, and there’s no replacing that as kind of our gate guards into the entrance of Liberty Station.”

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Looks Like OB and San Diego Have Decided to Replace the Pier, Not Just Rehab It – OB Planners Meeting

June 8, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The centerpiece of the Ocean Beach Planning Board’s regularly monthly meeting on June 1 was a city presentation on the Pier, it’s current condition and the future. The meeting was held at the New Break Church. Attendance was not outstanding. One District 2 candidate, Lori Saldaña, attended.

James Nagelvoort presented for the city’s new Strategic Capital Projects Department. Nagelvoort explained that this new department was formed by the city to oversee large and complex projects like the Pier. This by itself was news.

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Homeless Man Stabbed With Life-Threatening Wounds As He Camped in Ocean Beach Parking Lot

June 3, 2022 by Staff

A homeless man was apparently stabbed in the chest while he camped in an Ocean Beach parking lot early Friday, and his wounds appear to be life-threatening.

After the 34-year-old man called 911, medics arrived to find him with a two-inch deep chest wound and rushed to a hospital and into surgery. Police said he is expected to survive.

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No July 4th Fireworks Off the OB Pier This Year … Or Maybe Any Other

June 3, 2022 by Staff

OB’s “annual” Fourth of July fireworks celebration off the Ocean Beach Pier will not be happening – again for the third year in a row.

And because of the state of the pier itself, whether fireworks will be held ever again is in doubt. .

Denny Knox of the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA) told The Beacon the pier cannot handle the trucks and other weight-causing activity. She said:

“We don’t want to be responsible for (the pier) crumbling into the ocean.”

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At the Masonic: Report on District 2 Candidate Forum

June 2, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

A District 2 city council candidate community forum was held Tuesday, May 31 at the Masonic Hall in Ocean Beach. One notable no-show was the incumbent Jennifer Campbell. The other no-show was Joel Day.

Campbell never responded to the invitation. Day said he would be there, but, so far, no reason has been offered as to why Day did not show up. Mandy Havlik, Lori Saldaña, and Linda Lukacs did participate.

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Complaint Lodged Against Gil Cabrera for Violating Airport Authority Ethics Code by Accepting Improper Donations to His Attack Group

May 31, 2022 by Staff

Below is a copy of an anonymous ethics complaint against Gil Cabrera, chair of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and the source of hit piece mailers against Lori Saldaña. It appears that it may have been generated by The Rag’s exposure of Cabrera as the source of the mailers, containing outright lies and distortions about Saldaña, that people are finding in their mailboxes.

The complaint alleges that Cabrera violated the Airport Authority’s Code of Ethics. The complaint says that Cabrera accepted contributions to Cabrera’s PAC from three people who do business with the airport.

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Presentation on Ocean Beach Pier at Top of Agenda of the OB Planning Board – Wed., June 1 at Newbreak Church

May 31, 2022 by Staff

This month’s Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, June 1, will be held at Newbreak Church at 2069 Ebers Street, at 6 pm.

The big agenda item is a presentation about the future of the OB Pier by James Nagelvoort, the city’s Director of Engineering and Capital projects department. The Board is expecting a good turnout for the much-anticipated presentation — which is why the meeting will be held at the church on the corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Ebers.

There are also two projects for the Board to review.

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County Plans to Open Homeless Tent Shelter at Health Services Complex in the Midway – Report of Planning Board Meeting

May 26, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The regular monthly meeting of the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Board, Wednesday May 18 contained two informative presentations, one by by County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the other by District Attorney Summer Stephan. Both were about the homeless issue.

Homelessness in the Midway

Homelessness is a problem everywhere, but it is especially visible and acute in the Midway area.

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America Is At Half-Mast

May 26, 2022 by Staff

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San Diego’s ‘No Fault’ Eviction Moratorium Now In Effect

May 23, 2022 by Staff

San Diego’s new eviction moratorium just went into effect Sunday, May 22, and is now the rule that prevents landlords from removing tenants for ‘no fault’ reasons. It applies to renters who are up-to-date on their rent payments and abiding by the terms of their leases.

With the moratorium in place, if a landlord or family member wants to move into the unit, they need to provide the tenant with 90 days-notice. If they want to take the property off the rental market, they now must provide six months-notice.

The ‘no fault’ eviction moratorium is set to expire September 30 — or 60 days after the pandemic state of emergency ends, whichever comes first.

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Why Is Gil Cabrera – Chairman of Airport Authority Board and Founder of New San Diego – Publishing Smear Mailers About Lori Saldaña?

May 18, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The founder and sole member of the New San Diego political action committee that is publishing smear mailers about Lori Saldaña is none other than Mayor Todd Gloria’s friend Guillermo “Gil” Cabrera.

Confirmation that Cabrera was the founder and only member of New San Diego came from Cabrera himself during a phone call May 17. A call was placed to his office and a voice message was left asking for a call back. The message was clear that the call was about the New San Diego PAC.

So, who is Gil Cabrera? His name may be familiar because he is the new chair of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Board.

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OB Library Now Open – 4 Days a Week With Limited Hours

May 16, 2022 by Staff

The Ocean Beach branch of the San Diego Library opened today, May 16, and currently has a limited hour schedule and is only open for 4 days a week. But it’s open and it has opened even before it was “scheduled” to reopen.

Here are the new hours:

Monday and Tuesday: Hours are 11:30 am to 8 pm.

Wednesday and Thursday: Hours are 9:30 am to 6 pm.

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Dark Money Hit Piece Against Saldaña in District 2 San Diego City Council Race – ‘A Pack of Lies’

May 12, 2022 by Staff

Shadowy Group “New San Diego” Backed by Republicans, Developers, Some Labor Accuses Saldaña of Being in Big Oil’s Pocket

By Geoff Page

Dark money in the District 2 San Diego City Council race appeared in this writer’s mailbox on Monday, May 9. It appeared in the form of a hit piece on District 2 city council candidate Lori Saldaña.

The only clue regarding who put it out was at the bottom of the second page where it stated:

“Ad paid for by New San Diego – Not Authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate.”

It took some effort to find out more about this group, but first the flier. The front page of the mailer has, in big font, “Lori Saldaña Showered By Big Oil.” Below that were three claims. The first stated:

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Coronado Avenue Project Postponed at OBPB Meeting Due to Neighbors’ Complaints

May 10, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The Ocean Beach Planning Board held its regular monthly meeting in person for the first time in well over a year, Wednesday, May 4 at the OB Rec Center. The meeting was held to two hours because of the Rec Centers current operating hours.

The short meeting agenda was shortened even more when one of the two projects on the agenda was postponed until June by the applicant.

4953 Coronado Avenue

The project that was presented at the meeting is located at 4953 Coronado Avenue. This project actually generated a great deal of discussion.

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Money Raised by District 2 City Council Candidates

May 6, 2022 by Staff

The primary is just a month away — on June 7 — and District 2 has the most interesting race going on, what with three Democratic challengers to the Democratic incumbent.

Most of them have been out fundraising. And the latest round of campaign contribution disclosures were submitted by candidates last week. Here’s what they’ve raised, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune:

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District 2 Community Forum for City Council Candidates at Point Loma Library — Monday, May 9

May 5, 2022 by Staff

Early voting for the June 7 primary starts 30 days before the election. And the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board is hosting a series of live and in-person community forums for San Diego City Council candidates.

These events, which will occur both in person and via Facebook Live, will give community members the chance to hear the candidates answer a range of questions from members of the Editorial Board as well as ask questions of the candidates themselves.

Masks will be provided and are encouraged for in-person attendees.

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Peninsula Planners Send Traffic-Related Requests to City; Review of Voltaire Bridge & Canon Pocket Park

May 3, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

There was nothing earth-shaking or controversial during the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s monthly meeting April 21 but the agenda was not uninteresting. The agenda, in fact, represented the things planning boards were created for.

Before moving on, a point on how PCPB chair Fred Kosmo starts each Zoom meeting. During the Zoom meeting era, Kosmo has always reminded the audience that the meeting is being recorded as a sort of warning, which is unnecessary. This is a public meeting and anyone at a public meeting should already know they may be filmed or photographed without permission.

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It’s Time for Women — and Men — to Mobilize Against Supreme Court’s Destruction of the Right to an Abortion: Today at 5pm at Courthouse

May 3, 2022 by Staff

Today Tuesday, America is waking up to a country whose Supreme Court appears ready to soon ban women’s right to an abortion and overturn nearly half a century of precedence granting the right to choose.

This all came out yesterday when Politico released what it calls a draft of a majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito that would strike down Roe v. Wade.

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