183 Volunteers Removed 217 Pounds of Trash at OB Clean Up

May 1, 2019 by Staff

Saturday, April 27th was both beautiful and disgusting at the same time. 183 volunteers removed 217 pounds of trash from OB parks, streets, alleys and beaches in 3 hours.

The event was part of a larger countywide cleanup sponsored by I Love a Clean San Diego known as Creek to Bay.

Surfrider Foundation and Ocean Beach’s Cleaner Streets Initiative (CSI-OB) registered volunteers and helped coordinate assignments in some of the most littered areas. The most commonly found items were

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OB’s Bookstore, Run for Cover, Continues to Celebrate

April 29, 2019 by Staff

OBceans celebrating Independent Bookstore Day found themselves at Run for Cover, OB’s only bookstore, on Saturday, April 27.

Besides the usual fare at a bookstore, the band ZZYMZZY Quartet played for customers – and passersby – of the storefront. Here they were caught by Judith Starker.

The Book Crawl celebrating the small bookstores continues today, Monday, April 29.

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New Target Sign Installed in Ocean Beach

April 5, 2019 by Staff

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A ‘Lost Poem’ of Ocean Beach Poet LoVerne Brown

April 1, 2019 by Staff

The OB Rag received the following from Joe Flynn, a retired City Planner who worked with OB Planning Board long ago:

Going through some papers, I found a poem by LoVerne Brown that I had copied down some years ago. I know this lovely lady is long gone, but her poetry and smiling face lingers on.

Who was LoVerne Brown?

San Diego poet LoVerne Brown was a resident of Ocean Beach for 50 years (1950-2000).

Although she first won recognition for her poetry as a college student, her most productive years came after her retirement from the City of San Diego in 1974.

In 1976, she founded the Ocean Beach Poetry Circle, which for years published the anthology Zip Code 92107.

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OB Town Council Meets – Wed., March 27

March 26, 2019 by Staff

All are invited to the public monthly meeting of the Ocean Beach Town Council – Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00pm. They meet at the Masonic Lodge, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

Along with representatives from our elected officials and local organizations, the San Diego Police Department Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) giving a presentation.

The OBTC says: “Due to all that is happening in our community right now, this is an especially important and relevant topic. We hope to see you there!”

Here’s the official agenda:

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Celebrating International Woman’s Day Since the 1970s

March 8, 2019 by Staff

Rag cover Int Womens Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day.

The OB Rag staff has been celebrating it since the 1970s. The OB Rag cover – Early March, 1975 – published here – commemorates International Woman’s Day. The cover shows a crowd of women activists from Ocean Beach on the OB Pier.

The cover was later formatted as a poster for a display at the OB Library of OB Rags during the 1990s by Bob Edwards, a former OB Ragster of the seventies.

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Peninsula Planners to Hold Candidate Forum – Thursday, March 7

March 7, 2019 by Staff

Record Number of Candidates Running

There’s a record 18 candidates running for the Peninsula Community Planning Board – and they will all be introduced at a Candidate Forum being held tonight, Thursday March 7.

It will held starting at 6:00pm at the Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107.

There are seven open seats, with five the regular yearly openings.

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Elections for OB Planning Board Wed., March 6 – Voting Instructions & Sample Ballot

March 5, 2019 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its 2019 General Election on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Polls will be open 4-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Mail-in ballots are also available upon request.

COME INSIDE FOR SAMPLE BALLOT, Voter Registration form and Instructions

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‘Stay Classy, OB’

February 28, 2019 by Staff

Judith Starker found this tribute to OB in the sand.

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Hey Trump! Hands Off Venezuela! – San Diego Protest – Friday, Feb. 22 at 4:30-6 pm

February 22, 2019 by Staff

There’s a “Hands Off Venezeula” demonstration this Friday, February 22, 2019 at 4:30 – 6 PM – at the San Diego Federal Courthouse in downtown San Diego.

Protest Trump’s efforts to get his regime change in Venezuela.

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District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell to Attend Peninsula Community Planning Board Meeting – Thurs., Feb 21

February 21, 2019 by Staff

TONIGHT 6:00 PM Point Loma Hervey Family Library

District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell will address tonight’s meeting of the Peninsula Community Planning Board and will take questions for a brief period of time (about 10 minutes in total).

The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM SHARP (Note the change – usual starting time is 6:30 PM) and she will be the first agenda item.

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Councilwoman Jen Campbell Coming to Ocean Beach for a Conversation – Friday, Feb. 15

February 12, 2019 by Staff

Join the Ocean Beach Town Council and the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club for “A Conversation with Jen Campbell”, our newly elected Councilwoman for the 2nd District.

It’s all happening Friday, February 15th at 7:00 pm at the OB Woman’s Club at 2160 Bacon Street. There will also be light refreshments provided.

Your questions can be submitted

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City Council Repeals Ban on Sleeping in Cars

February 11, 2019 by Staff

On Tuesday, February 6, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to repeal a1983 law that banned people from living inside their vehicles.

The Council vote is partially a response to recent Federal court decisions. There’s the 2014 ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down a similar ordinance in Los Angeles as unconstitutionally vague.

And then there’s the ruling 6 months ago by U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia here in the Southern District of California that ordered the City to stop ticketing people under the law, also stating it was unconstitutional because it’s too vague for enforcement.

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Meet the Ocean Beach Planning Board

January 22, 2019 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board has recently added something special to its website: photos and short bios of most of the Board members. The full Board meets monthly on the first Wednesday, 6pm at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. There are 7 Planning Districts within the OB Community Planning Area.

And here we present them – verbatim, so, check it out and meet the members.

Andrea Schlageter, Chair
District 7

Andrea Schlageter was born and raised in the Ocean Beach Point Loma area. A graduate of Point Loma High School Class of 2009, she went on to study Political Science and International Relations at Boston University (’13). …

Kevin Hastings, P.E., Vice Chair
At Large

Kevin Hastings was born and raised in California, from the beach to inland Los Angeles, and in the small mountain town of Tehachapi. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a mechanical engineering degree and has worked in the profession for 15 years …

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San Diego’s Women’s March 2019 – Photo Gallery

January 21, 2019 by Staff

For the third year in a row, thousands of San Diegans rallied and marched for women’s rights on Saturday, January 19.

The massive crowd – estimated by police at 20,000 – gathered at the front of the County Administration Building, listened to speeches and music beginning around 10 a.m. and near noon, the throng moved to Pacific Highway on the now-familiar march route for downtown demonstrations.

And although half the size of the first Women’s March the day after Trump was inaugurated in 2017, and not quite as large as last year’s, this year’s crowd was decidedly younger – with many youthful women participating. This reporter spoke to half a dozen participants who all observed a younger crowd.

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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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