Explosion and Fire on Bacon Street Sends Ocean Beach Resident to Hospital

July 12, 2018 by Staff

An explosion and fire in an upstairs apartment building sent an OB resident with burn injuries to the hospital on Wednesday, July 11. The unidentified man’s injuries and their severity are not known.

Firefighters arrived after 911 calls came in after 2:20 pm and quickly doused the flames within 10 minutes at a two-story apartment complex on Bacon Street near Cape May Avenue. From Station 15 we’re assuming.

Fortunately, the fire was contained to a single studio apartment on the second floor.

According to Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz, the fire caused an estimated

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Superman as ‘Enemy of the American People’

July 9, 2018 by Staff

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OB – ‘Get On the Bus’ to the City Council Hearing on Short Term Rentals – Monday, July 16

July 9, 2018 by Staff

OBceans Urged to Jump on Chartered Bus and to Wear Blue

The Ocean Beach Town Council will be chartering a bus on July 16th to bring the Ocean Beach voice to the City Council meeting on Short Term Vacation Rentals.

The bus will be picking up from the OB Rec Center at 11am, and returning at 6pm.

All are welcome

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The Pros and Cons of Surfing Naked

July 5, 2018 by Staff

In a discussion about surfing naked, SurferToday says it’s “an amazing experience.” The piece begins:

In ancient Polynesia, and before the Europeans and Americans colonized dozens of islands and Pacific Ocean territories, people rode waves in the nude.

And today, there’s a movement.

Legal Nude (Surfing) Beaches

Naturists, or nudists, are part of a worldwide movement that advocates the right to strip their clothes off and live life in harmony with nature.

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July 3 – Water Quality Advisories in Effect for Dog Beach in Ocean Beach and De Anza Cove

July 3, 2018 by Staff

The County of San Diego has issued a water quality advisory for Dog Beach in OB for Wednesday, July 3.

The County says bacteria levels may exceed health standards and to avoid water contact in the area from the San Diego River outlet to 300 feet south.

There is also an advisory for

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‘Families Belong Together’ Rallies All Over San Diego County – Sat., June 30

June 29, 2018 by Staff

There are rallies all around San Diego County Saturday, June 30, for Families Belong Together. Downtown San Diego, El Cajon, Carlsbad, Ramona – and Temecula.

Unlike the June 23 mass rally at the Civic Center, some of this weekend’s events in San Diego have been organized on the spur – but they’ll no less determined in sending a message to the Trump administration to permanently end the separation of kids from their parents. To end family internment camps. To end the “zero-humanity” policy that created this crisis.

There are more than 700 events nationwide

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San Diego Federal Judge Rules All Children Separated From Parents Under ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy Must Be Reunited Within 30 Days

June 27, 2018 by Staff

A San Diego federal court judge made a significant ruling Tuesday, June 26, on reuniting kids separated from their immigrant parents. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued a preliminary injunction that calls for all children affected by the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy to be reunited with their parents within 30 days.

Under Sabraw’s order, the federal government must reunite children younger than 5 years old with their parents within 14 days, and within 30 days for older children.

In addition, the feds must allow parents to call their children if they’re not already in contact with them within 10 days.

The injunction came at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union.

As reported

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‘How to Save OB Character and Keep Local Residents’ – Forum on Short Term Rentals at Ocean Beach Town Council – Wed., June 27

June 26, 2018 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Town Council is holding their monthly public meeting, Wednesday, June 27, and high on their agenda is a forum on short term vacation rentals – and “how to save community character and keep local residents.”

They meet at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107, form 7-9pm. It’s free and open to the public and well worth your effort.

From OBTC Facebook:

Short-term Vacation Rentals, or STVRs, create a cascade of problems in our neighborhoods.

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Despite Trump Signing His Executive Order, Actions in San Diego Are Still On

June 22, 2018 by Staff

The Overpass Light Brigade’s display on Tuesday evening:

Protest Actions in San Diego on Friday and Saturday Still On

FRIDAY JUNE 22

11 AM
Keep Families Together With Senator Kamala Harris
Otay Mesa Detention Facility, 7488 Calzada De La Fuente

3:00 – 4:30 PM
“Keep Families Together” Nurse-In
880 Front Street San Diego 92101

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Young Man Rescued Off Sunset Cliffs Near Foot of Hill Street in Point Loma

June 15, 2018 by Staff

A young man had to be airlifted off the rocks at the bottom of Sunset Cliffs as he was so badly injured – on Thursday morning, June 14. The as-yet-to-be identified man was reportedly bleeding from his head from a 30 foot fall.

A woman collecting shells saw him around 6:15 a.m. and called 911. She told the press the man was breathing and moved a little when sirens were heard arriving.

Lifeguards, police and firefighters responded and he was eventually airlifted off the rocks near the foot of Hill Street in Point Loma

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Kathy Blavatt’s New Book ‘Ocean Beach Where Land and Water Meet’ – OB Green Center – Thurs., June 14

June 13, 2018 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Green Center is honored to host author, historian, and activist, Kathy Blavatt who will present her new book “Ocean Beach Where Land and Water Meet”.

The new book event is at the Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire in OB, on Thursday June 14 at 7 p.m.

Kathy will focus on the importance of what makes Ocean Beach special

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Special Meeting on Issues Around Famosa Bike Track by Peninsula Planners – Thursday, June 14

June 12, 2018 by Staff

A special meeting of the Peninsula Community Planning Board on the Famosa Bike Track / open space / proposed housing issues will be held Thursday night, June 14.

The PCPB meeting will be held at the Point Loma Library – Hervey Branch at 3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego 92107.

Here is the official agenda:

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Crib Sheet and Progressive Voter Guide for June 2018 Primary

June 5, 2018 by Staff

Here’s a quick and easy way to vote in the June 5, 2018, primary election.

Many San Diego County races, including District Attorney, Sheriff, and Assessor will be decided in this election since any candidate getting better than 50% gets a pass on the November election. City and State races, on the other hand, allow the top two finishers to go on to November.

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‘OB Book Talk’ with Kathy Blavatt – Sat. June 2 – at OB Library

June 1, 2018 by Staff

Upcoming “Ocean Beach Where Land and Water Meet” Events:

Saturday, June 2, 2 PM. – Ocean Beach Library: Book Talk

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OB Town Council: How We Can Help the OB Parrots – Wed., May 23

May 22, 2018 by Staff

Please join the Ocean Beach Town Council at their next meeting, Wednesday, May 23, where they will be discussing the OB Parrots and ways in which the community can support these beautiful and unique residents of Ocean Beach.

In particular the discussion will examine the City’s springtime tree-trimming policy, which often endangers parrot nests.

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Three of Ocean Beach’s Top Photographers – OB Historical Society Presents – Thurs., May 17

May 14, 2018 by Staff

This Thursday, May 17, the Ocean Beach Historical Society will present: “Picture Perfect – Three of O.B.’s Top Photographers”, at Water’s Edge Faith Community at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., at 7 PM,

The above photograph is of three of O.B.’s top photographers and OB Exposed! judges Cliff Beck, Steve Rowell, and Joe Ewing.

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San Diego City Council to Hold Evening Hearing on Budget for Public Input – Monday, May 14

May 9, 2018 by Staff

The San Diego City Council will hold an evening hearing on the city budget in order for the public to have input at a time that is reasonable for working people.

The hearing will be at 6:00 pm, Monday, May 14 at Council Chambers in City Hall. City Hall is located at 202 “C” Street in downtown and council meetings are held on the 12th floor.

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US Senate, Local House of Representatives Seats & Ballot Measures – Progressive Voter Guide, June 2018

May 7, 2018 by Staff

Today: US Senate, Local House of Representatives & Ballot Measures

The OB Rag and San Diego Free Press are pleased to present part four of our 2018 Primary Election Progressive Voter Guide. As usual, we tried not to let perfect be the enemy of good in our decision making. This year we’re breaking it into parts to make it more digestible.

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California Statewide Offices & Local Legislative Seats – Progressive Voter Guide for June 2018

May 4, 2018 by Staff

Today: California Statewide Offices & Local Legislative Seats

The OB Rag and San Diego Free Press are pleased to present part three of our 2018 Primary Election Progressive Voter Guide. As usual, we tried not to let perfect be the enemy of good in our decision making. This year we’re breaking it into parts to make it more digestible.

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San Diego City Council – Progressive Voter Guide 2018 – Have You Made a Plan to Vote?

May 3, 2018 by Staff

Today: Information on races in San Diego City Council Districts 2, 4, 6 & 8, but only two endorsements.

The OB Rag and San Diego Free Press are pleased to present part two of our 2018 Primary Election Progressive Voter Guide. As usual, we tried not to let perfect be the enemy of good in our decision making. This year we’re breaking it into parts to make it more digestible.

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Progressive Voter Guide for County of San Diego Elected Offices, June Primary 2018 – When We Vote, We Win

May 2, 2018 by Staff

Today: Judicial Offices, Assessor/Recorder/Clerk, Sheriff, District Attorney, Board of Supervisors, Community College Board, SD Unified School Board, & SD County Board of Education.

The OB Rag and San Diego Free Press are pleased to present our 2018 Primary Election Progressive Voter Guide. As usual, we tried not to let perfect be the enemy of good in our decision making. This year we’re breaking it into parts to make it more digestible.

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May Day Is an American Working People’s Holiday

May 1, 2018 by Staff

Haymarket Massacre

May first – or May Day – is really working people’s holiday. So, tell your boss that you’re taking the day off. Yeah, right!

But seriously, this day was established by generations of American workers back in the 19th century as the day for workers and their families. And it spread world wide, way before there was a world wide web, and May Day as a working people’s holiday came to be celebrated in many other countries. But it started here, in the good, ol’ US of A.

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Petition: ‘Enforce the Littering Ordinances in Ocean Beach’

April 20, 2018 by Staff

New Petition Calls on City Departments to Issue Citations to Combat Worsening Litter Problem

There’s a brand new petition out calling for the enforcement of the littering ordinances in Ocean Beach.

It states that “despite the 1000’s of volunteer hours” spent cleaning OB, litter “is threatening he health and safety of our local environment” and “the problem is getting exponentially worse”.

And it’s due to “the lack of enforcement of our littering ordinances”.

The Petition was initiated by CSI-OB (Cleaner Streets Initiative-Ocean Beach) and it’s directed to the San Diego Lifeguards, the City of San Diego, the Police Department and to Councilwoman Lorie Zapf.

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The OB Rag Had Technical Problems All Day – Will Be Up and Running Thursday

April 18, 2018 by Staff

Actually, it was more than “technical” – around 11:15 this morning apparently a fiber optic cable was cut near San Antonia, Texas.

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2 New Books on Ocean Beach Released This Week – One About OB’s Past, the Other About OB’s Future

April 17, 2018 by Staff

Book Release: “Last Days in Ocean Beach”- By Jim Miller, Friday, April 20th

The Ocean Beach Green Center is hosting Jim Miller, author, teacher and activist. He will read from his new novel that deals with climate change that is based in our community of Ocean Beach.

“Last Days in Ocean Beach” is the story of William, a scientist working at the Center for Extinction Studies, a think tank at the College of the Sun funded by a green billionaire. William desperately works to raise the alarm about climate change and its dire consequences to an apathetic public, learns to live with grief, and hold on to love. Along the way, we meet the residents of his wonderfully shabby apartment complex in Ocean Beach–bikers, hippies, skate punks, adventure tourists, reggae singers, aimless young professionals, Iraq war veterans, decadent retirees, a hospice nurse, and a Buddhist monk, all of whom are searching for something, looking to live more fully. Last Days in Ocean Beach is a blues song moaning and rocking the beach party at the end of the world.

Proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the Ocean Beach Green Center!

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Landmark Lawsuit Against SANDAG Ends With a Victory for Clean Air

April 16, 2018 by Staff

The San Diego County Superior Court has formally ordered the San Diego Association of Governments to decertify its defective Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for 2011 the Regional Transportation Plan. SANDAG has also agreed to cover attorney’s fees in the amount of $1.7 million for the petitioners in this public interest case.

It has taken six long years to reach this point, with the lawsuit going to the California Supreme Court. The two precedent-setting court opinions arising from this case will guide SANDAG and other agencies in addressing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and public health impacts of regional transportation planning.

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Local Artist Promises to Turn Your Beach Trash Into Art – Clean-up April 8th

March 29, 2018 by Staff

A local artist, Mel Clarkston, promises to turn the beach trash you collect – during an Ocean Beach clean-up on April 8th – into art.

Mel and her cohorts have launched “Let’s Get Trashed” – a campaign to turn the plastic found on local beaches into works of art.

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Ocean Beach Town Council Discussion on Dockless Bikes – Wed., March 28

March 27, 2018 by Staff

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the OB Town Council, the Council will host a discussion on local concerns regarding the effects of dockless bikes in our area.

As always, city and state government representatives will be in attendance to hear and address issues raised by the Ocean Beach community.

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Peninsula Parents and Kids Block Bulldozer From Tearing Up Bike Track – Rally Today Monday to Save Track 4pm

March 19, 2018 by Staff

Sometime Monday morning, March 19th, apparently, a private homeowner sent a bulldozer to tear up the Famosa Slough Bike Track. But it is reported that parents and kids literally stood in front of the bulldozer and brought it to a stop.

Now locals have organized a rally today at 4 pm to save the Famosa Slough Bike Track. At the bike track, across Catalina from Bill Cleator Park.

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Come to the OB Historical Society Wisteria Garden Party – Sunday, March 18

March 15, 2018 by Staff

Every year as one of its signature events, the Ocean Beach Historical Society throws a wonderful Wisteria Garden Party on the 4700 block of Niagara.

The party is held under the largest wisteria canopy in Ocean Beach.

OBHS invites everyone to spend the afternoon in the garden of the historic O.B. Wisteria Cottage, listen to live music

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