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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Ocean Beach Women – ‘Make Some Noise’ at OB Woman’s Club Salad Days of Summer – Tues., Aug.14

August 13, 2018 by Staff

Women of Ocean Beach:

Come make some noise and come join the OB Woman’s Club for their Salad Days of Summer – Social & Serenade (+kazoos).

Tuesday, August 14th

Enjoy a light dinner (salad and cool beverages – starts at 5:30) while enjoying a serenade from the Avanti Flute Choir!

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Speak Out Against the Nuke Dump on the Beach at San Onofre

August 7, 2018 by Staff

State Lands Commission to Hear Public Comments on San Onofre Decommissioning Plans at Meetings in Oceanside and San Clemente

Anti-nuke activists are mobilizing at two upcoming meetings of the California State Lands Commission in order to ‘speak out against the nuke dump’ at San Onofre. One is in Oceanside and the other is in San Clemente.

The California State Lands Commission is the lead organization conducting the Environmental Impact Report on the San Onofre decommissioning project.

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A Sign of Youthful Wisdom in Ocean Beach

August 2, 2018 by Staff

A couple of good friends were strolling around Ocean Beach the other evening after dinner and came upon this sign in front of a beach cottage on Brighton Avenue.

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‘OB Shelf’ Up and Running at Ocean Beach Library

July 30, 2018 by Staff

The “OB Shelf” inside the Ocean Beach branch library is up and running.

The collaborative effort by the Library and the OB Rag has finally materialized – it’s a shelf in the library that holds works on or about Ocean Beach, or books by local authors; plus it holds historic OB planning documents that go back to the early 1970s.

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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


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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