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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Crib Sheet and Progressive Voter Guide for June 2018 Primary

May 8, 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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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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‘Trump Special – Big Sale at Home Depot 32-Foot Ladders’

March 13, 2018 by Staff

On the eve of Trump’s visit to San Diego to view wall prototypes at the border, this sign was spotted by over the 163 freeway in San Diego.

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‘Let’s Attend the 7:30 Weed Service’

March 7, 2018 by Staff

And that’s it. No questions, please. Isn’t the internet great?

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Man’s Body Found After He Jumped Off Ocean Beach Pier

March 5, 2018 by Staff

The body of as yet unidentified man was found washed ashore in Ocean Beach about 3 a.m. Monday after he had jumped off the OB Pier around midnight.

After a report from witnesses saying a man jumped into the ocean, there was search lifeguards and Coast Guard crews. His body was found 3 hours later and officials believe it’s the same guy.

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Would You Like to Be on the Airport’s New Citizen Advisory Committee for Noise Study? Applications Due Feb. 28

February 20, 2018 by Staff

Are you through just complaining about the San Diego airport noise (“the OB Pause”) and want to be on a new citizens’ advisory committee as part of a noise study?

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is creating a Citizen Advisory Committee as part of their Noise Compatibility Study Update and they’re looking for residents from the surrounding communities. Interested? Applications – found here – are due by February 28th.

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‘No Oil!’ Spelled Out on Sand in Mission Beach

February 5, 2018 by Staff

Hundreds of San Diegans rallied Saturday, Feb. 3rd in Mission Beach against the Trump’s administration proposals to vastly expand offshore drilling off the California coast – the first time this has been proposed in more than three decades.

Besides the rally, participants spelled out “No Oil!” on the sand, while others held hands up and down the length of the beach, off Belmont Park. The Hands Across the Sand event organized by Oceana as well as other well-known environmental activist groups, such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and 350.

Similar rallies were also held Feb. 3 in Laguna Beach, Santa Monica, Brea, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz. Plus, more will rally and march on Thursday, Feb. 8 in Sacramento, an event coinciding and including a march to the plan’s only formal hearing in California.

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3rd Annual Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic – Sat. Feb. 3rd

February 2, 2018 by Staff

From website:

AWOL Productions sponsored by Hodad’s would like to put on a local surf competition which will be located down at the Ocean Beach Pier on February 3, 2018 at 7am.

We have organized and put on skate competitions in Ocean Beach for the past 5 years and they have become a huge success. Seeing as Ocean Beach is a huge surfing and skateboarding community we would like to bring the community together with a local surf competition.

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Water Quality Advisories for Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs and Shelter Island

February 1, 2018 by Staff

The County’s water quality program has issued a stunning number of advisories for Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

Count them – there’s five! And all because “Bacteria levels may exceed health standards,” and people are cautioned to “Avoid water contact in the advisory area.”

Here they are, verbatim:

Ocean Beach Area

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‘Hey Mueller – Spank Trump’ – OB Resister Sisters Do It Again

January 24, 2018 by Staff

The OB Resister Sisters have hit again with another freeway banner.

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Contact Information for Politicians Who Represent Ocean Beach and Point Loma

January 23, 2018 by Staff

On the flip side of the OB Town Council’s monthly meeting agenda is a list of contact information for all the politicians who represent Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

Here we repost it:

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More Photos From the San Diego Women’s March – Funny Signs

January 22, 2018 by Staff

UPDATED WITH MORE PHOTOS
Here are more photos from Saturday’s San Diego Women’s March – most from OB Rag staffer Bob Edwards. There’s a bunch of really funny signs.

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High Surf Closes Ocean Beach Pier

January 16, 2018 by Staff

Lifeguards closed the Ocean Beach Pier on Tuesday morning due to high surf.

As a major winter swell pounded the San Diego County coastline, the National Weather Service reported waves could reach 15’ at select west-facing beaches, with the largest in South County, where forecasters say the surf is in the 5’ to 8’ range, with sets to 10’ to 12’.

The swell will reach its peak today, then start to fade on Wednesday. However, ways will still be large, and the rip currents will last into Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory that will be in effect for San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties through 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18th.

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The OB Rag Is Just $125 Away From Our Winter Fundraising Goal

January 9, 2018 by Staff

We’re down to the wire, and the OB Rag is just $125 from our Winter fundraising goal of $1,000.

If you haven’t donated but read us daily or even monthly, please help us over the top. There’s a “Donate” button via PayPal up at the top of our homepage. It’s safe and very easy – and it goes right to our account.

Or mail us a check to our Post Office Box:

OB Rag
PO Box 7012
Ocean Beach CA 92167

 

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Looks at Incentive-Based Zoning

January 9, 2018 by Staff

At the most recent Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting on January 3rd, the Board heard a presentation on Incentive Based Zoning which is a method of zoning that is designed to keep down over-development of McMansions in communities along the coast, in particular, and the so-called exemptions to Coastal Development Permits. The presentation was by Sharon Wample, who is part of a group called Citizens for Responsible Coastal Development.

For background, this Citizens group was formed originally as an ad hoc committee in 2015 by the La Jolla Community Planning Association with locals who wished to battle McMansions and who wanted to abolish the so-called “50 percent coastal exception rule”. They want to replace it with an “Incentive-based zoning” approval process. This process would reduce the project applicant’s floor area ratio (FAR) and the applicant would then have to conform to a community’s list of design incentives to earn back their right to build their home more densely to the current FAR allowed.

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