UPDATED: Trump Plays Golf While Americans Die From His Incompetence

May 26, 2020 by Staff

By Peter Wade / Rolling Stone / May 25, 2020

While the U.S. pandemic death toll approaches 100,000, the president left the White House for one of his personal golf courses.

President Trump, who has faced mounting criticism for his administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis and his lack of empathy throughout, decided to leave the White House on Saturday to play golf.

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In the Pink of My Ocean Beach Garden

May 22, 2020 by Staff

by Kathy Blavatt

May has brought out various shades of pink in my garden. These cheery blossoms nicely contrast with the green foliage, and blues skies that peek through as the gray burns off through the morning’s May gray.

The growth in my garden has been spectacular.

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Councilmember Jen Campbell Appears Too Eager to Please the San Diego Establishment

May 18, 2020 by Staff

By Geoff Page

No one who knows me would ever describe me as an eternal optimist. And, the supply of optimism a person comes into this world with dwindles with the passing of many years. Yet, I can say, a flicker survives and is fanned occasionally by events. Mine was when a Democrat was finally elected mayor of this city and by some of what he began to do before the establishment destroyed him, with some help of his own. But, he never stood a chance.

Then, another event fanned my flame when a Democrat defeated the incumbent Republican for the District 2 city council seat. Yes, the city council is supposed to be non-partisan, but it ain’t. While I did not vote for Dr. Jennifer Campbell, enough people did and she was elected to the seat, ousting Lorie Zapf. This was good for two reasons: anyone else would have been an improvement over Zapf, and, a Democrat replaced a Republican. Or so we thought.

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‘What a Difference a Week Makes During COVID’ in San Diego County: 962 New Cases, 35 More Deaths

May 15, 2020 by Staff

The above SDU-T chart is from today, Friday, May 15, 2020, with the data good through Thursday, May 14. Compared with last week’s chart published Friday, May 8, with data good through the 7th, we can see the increases in total deaths, total cases and new positive cases. With increased testing, the numbers are bound to go up. Yet, in one week in San Diego County, there were 962 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 additional deaths.

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City Council Rules Committee to Meet on Placing the Dismantling of 30 Foot Height Limit in Midway on Ballot – Wed., May 13

May 12, 2020 by Staff

The Rules Committee of the San Diego City Council meets Wednesday, May 13 to consider placing a measure that would dismantle the 30 foot height limit in the Midway District on the November ballot.

Councilmembers Jennifer Campbell and Chris Cate are pushing the idea. Campbell represents District 2, of course, which includes the Midway, as well as much of the coastal areas of the city.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public will have very little say in how the Rules Committee – or the full Council for that matter – votes on this crucial vote, a vote seen as an end-run around Prop D, passed by San Diego voters overwhelmingly in 1972. A group in opposition to this move, Save Everyone’s Access,

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Hugs in the Time of Cholera

May 12, 2020 by Staff

By Joni Halpern

We have just completed our Mother’s Day celebration without the traditional reliance on buying power to attest to our love of the women who have mothered us. We have sent online deliveries if we could and zoomed ourselves with varied success into the two-dimensional spaces of each other’s screens. We have texted, phoned, and snail-mailed our greetings. But we have not been able to hug.

How unexpectedly descriptive is the absence of a hug, for in not being available, it emphasizes the importance of an embrace. Two arms wrapped around us, pulling us closer to a loving heart, a gesture that could impart power and conflict, for it often occurs between two beings of varying strength. And yet our surrender to a hug is a relief, a comfort, an admission that we persist in life’s most strenuous endeavors because we are loved.

On the other side of a hug is the fact that we concede our need for others.

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San Diego County COVID-19 Cases – the Numbers, the Graphs, the Zip Codes and Map

May 8, 2020 by Staff

Here are the most recent numbers, charts, graphs and map of San Diego County COVID-19 cases. They are the most recent updated figures published today, Friday, May 8, as of May 6 and May 7 from the San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego County.

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OB Planning Board to Meet Electronically Tonight, Wed., May 6 – Please Register

May 6, 2020 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hole its regularly scheduled monthly meeting tonight, May 6 – and it will be held electronically. Interested persons need to pre-register for the meeting – details below. As usual, the meeting will start at 6 pm.

On the agenda is a Budget Request Revision as the city has reprioritized its fiscal year 2012 budget due to budget shortfalls from the COVID-19 crisis. The Board is set to review and prioritize its own budget goals.

There’s a Park’s Master Plan to review and make recommendations upon also on tap. For the “Slow Streets Initiative”, the Board is also supposed to put together a map of possible routes it could follow.

The last Action item is the establishment of an “Ad Hoc Committee” to go over recommendations regarding short-term vacation rentals regulations.

Register for the Meeting

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A Gray May Day in Ocean Beach and Latest San Diego County Numbers

May 1, 2020 by Staff

Charles Landon of StudioCapeMay took this shot Friday morning, May 1, of early enforcement.

Here’s today’s latest graph published by the San Diego Union-Tribune of San Diego County total deaths and total hospitalized. What we are not getting is a graph showing the daily new case rate (it’s in the larger graph but not very prominent). It’s not all that encouraging.

For reference, here are earlier graphs.

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Bumper-to-Bumper Traffic and Crowds at Sunset Cliffs at Night

May 1, 2020 by Staff

For several nights now, there’s been bumper-to-bumper traffic and crowds at Sunset Cliffs – with many people trying to to catch bioluminescent waves in the ocean.

Problem is – according to news reports – people are not practicing social or physical distancing and many are not wearing masks.

Neighbors are also complaining about the traffic and crowds. Cars are circulating trying to find parking – but the small mini-lots are closed.

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Governor Newsom to Order All State Beaches and Parks Closed Again on Friday, May 1

April 30, 2020 by Staff

UPDATE: Around 12:30 pm Thursday Mayor Faulconer tweeted that San Diego beaches will stay open – with restrictions still. Here is what Faucloner said:

Great news: the Governor heard us. San Diego beaches WILL STAY OPEN under our plan approved by lifeguards and health officials. In a time of great crisis we don’t need knee-jerk policies. We need to keep a steady hand. It’s the only way to keep the public’s trust. Keep it up, SD!

It appears that California Governor Newsom will be ordering all state beaches and parks to close again on Friday, May 1. A memo sent to California police chiefs on Wednesday says Newsom will order all beaches and state parks closed starting Friday to curb spread of the coronavirus.

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Reopening the Beach – OB Walkabout in the Plague Year, Part 4

April 27, 2020 by Staff

by Joaquin Antique

I tried to get up in time for the 6:05 AM sunrise and beach reopening but overslept. By the time I walked down to Dog Beach, the sun had been up for an hour though you couldn’t see any sunlight as Coastal Eddy was in town.

Ran into some guys schlepping their boards down Voltaire and spoke to them briefly. They were jonesing to get out in the water after a month of no surfing and smiling ear to ear.

“How was it?” they asked a dude who had just come out of the water. “Wet”, he replied in a jaded tone of voice. I guess some people are just glass-half-empty at seven in the morning. Still, he was the only person on the beach that I saw today that didn’t have a smile on his face.

Between the jetty and the pier I counted about 70-80 people in the water and more were arriving by the minute. The parking lots remain closed and most of the people seemed to be locals walking down. I did see a few people parking on the street as close as they could get to the beach.

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On a Warm, Beautiful Sunday, Ocean Beach Keeps Off the Sand

April 26, 2020 by Staff

There wasn’t anyone on the sand. The parking lots were still closed. It was a warm and beautiful day in Ocean Beach. A day before the beaches were to partially re-open. And OB was keeping on with the restrictions.

OB Rag citizen reporter, Bob Edwards, took in the views at the coast and along the San Diego River. Here’s his pics and comments from today, Sunday, April 26.

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Dusty Rhodes Park in Ocean Beach Reopens With Limitations

April 24, 2020 by Staff

by Bob Edwards

Earlier this week an OB RAG article noted that some San Diego City parks are starting to reopen with activity and physical distancing rules in place.

This reporter checked out Dusty Rhodes Park on Thursday, April 23 and took the accompanying photos.

The entry driveway on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. remains blocked off. Bike and foot traffic are the only ways to access the park at the present time.

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Trump Suggests Injecting Disinfectant as Deterrent to Coronavirus

April 24, 2020 by Staff

Your President just suggested that injecting a person with disinfectant could treat the coronavirus.

“I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” Trump said during his coronavirus press briefing on Thursday, April 23. “And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets inside the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”

The question, which Trump offered unprompted, immediately spurred doctors, lawmakers and the makers of Lysol to respond with incredulity and warnings against injecting or otherwise ingesting disinfectants, which are highly toxic. Washington Post

Meanwhile … Protesters Lay “Body Bags” outside Trump Hotel in DC

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Outdoors Is the Way to Keep Your Sanity Indoors!

April 21, 2020 by Staff

By Kathy Blavatt

2020, the year of the coronavirus, is also the year of record-breaking rain, which could not have come at a better time, in the worst of times.

The rain helps keep us indoors during the storms, and we appreciate the outdoors much more when the sun is out!

A jungle surrounds me! My very healthy Spring garden is making me very healthy. My daily workout program consists of several hours of heavy-duty weeding, trimming, planting, and turning my huge compost pile. To top it all off, I’ve emptied countless buckets of rain-water into the garden. This routine is working every muscle in my body, which I can feel!

My fresh homegrown vegi-meals are spoiling me. Most restaurant meals may be a disappointment by the time they fully reopen when the lockdown lifts. But it will be enjoyable to sit at a table again and have someone else cook for me.

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Midway Planners Get on Board ‘Remove 30 Foot Height Limit’ Train

April 20, 2020 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The midway-Pacific Community Planning Group decided to try and a hold a meeting on-line, Wednesday, April 15, much the same as the OB Planning Board did using the Zoom meeting software. The meeting went off without any of the interruptions the OBPB suffered on their first try.

The motivation for this effort was very clear as there was really only one item of interest on the agenda, changing the 30-foot height limit in the Midway area. Council members Campbell and Cate are pushing to have measure on the November ballot to effect this change. The Midway group wanted to support this effort and they did with a unanimous vote from a quorum of six people.

The ballot measure was covered in detail in the OB Rag in February

That our own council person is one of the two pushing this change, is a surprise to many. When asked during her campaign about the 30-foot height limit, Campbell answered as any politician had to and said she believed in it and would protect the provision. Now that there is a big push to redevelop the Midway area, Campbell changed her mind at least for that area.

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Ocean Beach and Elsewhere Walkabout: The Plague Year, Part 3

April 16, 2020 by Staff

by Joaquin Antique

So it drags on. Isolation and fear. Crazy rumors and fake news being dispensed by the bushel. Ignorant fools with “internet degrees in Infectious Disease” spreading their wackadoodle theories and/or not paying attention to efforts to break the chain of contagion.

But even while you see some “covidiots” not observing physical distancing or other common sense precautions, you also still see evidence of people working hard at great sacrifice to keep our communities safe: Healthcare workers, food preparers and market employees, cops and fire fighters, delivery people, neighbors helping neighbors by doing shopping for at risk people and sewing masks.

As in previous Plague articles, these OB Walkabout pictures were taken while maintaining strict physical distancing and other precautions per CDC guidelines to prevent disease transmission.

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Ocean Beach Planners Having Special Meeting Tonight Via WebEX – Wed., April 15, 2020

April 15, 2020 by Staff

The OB Planning Board is holding a special meeting tonight, Wednesday, April 15. It will be held electronically and those who pre-register, will be able to enjoy the meeting, via WebEX.

The special meeting is being held because their regularly scheduled meeting on April 1 was “zoom bombed” and disrupted to the point they had to adjourn. So, it’s basically the same agenda as for that meeting. Hopefully this platform and procedure will provide confidentiality and prevent another disruption.

Please remember to register before the meeting so the meeting info can be sent to you the meeting info. Without registration you will not get the info. Registration link is at the bottom of the agenda.

Here is the official agenda:

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What Does It Mean to Be an Obcean? A New Podcast for OB Answers the Question

April 15, 2020 by Staff

Corey Bruins has taken it upon himself to start a new podcast about Ocean Beach, and it’s called “The Obcean.”

It seems only fitting to kick off the first episode of the OBcean podcast with thoughts from OBceans about what it means to be an OBcean.

We hear stories from Mike James, Frank Gormlie, and others about how this identifying label of ‘OBcean’ inherited it’s meaning over the past 60 years.

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An Egyptian Revival Trolley Station Once Stood at Bacon and West Point Loma in Ocean Beach

April 13, 2020 by Staff

Originally posted July 11, 2019

by Bob Edwards

Imagine you are a resident of inland San Diego in the Summer of 1926. Seeking relief from the 90 degree heat, you and some friends pile into a buddy’s Model A Ford and head down to Ocean Beach to spend the weekend at a cottage another friend has rented at the Camp Holiday Auto Court, adjacent to the Silver Spray apartments.

The cute white cottages on the cliffs are a bit small for your group but you’re spending most of the time on the beach anyway, so it really doesn’t matter. The rental cost, $10 a month, is a little steep, but what the heck, it’s a vacation. Each morning you head down to Benbough’s Ocean Beach Bath House and rent a scratchy, saggy, woolen “bathing costume” for 10 cents and spend your day swimming in the ocean or in the saltwater pool next to the Silver Spray.

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The New, Stark Reality for Ocean Beach

April 8, 2020 by Staff

Photographer Jim Grant has captured the stark new reality for Ocean Beach.

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The OB Plague Walkabout, Part 2

April 3, 2020 by Staff

By Joaquin Antique

Things continue to get weirder in Ocean Beach as the Covid 19 virus ramps up and the response becomes more serious.

It sounds like the new normal is going to be required masks for people who are outside of their homes. Police officers and traffic control officers continue to block access to beach parking lots, parks, trails, and the shoreline.

Most businesses are shuttered but a few restaurants continue to offer food and brew to go. Count Poma’s, Bar 1502, OB Kabob, Hungry Lu’s, Culture, Hess, and the Third Corner among them.

This reporter went on walkabout on 4/2/20 and took the accompanying pictures. Strict social distancing was maintained at all times. Other people walking around were almost all keeping a distance from each other and most had a smile and kind word for their fellow community members.

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Large Ocean Beach Apartment Complex Just Sold for $5.4 Million

April 2, 2020 by Staff

Not everyone has been a stay-at-home recluse these days. A large Ocean Beach apartment complex has just been sold for $5.4 million.

The complex at 4802 Orchard Avenue has 16 two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments. The rather bland looking building dominates the intersection at Orchard and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. A more recent promo photo, we believe, shows the large palm tree with a serious hair cut.

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San Diego County Map of COVID-19 Cases by Zip Code

April 2, 2020 by Staff

Here is a map of San Diego County’s COVID-19 cases based on the 2010 census population for each zip code as of March 31. OB’s own Kevin Hastings created it and plans to update it as long as no one else puts one together.

Also, inewsource has put together a series of maps of populations at highest risk of COVID-19 complications in San Diego County. Here’s what they say:

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Ocean Beach Planners to Hold Virtual Meeting – Wed., April 1

March 31, 2020 by Staff

In an historic first, the Ocean Beach Planning Board will meet this Wednesday via Zoom, which means they’ll have a virtual meeting over the internet. And anyone who wishes can observe and participate – see the information about how to be included either on the official agenda, posted below, or just before the agenda. But this is a first – created by the COVID-19 crisis (and unless the Board has practiced this method, it could be a tad bumpy – but fun! Check it out!)

The meeting will begin at 6 pm Wednesday, April 1 (… and no, this is not an April First joke). Usually the Board meets in the community room at the OB Rec Center.

Most of the agenda has to with the Board’s recent election, appointments to the Board and the election of the new Executive Board.

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The Changing Tides of Ocean Beach – Electric Chair Gets a Make-Over

March 30, 2020 by Staff

The Electric Chair on Newport Ave gets a make-over. … And now, it’s gone.

Thanks to Steve O from Kilowatt to keep us up to date. Here’s what it used to look like:

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OB Walkabout: The Plague Year

March 26, 2020 by Staff

by Joaquin Antique

In years past, the OB Rag‘s Walkabout series has tried to provide humorous and enlightening photo essays that capture the beauty and weirdness of Ocean Beach. On occasion it’s even been successful.

During the past week this reporter has walked the mean streets of Ocean Beach in search of elusive necessities such as hand sanitizer, rice, and prescription meds. In the process, a few photos have been taken that show some of our town’s varied responses to this horrible situation that has impacted every aspect of life in our community.

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‘Die for the DOW’

March 25, 2020 by Staff

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First Day of Spring 2020 in Ocean Beach

March 19, 2020 by Staff

It’s the very first day of Spring 2020 in Ocean Beach.

One would never know it. Empty streets. Plenty of parking on Newport. Shops closed. No one on the beach under “blue” skies. The Pier Parking lot looking nearly empty.

This is our new reality.

Luckily for us, some OB Ragsters ventured out to record what they saw – and didn’t see.

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