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500 San Diegans Rally in San Ysidro Against Trump and His Wall

March 13, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In a parking lot of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in San Ysidro, 500 San Diegans rallied against President Trump and his wall. Trump was over at the prototypes during part of the rally.

The general theme, “Build Bridges Not Walls”, was highly visible as a variety of faith-based organizations and groups that have mobilized since Trump’s election came together to oppose his policies on the wall, immigration and other issues. Folks from Women’s March, Indivisible, ImpeachTrump mingled with immigrants’ rights groups and Democratic party activists.

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General Rain Advisory in Effect for All San Diego Coastal Waters Due to Contamination from Urban Runoff

March 12, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Avoid Contact With Water for 72 Hours Following Rain of March 10

There is a General Rain Advisory in effect for all of San Diego’s coastal waters – including, of course, all Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma, Mission Bay – all the other beaches.

The water quality advisory is due to contamination by urban runoff following rains that occurred on March 10, 2018.

Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned

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County Announces Restrictions for Border Protests During Trump’s Visit to San Diego

March 9, 2018 by Source

Editor’s Note: The County of San Diego has announced Temporary Area Restrictions in the area near the Border Wall prototypes effective March 9 -16. Via the Times of San Diego, here’s their release directed at people planning to demonstrate during Trump’s visit.

It has been widely advertised that there will be a Presidential visit to San Diego during the second week of March. This visit may prompt individuals and groups with contrasting opinions to gather in the area near the Border Wall Prototype Construction in Otay Mesa.

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Demystifying Rent Control – 7 Myths and 7 Facts

March 1, 2018 by Source

Demystifying Rent Control

Rent control can help solve California’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis by decreasing displacement and protecting the rights and dignity of working families, the elderly, and long-term tenants. To demystify rent control in California, here are seven rent control myths followed by seven anti-poverty tenant protection ordinances cities can implement.

By Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi / San Diego UrbDeZine / February 22, 2018

Articles and studies from newspapers to academic journals warn the public against the havoc and devastation caused by rent control ordinances. However, it is not tenants and community based organizations that are funding these articles and studies, …
Myth 1: Rent control is illegal.
Fact: Rent control is legal and an effective tool to address housing affordability.

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Under International Spotlight, El Cajon Ends Its Ban on Feeding Homeless in Parks

January 29, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Being portrayed negatively in the international spotlight is never good, as the city of El Cajon recently found out. The east county city found international attention after it banned feeding the homeless in parks, and after about a dozen homeless advocates were arrested, cited and released for trying to feed homeless people in a local El Cajon park.

The city lifted the temporary order on Tuesday, January 23rd. They had enacted the ban – they claimed – as a safety measure after the San Diego County Board of Supervisors declared the region’s growing hepatitis A outbreak a public health emergency. The same day, last Tuesday, the County ended the health emergency over Hep A.

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Donald Trump Is a Lying, Traitorous, Racist Shithole of a Person

January 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

We have to tell it like it is: the president of the United States, Donald Trump, is a lying, traitorous, racist shithole of a person.

Donald Trump is a liar and lies all the time. The fact checkers at the Washington Post report:

Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims in 355 days, according to our database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of more than 5.6 claims a day.

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Advocates Arrested for Feeding Homeless in El Cajon Vow to Contest Legality of Ordinance

January 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

OB Advocates Have Also Been Threatened with Arrest Over the Years

On Sunday, January 14th, about a dozen people were arrested for feeding homeless people at a park in El Cajon. Police cited them and did not actually cuff or take the arrested in but released them.

The very next day, Monday the 15th, the homeless advocates – part of a group called Break the Ban – held a news conference in Balboa Park to announce they will be filing a lawsuit against El Cajon that will claim the city ordinance banning food sharing in public spaces is unconstitutional.

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Trump Apologists Are Gunning for Mueller

January 16, 2018 by Source

By Marjorie Cohn / Blog / Dec. 21, 2017

As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation moves closer to Donald Trump, there is a concerted effort by the president’s apologists to shut it down. Commentators on Fox News and Republican Congress members are attacking Mueller, causing speculation that the special counsel’s days are numbered.

Since his investigation began in May, Mueller has already obtained two indictments and two guilty pleas. Most recently, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI. Although he could have been charged with more serious crimes, Flynn secured the deal by promising to cooperate with prosecutors and provide evidence against other, as yet unnamed, individuals. Flynn’s guilty plea brings Mueller’s investigation into the White House.

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The Last Speech of Martin Luther King: ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ – The Full Text

January 15, 2018 by Source

The day before Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, he gave his final speech, known as ‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ speech. Here’s the full text.

By The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., MEMPHIS, Tenn.,/ April 3, 1968

Something is happening in Memphis; something is happening in our world. And you know, if I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of taking a kind of general and panoramic view of the whole of human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, “Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?” I would take my mental flight by Egypt and I would watch God’s children in their magnificent trek from the dark dungeons of Egypt through, or rather across the Red Sea, through the wilderness on toward the promised land. And in spite of its magnificence, I wouldn’t stop there.

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General Rain Advisory in Effect for San Diego Coastal Waters – Avoid Ocean for 72 Hours After Rain

January 9, 2018 by Source

General Rain Advisory in Effect

The Department of Environmental Health has issued a GENERAL RAIN ADVISORY for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to contamination by urban runoff following rain.

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.

Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided for 72 hours following rain.

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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:

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OB Rag Is Doing a 10 Hour Auction of 2 Tickets for Saturday at Springboard West ‘Band and Brew Crawl’ in Ocean Beach

January 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Rag has 2 tickets for Saturday, January 13th at the Springboard West “Band and Brew Crawl” being held in Ocean Beach.

Event hosts describe Saturday as:

Sat, Jan 13th: Band & Brew Crawol, 1PM – 11PM (40 Bands on 4 Stages)

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Springboard West 2018 in Ocean Beach – Jan 11th – Jan 13th

January 9, 2018 by Source

Come Inside for More

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Why Jeff Sessions’ War on Weed Is a Futile Pursuit

January 5, 2018 by Source

By Phillip Smith / Alternet

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement Thursday that he is rescinding Obama-era guidance to federal prosecutors directing them to take a laissez-faire approach to state-legal marijuana except under specified circumstances (violence, out-of-state diversion, money laundering, etc.) is sending shock waves through the marijuana industry, but its impact is likely to be limited.

That’s because marijuana prohibition is a dying beast, and while the twitching of its tail in its death throes could cause some injury, neither the attorney general nor his minions are going to be able to get that beast back up and roaring again. They are too late.

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LA Times Editorial: Keep Mountain Bikes Out of Wilderness Areas

January 3, 2018 by Source

By The Times Editorial Board

January 3, 2018

The federal Wilderness Act of 1964 was not vague about its intent: to protect significant and as-yet unspoiled land and wildlife habitat from the ravages of “an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization.” Humans could visit, but only under certain conditions, and they couldn’t stay permanently

Preserving land and seeking to maintain it as close to its “natural condition” as possible required developing strict access rules: Everyone is welcome to trek through designated national wilderness areas provided they use their feet or those of horses or other pack animals. No motor vehicles or boats, nor “other form of mechanical transport” are allowed. Years later, the Americans with Disabilities Act made wheelchairs an exception.

Now, Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), who represents wilderness areas in the Sierra Mountains, is proposing a rule change to allow mountain bikers to cruise through the approximately 109 million acres of land designated as wilderness

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The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

January 3, 2018 by Source

Editor: The following is an article that appeared in the op-ed section of the New York Times on January 2nd by the founders of the research firm Fusion GPS, Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch. Fusion GPS hired Russian-expert Christopher Steele to investigate Trump’s ties with Russia, and who then generated the now infamous “dossier”, now a virtual guide book to conspiracy and collusion between the Trump campaign, transition and White House with Russia.

By Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritsch / The New York Times / Jan. 2, 2018

A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections. The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be “as foolish as the man who went bear hunting and stopped to chase rabbits.”

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72-Year Old Ocean Beach Man With Dementia Has Gone Missing

December 28, 2017 by Staff

UPDATE: Police said the 72-year-old man diagnosed with dementia was found Thursday. The circumstances of how James Burks was found were not released. San Diego police confirmed that he was found Thursday morning.

James Burks – a 72-year-old man diagnosed with dementia – left his home Wednesday, December 27th around 12:30 pm – and hasn’t been seen since.

His home is in the 4600 block of Newport Avenue. The elderly OB resident routinely goes on walks in the Ocean Beach area and has had multiple contacts with people there, police said. But he usually returns within 15 minutes or so, according to San Diego police.

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‘Have a Very Mueller Christmas’ – Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach Do It Again

December 22, 2017 by Source

Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach have done it again.

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San Diego Organizations Launch Rapid Response Network to Protect Immigrant Families

December 21, 2017 by Source

24-hour hotline now offers live support during immigration enforcement activity in San Diego County

Edited from a Network Press Statement:

On December 19th, interfaith leaders and a diverse cross section of organizations launched the San Diego Rapid Response Network, an interconnected system of hundreds of community members who as volunteer responders gathered to pledge their commitment to protecting community members who are undocumented. They were responding to dehumanizing immigration enforcement activities in San Diego County. The gathering took place at Saint Jude’s Shrine of the West near Barrio Logan. The Rapid Response Network follows models already in place in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles.

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NRA America: The ‘Soft Target’ for Terrorism

December 5, 2017 by Source

By Beau Grosscup,

We have seen it coming.

Starting in 2009, the massacres at Virginia Tech, Binghamton, N.Y, Foot Hood, TX, Sandy Hook, Conn, Washington D.C, Charleston, SC, San Bernardino, CA and Orlando FL along with many ‘minor’ shootings too numerous to list, provided strong evidence that American society was becoming a ‘soft target’ for domestic terrorists. The Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas massacres, that combined killed 111 and wounded 509 people, confirm it.

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Editordude’s Daughter Just Had a Baby – Today’s Posts Will Be Delayed Several Hours

November 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

That’s right, my daughter just gave birth last night to a baby boy.

So, I won’t be able to post any articles until later today.

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OB Historical Society Presents: Life of Point Loma’s Own ‘Fly Boy’ – Jack Allen Davis, Jr – Oct.19th

October 17, 2017 by Source

“Read the Book Before You Fly ‘Em”,
By Karen Scanlon –
Thurs. Oct. 19, 2017 at 7 pm
at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

From OBHS:

Point Loma’s Jack Allen Davis, Jr. wanted to fly airplanes. And fly ‘em he did! This high-flying speculator bought and sold World War II surplus aircraft with daring competence. Jack was a local boy who learned to fly at age 14 with Gibbs Flying Service. “Old Bill Gibbs turned me loose on an old Piper Cub,” Jack bragged.

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If Trump Is Impeached Will His Base Mobilize Against a ‘Liberal Coup’?

October 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Second of Two Parts

In one of the most provocative incidents involving self-styled Neo-Nazis since Charlottesville, about 25 men in masks and bandanas descended on a progressive book fair in Houston, Texas on Sunday, September 24th. They set off smoke bombs, shouted “sieg hiel!”, “blood and soil!” and generally harassed folks at the event.

It was a story totally missed by mainstream media, but observed by reporters from AlterNet who filed a report, picked up by other progressive news sites:

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Book Review: ‘How the Irish Became White’

October 6, 2017 by Source

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“The Irish are the blacks of Europe,” says the band manager in “The Commitments,” the 1991 movie about his quest to put together a soul act in pale, white Dublin. “Say it loud — I’m black and I’m proud.”

Noel Ignatiev, a Massachusetts College of Art history professor and controversial scholar of American race relations, uses that classic line to kick off “How the Irish Became White.” The 1995 book offers an in-depth analysis of America’s assimilation of the millions of Irish who emigrated in the 1800s.

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Remember. Again.

October 6, 2017 by Source

By Bob Dorn / San Diego Free Press

I woke up to a New York Times headline on Tuesday, October 3: No Easy Answers After Las Vegas.

Yes, there are.

Let’s not sell automatic rifles to anyone who goes to a gun show or a gun shop. F**k ’em. Let them manufacture their own, like the moonshiners during Prohibition did. Then they can strut and have movies and serials that can make them feel like they won the Civil War.

Maybe they’d even be arrested for possession of killing machinery.

While we’re at it, let’s not sell guns to kids.

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The 4 Stages of How Americans Respond to Mass Shootings

October 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Here are the four stages of how Americans respond to mass shootings, such as the horrific massacre in Las Vegas that just occurred Sunday night:

The Four Stages

Stage 1:

Grief and outrage and condemnation.

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Las Vegas

October 2, 2017 by Source

A gunman who fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip has killed at least 58 people, police say. Some 515 people were injured in the mass shooting and panic that ensued. At least one of the dead is an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert.

The suspect in the case is also dead. He’s been identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, a white male who is a resident of Nevada.

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Why Does Trump Keep Firing Up His Base?

September 25, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

What Is Trump Preparing His Base for?

First of 2 Parts

By Frank Gormlie

No matter the issue, Donald Trump always speaks reassuringly to his base, that 35% of the electorate who are loyal supporters who have stood with him no matter what he says or does. Even his speech at the United Nations was delivered directly to his base, with its trumpeting of the nationalistic themes of the campaign, using derogatory nick-names – a style lifted right out of his campaign – all to keep them on the Trump train.

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Reader’s Rant: Sports versus Political Protest – Solutions to the National Anthem Controversy

September 19, 2017 by Source

By Beau Grosscup

As we enter the early weeks of the 2017 football season, the issue of political protest at sporting events is dominating media venues.

A long debated issue (e.g. former NBA star MahmoudAbdu-Raul-Rauf refused to stand for the National Anthem in 1996) San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick rekindled the debate by kneeling during National Anthem in the 2016 NFL season (since joined by others at every level of football/sporting events).

The NFL owners alleged conspiracy to keep Kaepernick from NFL employment, followed by pro-Keapernick protests at NFL headquarters in New York City, have so inflamed emotions

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Kumeyaay Resistance and “Abusive” Art Under the Spanish – OB Historical Society, Sept. 21st

September 18, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Kumeyaay Resistance and “Abusive” Art at Mission San Diego and the San Diego Presidio By Richard Carrico

Richard Carrico, local historian and anthropologist, will delve into the “dark art” that the Kumeyaay used to continue their ancient artistic practices and their use of symbology under the Spanish. Carrico usually makes an appearance once a year in Ocean Beach to share his vast knowledge of the history, culture and experiences of the San Diego area native Americans.

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