Urban Art Takeover Coming to San Diego – Saturday Night, Sept.2

August 31, 2023 by Source

A fantastic large-scale San Diego arts and culture event is coming up on Saturday night, September 2nd.

The event is ENVZN Urban Art Takeover and features more than 50 artists and a dozen performing groups from San Diego and Tijuana.

It will transform two city blocks of warehouses and urban spaces in Logan Heights with film, theatre, dance, visual arts, music, fashion and more.  It is being put on by Vanguard Culture, a San Diego 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Calling Artists and Creative Practitioners: Apply for Border Grants

February 9, 2023 by Source

Next week, San Diego and Imperial County artists and creative practitioners can apply for part of the $4.75 million Far South Border North Creative Corps grants. The application portal will open on Feb. 15, 2023. This is an exciting opportunity, the City’s Communication Department is saying. Here’s more:

The Far South Border North initiative will be implemented in partnership with the San Diego Foundation, San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition and the Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties. The partnership combines government, foundation and community collaboration, providing financial support to artists and cultural practitioners to:

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Why in Hell Would Anyone Go to Burning Man? – Part 2

October 4, 2022 by Source

By Brenda McFarlane

(Here’s Part 1)

Taking Ownership of our own Burning Man Experience

My husband and I quickly learned that you don’t just visit this place called Burning Man, you take ownership. For our first two years, we camped at Anonymous Village, a large group of more than 200 people that provides a place to support a sober burn. We felt comfortable joining them as my husband stopped drinking within the AA support system and I had been the secretary for my Nicotine Anonymous meeting for several years.

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Persistent Shooting Questions

May 27, 2022 by Source

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America Is At Half-Mast

May 26, 2022 by Staff

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Your Horoscope for 2022

December 28, 2021 by Source

By Mat Wahlstrom

Good morning, starshine: the earth says it’s time for a prognostication of the year to come! It is written in the stars — or, more precisely, the orbits of the satellites in our solar system. But, I can in full confidence predict that events will transpire and things will happen in 2022, and that many of them will affect you personally.

And by personally, I mean by the random chance of your birth month being shared with a twelfth of everyone else alive — which is why there’s also a handy zodiac guide provided at the end to help understand how each sun sign responds to life’s challenges and windfalls.

So without further ado, here’s what lies ahead!

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Sustainability 101: The Rebirth of Riding Wood: An Interview with Larry O’Brien and Mike Shourds

December 30, 2020 by Terrie Leigh Relf
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Originally posted August 2012

Nothing says OB more than surf, sweet boards, and social consciousness! In the following interview, OBcean Larry O’Brien, vintage body board collector, cave explorer, and aspiring eccentric shares one of his many passions: Creating boards from found wood and other materials.

Coronadoian “Paipo Mike” Shourds, builder of wooden body boards and recycled junk bikes since 1960, is also a collector and all-around creative person.

Terrie Leigh Relf: What inspired you to create your body boards?

Larry O’Brien: Back when I was in junior high school, carpentry was something taught in school, and sex was something you learned …

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‘Flipping the Bird’ at the Holidays – How to Cook the Juiciest Roast Turkey You’ve Ever Tasted

November 24, 2020 by Patty Jones
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By Patty Jones

I want to share a family secret with you – one long held in the Jones family holiday tradition – on the accepted method of “flipping the bird” at Thanksgiving.

Many years ago my mother stumbled through her early morning Thanksgiving ritual of prepping a huge turkey for the afternoon feast. Before her first cup of coffee she dropped the bird in the roasting pan and shoved it into the oven. A couple of hours later she opened the oven door and she realized she had put it in the pan upside (or breast-side) down. At this point the huge bird was too hot to handle so she basted it, tented it and shoved it back into the oven. The resulting bird has lingered in mouthwatering memory…

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In Midst of Pandemic, Local Barrio Logan Artist Goes Digital

August 12, 2020 by Source

Soni López-Chávez Pays Homage to Community Empowerment With A New Digital Art Series

By Roberto ‘Rob’ Camacho

For many artists, the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered an absolutely devastating blow to the creative and performing arts. In a profession already often filled with strife and hardship, even in the best of times, the pandemic and the subsequent economic shutdowns have been a daunting, almost seemingly insurmountable obstacle for many artists, musicians, and creators to overcome.

San Diego’s creative art scene, of course, has been no exception to this alarming trend. Especially Barrio Logan’s art and cultural district, whose residents, artists, and creatives have taken a disproportionate hit over the past several months.

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The Joys and Pleasures of Composting

April 14, 2020 by Source
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Why Are People So Squeamish About Composting?
Originally posted here on April 22, 3013

By Jill Richardson /La Vida Locavore / April 19, 2013

I wrote this week’s column on composting, and I’ve been really pleased to see how various newspapers have picked it up. Honestly, I’ve been really surprised in the past several years about how squeamish people are about composting.

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Native Hawaiians and Supporters Enter Second Week of Blockade of Work on Giant Telescope on Mauna Kea- ‘The Rock’ Joins Them

July 26, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Protesters blocking the construction of a giant telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain, are about to enter their second week of the civil disobedient demonstration. They were joined on Wednesday, July 24 by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who came to show support.

Johnson – the actor and former wrestler – joined the protesters during their 10th day of the blockade of the construction road leading up to the planned site of the observatory. Native Hawaiian groups say the mountain, which already hosts 13 telescopes, is sacred, and another observatory will further desecrate the mountain on the Big Island.

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The State of the Nation: Unhappy and Burned Out

April 15, 2019 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

If our morning commutes tell us anything, it’s that there are a lot of miserable, angry people out there. Sometimes on my drive to the gym, I make the mistake of counting the number of people who either cut me off, speed up to not let me change lanes, or dangerously tailgate my car.

Let’s just say the numbers are regularly dismaying.

It’s a Social Darwinist nightmare out there on the road in F-You Nation, and I have long thought that this phenomenon spoke to something larger afoot in the country—a collective darkness seems to be on the rise, and not just on the political front. We are an unhappy bunch.

As the Washington Post recently reported:

Americans are unhappy, according to the report, an annual list ranking the overall happiness levels of 156 countries — and it’s only getting worse.

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The Top Ten Medical Cannabis Developments of 2018

January 15, 2019 by Source

By Sean Khalepari / Americans for Safe Access

It has been an exciting year in the world of cannabis reform. From studies that underscore the therapeutic potential of cannabis to political changes that bode well for patients and consumers, there is much to celebrate. Before we close the books on 2018, let’s take a look back at ten of the most significant developments over the past year from ASA’s perspective and consider their impact.

1. The DEA Removes Misinformation about Cannabis from its Website

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Ramping Up the War on Christmas With Fox News

December 10, 2018 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for the town criers at Fox News, when reality intrudes on their dreams of a White (Evangelical) Christmas.

This year the outrage was triggered by a church nativity scene referencing hypocracy about attitudes toward immigrants and an asssertion about The Left opting for child pornography over Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer for holiday entertainment.

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The Old Man and the City

December 6, 2018 by Source

Editor’s Note: Bob wrote this article on October 30 and intended to finish it while in Sant Joan, Mallorca, where he unexpectedly died. We are publishing it posthumously.

By Bob Dorn

The old man used to ride his wobbly old bike every day up to the market on Park Boulevard where he preferred to shop. On his way north he would dismount as he approached the Georgia Street overpass of University Avenue because the climb was steep enough to make him uncomfortable.

In fact, he not very stable on the machine under any conditions, and it looked nearly as old as him and seemed to weigh half as much as he did.

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Can We ‘Just Be Friends’ With Facebook?

November 19, 2018 by Doug Porter

A long look by the New York Times into how Facebook has responded to “cascading crises — over Russian misinformation, data privacy and abusive content” provides insight into the true nature of the most popular social media platform. And it should inform how or whether you should continue your relationship with (almost) everybody’s favorite social media platform.

The company knew more than they let on about how Russians

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When They Make the Movie – Who Will Play Trump?

November 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

You just know, somebody, somewhere, at some point – will make a movie about all of this. All of this living under Trump for 2 to 4 years in the mid to late second decade of the 21st century.

And when they do – who will play Trump? What actor could best portray a phony, narcissistic and lying dictator-wannabe?

Alec Baldwin, of course, first comes to mind, because of all his Saturday Night Live episodes, where he played a comedic Trump. But the movie won’t be a comedy. More like “All the President’s Men”. Or “The Post”. Or the movie on Mark Felt who was “Deep Throat” during Watergate. Serious movies. Serious historical chronicles.

So who could play Trump? Gary Oldman? He was just excellent as Winston Churchill.

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Manly Fear

May 29, 2018 by Source

By Bob Dorn

I have a pair of tan pants, made by … Dickies, an intriguingly long lasting brand name, perhaps because on one level it is a tad juvenile, but on another it’s very manly.

I’m no philologist but I think that’s one of the great attraction of words, their instability and ambivalence. Think about it: manly dickies? But of course.

It’s true these pants from Dickies are manly. They even have a slit pocket at the right thigh where a guy could put his money bag so that he’d notice if someone groped for it. Another manly thing is that they’ve lasted a very long time; I purchased them more than five years ago and they look today like they did when I first bought them down in National City.

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Don’t Be Fooled, ‘Roseanne’ Is Really TV’s Most Anti-Trump Show

April 4, 2018 by Source

The NBA great and Hollywood Reporter columnist argues the politics on the revived sitcom are played for laughs like on ‘All in the Family’ or the ‘Colbert Report,’ but the daily economic struggles of the Conner family actually make a pointed anti-Trump statement.

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / Hollywood Reporter / April 4, 2018

The day after the Roseanne revival premiered to massive ratings, President Donald Trump bragged at a Cleveland rally that the show’s success was because “it was about us.” He’s right, but not in the flattering way he thinks. Nothing reveals Trump’s myopia more than trying to grab credit for others’ success, not realizing that the show he’s boasting about relentlessly criticizes him and his policies more ruthlessly than almost any other program on television.

While Will & Grace, another revival successfully reinvented for current political times, openly pontificates its anti-Trump bias, Roseanne is more subversive

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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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The Struggle for Black Sitcoms : Black History Month

February 22, 2018 by Annie Lane

By Annie Lane

In the early 20th Century, African Americans were primarily featured in stereotypical and unflattering roles, such as comic clowns or in black minstrelsy — shows performed primarily by whites which mocked and demeaned black people as inferior. The first all-black sitcom to appear on television in the 1950s, Amos ‘n’ Andy, is demonstrative of this racist trend, and was taken off the air after roughly 70 episodes due to protests by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other groups.

It would be 20 years before black sitcoms would officially take root in American television.

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‘Teresa Gets a Boyfriend’ at Saville Theatre

February 22, 2018 by Anna Daniels

By Anna Daniels/ San Diego Free Press

When Teresa Gunn performs her one woman show Teresa Gets a Boyfriend at City College’s Saville Theatre on Saturday, February 24, she will take on the universal and oftentimes worn themes of looking for love, finding love and trying to keep love.

Creative storytelling makes old stories new and Teresa Gunn is a consummate storyteller.

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Love, Equality, and Saint Valentine

February 14, 2018 by Source

A look at the holiday co-opted from paganism … you know … kinda like Easter. Or Christmas.

By Melissa McEwan / Shakesville

Like most of our holidays, Valentine’s Day has a history that reportedly starts with those horny pagans and another one of their many fertility festivals, makes its way to the Catholic Church, which, in a typical cooption, laid on top its own celebration and gave it a fancy new saint-name, winds its way through the work of a popular British author (no, not that guy for a change, but this guy) who gifted its association with romantic love, and ended up mercilessly corrupted by soulless corporations who want to Sell You Shit Without Which You Can’t Possibly Celebrate This Holiday.

Ya know. Kinda like Easter. Or Christmas.

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Historic Day – Pot Is Legal on Monday, January 1 in California – Here Are Some Answers to Basic Questions

December 28, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

An historic day in California is rushing upon us – Monday, January 1st – the day it’s legal to smoke marijuana in the Golden State.

So, what does it all mean? Can you smoke a joint legally on the way home from your New Year’s Eve party? Can you stop by your local dispensary on January 1 and buy cannabis legally? There’s a lot of smoke enveloping the ganja – lots of confusion out there.

Here are some answers to basic questions – plus updates on a whole range of issues surrounding California’s recreational pot industry and situation.

Can I buy legal weed on January 1?

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Regular Marijuana Use Linked to More Sex, Says Stanford Study

November 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A brand new study by Stanford University shows a positive correlation between marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse for Americans.

Ah, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was all true!

It’s something pot users have known for decades – but now it’s scientifically correlated. The more pot, the more sex. Kind of.

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OB Town Council Forum: Climate Lawsuit Against Big Polluters – Wed., Sept. 27

September 26, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

From OB Town Council

The City of Imperial Beach has joined two California counties in suing 3 dozen big oil, gas, and coal companies to help pay for damage caused by climate change, including rising sea levels. As a coastal community, the OBTC will host a forum for our residents to learn more about this action and how it might impact OB.

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Reefer Madness at Trump’s Justice Department

July 25, 2017 by Doug Porter

The US Department of Justice is preparing to crack down on marijuana use following the release of a report later this week claiming the drug is linked violent crime.

The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, organized by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is expected to recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking pot.

A Sessions memo back in April called for a review of existing policies by July 27 using the following language:

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early April 2017

March 30, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

* Hugo’s Cochina Ends Up on Hot Plate

* Average San Diego Rents Up Slightly

* Does the Threat of Plane Crashes from Lindbergh Field Affect Your Rent?

* Counterfeit $100 Bills Show Up at OB and Point Loma Businesses

* Airbnb Van Found in Ocean Beach

* Point Loma Homes Broken Into Via Garage Door Openers

* Court Gives Controversial South Mission Lifeguard Tower Thumps-Up

* Suspect in Homeless Serial Killings Deemed Mentally Competent to Stand Trial
* Peninsula Community Planing Board Election Results
* Traffic Synchronization System Along Rosecrans Installed
* Point Loma – OB Democrats Elect New Officers
* Point Loma Waters Can Be Deceptive
* Props to Three Little Lions in Gushing Reader Article
* Zombies’ Smoke Shop Promised


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What’s Happening on the Mean Streets of Ocean Beach

March 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie
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It’s not easy being a small businesperson, shopkeeper, store or office owner on the commercial streets of Ocean Beach. Rents are high in this popular, sunny, beach outpost from the rest of the world.

The commercial streets, Newport Avenue, Voltaire Street and Point Loma Avenue are tough for the unwary business enterpriser who takes a gamble opening up any kind of establishment on them. That’s why small businesses are always coming and going, and why empty storefronts remain vacant for months.

The commercial streets of OB are some mean streets and here’s what’s happening on them in mid-March 2017.

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San Diego City Attorney Issues Memo Stating Short Term Vacation Rentals Are Illegal in Residential Zones

March 16, 2017 by Source

From Save San Diego Neighborhoods:

City Attorney: Short-term vacation rentals not permitted under City’s Municipal Code

San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott has issued a memorandum of law advising the City Council and Mayor that short-term vacation rentals (STVR) are illegal in the city’s residential zones.

“The City has a “permissive zoning ordinance.” This means that any use that is not listed in the City’s zoning ordinance is prohibited. Short-term vacation rentals are not specifically defined, expressly permitted, or listed in any of the zone use categories, including residential or commercial,” Elliott said in her memo, issued on March 15.

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