Ocean Beach

‘Why I Deleted My Facebook Account’

November 13, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

I was on a road trip in October and somewhere in Northern California I tuned into a public radio station interviewing a journalist who had written a long piece in the New Yorker about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. The piece is titled “Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?” and it was written by Evan Osnos. They began to discuss the 2016 Presidential election and I was blown away by what I heard.

Here is the part that turned me off to Facebook.

Facebook offered to “embed” employees, for free, in Presidential campaign offices to help them use the platform effectively. Clinton’s campaign said no. Trump’s said yes, and Facebook employees helped his campaign craft messages. Although Trump’s language was openly hostile to ethnic minorities, inside Facebook his behavior felt, to some executives, like just part of the distant cesspool of Washington. Americans always seemed to be choosing between a hated Republican and a hated Democrat, and Trump’s descriptions of Mexicans as rapists was simply an extension of that.

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OB Historical Society Presents: ‘Memories’ of the Crash of PSA Flight 182 on It’s 40th Anniversary – Thurs., Nov.15

November 13, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

“Memories that Will Never Go Away”
The 40th Anniversary of the Crash of PSA Flight 182
by Alexander D. Bevil,
Thurs., Nov. 15, 7pm
at Water’s Edge Faith Community
1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B

Everyone’s invited to the the Ocean Beach Historical Society’s monthly program, “Memories that Will Never Go Away,” the 40th anniversary of the crash of PSA Flight 182, presented by Alexander Bevil, an award-winning local free-lance historian, writer and preservationist.

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Ocean Beach Child Care Project Is Turning 40 Years

November 12, 2018 by Source

One of the Longest Running OB Grassroots Projects Is Celebrating over 40 Years

By Bonnie Elias

Many times I have driven through the intersection at Chatsworth and Nimitz and wondered about the two houses on the northeast corner – and if the childcare centers I and people I know had helped to create years ago were still operating.

I hadn’t realized that my good friend, Judi – another co-founder -, had often done the same until we were in the car together a couple of weeks ago and shared our thoughts.

To anyone else they’re just two pretty nondescript houses that are easy to ignore. But to us, the houses represent many memories and a huge success story.

I told Judi right there and then that I was going to call the following Monday to see if it was still operating. So I did call – and the telephone number was still the same one we had asked for almost a half a century ago (619-222-OBCD/ 222-OBIC).

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Campbell Is Only Third Democrat Elected to Represent District 2 in Over 40 Years

November 12, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s lot of punditry talk these days how Jen Campbell’s election over Lorie Zapf will tilt the City Council into a 6 to 3 Democrat “super-majority” and how labor will now dominate the council and set the agenda, blah blah blah. (Which isn’t true. )

So, it’s helpful to reflect and get a more historical view of the district’s representation and when you do, you understand how the balance of power on the Council, a council dominated by Republicans for decades and decades, has now shifted to the party that has been out-of-power for so long.

For Jen Campbell is only the third Democrat to be elected to represent District 2 in over 40 years. 43 years to be exact.

The only other Democrats during these long years to represent Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the surrounding neighborhoods are Michael Zucchet and Maureen O’Connor. (Ed Harris, another Democrat, was appointed when Kevin Faulconer vacated the seat and assumed the Mayor’s in 2014).

District 2 has been dominated by Republican leadership for most of those 40 years. Now there is more balance in the universe.

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OB Restaurant Walk – Tuesday, November 13

November 12, 2018 by Source

It’s the 2018 OB Restaurant Walk

The Ocean Beach Town Council and Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association welcome you to join the foodie event of the year for Ocean Beach – the annual OB Restaurant Walk!

San Diego’s Best Restaurant Walk

This year, on Tuesday, November 13, from 5:00pm-9:00pm, the OB Restaurant Walk invites culinary enthusiasts to enjoy more than 50 food samples from some of OB’s best restaurants and breweries as well as explore a few participating local businesses and boutiques. You will also enjoy live music, face painting, and a magician while walking the streets of Ocean Beach. This is a great way to explore and discover places in vibrant OB that you may have never seen and to visit the places you already know and love.

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Colleen’s Retirement Party at the OB Green Center – Sat., Nov. 10th

November 10, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Colleen Dietzel is retiring – and the Ocean Beach Green Center is throwing her a party. It’s all happening Saturday, November 10th, from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

There will be Live Music, awesome refreshments, exciting raffle prizes.

It’s also the Green Center’s Fall Celebration Fundraiser.

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Body Found Floating in Pacific Ocean off Point Loma Avenue

November 10, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

An unidentified body was discovered off Point Loma Avenue in Ocean Beach Friday morning, November 9.

First responders were notified of the body seen floating off the coast near the terminus of Point Loma Ave. around 9:30 a..m. With law enforcement okay, lifeguards removed it, transporting it initially to Lifeguard Headquarters in Mission Bay. The body was then taken to the County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to police, the body had been in the ocean “a while”.

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Book Sale at OB Library – Saturday, Nov. 10th

November 9, 2018 by Source

Friends of the Ocean Beach Library are holding a book sale this Saturday, November 10th from 9:30 to 12:30.

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OB Planners Support New Plans for Ruth Varney Held Park, Table Issue of Police Trailer

November 9, 2018 by Source

By Geoff Page

New Ruth Varney Held Park Design

There are those who look at an open space and love that it is open and that it sparks the imagination with possibilities for fun and relaxation. Then, there are those who see an open space and see chaos and feel it must be organized. For those in the first group, the revised design of the Saratoga Park was a welcome sight at the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, November 7. The frantic organization seen in the original design has given way to a much more relaxed open space.

According to board member Jane Gawronski, the change was due to complaints from the community about the first design. That plan had just about every square inch of the grassy area north of the main lifeguard station planned for all kinds of park amenities.

The new design leaves most of the grassy area wide open.

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Mark Winkie Is New President of Ocean Beach Town Council – Marcus Turner Resigns Due to Out-of-Town Employment

November 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Town Council has a new president – Mark Winkie, formerly the vice-president. Winkie was elected by the Board of Directors due to the unanticipated resignation of Marcus Turner as president; Turner has accepted new out-of-town employment and will no longer be able to carry out the functions of the president.

Other changes have occurred also – causing a leadership shake-up. Priscilla Turner, Marcus’ spouse, also resigned from the board and as correspondence secretary. Marcus has accepted employment in Long Beach – where he grew up (see this interview) and where his parents and several siblings still live – and Priscilla is moving back there with him.

Jill Kent was elected by the board to be vice-president. Jon Carr was elected to be the new correspondence secretary, Priscilla’s previous position.

And seemingly unrelated to the Turners’ resignations from the board, Nicole Ueno has also resigned from the board.

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Map of How Ocean Beach and Point Loma Precincts Voted

November 8, 2018 by Source

Thanks to inewsource we have a map of how Ocean Beach and Point Loma precincts within District 2 voted Tuesday, November 6. (Click on link to see how individual precincts voted or for other council races.)

Blue represents precincts that went for Democratic victor Jen Campbell and red those who voted for incumbent Republican Lorie Zapf.

As one can see Campbell won all of Ocean Beach and good chunks of Point Loma, including what appears to be a blue wave along the Nimitz Boulevard-corridor all the way to the San Diego Bay.

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Petition Began to ‘Keep’ OB Hardware Store

November 7, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

A petition has begun to keep the OB Hardware store alive, despite its owner from stating he was closing the storefront after being in the business for 50 years.

It just went up and just a handful of people have signed it (as of this posting, 12:41pm 11/7/18). The petition states:

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OB Planners to Review New Plans for Saratoga Park and Respond to Request to Pay for OB Pier Police Trailer – Wed., Nov. 7

November 7, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets this Wednesday, November 7 and at the top of their agenda, figuratively speaking, is a review of the new plans for the Saratoga Park, also called the Ruth Varney Held Park. (Here is a representation of those plans – handed out at the OBTC meeting on 10/24/18.)

Also on their agenda is something that would have caused an uproar 10 to 15 years ago: the Board is being asked to help pay for the police trailer in the OB Pier Parking Lot.

The Board will meet at 6pm in the Community Room at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

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Jen Campbell Winning District 2 City Council Race

November 7, 2018 by Frank Gormlie


With 100 per cent of precincts reporting, here are the final vote totals for District 2 race:

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Voting Results for City of San Diego Propositions

November 7, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Straight from County of San Diego Registrar of Voters:

Come inside for larger images of charts

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Cable Companies and Street Lights

November 7, 2018 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad

My Cable Company

I wonder if I will get as much flack over this column as I have with all the other ones I have written in the past two months. I have yet to talk to anyone that recommends their cable system, so I have a feeling that I may be treading well. We’ll see.

My cable provider is “Cox”. I have a bundle consisting of WiFi, Television and a Land Line. Someone asked me the other day why I needed a Land Line and my answer was “that is the way I find my cell phone.” Quite honestly I prefer talking on my land line. The reception is clearer; it doesn’t hurt my hand holding the receiver the way the cell phone does, and I can put it on my shoulder comfortably and still have the use of both hands. The cost is reasonable – $20.82 – at least compared to my cell phone.

But I am having some trouble with my landline since Cox went digital.

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The Youth Vote November 6th

November 6, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

This is Skylar Seguin, after her mom just voted. Editordude’s grand-daughter, who will be 3 in January.

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A Few of the Polling Places in Ocean Beach – Tuesday, Nov. 6th

November 6, 2018 by Source

Here’s a few of OB’s polling places.

The OB Rec Center … just to encourage and remind you to vote …

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Last Minute Questions for Voting in San Diego: Need a Ride to the Polls? Can I Still Register? Are Ballot Selfies Okay? Do I Need an ID?

November 5, 2018 by Doug Porter

Don’t let real or imagined barriers keep you from voting on election day, 2018. “Look for the helpers!” as Mr. Rogers used to say.

There are many ways to get help, and we’ve tried to put them all in one place.

Need a ride to the polls? The folks at Lyft got my attention with a press release claiming 15 million people were registered to vote in 2016 but didn’t cast a ballot due to transportation problems.

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Those Who Turned Their Bodies into the Ocean Beach “Vote!”

November 2, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The Dog Beach parking lot was packed by 9am this past Saturday, April 21st, the day when people were going to congregate on the sands and spell out the word, “VOTE!” with their bodies and towels. It wasn’t supposed to start till 10 and the drone wasn’t flying over until 11.

Mike James, the principle organizer, was busy when

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San Diego Progressive Voter Guide – 2018 General Election

November 2, 2018 by Staff

Here is the Progressive Voter Guide for the 2018 General Election in San Diego County, published by the San Diego Free Press and now republished by the OB Rag. A few words about our process are in order. The OB Rag and the San Diego Free Press are online siblings. The OB Rag has been publishing since October 26, 2007, and the SDFP, as an all-volunteer group, has been publishing daily since June 4, 2012.

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The Sins of Lorie Zapf – Part 1

November 2, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

by Frank Gormlie

As Councilmember Lorie Zapf does her victory laps through the coastal neighborhoods of District 2 for her successful stand against unrestricted short term vacation rentals, locals need to remember Zapf is also a partisan candidate running to keep her seat on the Council (and hoping for an unusual third term).

A more serious look into her record over the past 8 years on Council does more than raise eyebrows – it raises the blood pressure.

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The Sins of Councilwoman Lorie Zapf – Part 2

November 2, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

Here is Part 1.

Zig-Zags on the 30 Foot Height Limit

These days, it does appear Councilwoman Lorie Zapf is a strong supporter and defender of the sacrosanct 30-foot height limit for San Diego’s coastal and and beach communities. She did come out against a 4-story monstrosity on Emerson Street in the Roseville neighborhood of Point Loma, and along with Mayor Faulconer, issued a joint statement announcing a “stop-work” order for the project.

However, we have to note, as we reported then in June 2016:

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Dr. Jen Campbell’s Candidacy in District 2: Is She the Cure?

November 2, 2018 by Source

By Brett Warnke

Dr. Jen Campbell is not tall, loud, or filled with that busy anxiety of most politicians. But Campbell has a thoughtful quality. And a talk with her about the city’s problems is much like discussing the ailments of a weary organ. What seems to rile her most, like any good physician, is the untreated and blase patient. In this case, the city’s leadership, perpetually reacting to San Diego’s crises rather than responding actively to new realities and opportunities.

“It’s an old story of San Diego,” Campbell said. “It’s a city that just doesn’t plan ahead. Especially on infrastructure. We’re a city that has constantly gone from crisis to crisis. Zapf is part of this problem.”

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‘Vote As If Your Medicare Depends On It’ – OB Resister Sisters at It Again

November 2, 2018 by Source

The Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach hung another banner Thursday afternoon

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It’s Nathan Fletcher vs. Bonnie Dumanis in San Diego County Supervisor D4 and It’s a Critical Contest

November 2, 2018 by Doug Porter

Editordude: The following post about the District 4 County supervisor race explains why it’s a critical contest. Ocean Beach, much of Point Loma, the Midway and other beaches – plus most of the City are in District 4.

Tuesday, November 6 should be the beginning of the end of a status quo situation in San Diego that is just. plain. wrong.. All you have to do is vote.

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Lorie Zapf Does a Double-Take: Calls a Press Conference to ‘Set the Record Straight’ on Anti-Gay Comments and Trumpian Celebration – Then Cancels Without Explanation

November 1, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Things must be tightening up in the District 2 race for City Council between Republican and incumbent Lorie Zapf and Democratic challenger Jen Campbell. Things are getting weird.

Check this out. Andrew Keatts over at Voice of San Diego posted Zapf’s campaign had announced she was going to hold a press conference to clear things up, to set the record straight about recent allegations and claims regarding all those anti-gay comments she made years ago – and about the whooping it up she did along with her fellow Republicans the day Trump was inaugurated.

Within hours, it was cancelled. And a rally was held instead. What? Why – or why not?

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Author Appearances at OB’s New Bookstore – Run for Cover – Nov. 3rd and Nov. 4th

November 1, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

As you probably know, Ocean Beach has a brand new book store. Run for Cover at 4912 Voltaire, near Cable, was opened up by Marianne Reiner on October 5th.

And now she is proud to announce there are a couple of book readings or author appearances at Run For Cover Bookstore coming right up.

Children’s author Henry Herz will be reading from and signing books including his latest work, Alice’s Magic Garden, a prequel to Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, on Saturday, November 3, at 1 PM.

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It’s ‘Official’ – Target Says It Will Open Store in Ocean Beach on Newport Avenue

November 1, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It’s now “official” – Target has confirmed it is opening up a store in Ocean Beach, right there on Newport Avenue – where we all knew it was coming in.

But according to 7SanDiego the giant retailer has announced it is moving from merely “pursuing a site on Newport Avenue” to actually moving in. The exact date of its opening has not been made known publicly – other than sometime next year.

Jacqueline DeBuse, a PR agent with Target, told NBC 7: “Target has long been pursuing a site on Newport Avenue to serve the surrounding community.”

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‘Obecian Luau’ Annual Fundraiser at Ocean Beach Woman’s Club – Sat., Nov. 3rd

November 1, 2018 by Source

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