The Mystery Breaks Around Young Woman Found Wounded at End of Sunset Cliffs a Month Ago

May 11, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It was a month ago exactly that a young woman was found bleeding from gunshot wounds in the vicinity of the Ladera Street stairs – which are at the end of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. She survived but is undergoing intensive – and expensive – medical care.

Now, some of the mystery surrounding her shooting has come out. According to her mother – daughter Mya, 19, had been kidnapped by three alleged gang members who attempted to kill her – who have since been arrested.

Mya’s mother, who identified herself as Jill, talked with NBC 7, and gave the family’s story behind the series of incidents

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Summer Stephan’s Racist and Anti-Semitic Crusade for the Office of San Diego County District Attorney

May 11, 2018 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Any discussion about the criminal justice system needs to start and end with an acknowledgment of the role racism plays in the United States. The electoral contest for County District Attorney in San Diego is no exception.

Now that billionaire George Soros is being accused of fomenting anarchy by supporting an anti-establishment candidate,

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‘Follow That Sign’ OB

May 11, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Actual sign sign discovered somewhere in Ocean Beach. “Follow that dream” – very appropriate. It’s anonymous street art.

There’s apparently a bunch of artists, or different networks of artists (or maybe just one) who are teasing OB with their anonymous street art. And this latest street sign – very “professionally” crafted and quietly installed – makes for great art. (Thank you – whomever you are. )

They have struck before.

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Who Is Marcus Turner – the New President of Ocean Beach Town Council?

May 10, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

To this day, Marcus Turner and his spouse, Priscilla, debate who made the first move when they met at the Sunshine Company a couple of years ago. “It’s contested,” Marcus told me, when I asked him which of them broke the ice while he and I sipped coffee during our hour long interview at the beach-side Newbreak the other day.

But apparently, he had told me, the attraction – “It was immediate.” They’ve been together ever since and were married not too long after they met.

Both of them, both Marcus and Priscilla, sit as board members on the Ocean Beach Town Council. And Marcus was just recently elected as the new president, replacing Gretchen Newsom, who retired from the board after many years. “I know,” he said, “I have big shoes to fill,” referring to his predecessor. He’s also very much aware, that in his new position, he’s the first African-American president of OB’s town council,

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Research Continues to Show Benefits of Cannabis in Fighting the Opioid Crisis

May 10, 2018 by Source

By David Mangone / Americans for Safe Access

New research has been released that further highlights the potential role of medical cannabis in combating the Nation’s opioid crisis . Two studies, published on April 2nd by the Journal of the American Medical Association reveal a net decrease in opioid prescriptions in states with medical cannabis laws for Medicare and Medicaid populations.

The first study, conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia, found that states with active medical cannabis dispensaries saw 3,742,000 fewer daily doses per year filled for prescription opioids under Medicare Part D (typically enrollees are over 65) compared to states without medical cannabis programs. This decrease equates to about a 14% reduction in opioid prescriptions in states with medical cannabis laws.

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The Trump Administration’s Stupefying Hypocrisy About the Well-Being of Children

May 10, 2018 by Source

By Abby Zimet / Common Dreams

In another day of unfathomable cognitive dissonance, a blindingly heedless Melania unveiled her (stolen-from-Obama) initiative to keep kids safe from cyber-bullying and drugs so they can “do all they can to be best in everything” even as, in a galaxy really not very far from there, the soulless cretins of her philandering husband’s administration were doing everything in their depraved power to make life hell for said children.

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Duncan’s Daddy to the Rescue in East County Congressional Race

May 10, 2018 by Doug Porter

San Diego Congressman Duncan Duane Hunter is, once again, the subject of a feature news story in Politico. He’s facing legal problems, a spate of scandalous sounding stories in the local press, and spending more money on lawyers than getting re-elected. Now Papa Hunter is tamping down any inter-party competition.

The last time Hunter made the national news we learned about all the local Republicans circling round his not-yet-politically-dead corpse. The time before we learned about his “freewheeling Washington lifestyle,” with hints of an extramarital affair and hefty bar tabs in all the right places around town.

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To Save Coral Reefs, Hawaii on Verge of Banning Sunscreen

May 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In order to save the coral reefs and other marine life that surrounds Hawaii, state legislators there just passed a measure banning sunscreen. In particular they want to ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate by 2021. The governor has yet to sign the bill, making it law.

Scientists have determined oxybenzone and octinoxate can be toxic to coral – a vital part of the ocean ecosystem. Only with a medical prescription, would people be able to purchase sunscreen with the chemicals. Plus the measure itself doesn’t ban online purchases or does it ban tourists from bringing their own to Hawaii.

But sunscreen makers would be forced to change their formulas or be banned from selling the lotions in Hawaii.

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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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Best San Diego Gyms to Join Over Summer

May 9, 2018 by Source

by Dakota Campagna /

With summer less than two months away, the journey to get the perfect beach body is in full force. Here are three gyms that will make your workout out a little less gruesome and are offering some of the top deals in San Diego.

Dan McKinney Family YMCA (La Jolla):

The Dan McKinney YMCA in La Jolla is one of the most beautiful gyms to work out at. They have an upstairs weight room, as well as a separate cardio room next to it. If you were to walk outside on the top floor, there is a balcony with a turf carpet where you can stretch, work out abs, etc.

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Oh, If We Could Listen With Heart Like Nipper

May 9, 2018 by Ernie McCray

By Ernie McCray

When I was a child there was a commercial about a dog named Nipper who was supposed to be listening to his “master’s voice” on a windup disc gramophone. I thought about him early one morning recently.

On this morning I woke up a little earlier than usual because my iPhone SE startled me awake, vibrating and buzzing like crazy, kind of like those European police sirens.

And, hey, I’ve got to say I didn’t know I had an app for such as all that. I shut that little device up by grabbing it like a cowboy wrestling a steer he’d just roped only to find out that its histrionics was regarding an article about a book Arizona Senator John McCain had written. I was forced to question the very notion that I was in possession of anything approaching a smartphone.

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Nurses and Other Professionals Join 3-Day Strike Against University of California

May 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Striking workers at the University of California had their picket line numbers explode as they were joined Tuesday, May 7, by the nurses’ union and the union for other campus professionals.

The 3-day strike was called by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees due to an impasse over contract negotiations. AFSCME represents 24,000 employees throughout California. The strike at all UC campuses and medical facilities began Monday the 7 and will continue through Wednesday.

CBS8 reported “more than 4,000 workers walked the picket line Monday across San Diego.”

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Lorie Zapf Goes Missing at Three District 2 Town Council Candidate Forums

May 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

San Diego Councilwoman Lorie Zapf – incumbent for District 2 – has gone missing for at least 3 district town council candidate forums now.

Zapf failed to show at all three area forums; the Pacific Beach Town Council candidate forum, the Ocean Beach Town Council forum on April 25 and then most recently the Clairemont Town Council forum on May 3. (The Mission Beach Town Council calendar didn’t show any recent or upcoming candidate forum.)

Zapf – the only prominent Republican in the race for District 2 – has amassed more campaign funds than other candidate for city council throughout all the council races. So, perhaps she feels she’s safe or knows she’ll at least be in the November run-off.

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Ocean Beach Kite Festival Is Now 70 and at New Location: Robb Field – Sat. May 12

May 8, 2018 by Source

OB Kite Festival has a new location!

The 70th annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival – that’s right, the 70th – is moving to a new and bigger venue this year. The traditional free event will now be held at Robb Field on Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The new Robb Field location will give everyone more room to fly their kites, as well as lots of free parking.

Children will learn how to make and fly a simple kite, with all materials and instruction included.

There’s also food, music (from OB’s own Beer Feat band), jumpies, and a craft fair. Prizes for the best decorated kites

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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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Good Samaritan Victim in Ocean Beach Hit and Run ‘Would Do It Again’ – Suspect Arrested

May 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Good Samaritan Julio Vazquez, Despite Loss of House and Job Due to Injuries, “Would Do It Again”

A suspect has been arrested for the April 9 hit and run of a good Samaritan who stopped to help a couple in their disabled vehicle – on the edge of Ocean Beach. Jaron Blake Hillyer, 27, was taken into custody by San Diego police and booked into Central Jail on charges of felony hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license and no valid insurance.

His station wagon had been found in the 4300 block of Orchard Avenue. Meanwhile, the good Samaritan, Julio Vazquez, 26, – still recovering from his serious injuries – told CBS8 he “would do it again,” and

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OB Walkabout, Italian Style

May 7, 2018 by Source

Editordude: The OB Rag’s Joaquin Antique, the author of numerous “OB Walkabouts”, just returned from a trip to Italy.

By Joaquin Antique

The more I travel the more I’m surprised at how familiar things can feel in other places. One of the things I relish about travel is experiencing how different other places can be, but I often find that the commonalities and shared experiences between us are what’s most amazing.

Take the coastal eddy for example. It doesn’t matter if you’re in OB or on the Amalfi Coast, when the fog rolls in it can ruin your day. Or you can just groove on it until it burns off and then it’s glorious. Yellow and green bikes cluttering up your neighborhood or polluting your view?

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100 Years Ago, 13 Drowned in Heavy Rip Currents Off Ocean Beach

May 7, 2018 by Source

One hundred years ago, on Monday, May 6, 1918, at least 13 men, including 11 servicemen, drowned in a single day in heavy rip currents off Ocean Beach. Over 60 people were rescued by lifeguards. The story was covered by the San Diego Union-Tribune, and we include the first few paragraphs of the story, below.

The tragedy forced San Diego and Ocean Beach to deal with the dangers of the surf and tides, and led to the formation of the first lifeguards.

CAUGHT in a terrific tide-rip which swept upon them without warning yesterday afternoon at Ocean Beach, scores of bathers fought for their lives,

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Just Who Is Matt Beatty, OB’s Librarian?

May 7, 2018 by Source

By Brett Warnke

When librarian Matt Beatty talks about his paddle-skating, he doesn’t smile–not in that broad proud way of the athlete, but in a tiny mischievous lift of his mustache.

“It’s an old person’s extreme sport,” he said.

His wit is dry but he gets wet every morning swimming in the chilly waters bubbling under the OB Pier and makes his way to the place where we have all seen him, the OB Library, the human face of our odd little corner of San Diego. Matt is a kind of sociologist of readers,

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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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Earth’s Atmosphere Crosses Another Threshold

May 7, 2018 by Jim Miller

Last week after I sent off my column about why I wrote Last Days in Ocean Beach, a novel about living on the border between dread and wonder in the Anthropocene, the news cycle was full of coincidental but eerie echoes. A Los Angeles Times story observed of the recent floods in Kauai, “A Hawaiian island got about 50 inches of rain in 24 hours.

Scientists warn it’s a sign of the future,” while the Washington Post reported, “’Fallen off a cliff’: Scientists have never observed so little ice in the Bering Sea in spring.”

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The May 1970 National Student Strike

May 4, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Many of us are aware of the tragic and fatal events that came down 48 years ago at Kent State University in Ohio during protests against the Vietnam war and president Nixon’s expansion of it with his invasion into Cambodia. On May 4, four students were shot dead and eleven wounded by National Guardsmen who had been called in to quell the unruly protests. What many of us don’t know is what came before and what came afterwards.

On April 30, Nixon announced the invasion into Vietnam’s neighbor. In response, campuses nationwide exploded into a national student strike -. And certainly San Diego campuses were no exception.

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Recent Investigation Prompts Closer Look Into PLNU’s Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct

May 4, 2018 by Source

From Lomabeat

When former Point Loma Nazarene University student Amy McClanahan went to her then PLNU professor and Mid City Church of the Nazarene pastor, John Wright, seeking help with issues that she said were related to childhood sexual trauma, she was following university protocol.

Wright also followed the appropriate steps when he went to PLNU’s Wellness Center and other faculty on campus, seeking assistance for McClanahan.

Neither Wright nor McClanahan found what they were looking for.

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Los Angeles Moves to Regulate Short Term Vacation Rentals – Only Rentals of Primary Residences Would Be Allowed

May 4, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In an historic and unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, May 2, decided on a package of proposed rules to regulate short term vacation rentals.

The proposals would allow city residents to rent out their own homes on a night-to-night basis, but not allow the renting out a house or apartment for short stays if it is not their primary residence.

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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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Can We Permanently Bury the Idea of a Dog Beach Beer Fest in Ocean Beach?

May 3, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It was just a week ago that we found out the so-called Dog Beach Beer Fest was cancelled. It had been planned for Sunday, April 29.

It had been scheduled from 1 to 5pm and billed as ” a dog-centric event in which human attendees may indulge in unlimited samples of craft beer in our beer garden area” – with “several dog oriented vendors, a dog play area, as well as a DJ.” Called “the first ever Ocean Beach Dog Beach Beer Festival”, it was sponsored by radio station Alt 949, Rockstar Beer, and OB’s very own Hodads.

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Healing the Soul One Board, Breath and Brush At a Time

May 3, 2018 by Source

by Jenna Miller/ Lomabeat. com

On the beaches of San Diego, she stands wearing a straw hat secured around her neck and is wearing a black wetsuit. Her blonde hair reflects the San Diego sun and her smile reflects the San Diego attitude. She walks up to a group of women and they grab their surfboards and hit the waves.

To an outsider, they look like a group of friends, having fun with each other as they surf and take in the beautiful weather together. But to Natalie Small, this is her dream made reality and to these women, this is their new found sanctuary.

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Reader Rant: ‘I’d Rather Pledge Allegiance to the Constitution’

May 3, 2018 by Source

Each month at the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting, we all rise and pledge our allegiance to the flag – as do countless community meetings and school classrooms across the country.

Because I’m an atheist, I always pause while everyone else it seems says “under god” near the end of the pledge. I always wonder whose god are we talking about. The god of Abraham? The Catholic god? The Protestant god? The Christian god, the Jewish god, the Muslim god? The Buddhist god? The gods of the native peoples who roamed this land before we. I don’t really want to pledge to any god. And I know there’s other atheists out there – especially in Ocean Beach.

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Green Activist Calendar for May

May 3, 2018 by Source

May Events at the Ocean Beach Green Center

Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107 619.225.1083

May 10th Thursday 7:00 p.m. Double Feature Film Night

“Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science” Our planet is riddled with floods, rising sea levels, severe weather, drought, and the highest temperatures in recorded history. Up to 99% of climate scientists agree that the current trajectory of the climate crisis will lead us to an apocalyptic scenario of unimaginable proportions. So why do so many leaders in Washington stand in direct opposition to the science behind climate change? This 2017 documentary exposes the reasoning behind their willful ignorance, and the real power players who pull their strings. (32 minutes)

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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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