Point Loma’s ‘Castle Tower’ Unveiled

July 28, 2022 by Source

Our friends at the Point Loma Association newsletter have finally released a story about the so-called “castle tower” that can be viewed from Cañon Street in Point Loma.
One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor. One man’s castle is another’s eyesore!

We never posted the story. We researched it. We teased it. But when the property owner told us he was negotiating to complete the project and requested no publicity, we agreed.

We asked for updates us on his progress. We got none.

A couple weeks back we left him a voice message asking about the castle tower. So far, no response.

There appears to be little (if any) progress on the project in the past three years. Not that there seemed to be much progress in multiple years before.

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Peninsula Planners: Tiny Cañon Street Pocket Park to Come In Near $3 Million – 3 and Half Times Original Budget

July 28, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting, Thursday, July 21, was not an exciting affair, but, as always, there were a couple of interesting moments. The Cañon Street pocket park item was the best and it calls for a review of this park’s weird history.

Before moving on to the park, it is necessary to note, again, that PCPB chair Fred Kosmo, again, opened the Zoom meeting by “warning” people that they were being recorded and “warning” them to be careful what they say. Admonishing people attending a planning board meeting in such a manner has a chilling effect on some people, which is the opposite of what these groups are for. Simply “informing” people that the meeting was being recorded would be sufficient.

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Who Is Linda Lukacs? She’s Running in District 2 Against Jen Campbell – Part 1

July 27, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

There is one thing about the San Diego City Council that some people do not realize. The seats on the Council are bi-partisan. Whether the “owner” of that seat is a Democrat or Republican should not make any difference. They are elected to do the best for the community.

Suffice it to say that it is well known that the incumbent is a registered Democrat – and, in my opinion – a “do nothing” Democrat. Yes, I supported her and yes, I even voted for her. When she came out ahead in the most recent primary election I knew I would have to do some investigation into her opponent, because I knew that I would not cast my vote for her again.

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Torrey Pine on Long Branch Saved by Residents and OB Rag Now Needs to Come Down

July 27, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The lone Torrey Pine at 4633 Long Branch, saved by local residents along with the OB Rag 11 years ago, now is dead and needs to come down.

After multiple “trimmings” and the cutting off of major limbs over the years by the city, the Torrey — which dominates the block — is now brown and is dangerous to residents and houses along the street.

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Midway Planners: Rowdies at Language School, Homeless Update, Terminal One and New Cannabis Outlet

July 26, 2022 by Source

By Geoff Page

Language School Rowdies

The Midway area sure has its share of problems, the homeless situation being foremost. At the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s regular monthly meeting, Wednesday, July 20, another less publicized problem was discussed: rowdiness at the EF International Language School on Kenyon Street.

The discussion started during the Non-Agenda public comment portion of the meeting when a Midway resident, Denise Vedder, who lives near the school, described a litany of woes involving the students. Mostly, it was the regular stuff like loud noise, late noise, and vomiting in the bushes.

Vedder described various efforts she has made to have something done, with little success. She said the campus only has one security officer who exercises no control at all.

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San Diego City Council Places Measure to Eliminate 30 Foot Height Limit in Sports Arena Area on November Ballot

July 26, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Close observers of the issue knew it would happen. In its latest move on Monday, the San Diego City Council — in an unanimous vote — placed the measure to eliminate the 30-foot height limit in the Midway on the November ballot.

If approved by voters, the measure would wipe out the height limit in a 1,324-acre area of the Midway District that includes the sports arena and nearby city-owned land, and not to the entire Midway.

This is the latest chapter in a saga which Councilmembers Jen Campbell and Chris Cate began

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No Nukes Is Good Nukes

July 26, 2022 by Michael Steinberg

Will the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Ever Shut Down?

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

We thought it was a done deal. The Diablo Canyon nuke plant, the last operating one in the state, located on the central coast near San Luis Obispo, was due to permanently close, one nuclear reactor in 2024, the second the following year.

In 2016, even owner Pacific Gas & Electric agreed to the deal.

But, as the Doors predicted Back in the Daze, “The future’s uncertain and the. end is always near.”

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Former OBcean Now Head of County Democrats: Rebecca Taylor

July 26, 2022 by Staff

After the resignation of the chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party in early May, a former OBcean and former director of the OB Town Council was selected to become the new acting chair — and that was Rebecca Taylor.

Rebecca had been and still is the party’s Metro West Area Vice Chair.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, then-chair of the County Dems, took a leave of absence as the San Diego County District Attorney and Democratic party officials reviewed potential criminal allegations against him. Here is how Taylor is described on the County Democratic Party’s

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The System Is Broken

July 25, 2022 by Source

By Colleen Edwards /Dead Foot Collective

Go outside and sleep on the streets. Sleep on the side of a dumpster. Sleep, but only where nobody can see you. Sleep, but with a knife because someone will rob you. Sleep, but with your children tied around your waist because someone will try and take them. Sleep, but only after having not eaten all day—hunger pains will keep you awake.

Welcome to the houseless experience. I have been volunteering and working within the homeless system for the past six years. I’ve volunteered in shelters and on buses, I worked with homeless youth for a year and then switched to working directly with case managers, clients, and landlords.

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187 Minutes of Treason

July 22, 2022 by Source

Thursday’s January 6 Committee hearing painted a portrait of “an out-of-control, criminal, seditious, mad president.”

By John Nichols/ The Nation / July 22, 2022

The dictionary definition of treason is straightforward. It is “the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance.”

History provides a catalogue of illustrations of treasonous acts. But rarely have we gotten so precise a play-by-play of “overt acts to overthrow the government” as has been provided by the hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol.

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In Defense of OBcean Sheldon Dorf, One of the Founders of Comic-Con

July 22, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Sheldon Dorf was one of the founders of Comic-Con and he lived in Ocean Beach for many years. He passed away at the age of 76 in 2009.

“Shel” has been the subject of numerous articles both in the local media and national outlets, like the Rolling Stone .

Currently the San Diego Reader has an article entitled, “In defense of San Diego Comic-Con co-founder Shel Dorf – Personal POV of the original annoying comic geek,” by Jay Allen Sanford. Near the end of the article, Sanford writes:

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100 Years of the Sport in San Diego Highlights Peninsula Tennis Club

July 22, 2022 by Source

From the Third Option / July 22, 2022

Public park tennis in San Diego began a hundred years ago this month when players raised $5,000 to build what is now the Balboa Tennis Club.

The number one racket sport in the country is also the fastest-growing, with 6.8 million new and returning tennis players in 2020 alone— a growth spurt of 22%. Research claims it adds ten years to a player’s lifespan; data also reveals it to be the safest sport to play during a pandemic.

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Brittney – Still on My Mind

July 22, 2022 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

My mind stays
with thoughts
of Brittney Grinder spending her days
in a Russian prison faraway
and it breaks my heart
that so many folks are fixated
on how, on her part,
having a weed product
in her traveling bag
wasn’t very smart
which is true
but what good does it do
to throw shade

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Mystery: What’s With the Black and White Houses in Point Loma and Mission Hills?

July 22, 2022 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

Have you notice them? Recently renovated, remolded, sold, or added on granny flat homes that are almost identical, white houses with black trim.

Is it the work of a new Kardashian fad among home buyers and sellers? Or a massive discount on the exact same paints from an overstocked source?

Perhaps it is a rage among the Home and Garden fans. Rarely is there a developer or contractors name prominently featured on any of these homes.

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Final Vote Numbers in District 2 Primary

July 21, 2022 by Source

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A ‘Feel Good’ and Bizarre Tale

July 21, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

Sometimes I find myself in a position of writing a story that I think will find the reader feeling good without any negative vibes. I am hoping that this tale does that for you, because it did for me.

Let me give you a fast background. I met Mona in 1992 when I was hired to be the Vocational Manager at San Diego Job Corps. Mona was the Academics Manager. Our offices were on the same floor but at opposite sides of the room, and our interactions took place numerous times during the day.

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COVID Hits the OB Rag

July 19, 2022 by Staff

COVID-19 has hit the staff of the OB Rag.

Patty is recovering from falling ill last week, and editordude spent most of Monday in bed.

Rag readers need to prepare themselves for slim-downed issues the entire week.

Comments will be open, as usual, but the moderation process may take longer.

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Tear Off the Labels and Let’s Do American

July 19, 2022 by Source

By Joni Halpern

On some days, I am conservative. On other days, liberal, or maybe progressive. At times I believe in God. At other times, I am plagued with doubt. I believe in my right as a woman to govern the processes of my own body, but I regard abortion as a hard personal decision.

I am moderate on some days, and furiously righteous on others. I almost always believe in the goodness of others, but sometimes I am hard-pressed to find it. I do not wave the flag; I do not even salute it, because I never want what I owe to my country to become something rote, as if once I recite the words, it’s all that I expect of myself. Like all Americans underneath the skin, I defy labels.

But labels are what we live by these days. Red states. Blue states. Right-wing. Left-wing. Christian right. Atheist left.

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OB Historical Society Presents: ‘The All-American Crew’ – True Story of WW II Bomber Crew – Thursday, July 21

July 19, 2022 by Source

Thurs. July 21- The All-American Crew
The Ocean Beach Historical Society presents:

“The All-American Crew,” by Russell Low,
Thurs. July 21, 2022 at 7 pm,
at Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

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California to Get Help from Federal Science Agency for Sand Replenishment, Wetlands Recovery and Coastal Erosion

July 18, 2022 by Source

By Erik Anderson / KPBS

The federal science agency is preparing to pass out an unprecedented amount of money to make the nation’s coast more resilient.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has more than $3 billion ready to fund projects that bolster natural systems which can buffer the impacts of climate change.

In California, funded projects could include sand replenishment, wetlands recovery and expansion, or natural projects that fight coastal erosion.

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County Supervisor Lawson-Remer Explains Budget and What It Means for OB and Point Loma

July 18, 2022 by Source

Change Is Upon Us. New County Budget Helps Us Prepare

By Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer — July 2022

If you told me three years ago I would spend weeks on end isolated at home, gas would cost $6 a gallon, I’d be watching a war in Europe, and reproductive freedom would be illegal or close to it in a majority of the nation, I wouldn’t have believed you.

But the reality is that our world has changed — and this change is being thrust upon us from all directions. With the right planning and investments we can weather that change — and create a stronger, more resilient San Diego County.

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What’s Going On at Voltaire and San Clemente in Point Loma?

July 15, 2022 by Source

Thanks to the Point Loma Association newsletter, we have some nifty photos to show about what’s going on at Voltaire and San Clemente, along with a message from the builder.

Here are details from the builder.

Activity on the northwestern corner of Voltaire & San Clemente Streets is construction on an approved mixed-use development which will consist of seventeen 1,375-1,662 SQ FT residential, for-sale homes with 45 onsite parking spaces and one retail storefront opportunity facing Voltaire. This project, Cabri, comes to you from CityMark, the San Diego-based team

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San Diegan Launches App to Provide Mapping Tool for Plastic Pollution on Beaches

July 15, 2022 by Source

By Ashley Mackin-Solomon / La Jolla Light / July 14, 2022

After a childhood in La Jolla and an education at La Jolla High School that left him with an appreciation for the ocean, self-proclaimed “ocean guy” Carl Nettleton has spent most of his adult life working to protect it.

Most recently, his company OpenOceans Global launched an app July 10 that enables users to report accumulations of plastic debris on beaches and get that information to organizations that are working to address the problem.

Users of OpenOceans’ online map and survey (openoceans.org/trash-survey) can mark the location of a plastic-fouled beach,

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Official Statement: ‘High Risk for COVID-19 in San Diego County’

July 15, 2022 by Source

From County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office, July 14, 2022 | 3:59 PM

The continued increase in local coronavirus cases has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to move San Diego County to its high-risk level for COVID-19.

The CDC tracks community levels of the virus based on geographic regions to determine the impact of COVID-19 in communities, and to allow individual jurisdictions to implement preventive strategies based on the latest local data.

San Diego had been in the medium-risk category since the end of May, but recent spikes in hospitalizations and new cases have led the CDC to increase the risk level for the region.

Actions You Can Take

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It’s Baaaaacccckkkk! San Diego County Enters Code Orange – Highest Level for COVID

July 15, 2022 by Source

Coronavirus activity appears to be on the rise again post Fourth of July


By Paul Sisson / San Diego Union-Tribune / July 14, 2022 7:48 PM

Ten days after the Fourth of July, coronavirus activity appears to be on the upswing, according to San Diego County’s latest case and hospitalization numbers, pushing the region into the most severe level of the nationwide COVID-19 activity map maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Communities with 10 or more recent coronavirus-related hospitalizations per 100,000 residents are listed in the highest tier, which is color coded orange. San Diego County, said to have 384 total new COVID hospitalizations in a seven-day span ending July 12, reached 11.5 per 100,000.

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What to Do When Someone Hits On Your Date in Front of You?

July 14, 2022 by Source

by Edwin Decker

Dear SWAT, I was on a date with a woman I recently began seeing named, “Sue.” We had gone to see a play and after the show, went to a nearby bar for a nightcap where it turned out the cast also went. At one point, one of the actors approached the stool beside us and ordered a beer.

While he was waiting, I told him how much I enjoyed his performance and offered to buy his drink. He said yes . . . and immediately directed his attention to Sue. It was loud and his back was to me so I couldn’t hear them but when he left, Sue told me he was hitting on her.

I was shocked. She and I had been touchy feely in his presence, so he knew we were together. After about 30 minutes, he came back and put the moves on again. I was infuriated and humiliated and couldn’t decide what to do. I won’t say yet how I eventually reacted because I first want to hear what you would have done. After you respond, I’ll tell you what I did. I’m just curious to see if we’re on the same page.

Musheerah from National City

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Update on Body Found at Sunset Cliffs

July 14, 2022 by Staff

Meanwhile, Family of Missing Teen Feared to Have Drowned at Mission Beach Await Answers

We have some additional information about the body recovered by San Diego lifeguards from the rocks off Sunset Cliffs early Wednesday morning.

The body is male but was so decomposed, authorities cannot “determine race or anything at this point.”

A fisherman looking for bait originally found the body. And then called 911 shortly after 5:35 a.m. to report seeing a body in the water off Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Adair Street, police said.

Authorities suspect that the high tide washed the body ashore late Tuesday night, and it wedged into the rocks before the water receded with low tide hours later.

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New Settlement Will Protect People from San Diego Police’s Unreasonable, Prolonged Cell Phone Seizures

July 13, 2022 by Source

Today, Wednesday, July 13, the local ACLU announced a settlement with the City of San Diego in a federal lawsuit that challenged the San Diego Police Department’s cell phone seizure practices, and their prolonged seizure of the cell phone of a client of one of the law firms involved.

The federal lawsuit was filed after San Diego police officers seized Christina Griffin-Jones’ cell phone when she was arrested during an anti-police violence demonstration on Sept. 23, 2020. Although she was released the following day, SDPD refused to return her phone for months.

Griffin-Jones was participating in the demonstration inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement calling attention to police officers’ use of deadly force against Black people across the nation,

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Coastal Commission, Meeting Today in Northern Calif, to Decide Fate of 2 Ocean Beach Cottages at end of Cape May

July 13, 2022 by Staff

The California Coastal Commission is meeting today, Wednesday, July 13, and will be deciding the fate of a new development in Ocean Beach that will demolish two cottages at the very end of Cape May Avenue.

Local OBceans are understandably concerned that coastal access will be negatively impacted and understand that the area does flood.

The problem is the Commission is meeting in Ft. Bragg in Northern California – and they’re meeting today. OB residents want folks, however, to participate in the meeting by remote testimony on Permit #6-20-0375 at 5162 Cape May Ave.

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Genuine Reforms by Real Education Professionals

July 13, 2022 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

The tragedy of modern school “reform” is that it stopped education improvement. Politicians from the Democratic and Republican Parties agreed that government-run organizations were inferior to privatized ones and market forces were the path for lifting all boats.

Their economic theories led to charter schools and vouchers for private, mostly religion sponsored schools. Moguls and legislators, with no education training or knowledge decided that standards, modeled on business practices were, required. It has become a tool for privatizing public schools, controlling classrooms by politicians in capital cities, and is making learning dreary.

It is wonderful to learn of professional educators standing up to this folly and implementing practices promising to undo some of the damage.

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