False Accusations Fly in Peninsula Planning Board Election

March 13, 2018 by Source

Someone once said ‘all politics is local politics.’ This is no truer right now than here in Point Loma, where politics are indeed swirling around the local planning committee’s annual election.

Apparently, false accusations have been spread against some candidates running for seats on the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB). And one of those candidates is Geoff Page – a Point Loma activist, former chair of that planning group, consultant – and a writer / reporter for the OB Rag.

On the surface, the imbroglio surrounds the controversial recycling center at Stump’s Market on Voltaire, and who supports it and who doesn’t. Page and 3 other candidates have been falsely accused by a sitting Board member of supporting the recycling center and who also has sent out emails urging Peninsula voters to not vote for them.

Here is Geoff Page’s response to an email

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‘Trump Special – Big Sale at Home Depot 32-Foot Ladders’

March 13, 2018 by Staff

On the eve of Trump’s visit to San Diego to view wall prototypes at the border, this sign was spotted by over the 163 freeway in San Diego.

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What’s Happening During Trump’s San Diego Visit

March 12, 2018 by Doug Porter

Trump San Diego

The President of the United States is coming to one the safest cities in the United States to complain about crime and immigration. No doubt he’ll echo this weekend’s Saturday address expressing his unhappiness with California’s defiant stance on cooperation with federal authorities:

“California’s leaders are in open defiance of federal law,” Mr. Trump said. “They don’t care about crime. They don’t care about death and killings. They don’t care about robberies. They don’t care about the kind of things that you and I care about.”

Whatever. Here’s what we know as of Monday morning.

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Point Loma’s Planning Committees Have Elections Coming Up: Peninsula on Mar.15 and Midway on Mar.21

March 12, 2018 by Source

Point Loma’s other local community planning committees – other than Ocean Beach – have their annual elections coming up in March.

The Peninsula Community Planning Board holds theirs on March 15th and the Midway Community Planning Group has theirs on March 21st. (The Ocean Beach Planning Board had theirs on March 7th. )

Here are the details:

Peninsula Community Planning Board Elections

The Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) will be holding elections in March 2018 to fill five (5) vacancies. Board terms are three (3) years, with exception of unexpired terms which are filled.

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Oldest US Nuke Plant Going the Way of the Dinosaurs

March 12, 2018 by Michael Steinberg

Nuclear Shutdown News for February 2018

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

New Jersey Oyster Creek Nuke “To Shut Down for Good”

On February 2, 2018 the Asbury Park Press, Bruce Springsteen’s hometown newspaper, reported that the New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant is “to shut down for good in October more than a year ahead of schedule-in a surprise announcement by plant owner Exelon.”

The Park Press also reported the nuke plant is the “oldest in the US” and will be 49 years old when it it ceases operations.

Oyster Creek started up at the end of the year in 1969, as Richard Nixon was finishing his first year in office

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Notes from the Class War: the West Virginia Strike Shows That Solidarity Wins

March 12, 2018 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

In the early days of the Trump administration, most savvy observers were quick to note that, populist bluster aside, Trump’s policies would be a disaster for America’s already historic level of economic inequality. As economist Charles Ballard wrote in The Hill, “the main thrust of policy proposals from President Trump is to maintain, and even accelerate, the anti-egalitarian policies of recent decades.”

A year later, it’s now abundantly clear that the anti-egalitarian nature of this administration has only poured gasoline on the fire.

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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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Progressive Activist Calendar for San Diego – March 9-19, 2018

March 9, 2018 by Doug Porter

Young woman speaking with bullhorn

Check out this week’s Progressive Calendar listings below. Following those listings are upcoming events of national importance, along with opportunities for organizational involvement.

This is likely to be a historic week for activism in San Diego. Black Women will march to build power and community on Saturday, March 10th, Anti-Trump Protests will span Monday & Tuesday, and students from five colleges, along with 29 elementary thru high schools will walk out for 17 minutes on Wednesday, March 14th to protest gun violence.

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Just How Many Torrey Pines Will Be Planted at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park?

March 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

UPDATE: Contractor Tells OB Rag 51 Torrey Pines Will Be Planted at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

The OB Rag has just been contacted by Keith Adamek,vice-president of Silverstrand Construction – mentioned below – that the number of Torrey Pines trees they will plant is 51.

Virginia Wilson of Save Peninsula Trees told this reporter that the company working on developing Sunset Cliffs Natural Park had pledged to plant 130 Torrey Pine trees within the park. She had heard this number at the recent meeting of the citizens’ council that oversees the park from a representative of the company, Silverstrand Construction.

The planting of Torrey Pines is mentioned several times in the Master Plan for the Sunset Cliffs park – which is great. OBceans love Torrey Pines – and fight to keep them.

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Save Bahia Point Park – Paddle & Appreciation Day – Saturday, Mar. 10

March 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s a “Save Bahia Point Park ! -Paddle & Appreciation Day” being put together by some of the beach folks mobilized against mega-hotelier … Evans public land grab at Bahia Point in Mission Bay. It’s happening Saturday, March10th.

From a flier put out:

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Blake Herrschaft Elected Chair of OB Planning Board – Forum on Dockless Bikes Held

March 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

New Executive Committee Chosen

At last night’s monthly Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting, Blake Herrschaft was elected Chair of the Board, a step up from his former position as vice-chair. And Andrea Schlageter was elected the new vice-chair – whose task mainly is to chair the monthly subcommittee meeting of the Project Review panel. Rounding out the Executive Committee, Craig Klein was selected again as the Treasurer and Dan Dennison the Secretary of the Board.

In community election results, the 4 incumbents who ran were all re-elected; they include Klein, Numan Stotz, Jane Gowronski and Schlageter. John Ambert and Bill Corbin have stepped off the Board. Ambert was chair for 4 years.

Discussion on Dockless Bikes

The main draw for the night’s meeting – evidenced by a packed meeting room and at least 3 television cameras – was a promised discussion or forum on the invasion into OB by bike-share, or dockless bikes.

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Tooling Around Point Loma and Ocean Beach – A Photo Gallery of Sorts

March 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

We were just tooling around the Point in my Nissan Verse, out to Ladera Street to check the stairs, up the road to see what’s happening with the trees and construction of the new park at Point Loma Natural, up Hill Street to inspect the progress of the new Point Loma Fire Station, then north to Voltaire to take in the views of the Upper Voltaire project. And everywhere (not literally) we saw LimeBikes – not in huge groups – but in ones, and twos ….

Ladera Street Stairs Still Accessible Despite Tape

The City of San Diego believes the cliffs around the end of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard at Ladera Street are unsafe.

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Tonight – Ocean Beach Is the ‘Battleground’ over Dockless Bikes

March 7, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Tonight – Wednesday, March 7th – Ocean Beach becomes the focus in the “battle” over dockless bicycles, for representatives of 3 so-called bike-sharing companies will appear at the OB Planning Board. The Board holds their monthly meeting at 6pm in the Community Room of the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

OB – as have other communities around San Diego – has been swamped of late with LimeBikes appearing overnight without warning. Tourists and visitors seem to like them – but what about locals?

Complaints about the lime green bikes have been sharp on OB’s social media

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Debate Dodging and Disappointed Democrats in the 49th Congressional District

March 7, 2018 by Doug Porter

“We, not the candidates we elect, are the leaders we’ve been waiting for.”
-Flip the 49th! organizer

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

Wow. What could have been a defining event in the effort to win a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives turned into a punch in the gut for North San Diego County activists.

Polling from February confirmed what many feared; absent a Republican incumbent there was a real possibility of no Democrat making it past June 5th, thanks to California’s top two (regardless of party) primary system.

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Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic: A Surf Event for the Community, by the Community

March 7, 2018 by Source

By Kevin Zinger / The Inertia / March 6, 2018

Ocean Beach in San Diego is a special place. It’s a beach town that still hasn’t been gentrified into losing its core identity like so many others. It’s a place where surfers, skaters, hippies, bikers, families and college students all coexist to make up a very interesting beach community. Surrounded by Sunset Cliffs to the south and Dog Beach Jetty to the North, it’s also a place with a wide variety of waves.

So, when some local companies band together to bring you the Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic, it makes sense that the contest has as much variety as the town it was based in.

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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 OB Vibe – A Listing of Music, Art and Happenings in Ocean Beach Mar. 6 – 13

March 6, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Welcome back to “the OB Vibe” – a weekly column highlighting music and art and other happenings for and around Ocean Beach.

We highlight music and more happening this week at the OB Library, Winston’s, Mother’s Saloon, Culture Brewing, Kilowatt, the OB Playhouse and Theatre, the OB Farmers Market, the OB Green Center …


1921 Bacon St., Ocean Beach, CA 92107 • (619) 222-6822

Fri, Mar 9
– 7:30 PM | $5
Ocean Beach Comedy

– 9:30 PM | $10
The Heavy Guilt and AJ Froman

Sat, Mar 10
– 5:00 PM | NO COVER
The Travel Agents

– 9:30 PM | $8.00

Mother’s Saloon

2228 Bacon St


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San Diego’s Rapid Response to ICE

March 6, 2018 by Source

By Peter Zschiesche

There can be no doubt that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids at workplaces and in neighborhoods will once again become major activities in our area – top officials in ICE have said so. After California’s Governor Brown signed a law limiting California law-enforcement officials’ cooperation with federal immigration authorities,

Mr. Holman, a top ICE official warned, “California better hold on tight—they’re about to see a lot more deportation officers.”

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Local Newspapers – the Peninsula Beacon and the OB Rag – Still in the Game

March 6, 2018 by Source

Editor: Please welcome Delaney Mowers – a journalism student at Point Loma Nazarene University – in her first post in the OB Rag. She’s passionate about writing and the power it has to illuminate the truth and influence lives.

By Delaney Mowers

Coming through the door of the newsroom, the first thing the eye catches is the stacks of newspapers. The stacks of black ink on white paper almost catches the front door entrance as the door swings open. Situated above a Wendy’s restaurant on Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach, San Diego, the newsroom is home to three local papers: The Peninsula Beacon, La Jolla Village News, and Beach and Bay Press.

The papers, put together in a collaborative effort here in the newsroom, are published bi-weekly, and will eventually coat the areas of La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Point Loma, and University City with their combined total of 62,000 copies per edition.

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Reps from Bike-Share Companies Before OB Planning Board – Wed., Mar. 7

March 5, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Representatives from several bike and scooter share companies will have their programs reviewed by the Ocean Beach Planning Board at its monthly meeting, this Wednesday, March 7th. The appearance of many LimeBikes on the sidewalks has caused quite a reaction among OBceans – not all of it positive.

Reps from Lime Bike, Ono Bike and Bird Scooters will field questions from the Board – and the public – with the discussion resulting in recommendations from the Board.

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OB Planning Board: Annual Election – Wed., March 7th

March 5, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

This Wednesday, March 7th, is a big day for Ocean Beach planners.

First, it’s the annual election for 7 open seats on its 14-member Board of volunteers and voting will take place inside the OB Recreation Center, from 4 to 6pm. The Rec Center is located at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

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One Year Ago – Ocean Beach As Usual Was Ahead of Its Time – ‘Impeach !’ Spelled Out in the Sand

March 5, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It was one year ago, on March 4th, 2017, that nearly 500 people showed up at the beach at Ocean Beach and with their bodies, spelled out the words “IMPEACH !” and “RESIST”.

As usual, Ocean Beach was ahead of its time – now the entire country wants to impeach Trump (okay, only two-thirds).

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Marshall Tuck’s Dirty Secret: How Right-Wing Money Infiltrates Democratic Politics

March 5, 2018 by Jim Miller

Recently in the lead up to the Janus vs. AFSCME case that hit the Supreme Court last week, I wrote several columns focusing on the impact of the Koch brothers’ network’s attack on the union movement, the Democratic Party, and public education. Thus, I was cheered to learn that the California Democratic Party overwhelmingly endorsed the stalwart progressive Tony Thurmond over Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

While this is a low-profile affair as statewide races go, it is important because lots of moneyed interests see it as a way to push their agenda under the radar here in super blue California.

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Masai Tribesman from Kenya Steals Show at Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting

March 5, 2018 by Source

New Board Members Sworn In

By Geoff Page

The highlight of the Ocean Beach Town Council meeting Wednesday February 28 probably should have been the swearing in of newly elected members and awards for outgoing members but a Masai tribesman in traditional dress stole the thunder. During non agenda public comment at the regular monthly meeting held at the Masonic Lodge, the colorfully dressed man identified himself as what sounded like Ohlee, he spoke English fluently but had a thick accent. He was in the United States as an ambassador for an effort to bring clean water to his people in Kenya.

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Man’s Body Found After He Jumped Off Ocean Beach Pier

March 5, 2018 by Staff

The body of as yet unidentified man was found washed ashore in Ocean Beach about 3 a.m. Monday after he had jumped off the OB Pier around midnight.

After a report from witnesses saying a man jumped into the ocean, there was search lifeguards and Coast Guard crews. His body was found 3 hours later and officials believe it’s the same guy.

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SeaWorld and Evans Cement Deal to Build Hotel at SeaWorld Despite Buried Waste Dump

March 2, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In January of this year, SeaWorld entered into an agreement with Evans Hotels to build a hotel at SeaWorld’s location in Mission Bay.

In its annual report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, corporate SeaWorld reported it and

Evans Hotel, a premier provider of resort accommodations, entered into a Limited Liability Company Agreement to develop, own and operate a hotel project (the “San Diego Hotel Project) to be located on the land that the Company leases from the City of San Diego.

This little bombshell is certain to set off alarm bells all over the beach area.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma

March 2, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Bulldozers Move in to Sunset Cliffs Park – Ancient Eucalyptus Grove to Be Removed

Construction has begun in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park on Phase 2 of the “Hillside Improvement Project,” a component of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park master plan. Heavy equipment has moved in to the park to begin grading the new trail system and prepare for the restorations that go along with it. Kyle Inse, biologist on the project, says that the project includes the installation of over 20,000 native plants endemic to the area. Recon Native Plant Company is collecting seed and growing the plants that will be installed.

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My Lai Memorial Exhibit Program Comes to San Diego

March 2, 2018 by Source

By San Diego Veterans for Peace

Fifty years ago, American boys, most under 20 years of age, committed unspeakable acts against a civilian hamlet in Vietnam. Over 500 women, children (yes! there were babies!) and old men were slaughtered by American soldiers. Civilian “collateral damage” is a tragic cost of any war; the My Lai massacre only exemplified it at a highly public level.

The San Diego Chapter of Veterans For Peace is named after Hugh C. Thompson, the courageous US Army helicopter pilot who landed his chopper and, along with fellow crewmen, intervened against fellow American troops to end the carnage at My Lai.

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Oh, I Love Those Children

March 2, 2018 by Ernie McCray

Crowd of young protestors holding signs protesting gun violence

Oh, I love those children.

Those beautiful bright young
high school Floridians,
boldly taking
the leadership
so needed to dampen
our warped relations with guns,
standing steadfastly
as one,
in the faces of the NRA’s,
ne’er-do-well whores
who masquerade unconvincingly
as well meaning politicians,
demanding that they
simply do something
about the situation
or face their votes
in future elections.

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