Please Don’t Go in Ocean or Bay Waters Until Wed., Jan. 9th – General Rain Advisory Still In Effect at Ocean Beach, Both Bays and Coastal Waters of County

January 7, 2019 by Staff

General Rain Advisory In Effect

The County’s Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Rain Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County – which includes Ocean Beach – due to contamination by urban runoff following the most rains. This is particularly important for Ocean Beach, as the San Diego River empties at Dog Beach – as it’s a significant outlet for urban runoff.

Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.

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New Year’s News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma in 2019

January 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Cabrillo National Monument is closed to all visitors including pedestrians and bicyclists.

Due to the government shut-down, Cabrillo National Monument is closed to all visitors including pedestrians and bicyclists.

Ocean Beach Appears in Netflix’s “Murder Mountain”

Murder Mountain, a six-part Fusion docuseries now streaming on Netflix, follows the disappearance and murder of 29-year-old Garret Rodriguez, a friendly surfer-boy from San Diego who ventured north to cash in on California’s green rush.

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Springboard West Music Festival Returns to Ocean Beach and San Diego January 10 – 12

January 4, 2019 by Staff

Public invited to Band & Brew Crawl where artists put on show of their careers in Ocean Beach

Springboard West Music Festival, dubbed the “music discovery festival”, is back in San Diego for its third year in a row. For three days, emerging artists from all over the world, industry professionals and locals will gather in Ocean Beach to celebrate the future of music.

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Those Wishing to Destroy Public Education Are Retooling for 2019

January 4, 2019 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

The destroy public education (DPE) national coordinating organization, Education Cities, has been closed, with its assets and personnel distributed to three new organizations; The City Fund, School Board Partners and Community Engagement Partners.

And there is more. In an interview with The 74, City Fund’s Managing Partner, Neerav Kingsland, revealed the establishment a new political action committee under IRS code 501 C4 called Public School Allies.

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A Bridge for SeaWorld on Its Way Over the San Diego River

January 3, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

You’ve seen the cranes and all the equipment parked next to the bridge over the San Diego River, undoubtedly.

The giant building hardware and all the workers are busy replacing the old, ’50’s 4-lane bridge, called the West Mission Bay Drive bridge which stretches across the river. It will be replaced with two new, 3-lane bridges, with protected bike paths on both spans.

It’s all part of the City plan to help improve traffic flow to SeaWorld and the beach communities.

The current West Mission Bay Drive bridge is one of the primary arteries funneling people and cars to the entrance of SeaWorld, just a couple thousand feet away from the end of the bridge, and into the city’s central beach neighborhoods.

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‘It’s Time to Call in the Marines’ and the Rest of the U.S. Military to Deal With Natural Disasters

January 3, 2019 by Source

By David Helvarg / San Francisco Chronicle / Jan. 2, 2019

It’s time to call in the Marines, and also the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard to respond to the growing number of climate-linked natural disasters.

When it comes to national security, no threat compares to our changing climate and its intensification of hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves and other natural disasters. If the rise of Nazi Germany and the nuclear balance of terror with the Soviet Union were the major strategic threats to overcome in the last century, climate change is the major challenge of this one.

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OBceans Aid In Camp Fire Relief

January 3, 2019 by Source

by Bob Edwards

Some Ocean Beach and Point Loma residents have been generous in providing assistance to the people of Paradise and its neighboring towns of Cancow and Magalia in northern California.

Early last month, two OB residents, Linda Taggart and Pam Lloyd, collected clothing and $550 in donations. They traveled to northern California to present those donations to community groups in Chico that are working on providing relief to survivors of the fire.

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Paradise Lost: The Camp Fire and Its Aftermath

January 3, 2019 by Source

Wild Fires in California – Part 3

by Bob Edwards

They say there are only six or less degrees of separation between any two persons on the planet. When it comes to California’s wildfires of 2018, there was zero to one degree of separation for me: I was either directly affected or had friends impacted by three of the four biggest blazes to hit our state in the past year.

In December the OB Rag published two articles I wrote about my lifetime of experiences with California wildfires as well as first person accounts of the Woolsey (Malibu) and Carr (Shasta and Trinity Counties) Fires and their aftermaths. (Here’s Part 1 and Part 2.)

Today’s article covers the big one, the Camp Fire, and how it affected some of my friends who live near the blaze.

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Councilwoman Campbell Calls on District 2 Residents to Apply for Board and Commission Vacancies

January 3, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Newly-installed San Diego Councilwoman Jen Campbell is calling on residents of District 2 to consider applying for vacancies on the City’s various boards and commissions. District 2 includes Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the Midway District, among other communities.

The City of San Diego currently has nearly 50 boards and commissions that focus on a diverse set of issues.

In a press statement, Campbell stated:

“With vacancies on our many boards and commissions, I’m asking the residents of District 2 to consider applying.

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OB Planning Board to Review 2-Story Mixed-Use at 4870 Voltaire and 4-Way Stop Sign at Saratoga and Ebers – Meets Wed., Jan.2, 2019

December 31, 2018 by Source

The Ocean Beach Planning Board takes up the 2-story mixed-use building proposed for 4870 Voltaire. And it’s to consider a proposed 4-way stop sign at Saratoga and Ebers.

4-Way Stop Sign at Saratoga & Ebers?

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The Top 15 Stories of Ocean Beach and Point Loma in 2018

December 28, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It’s the end of the year – a time when media and press pundits turn reflective and ponder the “best” or “most important” stories published over the last 12 months. After reviewing our archives from 2018, we’ve come up what we think are the “top stories” from OB and Point Loma for the year.

We mainly based the top stories on how significantly they impacted Ocean Beach and the rest of the Peninsula. And the stories include news, photos, analysis and opinions about real issues within these communities, a number of which have continued from last year. And a number will most certainly continue into the new year.

So, here they are, the top 15 stories –

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Nuclear Shutdown News December 2018: 99 Nuke Plants to Go

December 28, 2018 by Michael Steinberg

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the US nuclear industry and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those who are working for a nuclear free world.

99 To Go

Two nuclear power plants closed permanently in 2018. Fort Calhoun in Nebraska closed for good in in October, after clanking on for 43 years. And previously, the nation’s oldest nuke plant, New Jersey’s Oyster Creek ceased running after 49 years in September.

US commercial nuclear plants were designed to operate for 40 years. These two nuke plant closures brought the remaining number of the nation’s nuclear plants still (sometimes) running to 99.

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Two Fires of 2018 Through an OBcean’s Eyes

December 27, 2018 by Source

by Bob Edwards

Last week the OB Rag published my story about experiences with wildfires that I’ve had over the 60 plus years I’ve lived in California. I did not include the most recent fires because the unbelievable conflagrations of 2018 warrant their own chapter.

This past year (really the past five months!) has seen the worst cluster of fires to ever hit California.

Since July, we have had the largest wildfire in California history (the Mendocino Complex Fire) as well as three of the top ten destructive fires to ever burn in our state (the Carr, Woolsey, and Camp Fires).

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Company Says First Scooter Fatality in San Diego County Was Riding ‘Without Permission’

December 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Esteban Galindo, 26, is the first scooter fatality in San Diego County. He passed away after colliding with a car while riding a Bird scooter in Chula Vista on Saturday, December 22.

Now Bird is claiming Galindo was riding its scooter “without permission”.

The driver that was involved in the collision with Galindo’s scooter was traveling southbound on Third Avenue and had the green light, according to police.

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Restaurant Review : Ocean Beach’s Thai Time Bistro

December 27, 2018 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Thai Time Bistro
1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
619-223-5000

By Judi Curry

I’ve been eating at the Thai Time Bistro ever since it opened. I know that it has changed hands at least once, and it was also closed for a short time while being remodeled. More often than not I order take-out from there and have the food delivered.

On this particular weekend, however, my friend Hugh said that he would love to have a hot soup for dinner. It was a cold, foggy, wet night and I suggested that we try the Thai Time. He was game.

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Tis the Season of the Agave

December 27, 2018 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

Christmas came early this year. The Ocean Beach Christmas tree arrived early, because the first Saturday of the month was the scheduled annual Ocean Beach Parade, which fell on December 1, 2018.

In traditional O.B. style, the Christmas tree was not straight, but leaning, and quite a bit if you looked from the sides.

Nature also surprised us with an early gift of sorts. The “Agave Attenuata”, sometimes known as “Swan’s Necks”, is blooming in mass this year, adorning block after block along our local streets and in my garden.

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Have an OB Christmas

December 25, 2018 by Source

by Ray Blavatt

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King Tide in Ocean Beach – Sat., Dec. 22

December 23, 2018 by Source

King Tide in Ocean Beach, Saturday, December 22, 2018. Photo by Albert C Elliott, ACE.

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Kindness Can Turn This Troubled World Around

December 21, 2018 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

Not too long ago I had an encounter with an act of random kindness.

It went like this: I was enjoying an interesting tale in San Diego born Nafissa Thompson-Spires’ wonderful collection of short stories, “Heads of the Colored People” and a meal of scrambled eggs and ham with a buttered biscuit and jam and a Bloody Mary when I felt a tap on my shoulder and looked up and into the beautiful face of a black woman, close to my age, a woman whom I had acknowledged with a slight nod of my head as she left the café.

We black people of a certain age do that when we catch each other’s eye, say, walking down the street or exiting a restaurant, sometimes adding a word or two: “How you doing?” or a “Hey, now” – essentially saying: “I don’t know you, but I can guess what you might have been through.”

With the way the woman was looking at me, as she stood over me, I thought maybe she was about to say something like “Don’t you remember me?” and then I was sure she was going to say “Did you drop this?” because she was handing me something.

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Winners of the Ocean Beach Holiday Parade 2018

December 21, 2018 by Source

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Ocean Beach Holiday Parade, “It’s A Wonderful Life” – says the OB Town Council, which announced the winners of the annual Holiday Parade on Wed. Here are the winners:

Best Use Of Lights:

Saint Charles Borromeo Academy

Best OB Spirit:

Wonderland Ocean Pub tied with Disco Christmas

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Don’t Throw Away Your Old Surfboard – Donate It to an Art Upcycling and Re-purposing Project

December 21, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Got an old surfboard? Well, don’t throw it away.

Instead – donate it to art-related upcycling/ re-purposing efforts for end-of-life surfboards. And it doesn’t have to be ride-able.

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‘Tis the Season …’ – 500 New Scooters Released into San Diego

December 21, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Uber and Lyft Unleash 500 Scooters on San Diego

Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft have unloaded a combined 500 electric scooters on San Diego this week, joining the fray of dockless transportation options on the city’s streets — and they’re undercutting their competitors.

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OB Planners Give Initial Green Light to Commercial Project for 4870 Voltaire

December 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Last night, Wed, Dec. 19, the Project Review Committee of the OB Planning Board gave a commercial project slated for Voltaire a green light to proceed to the next step. The next step is being reviewed by the full board at a future meeting.

The review panel also gave tentative approval to 2 other projects before it and asked the owners of another project to return to the drawing board.

The Project Review Committee is a sub-committee of the Board and gets first crack at reviewing projects that come before the Planning Board, and usually gives a recommendation of thumbs-up or thumbs-down to the full board which carries substantial weight.

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Friends Remember Mel Shapiro

December 20, 2018 by Source

By Kathleen Blavatt

About 50 friends of Mel Shapiro’s gathered last Saturday, December 15, to remember him in a wonderful and memorable tribute as he had passed in late November. A handful of OBceans were present at this memorable gathering. There were incredible speakers, tasty food from Hugo’s and it was good to know we still have still a good number of serious, but still fun activists, in town.

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Boy Hit by Car While Looking at Christmas Lights in Ocean Beach Released from Hospital

December 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The 7-year-old boy seriously injured by a car Tuesday night while looking at Christmas lights with his family in Ocean Beach has been released from the hospital.

Caleb De Leon is in a wheelchair with his leg in a cast now but as of Wednesday, he’s back with his relatives. But he has a metal bar and pins in his leg bone and faces a good period of physical therapy and recovery.

Caleb was visiting San Diego relatives with his family from Arkansas when he was hit by a car on the 4700 block of Newport Avenue just after he had stepped off the curb.

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California Wildfires – an OBcean’s Perspective

December 19, 2018 by Source

by Bob Edwards

If you have lived in California for any length of time you have probably had your life touched by wildfires. Possibly you lost your own home or you know someone who did. You could have contributed money, food, or clothes to a fellow worker or community member who was affected by a fire.

Certainly when the Santa Ana blows and smoke fills the air you have experienced ash landing on your car, a blood red sunset, or perhaps cancelled school events or exercise classes.

I have lived in California for over sixty years.

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The Old Broad on Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and UPS/FedEx/ DHL

December 19, 2018 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Writes …

Ft. Rosecrans Cemetery

Several years ago I wrote a number of articles about the deplorable condition of the Ft. Rosecrans Cemetery. (See here, here, and here.) At about the same time Michael Turko [ed: of the former “Turko Files”] also did a piece about the cemetery and between us the transformation of the grounds was amazing. Doug Ledbetter, the Director at the time of the articles, listened to us and within a year it was again a beautiful place to visit our loved ones.

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Mystery Outer Reef Break at Sunset Cliffs – ‘It Only Breaks When It’s Big’

December 19, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Here is another one from ACE – Albert C Ellliott – taken mid-day, at Mystery outer reef break, Tuesday, December 18.

ACE says this is one of our local MYSTO spots. It’s hard to see, hard to photograph and hard to surf. I asked him what size of wave he thought it was.

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Target Angers Another Community – This Time North Park – By Painting Over Beloved Mural

December 18, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Target – even a so-called “mini-Target” – moving into Ocean Beach has angered many residents and a few businessowners. But OB isn’t the only neighborhood pissed off by the retail giant. Now, they’ve done it to somebody else.

This time the corporate behemoth Target has angered another community – North Park.

Despite community protests, petitions and outcry, Target had a famous dinosaur mural on the corner of University Avenue and Ray Street painted over.

Crews hired by Target were seen on Monday, Dec. 17, spraying over the “Weenasaurus Rex” mural painted on an exterior wall.

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Ocean Beach Surf – Tuesday, Dec. 18

December 18, 2018 by Source

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