Gigantic Book and CD Sale at OB Library – Sat., March 9

March 7, 2019 by Source

The Friends of the OB Library are having a “Gigantic Book/ CD/ DVD Sale” this Saturday, March 9th, from 9:30 to 12:30, on the Library Lawn!

There’s lots of great new donated books:

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San Diego Skyline and Snow From the Cabrillo National Monument

March 7, 2019 by Source

Enjoy the San Diego skyline with snow on the local mountains.

This was taken by Fred Koehrn on February 23, 2019 from the Cabrillo National Monument.

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It’s Time for San Diego to Rein In Those Scooters

March 6, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Originally posted Feb. 10, 2019

As serious injuries from scooter accidents mount at local emergency rooms, as it becomes known that more people are hurt on scooters than on bicycles or as pedestrians, while San Diego police issue record numbers of citations to scooter riders, while more companies are dumping their e-scooters onto the streets and sidewalks, and while other cities struggle to rein them in – it is time for San Diego to place some controls and restrictions on the motorized scooters.

And certainly more restrictions than what Mayor Faulconer has tentatively proposed (see below).

The Mayor is due to formally roll out his ideas on scooters at the Active Transportation and Infrastructure meeting of the City Council on Feb. 20th – at 2 PM at City Hall. If they are anything like what he has already publicly proposed in the press, they’re woefully inadequate.

The situation is dire.

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District 7 – the South End of Ocean Beach

March 6, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB District 7 map

The OB Planning Board is holding its 2019 General Election on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Polls will be open 4-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

As we complete our romping review of Ocean Beach’s planning districts, we round out our visit with District 7 – the South End of OB.

The 2 seats on the Board for District 7are currently held by Andrea Schlageter, the Chair of the Board, and by Richard Aguirre. Andrea’s seat is good until 2010, and Richard doesn’t appear to be running for re-election. Another current member of the Board, Andrew Waltz, has jumped over to this district and is the candidate for the open seat.

Andrea Schlageter

(From bio at OBPB website:) Andrea Schlageter was born and raised in the Ocean Beach Point Loma area. SEE MORE INSIDE
Richard Aguirre

Richard has been on the Board since April 2017 and is the owner of a small eatery at the corner of Sunset Cliffs Blvd and Pt Loma Avenue. (No bio available.)

Andrew Waltz – Candidate for District 7

(Edited bio from OBPB website) Andrew Waltz has a BFA degree from the University of Delaware, SEE MORE INSIDE

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Ocean Beach Planning Board to Review City’s Proposals for Scooter Regulations – Wed., March 6

March 6, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Planning Board takes on dockless scooters at their Wednesday, March 6 public meeting.

Or rather they are set to review the proposed regulations for scooters recommended by a City Council committee, before those recommendations go before the full Council. And the recommendations are really Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposals, with some amendments. The OB Board meets at 6pm sharp at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue

The only other major item on the Board’s agenda is a discussion and recommendations of budget funding requests for local projects for the upcoming fiscal year. There is also the annual election going on that Wednesday with polls open from 4pm to 7pm – also at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

It is time for the OB planners to take on the scooter issue. This community – and others – have been inundated with the various brands of scooters clogging our public right of way, sidewalks, crosswalks, any open spaces – and it is time to rein in these motorized vehicles, as local injuries mount literally on a daily basis.

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District 6 – The Hills of Ocean Beach

March 6, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB Dist 6 viewtop

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its 2019 General Election on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Polls will be open 4-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Each of the 7 districts has 2 seats and there are 2 at-large seats on the Board.

As we move south across the map of OB in our continuing series about the different planning districts within the Ocean Beach Planning Area – we come to District 6 – “The Hills of OB“.

The district is currently represented by Jane Gawronski and Dan Dennison. Jane has been a volunteer on the Board for at least 5 years and Dan has been on it since May of 2016. Only Dan is up for re-election, and he is running against George McCalla.

Jane Gawronski

(From bio at OBPB website:) Jane retired as Superintendent of the Escondido Union High School District in 1998 – SEE MORE INSIDE

Dan Dennison

(From bio at OBPB website:) Dan grew up in San Diego, spent five years in the Navy – SEE MORE INSIDE

George McCalla – New Candidate for District 6

George introduced himself at a recent OB Town Council meeting as a candidate. SEE MORE INSIDE
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District 6 – The Hills of Ocean Beach

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District 5 – The Cliffs at Ocean Beach

March 6, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB District 5 map

The is an updated and slightly edited version of an earlier District 5 review from February 2016.

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its 2019 General Election on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Polls will be open 4-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

In our continuing series of looking at each of the seven planning districts in Ocean Beach, we come to District 5 in southwestern OB, the “Cliffs of OB”. The district is currently represented only by Numan Stotz as the district’s other seat remains vacant. Each of the 7 districts has 2 seats and there are 2 at-large seats on the Board.

Numan Stotz

(From bio at OBPB website:) As a born and raised local, he has seen Ocean Beach grow and change over time. MORE INSIDE
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District 5 – the Cliffs at Ocean Beach

The fifth district within OB is the smallest district geographically, but because it hugs the gorgeous Sunset Cliffs, it has some of the most stunning views of sunsets, the coast, the surf, and provides an aura of solitude at those cliffs.

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Ocean Beach Planning District 4 – the ‘Hub of OB’

March 5, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB Plan Bd Dist 4 map

On Wednesday March 6th the Ocean Beach Planning Board is holding its annual election, and the OB Rag is publishing a series of examinations of the different planning districts within the Ocean Beach Community Plan Area. This is an updated and somewhat edited version of a post published on District 4 in 2016.

There are 16 seats on the Board, two from each district and two at-large seats. Currently District 4 is only represented by Craig Klein as its other seat is vacant. Klein, a veteran community volunteer planner is running for re-election.

Craig Klein

(From his bio at OBPB website:) Graduate of USD School of law , SEE MORE INSIDE
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District 4 – The Center of the Village – the Hub of OB

It’s easy to see why District 4 is indeed the center and hub of the community of Ocean Beach. Just look at a map and you’ll see that the business district and the main beach are both in this district.

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Taking on Superbugs

March 5, 2019 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

I turned to page 57 in People Magazine and looking back at me were the smiling faces of friends of mine, Tom Patterson and Steffanie Strathdee. They’re a husband and wife team of AIDs epidemiologists at UCSD who have traveled the world studying and researching and seeking ways to control diseases.

On occasion they have suffered from weird viruses and bugs and the like and weathered the storm and moved on to the next mission.

But the reason they were a story in a national publication is because of what happened to them on a trip to Egypt where they were enjoying themselves, just living the life, visiting the pyramids, sailing down the Nile.

Then Tom suddenly started heaving violently.

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Elections for OB Planning Board Wed., March 6 – Voting Instructions & Sample Ballot

March 5, 2019 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its 2019 General Election on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Polls will be open 4-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Mail-in ballots are also available upon request.

COME INSIDE FOR SAMPLE BALLOT, Voter Registration form and Instructions

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District 3 – The Wings of OB

March 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB Plan Bd Dist 3 map

On Wednesday March 6th the Ocean Beach Planning Board is holding its annual election.

Virgina Wilson

Virginia is up for election and Andrew is running for a seat in District 7. Virginia and her husband Nick are home-owners in OB and both are vehemently opposed to short-term vacation rentals. MORE INSIDE
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District 3 – the ‘Wings of OB’

The third district of the OB Planning Area is an anomaly because its two neighborhoods are separated from one another, with one section across Nimitz and seemingly in a different world. .he district almost looks like a giant bow tie (or maybe a giant seagull) with two large wings centered at Seaside and Nimitz.

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Ocean Beach Planning District 2 – ‘the Heart of OB’

March 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB Dist 2 Map

The Ocean Beach Planning Board is holding its annual election this Wednesday March 6th.
There are 16 seats on the Board, two from each district and two at-large seats. Currently District 2 is represented by Elizabeth Felando, who was appointed in October 2018, and by Tom Gawronski, who has been a veteran volunteer planner, a member since April 2011. Tom appears to be termed out and is not running for re-election.

Tom Gawronski

(From bio at OBPB website:) Tom Gawronski earned his PhD in Molecular Biology SEE MORE INSIDE

Elizabeth Felando

(From bio at OBPB website:) Liz grew up in San Diego, playing soccer at Robb field SEE MORE INSIDE

Richard Merriman – (no bio or photo available) is running for one of the seats for District 2; he’s been on the Board since October 2018.


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What Ocean Beach Planning District Do You Live In? — Here’s District 1, Northwest OB

March 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB District 1 Map off'l

The annual election to the OB Planning Board is coming up on Wednesday, March 6th. This 15-member board reviews, approves and monitors development in OB as it adheres to the OB Community Plan – the blueprint for the community updated and approved in 2014.

Each planning district has 2 representatives on the Board. Currently Tracy Dezenzo and Anthony Ciulla represent District 1. Anthony is up for election this time around.

Tracy Dezenzo, Secretary

(From bio on OBPB website:) Tracy Dezenzo has been an OB resident for over 22 years and is proud to represent District 1. See more inside …….

Anthony Ciulla

(From bio on OBPB website:) Anthony has 25 years experience as an aviation industry professional in addition to having 12 years in the construction industry/trades industry – see more inside ….

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Mr. Moto Pizza Goes for Alcohol License, New Owners at Pepe’s and Other News of Ocean Beach Businesses

March 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

New Owners at Pepe’s Promise “No Changes”

There’s new owners at Pepe’s on Sunset Cliffs. Vanessa Perez and her hubby John have taken charge and promise no menu changes – and in fact, stated John – who doubles as manager and cook – nothing has changed; they’ve kept it the same way as the previous owners. COME INSIDE FOR MORE

Mr. Moto Pizza Goes for Beer and Wine License

As workers continue to finish the interior of the brand new Mr. Moto Pizza House opening up in the brand new OB Plaza – there’s a sign on the front window.

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The System Is Rigged Because We Allow the Rich to Rig the Discourse

March 4, 2019 by Jim Miller

By Jim Miller

In my last column on the rocket-speed escalation of economic inequality in the United States, I noted how one of the central problems we face is that “the current neoliberal ideological hegemony finds basic economic justice unimaginable.”

Of course, America is a capitalist country where the interests of the powerful shape the ideological landscape, but there have been moments in our history when counterhegemonic forces and ideas have opened space for more egalitarian thinking and politics. For instance, the rise of both the labor and civil rights movements pushed back against and altered the status quo as have other, more short-lived but still significant eruptions of dissent. Indeed, just last week, public school teachers in Oakland

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Don’t Turn On Your Lights – New SDG&E ‘Tier’ Billing Begins

March 1, 2019 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Cautions Her Readers

So today begins the new “gouging” by SDG&E. Their “tier” structure for billing begins and if you are not careful it is going to cost you more than keeping the old light bulbs.

This new plan, called “Time of Use” will work this way:

There will be “off peak” and “on peak” hours. And even though it is “optional” – you will automatically be placed in one of the two plans. You CAN opt out if you want to do so. The “on peak” hours – the most expensive, will be from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Now let me get this straight. That is the time that most of us are coming home from work. That is the time that most of us are cooking our dinner –

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Triage for Our Ocean

March 1, 2019 by Source

By David Helvarg / Blue Notes / Feb. 22, 2019

When I wrote Blue Frontier: Saving America’s Living Seas, at the beginning of this century, I was worried. Industrial overfishing for the global seafood market, oil, chemical, nutrient and plastic pollution, loss of coastal habitat needed for restoration, plus the emerging signs of climate change, were reaching critical mass. Still, I saw the challenges as ultimately solvable if we just mobilized the political will and professional expertise needed.

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Ice Shuts Down 1 New Jersey Reactor; Age to Shut Down 3 Chicago Nuke Plants

March 1, 2019 by Michael Steinberg

Nuclear Shutdown News February 2019

By Michael Steinberg / Black Rain Press

Deep Freeze Shuts Down New Jersey Reactor.

On January 31 the Atlantic City Press reported, “Below freezing temperatures shutdown Salem reactor.” The report continued, “Central room operators shut down the Salem 2 reactor at 3 a.m. after ice accumulated in screens used to filter out debris before water from the Delaware River is pumped into the plants,” a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official explained.

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House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Banking Access for Cannabis-Related Businesses

March 1, 2019 by Source

By David Mangone / Americans for Safe Access / February 13, 2019 |

WASHINGTON, DC – On February 13, The House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing entitled “Challenges and Solutions: Access to Banking Services for Cannabis-Related Businesses.”

Twenty-three years have passed since California became the first state to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes in 1996. Today, the adult use of cannabis is legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

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A Road to Nowhere for San Diego Republicans

March 1, 2019 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / Words & Deeds / Feb. 26, 2019

A split party and a nutjob in the White House don’t bode well for the state leadership, either…

A statewide gathering of the California GOP elected Jessica Patterson as its leader earlier this week. She is representative of the demographics mostly not represented in the party these days: female, millennial, and Latinx. And she beat Travis Allen, the far-right advocate for all things Trump who placed fourth in last year’s gubernatorial primary.

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San Diego VA Confirms Liver Samples Taken from Sick Veterans Without their Consent

March 1, 2019 by Source

by Brad Racino & Jill Castellano / inewsource / February 26, 2019

An internal report from the San Diego VA obtained by inewsource reveals liver samples were taken from sick veterans without their permission for a study that provided no benefit to the patients. It’s the latest development in an ongoing inewsource investigation into a flawed human research study at the La Jolla facility.

The October report found “serious noncompliance occurred” when extra pieces of liver were removed from at least nine veterans. The patients weren’t told those samples would be taken or that it could increase the risk of bleeding.

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OB Town Council Juggles Planning Board Candidates, Traffic Safety at OB Elementary, Van Sleepers, Famosa Park, Library Expansion……..

February 28, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There was a lot going on at the February 27 Wednesday night meeting of the Ocean Beach Town Council at the Masonic Center on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. .

First off, new Board members were introduced and those re-elected at the last Board election acknowledged. They included newbies Dan Grofer, Stacie Woehrle, Isaac Darby, Scott Grace and Stephanie Kane. Those re-elected included Trudy Levenson, Corey Bruins, and Jill Kent. (Here’s the full Board.)

OB Planning Board Candidates Introduced

Another bevy of candidates – this time, those running for seats on the OB Planning Board – were also introduced by OBPB Chair Andrea Schlageter. The election is coming up on March 6 – and any resident, property owner or business owner in the OB Planning Area can vote. (See this. )

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‘Stay Classy, OB’

February 28, 2019 by Staff

Judith Starker found this tribute to OB in the sand.

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Young Gray Whale Off Mission Beach Attracts Humans and Dolphins – Some Rules to Follow in Close Encounters

February 28, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, a young gray whale in shallow waters off Mission Beach was so close to shore that it attracted a bunch of humans – and dolphins.

About noon, lifeguards received a call that a whale was maybe trapped in a fishing line, but upon investigation by a lifeguard who swam up to the whale, it was seen not to be entangled.

Meanwhile dolphins and surfers approached the whale – which could have been up to 50 feet in length. It was estimated to be a year and half old – still a youngster.

These humans probably got too close,

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Watching the Michael Cohen Testimony in Which He Describes Trump as a Racist, Liar, Cheat and Conman

February 27, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

We haven’t posted anything today – Wednesday, Feb. 27 – as we’re watching the unprecedented testimony of former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, describe how Trump is a racist, liar, cheat and conman. See this.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late Feb. – Early March 2019

February 26, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Point Loma Whale Carcass Heading to the Big Deep

Often, whales that wash up on shore are hauled to landfills or pushed back into the water. …, a biologist from NOAA wrote that a large female fin whale had washed ashore four days previously, on the rocky beach at Point Loma

Wedding Singer at OB Playhouse Presented by OB Theatre Co., it runs through March 3 at the OB Playhouse in Ocean Beach.

Drama at Point Loma Playhouse Samuel D. Hunter’s “A Permanent Image,” 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23, March 1-2 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3, Point Loma Assembly,

Slightly Stoopid Announces Summer 2019 Tour Slightly Stoopid announce their annual summer amphitheater tour, with this years installment: “How I Spent My Summer Vacation 2019”.

Celebration of Life for Good Samaritan Who Died in Jump off Bridge

Man Steals Tips from OB Subway – Caught on Video

Friends of OB Library Push for Expansion

Andrea Schlageter, Chair of OB Planning Board Interviewed

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Got to See My Color, Man!

February 26, 2019 by Ernie McCray

By Ernie McCray

“When I see a person
I don’t see color”
I heard a man say.
And I thought
what I usually think
as I listened to him that day:
I wondered, then,
how could he not see
the color of my skin,
my dark brown pigmentation
like a chocolate milk shake
or a cocoa colored
birthday cake
or a blend
of some kind of fine coffee
that a master barista might make…

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Deaths and Dangers at Beautiful Sunset Cliffs : A Survey from 2005 through 2018

February 25, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Sunset Cliffs mattwood
The OB Rag has been tracking deaths and serious injuries caused by or at Sunset Cliffs since 2005 -14 years. And we have found a yearly average of 5 deaths or serious injuries at our world-renown cliffs. These include surfers who’ve had heart attacks out in the water, divers who didn’t make it back alive and people who have suffered fatal falls.

Here’s a chart showing the deaths and serious injuries for the years 2005 through 2018, last year. And it’s based on what information and data we have available to us. It shows a total of 24 deaths and 49 serious injuries during that period.

We have conducted this on-going chronicle as a public service project, to make people aware of the dangers of Sunset Cliffs and of the rocks and waters below the cliffs. This is not an advocacy for more and more fencing – it’s an advocacy for more and more public education.

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OB Town Council: New Board Members and Elementary School Crosswalk Safety Campaign – Wed., Feb.27

February 25, 2019 by Source

Did you know that your OB Town Council public meetings happen the 4th Wednesday of every month, at 7:00pm? The meetings offer a unique opportunity to voice your concerns or ask a question, interface with our local politicians’ field representatives, hear from our law enforcement officials, and connect with other vital community agencies. This Wednesday, Feb. 27 the OB Town Council will hear

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Only San Diego Police Have Data from New Streetlight Spy Cams and Sensors

February 25, 2019 by Source

Data gathered “exclusively for law enforcement purposes”

By Matt Potter / San Diego Reader / Feb. 21, 2019

As predicted by privacy advocates, a hoard of surveillance data collected by video cameras and audio sensors incorporated into San Diego street lights is exclusively in the hands of the city’s police department.

The sweeping police powers are contained in a freshly-minted Intelligent Streetlight Data Policy, signed and dated February 6

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