Adair Street Live-in Project Handily Approved by Ocean Beach Planners

February 12, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Chair John Ambert to Step Down

When the Ocean Beach Planning Board met last Wednesday, Feb. 7th, they approved 2 projects, one at 4664 Adair Street and the other one a two, 3-story house project on Bermuda (see separate post here), had a presentation by Geoff Page regarding the 30 foot height limit (see separate post here), created a sub-committee on transportation and set the ball rolling for their annual election coming up in March.

The owner gave a brief presentation on his application for a coastal development permit to demolish an existing residence and detached garage at 4664 Adair, and to build in its stead,

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Show Us the Money, Part 1: San Diego City and County Campaigns

February 12, 2018 by Doug Porter

Campaign financial reports for the second half of 2017 were released recently. There’s good news and bad news, and news needing to be taken with a grain of salt.

In San Diego County, the system of passing the torch from retiring officeholder to anointed successor gives the GOP candidates for District Attorney and D4 Supervisor all the advantages of incumbency sans the need to defend past actions. Republican Bonnie Dumanis is running as a “Judge” in the hopes of creating some distance from the scandals associated with her tenure as County District Attorney.

Simply put, the County government is the biggest entity impacting the most lives in San Diego.

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Will ‘Money Is Speech’ Logic of Supreme Court Be Used to Screw American Workers?

February 12, 2018 by Jim Miller

In the wake of my last column on the agenda of the billionaire backers of the Janus vs. AFSCME case soon to be heard by the Supreme Court, the Los Angeles Times published a solid piece that outlined the broader context and suspect reasoning guiding this shameless attack on American labor:

This year, the high court is poised to announce its most significant expansion of the 1st Amendment since the Citizens United decision in 2010, which struck down laws that limited campaign spending by corporations, unions and the very wealthy.

Now the “money is speech” doctrine is back and at the heart of a case to be heard this month that threatens the financial foundation of public employee unions in 22 “blue” states.

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The Crusade for a Legal Opinion by City Attorney Against Current City Practice of Enforcing 30-Foot Height Limit

February 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Geoff Page appeared in front of the Ocean Beach Planning Board last Wednesday night, Feb. 7th, and gave a brief presentation of a crusade that he and a handful of other Peninsula members are waging in efforts to maintain and protect the 30 foot height limit. (“Crusade” is my word, not his.)

Geoff has been a Peninsula activist for years, sat on the Peninsula Community Planning Board, is an environmental-friendly small developer and consultant, plus writes for the OB Rag. And, in particular, Geoff has been a stalwart fighter for the height limit and its empowering citizen-run initiative Prop D back in 1972 which established 30 feet as the limit for all buildings west of I-5.

Page and others believe the City’s Development Services Department current practice allows developers to flout the law and the height limit by illegally raising the grade.

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Steve Yeng Confirms Purchase of Voltaire Street Properties in Ocean Beach

February 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

When this reporter texted Steve Yeng – the owner of OB Noodle House and other establishments in Ocean Beach – this morning to get his side of the story of the one we posted yesterday, he gave me quite an earful during his call back.

We had published a post about the fact that some were unhappy with how a pending or possible sale came down involving the purchase of a chunk of property on the 4900 block of Voltaire – a purchase by Steve and a “group of investors.”

Clearly Yeng was upset with the story, “it’s incorrect,” he said, and “everything’s false”, it’s “bullshit.” Yet when I pressed him repeatedly for one thing that was incorrect, false or bullshit – he would not or could not tell me.

Yeng did confirm to me that he – and his brother – had made the purchase of the properties.

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Aboard the Magic Bus: From OB To a Marijuana Superstore

February 9, 2018 by Source

by Joaquin Antique

I have seen the ganja future and its name is urbn leaf. Whether it’s a dystopian future or paradise, I’ll let you decide.

You may have seen the bus driving around OB: a newish big black air conditioned rig with a giant marijuana leaf logo and the words “urbn leaf” and “CannaBus” painted on its front and sides.

At first I wasn’t sure exactly what the bus was all about. Was it like a Wine County or Craft Beer tour? An ad for a new band or reggae club? A party bus taking folks to concerts or other events? Turns out urbn leaf is a dispensary and the bus is a service provided for potential customers.

It services Ocean Beach on the hour, from noon until 8 PM daily. The bus picks up patrons at the OB Pier parking lot

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Ocean Beach Planners Approve ‘Out-of-Character’ Three Story Houses for Bermuda

February 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In a stunning vote, the Ocean Beach Planning Board voted Wednesday night, Feb. 7th, to approve two 3-story houses for the 4700 block of Bermuda – houses out-of-character with the immediate neighborhood.

By a vote of 7 to 1, the Board voted to recommend the project at 4719 Bermuda move forward, giving its stamp of approval, despite the lack of any landscaping plan and despite many concerns raised about the buildings’ potential for use as short term rentals and how they’ll be the largest structures on the block. Vice-chair Blake Herrschaft was the sole vote against the project.

Before the vote, at least 6 Board members spoke critically of the project,

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Some in Ocean Beach Unhappy with Pending Sale of Voltaire Street Properties to OB Noodle House Owner

February 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s an unhappiness in Beach Town USA. Or at least our beach town. Especially along Voltaire Street in north Ocean Beach.

Two things. One, apparently there’s a pending sale of a good chunk of properties along the 4900 block of Voltaire – properties that include all the businesses from Hungry Lu’s to Lucy’s Bar, and everything in between.

And the buyers appear to be a group of investors involving Steve Yeng – the owner of the nationally-famous OB Noodle House, the Bar 1502 and the former THC on Newport Avenue. OB Noodle House is right next door to Lucy’s Bar.

Two, there’s a bunch of folks along that section of Voltaire who are not too pleased with the sale. Or at least, how it came down.

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Eppig Brewing: Point Loma’s Harbor Front Gets First Brewpub

February 8, 2018 by Source

By Matthew Wood

Has the OB brewery craze made its way over the hill into Point Loma? If so, Eppig Brewing will be the trendsetter.

The tiny North Park brewery brings its specialty lagers and other selection of suds to a harbor-front location just off Shelter Island, with a soft opening on Friday, Feb. 9th.

“We were really looking to bring the small craft brewery scene to this neighborhood,” says co-owner and namesake Stephanie Eppig. “There’s nothing like it near here.”

Indeed, while it seems that breweries and beer bars are more plentiful than old guy surfers in OB, there’s a dearth of options on the harbor side of the peninsula. You have to weave through the ever-growing crowds at Liberty Station to hit Stone Brewing or make your way through the seedier part of the Midway District to get a pint at the massive warehouse of a brewery at Modern Times.

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Surfing As the ‘Official’ Sport of California?

February 7, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Two self-professed “avid surfers” recently co-sponsored a bill to name surfing the official sport of California. Bill, AB 1782, co-authored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), would do just that.

Surfing as the Official Sport of California. Cowabunga!

“Nothing represents the California Dream better than surfing — riding the waves and living in harmony with the beautiful beaches and ocean of our Golden State,” said co-sponsor Al Muratsuchi in a press release.

This is the like the siren of the waves, music to the ears of surfers from Ocean Beach and beyond.

In places like OB – where the Southern California surf culture developed and grew up –

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Lawsuit Holds Up ‘Last Large Development Project’ in Mission Beach

February 6, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Lawsuit seeks to block 59-home Mission Beach project to be built on former elementary school site

Residents have filed a lawsuit to block the “last large development project” of Mission Beach – a 59-unit project slated for the site of a former elementary school, approved by the Coastal Commission in October 2017.

The suit by Mission Beach Residents for Responsible Development claims the Coastal Commission approval actually violates the state Coastal Act and state environmental law, in that the 2-acre development would be overly dense for the area and that it does not provide enough park land.

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Diablo Canyon – the Last California Nuke – Is on It’s Way Out: Nuclear Shutdown News January 2018

February 6, 2018 by Michael Steinberg

By Michael Steinberg /Black Rain Press

Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry in the US and beyond, and highlights the efforts of those who are working for a nuclear free future. Here is out January 2018 report:

Diablo Canyon. The last of California’s nuclear power plants is on its way out.

The year began with a bang in Cali. Pretty much all the state’s major media outlets, as well as others across the nation, carried it as their lead story.

My personal favorite was this headline from the January 11, San Diego Union-Tribune

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OB Planners to Review Controversial Bermuda Avenue Project

February 6, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Adair St Project and 30 Foot Height Limit Also on Agenda

The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets Wednesday, Feb. 7th and on its agenda are 2 projects to review, both demolitions and construction projects – one on Adair Street with the other on Bermuda, a more controversial plan that upset neighbors last time the project appeared in front of the Board. Plus there’s a presentation on the 30 foot height limit by Geoff Page. The Board will also review its upcoming annual election materials.

The Board meets at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave, in the community room at 6pm.

4664 Adair Street The owner has applied for a coastal development permit to demolish an existing residence

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early February 2018

February 5, 2018 by Source

Maureen Roeber is the Friends of the Library President

OB and Point Loma Form Neighborhood Watch Network

Nicole Ueno sent out the call last month for community members to step up

Swastikas and Slur part of Vandalism to Woman’s Car

A woman in Ocean Beach was left in shock after she discovered her car brutally vandalized in broad daylight.

What’s the City Up to at Former Sports Arena?

From Voice of SD: “City officials are clearing the way for a massive redevelopment of the land around the Valley View Casino Center.

Campland on the Bay Profits Higher in More Than a Decade

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‘No Oil!’ Spelled Out on Sand in Mission Beach

February 5, 2018 by Staff

Hundreds of San Diegans rallied Saturday, Feb. 3rd in Mission Beach against the Trump’s administration proposals to vastly expand offshore drilling off the California coast – the first time this has been proposed in more than three decades.

Besides the rally, participants spelled out “No Oil!” on the sand, while others held hands up and down the length of the beach, off Belmont Park. The Hands Across the Sand event organized by Oceana as well as other well-known environmental activist groups, such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and 350.

Similar rallies were also held Feb. 3 in Laguna Beach, Santa Monica, Brea, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz. Plus, more will rally and march on Thursday, Feb. 8 in Sacramento, an event coinciding and including a march to the plan’s only formal hearing in California.

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The Koch Brothers’ War on Unions is a War on Democrats, Education, and Democracy

February 5, 2018 by Jim Miller

There’s blood in the water. That’s the sense that the money behind the American Right has as we head into the second year of the Trump era. And with recent polls showing the big Democratic polling edge ebbing, the sharks are beginning to circle.

But, as unsettling as that is, there is a lot more at stake than just one election cycle.

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‘Why I Started the Ocean Beach Neighborhood Watch ‘

February 5, 2018 by Source

Strength in Community: OB Joins Together to Fight Crime

By Nicole Ueno

Living in the same town you were raised in is a funny thing. Nostalgia is woven through each day, whether it’s walking down the same concrete stairs at my daughter’s school, or passing by what used to be an empty dirt lot where as kids we’d ride bikes and eat popsicles bought at the corner liquor store.

I’m one of the lucky ones that got to grow up in the beautiful and unique community that is Ocean Beach. It’s been such a huge part of my life story- from my childhood spent at the Big Olaf ice cream store, to working several jobs on Newport during my teens and twenties, meeting my husband in our favorite coffee shop, Jungle Java, and now raising our family here. I appreciate OB for all that it is and all that it’s given me.

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The Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach Strike the Day Trump Declassified Nunes Memo

February 5, 2018 by Source

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#MeToo Movement Hits Point Loma Nazarene as Professor-Pastor Accused of Rape Placed on Leave

February 3, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Pastor John Wright and Wife Counter Sue Accuser

The #MeToo movement has hit Point Loma Nazarene University where theology professor and pastor John Wright has been placed on a leave of absence pending an investigation after being accused of rape and sexual assault in a lawsuit filed in mid-January.

Former PLNU student Amy McClanahan filed a lawsuit on January 16, 2018, accused Wright, a former professor – and pastor – of hers, of using sex with her as a healing therapy. She has a type of PTSD. Wright is also pastor at the Mid-City Church of the Nazarene, which is also being sued along with 20 unnamed defendants.

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Mission Beach Rally Against Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan – Sat., Feb. 3rd

February 2, 2018 by Source

A number of environmental groups are sponsoring a rally in Mission Beach against the Trump administration’s plans to open the Pacific up for oil and gas drilling. It will be on Saturday, February 3rd, from 11 am to 1pm next to Belmont Park (Meet in grassy area near Cannonball Restaurant).

The local event will coincide with other rallies across the state to protest the Department of Interior’s offshore leasing plan, which threatens California’s vibrant ocean-dependent economy, marine wildlife, and the health of communities along the West Coast.

The demonstration, entitled “Hands Across the Sand: San Diego’s Voice Matters”, is hosted by Oceana, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and 350, and a number of local politicians – Democrats and Republicans – are scheduled to speak.

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Ebers – Greene Project to Be Sold Off at Public Auction

February 2, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Our friends near the boarded up Ebers-Greene project took photos the other day of notices posted on the property.

The notices are addressed to the property owner, Nelco Properties, LP, in relation to 2269 Ebers Street and warn the owner he is in default under a deed of trust or mortgage and unless he takes action to protect his property, it may be sold at a public sale.

The total amount due is $1,077,927 and 34 cents.

The property is scheduled to be sold on February 16, 2018 at 10:30 am, at the entrance to the East County Regional Center in El Cajon.

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Pacific Beach Street Guardians Provide Jobs for the Homeless

February 2, 2018 by Source

By Caryn Blanton

Founded in October 2016, Pacific Beach Street Guardians (PBSG) is a non-profit (501c3) that functions as a social enterprise. Neighbors who are experiencing homelessness are hired to handle many different tasks, including:

  • Care for the streets, sidewalks, alleys, parking lots and beaches of our community
  • Perform janitorial/custodial work for local businesses, organizations, and residents
  • Provide event services (set up/take down and trash/recycling)

As a social enterprise, PBSG offers much more than a job – Team Members are given the opportunity to gain pride, purpose, stability, dignity, a path to self-sufficiency and hope.

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3rd Annual Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic – Sat. Feb. 3rd

February 2, 2018 by Staff

From website:

AWOL Productions sponsored by Hodad’s would like to put on a local surf competition which will be located down at the Ocean Beach Pier on February 3, 2018 at 7am.

We have organized and put on skate competitions in Ocean Beach for the past 5 years and they have become a huge success. Seeing as Ocean Beach is a huge surfing and skateboarding community we would like to bring the community together with a local surf competition.

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Reader’s Rant: ‘Don’t Believe the San Diego Reader Story About Nati’s’

February 1, 2018 by Source

Editordude: Well, the mystery surrounding OB’s Nati’s Mexican Restaurant deepens. No other story in the OB Rag caused such consternation of late as our article about a pie shop replacing Nati’s, which was based on Delinda Lombardo’s recent post in the San Diego Reader. Now comes the following unsolicited piece that questions the accuracy of Lombardo’s post and ours and basically says, ‘don’t believe the Reader story.’

Inaccuracies Cause Drama for Beloved Ocean Beach Eatery Nati’s

by AMP Douthit

According to Nati’s Mexican Restaurant owner and manager Marilyn Thomas, “do not believe the Reader story.” I spoke directly with her on Jan. 30th and she reassured me that the new owners who recently purchased the popular Bacon Street restaurant have said nothing to any Nati’s employee about changing it into a Pop Pie Shop.

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Water Quality Advisories for Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs and Shelter Island

February 1, 2018 by Staff

The County’s water quality program has issued a stunning number of advisories for Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

Count them – there’s five! And all because “Bacteria levels may exceed health standards,” and people are cautioned to “Avoid water contact in the advisory area.”

Here they are, verbatim:

Ocean Beach Area

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District Attorney Candidate Summer Stephan’s Paranoia About George Soros

February 1, 2018 by Doug Porter

By Doug Porter / San Diego Free Press

If you live in the Fox News bubble, billionaire George Soros is the devil incarnate.

More than a dozen fables about him have been debunked by the fact checkers at Snopes over the past two years, including allegations he bribed Democrats to trigger the most recent government shutdown, is grooming a Muslim Brotherhood candidate for governor, rigged voting machines in the 2016 elections, paid anti-Trump protestors, and funded Black Lives Matter.

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Husband Arrested in Death of Point Loma Navy Mom Who Went Missing in 2014

February 1, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

One of the longest open-homicide cases involving the Peninsula can hopefully come to a close soon. The husband of Elizabeth Sullivan, a Navy mom who went missing in October 2014 and whose body was found 2 years later, has been arrested as the chief suspect in her murder.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, police arrested her husband, Matthew Sullivan, 32, outside his home in Wyoming, Delaware, San Diego police announced. Formerly in the Navy, Sullivan was charged with her murder and jailed; he’ll be returned to San Diego after an extradition hearing.

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First Official State of California Medical Marijuana Cards Issued, an OBcean’s Experience

February 1, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

by Joaquin Antique

January has been a month of medical marijuana madness for me and many others. I made my first purchase of recreational cannabis on January 4th, just a few days after it became legal in our fine state. It was a glorious day.

I had been waiting for legalization for 50 years and it finally came! Although I’ve had a physician’s recommendation to use medical marijuana for several years, it was cool to experience being a recreational buyer even if it limited some of my choices of cannabis products and was a little more expensive than what a medical patient pays. .

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Mayor Announces New Police Chief for San Diego

February 1, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced today that Assistant Chief David Nisleit of the San Diego Police Department has been chosen as the new police chief for the city.

Nisleit has worked for three decades for the San Diego Police Department.

The City Council must confirm the appointment.

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The Challenges and Rewards of Serving on the Ocean Beach Planning Board – Election on March 7th

January 30, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There are tough challenges and many rewards to serving as a volunteer on the Ocean Beach Planning Board. Reviewing projects and making recommendations to the City carries an important responsibility – but it also represents the crucial role that community members play in the arena of land-use and urban planning issues and insights.

Every year the OB Planning Board holds an election for seats on its 14-member Board of volunteers. This year, the election will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, and voting will take place inside the OB Recreation Center, from 4 to 6pm. Any tenant, resident, property owner or business owner in Ocean Beach can run as a candidate and/or take part in the election itself, as long as

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