Restaurant Review: Wild Things Pizza in Ocean Beach

April 22, 2022 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Wild Things Pizza
2163 Abbott Street
Ocean Beach, CA 92107

By Judi Curry

It isn’t often when the owner of a restaurant asks me to do a review of his establishment. In fact, it has only happened two other times. Fortunately, each time the food was good; the service was good, and it was fun to do the review. This restaurant is no different.

It is where the old Surfrider Pizza used to be. That was one of my favorite restaurants but the trouble with it was that I was always cold when I was there because of the open windows and doors. It is no different now, except that Steve and I sat at the far southern end of the building and the windows were not open. If I were to go again – and I am pretty sure I will – I would try to sit in the same location.

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The Story Behind Shelter Island

April 22, 2022 by Source

Shelter Island has been a resounding success story, especially for what was a shifting shoal that was once considered a navigational hazard.

By Eric DuVall / Point Loma-OB Monthly /April 21, 2022

The course of history seldom runs in a straight line. In fact, history may often be said to meander in one direction for a time until that path is changed. Such corrections are often evident only in retrospect.

The flow of San Diego’s history has been closely tied to both the shifting channels of the mighty San Diego River and the development of our remarkable natural harbor, San Diego Bay. This story has its beginnings at a place and time where and when both of those waterways came together.

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Greta Thunberg: ‘Act As If the House Is on Fire – Because It Is.’

April 22, 2022 by Source

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Mr. President, Nukes Are Not ‘Clean’ Energy

April 21, 2022 by Source

In arguably one of the worse decisions of the Biden administration, the Energy Department announced Tuesday, April 19, that it was launching a program to provide up to $6 billion in grants to U.S. nuclear plants to help them keep operating.

All in the name of “clean energy.”

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement:

“U.S. nuclear power plants contribute more than half of our carbon-free electricity, and President Biden is committed to keeping these plants active to reach our clean energy goals.”

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UCSD Scientists Create ‘World’s First Biodegradable Shoe’

April 21, 2022 by Source

By Emerson Dameron / UCSD News Center / Apr 21, 2022

Stephen Mayfield, a molecular biology professor at UC San Diego, now has a stake in the business of footwear alongside partners Michael Burkart and Robert Pomeroy from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. After six years of research and experimentation, these professors are launching the world’s first biodegradable shoe through the company Blueview, of which Mayfield also serves as CEO.

What began as a project to turn algae into fuel shifted into a quest to develop high-performance biodegradable polyurethane foams, which are used as shoe soles.

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Politically Homeless, What to Do?

April 21, 2022 by Source

Straight-Up With A Twist

By Edwin Decker

Dear Readers, since I started writing this “advice” column, I have received a few questions with something in common. They all used some variation of the phrase, “Politically homeless.” By this they meant that, while they have maintained the same political worldview they have always had, they feel that their chosen party has changed its perspective to such a degree that they could no longer relate to it.

What’s interesting is that these queries have come from all sides of the political fence: democrats and republicans; conservatives and liberals; furries and fleshies. And they have all effectively said the same thing: “I refuse to join the opposition party, but can no longer support my current one. What to do, what to do?”

Initially, I hadn’t planned on responding, but after receiving several of these messages, I have decided to answer them in bulk.

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A Living Legend – Javier Bátiz – at  Winston’s in Ocean Beach on Sunday May 1st

April 21, 2022 by Mike James

Javier Bátiz Will Be Benefiting Deported Veterans Who Live in Tijuana

By Mike James

In Mexico during the 60’s, there was a counterculture movement called La Onda (The Wave), which influenced artistic and political expression throughout Mexico.

One of the major musical influences of La Onda can be traced back to a humble home just a few miles south of the Tijuana/ San Diego international border.

In the mid 1950’s in Tijuana, a young teenager, Javier Bátiz, was woken by his mother in the middle of the night.

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OB Historical Society Presents: the Villa Montezuma at 135 — Thursday, April 21

April 20, 2022 by Source

Villa Montezuma at 135 Years Old

The Ocean Beach Historical Society presents: The Villa Montezuma at 135 (years old) and its next 50 years as a Museum, Thursday April 21, 2022 at 7 pm at Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

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‘America’s Most Scenic Ballpark’ Is Right There at Point Loma Nazarene

April 20, 2022 by Source

Matt Monagan / mlb.com news / February 28th, 2022

“It’s a place you wanna come to work to every day.”

Most people, if they’re being honest, don’t say that about their jobs.

Then again, most people aren’t Steven Riddle; manager of athletic facilities at Point Loma Nazarene University. Most of us don’t get to work in baseball paradise — along the breezy, dreamy Pacific coast of “America’s Most Scenic Ballpark.”

Since the 1970s, the Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions have been lucky to call this seaside oasis — dangling ever so gently off downtown San Diego — home. Baseball writer Kevin Kernan gave the ballpark its “Most Scenic” moniker in the mid-’90s — a trademark the school has run with ever since. They put it on their scoreboard and all over their athletic website and, I mean, why not? It fits.

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‘We Have a Housing Crisis in San Diego – Not a Sports Arena Crisis’

April 20, 2022 by Source

The following is an excerpt from Ricardo Flores’ article in yesterday’s Voice of San Diego. The balance of the article is worth checking out.

By Ricardo Flores

Currently, the city of San Diego is using the California Surplus Land Act – which aims to connect developers who are interested in building more affordable homes on surplus local public land that is both available and suitable for housing development – to lease the 48 acres of taxpayer land within the Midway District.

The goal of the CA Surplus Land Act is “to increase the availability of real property in California for affordable housing development by requiring the prioritization of affordable housing when selling or leasing public lands no longer necessary for agency use.” Public lands should be used for the greatest public good – which in San Diego means housing, housing, and more housing. City leaders have articulated the importance of housing but the real test will be their decision at Midway.

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This Is Not a Joke! This Is Not Satire! 3 Airbnb Tents in OB a Block From the Beach

April 19, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

When we first saw these photos, it seemed like a joke. Maybe satire. But nope, they’re real.

Some guy named “Eric” is renting out three tents in his yard as Airbnb rentals. Each with their own private privy “open to the sun.” This is all on the last block of Voltaire, a block from the beach.

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A Funny Thing Happened in Front of Point Loma High School

April 19, 2022 by Source

The folks at the Point Loma Association online newsletter have done it again. In their witty and irreverent way, they found out about a funny thing that happened in front of Point Loma High School last week. (If you’d like to get Peninsula News, click here)

Here’s their report:

As you cruise by on Chatsworth, we hope you notice the young Torrey Pine trees in front of the school. It will take many years for them to mature and replace those chain-sawed in June, 2019, when construction began on the new additions. So it’s good the trees arrived early in the landscaping process.

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4-20 Meeting Agenda for OB Planners’ Project Review Committee: 2 Projects – 4705 Point Loma and 4953 Coronado

April 19, 2022 by Staff

The April 20th, 2022 agenda for the OB Planning Board Project Review Committee has 2 projects — located at 4705 Point Loma and 4953 Coronado Avenues. The sub-committee of the Board will also appoint its chair, vice-chair and secretary. Lastly, it will take up the issue of when to return to in-person meetings.

4705 Point Loma Ave. – the Former Ranchos

This is a coastal development permit for the demolition of the existing retail building — the site of the former Ranchos — and the construction of two MDU (multi-dwelling unit) buildings – each with 4 units. The agenda states: “This project is an affordable housing density bonus project of 8 units total.”

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Navy Dumps ‘Very Scary’ Redevelopment Models for NAVWAR Site

April 18, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

According to Caitlin Ostomel, director of public affairs for the U.S. Navy Region Southwest, the Navy has acknowledged a mistake in pursuing a redevelopment model for its NAVWAR site that included “very scary” high-rise buildings and plans for 10,000 housing units.

This means the Navy is no longer going for the project of a massive redevelopment of its NAVWAR site. And it admits the public reaction was so negative that it had to dump the plans.

This minor bombshell was revealed in Voice of San Diego’s April 16 “Politics Report” by Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts. The Voice quotes Ostomel:

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Thoughts of Peace and Love on My 84th Birthday

April 18, 2022 by Ernie McCray

by Ernie McCray

I appeared on the scene
on April 18
in 1938,
and when I reflect
on my 84 years
of aging
I can plainly see
a world today
that’s very much like yesterday.

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What’s Happening at the Former Bank at Poinsettia and Chatsworth in Point Loma?

April 18, 2022 by Source

Our friends at the Point Loma Association newsletter recently looked into what’s happening at the former bank on Poinsettia at Chatsworth. And they filed this brief report in their newsletter (if you’d like to get on their newsletter list, click here):

It’s been two years since the pandemic closed the bank on Poinsettia at Chatsworth, and 17 months since some of us gave up trying to get cash out of the brick wall in the back.

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Oliver Stone (Now) on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

April 18, 2022 by Source

Early in February, perhaps a couple weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, well-known producer / director, Oliver Stone told journalist Robert Scheer: “The United States and its allies in NATO have been provoking Russia for, since two years now — actually three years – over the Ukraine…”

In the same interview, Stone decried “bloodthirsty” media coverage saying, “they have no proof that Russia intends to invade Ukraine; I doubt that they would. I think Russia is concerned only with the Donbass region.”

After the invasion, Stone — who had also criticized the media for using the term “invasion” to characterize Russia’s plans — came around. And here is the full text of Oliver Stone’s most recent Facebook post:

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‘Working On the OB Pier’ – A Short Video

April 18, 2022 by Source


Join us as we take a glimpse of “Working on the OB Pier” – a short video by Charles Landon, taken on April 14, 2022.

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The Truth About Attacks on Dianne Feinstein: She Must Stay Put

April 18, 2022 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

The Pope labeled yesterday, “The Easter of War” and “scandalous” they even exist in the midst of a pandemic.

Certainly, none as ugly, costly, insane and hard to comprehend as the Russian/ Ukraine war.

But, the domestic assaults on Senator Diane Feinstein rank right up there. Starting with her hometown paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, calls for her to resign from her Senate seat have gone viral. Seriously, what is the urgency to push DiFi to resign from her Senate seat?

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The Roadmap to Trump’s Criminal Indictment by the DOJ

April 15, 2022 by Source

By Marjorie Cohn / TruthOut / April 5, 2022

Donald Trump and his lawyer, former Chapman law school dean John Eastman, launched “a coup in search of a legal theory,” U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter recently wrote in his stunning 44-page opinion. Carter found it “more likely than not” that Trump committed two federal crimes to further his and Eastman’s “campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history.”

Carter’s opinion provides a road map for Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice to bring criminal charges against Trump.

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Candidates for District 2 on San Diego’s Progress on Its Climate Action Plan

April 15, 2022 by Staff

The San Diego Union Tribune Editorial Board sent a 10-question survey to the five viable six candidates in the San Diego City Council District 2 race.

Q: How satisfied are you with the progress the city has made on its Climate Action Plan and how will you ensure its legally binding goals are met? Specifically, what would you do to reduce carbon emissions?

Lori Saldaña

Moderately satisfied. Outreach, planning, and promotion has been extensive. It remains to be seen if sufficient budget allocations will pay for execution. Every city department needs to educate and encourage employees to think in terms of meeting Climate Action Plan goals.

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Does Gloria Prefer a New Arena Over Affordable Housing for the Midway Redevelopment?

April 15, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

A brand new city staff report just released prioritizes the five bids for the Sports Arena-Midway redevelopment and recommends the promotion of one of them to center stage, keeping two other bidders in the wings, and throwing out the other two.

The report, released Tuesday, April 12, demonstrates how Mayor Gloria, in picking his priorities, appears to be favoring a new arena over affordable housing as the key element of the redevelopment.

City staff – who of course report to Gloria and follow his directives – have declared they believe

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SDG&E’s Parent, Sempra, to Pay Investors Largest Dividend Ever

April 14, 2022 by Source

by Camille von Kaenel / inewsource / April 13, 2022

Sempra Energy, the parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric, is paying out its highest profits ever to its investors this month.

The upcoming payout to investors on Friday comes on the heels of a massive spike in bills for many SDG&E customers, who already shoulder the highest per-unit electric prices in the country. SDG&E executives blamed inf

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San Diego Crime and Police – Candidates for District 2 Speak Out

April 14, 2022 by Staff

The San Diego Union Tribune Editorial Board sent a 10-question survey to the five viable candidates in the San Diego City Council District 2 race. OB Rag staff rearranged their responses on an issue by issue basis.

Q: What are the root causes of crime in San Diego and how do you plan to address the recent spikes in crime across the city?

Joel Day:

The cornerstone of a safe city is a stable city. The COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed stable, predictable foundations of public life, eroding trust in all institutions. The pandemic has shaken the stability of housing, health care, psychological services, and most importantly, access to jobs and education.

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San Diego Needs a 3D Art Museum

April 14, 2022 by Source

The world can change for the better by little innovations that start somewhere and then grow. One way to respond to something bad that is rampant in society is by overpowering it with good.

As an example: Graffiti––a destructive pastime for youth wanting to express anger or frustrated artistic talents, or to mark their territory for drug-related commerce. It’s a world-wide problem. Some consider it an art. I think it is an anti-art. But suppose those who do graffiti had another option. Suppose they had a way to express themselves artistically by making something beautiful that would result in pleasure and admiration in the viewer instead of anger. Could they be motivated to beautify the world instead of destroying it?

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‘My Experiences at Network for Public Education Conferences’

April 13, 2022 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican / April 9, 2022

In 2014, the first Network for Public Education (NPE) Conference was held at Austin, Texas. My first conference was the following year in Chicago. That was the year after the late Karen Lewis and the Chicago teachers union decided enough is enough and stood strong against a host of privatizers and education profiteers.

Their powerful teachers’ union victory sent ripples of hope to educators across America. That year, Diane Ravitch, Anthony Cody, Mercedes Schneider, Peter Greene, Jennifer Berkshire, Jose Vilson, Jan Resseger, Steven Singer and many other pro-public education activists started dominating social media.

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Trying to Destroy Biden

April 13, 2022 by Source

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson / OpEd News / April 10, 2022

Not a moment has passed since President Biden took office that somebody, somewhere is making a political doomsday prediction that Biden will fail. There are endless stories about how he and the Democrats are in trouble and will lose big in the November 2022 primaries. Biden’s plunged approval ratings are endlessly cited as proof of his and Democrats’ supposed pending political Armageddon.

This is the same sorry template that the GOP and conservative media used during virtually every moment of the Obama presidency. That was to create a strawman argument that Obama’s policies were a failure, that he could get few if any political initiatives through, and those he did get through such as the Affordable Care Act were bad.

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District 2 Candidates on the High Cost of San Diego Housing

April 13, 2022 by Staff

The San Diego Union Tribune Editorial Board sent a 10-question survey to the five viable candidates in the San Diego City Council District 2 race. Here, staff of the OB Rag have separated out their responses based on the subject matter or issue, and placed the responses side by side.

Q: How will you combat the high cost of housing in San Diego? What will you do to boost housing affordability and construction?

Linda Lukas:

San Diego is a great place to live. It’s beautiful, and it has a very favorable climate,

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The Shape of Change With Mica Kramer – a Video

April 13, 2022 by Source

Mica Kramer is one of the only women operating a Computer Numerical Control or CNC machine in the building of surfboards. Women in the surfboard industry are growing and Mica is a pioneer. Follow her as she builds, paints and surfs her way to a new tomorrow. A film by Charles Landon and Tom Zizzi.

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San Diego City Council Makes It Easier for Developers to Build ADUs

April 12, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego City Council continued yesterday, Monday, April 11, to adjust its rules for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and made it easier, supposedly, for developers and homeowners to build more of them for low-income residents.

Already the loosest rules in the state, San Diego’s ADU building process just got looser.

And developers play loose with the rules, as Paul Krueger demonstrated in today’s Rag.

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