Michael Charter – OB Advocate for the Homeless and Vets – Passed Away

February 7, 2014 by Staff
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Ocean Beach has lost another of its citizens who helped others over the years. Michael Charter passed away on January 23rd, he was 69. A longtime community volunteer for OB, who helped the homeless and veterans, died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Vibra Hospital of San Diego.

After serving in Vietnam for almost 2 years once he was drafted in 1967, and receiving a Purple Heart, he returned to civilian life and dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism. He was able to earn a bachelor’s degree in business management from Cal State Long Beach. He married twice and was divorced twice. In that time, his family had moved to Point Loma. Michael had two daughters and a son from the marriages. Charter became a contractor who helped remodel homes and restaurants.

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OB Planning Board Agenda for Wed., Feb. 5th

February 4, 2014 by Staff
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Here is the official agenda for the monthly meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board. It will be held – as usual – on the first Wednesday of the month – Feb. 5th, and will be in the meeting room at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. The meeting starts sharply at six p.m.

The big item on the agenda is approval or denial of the design for the mid-block pedestrian crosswalk on Santa Monica for school kids.

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Arrest Made in Sunday’s Pedestrian Robbery Spree Which Began in Ocean Beach

February 4, 2014 by Staff

UPDATE:

Here is an update on this developing story about a series of pedestrian robberies that began in OB on Sunday night.

  • The arrest made Monday is now known to be that of the suspected getaway driver, Benjamin Hernandez, 23, who is from National City; he’s in jail with a $100,000. One of the victims luckily got the license plate numbers of the get-away car.
  • Law enforcement is busy trying to identify and locate the other new suspects.
  • Authorities are still saying it was “six” robberies, but according to the various news sources, it could have included up to 8 actual thefts.
  • Police are saying there was a total of 10 victims.
  • Also, it is being reported that the last robbery was up at UCSD, where 2 students were robbed around 11:20 a.m.

An arrest has been made by San Diego police of one of three suspects involved in a pedestrian robbery spree that began in Ocean Beach on Sunday night, February 2. There were 6 robberies in all, and they stretched from OB to Mission Beach to Hillcrest and Golden Hill.

Police arrested one Benjamin Hernandez on Monday in the Mid-City area when he was seen driving a vehicle that matched the description of the car used in the crimes. Hernandez is 19. Two other suspects are being sought by police.

On Sunday, at almost 7pm, the first robbery occurred in Ocean Beach on Cape May Avenue near Cable Street. The second went down about 5 minutes later on Newport Avenue also near Cable.

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Locally-Made Drone Deliberately Brought Down 20 Miles Off Point Loma

January 29, 2014 by Staff
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Border Patrol Drone Ditched Due to Mechanical Problems

Late Monday night, Jan. 27th, a Border Patrol Drone was deliberated crashed into the ocean about 20 miles southwest of Point Loma. Its government operators decided that due to mechanical problems, the un-manned plane could not return to its base at Sierra Vista, Arizona.

The locally-made drone was on a border security mission. US Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Tuesday that read in part:

“The crew determined that the UAS would be unable to return to where it originated in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and put the aircraft down in the water. The cause of the failure is unknown.”

We now know from the Wall Street Journal via CBS8 :

“… the drone’s onboard generator failed, and the backup battery lacked the sufficient power needed to keep it in the air.”

General Atomics Aeronautical, a San Diego-based company, made the drone …

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High Bacterial Counts Make OB Waters Unsafe – Everyone Asked to Stay Out till Results Come Back Tuesday

January 28, 2014 by Staff
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Swimmers, surfers and bathers in Ocean Beach are asked not to go into the ocean until test results are compiled today, Tuesday, Jan. 28.

High bacterial levels have been found through routine tests off Dog Beach. Pollutants coming from the San Diego River are being blamed but lifeguards admit they’re not certain what is causing the problem.

Lifeguards also stated that it’s unusual to have such a high bacteria count without it having rained a good deal.

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Six Unit Apartment on 5000 Block of Santa Monica in Ocean Beach Sells for $1.47 Million

January 22, 2014 by Staff
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A 6-unit apartment on the 5000 block of Santa Monica Avenue was just sold for $1.465 million.

The units – built in 1951 – are located at 5074-5080 Santa Monica and were sold to Marcia Lynn Matassa, successor trustee of The Mills Trust, 1526 Virginia Road, Fullerton 92831.

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Election Set for March 11th

January 20, 2014 by Staff
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7 Seats Up for Election – One from each District

The date for this year’s annual Ocean Beach Planning Board election has been set: It’s Tuesday, March 11th – so mark your calendars.

The yearly Spring election is for the 2014-2015 term, and polls will only be open for that one day, from 4pm to 7pm and will be held at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

Mail-in ballots are available upon request for voters who register in advance.

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Special Meeting of OB Planning Board to Approve March Election – Wed., Jan. 15th

January 14, 2014 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board is holding a special meeting Wednesday tonight – January 15th – in order to approve election materials for their upcoming annual balloting.

Lacking any controversy or last-minute procedural glitch, the Board is expected to give their stamp of approval to the materials, assembled by an election sub-committee. And that’s all that’s there on the agenda, outside “non agenda public comment” and other perfunctory items.

Wednesday night’s meeting will be held at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue, and will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

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Micro-Farm in Point Loma Looking for Community Gardeners

January 8, 2014 by Staff
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A micro-farm that has been producing organic crops on upper Voltaire Street for nearly two years is now opening itself up for community gardeners.

Herb En Routes- run by Paige and Danielle- has been growing sustainable and local produce on .25 acres on a previously vacant lot at 4113 Voltaire. They were selling organically grown produce to local restaurants, such as Tender Greens, To The Point Cafe, Farmhouse Cafe, and the Pearl Hotel and Restaurant.

Paige and Danielle have now decided this endeavor is a bit too time consuming for them. So, they have decided to turn the farm into a community garden to allow them to work towards other careers but still continue to serve the community.

Starting this month, there are garden plots for rent, starting at $16 a month.

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Ocean Beach – Point Loma Mexican Restaurant Part of Bet Between San Diego and Denver Mayors

January 8, 2014 by Staff

One of the best Mexican restaurants in the Point Loma – OB area is now part of a friendly wager between the mayors of San Diego and Denver over the Broncos-Chargers game this Sunday.

Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria has included burritos from Ortiz’s Taco Shop on Voltaire as part of this bet.

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Protest at SeaWorld on January 19th

January 7, 2014 by Staff
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A protest against SeaWorld has been organized for January 19th. It will be held from 10 am to 1pm at 500 SeaWorld Drive. Participants are being asked to wear black or black and white by the organizers.

Organizers claim that the protest will go on “until the tanks are empty”. According to the press release by the organizers:

$ea World confines whales and dolphins—that often swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild in tanks the size of a bathtub.

$ea World presents itself as a family establishment full of fun activities. However, these “fun activities” harm animals physically and emotionally.

We will meet at the corner of $ea World Drive and $ea World Way.

Parking: For parking, turn onto S. Shores Park off Friars Rd and park in the boat ramp lot then walk up about half a mile to demo location on $ea World Drive and $ea World Way.

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OB and Point Loma Brief News In Review

January 3, 2014 by Staff
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Death of Alessandro Speroni Confirmed

It has been confirmed that Alessandro Speroni is the 41 year old man who died after being pulled from the surf along Sunset Cliffs last Sunday, December 29th. He was the owner of the Soleluna Cafe in Cortez Hill and was recently married.

The County Medical Examiner’s investigation is still on-going, so the cause of death has been undetermined. However, Speroni was pulled from the ocean unconscious and paramedics were unable to revive him. This was near the 1200 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

OB’s Slightly Stoopid to Play in Costa Rico

Our best-known local band, Slightly Stoopid, is playing in Jaco, Costa Rica January 16-19, in what is being called the Jungle Jam IV. The band – led by multi-instrumentalists and founding members, Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald – be joined by special guest Don Carlos of Black Uhuru.

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Unconscious Surfer Pulled From Ocean South of Ocean Beach Pier

December 30, 2013 by Staff
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On Sunday morning, a male surfer was pulled out of the surf by rescuers out in water south of the OB Pier. He was unconscious when he was dragged to shore and paramedics were unable to revive him.

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When Was OB’s Lifeguard Station Built?

December 30, 2013 by Staff
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There’s confusion in the ranks of both San Diego City planners and OB historians. No one can figure out or remember when the current main lifeguard station in Ocean Beach was built.

In the new OB Community Plan Update, a date of “1983″ was given to the lifeguard station (which, by the way, needs to be replaced). But OB history buffs knew that was an incorrect date.

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Fundraiser at Mother’s in Ocean Beach for David DeRyckere – Sat, Dec. 28th

December 28, 2013 by Staff
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OB Christmas Lights -

December 23, 2013 by Staff
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We’re running a string of OB Christmas Lights photos – here’s the first – by Matthew Wood.

Got another ? Send yours and we’ll post it for all to see. (We routinely have 1,000 to 2,000 readers at the OB Rag a day) – send them to obragblog@gmail.com as an attachment (under 800 pixels please).

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“Best of OB Rag” – 2008 – Part 1

December 21, 2013 by Staff
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Here’s the first part for “Best of OB Rag” in 2008 – a story of the disappearance of the “Peace Sign” off of Bird Rock, and more on the Iraq war, the peace movement, the 2008 elections, torture, nuclear power, video from an alien invasion of OB in the Seventies, San Diego foreclosures and health care reform :

Peace Sign Atop “Peace Rock” Disappears From Sunset Cliffs – Vandals? Thieves? Conservatives?

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OB Rag’s Best of 2007 – Born Under Fire and During War

December 21, 2013 by Staff
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Here is the OB Rag’s “Best of 2007″ – :

After watching the television coverage of San Diego County’s fires for the first couple of days, here are a few brief observations & comments about local TV channels’ coverage:

Channel 9: Best coverage, hands down, by team of Paul Bloom, Kimberly Hunt, Michael Turko and …

Channel 10: Very bland; veteran anchor desk reporters had no … c’mon to the original for all the rest … Go here.

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OB Rag’s Own Widder Curry Makes the News With “Catfish” Tale

December 18, 2013 by Staff
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Yup, that’s right. The OB Rag’s own columnist, the Widder Curry, has made the news. Judi Curry – who lives in southern OB – was interviewed by Channel 10 News after she called them to recount her story of being victimized by a “Catfish” scheme. She went to the local TV station in order to warn other women about the risks of “online dating”.

Here’s part of the story by Jennifer Jensen, with links to the full article.

Local woman duped by love in ‘catfish’ scam – She warns women to be leery on free dating sites

At 74 years old, she thought she had found love again, but instead a local woman may have been part of an elaborate scam. Judi Curry contacted 10News after being “catfished” or duped into believing she was chatting online with someone pretending to be someone else. She says her story should send a message for women who are looking for love on free online dating sites.

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San Diego Magazine Promotes Canoeing from the Cuyamacas to Mission Bay

December 17, 2013 by Staff
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Years ago, San Diego Magazine was a stellar journalistic and investigative resource for San Diegans. Then for the last few decades, it succumbed to being a repository of house and garden type and variety of writings and photos and direction.

Yet the current issue has perhaps broken through that restraint and has issued a call for changes in San Diego for 2014 with its “10 Big Ideas for San Diego” by Erin Chambers Smith and Dave Good. Smith and Good say “Let’s start 2014 with some vision, shall we?”

We’re excited by Number 10 of their “big ideas” entitled “Let’s canoe down the San Diego River from the Cuyamacas to Mission Bay.”

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OB Woman Loses Battle Against Breast Cancer

December 17, 2013 by Staff
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OBcean Angela Marie Sahyoun lost her battle against breast cancer on December 1st. She was 35 and had been living in OB for the last 10 years. She has been described as a “strong and beautiful woman”.

Angela was born in Stockton, California in 1978, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1995. She obtained a degree in Humanities from San Diego State University, and had been working on a teaching credential in multiple subjects from National University.

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Beach News You May Have Missed Due to the Holidays

December 16, 2013 by Staff
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Point Loma to Get Famosa Townhomes at Catalina and Voltaire

Here is more info on the townhouses being built at Voltaire and Catalina (here’s our original post):

SD Daily Business Report

Veritas Urban Properties has broken ground on The Famosa Townhomes, a mixed-use townhome development at Voltaire and Catalina streets in Point Loma. The project, which features nine for-sale units and a pedestrian-oriented retail component, is the second local urban community to be built by Veritas since the company’s founding in 2011.

Man carjacked in Point Loma Heights by woman he met online and male accomplice

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A man was carjacked in Point Loma Heights by a young woman he met online and a gun-wielding male accomplice, a police officer said.

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Ocean Beach Holiday Parade Winners Announced

December 13, 2013 by Staff
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The organizers of this year’s OB Holiday Parade, the OB Town Council, have just announced the winners in each of the parade’s categories – and this year was the 34th parade.

And here they are – from a press release from the OBTC:

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Join Surfrider on “Ocean Friendly Garden” Tour in Ocean Beach – Sat., Dec. 14th

December 12, 2013 by Staff
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Surfrider San Diego is holding another one of their tours of what they call “Ocean Friendly Gardens Lawn Patrol” in Ocean Beach this Saturday, Dec. 14th.

The tour will begin at the corner of Cable and Orchard streets in OB and will go from 9am to 11am.

Join them and other OBceans for their Ocean Friendly Gardens Lawn Patrol and take a tour of neighborhood gardens while discussing the Ocean Friendly Gardens principals …

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OB and Point Loma Neighbors Battle Over New “Kodiak” Restaurant

December 10, 2013 by Staff
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Opponents Want to Protest at Wednesday OB Planning Board Special Meeting on the Community Plan

There’s a small battle brewing in south Ocean Beach and it’s all over a restaurant that hasn’t even opened yet.

The owners of the planned restaurant – called “Kodiak” – want to open in the building at the southwest corner of Point Loma Avenue and Ebers. This is the same building where the VFW wanted to open up a chapter house but ended up giving up due to neighborhood opposition.

Now, those same neighbors are battling each other over the projected opening of “Kodiak”. (Judi Curry reported on it about a month ago.)

One side wants zoning changes that would potentially prohibit any restaurants from ever opening along the commercial street of Point Loma Avenue, despite the history of eateries in the area. This side views the new OB Community Plan zoning changes as a window of opportunity to achieve this goal.

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“Trashy Holiday Ornament Contest” for Ocean Beach

December 10, 2013 by Staff
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Check out this OB holiday art contest!

Take your trash and make an ornament, take a photo of it and win!

Your friends at “Cleaner Streets Initiative – OB” (CSI-OB) are sponsoring a “Trashy Holiday Ornament Contest” for the Land of OB. Contestants are asked to design and create an ornament made primarily from litter and trash found from Ocean Beach streets, parks and beaches.

Just submit a photo of your trashy ornament with a brief description of where the litter or things were found to CSI-OB facebook. (They’re also looking for sponsors.)

Now, there is a deadline.

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Special Meeting of OB Planning Board for Vote on Community Plan Update – Wed., Dec. 11th

December 9, 2013 by Staff

OCEAN BEACH PLANNING BOARD

PUBLIC NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Ocean Beach Recreation Center – 4726 Santa Monica Ave., Ocean Beach 92107

A special meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board has been called for this Wednesday, Dec. 11th, in order to have a final vote on the OB Community Plan Update Draft.

The meeting will be in the usual meeting room at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue, at 6pm sharp.

There is only one item on the agenda, “to consider changes to the OB Community Plan as a result of community input and to consider approval of the OB Community Plan.”

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OB Town Council Raises $5,000 at Annual Christmas Toy Auction

December 6, 2013 by Staff

Last night at their annual Christmas Toy live auction, the Ocean Beach Town Council raised at least $5,000. That’s an unofficial figure, arrived at last night at the end of the proceedings at the Sunshine Company bar, provided to an inebriated OB Rag staffmember by Steve Grosch.

With such auctioneers as Mike James, New York Mike, Ed Decker and

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San Diego Planning Commission Okays Continued Presence of OB Police Trailer

December 6, 2013 by Staff
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On Wednesday, Dec. 4, a hearing by an officer of the San Diego Planning Commission ruled that the City does not have to remove the so-called police trailer from the parking lot at the OB Pier.

The hearing was held to make a judgement on whether the City of San Diego had to comply with a violation that the California Coastal Commission slapped on the trailer and its owners back in July of this year. The police trailer is owned by the City and supported by the OB Mainstreet Association as a deterrent to drug dealing and other anti-social behavior. Others call it an eyesore and an unnecessary structure that takes away parking and blocks view.

Some residents and merchants in OB have been split on this issue of the police trailer since at least all of this century.

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San Diego Reader Cartoon Comments on OB Felony Shrub Trimmer With Swing at DA Dumanis

December 4, 2013 by Staff
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On the online San Diego Reader, there is a cartoon by Neal Obermeyer that refers to the OB felony shrub trimmer and takes a swing at District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis at her office’s prosecution of Vince Adame – charged with felony vandalism for trimming city-owned hedges, and then who had them dismissed this week.

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