Fatal Car Crash Off Sunset Cliffs on Saturday in Ocean Beach

January 5, 2015 by Staff
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Local Kyle Witkowski Doesn’t Survive Crash

The big news coming off the weekend in OB is the fatal car crash off Sunset Cliffs during the early hours of Saturday, January 3rd. The male driver was killed and the female passenger seriously injured when a Chevy Tahoe missed the turn at the end of Bacon Street and flew off the cliffs, going through the guard-rail and fence and landing upside down on the rocks below. The driver has now been identified as Kyle Witkowski – who was well known and loved by many in OB.

Here is an on-the scene account by someone who lives near the accident site, Dave Rice at SD Reader:

A vehicle sped off a cliff in southern Ocean Beach early Saturday morning, January 3, resulting in the death of the vehicle’s male driver and a female passenger being airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.

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OB Rag Editordude on KOGO Talk Show Tuesday Afternoon

December 30, 2014 by Staff

The editordude of the OB Rag will be on KOGO radio this afternoon, Tuesday, Dec. 30th, helping out talk-show host Sully as he fields incoming calls on a variety of San Diego and national topics.

Frank Gormlie will be on from 1 to 4 pm on KOGO radio 600 on your am dial.

Any OBcean – or other earth inhabitant – is urged to call in with questions or comments. Gormlie would love to talk about the OB Community Plan. The numbers to call are:

1-800-600-KOGO or 619-569-8255

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Missing 12-Year-Old Chula Vista Girl Last Heard of in Ocean Beach

December 30, 2014 by Staff
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There’s a missing 12-year-old girl from Chula Vista whom police are asking for help to find. Autumn Fink has been missing since Monday afternoon, Dec. 29th.

And police were able to ping her cellphone around 8:30 p.m. to determine she was near Robb Field in Ocean Beach. (FoxNews described it as “Rob Roy Park”.) Fink did not give any information about who she was with.

She was last seen Monday at 4:00 p.m. on Monday when she told her family she was going to meet friends at a park in Chula Vista. Police said Fink was in touch with her family until about 8:30 p.m., but that’s when her cellphone either died or was shut off.

Autumn is described as 5-feet, 3-inches, weighing 120 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, and braces, and has no history of running away. …

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Winter Solstice Celebration in OB – Procession Planned for Newport Ave.

December 21, 2014 by Staff
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Today – December 21st – is the Winter Solstice and there’s a celebration happening in Ocean Beach.

The Puppet Insurgency is organizing it, and it all begins at Coastal Sage Gardening at 6pm, located at 3685 Voltaire Street – up across from the Pt Loma library.

At some point there will be a a procession and caroling down Newport all the way to the ocean!
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Call for Volunteers by OB Town Council for Food and Toy Drive

December 18, 2014 by Staff
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Daily Sign Up Links (inside)

The Ocean Beach Town Council has put out a call for volunteers to assist in the annual Food & Toy Drive.

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 16, volunteers are asked to join the Town Council and other residents as they receive, sort, wrap and distribute care packages for 80 and more local families and senior citizens. It begins at 5pm and runs to 9. And it keeps happening through every day this week into Saturday.

The center of all this holiday giving is at the Masonic Center -1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

The call includes volunteers helping them in delivering the donations.

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Winners of the 35th Annual OB Holiday Parade

December 9, 2014 by Staff
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Photos Inside Capture Flavor of “Peace and Love”
With the theme of “35 Years of Peace, Love and Ocean Beach” the OB Town Council hosted its annual holiday parade this past Saturday, Dec. 6th. And again, it was a raging success, where thousands of locals and visitors watched the festive 4 block long parade, with one hundred floats or entries. And as usual, a mix of local high school and scout entries mixed with the weird and off-beat – genuine OB type of floats.

On late Monday, Dec. 8th, the Ocean Beach Town Council announced the winners, and here they are:

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OB Planning Board Agenda – Wed., December 3rd

December 2, 2014 by Staff

Here is the official agenda for the upcoming Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting, for Wednesday, Dec. 3rd. The Board meets at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue, at 6pm sharp. COME INSIDE FOR DETAILS …

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Point Loma Robbery Suspect Arrested

November 26, 2014 by Staff

An armed robber who went after targets of opportunity mainly in Point Loma, was just arrested, police say.

Channel 10News reported:

A community relations officer for the San Diego Police department posted a note on social media Monday saying the serial armed robber had been arrested.

Here is what we reported in early October about the seemingly random targets: …

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Dog Beach Dog Wash Washes Their 500,000th Dog

November 26, 2014 by Staff
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It was a big day on Saturday over at the Dog Beach Dog Wash, OB’s iconic dog wash storefront, a really big day – actually a LANDMARK day.

At precisely 8:10 a.m., on the 22nd of November, the dog wash folks washed their 500,000th dog.

At that moment, GusGus – the dog – and his mom, Chris Uzeta (from Clairemont , was the Dog Wash’s 500,000th dog wash – or the half millionth dog wash!

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New OB Rag Poll: What do you think about a “round-about” at West Pt Loma and Bacon?

November 24, 2014 by Staff

The OB Rag has a brand new poll – begun today, Nov. 24 – on the City installing a “round-about” at the intersection at West Pt Loma and Bacon Street. Please take a look at it and tell us where  you’re at about the issue.   The poll is on the home page.

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“OB Needs You!” Community Clean-Up Sat. Nov. 22nd

November 21, 2014 by Staff
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There is an OB community clean-up happening Saturday, November 22nd. Sponsored by the Cleaner Streets Initiative OB, it will start at 9 am and continue to noon.

Volunteers are asked to meet on the grass north of the OB Pier, and even though supplies are provided, people are asked to be Green and bring their own gloves and bucket.

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Another Hit and Run in OB

November 20, 2014 by Staff

Apparently, there has been even another hit and run incident in Ocean Beach lately. This one occurred on November 6th, reportedly.

In a post at Reddit.com San Diego, LksdG2 stated that on Nov. 6, around 7 pm, his girl friend’s vehicle was t-boned at the intersection of West Pt Loma and Bacon Street by a drunken driver – who fled the scene.

The post states that a white Toyota with a camper shell ran the stop sign and hit the other car. The male driver got out of the truck, approached the other car, still in the intersection. The woman in the hit car was still badly shaken up and didn’t respond to the guy who had come up to her vehicle – who smelled strongly of alcohol.

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OB Rag Poll on Whether to Repaint Exterior of OB Hostel

November 19, 2014 by Staff

The OB Rag is running a poll right now on our home page on what readers think about the possible repainting of the exterior of the OB Hostel by its new owner, USA Hostels. Take the poll and tell us what you think.

If you’d like to explain your position, please use the comments below.

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New Hours at the OB Library

November 12, 2014 by Staff
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A new schedule of hours has been posted at the front of the OB Library just recently. The new extended hours for all branch libraries are the result of additional monies in the City budget.

The Point Loma Hervey Library in addition is open for extended hours. The hours at the OB Library have been restricted over the last few years as San Diego struggled during the Great Recession to maintain public services and facilities. The library was even threatened with closure at one point.

COME INSIDE FOR A CLOSER LOOK

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Scott Bowles – Drowning Victim – Remembered by His Family

November 11, 2014 by Staff
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The recent drowning victim, OBcean Scott Bowles, is being remembered by his family who have just arrived from Arkansas and other areas of the country.

And a picture of the young 37 year old man is being formed for the rest of the community, shocked that the ocean could take a life so simply.

Scott is described as a strong swimmer – whose body was found floating off South Mission Beach by a kayaker …

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Visual Analysis of a Cross-Walk at Newport and Abbott

November 10, 2014 by Staff
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At their last meeting, the OB Planning Board held a discussion about a cross-walk at the intersection of Newport Avenue and Abbott Street.

John Ambert, Vice-chair of the board, gave a power-point presentation of an analysis having a cross-walk at that busy center of the beach.

Here, without significant comment or narration, is Ambert’s self-explanatory visual presentation:

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OB Voted for Peters, Point Loma for DeMaio

November 7, 2014 by Staff

Not surprisingly, Ocean Beach voters voted for Scott Peters the Democrat incumbent in the 52nd Congressional race this past Tuesday, Nov. 4th. Also not surprisingly, Point Loma voted for Republican Carl DeMaio that same day.

OB Election Map PetersVDeMaioNov2014

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OB Man Missing Since Halloween

November 6, 2014 by Staff
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UPDATE: Scott Bowles’ body was found floating off South Mission on Friday, a week after he had gone missing. Cause of death unknown.

Scott Bowles Last Text on Friday, Oct. 31

Now there’s an Ocean Beach man missing. Scott Bowles, 37, who lives in OB, was supposed to pick his daughter up in Julian on Friday, October 31st – Halloween – according to his Bowles’ father, but never showed. His last text message was from that afternoon.

Bowles’ car was found parked at his home and his cellphone was inside. Someone had reported him missing, and police went looking. All his stuff was left. Police are now asking the public for help.

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Liberty Station Woman Still Missing

November 5, 2014 by Staff
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Elizabeth Sullivan Last Seen Oct. 19th – Nothing Since

San Diego Police reported on Monday, November 3, that the Point Loma woman from Liberty Station is still missing and that there are no new leads.

Elizabeth Michelle Sullivan, 31, has been missing since October 13th, where she was seen at or near her home in Liberty Station. A text message sent on Oct. 13 was the last contact she’s had with friends or family. Her phone has since been turned off. Her vehicle was found at home.

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Fundraiser for Katie Connor Passes $10,000 as She Nears Complete Recovery

November 3, 2014 by Staff
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A Saturday fundraiser for OB hit-and-run victim Katie Connor at Pizza Port surpassed $10,000. Meanwhile doctors are saying that she is near a full recovery.

Katie will return to her home in Maryland with her parents to complete her recovery. Then she’ll return to OB, and hopefully be able to gain her old job back at Pizza Port.

Katie used to work at Pizza Port in OB, when she was struck October 12th while riding her bike home from work; she was heading eastbound on West Point Loma Boulevard toward Sunset Cliffs in the early morning hours when she was struck by a white pickup truck with a camper shell. The driver remains at large. And police are still searching for the driver.

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“OB Time” for News

October 30, 2014 by Staff
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CVS Pharmacy Signs Are Up

The CVS storefront was lit for the first time on the night of Friday, October 24. Gretchen Newsom told the OB Rag that she will be reaching out to them this week to request an update on their progress and fulfillment of the Community Benefits Agreement.

Hit & Run Victim Katie Conner Improves – Fundraiser at Pizza Port – Nov. 1 “She’s lucky to be alive,” Mike Conner said.

SeaWorld to Skip the Rose Parade This Year

Union-Tribune Makes Fun of OBceans – Again Once again, our very own daily, the Union-Tribune, is making fun of OBceans.

Loma Portal residents object to recycling operation

AND MORE – COME ON IN …

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News and Happenings From Around Ocean Beach

October 21, 2014 by Staff
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Rumors of Sale of Voltaire Cottages Not True

The OB Rag had heard rumors that the set of cottages on the south side of the lower 5000 block of Voltaire Street had been sold. …

Update on Katie Connor: Father’s Plea and Pizza Port Fundraiser

Here’s an update on Katie Connor, the young woman who suffered a serious head trauma by a hit and run truck on October 12th in O.B. …

New California Law Cracks Down on Fraud at Farmers Markets

After some LA media caught farmers who bought produce wholesale and then resold …

Annual OB Holiday Parade Applications Now Open – “35 Years of Peace, Love, and OB”

Mayor Faulconer’s Push back on Reports of His Use of Too Much Water

Internet Addiction Disorder Discovered in Point Loma

PLUS ALL THE MEETINGS THIS WEEK …

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Point Loma Navy Wife Missing for One Week

October 21, 2014 by Staff
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UPDATE: There has been a confirmed sighting of Elizabeth Ricks Sullivan. Local NBC is reporting that on Sunday, Oct. 19th, she was seen in Liberty Station at the soccer fields on just before noon, and was wearing black stretch style cloth pants and a gray sweatshirt.

A woman from Point Loma has now been missing for one week. Elizabeth Sullivan, a mother of two young daughters whose husband is in the Navy, was last seen on October 13th at her Point Loma home near Liberty Station. Police have reported that Sullivan’s car is in the garage.

Understandably, family and friends are extremely worried for her safety. Sullivan has family in Virginia.

Sullivan’s last contact reportedly was with a friend Nathan Caracter, a text message on the 13th, and her phone has been off ever since. Caracter spoke to the press and told them he had contact with Sullivan on Sunday night – that’s the 12th. He said:

“We left it at ‘talk to you tomorrow’ … didn’t hear from her again.”

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Do You Remember When the Pacific Ocean Flooded OB’s Front Yard ? A Photo Gallery From January 2010

October 20, 2014 by Staff
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Do you remember when the Pacific Ocean became OB’s front yard? The last time it really flooded in Ocean Beach was in mid January 2010.

The rains and high winds brought the ocean right into Ocean Beach’s front yard those several days.

The typical areas of OB did flood. And then there was the aftermath.

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OB Historical Society: “Reading Between the Lampposts – the Literary Giants of Loma Portal” – Oct. 16th

October 15, 2014 by Staff
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Join the Ocean Beach Historical Society for their monthly presentation on Thursday, October 16th. This month’s program is “Reading Between the Lampposts: the Literary Giants of Loma Portal” – a book about street names.

This program will feature a unique book that is about a special neighborhood project coordinated by friends Elaine Fotinos Burrell and Karla Lapic.

The neighborhood of Loma Portal, has the curious distinction …

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OB Rag Presented “Community Partner” Award by OB Town Council

October 15, 2014 by Staff
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At the annual “OBie Awards” dinner last night hosted by the Ocean Beach Town Council, the OB Rag was presented with the yearly “Community Partner” award given out by the Council.

Frank Gormlie, editor, accepted the certificate on behalf of the OB Rag. Gormlie immediately thanked Patty Jones, his partner, “for making it all happen,” praised the new generation of the OB Town Council and the OB Planning Board, and spoke of the OB tradition of “doing it the OB way.”

In her prepared remarks, OB Town Council president Gretchen Newsom stated …

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Woman Bicyclist Severely Injured by Hit-and-Run White Truck

October 13, 2014 by Staff

A severe head injury to a bicyclist occurred early Sunday in Ocean Beach in a hit-and-run. A woman bicyclist was hit by a white pick-up truck at the intersection of West Point Loma Avenue and Sunset Cliffs.

The pickup truck had a camper shell and was northbound. She was eastbound – they crashed around 1:20 a.m. –

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Sea Cave Provides Refuge for 3 Struggling Sunset Cliffs Jumpers

October 13, 2014 by Staff

A sea cave in Sunset Cliffs provided refuge for three struggling swimmers on Sunday October 12th. The three people were part of a larger group of cliff jumpers at a popular local spot known as The Arch.

The waves and backwash prevented the trio from using the usual route back up the cliff. Fortunately they found safe haven in a nearby sea cave, and then waited for the lifeguards to finish the rescue.

And they were rescued, although one had been injured. They felt trapped around 2:15 pm and got into the sea cave. Using ropes in their rescue rig lifeguards lifted the two up over onto the street side of the cliffs and had to use a stretcher for the third one. After being evaluated by paramedics, all three were let go, after being questioned by police.

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Yet Another Bicyclist Killed – This Time in Midway Area

October 8, 2014 by Staff
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A bicyclist – yet another bicyclist – has been killed in a bike-car collision. This happened late Tuesday – Oct. 7 – around 11:15 p.m.

This time, a cyclist was pedaling west on Hancock Street in the Midway area, down where Rosecrans and the freeway gets all crazy.

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Local San Diego Occupy Activists Holding Third Anniversary – Tuesday, Oct. 7

October 6, 2014 by Staff
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Tuesday Action Also in Solidarity with Hong Kong Demonstrations

Members of the Occupy Wallstreet local group, Occupy San Diego, are holding a third anniversary celebration this Tuesday, October 7 – which will also be a solidarity action in support of the Hong Kong demonstrators who have been occupying streets and government buildings for over a week.

The gathering will be – true to form – at the San Diego Civic Center Plaza – aka “Freedom Plaza”, at 7 p.m. People are asked to bring umbrellas – the symbol of the Hong Kong demonstrations – “to stand in solidarity with the Umbrella Revolution”.

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