Ocean Beach

What’s Going On With “Tiny’s Tavern” in Ocean Beach?

April 17, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Customers and passersby are beginning to notice. “Tiny’s Tavern” – a venerable watering hole and small grill on Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach – is closed and its doors are locked. What’s going on?

As close observers of the local scene as well as our readers may recall, Tiny of Tiny’s Tavern had an agreement with People’s Food Co-op Market.

The property on which his business rested was sold to People’s and Tiny had an agreement with them to continue to operate his tavern for one year – then he was going to retire to Hawaii with his proceeds. And the market was going to use the property as part of their expansion.

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10,000 Square Feet of Ocean Beach – Half Block From Beach – Sold for $1.32 Million

April 16, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Big Question: Will New Owners Keep 97-Year-Old Cottages or Is Another Huge Condo Complex Coming In?

9 Units and Empty Lot on 5100 Block of Muir Sold

A 3-lot piece of Ocean Beach – totaling nearly 10,000 square feet – a half block from the beach on the 5100 block of Muir – has just been sold for $1,325,000.

The 3 lots on the last block of Muir Avenue, 5137, 5141 and 5153 – an empty lot – include 7 buildings, occupying a total of 9,943 square feet (448-043-21, 22 and 23). Overall, the property consists of 8 one-bedroom units plus one studio:

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St Peter’s by the Sea in South OB Throws “Open House” Party – April 18

April 16, 2015 by Source
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“All are welcome”

St. Peter’s by the Sea
1371 Sunset Cliffs Blvd

Saturday, April 18, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

By Lois Lane

The construction that has fascinated and puzzled passers-by to St. Peter’s by the Sea Lutheran Church has come to an end. The church is inviting the community to see the spectacular update at an Open House on Saturday, April 18, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

For everyone who watches the construction going on and never sees the final product, this is chance to view a meaningful change to a site that effectively combines old and new.

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The History of Famosa Slough – Thursday, April 16th

April 15, 2015 by Source

Famosa SloughHistorical Society Presents Jim Peugh

Come one, come all – out to the next OB Historical Society presentation – this one on the history of Famosa Slough – the body of water just next to northeast Ocean Beach along the San Diego River.

Jim Peugh – chair of the board of directors of the Friends of Famosa Slough – will be giving the presentation about its history. It was once an ice age coastal canyon, and it once was on the City’s chopping block to be sold off to developers.

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Newport News and Other Things of Ocean Beach

April 15, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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Occasionally our wandering reporter jots down what’s new – or not new – on Newport Avenue – the commercial center of Ocean Beach. Here’s what we found on a quiet Tuesday, the 14th of April.

BBQ House to Open Expansion by July 4th

The owners and staff at OB’s famous BBQ House are set to open their expansion by July 4th.

A Plea to Not Give Money to the “Homeless by Choice”

Pasted on the glass windows of a number of businesses along Newport, was a flier pleading for people to not give any money to “travelers”

Merchants Ready to Hire – Signs of Good Times

There were two storefronts advertising that they need help and want to hire. One was at “miss match” and the other at Margarita’s.

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There’s Too Many Stabbings in Ocean Beach of Late

April 14, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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4 People Stabbed in 3 Weeks

By our count, there has been at least three stabbing incidents of late in Ocean Beach – and that’s three too many! 3 incidents in which at least 4 people were stabbed.

No. 1: There was the stabbing as a result of a fight between some homeless people late Saturday, March 22nd. The fight had taken place it appears in Saratoga Park. The suspect was arrested, according to Community Relations Officer David Surwilo, and the victim was fined.

No. 2: A second stabbing took place also recently

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Restaurant Review: Portuguese Market and Cafe in Point Loma

April 14, 2015 by Judi Curry
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By Judi Curry

Portuguese Market and Cafe

2818 Avenida de Portugal
San Diego, CA 92106

I received a call telling me about a place that was so good that I needed to try it. Well, Barbara, I agree. The meal was delightful. The restaurant is on the backside of the Portuguese Hall. I have been to many “fiestas” held there and had no idea that there was also a restaurant. I found out that it has only been opened since July, 2014,

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An Inconvenient Companion: For Mary Kowit

April 14, 2015 by Source

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Editor: Well-known local poet and former OBcean, Steve Kowit passed recently.
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By Jim Moreno

Grief is an inconvenient companion,
In the grocery store line, in the middle of a sentence,
Hanging clothes on the line, it doesn’t care,

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Police Watch Commander’s Log on Saturday Night Stabbing in OB

April 13, 2015 by Source

Here, thanks to Celeste McClure is the Watch Commander’s Log for Sunday April 12th, 2015, with regards to the stabbing on the end of Newport late Saturday night.

:: 01:53 a.m. PDT

Advisory Watch Commander Log

Incident# 20066
Begin Date/Time: 04/11/2015 11:16 PM
End Date/Time:
Beat: 614

Location: 5000 Newport Ave

Neighborhood: Ocean Beach

Inc Type: Stabbing

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The Volunteers of the San Salvador

April 13, 2015 by Judi Curry
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Editor: The launch of the San Salvador, the replica of Cabrillo’s ship being built alongside Point Loma, – originally scheduled for mid-April – as been postponed. Here, our Judi Curry continues her focus on the many volunteers who helped to build the ship. Cabrillo himself and what he and the Missionaries wrought here in San Diego is still controversial and the subject of a debate on our website.

By Judi Curry

Last year I did a story of the women volunteers working on the San Salvador. If you are not familiar with the San Salvador, it was the flagship of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 when he sailed into San Diego Bay. Cabrillo, who sailed from Portugal, was the first European to explore San Diego Bay and the coast of California.

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OB Planners’ Project Review Committee: Del Mar Demolition and Condo Again Up for Review

April 13, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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The Project Review Committee of the OB Planning Board meets this Wednesday, April 15th. The Review committee is a sub-committee of the full Board and does an initial review of all projects before they go before the Board. The committee meets at 6pm at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

It’s one main agenda item is to review an application for Coastal Development Permit for a demolition and construction project on the 4900 block of Del Mar Avenue. The project at 4939 – 4941 Del Mar Avenue would demolish 3 existing structures and replace them with a 3-unit residential condominium with subterranean garage.

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The Best Front Yard Fence in Ocean Beach

April 9, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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This has gotta be the best front yard fence in all of OB. Take a gander of what the residents of this Pescadero Street house did with their fence.

This is in the vicinity of the 4800 block.

So, are you bored with your front yard fence?

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City Council Votes to Sign Controversial Belmont Park Lease

April 8, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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By a vote of 7 to 2 on Monday, April 6, the San Diego City Council approved the controversial amended lease agreement for Belmont Park. With only Sherri Lightner of District 1 and David Alvarez of District 8 voting against it, the approved lease covers the long-term operation and maintenance of Belmont Park, Plunge pool, and Giant Dipper, the wooden roller coaster.

District 2’s Lori Zapf voted for it and then later made this statement: …

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Ocean Beach Planners Blast Councilwoman Zapf for Her Vote for One Paseo

April 8, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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In a letter to Councilwoman Lori Zapf, the OB Planning Board blasted her for her vote to approve the controversial project One Paseo slated for Carmel Valley. In the letter approved at the Board’s recent April 1st meeting, the Board expressed that it is “extremely disappointed” by her vote.

The letter – dated April 1 – also cites that a number of local planning groups voted to deny the project – a project that was approved by a majority of the Council, and that it “does not meet the requirement of City and local community plans.”

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OB Rec Center Make-Over Allows Everyone to Be a Kid

April 7, 2015 by Matthew Wood
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Spring Renovations Include Re-Surfaced Gym Floor

By Matthew Wood

This isn’t your grandfather’s Ocean Beach Recreation Center.

Oh sure, it’s the same building that has been on Santa Monica Avenue for the past 60-plus years. But recent renovations have sharpened up the place that gives kids of all ages a chance to, well, be a kid again.

The first thing you’ll notice is a brand-new paint job on the walls, …

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What Does “One Paseo” Have to Do With Ocean Beach?

April 6, 2015 by Source
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OB Planning Board Takes a Stand Against Carmel Valley Project

By Lois Lane

On Wednesday, April 1, the Ocean Beach Planning Board had a somewhat mystifying item on the agenda when the opposition to One Paseo, a Carmel Valley project, requested a slot. One Paseo lies in the Northern reaches of the City of San Diego, not quite to Del Mar, at Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. This project was described by Jeff Powers as the largest mixed used project in California without public transit – 608 units.

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More on “OB’s Coolest House”

April 6, 2015 by Staff
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany readers liked our “OB”s coolest house” shot – a house almost at surf line on Pescadero that we ran last week.

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Checking In on the Agreement CVS Made With Ocean Beach Town Council

April 6, 2015 by Matthew Wood
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Report on Progress with OB Community Agreement

By Matthew Wood

When CVS moved into the old Appletree Market building at Santa Monica Avenue and Bacon Street, it was with great fanfare – and an equal amount of worry around the community as to whether the store would be a positive for Ocean Beach.

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Know Your Ocean Beach Planning Board Member

April 3, 2015 by Source
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By Lois Lane

Each area of Ocean Beach has two Ocean Beach Planning Board members to represent them to the City of San Diego. These are your elected officials, even if you didn’t vote in the Planning Board election.

Because people may be appointed who live in another district (as a result of a vacancy), some reps move from one district to another. For example, Andrew Waltz represented District 1, but was recently elected to District 4.

Newly elected are Blake Herrschaft in District 3, Andrew Waltz in District 4, and Tom Gawronski in District 6. Yes, there are still some vacancies.

Here are your reps:

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17 Things to Know Before Dating a Girl From California

April 3, 2015 by Source
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Psst: Don’t call it Cali.

By Laura Beck / Cosmopolitan

Yes, the rules are a little different based on your exact location — California is a large and varied state — but these are some things that are true for all of us.

1. We don’t get seasonal moodiness. Because there are no seasons! Want to hit the beach in October? Great! That’s the perfect time to do it in San Francisco! (Just don’t forget a jacket, mittens, a scarf, and your wooliest hat.) (And maybe some rain boots, depending on the fog situation.)

2. Like, all the songs are written about us. All of them. Whether you’re Katy Perry, Too Short, or the Beach Boys, you’ve probably got a

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“Last Will” by Steve Kowit – Former Ocean Beach Poet Passes

April 3, 2015 by Source

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Editor: We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Kowit, a well-known poet – and educator – from our area, a former OBcean and mainstay in Ocean Beach literary circles. In the 1990s Steve moved from OB out to East County.

In Steve’s honor, we publish below a piece he had to say about poetry making followed by a very fitting poem, “Last Will”.

Our online media partner, the San Diego Free Press, is celebrating National Poetry Month by publishing selections of works by San Diego poets, and Steve Kowit was one of those poets.

Steve Kowit at San Diego Writers, Ink 2014

By Steve Kowit

Poetry, when it is at its most ineffable, transports us to places we had no reason to believe language could take us. What is needed …

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The Coolest House in All of Ocean Beach

April 2, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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This has gotta be the coolest house in all of OB.

There’s no other house like it. Not along the cliffs like this.

It’s at the end of Pescadera Street and has been there for decades, in various states of repairs. Now, it looks habitable.

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SeaWorld Steals a Page from the Scientology Playbook

April 2, 2015 by Doug Porter

…And Meanwhile Easter Sunday SeaWorld Protest Gains Momentum

Pink Protest Poster

By Doug Porter

A book tour by a former SeaWorld trainer critical of the company’s treatment of Orcas has led to the theme park releasing a five year old cell phone video depicting the author using racial slurs during a drunken conversation.

Critics of SeaWorld are saying this action is just another example of …

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Video From 1990: Why Some People Don’t Like Ocean Beach

April 1, 2015 by Source

Here is a must see! It’s a 1990 video about Ocean Beach, just discovered in Paul Avery’s VHS archives. It’s all about why some people don’t like OB. It also contains wonderful – yet grainy – video footage from the summer of 1970 battle against the jetty that the city wanted to build.

The vid also displays some of the attitudes which you, dear reader, will find currently expressed in today’s social media about OB.

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Peninsula Planners Win Appeal of Carleton Row Homes

March 31, 2015 by Source
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Election Results and Debate Over the Controversial One Paseo Project

By Tony de Garate / Special to the OB Rag

The agenda at the monthly March meeting of the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) called for matters of neighborhood importance: a house remodel gone haywire on Plum Street and a plan to renovate a bridge on Voltaire Street.

But not long after the meeting was gaveled to order, accusations were flying, and heads in the audience were spinning — all because of a project nowhere near Point Loma – more on that later. But first …

PCPB wins Carleton Row Homes appeal

Board members reveled in their successful appeal of Carleton Row Homes, four residential units at 3015-21 Carleton St. in Roseville, earlier in the day.

Rejecting the recommendation of its own staff, the San Diego Planning Commission voted 5-1 to deny a “map waiver” request to classify the units as condos.

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Ocean Beach Planners Agenda for Wed., April 1 – New Officers, a South OB Crosswalk and the One Paseo Project

March 31, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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The OB Planning Board will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday night, April 1st, over at the OB Rec Center. The Center is located at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue and the meeting starts sharply at 6pm.

The Board needs to certify its recent election, elect new officers and review an update on the “Crosswalk Project”. And there will be a “forum” on the very controversial One Paseo Project.

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OB’s Avalanche Hosts Middle School Scholastic Surfers

March 31, 2015 by Source
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By Brian J. Brady

It was a gorgeous March day, in Ocean Beach, for the Scholastic Surf Series this past Sunday at the locally-well know surf spot – Avalanche. About 60 middle school-aged, boys and girls, competed in in the long board, short board, and body board categories.

Oceanside, Waldorf in San Diego, Calavera Hills in Carlsbad, Muirlands in La Jolla, St. James and Santa Fe Christian in Solana Beach, Pacific Beach, and Imperial Beach were represented.

Waves were shoulder to head high most of the day and most of the middle school surfers took their qualifying waves in the white water while some of the more aggressive surfers paddled out to the break.

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Friends of OB Library Dedicate Their Bench

March 30, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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The bench in front of the OB Library is now “officially” open to be used. It was dedicated Saturday, March 28 by the Friends of the OB Library in the midst of their book sale.

A crowd formed as Judy Collier, the president of the Friends, called people to gather at the bench. She made some remarks and introduced a few of the people that have helped the bench become a reality.

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Hundreds Turn Out for Mike Hardin Memorial in Petco Park

March 30, 2015 by Frank Gormlie
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It was a hot Saturday, but hundreds of Mike Hardin well-wishers turned out for his memorial at Petco’s Park in a Park in downtown San Diego. Music was played and videos and stills from Mike “Bossman”‘s life were on the big screen in front of the crowd.

Many OBceans were there but so were many others, people whom Mike had touched over the years with his iconic hamburger joint, Hodad’s – strangers, friends and their families, other chefs. There must have 350 in the chairs and sitting on the grass at the small park next to the Padres baseball stadium.

Guy Fieri of Food Network – the man who made Mike famous – and his hamburger one of the nation’s top 5 – was very eloquent in describing probably the most famous OBcean in modern history.

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Chapter on Collier Park From Future Novel on Ocean Beach

March 27, 2015 by Source
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Editor: Here below is a chapter from a draft of a novel in part about Ocean Beach. This chapter involved a fictionalized version of the events surrounding the Collier Park riot and includes fictional characters, some of whom have vague similarities with actual people. The main character is Jack Moseley, an OB activist.

CHAPTER 3 – THE PARK

Jack and his roommate Blake were picking their way through the piles of wood by moonlight, making their way towards the front door of the old, dilapidated two story building that once was the home for unwed mothers, the Door of Hope. It had closed years ago and lay in ruins at the top of the hill.

It had been a short walk from their house over on Etiwanda Street. Blake had proposed that they take a look at it, and Jack had jumped at the chance to have a small adventure. He took a drag and handed the joint to Blake.

“Wouldn’t this be a great place to have a ‘people’s park’?” Blake asked him, coughing slightly as he handed the joint back.

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