Ocean Beach

Midway Planners Like ‘Sunbreak Ranch’ for the Homeless, Dislike Energy Alternative for the Rest of Us

May 22, 2017 by Source

by Geoff Page

A couple of hot topics were discussed at the Midway/ Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 17 at the San Diego Community College’s West City Campus on Fordham Street.

Sunbreak Ranch

The first was something with an endearing sounding name, Sunbreak Ranch, as a possible interim solution for a not so endearing problem, the homeless. The second was an idea for having the City of San Diego become an energy provider.

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Apple Tree Market Now Open!!

May 22, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

As the OB Rag reported on Friday, May 19th, it’s been a long, slow saga for Apple Tree Market to reopen after the owner, Saad Hirmez, was forced out of the site where he had his first market (where the CVS is now at Cable and Santa Monica).

Monday May 22nd is the soft opening for the brand new Apple Tree.

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Mysterious Banner Appeared on OB Pier

May 20, 2017 by Staff

A mysterious banner was placed on the Ocean Beach Pier on Thursday, May 18th.

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Trump Motivated Local Ocean Beach Woman to Renew Her Activism

May 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

Until recently, Judith S. was enjoying her life as a retired educator, living in a cute 2-bedroom cottage in northeast OB with her husband Wayne, tending to her plentiful garden, playing with her grandchildren when they visited. Everything was good.

Then it all changed on November 8th – the day Trump was elected.

“The day after, I was in disbelief, shock,” Judith told me recently while sitting on her covered patio in the back. “I couldn’t get my head around what had happened.”

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New Apple Tree Market on Newport Avenue to Open May 22nd

May 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There’s a hand-lettered sign on one of the front doors of Apple Tree market at 4978 Newport Avenue. It thanks everyone for their patience and announces that the store will finally swing open is doors on Monday, May 22nd.

This is good news, especially for OB residents who live in and around the main business district.

It’s been a long, slow saga for the well-known store to reopen after the owner, Saad Hirmez, was forced out of the site where he had his first market – where CVS is now – so many years ago.

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OB’s Farmers Market Turns 25

May 18, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

OB’s famous Farmers Market just turned 25 – and it was acknowledged yesterday, May 17th.

After praising the Market for its quarter century existence and model for other farmers markets, Councilwoman Lorie Zapf presented Denny Knox, CEO of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association with an anniversary certificate, a Declaration from the San Diego City Council honoring the occasion.

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Old Midway Post Office Bought for $40 Million – to Be Mixed-Use Project “The Point”

May 18, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The mystery surrounding the old Midway Post Office has finally been solved. Now we have found out that the site was purchased for $40 million and where the developer plans a mixed-use project, tentatively called “The Point,” which will be a new $325 million urban community.

For a number of years, reports and rumors of sales and projects have swirled around the old Midway Post Office – built in the 1970s -and closed in 2012. The former PO HQ was built to look like a fortress, back in the day when governments feared major urban uprising. (Check out the main downtown fire station – another fortress-looking building built during that same period.)

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Addition to Project Review Cmte Agenda – Condo Conversions on Point Loma Ave.

May 17, 2017 by Staff

There’s been an additional Action Item added to tonight’s Project Review Committee’s agenda. The committee meets Wed. night at the OB Rec Center at 6pm, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.

The addition is a Map Waiver and permit for the conversion of 2 existing residences to condos at 4628 – 4630 Point Loma Avenue in south Ocean Beach.

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Restaurant Review : Breakfast Republic

May 15, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Breakfast Republic
4839 Newport Ave.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
/ocean- beach/

By Judi Curry

Sometimes you want things to be so good that you are disappointed when they do not turn out the way you wanted them to be. A little of that happened today when I went to breakfast with Stuart and Nancy at the new Breakfast Republic in Ocean Beach.

The restaurant is where the old Portugalia and OB Warehouse used to be. (Those of you that have been here as long as I have been may remember that it was originally a Christian Science Monitor Reading Room!) The restaurant is on the top floor, accessible by steps or an elevator. Currently the bottom floor is still empty, but the word is that Coin Haus will be opening there soon.

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Demolition and Remodel at 5018 Narraganset Up for Review by Ocean Beach Planners

May 15, 2017 by Staff

The Project Review committee of the OB Planning Board meets this Wednesday night – May 17th – at the OB Rec Center. The Project Review is a sub-committee of the OB Planning Board and usually makes recommendations on projects to the full board.

The main item on the Project Review committee’s agenda is a review of a demolition and remodel of two single story units, and a second story addition on each unit. This is at 5018 Narragansett.

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The Last Days of ‘Eating on Less than $5 a day’

May 15, 2017 by Dave Rice

By Dave Rice

The finish line is approaching – for the last week, my family has been participating in the San Diego Hunger Coalition’s CalFresh Challenge, winding down on Friday. It’s actually finishing a few hours early for me, as I’m sure to blow my meager $58.52 weekly budget (that’s what a family of three receiving a state food allotment gets to spend for four and two-thirds days of meals) and then some taking my wife and daughter out to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as a family on Friday night.

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Public Service Announcement: Presentation on Need to Form a Point Loma Town Council – May 18th

May 15, 2017 by Staff

Some folks in Point Loma think there is a great need to form a Point Loma Town Council. And there’s a presentation about that at the next Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting, Thursday, May 18th. The presentation is at 6:30 pm.

The Board meets at the Point Loma Hervey Library, 3701 Voltaire Street.

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News and Notices for Ocean Beach : Mid-May 2017

May 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Developer Busted at OB Planning Board for Misrepresenting Vacation Rental …Architect Scot Frontis, owner of Frontis Studio, appeared at the May 3rd meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board …

Pharmacist Sentenced to 16 Years for Fatal Shooting in OB
A pharmacist found guilty of fatally shooting his roommate’s boyfriend in Ocean Beach was sentenced to 16 years …

Owner of OB Cannabis Testing Chimes in on Proposed Rules for Marijuana Industry
Greg Magdoff, owner of marijuana testing facility PharmLabs in Ocean Beach, said an area where the restrictions are relatively loose …

OB Farmers Market Celebrates 25th Anniversary
This May, the OB Farmers Market celebrates its 25th anniversary. There will be special activities at the market including giveaways …


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Eating on Less Than $5 a Day – Continued

May 12, 2017 by Dave Rice

Editor’s Note: Local OB writer, Dave Rice, decided to take the challenge of eating on less than $5 a day. On May 10th we posted his first installment on this journey. Today is his latest.

By Dave Rice

Sunday night, the eve of the impending CalFresh Challenge, where my family will join more than 100 people across San Diego County in learning what it’s like to live on the average budget for area food benefit recipients – $4.18 a day.

Earlier, I’d planned to ride my bike up to the local market, advertising boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.97 a pound. It rained all day, so I ended up driving, a luxury not available to many CalFresh recipients, and snagged three breasts for $4.69.

In my last post I’d mentioned a lunch dilemma – I had nothing planned.

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The Ocean Beach 1966 World Surfing Championship on Exhibit in Oceanside

May 11, 2017 by Source

1966 surfing exhibit in Oceanside going on until the 27th of May
The 1966 World Championships – A Defining Moment in Competitive Surfing
By California Surf Museum

The 1966 World Surfing Championships in San Diego was a watershed moment in surfing. Organized by an international cadre of visionary contest directors, the event was attended by more than ten thousand spectators, showcasing the budding sport to the nation in real time.

Held in the city’s beachfront neighborhood of Ocean Beach,…

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OB Town Council: How Short Term Vacation Rentals Affect OBceans

May 11, 2017 by Source


OBTC to Hold Forum on Short-Term Rentals – May 24th

From the OB Town Council

The “OB vibe” is in danger, as an unregulated and alarming increase of Short Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs) poses a threat to our quality of life and OB’s character.

The objects and purposes of the Ocean Beach Town Council are to express the will, to represent the welfare, and to sustain the spirit of the community of Ocean Beach, and therefore the OBTC must address this issue that weighs heavily on the future of our town.

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Why Can’t Ocean Beach Preserve Its ‘Open Space’ Instead of all the Planned ‘Enhancements’ for Our Waterfront?

May 9, 2017 by Source

Are Owners of the Millionaire-Dollar Condos Driving Development of Saratoga Park?

By Geoff Page

There was a story in the OB Rag on Thursday May 4, “Concerns About Plans for Saratoga Park: Loss of Green Space and View Corridor” by a man named Scott.

He was expressing serious concerns about the children’s play area at what is called Saratoga Park. Scott began his piece by admitting he had not been able to attend one of the workshops on the park. Well, I did attend the last one about two weeks ago and I too definitely wanted to say something about it but was not able to until now. I am not in favor of this thing and there were a number of people at this workshop who were also against it.

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Dusty Rhodes Dog Park: Brown Grass, Gopher Holes, and Weeds – Locals Want to See Change

May 8, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

Despite the rain, protesters gathered Sunday afternoon, May 7th, to protest the current conditions at Dusty Rhodes Dog Park.

Their message was clear: they would like to see green grass (and not brown), and they would like to see the rampant gopher holes taken care of and weeds removed. Dusty Rhodes Dog Park is a City park, and locals would like to see it treated as such.

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WARNING: Stay Out of the Ocean for 3 Days After Rain

May 8, 2017 by Source

Times of San Diego

A rise in bacteria in San Diego’s beaches caused by urban runoff from this weekend’s storm prompted the Department of Environmental Health to issue an advisory Sunday, May 7th.

Swimmers, surfers and other beach goers were warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoons that discharge urban runoff.

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What Do You Think About the Lack of Stripping Down Middle of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach

May 5, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

At the last Ocean Beach Town Council meeting in late April, local Craig Klein, a member of the OB Planning Board, got up and raised the issue about the lack of center-line striping down several blocks of Newport Avenue. Newport, of course, is OB’s main commercial street. Klein was very critical of no stripes and asked the Council if they could deal with it.

The Town Council really didn’t have much of a collective response, but the issue of the lack of center-line dashes on the street has bubbled up – where even local mainstream media have gotten caught in it.

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Airport Noise: Is There a Solution?

May 5, 2017 by Source

By Raymond Bender / San Diego Free Press

Airport NoiseSan Diego County operates eight county airports, not including San Diego International Airport at Lindbergh Field, which the San Diego International Airport Authority (SDRAA), an agency created by state law, operates.

These airports share one feature: though state and local airport zoning laws control airport land uses, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controls the airspace near airports.

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Concerns About Plans for Saratoga Park: Loss of Green Space and View Corridor

May 4, 2017 by Source

By Scott

Below is a letter that I sent to the OB Community Development Corporations because I have been unable to attend any of their public forums on the proposed children’s park and workout area at Saratoga Park. I assume the OBCDC will take all public comments into consideration. That said, I thought it might be useful to widen the conversation to OB Rag readers that also were unable to attend the meeting (perhaps a board member could also provide an update).

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Annual OB Exposed! Coming Soon: Deadline for Photo Entries Is May 17

May 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Hey OB photographers (and others) – it’s time to enter the annual OB Exposed! photo exhibit and contest presented by the Ocean Beach Historical Society.

This year the Photographic Impressions of Ocean Beach & Point Loma is on May 19th, from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

Deadline to submit entries (5 max except for historical photos) is May 17th.

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Ocean Beach Pet Owners Fed Up with Conditions at Dusty Rhodes Dog Park: Protest Planned for Sunday May 7th

May 3, 2017 by Staff

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Listening in Ocean Beach

May 3, 2017 by Source

By Brett Warnke

“I talk. I mean, I speak … but she doesn’t hear me,” a tall man in Newbreak told his bearded friend, writing something to himself who didn’t look up.

For a moment there was a breathless silence. The espresso popped, the door creaked and the drawer jingled coins. The bearded friend, feeling he should respond finally spoke.

“Look, she’s going through some problems…”

His voice trailed into nothing.

“But she thinks I do things. I tell her that it’s all in her head. But she doesn’t listen. She doesn’t listen.”

Perhaps I shouldn’t have listened either. I felt I’d intruded, so I stood and left.

But the sadness in the tall man’s voice sat on me like an alp as I walked down Abbott Street through the cool morning.

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Private Investigator Suspects Possible Foul Play in Death of Man Who Drowned After Allegedly Jumping Off Ocean Beach Pier

May 2, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A private investigator hired by the family of 27-year-old Kevin Chilson-Moyers, who drowned after allegedly jumping off the Ocean Beach Pier, says that there is a reason to suspect possible foul play in his death.

“There are very few witnesses, no camera footage retrieved by police, and a lot of questions left as to what unfolded that evening. We think there is more to the story,” stated Investigator Josh Chandler.

Chilson-Moyers died tragically in what many have described as a freak accident, when according to witnesses he jumped off the Ocean Beach Pier March 31st at 9:30 at night in heavy surf, just to retrieve a backpack or hat that had been thrown off the pier by an unknown group of men he had allegedly been in an argument with.

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Ocean Beach Planning Board to Take On Short-Term Rental on Saratoga

May 2, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets this Wednesday, May 3rd, and the Board has two projects to review on is agenda, a demolition on Voltaire Street and a project on Saratoga Avenue that appears to be a short-term rental. The Board meets at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue, at 6pm sharp.

Also on the agenda is a discussion by the Board members of the results from an April meeting with ABC (Alcohol, Beverage Control), plus the Board will receive a short presentation about Community Choice Energy.

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Special Needs Youth Volunteer at Businesses in Ocean Beach

May 2, 2017 by Source

By Brett Warnke

Everyday Chad Tye, a Teaching Assistant at Community High School of San Diego, a Pioneer vocational transition program, takes his six students to volunteer around Ocean Beach. It is a program Pioneer hopes to expand that helps students with special needs gain independence, skills and trades for potential employment.

“Many of our students have communication issues so even being able to say ‘I’m here’ and complete jobs—to have a some place to go when they wake up in the morning and someone to talk to—has improved their quality of life,” Tye said.

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TORREY PINE ALERT: Report of Torrey Pine Being Cut Down on Armaryllis and Lotus in Point Loma

May 1, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Rag has heard a report via a reader that a large, “champion” Torrey Pine is being cut down today – Monday, May 1st – in the area of the 3600 block of Amaryllis and Lotus near Plumosa Park.

We have not been able to confirm this.

A concerned citizen made a posting on Network alerting the local community in Point Loma. Here is an excerpt:

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Public Right of Way Enhancement Program: Helping or Hindering Local Ocean Beach Businesses?

May 1, 2017 by Source

Clothes Racks Not Allowed Outside Newport Avenue Storefronts

By South OB Girl

For many years there have been racks of clothing for sale outside the shops on Newport Avenue. I have memories of outdoor racks at Lola Luna, Miss Match, The Closet, Wahines, Dream Girls, Temptress, $2 Thrill, OB Surf & Skate, Wings, the souvenir shops, and the shell shop.

I recently learned that these racks of clothes outside stores are not allowed in the Public Right of Way (PROW). Shops can purchase a permit for $45 from the OB MainStreet Association to be able to use a designated area of sidewalk (for a distance of no more than 4′-0″ from the property line) in front of their stores as part of the PROW Enhancement Program. The PROW cannot be used for clothes racks but can be used for other things.

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