Ocean Beach

Thanksgiving Dinner at Parish Hall at Sacred Heart of Ocean Beach Plus Some History of the First T-Day Holiday

November 22, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There will be a Thanksgiving dinner at the Parish Hall at Sacred Heart of Ocean Beach at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The church is located at 4776 Saratoga Ave, San Diego, CA 92107. All are welcome.

The very first official Thanksgiving holiday wasn’t until November 26, 1863. President Abraham Lincoln announced that the nation would celebrate Thanksgiving on that day during a speech on October 3rd that year, expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at the July Battle of Gettysburg.

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The Widder Curry : A Look Back and a Look Forward – the Pitfalls of Online Dating

November 22, 2017 by Judi Curry

(Editor’s Note: Judi wrote the following 3 days ago.)

I have thought about writing this article for some time; probably since I began writing my book “Liar Liar”. Perhaps it is because I am very depressed today because it is the birthday of my granddaughter who would have been 30 years old if she hadn’t had an untimely demise.

Or perhaps it is because last night I met a couple that met on line, married, and seem very happy with each other. I know that my editor-dude met his lady on-line and they seem very happy with each other. None-the-less, whatever the reason, here it is.

I have been a widow for over eight years. Approximately 6 years ago I began “on-line dating”. I should have stopped a long time ago, but “hope springs eternal” and I keep hoping that I will meet the right person. But I am running out of hope.

I now have 31 chapters in my book; that means that I have been scammed – or attempted to be scammed – at least 31 times. Some of those scammers I blame on the “on-line” dating sites themselves.

Let me give you two very recent episodes.

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Legal Action and Civil Suits Face San Diego Restaurants that Add Surcharge

November 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Both legal actions by San Diego’s City Attorney and law suits face restaurants that add a surcharge to their patrons’ bills.

On October 11th, City Attorney Mara Elliott filed a civil enforcement action against Mission Bay’s Barefoot Bar & Grill for failing to disclose its surcharge and then adding it to menus in extremely small print, she alleged. This was her office’s first legal move against a local restaurant for allegedly adding an deceptive menu surcharge, ostensibly to cover higher labor costs from recent minimum wage increases.

Also, more than a dozen San Diego restaurants and dining groups now face lawsuits that have been filed against them with claims they are defrauding customers by illegally tacking on a surcharge to bills.

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Protest Against Short Term Vacation Rentals in Ocean Beach Planned for Nov. 25th

November 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There’s lots to make one upset or angry these days, from Trump and his Russia collusion, to nuclear show-downs, to the national catharsis on sexual harassment, to global warming, all the way to Mayor Faulconer building a $2 million restroom for tourists but none for the homeless …

But one thing that’s making OBceans upset right now is the wholesale turning over of apartments and new condos into vacation rentals. OB is losing needed housing stock and affordable rental units for residents to mini-hotels and weekend party houses for vacationers.

And it’s happening right before our eyes!

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City Takes Over Ebers – Greene Street Project in Ocean Beach – Begins Clean-up

November 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Fire and Disturbances With Neighbors Over Weekend Culminate in Crack-Down

Today Monday, after a rocky weekend at the infamous Ebers – Greene Street project – during which both fire and police department units were called – the City of San Diego has taken over the property and begun a clean-up of the site and a securing of the skeleton of the two-story building.

Code Enforcement representatives and a private contracting clean-up crew arrived early today at 2269 Ebers to seize the site after the owner, Curtis Nelson, failed to abide by the City’s Notice of Public Nuisance by the deadline, which was Friday, November 17th. The City had demanded Nelson clean up and deal with all the trash and debris and cover up all the openings by the deadline – he was given 2 weeks – which he clearly failed to do.

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OB Walkabout No. 5

November 20, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Being an occasional column featuring sights and sounds from Ocean Beach and Point Loma.


When the bars close at 2 AM and the locals stagger home, about half the out of town partiers drive past my old home on the 4900 block of West Point Loma, headed back to where ever.

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Ebers-Greene Project Owner Fails to Comply With City Order to Clean Up and Secure Site

November 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

On Thursday, November 2nd, a Notice of Abatement was attached to the abandoned building at Ebers and Greene streets by the City of San Diego, ordering the owner, Curtis Nelson of Nelco Properties, LLC, to take “immediate actions” to clean up the site and secure all the openings on the building. The owner was given until November 17th to comply with the legal order.

It is now November 17th and the owner has failed to comply. In fact, neighbors say the conditions at the site are even worse than they were when the owner was cited.

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Updates on Development Projects and Other Business News from Ocean Beach

November 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

New Owners of OB Business Center

Joella and Chris Peregoy have bought the OB Business Center on Santa Monica Avenue and things appear to be running swimmingly. One change they’ve initiated is to be open on Saturdays, from 9am to 2pm. Plus they’ve made access to the personal mail boxes 7 days a week. But they provide the same basic services: copys, faxes, scans and printing of course.

Chris told me they’d been vacationing here from Phoenix these last 4 to 5 years and they finally decided to move here and buy the business. He used to work for American Express and she for Michaels. We wish them the best of luck.

Projects Around OB

Occasionally, we peruse current development projects in and around Ocean Beach and take a “look-see” and share. Here’s what we found on Thursday, November 16th.

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The Widder Curry: ‘A Boycott I Unintentionally Breached’

November 16, 2017 by Judi Curry

The Widder Curry Pledges Not to Patronize Restaurants that Add Surcharge Ever Again

Several months ago I said/wrote the statement that I would not patronize a restaurant that charged a surcharge after the raise of the minimum wage.

Last week I attended a birthday celebration at BO-Beau’s in Ocean Beach, and at the very top of the menu was the following statement:

“A 3% surcharge will be added to all Guest checks to help cover increasing costs and in our support of the recent increases to minimum wage and benefits for our dedicated Team Members.”

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Target Express in South Park – a Photo Gallery of What OB Could Expect

November 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Take a Pictorial Stroll Through What Could Be Coming to Ocean Beach

Having never been inside a Target Express, I wanted to visit one plus I wanted to show the people of Ocean Beach with my camera what to expect if one does show up on Newport Avenue. So, I visited the one in South Park (actually the only one in San Diego) to glimpse a view of a possible storefront future for OB.

The Target Express in South Park is on a large lot mainly by itself. It has a huge parking lot – which is the first thing any OBcean would notice, with reportedly 99 spaces. But that’s triple the parking for any T. Express at the Newport Ave Antique Center.

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The “Coastal Exception” for San Diego’s Short Term Vacation Rentals

November 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

As the San Diego City Council is about to sit down on December 12th and hammer out what probably will be some kind of compromise on one of the most contentious issues in the city – short term vacation rentals – it is interesting to know that some community leaders who serve on beach and coastal planning committees tried to come up with something different earlier this year.

Called the “Coastal Exception”, members of these volunteer panels – including the OB Planning Board – tried to carve out literally an exception to what has looked like a consistent drumbeat for Airbnb’s march across neighborhoods among many City Council members. Faced with the possibilities of a very horrible compromise that would allow Airbnb and such businesses to legally ride roughshod over beach communities, these planning board members drew up draft legislation, called Draft Coastal Zone STVR Legislation. OBPB Chair John Ambert and Vice-chair Blake Herrschaft participated in drawing up this draft.

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‘No Target in OB’ Organizing Meeting – Wednesday, November 15th

November 15, 2017 by Staff

Meeting at New James Gang Location on Newport

OBceans are invited to a “No Target in OB” organizing meeting at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15.

The meeting will be held at the new James Gang location – 4851 Newport Avenue.

Agenda Items to date:

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O.B. Historical Society Presents: Dean Hollenbeck – Thurs., Nov. 16

November 14, 2017 by Staff

“O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout”

Starring: Dean Hollenbeck – Produced by Kathy and Ray Blavatt

Ocean Beach is known for its characters, and Dean Hollenbeck is one of our most endearing.

Dean loves to walk… and talk! He has made countless friends on his meandering walks in Ocean Beach and the peninsula.

At 89-years-old Dean some days walks up to 16 miles … though it may take him the whole day depending on how many people he talks to. Ocean Beach Historical Society’s Kathy and Ray Blavatt filmed Dean on his O.B. adventures

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The Playgrounds of Ocean Beach Get a Flunking Grade

November 13, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

As Ocean Beach becomes increasingly like one gigantic play ground for adults, we decided to check out the other type of playgrounds – the ones for kids, here in Ocean Beach – and see how they’re doing in comparison. I took my 10-year-old granddaughter Bella with me to get a kid’s eye view on everything. I asked her to give a letter grade for each playground we visited.

And we have to report back that the playgrounds of OB – in total – are not doing well. In fact, overall, they get a “D”.

Robb Field Playground = D+

The very first playground we visited was the one in Robb Field. It’s got 2 sets of swings, a tire swing, 1 small slide and a climbing dome – all within a large sand pit. And it has a few benches around part of the sand.

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Restaurant Review: Humphrey’s on Shelter Island

November 13, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

2241 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

As a general rule, I stay away from doing reviews of known entities because they are generally priced out of my budget, and they are usually well-established businesses. I had no intent of doing a review of this restaurant when I knew I was going to go to celebrate my “besties” 65th birthday, but the experience was so good I knew within several minutes of being seated that it would become a review.

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News and Notices from Ocean Beach and Point Loma: Mid-November 2017

November 9, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

* OB Town Council Presents Holiday 2017 Artwork Design
* James Gang Open for Business
* Fitness Center to Open on Newport
* Creations Throws Wide Its Doors
* Why OB Surf Was Rotten This Summer and September
* Froude Project Hole
* No Target in OB Organizing Meeting – Wednesday, November 15th
* OB Las Vegas Hero Honored by City Council
* OB Muralist Celeste Byers Finds Hope in Mexico City’s Rescue Dog
* Local Writer Tracks Down History of “Feigley House” – at 4921 Voltaire Street
* Liberty Station’s Public Market Has Fans


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Musings by the Widder Curry on Women Coming Out With Tales of Sexual Harassment

November 9, 2017 by Judi Curry

As I sat in the beauty shop the other day waiting to have my hair cut, I picked up a copy of the latest People magazine. On the cover was a picture of Harvey Weinstein and page after page of women talking about how he had molested, raped, threatened etc. And as I looked at the pictures – I wasn’t really interested in reading about all of their experiences – I had to sit back and reflect over my life time, because what happened to those women did not just happen to famous people; it happened, and is still happening to women all over the world.

I am getting old. Very old. But it sure doesn’t take much to remember the assaults that I faced; the threats I faced; the acts foisted upon me. And the interesting thing is that even at my age it hasn’t stopped.

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Are Apartments on Abbott Street in Ocean Beach About to Become Short Term Rentals?

November 9, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Rag recently was notified by a neighbor of an apartment complex on Abbott Street in OB who was concerned the units were being converted into short term vacation rentals.

The neighbor was referring to the 2-story, 4 unit complex on the northeast corner of Abbott and Brighton Avenue, 2101 – 2107 Abbott. Each unit has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

I was definitely familiar with the building – So, the other day, I ventured up close to the complex to check it out.

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Contractor Pledges Not to Change Grade at Ebers and Del Mar in Ocean Beach

November 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Neighbors and other OBceans have been concerned recently about a large pile of dirt that surfaced on the empty lot at the northwest corner of Del Mar and Ebers Street in Ocean Beach.

The lot is where several former buildings were demolished and cleared to make way for a planned 2 house development.

One of the chief concerns expressed of late on some of OB’s social media is whether the developer intended to raise up the grade with all that dirt, in order to then build even higher buildings for even better views.

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Point Loma Vigil for Peace

November 8, 2017 by Source

From Pamela of San Diego Indivisible

A candlelight vigil for peace was held on Shelter Island on Tuesday evening, as 80 plus San Diegans sang and prayed for peace with North Korea.

The citizens gathered at the Japanese Friendship Bell park, across from North Island, just as President Trump was speaking to the South Korean parliament.

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Review of ‘Villa Famosa’ Project at Local Planners’ Meeting, Thurs. Nov. 9th

November 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The “Villa Famosa” project proposed for a large lot right off Famosa Slough is coming up for review. And that review by the Project Review Committee of the Peninsula Planning Board is happening Thursday, November 9, at 1:30 PM, at the Loma Riviera Clubhouse, 3115 Loma Riviera Drive.

Here is the official agenda

The OB Rag reported on this project back in late March of this year:

A new construction project coming to the shores of Famosa Slough promises to be a challenge to one of the last natural vestiges of Mission Bay.

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OB Walk-About – Part 4

November 7, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Sandwich makers overheard in a local deli:

First Guy: So a woman came in today and asked if we have any gluten-free bread.

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Restaurant Review: Ocean Beach’s BO-beau Kitchen Bar

November 7, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Kitchen Bar
4996 W. Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92107

Sometimes people celebrating their birthday want to just forget about it; others want it to go on for a few extra days. My friend Mary is one of the latter people, and, after celebrating her birthday Saturday night at another restaurant, she decided it would be fun to celebrate again at BO-beau’s in Ocean Beach.

It started out as a frustrating experience because when I called to make a reservation I was told that they didn’t take reservations but I could be placed on a “waiting list” and would be called as soon as our 6:30pm table was available. (Their menu on-line encourages you to make a reservation.)

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It’s Time for Ocean Beach and Point Loma to Pay Attention to Mission Bay

November 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

City to Present Draft Plans for De Anza Cove at Upcoming Meeting of Mission Bay Park Committee – Tues., Nov. 7th

Many in Ocean Beach view the ocean and sand as the “front” of the community, the waterfront, the front yard of the house of OB that gets a lot of attention. And if that is the view to take, then OB has a huge “side yard” that it often ignores.

Mission Bay.

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Feeding the Hungry for 10 Years in Ocean Beach

November 6, 2017 by Source

‘Feeding The Hungry’ Ministry Celebrates Its 10th Year

by Bob Edwards

Every other Tuesday for more than ten years, Feeding The Hungry Ministry on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. in Ocean Beach has welcomed seniors, low income, disabled, and homeless people of our community to a free, nutritious, and tasty meal. A ministry of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the all volunteer staff serves 80 to 180 people at each meal.

“The turnout varies, depending on the time of the month,” according to Jack Hamlin who has been volunteering and helping organize the program for about seven years

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As Trump Heads for Korea Candlelight Vigil for Peace at Shelter Island in Point Loma on Tues., Nov. 7th

November 6, 2017 by Doug Porter

Public Domain“We will speak, sing, and pray for wisdom and grace in the face of nuclear holocaust.”

Starting a war with Korea is a really bad idea. What’s even worse are the people who think there would be a ‘winner’ in such a conflict. As President Trump visits the Korean peninsula on Tuesday, it’s almost a sure bet he’ll rattle the swords of war.

Indivisible San Diego and Interfaith Worker Justice of San Diego County are urging people to join them for a 7pm candlelight vigil for peace on Tuesday, November 7th at Japanese Friendship Bell Park on Shelter Island (across from the Kona Kai).

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Ocean Beach Parents and Kids Urge Motorists to Stop at Red Light at Sunset Cliffs and Santa Monica

November 6, 2017 by Source

These parents and cute kids were out by the intersection light at Santa Monica Ave and Sunset Cliffs Blvd. on Friday, Nov. 3rd,

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OBcean Mercy Baron Chosen to Be Judge for World Food Championship

November 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Well-known local OBcean, Mercy Baron, has just been chosen to be a Top 10 Judge at the 6th Annual World Food Championships. It’s touted as the “largest Food Sport tournament in history” with over a thousand contestants and hundreds of teams. Last year, they say, 20,000 foodies watched.

The WFC claims :

“… it has given birth to ‘Food Sport’ by providing a level playing field, a fair judging system, a creative culinary fest, and a process that allows the culinary elite to show their chops and earn the respect they deserve.”

The Championships will be held in Orange Beach, Alabama in less than a week. And Mercy told me she’s the only one going to this prestigious event from San Diego.

Just how did this happen?

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New Sign at Dog Beach

November 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A new sign at OB’s Dog Beach warns people and dogs to “check in before you get in”. It’s all an effort by the County’s Department of Environmental Health to have swimmers and surfers and dog owners to get the very latest on the status of coastal water quality.

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City Declares Ebers and Greene Public Nuisance and Demands Owner Clean It Up in 2 Weeks

November 3, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

A little after 2pm on Thursday, November 2nd, a Notice of Abatement was attached to the abandoned building at Ebers and Greene streets by the City of San Diego.

Addressed to Nelco Properties, LLC, it notified the owner at 2269 Ebers that representatives of the City’s Code Enforcement Division and the Development Services Department had inspected the property on October 17th and had found it to be a vacate building with graffiti and lots of trash. The inspectors found enough threats on the property to the public ‘s health and safety that they declared it to be a public nuisance pursuit to a number of Municipal and State codes.

The Notice requires “immediate actions” and gives Nelco Properties until November 17th to clean up the site and secure all the openings on the building.

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