Ocean Beach

San Diego Kumeyaay Etched ‘Resistance Art’ in Floor and Roof Tiles of Early Spanish Churches

September 22, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Richard Carrico, anthropology professor at SDSU, held an audience of over 60 people transfixed last night at the OB Historical Society monthly presentation with his slides and descriptions of how Kumeyaay laborers sketched artwork on floor and roof tiles of the churches they built for the first Spanish colonists in San Diego. He called it “resistance art or abusive art”.

Carrico admitted to the crowd – once he was introduced by Society president, Eric Duvall inside the former Methodist church on the corner of Sunset Cliffs and Saratoga – he grew up in Ocean Beach in the 1960s – and holds a warm place in his heart for the place.

He usually does an annual presentation for the OBHS – on his favorite subject: the life, history and culture of the Kumeyaay clans, San Diego’s largest Native American tribe. Since the 1980s, he’s devoted 30 years of his life to archeological digs and studies of them.

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Annual Pancake Breakfast on the Ocean Beach Pier – September 23rd, 7:30 am – 12 noon

September 22, 2017 by Source

From OB Town Council:

This popular OB tradition kicks off the big fundraising season for the Ocean Beach Food and Toy Drive and Holiday events.

Just $10 for a delicious breakfast over the ocean!

This year the Pier Pancake Breakfast will feature delicious pancakes from Breakfast Republic and eggs, sausage, fruit and more from Wonderland. A huge thank you to these local businesses for their support, and to the WOW cafe for hosting.

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Border Wall Push Back at San Diego City Council Where Zapf Becomes an Embarrassment

September 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

California Sues Trump Administration Over Wall

This week has seen a definite push-back on Trump’s border wall, both locally, as the San Diego City Council voted 5-3 condemning it on Tuesday, and from the State of California which on Wednesday sued the Trump administration over the planned border wall.

During the debate on Councilwoman Georgette Gomez’s resolution opposing the construction of a border wall, our own Councilwoman Lorie Zapf became an embarrassment to her constituents in District 2.

More on Gomez’s successful motion

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OB’s Own Melanie Williams Caught Up in Two Mexico Earthquakes

September 21, 2017 by Staff

OB’s own Melanie Williams went through both Mexico earthquakes that just occurred. Melanie, a former member of the OB Town Council board and an energetic mover-and-shaker in the local yoga world, had just recently moved to Mexico in June to set up a yoga center.

She was interviewed by San Diego Fox5. She told them about her experiences during the 8.1 quake off the southern Mexican coast where she was living in a fishing village about 30 miles from the epicenter when it struck 12 days ago. It woke her up:

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Bonnie Dumanis Uses Quotes from the OB Rag in Attack Ad Against Nathan Fletcher

September 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Bonnie Dumanis, former DA and now candidate for the Board of Supervisors, recently used quotes from the OB Rag – who is no friend of Dumanis – in an online attack ad against Nathan Fletcher.

Both Dumanis and Fletcher are running for the same District 4 seat on the San Diego Board. Fletcher is the most-well known Democrat and will probably be endorsed by the County Democratic Party and Dumanis is the Republican establishment’s candidate (she was slammed in the special mayoral election a few years back).

In a mock pro-Fletcher ad, called “I (heart) Nathan”, the GOP-funded cartoonish piece, declares: “What they’re saying…” and then publishes disparaging quotes on Nathan Fletcher from the OB Rag, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Mickey Kasparian, Gay and Lesbian News, and even believe it or not, Karl Rove. And of course, we at the OB Rag did not give permission to the GOP or Dumanis for use of our articles.

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Petition: Investigate Mayor Faulconer for Criminal Negligence in Hepatitis A Outbreak

September 20, 2017 by Source

Faulconer Has Ignored Calls for More Public Restrooms Downtown Since 2014

By Martha Sullivan / Change.org

The San Diego City government, led by Mayor Faulconer, has been told for three years that more public restrooms are needed downtown.

But the Mayor has consistently cried poor mouth — despite spending $2.1 million on an unplanned EIR for an upgraded Qualcomm Football Stadium during this time.

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End of Summer Ocean Beach Community Cleanup – Sat., Sept. 23

September 20, 2017 by Source


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County Supervisor District 4 Race Gets Crowded with Entry of Lori Saldaña

September 19, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Ron Roberts is retiring. Roberts has been the County Supervisor who has represented Ocean Beach – and most of the rest of the City of San Diego – since 1994 so term limits will see him to the door at the end of 2018.

And now the race for that District 4 seat is heating up, with the entry of Lori Saldaña who just announced she is running.

The district has a major Democratic advantage, with 44.3 percent of the electorate; another 20.3 are Republicans, and 29.8 percent are not members of any party.

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The Widder Curry Says: ‘Water, Water Everywhere, But Too Expensive to Use’

September 19, 2017 by Judi Curry

In the past few days – probably after everyone received their new water bill, I have been inundated – not to be confused with the terrible floods on the east coast – with calls from people asking me if I saw a difference in my water bill this month. Without exception, everyone that called found huge increases in spite of the fact that their water consumption had not increased.

For example, Marge was in the hospital for over 10 days; she is the only one living in her house, yet her bill went from $150 the previous billing cycle to $274 this time around.

Mary and her husband are the only ones living in their home and their bill is over $345 – an increase of over $80 dollars from the last time.

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Hepatitis A Vaccinations Available

September 18, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

By now most San Diegans are aware of the Hepatitis A outbreak in the city. If you would like some information about the availability of free vaccination — read on.

Free hepatitis A vaccinations will be available at the San Diego Central Library on September 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Is 4896 Newport Avenue ‘the Most Desirable Corner in Ocean Beach’?

September 18, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

We had to chuckle the other day when we read the listing for the sale of Helm’s Brewing Company on BizQuest which included a description of their OB tasting room at the corner of Newport and Cable as “the most desirable corner in Ocean Beach”.


Is the corner which includes 4896 Newport Avenue really “the most desirable” in all of OB?

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A Dozen More Sponsors Needed for the Annual Ocean Beach Pier Pancake Breakfast

September 15, 2017 by Staff

The Annual OB Pier Pancake Breakfast is happening this next Saturday, September 23rd, and it’s usually one of the best social events of the year in the village. And of course the proceeds benefit the OB Town Council’s holiday events and the annual OB Toy and Food Drive. The whole affair is bolstered by the dozens of table sponsors – there’s 38 in all.

But that’s just it. The Pancake Breakfast needs a dozen more sponsors.

So, please – if you and your group are thinking about it or maybe just now thinking about it – now is the time to move on it.

See all this

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San Diego’s Dirty Little Secret About Short Term Rentals

September 15, 2017 by Source

By John Thickstun, Esq

In 2015 the City Attorney’s office, under former City Attorney Jan Goldsmith prosecuted Rachel Smith, who was operating a short term vacation rental (STVR) – renting rooms to tourists – out of her home in the neighborhood of Burlingame in North Park. She was advertising the rooms on Airbnb.

In the Matter of Rachel Smith v. City of San Diego, Administrative Hearing Officer Catriona Miller ruled in favor of the City. She concluded that Rachel Smith had “violated the law by operating a bed and breakfast establishment without a permit.”

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New Photos of Suspect in Fatal Attack in Ocean Beach Last June

September 15, 2017 by Staff

New photos of the suspect in a fatal knife attack that occurred in Ocean Beach last June 22nd have been released by San Diego County Crimestoppers.

Walter “Ras” Riley was found with multiple stab wounds on a sidewalk on Bacon Street near Newport Avenue around 12:30 a.m. on June 22. Riley, 65, died from his injuries at UC San Diego Medical Center.

A man believed to be the suspect was captured by the camera at a local business off Newport Avenue, just moments before the attack happened, police said. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants.

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Letter to Target: ‘Do Not Put Target Express onto Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach.’

September 15, 2017 by Source

Editor: We received this letter sent to Target corporate headquarters in Minneapolis by Kevin MacDonald and think it expresses the feelings of many in Ocean Beach.


I am a loyal Target customer. I shop at the super store, 3 miles form my home, on Sports Arena Blvd, in San Diego.

I have Target stock in my portfolio.

I implore you, as strongly as I possibly can, DO NOT PUT TARGET EXPRESS ONTO NEWPORT AVE IN OCEAN BEACH!

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The Idea of Another “Terriers” Series in Ocean Beach Just Won’t Go Away

September 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The idea of another shoot for the wonderful but short series Terriers – filmed in Ocean Beach – just won’t go away.

Why, just the other day, Matthew Lickona at the San Diego Reader brought it up. He raised the point that of all the detective shows shot in San Diego (Simon & Simon, Veronica Mars, High Tide, Grand Slam, Coronado 9, Sarge, Harry O and Terriers) – ONLY Terriers is ever mentioned as a series to revive. (Editor’s note: I haven’t heard of many of these shows – but I do recall a San Diego TV show about San Diego city police way back in the Fifties and early Sixties maybe?)

Terriers – if you’ve never watched it –

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Looking Through the Glass Door of the Craftsman House on Voltaire: Demolition or Removal?

September 14, 2017 by Source

By South OB Girl

WOW!! A free house!! Frank Gormlie sure got OBceans’ attention with his article announcing the possibility of the structure at 4921 Voltaire St. being given away for free.

I wandered down to do a little reconnaissance.

The roof looks pretty new and shingles are in good shape. (Perhaps the roof was replaced to help the sale of the property when the property was originally for sale?)

Walls in the front room which I could see, through the glass panels of the front door were sturdy-looking, clean, and painted white. They were not dirty and derelict which I was expecting. Paint was not peeling, there weren’t holes in the walls.

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Has the Brewpub Scene in Ocean Beach Peaked?

September 14, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

With the continued failure of Little Miss Brewing to open its doors on the 4800 block of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach – and now with the latest news that Helm’s Brewing tasting room at the corner of Newport and Cable Street is being sold (the entire business – not the property) – we have to ask the question:

Has the craft brewpub scene in OB peaked?

Little Miss – if it had opened – would have been the 8th brewery or brewpub in Ocean Beach. Little Miss would have joined the following:

  • Mike Hess,
  • OB Brewery,
  • Pizza Port,
  • Kilowatt,
  • Helm’s,
  • Belching Beaver, and
  • Culture Brewing.

Here’s the latest on Helm’s:

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How Ocean Beach Became the Haight-Ashbury of San Diego

September 13, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

By Frank Gormlie

By 1967 – a year after the OB Pier had officially opened – it was already evident that Ocean Beach was morphing into the San Diego equivalent of that fabled and iconic San Francisco neighborhood synonymous with “hippie-ism”. If you were a hippie or a hippie-wannabe during this time somewhere in San Diego, you ended up in OB.

Of course, other factors contributed to the incubation in Ocean Beach of a community sympathetic and supportive of the new emerging counter-counter:

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News and Notes of Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid-September 2017

September 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Timing of The Little Miss Brewing

Voice of San Diego. Little Miss Brewing was looking to open a tasting room in Ocean Beach this year. The Miramar-based company applied for a liquor license and was given a conditional permit from the police department in June. …

Controversy with Point Loma Project at Emerson and Evergreen Is Not Over Yet


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San Diego City Council Votes to Legalize Pot Cultivation, Manufacturing and Testing With Cap of 40 Businesses City-Wide

September 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Zapf Votes Against Measure to Allow Pot Industry Local Supply Chain

The San Diego City Council voted 6 to 3 Monday evening to legalize marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and testing within city limits and voted to create a total cap of 40 such businesses for the city.

This historic vote will set up regulations allowing a full cannabis industry and local supply chain including farms, manufacturing plants producing pot products and testing facilities – including one such facility in Ocean Beach.

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The OB Rag’s Final Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love

September 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The Memories of Our Readers Keep the Spirit of Love and Peace Alive

By Frank Gormlie

As we approach the official end of the Summer of 2017, we offer our final tribute to the 1967 “Summer of Love” with memories from our readers of that summer 50 years ago, whether from Ocean Beach, San Diego or other parts of the country.

Why 1967?

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September Calendar for the Ocean Beach Green Center

September 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s the September Calendar of events to be held at the Ocean Beach Green Center, located at 4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107 oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.com 619.225.1083

September 13th Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Film night at the Ocean Beach Green Center – “1984”

Director Michael Radford’s adaption of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984. This British film, made in 1984, stars John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton. “Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience and demonizes foreign enemies has never been timelier” quotes the United States of Cinema. Free of Charge :-)

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The Long and Short of Why Short Term Vacation Rentals Are Prohibited in San Diego

September 11, 2017 by Source


By John Thickstun

Short term vacation rentals fall into the Commercial Uses category, Visitor Accommodations – San Diego Municipal Code (SDMC) section 131.0112(a)(6)(K) which reads,

“Uses that provide lodging or a combination of lodging, food and entertainment, primarily to visitors and tourists.”

Hotels, motels and Bed & Breakfast Establishments are also defined in the Code as visitor accommodations. Visitor Accommodations is a use category in the Use Regulations Table for Residential Zones (SDMC section 131.0422).

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The Ocean Beach Connections in the Case of the Exiled Wall Street Fraudster

September 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There is s strange case out there of a Wall Street fraudster who was recently featured in a San Diego Union-Tribune article about being wanted for assault and kidnapping – and the case has some strange connections to Ocean Beach.

Vladislav ‘Steven’ Zubkis, an Ukrainian immigrant and dubious Wall Street investor, has a long history over the last 20 years of committing white collar crime in this country. A number of years back, Zubkis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering in a San Diego federal court. He was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution.

In April of 2010, Zubkis got out of prison, and despite being a deportable felon, immigration officials didn’t know what to do with him as he had immigrated from Ukraine while still part of the Soviet Union.

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Restaurant Review: The Pho Shop in Point Loma’s Midway District

September 8, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

The Pho Shop
3760 Sports Arena Blvd., Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92110

I am always delighted when someone that has read my reviews asks if they can do one with me. I want to encourage my readers to do just that. And today, I met a “new friend” – Kareen, who agreed to try out The Pho Shop – (where the Mandarin Plaza Chinese Buffet used to be, behind the Red Lobster.)

In talking to Michael, our server, we found out that the restaurant is family owned and many of the recipes are from different members of the family. Michael, by the way, knew his menu and his food, and was a delight to have as our server.

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‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Organizing Meeting – Fri., Sept. 8th

September 8, 2017 by Staff

OB Town Council Sets Up Online Poll – “No Target in OB” T-shirts Available

The group “No Target in OB” is holding an organizing meeting tonight, Friday, September 8th at the Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street at 7:00 p.m.

Coming off a major rally and march down Newport on August 30th and a smaller protest rally outside the Sports Arena Target on Sunday, September 3rd, the network is regrouping to discuss future action items, more outreach ideas, etc.

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Update on Ocean Beach Businesses and Projects – Photo Gallery

September 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s an update on Ocean Beach businesses and projects – in a photo gallery. Who’s new and what’s the status of upcoming merchants, storefronts and development projects.

Voltaire Street

Car’s Jars

Car’s Jars at 4161 Voltaire had their big opening in July. Kelsey said they’ve been an online business for 3+ years…

The Upper Voltaire Project

Yes, the Upper Voltaire development has seen some progress after months and even years.

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Ocean Beach Planners Okay Condos on Saratoga and Approve New Design for Mixed-Use on Voltaire

September 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Wednesday night, September 6th, the Ocean Beach Planning Board approved a map waiver to allow 4 condos, approved a newly-designed project for a run-down house on Voltaire, and critiqued Councilwoman Barbara Bry’s proposed City ordinance on short-term vacation rentals.

The all-volunteer board meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the OB Rec Center and makes recommendations to the City and Planning Department on development projects that come before it. It also carries out and tries to enforce the OB Community Plan – recently renewed 3 years ago after a bitter fight with the San Diego Planning Commission.

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Republican Dumanis Declares for County Supervisor

September 7, 2017 by Doug Porter

Fourth District includes Ocean Beach and Good Part of Point Loma

Former County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has formally declared her intention to run for the Fourth District Supervisor seat. Finally.

The 2018 election represents an opportunity to begin changing that reality. As is true with any big institution, change will not happen overnight. But you have to start somewhere.

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