Weekly OB Community Bulletin Board for August 10th – 17th

by on August 14, 2009 · 14 comments

in Media, OB Flashes!, Ocean Beach, Organizing

Each week we post a column just with short newsy tidbits about OB generally.  If you have anything like that you’d like to share with the rest of  Ocean Beach, email it to us at obragblog@gmail.com  – otherwise, once the weekly post goes up, simply add your info to the comments section.

Here’s our starters:

Volunteer Group “The Cliff Dwellers” to Hold Northern Sunset Cliffs Clean-Up Friday Aug. 14th 4 pm to 6 pm

The very first meeting will be held of The Cliff Dwellers, a volunteer group, that will focus on trash and other problems in the Northern section of the Sunset Cliffs intertidal zone between the OB Pier and Point Loma Avenue.  Meet at the bottom of the Santa Cruz stairway Friday August 14th at 4 PM.  Look for people picking up trash. If you arrive late, then head North toward the pier.  Any questions e-mail caveob@yahoo.com

OB Historical Society to Honor Legendary Surfers of the 1930s-60s

The Ocean Beach Historical Society is hosting it monthly general meeting Fri Aug 14th 7pm at the Masonic center. This meetings topic is legendary men and women surfers of the 30s-60s.  The meeting will be presented by local surfer Cher Pendarvis. This will be our second surf history program presented by Cher.
The first was so popular we decided to do it again only this time at a larger venue.
We will be honoring some classic old school birds and babes. Among them will be Jim “Mouse” Robb and some of his friends original Sunset Cliffs surfers. Also scheduled to attend is Linda Benson, former world champion surfer and stunt double for giget in the movies.  Plan on arriving early we are expecting a large turn-out.  More info @ http://www.obhistory.wordpress.com.

Want to Send a Get-Well Card to Chris Bowd? Here’s an address

Per Chris’s mom, for all of his wonderful, concerned friends here is the address so you can send him cards to wish him well and a speedy recovery:

Christopher Bowd Sub/Acute
Villa Pomerado
15615 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

Tony Mezzadri Surf Classic @ the OB Pier – Saturday, August 15

2009 is a special year for the TMSC. We have much to celebrate! We have accrued 15 years of bringing awareness and fundraising for spinal cord injury research to the local community. Also, Tony and Stacie Mezzadri have been blessed with the birth of their twin daughters, Lola and Ellie. The TMSC would like to share our joy with the community that has supported us.

So come celebrate a family day at the beach, Saturday, August 15th at the OB Pier. We will have live music, food and hopefully some great surf!

Launch of Children’s Book With Art by Ocean Beach Artist Kim Howell

Come celebrate a new children’s book with local Ocean Beach artist Kim Howell. Howell, founder of the Young At Art Children’s Art Center, will host a launch party on Saturday, August 15th, to celebrate the debut of her artwork in a new children’s book, “Why Am I Dark?” by Destry Ramey. This is the second book in “The Adventures of Hunter and Ramona” series of children’s books, which take a look at contemporary, real-life issues through the eyes of two pug puppies.
A professional artist and muralist with over 25 years of experience, Kim involves “little artists” in hands-on community and school projects, encouraging children to find their own “inner-artist. “Why Am I Dark?” is Kim’s first children’s book.

When: Saturday, August 15th, 1pm to 3pm; Where: Young at Art Children’s Art Center, 1821 Cable Street, San Diego, CA 92107 Contact Kim Howell at 619-459-1955>obpainter1@yahoo.com for more information. youngatart.biz

“Fun in the Sun” – 1st Annual Summerfest at Dusty Rhodes Park – Saturday, August 22nd

The Kiwanis of Ocean Beach and the OB Recreation Center will be sponsoring this event. Saturday, August 22nd, 2009. Rides, Food, Music & a Beer Garden!

The Kiwanis are also asking for any pictures from the community to post on their website from past events, K9 Carnival, Kite Festival, or the Fishing Derby. Our site is at www.OceanBeachKiwanis.org and pics can be sent to AConley@OceanBeachKiwanis.org – We can also be friended at Myspace.com/OBKiwanis
or followed at twittter.com/OBKiwanis .

People’s 38th annual birthday picnic at Robb Field – Sat Aug 29th

Come to People’s Food Coop’s annual birthday party picnic.  From 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, August 29.  Vegie barbeque, music, games.  $3 for members, $5 non-members.  Tickets can be purchased at People’s.

Newport Ave Pet Store Looking For Artists for PR for Animal Rescue

Calling all Artists! The pet store on Newport Avenue wants you. Sell and advertise your merchandise there on prime shopping days!!!! They are looking to raise awareness and funds for their county approved pet rescue organization – and would like to invite a different artist each Saturday and Wednesday in summer to set up shop in front of their store in a shaded, covered, heavy foot-traffic shopping area. Stay as long or as little as you like during open hours – be the featured artist and enjoy the beach foot-traffic and farmers market shoppers, and help pets at the same time!

They are located just two blocks from the beach in the shopping district, and the best Farmers Market in San Diego also brings many shoppers to the area each week. For a small donation of $40.00 or 15% of your day’s sales, they would like to invite you to make some money for yourself and advertise your merchandise and talent in a mega-busy shoppers paradise! Contact them to book your date and make arrangements. boneappetit@sbcglobal.net, or call 619-226-6250. They say they wish “No political, religious groups please – just art! All art must be pre-approved prior to your day’s event” – contact them for details.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Larry OB August 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Hi Folks,

my intent is to have a volunteer/advisory group that isn’t hindered by jurisdictions. The Cliffs fall into several jurisdictions, Federal, State, City and Native (local users.) The city has even further jurisdictions, like the Streets Division being different from the Park and Rec Department. They also have different trash departments, which among other things means no covered (flip top) trash cans, and no recycling bins in our local parks. The city even has different cops for dealing with the homeless (known as the H.O.T. team.)

So anyway…I think we can get more done, more quickly if we are free to operate (and advise) in any jurisdiction. I intend most meetings to be in the field and hands on. For our first meeting I want to focus just on the area from the Santa Cruz stairs North to the OB Pier. Walk and talk and clean as we go.

At the pier we’ll head up the pier stairs, and return to Santa Cruz with a stop each at each dead end street. The dead ends are what I call Micro Parks. We’ll discuss the good, bad and the ugly of the Micro Parks. Wear your swim trunks if you want to go for a dip at the end of our meeting tour.

My schedule is flexible on Friday, but I try to avoid the midday sun from 10 to 2. We can of course have other meetings on different days of the week in the future. Some meetings will have to conform to low tides.


Larry OB


Ed August 10, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Wed Aug12 10am the city will paint Orchard St wall Tan. ANYONE can come by after they are done to take any left over Tan to coor match any future tags on that wall. (can be used for other things too) So come by AND pick up some free paint. Bring your own bucket or city will have 2 gal emptys to fill.


Editor August 10, 2009 at 4:23 pm

We have received some good news about Chris Bowd in an email:

“Very good news about Chris! He is recovering quickly. He is coherent
and seems pretty much his old self with the exception of fatigue and
muscle weakness due to lying still so long. He still has a
tracheotomy, but that should come out soon. He is in the interim
rehab facility until he works up to 3 hours of therapy per day, which
doesn’t look like it will take too long and then he moves on to more
intense rehab, but again he is moving very rapidly.”


Dave Gilbert August 10, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Though he doesn’t live in O.B., he’s certainly played here enough times, plus he’s one of my oldest and dearest friends, band-mates and even my L.A. room-mate and he had a story done on him in the U-T yesterday so I thought I’d have you meet him….


Awesome news about Chris Bowd too ;)


Gary Gilmore August 10, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Has Chris Bowd had anything to say about what happened to him on the 4th of July?


Frank Gormlie August 10, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Gary, the detective investigating his case told me he’d let me know if anything broke. I don’t really know if Chris is talking about it. It is the big question, of course: what happened!!! From an earlier report, I was told his memory is very bad. But perhaps it is improving. OB’s very own mystery. I still get pissed off thinking how little the mainstream media in town covered his situation, whereas we heard ad naseum about the assault on the Aussie tourist kid.


Catherine August 12, 2009 at 10:48 am

Inspired by today’s reader rant, I have a question. Has anyone else noticed that the vibe at South Beach is way more agro this summer? There was always a bit of jostling for tables due to the lack of a hostess/waiting area, but, generally speaking, most people recognized who had arrived before them and respected the line.

Everytime we’ve been this summer, we’ve been snaked by unscrupulous line jumpers who sneak around the back way (or sometimes parade right past us as if we’re standing by the ATM for laughs) and pretend to be sitting with a table that’s about to leave. We’ve confronted a few only to be told, shamelessly, that this is how it’s always been. Too bad, sucker. We’ve been going to South Beach regularly for years, and it hasn’t always been so completely cut throat. If the mahi weren’t so delicious, I’d stop bothering. Is there something the management can do to bring some order back?


jon August 12, 2009 at 11:13 am

Funny you mention South Beach. I had an issue there recently where there was an open table, nobody in sight or waiting for it, and nothing on it. So we sat down and the waitress brough us menus. about 5 minutes later, a group of 3 girls came up and said, “that’s our table!” they claimed the waitress cleared the table while they went out to smoke, and they demanded (quite rudely) that we get up and let them have the table back. We tried to be rational and explain that there was no indication of someone sitting there, but they were welcome to squeeze in and share the table (I as with 2 other girls, and it was not a pick-up line). Instead they flipped out, wanted to speak to the manager and were insanely, over-the-top rude about the whole thing. Not the laid-back vibe we try to keep intact around here. We stood our ground, and the manager told them they would have to sit at the bar or find another table. So, in the end, they missed out on making new friends, and instead made an ass out of themselves in front of the whole bar. Too bad. But, you’re right…it was a pretty “agro” scene. South Beach staff handled it quite well though. Props to them.

Remember too, it’s summertime, and the tourists are out in droves taking over our funky paradise. I appreciate the economic stimulus, and they’re not all so lame, but it’s always nice when they leave and we get our town back…


Editor August 12, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Did you catch the lates news about Chris Bowd? Our contact with his close circle of family and friends “Rick Piranha” left the following :

Aug 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Chris is now recuperating very rapidly,and now able to talk… Yeah.. He is been visited by all his closest friends and colleagues. He is soon going to next level of rehab. About himself he is definitely upset about the the trauma, and want to return to his home and life desperately. He just have to be patient until the rehabilitation program is over and physicians on his care release him. But this is great news for all of us. Thanks for keeping this alive keep checking for more progress. Frank once again thanks for your support hopefully soon you be able to speak to Chris personally. OB Rag rules spread the word.


Frank Gormlie August 14, 2009 at 10:22 am

Re Chris Bowd – just spoke with Sgt John Berstline who told me that Det Pat Hall has spoken to Chris recently and is following up on info Chris gave him. The police are still seeking help from the community for any info about what happened to Chris July 4th.


jon August 15, 2009 at 8:32 am

Hey Ragsters, check out the fluff piece on OB! http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/aug/15/quirky-music-loving-ocean-beach-even-has-its-own-s/?metro&zIndex=149854&dsq=14877745#comment-14877745

I say “fluff piece” in the most respectful way of course. I did enjoy reading it and I’m always happy to see us painted in a positive light.


Gary Gilmore August 15, 2009 at 8:55 am

It might be worth having a regular piece on OB musicians in the Rag. I wonder who would be most likely to write such piece?? Any suggestions DAVE GILBERT?


Dave Gilbert August 15, 2009 at 9:29 am

LOL! I think Lane called dibs on that one Gary! ;)


alfred beilin January 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

hi hope yous had a nice xmas and heres to the new year


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