OB FLASHES: News, Calendar and Whatever – December 1, 2010

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The Torrey Pine at 4633 Long Branch Avenue that the City of San Diego wants to chop down. Local residents and tree experts disagree with this plan. Photo by Jeff Stone.

“Hidden Garden” Creator Lou Williams Passes

Louis T. Williams, who along with his partner Kathi, created a little corner of paradise in the Niagara Street plot of land that they had, and opened their “Hidden Garden” to anyone and everyone. Lou passed away last Friday, November 26, after a bout with lung cancer. He was 71.  See our tributes to his Garden here and here.

There will be a celebration of Louie’s life Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Beardley-Mitch ell Funeral Home, 1818 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. from 6 to 8 p.m.

City’s Plans to Chop Down the Long Branch Torrey Pine on Planning Board Agenda – December 1st

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hear from the City on why the City believes the majestic and healthy Torrey Pine tree at 4633 Long Branch Avenue should be chopped down.  Residents and tree activists who oppose these plans will also be on hand.  The OB Rag and Richard Agee have been leading the fight to save the tree, and Agee has retained two Torrey Pines arborists who totally disagree with the City.  Residents of that block have been fliered about the Board meeting by Agee and Frank Gormlie, who urged them to attend.  The meeting begins at 6pm at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.  Channel 10News interviewed Agee on Nov. 30th- go here for the online news.

Last Episode of “Terriers” on December 1st at 10 pm

The last of the 13 episodes of “Terriers” will be shown on FX Wednesday, December 1st, at 10pm. The show, filmed in OB, and about a couple of private investigators, has been met with rave reviews, but fans are waiting to hear that it has been picked up for a second season.  The “Ocean Beach Conspiracy” will hopefully be resolved.

OB Christmas Festival Auction – December 2nd – at the Sunshine Company

The Ocean Beach Christmas Festival Auction will be held Thursday Dec. 2nd at the Sunshine Company Saloon from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Mike James and other local celebrities will be running the show. Since 1980 the Ocean Beach Tree Festival Auction has raised over $100,000 for worthy Ocean Beach organizations and charities. The auction has not only been a great fund-raiser, but in O.B. fashion, has always been a little eccentric. Go here for more details.

31st Annual OB Holiday Parade – Saturday December 4th

Join most of the community for the annual holiday parade, this Saturday, at 5:05pm OB Time. Place to be: Newport Ave.

Founding “fathers” of OB Comedy to headline special show at Winston’s – December 10th

The four original founders of the 5-year-strong Ocean Beach Comedy series perform on a special show on Friday, December 10 at 6 pm at Winston’s in Ocean Beach. The show is co-headlined by Steven Kendrick, Jesse Egan, Bob Hansen, and Andrew Deans.  Ocean Beach Comedy is proud to have been bringing the best comics in the business from near and far to perform every Friday night for nearly 5 years. As the show enters its 5th year of entertaining the masses, the hilarity and optimism is high for many more years of funny in the town of OB.

There is also now an open mic comedy show directly before Ocean Beach Comedy during the regular Friday night shows. From 6-7 pm, you can check out some young, eager, wacky, and talented new comics that are hoping to make it big. Anyone is welcome to perform, but the list is limited to the first 10 comics that sign up.  $5 tickets will be available at the door.

Pizza Port provides jobs for the disabled

The Ocean Beach Pizza Port along with its siblings around the County are providing jobs to disabled adults. In fact, Pizza Port was named “Employer of the Year” by the agency that coordinates  these types of jobs. Go here for the SignOnSanDiego article.

OB is the end for bicyclist who pedaled 25,000 miles  for peace

After eight years of pedaling 25,000 miles across 81 countries promoting peace, cultural awareness and random acts of kindness, Jamie Bianchini ended his tandem bicycle expedition Saturday with a 26-mile ride from South Carlsbad to Ocean Beach.  Go here for the remainder of this article.

“Stuff to Puff” owner quoted on DEA controlling synthetic pot

Diane Burdugo of “Stuff To Puff” in Ocean Beach said customers won’t be able to find those products at her shop.  “It is a nice portion of our business, but we’d be the first to remove it if it became illegal,” said Burdugo, who co-owns the shop with her husband.  Stuff to Puff is among several shops 10News found that sell the herbal blends.  Burdugo said the blends account for more than 20 percent of their business but said they will comply. “If it does cause a health problem, I think it’s a good thing to take it off the market,” said Burdugo.  See here for the rest.

5 Unit Cable Street Apartment Sells for $1.15 Million Cash

It’s nice to know, isn’t it that not everyone is suffering through this Great Recession. Lookie here: the five-unit apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Ocean Beach at 1521-1527 Cable St. has been sold for $1.15 million, cash.  The buyer was Ronald R. Rieken.  The seller of the property  was Cable Trust #1521, TDR Servicing LLC as trustee. The 2-level approximately 2,974-square-foot apartment consists of six bedrooms and five bathrooms. It was built in 1951 on a 6,499-square-foot lot. In August 1990, the property was sold for $174,000. In February 2005, the property was sold for $1.5 million on $1 million in financing.  On April 1, 2010, the property was sold at a trustee’s sale at a value of $990,000.  Go here for the original article.

Noon Designs Receives Kudos for Best Local Jewelry

KPBS has announced that OB’s Noon Designs is one of their favorites in local jewelry.  Here is what their reviewer has to say:

Besties Maie Webb and Nora Farrell met at the Rhode Island School of Design before heading west post-graduation to open Noon Design, their adorable Ocean Beach boutique. Their ladylike multi-hued Swarovski earrings and delicate necklaces are ideal for an elegant impact, and, if you’re in the store, check out their handcrafted paper goods for the perfect personalized holiday cards. They’re on Etsy, as well.

Go here for the original post.

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Abby December 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

“Stuff to Puff is among several shops 10News found that sell the herbal blends. ”

They must not have looked very hard. The stuff can be found in almost every tobacco shop, head shop and many bodegas. And in case anyone is wondering, yes it works.

The ban is a waste of time, it will take about a week for the manufactures to reformulate the product as put it back out.


dave rice December 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

That oceanfront complex on Cable (where it dead ends into Orchard) has been languishing on the market for years with no buyer. Looks like a pretty nice place, has been set up as vacation rentals but that may not have been the best use given it’s a bit of a hike from the shops, restaurants, and beaches at the north end of town…


Frank Gormlie December 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Yeah, but Dave, can you believe those numbers???


editordude December 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Regarding the Torrey Pine tree on Long Branch, we have a ‘breaking news’ post coming up very soon. A fuller analysis and report of the OB Planning Board meeting from tonight will also be posted Thursday.


editordude December 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

This just in:

“Tonight, Thursday night 7pm-9pm come join us at this week’s D.I.Y. Workshop “Vintage Jewelry Reborn Again”…

Our D.I.Y. Workshops are awesomely amazing, this week’s D.I.Y. will be led by artisan Allison Herring, and she is coming fully loaded with bracelets, clip-ons, rings, things we can’t quite make out what their first intentions on earth were, chains, tools, wiringetc., etc. So if you want to come empty handed feel free…

But it is also encouraged to bring anything supplies & materials you might already have. Myself as example- I have some great pieces, new and old but I also possess piles of unused, old, half-broken, forgotten, or grandma’s pieces that are screaming for a new life. I’ll be bringing all the above for my projects…

Cost of this week’s D.Y.I. Workshop will vary on materials and supplies used- kind of like a pay as you go, control your own creative destiny kind of a thing (I’ve been told people like to have control, haha). But don’t worry none of our classes will break your bank.

Our gallery is located on 4876 Santa Monica Avenue (corner of cable street)

Thanks can’t wait to see you there!
If you can’t make it to this one don’t worry – maybe better luck for next weeks!”


Abby December 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

That sounds fun, I have lots of beads I could bring!


editordude December 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Also this is new:

“It’s that time again… OB Centric’s 6th Clothing Swap will be next friday, December 10th… Come shop for yourself, come shop for others – tis the season! 7pm – 10pm…

Bring $10 & all the clothes you want to get rid off – get a free drink & all the clothes you want. $10 for a whole new wardrobe, can’t beat that with a stick!

“One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”, Seriously thought, there is already enough clothing made in this world to last us the rest of our lives, let’s stop being so wasteful & use what we already have.

Everyone welcome, young, old, boy, girl… We will have music, art, drinks, bonfires, d.i.y. workshops & I am sure much much more.

All left over clothes go directly to San Diego Shelters, donations much appreciated. OB Centric’s Clothing Swaps have already collected thousands of pounds of clothing for shelters.

To find out more about this event & our D.I.Y. Workshops check us out @ http://www.obcentricstore.com

Thanks fellow swappers,
Danielle Eder & the rest of the OB Centric Family”


editordude December 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

More just in:

“Today – Dec 4th from 9 to noon, and on Sunday, Dec 19th: Join Friends of the Point Loma Native Plant Garden, learn about native flora while caring for collection of rare, endangered native plants and trees. Watering, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, other light gardening activities. Tools provided. Find garden next to GreenCliff Apartments, 4444 Greene Street, Ocean Beach. 619-297-7380.
Sunday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m. to noon

* Admission: Free


Brian December 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

Hey y’all, I need to buy a Christmas tree. I’d prefer to buy from a Boy Scout Troop or some other non-profit/charitable organization rather than a for-profit tree lot. Anyone have suggestions? It’ll be my first time… ever buying a real tree. So, I’m not sure where to look.



Pat December 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

OB has a rich history.
This aired tuesday on NBC San Diego.


Frank Gormlie December 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

Pat and other readers who leave links in their comments: if the link is in the front end of the comment it screws up our “chatter box” and makes it “run-in” to the other columns. So please try to establish your link in the text of the comment, if you can or leave the link at the very end of the comment.


editordude December 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm

This just in:
The 100 year fight for healthcare in this country is NOT over:
Go see and hear Health Care Industry Whistleblower Wendell Potter,
Author of Deadly Spin – book signing at Warwicks Books

MONDAY Dec 13th, 7:30pm; 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla 92037 –arrive early!


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