Around the Village of OB

by on August 1, 2012 · 4 comments

in Culture, Environment, History, Homelessness, Life Events, Ocean Beach

Ron’s stacked rocks near entrance to OB. Photo by Dave Rice of San Diego Reader.

Here are some short articles recently published about Ocean Beach and its denizens.

Ron – the Rock Stacker

Dave Rice, at the San Diego Reader tells us about Ron, the OBcean who stacks rocks in his “spare” time.  Ron was stacking his rocks along the San Diego River just outside OB but I believe police officials moved in and took them down.

An interesting phenomenon has been noticeable to drivers leaving Ocean Beach northbound on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard over the past week. First, a pile of precariously balanced rocks appeared, followed by another and another, gradually taking the form of a winding serpentine sculpture. (Go here for the remainder)

Two Women Seriously Injured in Fall from Sunset Cliffs

Two women were seriously injured Saturday when they fell off Sunset Cliffs near Ladera Street in South OB (haha – Point Loma). The incident occurred around 3:50 a.m. where the women fell in the 700 block of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Witnesses reported that one woman lost her footing – and when the other went to save her, she too fell.  One of them fell 40 feet and broke a leg.  A Fire Department helicopter and lifeguards responded.  (Go here for a Ch6 report.)

 Raccoons Give OB Tenant and Property Manager Headache – Was it the Cat?

 The raccoon noise at the Maggards’ Narragansett Avenue apartment in Ocean Beach began in early May. They were often awakened around three in the morning to a racket above their bedroom. At first, they thought it might be coming from the roof. But it was too close. Meg Maggard, who is 33, tries to imitate for me the “animal vocalization” they heard, saying it sounded like “chirping, cooing, and a purr, although louder.” She and husband Ron “Woogie” Maggard, 27, say they left messages about the problem with CIS Investments, the company that manages their building, but got no response. (For the remainder of this article, please go to SD Reader here.)

We’re Reminded Why OB Has Lifeguards – OB’s Deadliest Day at the Beach

The Voice of San Diego reminds us in an older post of theirs why we have lifeguards at all. (I mean, aren’t lifeguards socialists?)  Not to be frivolous here, but the ocean and human ignorance enacted a huge tragedy in 1918 on May 5th when 13 servicemen attempted to walk or swim to OB from South Mission Beach.  The ocean claimed them all – which set in motion efforts to create the city’s very first lifeguard program.  (Go here for this history of this tragedy that occurred on OB‘s shores.)

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Frank Gormlie August 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

Speaking of raccoons, Anna Daniels over at San Diego Free Press writes about opossums and skunks in City Heights today.


OB Dude August 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Why were the rocks taken down? If they are assumed to be a distraction to drivers then cops need to take down all those signs which hang on public fencing at Dusty Rhodes. Everyday there is a new sign posted up there. Did the city issue permits for them to be on public property?


Frank Gormlie August 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

It’s simply illegal to stack rocks in Paradise – makes the tourists edgy.


dave rice August 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Ron told me he’s worked on a handful of sculptures, some six or eight feet high, at various points around town – unfortunately due to their precarious nature they’re subject to the whims of vandals or people who just don’t appreciate his craft…


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