News and Notes in and around Ocean Beach

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Point Loma OB Mission Bay googLocal Point Lomans Nicole Burgess and Andy Hanshaw Appointed to City Bicycle Advisory Committee

Well-known bicycling enthusiast and local Point Loman Nicole Burgess was appointed to the City’s first-ever Bicycle Advisory Committee by the City Council. Also the Council appointed Andy Hanshaw to the City’s first-ever Bicycle Advisory Committee with a term ending July 1, 2016. Hanshaw is also from Point Loma, as well as being executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. Terms end July 1, 2016.

Also appointed were Kyle Heiskala of Hillcrest, Kathleen Keehan (Rancho Bernardo), Michael Brennan (Hillcrest), Petr Krysl (University City), Advocate of the Year, Randy Van Vleck and Samantha Ollinger (City Heights).

In March, San Diego City Council unanimously approved its first-ever Bicycle Advisory Committee to provide guidance to the City on local bicycle projects to make a safer, more accessible and bike-able city, including the implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan Update. Please visit

Point Loma Planners Like the “New” Point Loma Village

In his article at The Peninsula Beacon on July 31, Dave Schwab reported that the Peninsula Community Planning Board unanimously approved – with a “thumbs up”  – to the Point Loma Village, at their recent July meeting. The condo project will be at the corner of Rosecrans and Byron.

Schwab reported that the architect, Toni Cutri of Martinez + Cutri Corp. told the gathering that he projects the demolition of the existing 3 “rundown” buildings to be followed with the building of the 3-story, mixed-use complex. It will include 16 condo units. This is less one from the original design.

The project had been sent back to the Board’s Project Review Committee for more dialog with the developers and planners, due to questions raised about parking and other issues at the Board’s last meeting in June.  Developers said they made significant changes, as Schwab reported, by “reducing the square footage” of the proposed commercial space, as well as adding additional parking.

It’s now less dense, the developers said, and has more ” sustainable features like bike racks and an electric-car recharging station.”

There was some discussion, apparently, about what kind of restaurant would go into the commercial space.  Cutri said:

“It would be light-duty food. We don’t have  accommodations for a [full-service] restaurant.”

Schwab reported that planner David Dick especially like the plans for the PL Village, thinking it was “an attractive project” but added that Point Loma will be getting “denser” and that the Board had to think about the challenges of higher density in the area.

Planner Jarvis Ross pointed out that with more people moving into the area, water would be less available, especially with high-density projects, like this one. More people are moving here. Are they going to bring their own water?” Ross asked.

The Planning Board covers the neighborhoods of Ocean Beach Highlands, Point Loma Highlands, Loma Alta, Loma Palisades, Loma Portal, Fleetridge, Roseville, Sunset Cliffs, La Playa and NTC Liberty Station.

source: San Diego News Room

Third Sexual Assault on Women in PB Since Mid-June

There’s now been three sexual assaults on women in Pacific Beach over a 6 week period, since basically mid-June.  The last one occurred on late Saturday night, August 2nd, when a woman was assaulted while bicycling home.

Allegedly, two men drove up to her in a car at the intersection of Felspar and Bayard Streets around 2 a.m., got out, knocked her off the bike, dragged her into the backseat where they sexually assaulted her.

A neighbor told Channel 10- 10News:

“I actually saw her the next day and yes, she was injured, and it scared me, it really did,”

The incident just before that occurred early in the morning on July 30th – a Tuesday – when a woman awoke to a man fondling her. When she screamed, the guy ran. This was around 1 a.m. – and was in her  home – also near Felspar and Bayard.

The assailant was described as a white man,  in his mid-40s, and with a mustache and goatee, wearing red-white-and-blue shorts, a red or blue shirt and a baseball cap.  760am

The first incident in this “string” of sexual assaults happened on June 20. It was very similar to the sexual assault of the woman in her bed – and it was  at a home at the same intersection.

Police are of course investigating this horrific set of sexual assaults around the same area in Pacific Beach. No arrests have been made.

Shooting Victim, Will Barton – a PLHS Alum – Has “Stunning Recovery” and Fundraiser

by Scott Hopkins /

Will Barton … was shot three times 21 months ago and … has stunned experts with his continuing recovery. …  Barton, a 2010 Point Loma High alum, was shot three times at close range with a 45-caliber handgun while walking home from work near Balboa Park in October, 2012. Emergency room neurologists graded him as having less than a 1 percent chance of surviving his wounds in the wee hours of that fateful morning.

But Barton simply refused to die.  … On Sunday, Aug. 10, Barton, now 22, will appear with his family at 57 Degrees Wine Emporium, 1735 Hancock St. in Middletown, for another fun-filled gathering of supporters.  The event, from 3 to 6 p.m., will benefit Barton’s ongoing progress, which has placed a great financial burden on his family, a cost estimated at $100,000 a year even after insurance and other resources are considered. A $25 donation will be requested at the door, with live music by local musicians, local craft beers and wines, and an auction of art by area artists including works done by Barton himself during his recovery.  For the balance of the article, please go to :

4 Year Old Rescued in Mission Bay Waters

A 4-year old boy was saved from drowning in Mission Bay, last Friday, August 1. Lifeguards rescued the kid while he was having trouble in the water – despite the life jacket he had on.  It happened near East Mission Bay Drive and Fiesta Island Drive, in Leisure Lagoon.

First-responders reported that the boy did  have a life jacket on, but it was too large. His parents – up on shore closeby – were not aware of the troubles he was having. He was seen face-down in the water by lifeguards, which triggered their timely actions. He is expected to survive and actually be okay, but was taken to a local  hospital as he had taken in quite a lot of water. (Mission Bay is a salt water park, and the waters in that area are notoriously polluted.)


OB Used as Backdrop in Push for Better Water-Testing Method

Sen. Marty Block, D-Lemon Grove, used Ocean Beach as a backdrop the other day on August 1, doing some PR for his very worthy bill, Senate Bill 1395, that would authorize officials to use a faster and better water-testing method at local beaches, like OB, giving a much faster result.  The bill would authorize local health officers to use a polymerase chain reaction testing method, a fast and inexpensive technique used to copy small segments of DNA but that can also be applied for water quality testing.  Supporters of the new method say results would be available in around four hours, instead of the current 24-48 hours.

At his news conference – attended by a bunch of politicos and enviros – stated:

“SB 1395 safeguards the public and protects local economies. We want the public alerted to any health danger as quickly as possible. We also want beaches reopened as soon as possible for visitors to enjoy once safety is assured.”

Block also said doing activities like swimming, surfing, or just playing in polluted water can result in stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, respiratory infections, meningitis and hepatitis.  California Coastkeeper Alliance estimates that every year approximately one million Southern California beachgoers contract gastrointestinal illness from exposure to polluted coastal areas — with a public health cost of $21 million to $51 million.

So, water-testing is no longer just a health issue, but also an economic one – one that affects San Diego – and the beaches’ big industry – tourism. Having quick results when there’s been allegations of pollution in the waters where tourists and locals play can ease any financial pain to those potentially affected.

Supervisor Greg Cox, was there in support, as was Jerry Sanders with his hat of the head of the Regional Chamber of Commerce on, plus Megan Baehrens of San Diego Coastkeeper and Serge Dedina of Wildcoast.  There’s supposed to have been an Assembly Appropriations Committee hearing on the legislation on Wednesday, Aug. 6., but no updates were located.


 County Supervisors Approve of San Diego’s Bid to Host America’s Cup 

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday backing the Port of San Diego’s bid to host the 2017 America’s Cup yacht races in San Diego Bay.

San Diego and Bermuda are the two finalists for the 35th America’s Cup. The event was held in San Francisco Bay last summer.

San Diego hosted the event in 1988, 1992 and 1995, but those regattas were held out at sea off Point Loma. This time, the yacht races would be held in the bay to make the America’s Cup more spectator-friendly. For  More:

Green Store Film Night – Aug. 14 – “Who Bombed Judi Bari?”

Join the good folks at the Green Store for their Film Night, Thursday, August 14, 7 p.m. This month’s feature film is the award winning documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari?

The film tells the story of people who risked their lives to save the California redwoods. In 1990, a car bomb blew up the vehicle of two prominent Earth First! redwood activists, Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney.  The activists were then accused of bombing themselves. Twelve years later Judi and Darryl won a landmark lawsuit against the FBI, proving that officers falsified evidence and intentionally tried to frame them. Stricken by cancer and close to death, Judi Bari gives touching testimony in the film about the attempt on her life and her lawsuit against the FBI. To date, the real bomber has never even been searched for and remains at-large. The Green Store is located at 4843 Voltaire St. For more information call (619) 225-1083

People’s Co-op Birthday Party!! – Saturday, Aug. 16

Come join and party at People’s Co-op birthday party – Sat., Aug. 16th, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the celebration of 42 Years of People’s Food; Enjoy a Free Vegetarian BBQ with Grilled Veggie Burgers,
Organic Watermelon, Birthday cake, & fizzy drinks!! Plus, there will be live music

Ocean Beach Historical Society presents: “OCEAN BEACH” – Aug. 21

A newly released book by the Ocean Beach Historical Society & Arcadia Publishing will premier at the OBHS August 21st program. The Ocean Beach Historical Society will present O.B.’s wonderful history, cover new information and show some never before historical photos. A book signing and reception will follow the program. The book will be available to buy at the program. This is a chance to learn a lot of O.B.’s history, talk with the OBHS authors, see many O.B.  Thursday, AUGUST 21, 2014, at 7 pm at the P.L. United Methodist Church at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.   We encourage those who donated to this book to join us, as we all celebrate the introduction of this fantastic book “OCEAN BEACH”.

Pt Loma Democratic Club Celebrates 60 Years at Summer BBQ – Aug. 24

Join everyone with a “D” at their annual summer BBQ.  The Pt Loma Democratic Club  is celebrating “Celebrate 60 Years on the Point” plus a Support Western Service Workers Association Back-to-School Drive. This is all on Aug 24. Special Guests include: City Council President Todd Gloria, Councilmember David Alvarez and Unified Schoolboard President Kevin Beiser

Also, the local Point Loma Democratic Club announced that they just received the “Best Democratic Club” award for the year.

Resilient San Diego Symposium  at Scripps – Aug. 15th

Hosted by the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography this one-day symposium brings together local scientists, policy-makers, planners and other experts to explore some of San Diego’s important features and how to ensure their long-term resilience in the face of natural and human-caused threats and changes.  Scripps Seaside Forum  August 15, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:30; Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0202.

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