News From La Playa at Ocean Beach and Beyond

by on October 10, 2014 · 3 comments

in Culture, Economy, Ocean Beach

One of Albert Elliot’s photos on exhibit.

Local Albert Elliot Has Beach Photos installed in the National Museum of Natural History

OB loc, Albert C. Elliott, was informed that his photos of Ocean Beach are now part of an exhibit in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Albert posted the notification on an OB facebook page:

“I am pleased to announce that the first of two slideshows from your winning photos from the Smithsonian Portraits of Planet Ocean Flickr contest has now been installed in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. The photos are rotating on a monitor in Brian Skerry’s exhibit with a bench parked in front so that visitors can sit and admire your work. “

Elliot’s own comment had the ying and yang of it all:

It is official too bad I will not get to see it. This picture I took, with my ipod touch, is in an exhibit in the Smithsonian.

 Classic OB ! Even Detour Sign Laid Back

In a sample of classic OB, the “DETOUR” sign was upside down on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard on Thursday. Much of the village these days – especially in the downtown area – has been re-routed as the City’s pipe replacement project continues to wind through the streets and alleys (eh, Matt?) But this sign says it all – take it easy, be laid back, OB!

OB’s Pizza Port Among San Diego Breweries That Won 14 Medals at Beer Festival

San Diego area breweries took home 14 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado  October 4. Out of the 14  medals, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and Port Brewing Co. took home the most medals. Pizza Port Ocean Beach claimed a Bronze and Silver medal,  recognized in the Session Ale beer-style category for its Guillaume, a light and refreshing Belgian Style Blonde Ale and also the Belgian Style Tripel category for La Flama Dorada, a 9.6% full bodied Tripel.  According to PRWEB:

Out of 84 beer-style categories, San Diego breweries won 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 6 bronze medals. In total, 1,309 breweries entered 5,507 beers from 50 states and there were 222 judges from 10 countries that judged the competition.  California was the top medal winner with 46 out of 268 medals awarded, followed by Colorado with 39 medals. San Diego excelled as a county and secured 14 of those California medals.

San Diego County winners and categories in Great American Beer Fest

List of San Diego Winners – (List includes category & total submissions in each category)

  • AleSmith Old Numbskull by AleSmith Brewing Co. – Gold (Barley Wine-Style Ale, 51 entries)
  • Grunion by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch – Gold (American-Style Pale Ale, 145 entries)
  • Oatmeal Stout by Benchmark Brewing Co. – Gold (Session Beer, 94 entries)
  • White Ale by Saint Archer Brewing Co. – Gold (Belgian-Style Witbier, 65 entries)
  • Witty Moron by Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station – Gold (Other Belgian-Style Ale, 26 entries)
  • Guillaume by Pizza Port Ocean Beach – Silver (Session Beer, 94 Entries)
  • Hop 15 by Port Brewing Co. – Silver (Imperial India Pale Ale, 135 Entries)
  • Piper Down by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch – Silver (Irish-Style Red Ale, 60 Entries)
  • Asphalt Jungle, Bagby Beer Co. – Bronze (Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout, 26 Entries)
  • La Flama Dorada by Pizza Port Ocean Beach – Bronze (Belgian-Style Tripel, 58 Entries)
  • Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Co. – Bronze (American-Belgo-Style Ale, 69 Entries)
  • Mosaic Session Ale by Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Bronze (Session Beer, 94 Entries)
  • Shark Attack by Port Brewing Co. – Bronze (Imperial Red Ale, 62 Entries)
  • The Pupil by Societe Brewing Co. – Bronze (International-Style Pale Ale, 88 Entries)

 Possible Ties Between Recent Hold-Ups in Point Loma with Those in La Jolla and University City?

Is it possible that the holdup artists responsible for 4 robberies at gunpoint in the Point Loma and OB areas are also the guys involved in a stickup in La Jolla and University City?  San Diego police are on the lookout for two men who allegedly kidnapped and robbed a pair of UC San Diego students at gunpoint, last Sunday near 2:15 a.m. Two  students were robbed by two Latino men both in their 20s, between 5 feet 9 and 5 feet 11 with medium builds, with their faces covered.  Police are looking into whether this robbery and kidnapping case is related to an armed robbery and carjacking in University City. CBS8

In the University City robbery, 3 guys on Saturday night around 9:50 pm intentionally crashed their vehicle into a car on  on a University City freeway ramp and then stole the victims’ car, cellphones, wallet and purse. They were described as three young Latino men CBS8

More on New Owners of OB Hostel

The Ocean Beach youth hostel new ownership and management, USA Hostels Inc., besides its hostels in Hollywood and San Francisco, has one in  San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. The new staff has been on duty since early September, right after escrow closed. A couple of staff members told an OB Rag reporter sniffing around that the rates have not been raised and some of the former staff members were hired on by the new management. One of the new managers told the Beacon:

“We provide 24-hour security and guests cannot bring strangers in, even if it’s their brother,” said Minos, adding the hostel can accommodate about 100 people. “We have a lot of social activities that you don’t find in hostels or bed and breakfasts but do find in hotels and resorts,” she said.

Biosafety first in Point Loma? –

“Lack of welding in this duct can cause the release of infectious agents”

By Matt Potter / San Diego Reader / Oct. 9, 2014

As the U.S. military readies 4000 troops to deal with the growing emergence of the Ebola virus in West Africa, a little-known biosecurity lab on Point Loma could find itself playing a key role in the medical combat.

“Everything possible will be done to mitigate risks of exposure to Ebola by U.S. military personnel deployed to Liberia to contain the epidemic,” according to an October 7 Pentagon news release regarding a statement made that day by Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of the U.S. Africa Command.

“There are no plans for the U.S. military to provide direct care to Ebola patients,” Rodriguez is quoted as saying. “Personnel from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center will, however, test for Ebola at mobile labs from samples collected from area clinics and health care providers.”  for more San Diego Reader

Barons Market Revives Halloween for Adults with Microbrew as Fundraiser for Food Bank

Back by popular demand: Barons Backroom Beer Tasting puts together Modern Times brews and chocolate bars.   100 percent of proceeds will benefit the San Diego Food Bank. July’s tasting raised over $400 for the San Diego Food Bank and Barons Market plans to exceed that this time.   Dig up a costume,  and head to Barons Market, Point Loma at 4001 W. Point Loma Blvd. from 6-8 p.m. on October 29. Space is limited, so purchase your $10 ticket today.

New Section Added to Trail That Will Someday Extend from Ocean Beach to the Cuyamacas

A new 1.3-mile-long section will be added to the  trail along the San Diego River by the end of next spring in Santee. Construction will begin Oct. 15 on the future home of the Walker Preserve Trail, an area in Santee off-limits to the public for decades while being used for industrial sand mining.   When completed, the 1.3-mile-long trail will provide permanent public access to 107 acres of open space along the San Diego River, stretching from Magnolia to the city’s eastern boundary near the Lakeside Baseball Park at Marathon Parkway.  The Walker Preserve trail is a crucial segment of a 52-mile-long river park and trail system that the River Conservancy and other groups have been working on for years that will go from Ocean Beach to the Cuyamaca Mountains.

According to the U-T

When it is finished, Santee will have completed about 3.5 miles — or about 80 percent — of the city’s portion of the San Diego River Trail. The project represents a $4.5 million investment of public funds. Santee is expected to spend nearly $2 million of local park funds for construction of the trail.

To help offset that cost, the city obtained a $247,803 grant from the state Department of Parks and Recreation under its Recreation Trails Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Walker property includes land on both sides of the river, and was purchased for its appraised market value of $2.14 million in fall 2012. The purchase was funded by grants from the State Wildlife Conservation Board and the state Coastal Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The trail will consist of a 14-foot-wide decomposed granite surface bordered by lodge pole fencing. Amenities will include nature interpretive signs, information kiosks, a shade shelter, picnic tables, benches, a drinking fountain, a mister and a bicycle repair station.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

John Anderson October 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Thanks for including the news on the SD River Park Trail. Looking forward to a completed trail in the near future!


Frank Gormlie October 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Are you kidding??!! It would be wonderful! Imagine, biking all the way from OB to the mountains – or hiking. It would also be wonderful if government could step up more and make this dream more of a reality in the near future. Thanks for the comment, John.


Dan Shay October 15, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Currently, if we ride from OB east along the river the trail dead ends at the baseball fields / Sefton Field.

What is the best way to keep going east at this time?

The River Trail website confirms there is a gap in the trail at that spot.

I do not see on the website how/where they are going to fix that gap. Does anyone know?

The master plan is like 211 pages long and takes forever to download.


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