News from OB and Around the Point

by on March 25, 2015 · 10 comments

in California, Culture, Economy, Environment, Media, Ocean Beach

OB Benches northOB goodStabbing In Saratoga Park Saturday Night

A young, unidentified man was stabbed Saturday night, March 21, supposedly in Saratoga Park. He was reportedly injured in his chest and was rushed to a local hospital with non-life-threatening wounds. Police were looking for a knife along Abbott Street.

New City Planner for OB Community Plan – Rumored to Go Before Coastal in August

Ocean Beach has a new planner from the city as the former one, Theresa, was transferred to a different department. That means, Karen Bucey, a Senior Planner, has replaced her, we’ve been told. There were some concerns expressed among OB’s volunteer citizen planners that the OB Community Plan, on its way to hopefully being approved by the California Coastal Commission, didn’t have anyone on the City side to help guide it through this crucial part of the process.  staff is currently reviewing the plan. Alex Bell, Director of Communications for Councilmember Lorie Zapf told the Rag that her office  has heard that Coastal staff is aiming to present the OB Community Plan to the Commissioners the next time they meet in San Diego, which will be in August.

When is the OB People’s Organic Food Co-op’s Election?

There will be an election for the Board of Directors for the organic market on Voltaire Street. This year, they have three owners running for two open seats. After you have reviewed the candidates’ statements in this flyer, vote for up to two candidates between March 1 and April 11, at 2 p.m., using the ballot on this page. Although there are only three candidates to fill two seats, Co-op bylaws
require that enough votes need to be cast to win. If you are a member and eligible to vote, go here for the rules and ballot.


The online publication the Voice of San Diego is planning on taking over the Masonic Center and hold a communication with the residents of the village on the 26th. We’ve been informed by those who have attended similar “neighborhood gatherings” by the VOSD, that these are primarily events where Scott Lewis makes a beeg pitch for money and for memberships. Just to remind, Scott Lewis makes 6 figures with his VOSD salary and the media enterprise has several sugar daddies, a rack of big-time corporate “partners” and has an operating budget in the millions. If you’re so inclined to support local progressive media, why not help out the nearly-all-volunteer OB Rag and San Diego Free Press?

Beers & Bikes Wheel in OB and Point Loma

Bikes & Beers will literally wheel into Ocean Beach, Mission Bay on March 28, as the 2nd annual Bikes & Beers SD will take riders through Balboa Park, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Old Town, Presidio Park, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, downtown, and East Village on a 21-mile course Saturday.  It will start and end at the Quartyard in East Village. High points of the cruise will be the majestic natural scenery that Mission Bay, Sunset Cliffs and San Diego Bay have to offer. When over, riders can swig down a couple pints from some of San Diego’s finest craft beers, plus there will be local food trucks, and booths  with bicycle gear and live music. Proceeds go to BikeSD, a non-profit bicycle advocacy organization into promoting everyday riding.

City Council Approves $750,000 to Restore Crystal Pier

The City Council unanimously voted to finish a $1.2 million dollar restoration project of the City-owned portion of Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. The construction on the historic pier will be completed before summer 2015. The Pier was constructed in the 1920’s, but now needs immediate structural repair before summer season. The council action authorized the final $750,000 to repair or replace damaged or deteriorating portions of the pier including timber piles, pile caps, joists, and bracing on the City-owned sections of the pier. Jointly owned by the City of San Diego and the Crystal Pier Hotel, the Hotel will fund repairs and construction for their part of the pier. “In-kind” replacement materials will be utilized in the restoration project to preserve the aesthetics of the historic pier.

Mission Bay Sex Inspires North County Author

For local author Kevin Lydy, everyday scenes or events — so subtle that generally they would go unnoticed — through his eyes become a catalyst for a great story.  One story, “In Love With Summer,” came about after a drive down to Mission Bay. “I remember seeing all the Arizona license plates on the cars from our winter visitors, and I recall seeing two teenagers sitting on the beach,” said Lydy. “They looked like they were desperately trying to couple but didn’t quite know how.”  It was the combination of the young couple, the out-of-town visitors and the location that drove the story. “The plot describes a vacation romance and a surprising sequence of events. The couple go through their whole lives separately until the female — who is an aspiring actress — bottoms out, and turns to her summer romance who is the last place she has to go, and that’s how they wind up together,” Lydy explained. Encinitas Advocate

SANDAG plans to expand Regional Bike Network

As part of a $200 million initiative to expand bike infrastructure and make riding a bike a transportation choice for everyday trips, SANDAG is launching GO by BIKE, a public outreach and marketing program aimed at expanding awareness, appreciation and acceptance of biking as a practical and reasonable choice for getting around and to encourage people to use Regional Bike Network projects as the means to travel throughout San Diego.  One of the projects is the Rose Creek Bikeway. The project will improve an important connection between points to the north, such as Sorrento Valley, University City, and UCSD, and points to the south, such as Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, Mission Valley, and downtown San Diego. The Beacon

Radar Study of Mission Beach Bicyclists Shows a Third of  Them Speed

The community of Mission Beach is requesting that bicyclists slow down while riding on the boardwalk and bayside paths within their neighborhoods. And they have scientific evidence to back their concerns. Dr. Edmund Thile, a nearly 5 decade Mission Beach resident conducted a study recently and found that 33% of the bike traffic exceeded the 8 mph speed limit, and 22 percent were traveling at speeds that posed a danger to pedestrians.  His study included a specially modified radar speed feedback and recording device on loan from the Tucson, Ariz., company RU2 Systems. The mobile speed radar, while originally designed for vehicular traffic, was able to accurately measure and record the speed of moving cyclists.  For more the Beacon

 Grunion Sex

It’s that time of year when fish sex draws humans like flies. It’s all about the nighttime ritual – mating among Grunion fish as they mate out of water. And they’re hitting Southern California beaches these days, uh, nights. They have to leap out of the ocean with the high tide to fertilize eggs on the beach. Peak mating season is from late March to early June, but the season can last through August, and occasionally into September, according to the department.  LA Times LA Now

Old Luce Theater to be divided into six cinemas

The old 20,000-square-foot Luce Auditorium will be turned into a multiplex theater, according to the NTC Foundation and La Jolla-based Backlot Hospitality. They signed a lease to redevelop the former   theater between Rosecrans Street and Truxtun Road in Point Loma’s Liberty Station. It was opened just prior to the beginning of the U.S.’s entry into World War II in 1941. The space is being converted into six intimate cinemas that will hold fewer than 100 people each.  The new venue called The Lot/Point Loma, is being spearheaded by Backlot’s Aldopho Fastlicht, will feature events, a lounge, fine food, and first-run as well as art films.

 Don’t Forget These …

The Ocean Beach Friends of the Library are heralding Spring with a book sale and – importantly – the dedication of the bench the group sponsored and had installed in front of the OB Library. It’s all happening this Saturday, March 28th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. And of course, it’s all on the lawn in front of the library, at Santa Monica and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.  The bench dedication itself will be at 11:00.

The OB Rag’s “OB Gothic” photo contest has been extended all the way to May, to the OB Historical Society’s annual photo shindig and contest, “OB EXPOSED! – Photographic Impressions of OB and PL” – held this year on May 22nd.

March 25th public meeting of the OB Town Council: the San Diego-based Climate Action Campaign will be making a presentation on their building support campaign for the City’s Climate Action Plan .  The meeting is Wednesday at 7pm at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Bvld.

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SanDiegoville March 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm

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Tyler March 25, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Needlessly trashing the voice with hyperbolic BS. Exactly why I have ZERO desire to contribute money to this rag.


Debbie March 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

Tyler, it seems you enjoy reading and writing on the rag though….?

What do you contribute to? Just curious who is awarded your well wishes.


Tyler March 27, 2015 at 8:01 am

Debbie I give my money to programs helping animals specifically dogs and cats and a anti-poaching groups in Southern Africa. I also give money to groups cleaning up our oceans and orgs. That feed families with hungry children. No desire to contribute to print journalism.

You are right I do comment and read the rag. I have much respect for the history of this publication but as liberal as I am on many issues I find the hyperbole to the left on here often eye rolling just like I can’t read many conservative publications without doing the same. Granted there are actually articles on here I do agree with and appreciate. but being anti-establishment and being continually hyperbolic is no way to win over liberals who aren’t “hardcore left” so to speak beyond the sake of rationaly. You end up alienating a major potential base. It looks amateur hour and unprofessional. I enjoy reading about what’s going on in OB so by default I come here. I don’t contribute to the VoSD but I do appreciate the somewhat objective and common sense approach they have to their writing. They obviously lean left in a lot of ways but they don’t try to make it in your face. It’s kind of the same reason the populist rhetoric of a person like Elizabeth Warren gives me eye rolls with her one liners.


Frank Gormlie March 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

Tyler, okay, okay – we’ll stop publishing that article of comparisons with 1968. … That is until the next wave of hysteria against the homeless sweeps through. Homelessness is all of our problem – and we have government that acts on our behalf – theoretically – so, it’s up to government to deal with the homeless (58,000 in LA) issue. But homeless people don’t vote, so no politician feels beholden to them as a constituency, so, we have long-dragged out efforts that are mostly on the surface inadequate to handle the thousands of Americans without a real roof over their heads. So, we as individuals take out our frustrations of those travelers who end up abusing the environment of our villages. For instance, for years the main complaint of local homeless folks in OB is the lack of adequate public restrooms. Nothing has happened. And the most common complaint by locals of the homeless is public urination, etc. So, the police are called in – as we have now made homelessness a crime – yet the cops ought to be dealing with more serious issues.

It’s a vicious circle. We need to pressure our politicians and city and government bureaucracies to live up to their societal responsibilities.


Debra March 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

Well, I wish we could start by completely eliminating the County Board of Supervisors. What is their role exactly, other than mis-using our tax dollars for stupid projects, like the downtown Waterpark or the next brilliant idea of a Ferris Wheel? Where the heck is anyone supposed to park? You certainly can’t walk or bike SAFELY, without the risk of being run over. That money SHOULD be used for public restrooms.


Christo March 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Where is the part about “urban outdoors people” to living up to their societal responsibilities?


Calvin Broadus March 26, 2015 at 11:18 am

One of the “sugar daddies” of VOSD is the George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Not your stereotypical corporate donor fat cat. Did you guys even bother to look at their website? Check it out for yourself…


Rufus March 27, 2015 at 6:28 am

And I have to chuckle at VOSD’s lily white staff. In a city that is 30% Hispanic, 16% Asian, and 6% black they can’t seem to find anybody but Caucasians to write stories.


rick callejon March 29, 2015 at 11:38 am

Does Bb stand for Big brother?


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