News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma

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From SDFD rescue on July 6, 2016

Man Falls to His Death from Sunset Cliffs

An unidentified man fell to his death, Tuesday, July 5th, off Sunset Cliffs, near Ladera Street. About 2:45 pm, the accident was reported. Fire and Rescue crews tried to revive the 65-year-old guy from San Diego. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He is reportedly to have fallen 75 to 80 feet into the ocean. A loud thud was heard by passersby, and a man jumped into the water and pulled the victim out. As of 3:30 p.m., rescuers had been working to stabilize the patient, who initially was unconscious following the accident, before a helicopter airlifted him to a hospital. San Diego Patch

Lt. Andy Lerum with San Diego Lifeguards told the media that the ground was unstable, that there was an erosion problem that disallows railings to be installed. as some locals want. Lt. Lerum advised people to keep back and stay at a safe distance away from the ledge of the cliffs as the ground is unstable and slippery with sand and rocks. Fox5

Is Reader Article on “Aggressive Homeless” Inappropriate Right Now?

There is a new SD Reader article out, published online on July 6th, about how OB is on edge – not because of the killer of homeless on the loose, but because of “aggressive transients”. We have to raise the question – Why was this article published just now right in the middle of all these horrible murders and serious injuries of homeless men? The article describes incidents, meetings and such from earlier in the year, from April and May – and nothing recent to make Julie Stalmer’s piece time-sensitive. In fact, the publication of it was very in-sensitive. It seems that the posting of this very one-sided piece right now is in extreme bad taste.

Poke Hotspot Heading to OB

Poke is currently blowing up in San Diego, and the latest hotspot will be take-out hub It’s Raw Poke Shop, heading to Ocean Beach by early August. The new brick-and-mortar is set to open at 4991 Newport Ave. Suite A,  with a main entry on the Bacon Street side, and is modeled after the take-out-only style delis that are common in Hawaii. Owner Gene Laroza already operates a farmers market and brewery pop-up by the same name.

Expect fresh traditional Ahi poke bowls available by the pound/half pound and more styles of poke— including kimchi poke and shoyu ahi poke— available in the form of combo lunch plates. There will also be an array of hot foods including baked fish, beef stew, slow cooked Kalua Pork, Spam Musubi and more. San Diego Eater

Ocean Beach may sacrifice high-traffic grass
Local writer Tony de Garate, in a SD Reader article on June 28, 2016, asked:

“Is a strip of beach-front grass in a park in Ocean Beach the right location to place a memorial that honors veterans? An important decision looms at city hall.

The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) wants to construct a 20-feet wide walkway that runs perpendicular to the ocean immediately south of the Ocean Beach lifeguard station. Dubbed “Life’s Journey” by its designer, the project would consist of a 67.5-feet faux rock wall resembling Sunset Cliffs that incorporates three polished, black granite panels ranging from four to seven feet in height. The panels would feature engravings with names of 1500 honorees. The adjacent walkway would flow from Abbott Street toward the shoreline and contain an inlay of stars to represent veterans lost in battle.

Small Chihuahua Killed at Dog Beach – 3rd Dog Killed in Past Year

A larger dog attacked and killed a small four-pound Chihuahua at OB Dog Beach Friday, July 1st, making this the third deadly small dog killed there in the past year. Owner Mary Kelsey of Los Angeles  was walking with Cali and her other small dog just before noon on Dog Beach, when a very large pit bull grabbed onto her. She tried to pry the pit bull’s jaws off Cali but was bitten herself getting in the process. She said the pit bull’s owner, a woman, was nearby and tried to tell her dog to stop the attack.

Cali suffered massive internal injuries, and was paralyzed from the neck down. Kelsey had to put Cali to sleep. Kelsey said the pit bull’s owner gave her a bad phone number and address.  Kelsey wants change at Dog Beach. She wants large signs that warn dog owners that small dogs have been attacked and killed here. She also wants separate areas for small and large dogs. “I would like signage. I would like, small area like there are at dog parks, it’s a dog beach, it’s a dog park.”

In March, a Chihuahua named Baby was attacked and killed by two large dogs, possibly pit bulls. In August 2015, a Maltese names Aria was attacked and killed by a large dog, possibly a Labrador. In all three cases, the owners of the attacking dogs fled the scene or gave false information to the victims.  Dog Beach is under the enforcement of San Diego County of Animal Services. abc10News

Over 300 Volunteers Clean-Up in “Morning After Mess” at Area Beaches

Hundreds gathered at four popular beaches July 5th to take part in the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s annual post-Fourth of July Morning After Mess beach series. By midday, Surfrider volunteers had recovered 1,131 pounds of trash which otherwise would have been washed into the sea where it would add to the already critical pollution problem devastating the world’s oceans. Surfrider volunteers hosted four cleanups in collaboration with I Love a Clean San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper at the OB Pier, Belmont Park in Mission Beach, Crystal  Pier in Pacific Beach and the Oceanside Pier. These cleanup sites were chosen because of the high concentration of beachgoers and notorious reputations for post-Fourth of July trash. This year’s Morning After Mess recovered 175 plastic bags, 1,526 pieces of Styrofoam and 6,547 cigarette butts.

OB Brewery to Open – Finally!

More than three very thirsty years have passed since Ocean Beach Brewery first broke ground in laid-back Ocean Beach. Sitting three stories high on Newport Avenue, the brewery is a long-awaited new project from Newport Pizza & Ale House owner Mike Tajran, with OB resident Jim Millea at the helm of its five barrel brewhouse. On the ground floor, the main bar features a 20-tap bar with OB Brewery’s core beers rounded out by a good assortment of guest beers. The space, which has a capacity of 120, also includes a mid-level with more seating and a balcony, plus an impressive rooftop perched high above the neighborhood where every seat has a spectacular panoramic view. San Diego Eater

The Brewery has drawn criticism even before its opening because of what many in OB view as encroachment into public space by the establishment with its railing cemented to the sidewalk. Plus it is one of 4 new beer tasting rooms that have opened recently or are planned for Newport.

OB olive tree ench kb 1Is This More Encroachment into Public Space?

We have a photo of 2 that shows some Olive Tree Market complex improvements in front of the restaurant Olivo. But some see these improvements as encroachments into the public sidewalk. What do you think?

13-Unit Apartments Go for $4.4 Million

Jay Crystal LLC has acquired the 13-unit Loma Vista Apartment Homes in the San Diego submarket of Point Loma for $4.4 million. The community is located at 3720 Yonge St. It was built in 1973 and renovated in 2007. CBRE’s Jim Neil, Eric Comer and Merrick Matricardi represented the buyer. The seller, SD Apartments LLC, an affiliate of Birge & Held Asset Management LLC, represented itself in this transaction.

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rick callejon July 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm

The OB Brewery is open.


alexv2000 July 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm

the comment is about the DOG BEACH ATTACK, people, humans, police, cops, need to realize this is a serious matter, EXAMPLE a Lady with a 90 lb pit bull.. how can this be legal????? if the dog gets out of control, there’s no way she can control that dog, if the dog starts to attack humans,
HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DEFEND OURSELVES?? <–Please answer this question….you can't carry a gun, can you? a baseball bat? is illegal….
I was attack in Ocean Beach Last year, the report, and the complain can be found in the dogs hospital, my dog was almost killed by a pitbull, I had to separate them myself, after I separate the dogS, POLICE, HOW DO I DEFEND MY SELF FROM THE DOG THAT IS OUT OF CONTROL???? medical bill was $350.- and the stupid negligent owner of the pitbull??? yes, thank you very much, good bye…


Debra July 6, 2016 at 10:16 pm

I wonder if some sort of foam/gel (not pepper spray) would work? Spray into the dog’s eyes and temporarily blinding them? Then you could grab your dog and get away, hopefully. Just a thought. (It came to me, the other day, while bathing my dogs and I got some soap in one’s eye).
I know what you are talking about regarding irresponsible owners. My own little dogs have been attacked so many times by OFF-LEASH dogs, they are now highly aggressive toward ANY dog.


Debbie July 6, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Did a camera ever get installed at dog beach? If so, does the footage show the dog owner that left without assisting the owner of the injured animal?

The county needs to increase staff at animal control and they need to monitor dog parks and beaches to make sure dogs are licensed/immunized and enforce rules for all types of parks to make a safer environment.


John July 6, 2016 at 7:33 pm

I cannot support the idea of the city paying people to be some kind of Dog Police to referee dog fights at the beach. There is no indication that dog licensing or immunizations had anything to do with this. Owning a dog carries some responsibility and risk, and knowing that animals are animals, and will do what animals do.
You cannot legislate common sense into people, common sense tells us you don’t introduce a four pound dog into a group of much larger dogs.
Chihuahas have been shown in many studies to be an aggresive breed prone to bite. Pit bulls not so much. Perhaps the chihuaha provoked the pit bull?


Debbie July 7, 2016 at 9:13 am

You support what you like and others will do the same.

Sometimes the presence of authority or “one with common sense” instills better behavior. Similar to when one is driving down the highway and a patrol car is present nd eveyone slows down not to get a ticket.

If people knew their behavior and the behavior of their dogs may be monitored I believe the bad apples won’t show up….. and it would be a safer environment. And would make sure pets are properly licensed and have shots which goes along with responsible ownership. IMO


John July 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

Good answer, can’t argue with that.


Lori Saldaña July 6, 2016 at 8:22 pm

The timing of the article in the Reader is horrible, given the violent & deadly assaults on men like George and Bernie in recent days. But this exchange in particular caught my attention:

“Dave said he makes the effort to talk to a couple transients every day.

“Today, I talked to George. He’s in his mid 60s and been in O.B. for ten years. ..

“I also talked to Bernie,” said Dave. “He’s in his 70s and been in O.B. for eight years.”

So Dave talks with two men who have collectively spent nearly 20 years in OB- and still considers them “transient”?

One definition of “transient” is: “a person who is staying or working in a place for only a short time.” Somehow, for men who have been in OB for 8-10 years, this description doesn’t quite fit their situation.


John July 7, 2016 at 10:15 am

The reader article, superficially, might seem like bad timing, however let’s not forget it’s a weekly printed publication with days of lead time between what its editors plan to print and copies hitting the streets. Did they know on the friday before the issue was published that a serial homeless attacker was on the loose? I bet not.
As for the definition of transient well it’s just a label people put on something. Just because someone has mostly been hanging around OB for ten years or so, well many still wouldn’t consider them a resident without meeting certain criteria. I think your point is that these people are not invisible and are part of the community whether they can afford a roof over their head or not and I agree.
I understand this issue all too well. I lived at the same address in OB for about twenty years, now my street address is wherever I park my car on any given night. Might be across town, might be across the street from anyone here on a given night. Like people sleeping in bushes, invisible. I have a PO box on Midway. I just consider myself a San Diego resident. The county registrar of voters has rejected my registration because I do not have a physical address. Invisible, indeed.


Frank Gormlie July 7, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Good point, John, about the printing schedule. They do have an online presence, however, where this article was found.


PL Local July 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm

July 4th

Surfer coming up from AB slipped and fell about 5 – 10 feet and broke his leg. Due to the high tide SDFD and SD Lifeguard could not rescue from the cliff and a helicopter had to be brought in to bring the guy up to a waiting ambulance. The helicopter landed on the old PLNU baseball field, which is now a dog park.,jpg

Please correct the location of the July 5th Cliff death. Location was Sunset Cliffs and Osprey, not Ladera St.

Also to add.

During the 4th of July weekend there was a huge presence of Police and Lifeguards along the Cliffs. Lifeguards were posted up at the Arch all day throughout the weekend. On July 4th there were Lifeguards posted up at the Arch and on the top of No Surf. The Police were out in full force. ATV Police, and other police, showed up to both No Surf and Garbage beach, got out there ropes, and repelled down the cliff to issue tickets to people who were drinking on the beach, especially the ones with glass bottles.


PL Local July 16, 2016 at 8:07 am

Update: Man Who Fell From Sunset Cliffs Identified

A 67-year-old man who died last week after a fall from Sunset Cliffs has been identified as Gregory David Genochio, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.


public green space July 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

In response to Tony De Garate’s article about the new veterans plaza removing very heavily used community green space:

Perhaps some sort of compromise can be reached. The lifeguards unilaterally took over public space when they fenced in a major walkway corridor to the beach.That public sidewalk now belongs only to the lifeguards. The lifeguard parking lot should be reduced in size by 5-7 feet on it’s south side to make up for the sidewalk they took away from public use. This extra 5-7 feet could move the new Veteran’s plaza north by that amount thus preserving a precious few feet of grass.

It’s not much but go down to this area any day and you’ll see it is constantly heavily used. I can’t imagine the hula hoopers, running kids, eating families and sleeping people will be allowed to continue those activities within the memorial.

What’s more important, a larger lifeguard parking lot benefiting a few public servants or space used by the entire community along with the tourists that the business community of Ocean Beach covets so greatly?


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