News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late August 2016

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Fund Raiser for the Green Store – Wed., Aug. 24 at Raglan

The Green Store is having a fundraiser, Wednesday night, Aug. 24 at Raglan, corner of Bacon and Niagara.

OB Sailor Family Helps Flood Victims in Louisiana

A San Diego-based Naval engineer is trying her hardest to help her former hometown, now left underwater in Louisiana. Miranda Weimer has lived in Ocean Beach for eight months, moving from Baton Rouge – where most of her family remains. Last week’s devastating rainfall and flooding left her father and grandmother reeling with the loss of their homes. “We just get up put a t-shirt on don’t think twice about it and a lot of people from last weekend now they only have the clothes on their back,” said Weimer. The 24-year old has been receiving pictures of the devastation, including one of her grandmother boating to safety. …

The sailor and her wife began their supply collection initially to help family, but then decided to help the whole community. Now their efforts include three states, including Texas and Louisiana. With drop-off boxes placed throughout Ocean Beach, Weimer plans to fill a U-Haul and personally deliver the goods to Baton Rouge during the first week of September. The group will be continuing to collect donations by the OB pier every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. They have also started a GoFundMe page to help with travel costs and specific supply needs for flooding victims: … Fox5

OB Psych-Pop Band – Verigolds – on Most Bright Stage Lights

… When it comes to local stages, few have brighter lights than the ones at Kaaboo Del Mar. The mega three-day music/arts festival, now in its second year, offers vast crowds and even bigger bands — and it’s a place where a select few San Diego acts have been handpicked to join in on the action. Some might call it the chance of a lifetime. Ocean Beach psych-pop band the Verigolds, who recently won a battle of the bands contest to perform at the fest, agree.

“Oh definitely,” the band’s singer/keyboardist Jenna Cotton told me over the phone. “We all get three-day artist passes, so we get to go behind the scenes the whole time and that’s huge for us. There’s so many people there, as well as industry people, and we’re really excited about that. We’re at that stage in our career where we’re looking for that support, pushing things to the next level and trying to get outside of San Diego.” 7SanDiego

Lucas Riley DUI victim Aug2016Pt Loma Nazarene Grad Remembered

Friends of a former Point Loma Nazarene graduate killed in a fiery crash along state Route 67 said he lived an extraordinary life.  Lucas Makana Riley, 24, died Saturday night after an alleged drunk driver, who was driving a GMC Denali HD pickup truck northbound on SR-67 south of Cloudy Moon Drive, veered into on-coming traffic and collided with a Buick and Riley’s Mini Cooper, the victim’s friends told FOX 5.  Riley’s car exploded into flames on impact, investigators said.  First responders were unable to pull him from the wreckage.

A 51-year-old driver was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.  The driver was later book on charges of manslaughter.  There was no information released about the driver of the Buick. Fox5

Ocean Beach gets $3 million in grants to rebuild aging sewers

“Thanks to $3 million in state grants and $9 million as part of a no-interest loan announced earlier this month, the Village of Ocean Beach will soon begin a massive infrastructure project to replace its current sewers, which have reached near-capacity …” hey, wouldn’t this be a great headline and article, if it was true? Well, it is true for Ocean Beach, but the Ocean Beach of Fire Island in New York.  Newsday

Hearing Postponed for Pharmacist Charged with Murder of OB Roommate’s Boyfriend

A preliminary hearing scheduled Friday was postponed to Nov. 7 for a pharmacist who fatally shot his roommate’s boyfriend at the door of the defendant’s Ocean Beach condominium complex.  Thomas Francis Burke, 33, is charged with murder in the June 22 death of 35-year-old Jess Robles of Pacific Beach.  At Burke’s arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Kyle Sutterley said the defendant shot Robles “for no reason” when the victim came to the defendant’s door in the 4100 block of Voltaire Street around 11:15 p.m.  Sutterley said Robles was shot once in the throat and once in the chest. After the shooting, Burke met with another pharmacist and then went to downtown San Diego, where he was arrested.

Defense attorney Tom Warwick said Burke had told his roommate not to have her boyfriend come over any more. The attorney said someone called and threatened his client before the fatal encounter. When Robles showed up at Burke’s door, the defendant grabbed a gun and fired twice in self-defense, Warwick said. “The victim was not supposed to come in,” Warwick said. The attorney said Burke shot out of fear for his own safety. The defendant faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted. Times of San Diego

4 Crawl Out From Flipped Car in Point Loma

A car carrying four people slammed into several parked vehicles before flipping onto its roof in Point Loma overnight Monday, Aug 22. According to San Diego police, at about 12:30 a.m. a car was driving in the 4300 block of West Point Loma Boulevard when the driver lost control and slammed into several parked vehicles. The car then came to a stop after landing on its roof.  The female driver and her three passengers were able to crawl out of the car. All four were treated at the scene for minor injuries, but did not require transport to a hospital. 10News

Analysis Shows Water Science Education Efforts Increased Awareness of Water Issues by 56 Percent – 

San Diego Coastkeeper’s water science education— Project SWELL (Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership) — greatly improves students’ awareness of local environmental issues, according to its annual results analysis. The report shows that in the 2015-2016 school year, Coastkeeper reached 4,125 students in grades K–6 and increased awareness of water issues by 56 percent, based on tests given to the students before and after the science lessons.

San Diego Coastkeeper — along with Project SWELL partners City of San Diego, Think Blue and San Diego Unified School District — provides Project SWELL curriculum, science kits, classroom presentations and teacher trainings for free to teachers in the San Diego Unified School District. The curriculum explores the impact humans have on water through a comprehensive and hands-on water quality and pollution prevention course of study. Coastkeeper surveys the students before and after to measure the students’ understanding of water issues.

Police Search for Suspect in Assault on Homeless Man in the Mid-Way

San Diego Police sought Monday an assailant who used a piece of wood to beat a man into unconsciousness outside a closed business in the Midway District.  The 54-year-old victim was resting alongside Rosecrans Street near Shoup Drive when he was attacked by a man wielding a 2-foot-long piece of wood around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, according to San Diego Police Officer Robert Heims. The victim suffered a blow to his head and was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Police described the suspect as a roughly 34-year-old white man with blond hair, about 5 feet 10 and 180 pounds, wearing shorts. He fled in an unknown direction before officers arrived. Times of San Diego

Drivers! Watch Out for Navy’s Pipeline Repair Projects Throughout Point Loma

All drivers in Point Loma need to be advised that construction activities are occurring all over the area from the Navy’s “Miramar Pipeline Repair and Relocation” project. So watch out and try to avoid the following areas. Construction activities are currently occurring in the following areas:

  • On Rosecrans Street, between Macaulay Street and Nimitz Boulevard
  • On Scott Street at the N. Harbor Drive intersection towards Ingelow Street*
  • On Rosecrans Street, at the I-5 overpass
  • On Pacific Highway, between Taylor Street and the I-8 overpass

Projected construction hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Activities in these areas will take approximately three to five weeks to complete. The nature of pipeline construction requires several steps, including potholing, trenching, pipe installation, backfilling and base paving, with final paving occurring at a later date. Work in each area will take about three to five weeks to complete.  Construction activities will begin soon in the following areas:

  • Intersection of Keats Street and Rosecrans Street
  • On Keats Street, between Rosecrans Street and Scott Street

About the Repair and Relocation of the Miramar Fuel Pipeline

From US Navy PR: The U.S. Navy is repairing and relocating portions of the Miramar Fuel Pipeline to maintain its safe, consistent and continuous use in support of our nation’s military readiness. Construction will be on Rosecrans Street between Naval Base Point Loma and Lytton Street, with segments in portions of Talbot Street, Scott Street and Keats Street. Construction is also occuring in the vicinity of the San Diego River at Pacific Highway and will occur at the La Playa Bayside Trail.

Project Contact Info: For project inquiries, contact the Navy here;   ; For project updates on construction activities, follow the Navy at: Toll-free (844) 409-9846;  Web    ; Twitter icon@MiramarPipeline Facebook icon

Neighbors against PLHS lights, school district agree to mediation

Neighbors opposed to adding lights to Point Loma High School’s Stadium and the San Diego Unified School District, which approved the proposal, have agreed to submit to third-party mediation in an attempt to resolve their differences.

In May, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) unanimously endorsed environmental documents for Point Loma High’s long-term modernization, which includes stadium lights. District trustees then voted 5-0 July 12 in favor of a master-planned, Whole Site Modernization and Athletic Facilities Upgrades Project for the high school.

Shortly thereafter, 17 neighbors of the high school adamantly opposed to adding new stadium lighting filed a class-action lawsuit against SDUSD. They claim new lighting will harm their quality of life adding more noise, crime and visual pollution to their already overcrowded and impacted neighborhood. They also fear further commercialization of the PLHS stadium by outside interests, which they claim doesn’t benefit local students or the community. San Diego Community News Group

San Diego Refugee Project Got Its Start in Ocean Beach

Fifteen years ago Shinpei Takeda was a struggling nonprofit entrepreneur who moonlighted as a downtown pedicab driver to pay the rent. He shared an Ocean Beach apartment—which also served as the office for his fledgling photography based nonprofit, The AjA Project—with the organization’s co-founder Warren Ogden.

“The first few years were very difficult,” said Takeda, who launched the organization in 2001 as a resource for San Diego’s growing refugee population. “We had just enough funds to buy 20 point-and-shoot cameras. We used black-and-white film and had a makeshift lab in our garage.” CityBeat

 Turning Wabaska into a safe route to school Voltaire Bridge to receive improvements

In the view of civic activists the Wabaska project, whose vision is to convert Wabaska Drive in Point Loma as part of a Safe Route to Schools Corridor, is nearing “critical mass.”

“Wabaska Drive is an important Safe Routes to Schools corridor that will connect bike paths on both Voltaire Street and Nimitz Boulevard,” noted Nicole Burgess, City Council District 2’s bicycling representative. “We are proposing a separated, safe and comfortable bike path that is feasible with the excessive roadway space. Ultimately, we are hopeful that the improvements will encourage more students and residents to enjoy our city by bike.”

Don Sevrens, a Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) member speaking on his own behalf, believes the project holds much possibility for community improvement. Sevrens noted the project intends to shrink Wabaska to two traffic lanes, add a bike path and landscaped traffic buffer, as well as diagonal parking “to create more spaces for the benefit of merchants and condo residents.” For more, San Diego Community News Group

New league and challenges for Pointers football

Perhaps the Point Loma High football team has made a smart move in preparing itself for the upcoming season by holding all practices at less-familiar David Wells Field, home of the school’s baseball team.  Forced to abandon their usual Bennie Edens Field on campus due to field restructure and resurfacing of the running track, the Pointers have taken up residence on the outfield of the pristine new artificial turf surface at Dana Middle School (see related story).

And they’ll be there for awhile.  The team will not play a true home game until Oct. 21 when rival Cathedral Catholic arrives for a 3 p.m. Western League game.  Yes, that’s the other big change for the Pointers in 2016 as the top five schools in the City Conference were selected for re-leaguing based on recent records. Joining the Pointers and Dons are Madison, Mira Mesa and St. Augustine. The Peninsula Beachon

Is Spundoze’s “Point Loma Deep” Named After San Diego?

From the Untz: So what has Spundose learned this summer? You get to hear the results in his brand new EP, Tones That We Broadcast, coming out August 23 on Street Ritual. If I am granted enough leash to make some assumptions, Chris has been playing some off-peak sets to more mainstream audiences, so where he is allowed to take some side steps into psychedelia land and take fans on journeys at the club shows and festivals he’s used to playing, he’s spent a lot of time this summer playing to brand new crowds, and needs to hit them a little harder right down the pipe to captivate audiences with six other stages from which to choose.

We’ve selected what we feel is the standout track from Tones That We Broadcast to premiere today. “Point Loma Deep” definitely strays towards that Weird Bass sound we’ve heard from pioneers like EPROM and NastyNasty. But if we have to draw the closest comparison to a figure out in the ether, we’d have to say this has definitely got a distinct Bassnectar feel to it. Bringing in his psybass background to the trap world, and even throwing in some flavors from the industrial and drum and bass scenes, “Point Loma” has this duality that appeals both to the psychonauts and the bass junkies alike.

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Geoff Page August 25, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Putting Pt. Loma in the same league as Cathedral and St. Augustine is a travesty. The Catholic schools recruit from all over the country and give scholarships to athletes, something public schools can’t do. Just look at the records from past years when these schools met and you will see what I mean. Private schools should be in their own league and not be competing with public schools. This is a bad move for PL.


Jason Ford August 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

If you’re confident that something is a bad idea or can’t be done, you’re probably right. All the coach needs to do is remind the players they simply aren’t as good and they will find a way to play down to everyone’s lowered expectations.

I have to agree, we need to start the segregation of rich and “poor” or “common” earlier and earlier for it to be effective.

And, of course, no sarcasm should be taught either.


Geoff Page August 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm

I sat in the stands and watched these games for years, Mr. Ford. The inequity was obvious and the reasons why were obvious. It has nothing to do with rich or poor or common, it has to do with advantages those schools have over public schools. Unless you have witnessed it the way I and many other parents have, you have no business commenting. From the tone of your comments, I’m guessing your either went to one of these schools or send your kids to one.

Someone once said that people hide behind sarcasm because it’s considered too rude to say go screw yourself. And, I’m not a rude person…


Jason Ford August 25, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Hey Geoff I apologize for not coming right out and say you are wrong. You could try to be more wrong but it would be difficult.

As for my credentials to comment on such matters; I was a 3 sport athlete in public high school in Orangevale CA in the late 80’s. We were in the same division as all-boys Jesuit High that had more males than our total student body. I’m sure most of the results are still available online so I won’t bore you with the details but we won more than we lost. I then attended UC Davis, a D2 school that often competed against D1 schools. After college I coached high school football, swimming and track and field in Wasilla AK (the infamous home of a former half term governor and failed VP candidate) in the early/mid 1990’s where I convinced kids who never really won anything that they were good enough to make the podium at state meets. There was even a senior state champion 300 m hurdler in there that had never run hurdles in his life who still reminds me to this day how great that feeling was to be the best. After that I coached throwers on the track and field team at American River Jr. college in Sacramento and worked with athletes who were never given a chance in 4 year colleges. Check out their state champion and state place winners in the men’s and women’s throwing events in the mid 1990’s.

There’s my experience to form an opinion on this subject.

As for your claim of these privileged private schools that should be forbidden from competing against lesser public school athletes here are facts:,ca)/football-fall-15/schedule.htm,ca)/football-fall-15/schedule.htm

Cathedral Catholic and St. Augustine lose and have 1 possession wins against public schools every year. They lose to teams that post news clippings in locker rooms and work hard all year to knock them down a notch.

Keep your participation award for “looking out for” and “protecting” these poor youngsters while you sit in the stands and complain but hopefully they have higher expectations for themselves than you do.

You may not be rude but you’re definitely not inspiring.


Geoff Page August 25, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Looking at your credentials. You said you went to a public school in Orangeville, CA and that your school won more than it lost but how did the rest of the schools in the division do? Why not bore me with the details, you provided details for St. Augustine and Cathedral? Then you mentioned UC Davis but that is a college and colleges recruit players from everywhere so it cannot be compared to public high schools. Then, you coached in Wasilla, AK. A town of 7800 people total in 2010, which can hardly be compared to San Diego. Then, you go off on a tangent about track and field hurdlers and throwers, which is off the subject.

What I did not see in your run down of experience was anything having to do with football in San Diego. Not a thing.

Concerning the St. Augustine and Cathedral links.

St. Augustine lost three games. One was to another parochial school from LA. One was a public school loss by two points and another was a public school loss. Looking at the rest of the public schools all you see is slaughter, 41-3, 48-21, 41-14, 46-9, 45-26, 49-0, 47-0, 54-14, and 48-14. Where is the inspiration in that?

Cathedral lost 5 games. Two were to Helix High School and the other three were to three other parochial schools. Their wins against public schools had scores of 28-14, 24-10, 35-19, 49-19, 21-0, 41-3, and a couple of close ones, not a great year for Cathedral.

I watched losses to these schools time and time again and it was demoralizing, especially two championship games Point Loma played against Cathedral in Qualcomm stadium. There was one bright moment when Pt. Loma beat Cathedral my son’s senior year in a downpour that was so bad we couldn’t see the field well that negated Cathedral’s great passing game. It was a great moment but it would not have happened but for that rain.

You have no experience in this local matter at all. My comment was about the inequity between the practices of the parochial schools compared to public schools. Have you ever been to Cathedral High School? The name “Cathedral” fits it perfectly. No, you have me wrong, I was sticking up for kids who work really hard and who had great records against other public schools on a level playing field only to be devastated by these humiliating losses to schools they could not compete with. Inspiration had nothing to do with my comment, you could not have misunderstood more than you did.


nostalgic August 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Boys, get with it! The greatest high school teams in San Diego came from Morse High School! This is a public school, with a strong Samoan population, and they took on Los Angeles private schools without a blink. Remember Lincoln Kennedy? This was the Coach John Shacklett years.

Today, busing is still the great equalizer where public schools are concerned.


Frank Gormlie August 30, 2016 at 8:11 pm

I just realized that with La Jolla out of PL’s league, what happens to the “Shoe”? – The Shoe you ask, why it was part of the rivalry between Pt Loma and La Jolla for decades – and which ever team won the annual matchup between PL and LJ would retain the shoe – an impressive looking real shoe that was palatalized and became a trophy. It had been left at one of the early games between the two rival teams, and was picked up to become a prized possession among high school football affectionatoes.


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