News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid-December 2016

by on December 16, 2016 · 6 comments

in Culture, Environment, History, Homelessness, Media, Ocean Beach

OB Boy Uses Savings from Lemonade Stand to Buy Backpacks for Homeless

A community has rallied around one little boy’s “Pay it Forward” project to create backpacks to distribute to the homeless of San Diego.  Seven-year-old Dylan Rodrigues of Ocean Beach saved $120 he earned from putting up a lemonade stand to buy backpacks to fill with necessities like sack lunches, socks, scarves and band-aids.  “I wanted them to not starve,” he said.  The word got out that Dylan was on a mission to help people this holiday season and his project has now grown. Dozens of people have donated money and items to Dylan, his mother Holly Raines told 10News .

Last 2 Days of OB Town Council Holiday Food & Toy Drive

It’s the last 2 days of the OBTC Holiday Food and Toy Drive; Friday, 12/16 is a catch-up day, while Saturday, 12/17 at 8:30am –is an ALL HANDS ON DECK day to distribute and deliver boxes! Come help with the big day of the Food and Toy Drive delivering all the boxes to our local families and seniors. Final sorting, loading boxes and delivery drivers are all needed. This is truly a tremendous morning for community connection in Ocean Beach. For more.

Elizabeth Sullivan’s Death Called Homicide

Elizabeth Sullivan, the young Navy wife and mother of two who went missing 2 years ago, and whose body was found in early October off Liberty Station, was the victim of a homicide, police say. Her body was found on Oct. 4 and an autopsy revealed the decomposed corpse was Sullivan, and that she had been killed. “Our goal is to solve this case … but being able to [tell the family] — at least there’s a bit of closure,” San Diego Police Lt. Mike Holden said last week.  LA Times

Tintype Photography on the OB Pier

Scott Basile uses an unusual camera to take photos of the pier in Ocean Beach – tintype. Delinda Lombardo, writing for the San Diego Reader, caught up with Basile and he showed her the old-fashioned photo process, circa 1851.

OB Rag Raised $1,980 in Funding Campagin

With the latest donation of $25 that just came in, the OB Rag staff announced that the funding goal of $2,000 which was set at the beginning of the campaign a month ago has been met – with a total of $1,980. By far most of the 35 contributors live in Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

Developments in Yoga Guru Death – Autopsy Results Weeks Off – No Suspects

The autopsy of CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice has been completed, but the results won’t be released for weeks, a San Diego homicide lieutenant said Thursday. Tice’s body was found in his Sunset Cliffs home earlier this week, and the death was considered suspicious.  The autopsy exam was done Wednesday, but several tests that take four to eight weeks to complete still need to be done. “What their determination is, is very crucial to this investigation,” homicide Lt. Mike Holden said. “We don’t know (the cause of death) at this time.”  The lieutenant said there are currently no suspects in the death.

Tice founded CorePower Yoga in Denver in 2002 and oversaw its expansion into a several states. The first San Diego studio was opened in 2006 in the Point Loma area, according to a company website. According to an online Inc. magazine article, Tice cited $45.2 million in revenue from the studios in 2012. The next year, Catterton Partners invested $100 million into his company. He stepped aside as CEO in April 2014 and since remained on the board of directors.  San Diego U-T

OB Networking Group Meets Dec. 20th

The OB Networking Group meets next on Tuesday, December 20 at 12 PM – 1 PM at Te Mana Cafe
4956 Voltaire Street in OB. They promise sunshine. Derric Haynie to speak on Social Media Marketing.

“Musicians, hippies, and travelers in Ocean Beach” – OB on the Front Cover of Reader

OB and its Musicians, hippies, and travelers in Ocean Beach, made the front cover of the San Diego Reader last week. Here’s a sample:

The musician – Miranda Mears is sitting on the sea wall at the end of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. Waves crash behind her. The dreary sky covers everything in a blanket of gray. A white hoodie covers Mears’s cropped pink hair. Underneath it she wears a colorful triangle bikini top and a blue button-down tied in a knot at her ribcage. Her skirt hits just below the knee exposing sores on her shins that travel down her leg to her black socks and gym shoes.

Shell Gas Station Booze Move Thwarted

The owner of the Shell gas station at the corner of Voltaire and Sunset Cliffs Blvd is attempting to obtain an alcohol selling permit from ABC. Their efforts were stymied, however, at the most recent OB Planning Board meeting on Dec. 7th when about a dozen locals requested that the Board recommend a denial. Which is what the Board did in a 9 to 0 vote. (tip o’hat to Julia Klein)

Dry Cleaners in Negs for Long-Term Lease

We heard some good news lately, that the dry cleaning business at Sunset Cliffs and Narragansett is negotiating a long-term lease with property-owner Ronnie Shamoun.

Property Owners to Build SeaWalls at Bermuda Beach Bluff

The owners of three buildings above an Ocean Beach pocket beach known as Bermuda Beach are set to pay a mitigation fee of $82,000 for beach they hope won’t be created by bluff collapse. The property owners are going to spend a lot more to build seawalls along 125 feet of coast to stop the continuing collapse of the bluffs that started last year after the big December rainstorm. A 13-unit condo building, a duplex, and a 5-unit building are nearly at the edge of the failing bluff, part of which was shored up in April of this year with an emergency California Coastal Commission permit. The collapse earlier this year severely damaged the staircase down to the beach at the end of Bermuda, though people still make their way there from the sturdy concrete stairs at Pescadero Avenue or the boat-launch-ramp-like road at the end of Cable Street. San Diego Reader

Peninsula Planners Want Judicial Review of Point Loma High Stadium Lights

In the continuing battle over lights at Point Loma High School’s stadium, the Peninsula Community Planning Board in November opted to send a letter to city officials asking them to seek judicial review of San Diego Unified School District’s action to exempt the high school from local zoning ordinances and regulations.  The motion, made by board member David Dick, an attorney and PLHS alum, which had been tabled from the previous month’s PCPB meeting, passed by a 9-2 vote.  Dick’s motion proposed sending a letter to the mayor’s office and outgoing city attorney Jan Goldsmith to urge the city to initiate action in San Diego Superior Court to “determine if SDUSD’s action to exempt the Point Loma High School Whole Site Modernization Project from local zoning and regulations was proper.” Peninsula Beacon

Fantasy on Ice at Liberty Station

Fantasy on Ice kicks off its second year at Liberty Station. Located behind the Dick Laub NTC Command Center at 2640 Historic Decatur Road, the rink has raised more than $1 million dollars for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital and is the only holiday rink in San Diego where 100% of proceeds directly benefit the nonprofit.  Fantasy on Ice opened in November 17 and will remain open to the public through January 8, giving a North Pole makeover to Liberty Station’s historic barracks and plazas. Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday–Sunday (Day Session): 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Friday–Sunday (Night Session): 8 p.m.–10 p.m.
Cost: $10 – $14

New Ramona Bar Owner Got Her Start at an OB Catering Company

Michelle Terebessy and her finance and business partner, Matt Rains, have purchased a bar in Ramona, and Terebessy got her start in the business at an Ocean Beach catering company.

I have a lot of experience catering, and now that I have a kitchen, I can cater,” she says. “I’ve catered probably 300 weddings. I worked for a company called San Diego Catering Concepts in Ocean Beach right out of culinary school, so that was probably the best experience I could get.”

 The bar located at 2475 Main Street is called Cheers of Ramona, and the new owners are shooting for a soft opening the week before New Year’s Eve. Ramona Home Journal

Local Tuscan Cafe – With its Central Kitchen in Point Loma – Set to Expand

Pappalecco, a San Diego based Tuscan café  with its central kitchen in Point Loma, is set to expand into Del Mar. The shops feature coffee, pastries, great food, and gelato.  Founded in Little Italy in April of 2007 by the Bucci brothers, they opened number two in Hillcrest within 3 years, then opened in Kensington and the central kitchen in Point Loma in 2012. They hope that by end of this year, they will have more locations – Cardiff by the Sea and Del Mar Highlands. San Diego Entertainer

Pee-Wee Point Loma Pointers Win National Championship

The Point Loma Pointers, a Pop Warner football Jr. Pee Wee Division II team, walked down a jetway at Lindbergh Field late last Saturday night holding a Super Bowl trophy that proved them the best in the United States as a large contingent of parents, relatives, siblings and friends cheered and carried congratulatory signs. They won the trophy with a 24-13 victory over a team from Dallas.  San Diego Community News Group

Slightly Stoopid to Return to Costa Rica for Jungle Jam

Slightly Stoopid, the Reggae Rock group from Ocean Beach/San Diego along with International Artists Thievery Corporation return to the resort city of Jaco, Costa Rica to headline the Seventh Annual Jungle Jam March 9-12, 2017. Featuring four days of continuous music and activities, this year’s line-up also includes Stick Figure, Twiddle, Fortunate Youth, Hirie, Mike Love, Rob Garza (DJ set,) Congo Sanchez, Organically Good Trio, Sonombulo, Santos Y Zurdo. Matt Carey, and Selecta Coco. Grateful Web

Locals Bust Homeless Stashing Gear in OB Tree

A couple of locals with assistance from the SD Reader, have busted some homeless people stashing their gear and stuff in a tree in Robb Field and reported the dastardly deeds to City Park and Rec. The following items were up in the tree and removed by city crews:

” …backpacks, bikes, strollers, bags of clothing, tables, shoes, tarps, blankets, furniture, tents, cabinets, and other stuff, including several wooden boards that served as platforms perhaps for sleeping.”

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

rick callejon December 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm

On a rare rainy day, I do say, some of our houseless folks need sunscreen.


Steve A. December 17, 2016 at 11:55 am

There’s a new Arco gas station in OB (formerly USA Gasoline).


Dave December 18, 2016 at 1:05 am

Noticed that it had reverted back to Arco when I went to swipe my company gas card the other day to fill up the work truck…


PL Local December 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Thanks for the Stoopid news. Wish you made an announcement for their benefit show last week for Kate of Seedless who has stage 4 stomach cancer.

Other news:

PLNU student crashes into palm tree while speeding in the rain on Catalina and Canon st.


Frank Gormlie December 19, 2016 at 8:49 am

Readers can send us announcements and news and notices. No one stepped forward on the benefit.


South OB Girl December 18, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Additional note for the SD Reader — mainly people make it over to Bermuda Beach by hopping the fence at the end of Point Loma Ave and ignoring the beach closed, no access sign.


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