News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma : Early July 2017

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OB Entry Mural Vandalized Again

The mural at the entrance to OB, at the north wall of the gas station, was tagged again by graffiti. The vandalism however appeared to be more than your run-of-the-mill graffiti markings. The markings have what appear to be Christian symbols on the left side of the mural, and the word “momma” and the word “ISIS” over on the right half. This is the second time the mural has been vandalized that we know of with the first time in late May of this year. The mural is the work of Henry Goods, who painted it in August 2015 (see South OB Girl’s report) and who was commissioned by the owner of the 76 gas station. Henry has had an ongoing partnership with United Oil painting murals for close to 20 years. Most of his previous work is in the Los Angeles area, from East LA to West LA and into Oxnard.

Opinion Piece by Colleen O’Connor Takes on Faulconer Over Lack of Water for SD Trees

Colleen O’Connor wrote an opinion piece in Times of San Diego criticizing Mayor  Faulconer over his trees policy:

With great fanfare, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the planting of 500 new trees in San Diego’s Balboa Park last week. Meanwhile, pepper trees in Old Town, jacaranda and pine trees in Point Loma, and even more precious trees and plants in the birthplace of California—Presidio Park—are allowed to wither and die, or be cut down, due to “the drought.” And that is just a few of the public park areas dying from neglect for want of a little water. See more.

McMansion in South OB for Sale for $2 Million Plus

Up on the hill in south OB is a McMansion for sale for $2,175,000. It’s at 1420 Froude and has 5 beds,
4.5 baths and is 3,400 sqft. Whew! Talk about OB being a little village.

Tony Award-Winning Musical “Avenue Q” at the OB Playhouse

Winner of the 2004 Tony® Award for best musical, Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a small bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q, where the residents are raunchy, sweet, real, thoughtful and outrageously entertaining. Avenue Q has been labeled as a Sesame Street like show…..for adults. While there are endearing puppets, THIS SHOW IS NOT FOR CHILDREN, but for mature audiences due to adult themes and strong language.On Saturday, July 8, 2017 (All day) and on July 7th- July 30th, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm; Location: OB Playhouse, 4944 Newport Ave, San Diego CA 92107Ticket Link:; Pricing:General Admission: $29

Over-the-Line World Championship

Either be aware of to avoid or be able to enjoin the World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament is this Saturday and Sunday (and July 15-16) 7:30 a.m. to sunset. Fiesta Island, Mission Bay Park, San Diego. Free to spectators.

Mike Hess Brewery Expands to Imperial Beach

Mike Hess Brewing of San Diego (MHB) has announced the expansion of their premiere local craft brewery to Imperial Beach. In early 2018, MHB will open doors to a 4,300 ft indoor and outdoor tasting room, taco shop and beer garden located at 805 Ocean Lane. Brewbound

City’s Pilot Project to Clean-Up Key Neighborhoods Includes OB and Point Loma

The city of San Diego is launching a new effort to clean up nine specific areas of the city struggling with excessive litter and illegal dumping. “We’ve identified nine hot spots for illegal littering and dumping,” said Angela Colton, waste reduction deputy director in the city’s Environmental Services Department. A one-year pilot project will target Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Logan Heights, San Ysidro, City Heights, Paradise Valley. The project will also focus on three combination zones: Mission Beach/Pacific Beach, Webster/Mount Hope in southeastern San Diego and the South Bay area near the international border. Mayor Kevin Faulconer included $800,000 for the program in revisions he made to his proposed budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. Because the new program is a one-year experiment, the city plans to rely on workers supplied by the Urban Corps of San Diego instead of hiring new employees.NBCSanDiego

Watch Your Step! – The Sidewalks of Ocean Beach & Point Loma –  July 20th

Join the OB Historical Society for their monthly program and hear “Watch Your Step!” by Eric DuVall. This will be
at P.L. United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B. Thursday, July 20 at 7 pm . Eric DuVall will  explain his 45 year fascination with the sidewalks of Ocean Beach and Point Loma.  This is a path upon which entire streets appear and disappear, and where the passage of time and the physical history of our community are literally written in concrete.

The Grunion Are Running

OBcean Noah J.D. DesRosiers recounts his ritual of grunion running in OB at the San Diego Reader. He wrote that he spoke “with all 27 people I find fishing the grunion that Thursday night along the half-mile stretch of Ocean Beach. I’m surprised to discover that two thirds of them are on their first grunion run. Only six could be considered veteran grunioneers, having fished for more than one season. Most are small groups with a ringleader that had convinced their first-timer friends to come along despite having only just heard of the fish.”

Point Loma Pocket Park to Have First Workshop – July 26th

Plans to implement a new pocket park for Cañon Street in Point Loma approved by the City Council more than a year ago are forging ahead with a Wednesday, July 26 public workshop planned at United Portuguese SES Hall at 2818 Avenida De Portugal. “The public workshop starting at 6:30 p.m. is just to get public input,” said Don Sevrens, a Peninsula Community Planning Board member speaking on his own behalf about the park site, which he noted was owned for years by the city’s Public Works Department, which used it primarily to store machinery and building materials for local projects.  Sevrens and colleague Jon Linney, PCPB board chair acting independently, have spearheaded development of a new pocket park on the vacant property.  San Diego Community News Group

Sliding at No-Surf Beach

In a scene straight out of a light beer commercial, a group of beachgoers built a make shift slip ’n’ slide on a Sunset Cliffs beach and spent the afternoon gliding into the ocean on tubes, boards, and even an inflatable pineapple.

On that warm Sunday in late June, which saw two wedding ceremonies on the cliffs and several teenagers jumping off them, an Ocean Beach woman’s birthday idea bloomed into a huge beach party where everyone took turns being a kid again. Peninsula Beacon

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Bryan July 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Ankh (Crux ansata, Key of Life, Key of the Nile)

The ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol of life. Also known as an Ansata (latin; handle) cross, it is a visual representation of a sandal strap. The horizontal and vertical bars of the lower tau cross represent the feminine and masculine energy, respectively. This combination of male and female symbols (the cross and circle) in the ankh suggest fertility and creative power. The top loop also symbolises the sun on the horizon, and suggests reincarnation and rebirth. The ankh appears frequently in Egyptian writings about rebirth, and this symbolism was adopted by Coptic Christians, especially gnostic sects, to symbolize the resurrection of Christ and the heavenly marriage. The ankh was an earlier form of the cross than the better known “Latin” cross.


South OB Girl July 8, 2017 at 9:45 am

Thank you Bryan, for the comment above about the ankh. Featured in the recent mural graffiti vandalism. Very distressing– That the vandals decided to vandalize the entire surface of the wall and mural. Also their choice of words. If this was a case of “kids just playing around” — very distressing that kids playing around decided to use these words.


Jeffeck July 10, 2017 at 8:44 am

They have not watered the right side of the entryway for Dusty Rhoads Park along Nimitz in two years. ALL of the trees are dying there and the entry way is turning back into a sand dune.

We called the park office a year ago and they claimed it was because of the drought. Drought is arguably over and yet no watering. Why not??

Here is what I suspect truly happened: City ineptitude.

About 2 or 3 years ago there was construction on the Nimitz/ West Point Loma intersection and several tons of pipe were placed nest to the parking lot area and then heavy equipment was runing over the same area during construction. I believe weight of the equipment and pipes crushed the irrigation system. so now new irrigation must be run costing big money.

Well so much for the OB/Point Loma Entry way program on that side of the road into our communities.


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