News and Notices From Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early August 2017

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3D Artwork at Kilowatt. Most Photos by Patty Jones

50 Years of the Summer of Love Celebrated at Kilowatt

Dozens of folks crowded into Kilowatt Brewery last Thursday night, Aug. 3, to join the brewpub owners, Stones, Rachel and Adam along with Paul and Lynne Bolton, co-sponsors of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

Co-host Paul, Beverly, owner Stones. Photo by William

Front window at Kilowatt. Celebrators crowded the popular bar even more than usual.

Light spell game at Kilowatt

Man Rescued Off Sunset Cliffs

The dullness of a warm and humid Sunday afternoon along Sunset Cliffs was interrupted by numerous sirens and eventually a rescue helicopter after a beachgoer experienced difficulty breathing Sunday, July 30. That man is now safe after a dramatic rescue from a shrinking beach as tides rose.  Original reports at 4:38 p.m. described the stricken man located at the foot of Ladera Street. However, first responders learned he was actually about 200 yards south and directly below the Point Loma Nazarene University campus.

Mixte Communications Part of Free Food Movement

Mixte Communications in Ocean Beach planted a tiny free food park near its office on Voltaire Street, where visitors are urged to try the Okinawan spinach and tree collards. For more, see SDU-T

Jimmy by Lynne Bolton

OB Historical Society Presents

Ocean Beach Historical Society will present “OB Activism in My Activist Youth” by Robert Burns at Point Loma United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

Calendar Events

For more calendar events for August for progressives, go here.

Top La Jolla Chef Lives in OB

For nearly a year now, Kauai native Jessie Glessner has been at the helm of Herringbone’s well-oiled kitchen. Her role as executive chef of the La Jolla staple was not handed over on a silver platter, however. The 30-year-old Ocean Beach resident has made her way up the ranks, paying her dues at some of the most respected establishments in San Diego over the past decade.

Plant Power Opens No. 2

After success in Ocean Beach, vegan Plant Power Fast Food has opened a second location, in Encinitas.

Lockheed Martin to Pay Port Almost $6 Million for San Diego Bay Clean-up

Aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay the Port of San Diego $5.8 million to clean up the contamination in San Diego Bay. In 1970 Lockheed Martin leased a 61,000 square-foot property called the Tow Basin Site, located at 3380 North Harbor Drive, to test the designs of boats, submarines and other submersibles, and seaplanes. In addition, the Bethesda, Maryland-based company leased a commercial pier and railway terminal at 1160 Harbor Drive for other maintenance and industrial uses.

After a suit was filed and resolved by agreement, it calls for Lockheed to pay $3.3 million to remediate the sediment at both sites. In addition Lockheed will prepare the lots according to the proposed demolition plans. Lastly, the aerospace company will pay $2.5 million for future development at the two locations. General Dynamics will reimburse Lockheed Martin $850,000 for any contamination it caused while it controlled the site. To help ease the sting, the Port of San Diego will waive 36 months of rent, amounting to a $200,000 savings for the company. San Diego Reader

Petition Still on to Save Kellogg Beach in Point Loma

A potential Multi-family development right on Kellogg Beach threatens all who cherish this beautiful public beach and the surrounding area. Here’s the Petition.

How Well Have Local Colleges Diversified?

See how local colleges – including Point Loma Nazarene University with its 3600-some students. The SD U-T reports: “Overall, black students are the least represented, with only National University having a higher proportion than the number of black people in San Diego. Hispanics were closer to the norm, with their representation ranging between 12.3 percentage points below the city and up to 2 percentage points higher. Asian students were commonly underrepresented, with the exception of one big outlier: UC San Diego. That school has a majority Asian population, with 41.6 percent, which is considerably higher than the 16.4 percent Asians that live in San Diego.”

Lifeguards Postpone Annual Ron Trenton Lifeguard Relay

Lifeguards have postponed the 64th annual Ron Trenton Lifeguard Relay event until further notice. The Ron Trenton Memorial Lifeguard Relays, an exciting and highly challenging competition among lifeguards were scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 2 in Ocean Beach. The relays include 12 legs which demonstrate the variety of rescue techniques used in ocean rescue such as running, swimming, paddle boarding and landline rescue.  San Diego Fire-Rescue’s Lifeguard Services Division is geographically divided into four districts: Southern includes Ocean Beach; central includes Mission Beach and Pacific Beach; northern includes the La Jolla beaches; and the fourth district includes Mission Bay and the Boating Safety Unit. San Diego Community News Group

San Diego Festival of Books – August 26th 

Celebrate San Diego’s vibrant reading community and join thousands of local readers, writers and word lovers at the inaugural San Diego Festival of Books. The Festival of Books will connect San Diego area readers, booksellers, authors and businesses around their common love of the written word. August 26, 2017 / Liberty Station Pt. Loma / 10-6 Tickets go on sale 8/8. Admission to the Festival of Books is FREE. Panel discussion tickets are $3 each. $1 will be donated to the San Diego Council on Literacy for each ticket sold. … Robin Preiss Glasser is the keynote speaker. She’s the illustrator of the “Fancy Nancy” books, which detail the adventures of a boisterous young girl who dresses in boas, tutus and fancy slippers, all while discovering that not everything that glitters is gold.

Point Lomans Join “Walk to Prevent  Homeless”

Hundreds participated in the first Bayside “‘Walk Against Homelessness” Sat., Aug. 5th. “Dawn O’Donnell of Point Loma brought her 7th-grade daughter, Megan, and a small group of other girls from her neighborhood to help raise money and, more important, to show the young women how other people struggle. “Anything we can do to give back is important,” said O’Donnell, who works as a recruitment director for a telecom company. “It’s also important to get them out of their bubble,” she said of the girls, part of a group called San Diego MADCAPS, or Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies. “They have good friends and a good family so it’s important they see that there are other families with challenges and children that are not living in as nice conditions,” O’Donnell said. “They don’t know until they see it.” San Diego U-T

ArtWalk at Liberty Station –  Aug. 13

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station celebrates a potpourri of fine art nestled within the grassy knolls and picturesque rose gardens of Ingram Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13. More than 200 local, regional and international artists will showcase their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, metal and woodwork set against the backdrop of San Diego’s burgeoning arts and culture district. Touting its theme, “Liberate Your Senses,” the annual event will also host live music and dancing as well as interactive, family-friendly arts and crafts activities featured as the ever-so popular KidsWalk. More than 25,000 attendees are expected to peruse and enjoy the arts festival along with Liberty Station’s Arts District’s wide array of artistic and retail space, historical museums, dining and entertainment. Peninsula Beacon

Midway Pot Dispensary Raided

Police arrested 12 people and seized more than 40 pounds of marijuana and other drugs at an allegedly unlawful marijuana delivery service in a continued crack down on illegal dispensaries, police said Thursday, Aug. 3. The latest raid was the result of a warrant served about 11 a.m. Wednesday at 3487 Kurtz Street in the Midway District, where police say a company called Left Coast Collective was operating an illegal grow operation and marijuana delivery service, San Diego Police Lt. Matt Novak said. Officers arrested and cited 12 employees, including delivery drivers, for operating a business with a license and selling marijuana, Novak said. The raid also uncovered 41 pounds of high-grade marijuana, 8,000 cannabis-infused edibles and concentrated cannabis, an indoor grow operation with more than 100 marijuana plants, cocaine, $5,600 in cash and hundreds of pages of business records. Times of San Diego

The Spin on Lorie Zapf

The La Jolla Light published an interview with Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, who does plan to run for re-election next year. “She’s lived in Bay Ho (near Clairemont) for 17 years with her husband, Eric, and two musical daughters Tana, 18, (a freshman at San Diego State University) and Myla, 16, in high school. The family also includes a “14-pound lovable, sweet dog named Macy.”

OB Beans Gets a Shout-Out

From SD Reader: Ocean Beach coffee roaster OB Beans shares the location, co-op style, with frozen dessert specialist Wailua Shave Ice and beachy boutique Coastal Natives. OB Beans started out with a cottage license, roasting out of the home of founder Mark Bell. For the past two years, it has primarily sold beans online, and at local farmers markets. Bell and partners Ryan Bardelli, Taylor Langstaff, and Ben Nease have been building out the full-service coffee shop the better part of a year. Nease says the brick-and-mortar will continue the business’s mission to contribute proceeds to charitable organizations such as Ride for Water, which OB Beans worked with to distribute water filters to local communities during a recent coffee sourcing trip to El Salvador. “We didn’t start off as coffee people,” Nease explains, “We cared about people and building relationships first.” But, he continues, “as we became more and more nerdy about it… we realized how many people this little coffee cherry affects.”  See South OB Girl’s more extensive post on OB Beans.

More Trash Bins Coming

Throughout the summer season holidays, the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition will place 200 temporary trash and recycling bins along San Diego’s most heavily-trafficked beaches: Mission Beach, Mission Bay, Pacific Beach, and Ocean Beach to alleviate overflowing receptacles and reduce marine debris. Not only is marine debris an eyesore, it also poses a serious health threat to local wildlife and negatively impacts water quality. Since the SDCBC’s inception in 2007, these temporary bins have collected an impressive 3.3 million pounds of trash which is the equivalent of three Boeing 747 airplanes. The SDCBC bins make proper disposal the easy and convenient choice while everyone enjoys their time seaside.

Suspected Homeless Serial Killer Committed to Mental Hospital

A judge has committed Jon David Guerrero to a state psychiatric facility after he was found mentally incompetent to stand trial in four murders of three homeless men including one man in Ocean Beach, and one man who attended Metropolitan Community Church and one woman. San Diego Superior Court Judge Margo Woods read the psychiatric report on Guerrero, 40, and committed him July 26 for treatment. Another judge had suspended criminal proceedings July 14 and sent it to Woods to hear the report. This is the second time Guerrero has been sent to Patton State Hospital for treatment. He was first sent in October 2016, and returned here in March after doctors and a judge determined he had regained his competency. Guerrero’s attorney, Dan Tandon, said his client suffers from “severe mental illness.” LGBT Weekly

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Molly August 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm

This is certainly a tasty treasure trove of neat newsy nuggets.


editordude August 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm

By hitting the “Like” button, it doesn’t necessarily mean you “like” the news here, but just that you appreciate the column.


editordude August 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm

I missed this:
A 17-year-old who fell about 20-feet to the bottom of Sunset cliffs was pulled to safety by lifeguards Thursday night. “All of this is pretty much luck,” said Hobbs. “I should be dead right now, but I’m really grateful for everything that happened.”

“I should be dead right now,” Gerard Hobbs of Houston said. “I’m really grateful for everything that happened.” Hobbs said he and his friends were filming a video along the cliffs when he suddenly fell off the cliff and landed about 20 feet below.

“I was sitting down, as my feet were hanging, he was getting a clip of me,” said friend Amerdeep Sheemar. “When I turned around, he was gone.” “I thought he left. I was calling his name,” Sheemar said. Firefighters with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department rushed to the cliffs at 8:21 p.m.

Hobbs said the seaweed wrapped around his legs and he began to panic. His only thought was how to get out of the water. Lifeguards hoisted Hobbs to the top of the cliff where he was checked out by medics. Hobbs said he has some swelling and scratches on his leg, but is feeling okay.

S NBCSanDiego


Frank Gormlie August 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm
Dave August 8, 2017 at 1:22 am

Was the raided dispensary related to the guy handling the “Free weed!” sign on weekends at W. Pt. Loma and Midway for the last month or so?


Tyler August 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Not sure, but I have a feeling the legal dispensary down the street was the one who called in to report the illegal one.


Jon Carr August 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm

I’m sure we’re seeing the building blocks for Discovery Channel’s hottest new reality TV show… “Weed Wars SD!”


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