News and Notices for Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early September 2019

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Contractor Found in Violations at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park for Pesticides.

The County of San Diego has found contractor Habitat West in violations for pesticides at Sunset Cliffs “Natural Park”. Their investigation started Jan 2019. The folks behind Campaign Non-Toxic San Diego also an investigation in progress. The County published a report on the violations; it’s 86 pages long and to request the entire report email   . By the way Non Toxic SD has a petition going and have over 1300 signatures. Add yours here.

‘Catch the Wave Foundation’ Holding 2nd Fundraiser for OB Elementary School – Sat. Sept. 7

Please join Catch the Wave at their 2nd annual FUNdraiser event for Ocean Beach Elementary School. It’s all at Winston’s Beach Club on 9/7/19 from 5-9pm. Come for the musical stylings of David & The Goliaths and the Audiohounds. Donations at the door for the show. Bracelets will also be sold for those wishing to enjoy sandwiches from Surf Side Deli & to participate in our silent auction and raffle. The OB business-community has donated an incredible amount of items, including a generous donation from Coconut Peets. They organized donations for us of a 5’2” Ace Grom surfboard, Naked Viking Surf fins & a Stay Covered leash. In addition, Coconut Peets is also donating $100 gift certificates for the raffle. (More – ; )

Water Quality Advisories for Mission Bay and Shelter Island

Advisory: San Diego Bay – Shelter Island Shoreline; Status Since: September 6, 2019 – Bacteria levels may exceed health standards. Avoid water contact in the advisory area.

Advisory: Mission Bay – Station: North Cove – Vacation Isle – 150’ each side of drain; Status Since: August 21, 2019 – Bacteria levels may exceed health standards. Avoid water contact in the advisory area.

Advisory: Mission Bay – Station: Comfort Station, at Leisure Lagoon – swim area; Status Since: Sepember 4, 2019 – Bacteria levels may exceed health standards. Avoid water contact in the advisory area.

Advisory: Mission Bay – Station: Fiesta Island – Northwest Shoreline – Status Since: September 4, 2019; for more on any of these.

Lifeguards Rescue 2 on Catamaran Stuck in Point Loma Cave

Crews rescued two people stuck on a 26-foot catamaran that had floated into a Point Loma cave early Friday morning, a San Diego Fire-Rescue lifeguard lieutenant said. “There was a mayday that came across … saying that there was a vessel actually stuck in a cave,” Marine Safety Lt. Rich Stropky said. The boat had been on autopilot, and the two people, who had been fishing off Coronado Island, may have been asleep. They woke around midnight to find the boat smack against the cliffs with the surge having pushed them into a cave. It took rescue crews 45 minutes to find the stranded fishers. Turned out the boat was in the Sunset Cliffs area, he said, by the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. Once it was figured out where the watercraft was stuck, two lifeguards swam into the cavern and found the boat “sitting high and dry” with the pair of boaters on the vessel – uninjured. San Diego Union-Tribune

Former People’s Manager Running for Congress Against Scott Peters

Nancy Casady says she is running against Peters because the congressman has refused to back the Green New Deal.  For the first time in his career, Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, will battle not only Republican challengers as he seeks re-election but also a Democrat. ………….On Monday, Aug. 26, La Jolla Democrat Nancy Casady, a member of the State Food and Agriculture Board and a former manager of the Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op, announced she is mounting a challenge to Peters in the 2020 primary’. Casady, who joins Republican Famela Ramos in challenging Peters, said she has been a supporter of Peters. Yet she is frustrated with his refusal to back the Green New Deal, a wide-ranging resolution aimed at wiping out greenhouse emissions by 2030 while creating new jobs.

“The truth is we are in a dire climate emergency and it is growing everyday,” Casady said. “I think it is my responsibility to challenge anyone who does not see the scale and urgency of the problem that we face and the scale and urgency’ of the solutions we need. I think the Green New Deal offers that blueprint.”
Peters, a four-term incumbent who represents the 52nd Congressional District, made up of mostly coastal and central San Diego, is the lone Democrat in San Diego’s congressional delegation yet to back the resolution, drawing the ire of local environmental activists who have protested outside of his office over the past few months. SD U-T

OB Kid Raising Money from Lemonade Stand for Diseased Buddy

An Ocean Beach boy, who uses his lemonade stand to pay it forward, is raising money for a friend with a rare disease. Dylan Rodrigues, who is nine-years-old, sets up his lemonade stand outside his home on Bacon and Cape every Wednesday as folks come and go from the farmer’s market in order to raise money for his friend Kal. “My friend Kal has muscular dystrophy,” said Dylan. Kal’s family lived in Ocean Beach but relocated to Central California. Kal, who is six-years-old, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that degenerates muscles. Flex for Kal is raising awareness about the disease that does not have a cure. “He is my friend, and he is my buddy. He has muscular dystrophy, and I am trying to raise money for him right now,” said Dylan. Dylan has a tall order because the cost of each stem cell therapy that Kal receives every three months is $10,000. “He is doing it for all the right reasons. He is doing it for his friend,” said Mary. Dylan is not alone. Jersy Mikes and a local radio station are also helping him raise $8,000. “It is incredible. You don’t see that many kids like that these days. It is awesome to be able to help out,” said Mitch Conniff, an Ocean Beach resident. abc10News

Motorcyclist and SUV Don’t Mix Well in the Midway

A 74-year-old male was traveling eastbound in the 4400 block of West Point Loma Boulevard on a motorcycle about 1 p.m. on Sept. 4. A white SUV was stopped in traffic in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle rider became distracted and crashed into the back of the SUV. The motorcycle rider sustained a fractured pelvis and internal injuries. His injuries are not life threatening and alcohol was not a factor. Traffic Division Officers responded and will be handling the investigation. Anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. The Beacon

Patio Group Founder Charged by SEC with $300 Million Scheme Defrauding Retail Investors

Gina Champion-Cain is the founder of The Patio Group which has an array of restaurants; one in PB, another in Mission Hills and one locally at Liberty Station – Fireside by the Patio. She also has been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission. On August 29 the SEC announced it has filed charges and was able to freeze the assets of San Diego-based ANI Development LLC –  Champion-Cain is its principal – for operating a multi-year $300 million scheme that defrauded approximately 50 retail investors.  From

According to the SEC’s complaint, beginning in 2012, defendants fraudulently raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors by claiming to offer investors an opportunity to make short-term, high-interest loans to parties seeking to acquire California alcohol licenses. In truth, the SEC alleges, the investment opportunity was a sham. Contrary to defendants’ representations, the SEC asserts, defendants did not use investor funds to make loans to alcohol license applicants. Instead, Cain directed significant amounts of investor funds to a relief defendant that she controlled.  

American Idiot – the Musical at OB Playhouse – Begins Friday Sept 6

Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a new millenium world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s album to execute the story line. …Age limit: 18+; It all begins Friday, September 6, 2019, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ocean Beach Playhouse 4944 Newport Avenue, OB, 92107; Cost: $28 – $45.

Carrie Underwood at Pechanga Arena Tues., Sept. 10

Carrie Underwood with Maddie & Tae, Runaway June: 7 p.m. Tuesday. Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District. $46-$96, plus service charges.

Peninsula Singers Welcomes Singers for Fall Season

The Peninsula Singers community choir welcomes singers with all levels of experience to join them for the fall season, which starts on Monday, September 9th. No audition is needed. Rehearsals are every Monday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the community room at Point Loma Hervey Branch Library, 3701 Voltaire Street.
Interested singers can visit for more information and to register online. Registration is also available at the first few rehearsals. The choir is directed by Sarah Suhonen and accompanied by Stewart Simon on piano. The choir has performed at many venues throughout our community including U.S.S. Midway, the Point Loma Village Cultural Faire, Southwestern Yacht Club, Point Loma High School, several local libraries, and December Nights in Balboa Park. They have also performed at Carnegie Hall and the European cities of Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and Munich. Last year, the choir went on tour in Ireland. Established in 2003, Peninsula Singers is a Committee of the nonprofit 501(c)3 Ocean Beach Community Foundation.

Lifeguards Rescue Someone Who Fell Off Pier or Wall Labor Day

San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said a person fell from either Ocean Beach Pier or the seawall there about 5:30 p.m. on Labor Day. The extent of the injuries was not immediately known. `The bulk of what we’ve been doing on the beaches has been taking care of sick and injured people,” said Lerum. ”We also had a flurry of kayak rescues, About five kayaks tipped over into the ocean. We rescued those kayaks. Everybody is fine.” There was lots of boating activity over the holiday weekend. “We had a ton of boating incidents on Mission Bay,” said Lerum. 10News

Experienced Swimmer Dies After Being Pulled from Mission Bay

A woman died in the water off Mission Bay, a lifeguard official said Sunday. The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Lifeguards said the 73-year-old woman, who was known to swim in Mission Bay almost weekly, appeared to not be swimming in a straight line like she usually does, according to Lt. Andy Lerum with San Diego Lifeguard Services. “Lifeguards swam out and brought her to shore and performed CPR,” Lerum said. “She had some sort of heart issue. The medics were working on her for quite some time.” She died before she could be taken to a hospital, he said. Fox5

TownePlace Suites Open at Liberty Station

Another one of the The Corky McMillin Companies projects is on line. This one is called TownePlace Suites at Liberty Station. The brand new 222 all-suite hotel includes studios as well as one and two bedrooms suites. The promo says: “With stunning exterior views, you can make yourself at home, surrounded by our custom-built, Navy-inspired décor on the inside.” Navy-inspired décor?? Wow, who would want to spend expensive time in anything inspired by gray-Navy decor?

Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with SUV on Loma Rivera Drive in Midway

A 78-year-old white male was riding a bicycle eastbound on 4100 Loma Riviera Lane, approaching the intersection with Loma Riviera Drive about 6 p.m. on Sept. 3. A silver colored 2017 Subaru SUV was driving southbound at 3000 Loma Riviera Drive and entered the intersection with Loma Riviera Lane. The vehicle was being driven by a 65-year-old white female. The bicyclist entered the intersection without yielding to the vehicle. The bicyclist struck the vehicle in the intersection. The bicyclist was thrown from his bike and sustained serious injuries. The male was transported by paramedics to an area hospital for treatment for life-threatening injuries. SDPD Traffic Officers along with Traffic Division detectives responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. Anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. San Diego Community News Group

Point Loma Association Granted $60,000 for Rosecrans “Anchor Lights”

The Point Loma Association (PLA) receives $60,000 grant from the County of San Diego for their upcoming transformational project in the community, themed “Anchor Lights”, on Rosecrans Street in Point Loma. The new project, “Anchor Lights”, is in a reference to the nautical history of the peninsula. This multi-phased project includes the installation of a series of string lights across Rosecrans Street from Talbot to Cañon Street. The “Anchor Lights” project will not only be one of the most significant capital projects in PLA history, it will also bring a lifestyle transformation and place-making to the entire community. Much like its nautical inspiration, “Anchor Lights” creates a beacon of light signifying the presence and importance of the historic Point Loma Village. The total projected project cost is $240,000 which will be divided into two phases. Given the significant scope of the project the PLA requested support from the County in the amount of $60,000 in order to complete the design and receive necessary government approvals. Funding support through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (NRP) will significantly enhance the momentum and energy surrounding the project. For more information or to donate to the project, visit or contact the PLA at 619-736-1752.

Pedestrian With “Life-Threatening” Injuries from Midway Accident

A 38-year-old man suffered life threatening injuries Friday night – August 30 – after being struck by a vehicle, according to San Diego police. The accident occurred about midnight in the Midway District. The man was either walking or running when a vehicle driving westbound on Sports Arena Boulevard near East Drive hit him, police said. The pedestrian sustained major head trauma. Police determined the driver, 31, was not under the influence. SDU-T

Bicyclist and Jeep Collide on Midway Drive

A bicyclist riding in the Midway District Friday afternoon – August 30 – was struck by a Jeep as it was leaving a parking lot, authorities said. The San Diego Police Department said the accident happened around 12:30 p.m. along the 3600 block of Midway Drive. The 56-year-old female bicyclist was riding on the sidewalk as a 39-year-old man was waiting for traffic to pass so he could pull out of a private parking lot, police said. The vehicle and bicyclist collided when the driver began pulling onto the street. Watch Commander Tony Martinez said the bicyclist suffered severe head trauma in the crash. Updates on her injuries were not immediately available.

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Frank Gormlie September 6, 2019 at 1:59 pm

I think I need to start a section called “Accidents in the Midway”. Did you see above? There were 4 over this last week, Aug 30 to now.


ZZ September 6, 2019 at 8:40 pm

The Midway area suffers from poor planning, but also from crazy people who dart into heavy 40MPH traffic.

I’ve seen this elsewhere, but never so bad as Sports Arena, Midway, and Rosecrans.

The new Sports Arena area redevelopment I hope will be very dense and pedestrian friendly. I think downtown San Diego provides the best model with a mix of offices, condos, apartments, and ground-floor businesses.

A great way to increase density with less impact on traffic are developments targeted toward retirees, who often share a single car with their spouse and do not drive much or at all, and can time their driving to avoid rush hours.


Vern September 8, 2019 at 6:21 pm

RE: TownePlace Suites Open at Liberty Station

I wonder… did the Corky McMillin Company (Marriott) cut in line for the Quieter Homes Program? Else-wise that’s gotta be one loud place to hang yer hat for a night, while enjoying the “navy-inspired” decor.


Frank Gormlie September 9, 2019 at 9:55 am

“A 64-year-old bicyclist was hospitalized Saturday morning with life threatening injuries he suffered in a hit-and-run crash in the Point Loma Heights area of San Diego.

The victim was walking or riding his bike northbound in the bike lane of Nimitz Boulevard when he was struck or sideswiped by a white Nissan Versa or similar vehicle traveling northbound in the No. 2 lane, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.

The driver did not stop and the victim was found on the ground by another driver, Heims said.

The victim suffered an open pelvic fracture and several other major, life threatening injuries, Heims said.

Anyone with information about this hit-and-run crash was asked to call the SDPD’s Traffic Division at 858-495-7800.”


ZZ September 9, 2019 at 11:30 am

Quiter Homes is so you don’t sue the airport for noise nuisance. You may see there is something on your house’s deed already saying you agree not to sue them. A company the size of Marriott may negotiate something separately. I’ve only heard the program apply to houses and apartments, but maybe it covers hotels.


Vern September 9, 2019 at 4:11 pm

The Quieter Home Program does, however, come with a catch. Each homeowner is required to sign an avigation easement, an agreement that, according to the Quieter Home Program’s website, “limits the homeowner’s ability to initiate legal action against the Airport Authority for aircraft noise-related issues.”


Frank Gormlie September 11, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Oh no: A 15-year-old boy was rescued from the ocean after jumping off a cliff in the Sunset Cliffs area Wednesday morning and struggling in the water, authorities said.

More than 20 lifeguards responded to the call around 10:40 a.m. after witnesses reported seeing the teen in the ocean after jumping off Pappy’s Point along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Osprey Street.

Lifeguards searched the water for nearly an hour, some from personal watercraft and from boats, some who were diving and others who were swimming. The water near the point has limited visibility because of the large swell and strong current, said San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Rick Romero.

“It is a very small area, but the tricky part is it has zero visibility,” Romero said.

The boy was found under water and was taken to shore, where medics performed CPR. He was transported to UCSD Medical Center. His condition was not known late Wednesday.

Witnesses told lifeguards the boy had skipped school with friends and gone to the beach, where several of them jumped off the cliff. Romero said he didn’t know what school the teen attended. SD U-T


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