Mid-October 2021 News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma

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Tarballs Found at Mission Beach – How to Report Them

Tar balls were discovered on Oct. 8 in Mission Beach and San Diego regional lifeguards will be monitoring for tar balls and oil. Tar balls were collected Wednesday evening in Oceanside and more were reported Thursday in Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Del Mar.

To report tar/oil email: tarballreports@wildlife.ca.gov. In the email, include 1) Date the oil was observed, 2) Time the oil was observed, 3) Specific location where the oil was observed – GPS coordinates are preferred, 4) Descriptive photos of the oil (do not touch it), 5) A short visual/physical description of the oil, 6) Estimated quantity, 7) Contact information for follow-up.

STVR Ordinance Returns to City Council

Monday, Oct. 11, the San Diego City Council will hear specifics on some aspects of Council President Jennifer Campbell’s short term vacation rental (STVR) ordinance, which passed in February.  The City Council will hear two items: the first is an information item on the city’s proposed lottery program for Tier 3 and Tier 4 STVRs and the second is a discussion item laying out the application and licensing fees for STVRs.

Skateboarder Hit Tuesday Succumbs to His Injuries In Hospital

John Patrick Robinson, 27, hit by a car and badly injured on Tuesday while skateboarding through the Nimitz and West Point Loma Boulevard intersection, passed away Saturday in the hospital. Robinson had been taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He had entered the intersection against a red light just before 6 a.m and was hit by a car driven by a man heading south on Nimitz. SD U-T

Gov. Newsom Signs Bill That Expands Outdoor Dining

On Oct. 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law legislation that will expand opportunities for outdoor dining across the Golden State. Authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills), Assembly Bill (AB) 61 will empower local jurisdictions and the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) to provide regulatory flexibility to neighborhood restaurants struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. AB 61 provides restaurants with regulatory flexibility on a number of key issues, including enabling more outdoor food preparation and service, allowing restaurants to better use their own spaces for increased outdoor dining capacity, and extending existing ABC orders allowing for alcohol service on outdoor premises. AB 61 also includes an urgency clause, meaning the measure goes into effect immediately. La Jolla Village News

Point Loma High Student Appointed to Mayor’s Youth Commission

Avery Wulf, a student at Point Loma High School, was just recently appointed by Mayor Gloria to his Youth Commission. Avery is a resident of Point Loma where she is very dedicated to giving back to her community. Her volunteerism experience includes currently serving as the Vice President of the Associated Student Body at PLHS, a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony, and an active volunteer for the Girl Scout Troop #4920. Charlie Nieto from Pacific Beach was also appointed. He provides emerging leadership in his community. Mr. Nieto currently serves as Chair of the Community Enhancement Committee on the Pacific Beach Town Council. He is also a talented graphic designer where he donates his talents toward non-profit organizations based in Council District 2. Mr. Nieto currently is a student attending San Diego State University where is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Marketing. Nieto is a resident of Pacific Beach.

Volunteer at Cabrillo National Monument Nationally Recognized

Like the many independent, strong women she so admires, Sita Antel is forging her own path and putting her time and talents into the causes she believes in. One of those causes is the Cabrillo National Monument, and the Mission Bay High School senior’s volunteer work in support of the park has earned her national recognition. Antel, 17, of Pacific Beach, first started volunteering for the park when she young. According to her family, she has always been interested in history and historical fashion. A chance meeting at a Farmer’s Market with a couple dressed in vintage garb led to an invitation for her to visit the Cabrillo park. PBMonthly

Point Loma Nazarene Included Among California Colleges That Do Not Require ACT or SAT Scores

Nearly 130 colleges and universities in California do not require students applying for the Fall 2022 semester to release their ACT or SAT scores, according to updated data from the National Center for Fair & Open Testing. They include the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego and the Point Loma Nazarene University. San Diego Union-Tribune.

Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Killing Mother in OB

A man who killed his mother by stabbing her dozens of times in Ocean Beach was sentenced Wednesday to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Daniel Chase McKibben, 39, pleaded guilty earlier this year to murder and other allegations stemming from the slaying of 59-year-old Heidi Green, whose body was found on May 1, 2019, inside a garbage can in the garage of a condominium on Niagara Avenue. The rental property was owned by Green, a Los Angeles County resident, according to preliminary hearing testimony. Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich said Green sustained more than 45 stab wounds, mostly to her face and neck. She also alleged McKibben stole Green’s jewelry, purse, wallet, credit cards, watch and other items, many of which were never recovered.

While armed with a knife, McKibben was shot by La Mesa police the day after Green’s body was discovered, then taken into custody. In addition to the murder count, McKibben admitted to allegations of using a knife in the killing, as well as special circumstance allegations of killing Green in the commission of torture and a robbery. Patch The OB Rag covered this series of incidents a the time: see here and here.

5 Drivers Arrested at DUI-Check Near SeaWorld

Five motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at a checkpoint Sunday near SeaWorld San Diego, police said. The checkpoint was conducted between 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday at 2700 Ingraham St., said Officer Anthony Obregon of the San Diego Police Department. Of the 782 vehicles traveling through the checkpoint, 654 vehicles were screened and six drivers were evaluated, the officer said. Eight citations were issued and five vehicles were impounded. Times of San Diego

A Look Inside a Police Sweep of Midway Homeless Camp

Officials said they took down a homeless encampment in the Midway District because it obstructed the roadway and constituted a risk to public health and safety. The residents and advocates were no less bothered by what they experienced. Voice of San Diego

Sunset Cliffs Oncologist Reminds Us of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A Sunset Cliffs resident and medical oncologist is sharing information about advances in battling the disease during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. “Unfortunately, one in eight women in their lives are going to be diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Dr. Carrie Costantini, breast medical oncologist at Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center and a Scripps Clinic physician. “In 2021 alone, an estimated 281,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Though the number of deaths per year has gone down to about 43,000, that’s still way too much.” Costantini said new cutting-edge research and treatments such as immunotherapy “have improved outcomes allowing patients to live longer and without their cancers coming back.”

Leading a healthy lifestyle has also proven conducive to cancer treatment, noted Costantini, “General health, diet, and exercise are beneficial,” she said. “Studies have shown that women who’ve had breast cancer who do 150 minutes or more of moderate exercise a week that gets their heart rates up, that helps reduce their risk of cancer coming back.” There are other ways to cut down on cancer-risk factors too. “Studies have shown that women drinking less than a glass of alcohol a day have a reduced risk of not only breast cancer but many other cancers as well,” said Stephen Carpowich, Scripps Health public relations manager.



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Frank Gormlie October 11, 2021 at 2:29 pm

Sadly, this is the second death of a skateboarder in OB since June 2020. https://obrag.org/2020/06/death-of-skateboarder-on-voltaire-in-ocean-beach-may-have-been-hit-and-run/


Geoff Page October 12, 2021 at 8:28 am

This accident was the skateboarder’s own fault and there is every indication that the one on Voltaire was too. Any death is sad, but deaths due to a moment’s bad judgement are very sad.


Douglas Blackwood October 12, 2021 at 2:28 pm

Whether the skateboarders were right, or wrong is not the issue: speeding & hit & run is! Old OB’r since 67; no longer ride my bike: it’s not safe.
On my bike: surf check, grocery, PO, library, work, etc. for decades.
Parking enforcement is very $ effective; speeding not so much!
Jen Campbell do you ever do anything that helps the average Obcean?


Geoff Page October 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm

There is no record that speeding had anything to do with either accident.

The driver on Voltaire was the only one who hit and ran. That is definitely a serious wrong, I agree.


Douglas Blackwood October 13, 2021 at 7:22 pm

Aloha Geoff, Perhaps I should have posted: 1. Skateboard deaths. 2. Speeding.
Since it was a hit & run; we don’t know if speeding occurred!


sealintheSelkirks October 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm

I still skate, and that’s weekly during the dry season. Not pools anymore, though, just street, sidewalk, parking lots, and alleys as my form of local transpo from one place to another. To be honest, the last time I dropped a pool (Spokane’s Hillyard Skatepark in 2014) I realized that turning 60 in a bowl wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. I totally dug it and scared myself at the same time. But street skating on one or another of my collection is still too fun to give up. Yet.

So my take on dropping into the Nimitz & W Pt Loma intersection against a red light at 6 in the morning? As a skater I can say I’m nearly positive that skater was bombing it giving the car that nailed him not a single chance to avoid this. We move very fast on a skate so I really don’t feel all that sympathetic towards the skater. Sorry man, but stupid does tend to kill itself off eventually and I’m sure this wasn’t the first time he’s pulled something like this…just happened to be the time he didn’t get away with it. I’m betting that speeding was involved on the part of the skater. We don’t have brakes on skates, just burn the rubber off of your back shoe or taking a pavement dive…or trying to beat the car coming.

Hell, I’ve been very lucky for some reason and that’s not kidding. But the person driving oh my yes the trauma of this will be carried deep inside. I hope the driver can get through the mental anguish this caused. And to the people who cared for him I also wish them a healing of the hole this death made in their lives. Nobody wins.



Geoff Page October 15, 2021 at 12:25 pm

Well said, seal. Now get ready to be called a victim blamer, like me!


sealintheSelkirks October 15, 2021 at 6:12 pm

Gee Geoff, as a 60 freaking year surfer/skater it would be hard to nail me to the barn door with that label I would think having pulled off a number of just as dumb a stunt as this guy did many a time without turning myself into road kill. Only due to the Luck of the Irish. Except I’m not Irish so it was probably just dumb surfer luck!

I’ve blown down Soledad Mtn. Road in PB at who knows how damned fast on flat deck boards rolling loose-bearing clay wheels wearing volleyball knee pads and garden gloves at 14 or so years old. Was at PB Jr High so it was…1968 or 69? That board was in my dad’s garage when he died in ’94 and is hanging under the landing above the front room. Dropped Exchange from the Verdugo household/mansion down into north La Jolla past the La Jolla Golf Course on 44″ Sims longboard…at night! Bombed Hill St. on a Turner fiberglass speed board in the late 70s. The Concourse parking garage in Downtown SD also comes to mind in the late 70s… And yes I did get close to clocking myself out a few times and I’ve got road burns, gravel/asphalt chew, and other scars on body parts to prove it! The shit we did back then, ya know? And it was all hella fun.

The Turner I was on Hill St. with got crunched by a truck at the bottom after I bailed…and it kept going right across Sunset Cliffs. Well, I actually belly-flopped and rolled for 50 feet. Got launched. That one hurt pretty bad…

So I’m ready, Geoff. for any monkey poo tossing if someone wants to shake a finger at my supposed lack of empathy. Been there done that. Have they? HA!



Douglas Blackwood October 17, 2021 at 10:42 pm

Alright Seal,

Good cred! I learned on steel wheels: more injuries in 6 mos; then 45 years of surfing. Viet Nam, discharged 67.
67 to 76, I was all about surfing: from OB to Osprey and all breaks south to 33’s. North to Mission, PB Point to Swami’s & all breaks in-between. Then life happened, work. Came back to OB in 91; surfed til 70. Now back where I started: bodysurfing every chance I get. The ocean is life!


Frank Gormlie October 19, 2021 at 11:57 am
sealintheSelkirks October 19, 2021 at 12:25 pm

Yep Douglas, me too! I learned on steel wheels up and down the MB Boardwalk when I was living on Venice Court. I was put on one by a surfer dude that lived down the court and fell and fell and fell because any tiny bit of sand on the concrete slid me out or stopped me cold. Bottle caps were freaking deadly!! That was about 1961 or ’62 I guess, and I’ve got a 23″ Nash Sidewalk Surfboards (orange triangle logo) with orange racing stripes on the deck hanging that I scored off ebay years ago because I think it was the one I was first put on (hazy memory so I might be wrong about that).

The clay-wheeled I rode in the mid-60s to very early 70s that came out of my dad’s garage is a Champion Sidewalk Surfboard ‘Wakiki’ 35″ model, the blue printing with the blue longboard nose-riding surfer picture on it. I’ve seen a few of these models being sold on ebay but not a Wakiki model. All running in the $300 range! Notice they mis-spelled Waiki’ki! Haoles, eh?

About the same time one of that crowd pushed me into a wave on a cut-down board he made for his girlfriend. Six freaking decades later I’m still going…

I’ve got a Duke Kahanamoku 9’8″ The Hawaii ‘Sportflite’ model serial #1240 standing in my front room but it isn’t the same model I broke at Crystal Pier as a teenager because I found the cut-out deck patch from that board in my dad’s garage, too. Different model but I cried when I broke that board… Weird how much stuff he had of mine and he didn’t like surfers…

And I was also bodysurfing like you were but was much more into surf mats (remember those?) that were popular then. I was 7 going on 8, too small to carry a real board or even turn but I was hooked!

’67 to ’76? Like you I rode all of San Diego County and bummed rides to Baja in my mid-teens whenever possible. Never went farther north than Trestle’s, never surfed OC or LA but did surf NorCal to southern Oregon in the 1990s when I lived in Mt. Shasta, and paddled out on the Washington Coast at Westport Groins jetties and La Push on the Olympic Peninsula when I moved up here in 2004. Good surf here, powerful deep water waves. I’ve seen comparable to North Shore size surf up here but nobody goes out when it’s that big…

It is likely that we surfed together at one point or another because I was in the water damned near every day after I saved up for my first beaver-tailed diver’s wetsuit. Oh man did that make a difference in time-in-water. But I was young and small and ‘not a known local’ at any breaks so I got hassled by the older guys in the water a lot.

I don’t get to surf much anymore, 350 miles to La Push and the water is bone-aching cold up here, my wetsuit is just too old to work worth a damn, and the old & new injuries have caught up with me. The detached right clavicle from 2008 screws up paddling big time.

But I did surf this link below in 2017 and was paid for the story & vid I sent the magazine as I was their official ‘surfer on the spot’ for the conference! At the same time I was the official Spokane OutThere Monthly sports magazine rep and also got paid for writing a story for them! I even did an article on riversurfing for the RAG!

The first link shows 9 seconds of me wake surfing a local lake in preparation for surfing the river, and the 2nd has a 30 second short of me actually standing up after 25 years since surfing Lunchcounter in Wyoming 1988-1991.



At the same site, riverbreak.com, I co-wrote with my best friend our adventures as Wyoming surfers in this three part series with vids & pics. You’ll notice the style of writing is mostly mine. I have a better memory than DP does (he admits this) so I wrote many of the parts his name is on. We are partners, it had to be more balanced between us. This is Part 1, the other two are on the site if your interested:


Better surfing vids in Part II & III. I was ripping in on a5’10” twinnie I shaped and glassed in my OB ding shop in 1986…

I’m being too noisy with memory lane, need to go stretch and drive down the hill and cut more firewood today. Winter is coming, surfing snowy mountains time is almost upon me. Best get off this machine for now!



Frank Gormlie October 25, 2021 at 7:12 pm

Power was knocked out Monday afternoon for more than 3,200 San Diego Gas & Electric customers in the areas of Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs and Point Loma.

The outage affecting 3,281 customers began at 4:43 p.m. according to an SDG&E online outage map.

The utility said it was assessing the cause of the outage, which was expected to be resolved by 9 p.m.


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