End of the Year News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late December 2022

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Ocean Beach Businesses Suffer Raft of Burglaries

Up to half a dozen OB businesses have suffered break-ins and burglaries of late. California Wild Ales, at the corner of Newport Ave and Cable, has had 4 burglaries or break-ins since they opened about 18 months ago, and the owners are asking for help from the community. The Joint and Blondstone also were victimized, as were others.

A video cam from one business showed one of the suspected burglars, carrying a bag of stolen items from Blondstone. KUSI’s Dan Plante covered the recent crimes, and he is one of the better reporters of local OB news. But then Plante veered off during his broadcast and made ridiculous comments that criminals commit burglaries because such crimes have no consequences, thanks to the politicians in San Diego and Sacramento.

Business Owners Fed Up With Crime

Business owners and neighbors are fed up with crime. This is not about Ocean Beach, but Rolando, City Heights and the College Area.

Paul Bolton Hospitalized

We are saddened to have to report that Paul Bolton — former co-owner of the well-known Electric Chair — has been hospitalized. He suffered a heart attack Dec. 19. Well wishes and prayers are being sent to Lynne Bolton and their family.

Extreme High and Low Tides are set to occur over several days in late December.

Extreme High and Low Tides are set to occur over several days in late December. On Friday, December 23, the tide reaches a high of 7.61 feet at 8:26 am and then falls to -1.96 feet at 3:45 pm. On Saturday, the tide peaks at 7.6 feet at 9:12 am and a low of -1.94 feet at 4:32 pm. Either of these low tide occasions are perfect for exploring marine life in the tidepool areas along San Diego County’s coastline. But if any strong winter storm happens to arrive from the west during these peak tides, some flooding of low-lying coastal areas around San Diego is likely. On the brighter side, birdwatchers have an opportunity to spot species of rare shorebirds that get pushed to the edges of local bays and coastal marshes by the high water. San Diego Reader

Don’t Forget About the Rag Photo Contest of King Tides

The OB Rag is sponsoring a photo contest of the King Tides expected to show up at our coasts beginning Wed., Dec. 21 until Tuesday, Dec. 27. Go here for more.

Senator Padilla Secures $4 Million for OB Library Expansion

California’s U.S. Senator Alex Padilla just announced that has secured $4 million for the Ocean Beach Library expansion out of a total of over $63 million in federal funding for 22 projects across the San Diego region in the bipartisan FY 2023 appropriations package. The bill now heads to both chambers of Congress for final passage and then on to the President to be signed into law. The library funding will support the expansion of the Ocean Beach Library to include more community spaces.

Lamp post down. Photo by Lynn Gaines

After Reportedly Stealing Wife’s Car, Husband Intentionally Crashed it into Light Post

A man who told witnesses he stole his wife’s car and intentionally crashed it into a light post early Tuesday morning is on the run. San Diego police responded to the intersection of Newport Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard around 5:36 a.m. following reports that a person crashed into a Chase Bank in the area. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a grey Toyota Prius partially on the sidewalk that collided with a light post, Officer Foster with San Diego police said. The driver was nowhere to be found.

Witnesses told SDPD that a man who appeared intoxicated exited the car and told them he had intentionally crashed the Prius while laughing about the crime. Police are working to determine if the suspect was actually under the influence of drugs or alcohol. “He told the witness that he crashed on purpose after stealing the car from his wife. He was making a video of the entire thing,” witnesses reported. San Diego police said the man fled the crash scene on foot after witnesses attempted to keep the suspect apprehended until authorities arrived. San Diego police described the suspect as an approximately 6-foot tall, 30-year-old man with a thin build.
The car was towed from the scene. No other injuries were reported. Anyone with information related to the crime was asked to call San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. CBS8

Motorcyclist Killed at OB Entrance

A man died Monday, Dec. 19 in a motorcycle crash at the entrance to Ocean Beach. Just before 1 a.m., the victim was riding a 2003 Ducati motorcycle westbound on Interstate 8 at a high rate of speed when he attempted to exit onto Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, police said. SDPD officials reported the motorcyclist failed to stop or slow down while exiting the freeway, left the roadway, struck a raised barrier, and died at the scene. The victim was 25 to 30 years old, according to police. Police said it is unknown if alcohol was a factor. 10News

Co-Founder of Kamchuca Business Begun in OB Interviewed by U-T Reporter

Todd Kent, co-founder and CEO of Boochcraft hard kombucha, which was established in Ocean Beach, San Diego, is interviewed by a U-T reporter. “Todd is a serial entrepreneur who cares deeply about healthy living, including eating organic food and exercising. He’s a big reader, thinker and is clearly passionate about business and problem solving. In this interview, we talk about how hard kombucha is made, his eco-friendly life philosophy, his best business advice and more.”

Collaboration Between Lucky Duck Foundation and Business Group Behind Bridge Shelter in the Midway District

The collaboration between Tuesday Group and the Lucky Duck Foundation has been fruitful. Ever since the charitable organization aligned with the business group, the foundation has funded, activated or led numerous high-impact initiatives, including: Bridge shelters: One of the foundation-owned bridge shelters opened in the Midway District on September 12, 2022. The “sprung structure” tent is providing 150 emergency beds. The venture is a public/private partnership. The County of San Diego is providing onsite behavioral health services and the City is overseeing operations. San Diego Magazine

3 People Displaced By Fire on 4900 Block of Cape May

Three people were displaced by a fire Monday, Dec. 19 at 4950 Cape May Ave. and were receiving assistance from the Red Cross. There were no injuries from the blaze, but damage was estimated at $100,000. The Rag reported on the fire with this video by Ed Baier. The fire was reported just before 10 a.m. , according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Arriving crews found smoke and fire coming from the home’s attic, but quickly knocked down the flames. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Times of San Diego

Wood Bonfires Outside Rings Prohibited

San Diego elected leaders voted Dec. 13 to explicitly ban wood bonfires on city beaches unless those fires are inside designated rings — an action that many community groups in La Jolla have long advocated. Under the City Council’s 8-0 decision (with Councilwoman Vivian Moreno absent), charcoal barbecuing is still allowed on grassy areas next to city beaches, officials said. The ban rewrites a vague section of the municipal code to state that the only beach fires allowed outside of designated rings are those fueled by propane, which leave no dangerous embers and produce less smoke.

Because the policy includes an ordinance in addition to municipal code changes, it won’t take effect until 30 days after the council approves it a second time in January. Hotels and other private businesses that lease city land are exempt from the new policy, so they still will be allowed to have wood fires outside city fire rings. While the municipal code may be strictly interpreted as already banning beach fires outside city-designated rings, city officials say it’s important to update the code for clarity and because wood fires have been allowed outside of those rings for many years. La Jolla Light

Bicyclist Hit by Pickup Truck in Midway As He Tried to Cross Against No-Walk Signal

Around Dec. 7, a 60-year-old pickup truck driver struck a bicyclist in the Midway District. The 44-year-old man on the bicycle was hit about 5:45 a.m. and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The man was attempting cross Sports Arena Boulevard in a crosswalk against a no-walk crossing signal when a Toyota Tacoma turned left from West Point Loma Boulevard and struck him. Alcohol was determined not to be a factor in the crash. Times of San Diego


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GML December 21, 2022 at 11:21 am

“But then Plante veered off during his broadcast and made ridiculous comments that criminals commit burglaries because such crimes have no consequences, thanks to the politicians in San Diego and Sacramento”

Actually, those comments are not ridiculous but are accurate. He should’ve also added thanks to voters (e.g. prop 47).


Frank Gormlie December 21, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Last I looked burglary was a felony. This is just KUSI’s conservative outlook on those “liberals” in Sacramento who’ve set all the criminals loose.


Greg December 22, 2022 at 7:09 am

If something classified as a misdemeanor is that no consequences? Guess I’ll start going around committing misdemeanors and all I’ll get is a pat on the back?


Frank Gormlie December 22, 2022 at 7:36 am

You’re making no sense at all. You, GML and Plante make unfounded allegations about crime and criminals. Where’s your evidence? The penalties for a simple DUI – a misdemeanor – are fairly harsh, and there’s a 6-month jail term waiting for anyone who screws up their probation/fine / classes, etc.


Greg December 24, 2022 at 11:29 am

You misunderstood what I was saying. Even if this crime was petty theft <$500, which it is not, yhat would still be a misdemeanor. Prop 47 didn't decriminalize anything it just reclassified some felonies as misdemeanors so for GML and KUSI to imply Prop 47 creates crimes without consequences implies directly that misdemeanors carry no consequences which is not true as you pointed out.


GML December 26, 2022 at 8:34 am

The issue isn’t the consequences of a misdemeanor (and I completely agree that they do have consequence by law). The issue is that the police do not have the resources or the mandate to actually purse misdemeanor crimes. So these types of crimes have been rising as the culprits realize there is a very good chance they will never be punished for their actions (or the risk is low enough to continue to commit the crimes).


Carl M Zanolli December 22, 2022 at 4:55 am

Very sad news about Paul Bolton. He may have had a heart attack while walking his dog near his downtown apartment. Let’s send him and Lynn, his wife, good thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery.


Frank Gormlie December 22, 2022 at 7:38 am

Lynne Bolton reported: “I’m happy to report that there’s been a little improvement which is great news, considering how it’s been.
Please continue with the prayers and I’ll hopefully have more news tomorrow after we see him. Love, Lynne
Note: He’s being moved to the Sharp Cardio Pulmonary Intensive Care Unit today. They have a state of the art, dedicated unit and they have all his stats and information. I will continue to keep you all apprised of his condition. I am currently smiling. More later. He’s not remotely out of the woods yet, but he’s decided to fight back! I can’t even imagine my life without this man.”


Frank Gormlie December 22, 2022 at 10:06 am

A 30-year-old motorcyclist who died in a crash Sunday at the entrance to Ocean Beach has been identified as Damien Alexander Robles, of Santa Clarita, Calif., medical officials said. Reported by San Diego Fox5 https://fox5sandiego.com/traffic/motorcyclist-killed-in-ocean-beach-crash-identified/


Frank Gormlie December 24, 2022 at 10:09 am

Update on Paul Bolton: By Lynne Bolton, Dec.24: “I am completely elated this morning for several reasons: 1)Paul had a great night off the blood pump. 2)He’s coming off the ventilator and some other bits of the myriad machines he’s attached to.
AND 3) I got to personally thank Tyler, one the EMT’s from Station 4 by Petco Park, who showed up to resuscitate him on Monday the 19th at 4:20 pm. Please, if you go by there for any reason, stop and thank them! Living downtown definitely gave Paul an advantage in that it’s densely populated, and at least some of these high rise neighbors were proactive and jumped into action.
I had lost my faith but it’s been restored. I truly believe that if God wanted Paul to die, he would not have allowed the intervention, and this steady progress. I know there are some bumps ahead…like how can he come home when there are stairs everywhere? Another worry for another time.
Paul is truly one of the best men I know, in so many ways. The world would be a much sadder place without him in it.
I’m not going to the hospital today in order to allow his nurses and doctors perform all the removals and procedures that they need to.
Paul needs to quietly rest and recover from each step in the process.
Thank you all…
PS all Paul’s shows will go on! Just changing ticket links and will update info. Please attend and support these talented musicians, who are also friends!”


Carl M Zanolli December 24, 2022 at 11:10 am

Paul really is the best of men


Deb porter December 24, 2022 at 8:46 pm

I just read an Article that city of SD is selling ‘get it done’ app to other cities. Last I encountered them, they said it would take 2 years to act on the vegetation cleanup requested on Canon St. How can SD call this process a success?…why would anyone want to pay for it, and emulate it’s failures?


Frank Gormlie December 27, 2022 at 11:18 am

Update on Paul Bolton by Lynne this morning: “Good morning, friends! After our emotional reunion, and the sheer joy of seeing Paul sitting up in bed yesterday, I could barely sleep. I looked to my left and the sky was colored in pillowy shades of purple and pink. It matched my mood, this morning.
Dakota and I will be seeing Paul at 10am and I just can’t wait! He has his phone, (one of those initial questions was if I brought his phone) but it may be a while before he uses it. I will insist that he not try to work, but I know the kind of work ethic he has. He asked about the Doors show, too…and the next one, OB Mardi Gras. Always working…even just off life support…which he is technically still on to a degree.
Anyway, keeping him restful is my next challenge, so don’t be surprised if a post appears from him. I can’t wait to see what he says in that!
Thank you all again for your prayers and well wishes. Paul is my miracle. He’s back and I shudder to imagine what life would have been without him.”


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