OB Pier – Like the US Gov’t – Damaged and Shut-Down

January 18, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Pier could be a metaphor for our current state. It was significantly damaged by waves and high surf and is closed and shut-down.

Debris and timber from the pier washed up at the foot of Newport Avenue and pieces were collected and carted off by locals and tourists as souvenirs.

Significant damage to the railing and the wood paneling of the pier was caused by mother ocean. 7SanDiego

Also the Pacific surge caused flooding and lifeguards closed the area surrounding Newport Avenue and Abbott Street.

Read the full article → 11 comments

News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid-January 2019

January 17, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Scooters Are Getting Everywhere

Those damn scooters can be found everywhere. Check this photo of a recent Sunset Cliffs rescue. It is time for controls on them. According to Councilwoman Jen Campbell’s office, no date for a hearing on scooters has been set. (Hat tip to Kathy Blavatt)

It looks like Bravos Mexican Food – at the corner of Newport and Bacon – is changing ownership. The notice on the window tells us applicant Zuzola-Sutphin, Inc. is going for an ownership change.

Mural Going Up on AppleTree Market – Jan. 19

A mural is going up on the side of AppleTree Market, at 4976 Newport Ave – and it will be installed on Saturday, January 19 at 1:30 pm. The 4ft X 16ft mural has a simple message: “You Are Beautiful”.

Point Loma High Revamp to Begin This Summer

Mission Bay Park Committee Approves SeaWorld’s Second Roller Coaster

San Diego Estuary Clean-up Saturday – Jan.19 from 8 – 11 am

Dog-Friendly Option Chosen for Fiesta Island

Point Loma Curb Artist Returns

City Agrees to Fix Flooding at Ramp on Jennings

Water Main Break Causes Flow Down Narragansett’s Hill

Read the full article → 13 comments

Stabbings in Ocean Beach This Week

January 17, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The week isn’t even over and there’s been two stabbings reported in Ocean Beach so far.

The most recent one was last night about 10 minutes past midnight outside Winstons. And the first one was Monday night on Newport Avenue near Bacon. Both appeared to be instances where someone tried to intervene in an argument or altercation.

Read the full article → 6 comments

Does Ocean Beach Have a Sinkhole?

January 16, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Water is coming from underneath the asphalt and concrete of the street along Froude near Narragansett Avenue. And a number of local agencies have responded to what is reported to be a water main break.

But is it also a sinkhole? A city of San Diego spokesperson said they had a report of a sinkhole.

7SanDiego reports that police and fire units are at the scene – and they are telling the media water is coming from beneath the street and there are real concerns the street could buckle, causing potholes and even a sinkhole.

Read the full article → 1 comment

Surfing Dangerously in Ocean Beach

January 15, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

A lone surfer glides right on a wave off the jetty.

Meanwhile the County has posted “Danger” signs at the beach. And Joe Ewing was there Monday and caught the drama.

What drama, you ask.

This surfer – and others who ignore the signs – are surfing dangerously. There’s a County water quality advisory out and humans and dogs are asked to stay of coastal waters and bays for at least 72 hours after it rains. Especially in OB where the San Diego River empties.

Here is the County’s advisory:

Read the full article → 0 comments

Humboldt Sheriffs Critical of Netflix, ‘Highly Sensationalized’ Murder Mountain; Director Responds

January 11, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has blasted Netflix over its docu-series “Murder Mountain” as a”highly sensationalized” and incomplete show that portrays law enforcement in a negative light.

The 6-part series now streaming on Netflix follows the case of an Ocean Beach surfer, Garrett Rodriquez, who traveled up to Humboldt County to make money in the cannabis industry, who disappeared and was murdered, and whose body was eventually found in a shallow grave.

But the local Sheriff’s Office put out a statement saying when they were approached by the series producers, the producers claimed their documentary was going to be about the changes in the County from the legalization of marijuana. Instead, the Sheriffs say, the show became “highly sensationalized” and focused only on the death of one man, Rodriguez.

The show is about Garrett from OB and his dad, but it’s also about the history of marijuana cultivation in Humboldt – which today accounts for 60% of all cannabis grown in the U.S. – and the difficulties of once “outlaw” growers are having becoming “legal”; many are facing the prospect of having to end their farming livelihoods.

Read the full article → 1 comment

San Diego Is the Largest City in California to Ban Styrofoam

January 11, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The City of San Diego became the largest city in California to ban Styrofoam when the City Council voted 6 to 3 Tuesday, January 8 to approve a law that restricts the use of products made with polystyrene and plastic foam, like take-out containers, coolers and egg cartons.

Imperial Beach and Encinitas join San Diego within the County that also have adopted similar rules. Over 100 other California cities have such bans or restrictions. …

The new ordinance – due to go into effect probably in April 2019 – prevents restaurants and grocery stores from using plastic-foam food containers (often called “Styrofoam” – which is a brand name – referring actually to polystyrene). In addition, it bans anyone from bringing polystyrene products to the beaches or city parks, and it prohibits restaurants from giving out any plastic straws or utensils, unless customers ask for them.

Read the full article → 0 comments

Midway District Man Gravely Wounded by Police Is ‘Up-and-Coming Rapper’

January 10, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Ryan Bowers was on hard times, apparently. On New Year’s Eve he posted on Facebook, “My life is so stupid.” The 23-year old lived in the Midway District with family. Yet his life got even worse.

On Thursday night, January 3, he allegedly cut his own throat; family members called police; police arrived – confronted him as he refused to drop a knife, and he was then shot multiple times. He now has life-threatening wounds and may not survive.

Yet it turns out Ryan Bowers is described as “an up-and-coming rapper” and is signed to Nick Cannon’s label. Cannon has know him for years.

Read the full article → 1 comment

Point Loma Brewer: Gov’t Shutdown Could Adversely Affect San Diego Craft Beer Industry

January 10, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The head brewer at Bay City Brewing Company in Point Loma, Austin Pinder, complains that the Federal government shut-down could adversely affect the entire craft beer industry in San Diego.

Pinder told 7SanDiego the Federal agency’s offices that handle new beer labels are closed as part of the shutdown. Yet, every new beer label requires federal approval. Pinder said:

“The Tax and Trade Bureau requires government mandated things on beer labels like alcohol content. It also requires that the content on the packaging is unoffensive.”

Pinder claimed Bay City Brewing Company comes out with up to 30 new beers a year. Plus, other new craft breweries trying to open in San Diego’s heavy bud market could be hurt by the closing of the government.

Read the full article → 0 comments

Man Dies After Saving Dogs at Jetty in Ocean Beach

January 10, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

The man rescued off the OB Jetty by lifeguards Wednesday has died, reports the San Diego Fire Rescue-Department and County Medical Examiner’s Office today, Thursday, Jan. 10.

Identified as Gregg Owens, the man was rushed to UCSD Medical Center intensive care unit but was later pronounced dead.

Reports have Owens – visiting from Nevada – entering the rough ocean around 2pm to retrieve his dogs.

Read the full article → 2 comments

Around Town in Ocean Beach

January 9, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Here’s a few updates and photos of various businesses and projects around town in Ocean Beach.

Green Center to Open in New Location by End of January

The OB Green Center has moved into Jim Bell’s building, and according to Kip Kruegar, will reopen by the end of this month – January. Bell’s building is directly across Voltaire from the store’s former location. There’s a bunch of interior dry-walling to be done, Kip said – and many boxes to be emptied and items to be re-organized in the front space of the one-story site. The ‘end-of-the-month’ seemed optimistic.

Ebers and Greene Monstrosity Exposed to the Elements

Black tarps covering parts of the infamous Ebers and Greene building have been shredded and dislodged by the wind and are now exposing the interior to the elements – which is not easy on unprotected wood structures.

Read the full article → 1 comment

There Is Hope Yet for the OB Hardware Store

January 9, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Carl Weidetz – the owner of the OB Hardware store on Newport Avenue – gave this reporter hope that there may yet be a positive end result in the current saga of the future of the store.

On Tuesday, the 8th, as I entered one of the most popular storefronts on OB’s main commercial drag – one that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year as a business, Carl had a friendly smile and outstretched hand for this reporter.

And in a few minutes of discussion, Carl – who is definitely retiring very soon – told me that there are two possible groups of buyers who want his store. But there’s been a hang-up, he said, in talks between “the lawyers”.

“There’s no sense in buying my business,” he said, “if you can’t get the lease too.”

Read the full article → 0 comments

Willie Is Back! OB Legend Returns to His Corner

January 9, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

One of the most famous personages in Ocean Beach has returned to his corner at Newport and Cable – Willie is back. An absolute OB legend, Willie is back in front of his Shoe Shine shack behind the coffee kiosk at the corner.

Having been hospitalized for a year, he appeared to this reporter in good spirits and ready to chat with anyone who stops by to say hello. He told me he was 85 years old. He’s a former Marine and was in Korea in the early -50s. But Willie has been a mainstay on Newport Avenue for decades.

Read the full article → 1 comment

The Constitution Does Not Give Trump ‘Emergency Powers’

January 8, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Our Constitution does not give President Trump “emergency powers” and he can’t suspend it whenever he perceives there’s a national emergency. So says Constitutional expert and Dean of UC Berkeley Law School, Erwin Chemerinsky. And I believe him over Trump and any of his sycophants.

Two decades ago, I met Chemerinsky after one of his “Constitutional Law” lectures – as he was one of the professors hired to teach hundreds of us San Diego law school graduates how to take the California State Bar. Totally impressed with his sweeping grasp of the Constitution, I followed his career over the years. At some point, he became the very first dean of the brand new law school at UC Irvine. Now, he’s at Berkeley – and today he wrote an Op-Ed piece for the LA Times, “Trump’s border wall woes”.

If Trump tries to simply invoke emergency powers and build a wall between the United States and Mexico without congressional approval, it would “constitute an unconstitutional and dangerous expansion of presidential power,”

Read the full article → 3 comments

‘Murder Mountain’, Garret Rodriguez and Ocean Beach

January 8, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Ocean Beach is in the very first scene of Murder Mountain – a new docuseries in 6 parts now streaming on Netflix – and we immediately view the iconic image of OB: the Ocean Beach Pier and surfers.

Yet apart from the beauty of the opening, the series is a tragic one – as it follows what happened to Garret Rodriguez, a 29-year old OB surfer – his trip up to northern California to cash in on the marijuana industry, his subsequent disappearance into Humboldt County and murder.

The OB Rag had been following Garret’s disappearance since July 2013 when we reposted an article from Lost Coast Outpost by Kym Kemp. A number of OBceans responded in comments that they recall seeing him around OB. That December we published an update by Kemp – one year after his disappearance. Even then it looked like he had been murdered.

Then the bad news came around mid-December 2013:

Read the full article → 3 comments

Judge Rules Against San Diego County’s Plan on Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Brings Major Residential Developments to a Halt

January 7, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Is this the San Diego County we know?

The Sierra Club is claiming victory in a court ruling that came down the day after Christmas against the County’s efforts to allow developers to buy their way out of restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions, while North County slow-growth advocates are ecstatic over what it all could mean for large projects planned for their area.

And in the process Superior Court Judge Timothy B. Taylor rejected the County’s Climate Action Plan as being woefully inadequate in meeting the commitment to reach greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards mandated by the state of California. .

Judge Taylor ruled the County’s plan for developers to be able to use carbon credits, or offsets from outside the County, or outside the state and or even somewhere else in the world, was not only unacceptable, it was unverifiable and unenforceable.

Read the full article → 0 comments

New Year’s News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma in 2019

January 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Cabrillo National Monument is closed to all visitors including pedestrians and bicyclists.

Due to the government shut-down, Cabrillo National Monument is closed to all visitors including pedestrians and bicyclists.

Ocean Beach Appears in Netflix’s “Murder Mountain”

Murder Mountain, a six-part Fusion docuseries now streaming on Netflix, follows the disappearance and murder of 29-year-old Garret Rodriguez, a friendly surfer-boy from San Diego who ventured north to cash in on California’s green rush.

Read the full article → 18 comments

A Bridge for SeaWorld on Its Way Over the San Diego River

January 3, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

You’ve seen the cranes and all the equipment parked next to the bridge over the San Diego River, undoubtedly.

The giant building hardware and all the workers are busy replacing the old, ’50’s 4-lane bridge, called the West Mission Bay Drive bridge which stretches across the river. It will be replaced with two new, 3-lane bridges, with protected bike paths on both spans.

It’s all part of the City plan to help improve traffic flow to SeaWorld and the beach communities.

The current West Mission Bay Drive bridge is one of the primary arteries funneling people and cars to the entrance of SeaWorld, just a couple thousand feet away from the end of the bridge, and into the city’s central beach neighborhoods.

Read the full article → 4 comments

Councilwoman Campbell Calls on District 2 Residents to Apply for Board and Commission Vacancies

January 3, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Newly-installed San Diego Councilwoman Jen Campbell is calling on residents of District 2 to consider applying for vacancies on the City’s various boards and commissions. District 2 includes Ocean Beach, Point Loma and the Midway District, among other communities.

The City of San Diego currently has nearly 50 boards and commissions that focus on a diverse set of issues.

In a press statement, Campbell stated:

“With vacancies on our many boards and commissions, I’m asking the residents of District 2 to consider applying.

Read the full article → 2 comments

The Top 15 Stories of Ocean Beach and Point Loma in 2018

December 28, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It’s the end of the year – a time when media and press pundits turn reflective and ponder the “best” or “most important” stories published over the last 12 months. After reviewing our archives from 2018, we’ve come up what we think are the “top stories” from OB and Point Loma for the year.

We mainly based the top stories on how significantly they impacted Ocean Beach and the rest of the Peninsula. And the stories include news, photos, analysis and opinions about real issues within these communities, a number of which have continued from last year. And a number will most certainly continue into the new year.

So, here they are, the top 15 stories –

Read the full article → 7 comments

Company Says First Scooter Fatality in San Diego County Was Riding ‘Without Permission’

December 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Esteban Galindo, 26, is the first scooter fatality in San Diego County. He passed away after colliding with a car while riding a Bird scooter in Chula Vista on Saturday, December 22.

Now Bird is claiming Galindo was riding its scooter “without permission”.

The driver that was involved in the collision with Galindo’s scooter was traveling southbound on Third Avenue and had the green light, according to police.

Read the full article → 7 comments

Don’t Throw Away Your Old Surfboard – Donate It to an Art Upcycling and Re-purposing Project

December 21, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Got an old surfboard? Well, don’t throw it away.

Instead – donate it to art-related upcycling/ re-purposing efforts for end-of-life surfboards. And it doesn’t have to be ride-able.

Read the full article → 0 comments

‘Tis the Season …’ – 500 New Scooters Released into San Diego

December 21, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Uber and Lyft Unleash 500 Scooters on San Diego

Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft have unloaded a combined 500 electric scooters on San Diego this week, joining the fray of dockless transportation options on the city’s streets — and they’re undercutting their competitors.

Read the full article → 8 comments

OB Planners Give Initial Green Light to Commercial Project for 4870 Voltaire

December 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Last night, Wed, Dec. 19, the Project Review Committee of the OB Planning Board gave a commercial project slated for Voltaire a green light to proceed to the next step. The next step is being reviewed by the full board at a future meeting.

The review panel also gave tentative approval to 2 other projects before it and asked the owners of another project to return to the drawing board.

The Project Review Committee is a sub-committee of the Board and gets first crack at reviewing projects that come before the Planning Board, and usually gives a recommendation of thumbs-up or thumbs-down to the full board which carries substantial weight.

Read the full article → 2 comments

Boy Hit by Car While Looking at Christmas Lights in Ocean Beach Released from Hospital

December 20, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The 7-year-old boy seriously injured by a car Tuesday night while looking at Christmas lights with his family in Ocean Beach has been released from the hospital.

Caleb De Leon is in a wheelchair with his leg in a cast now but as of Wednesday, he’s back with his relatives. But he has a metal bar and pins in his leg bone and faces a good period of physical therapy and recovery.

Caleb was visiting San Diego relatives with his family from Arkansas when he was hit by a car on the 4700 block of Newport Avenue just after he had stepped off the curb.

Read the full article → 0 comments

Mystery Outer Reef Break at Sunset Cliffs – ‘It Only Breaks When It’s Big’

December 19, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Here is another one from ACE – Albert C Ellliott – taken mid-day, at Mystery outer reef break, Tuesday, December 18.

ACE says this is one of our local MYSTO spots. It’s hard to see, hard to photograph and hard to surf. I asked him what size of wave he thought it was.

Read the full article → 6 comments

Target Angers Another Community – This Time North Park – By Painting Over Beloved Mural

December 18, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Target – even a so-called “mini-Target” – moving into Ocean Beach has angered many residents and a few businessowners. But OB isn’t the only neighborhood pissed off by the retail giant. Now, they’ve done it to somebody else.

This time the corporate behemoth Target has angered another community – North Park.

Despite community protests, petitions and outcry, Target had a famous dinosaur mural on the corner of University Avenue and Ray Street painted over.

Crews hired by Target were seen on Monday, Dec. 17, spraying over the “Weenasaurus Rex” mural painted on an exterior wall.

Read the full article → 4 comments

Local Lifeguard Performs Daring Rescue at Sunset Cliffs

December 18, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

A daring rescue by a local lifeguard on Sunday over at Sunset Cliffs has caught the attention of social media.

Lifeguard Kirsten Rich dove into dangerous waters off a cove on Sunday sans wetsuit to rescue a surfer struggling while hanging onto some rocks.

Read the full article → 3 comments

7-Year-Old Boy Injured in Ocean Beach While Looking at Christmas Lights

December 18, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

A 7-year old boy was injured early Monday evening on Newport Avenue by a car while he and his family were looking at Christmas lights. The young lad remains hospitalized Tuesday with a serious injury to his left leg.

Just before 6:30 p.m. Monday the boy and his family were walking on the north side of the 4700 block of Newport Avenue looking at the holiday displays on the south side when the as-yet unidentified youngster stepped into the street. The north side of that block borders OB Elementary School and there are many residences across the street with festive and lit displays.

Read the full article → 0 comments

OB Planners’ Project Review Committee Has 4 Projects Up for Review – Wed., Dec. 19

December 17, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Projects on Cape May, Narragansett, Saratoga and Voltaire Up for Review

The most important sub-committee of the Ocean Beach Planning Board, the Project Review Committee, has a full plate on its agenda with 4 projects to review for its Wednesday night meeting. The panel meets at the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave on Dec. 19 at 6pm.

The Project Review Committee has first crack at the projects the Planning Board reviews and usually gives a recommendation to the full board which carries substantial weight. Up for review are the following:

4744 Cape May Ave

This is a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) to construct a new 1,974 square-foot, 3-story residence with decks;

Read the full article → 0 comments