Will Nati’s Buildings Be Demolished? Historians Scramble to Save ‘Eclectic’ Design of Famous Architect

March 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In a brand new article in the San Diego Reader, local writer Julie Stalmer raises the issue of whether the Nati’s shopping center will be demolished. She also provides some needed history on the original owners and some great old photos – including one of the “original” Nati.

The new Nati’s owner has proposed, Stalmer wrote, to demolish the shopping center. Stalmer got wind of this when she spoke with Amie Hayes, Historic Resources Specialist, with Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO). SOHO got involved with the issues surrounding Nati’s proposal to demolish the building, when on February 28, as part of the development process, Nati’s submitted a report to the city’s historic resources board for a preliminary historic review of Nati’s parcel.

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50 Years Ago Today – the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam and the American Soldier Who Stopped It

March 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

American Soldiers Killed 504 Vietnamese Civilians Including Many Children – It Could Have Been Worse If Helicopter Pilot Hugh Thompson Hadn’t Landed and Threatened to Shoot Other Americans

In today’s Los Angeles Times, progressive professor Jon Wiener wrote an amazing piece about not only the 50th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam on this day but of Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot who stopped it.

I met Wiener when I was canvasing members of the faculty at UC Irvine to join a union – I knew him as a prolific writer for The Nation magazine back in the Eighties – and I really expected he would be sympathetic and join. He didn’t – too much local politics on campus under the bridge – I think he said. And for years, I resented his decision not to throw his fate in with others on the campus. But today, from one lefty to another, I forgave him – because of this article. He began:

Everybody’s heard of the My Lai massacre — March 16, 1968, 50 years ago today — but not many know about the man who stopped it: Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot. When he arrived, American soldiers had already killed 504 Vietnamese civilians (that’s the Vietnamese count; the U.S. Army said 347). They were going to kill more, but they didn’t — because of what Thompson did.

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Two New Books by Ocean Beach and Point Loma Authors

March 15, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s two new books by two different local Ocean Beach and Point Loma authors. One is already published in paperback and other will be released in mid-April.

Kathy Blavatt and Dianne Lane are the local authors; Kathy wrote “Ocean Beach: Where Land and Water Meet” and Dianne has written “From Where We Sail: A Family’s Six and a Half Year Journey Around the World on Sorcery“.

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Vast Majority of Point Loma High School Students Join National Walk-Out Against Gun Violence

March 14, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The vast majority of Point Loma High School students joined a national walk-out against gun violence, this Wednesday morning – the 14th of March.

There’s 1900 students on campus the principal told me and by far most of them had gathered near the east end of the school’s football field. A few minutes before 10:00am – the hour of the walk-out – a bell went off and students began streaming towards the southern end of the school where the athletic fields are.

By time I got to the football field, massive numbers of students were listening to and cheering on a series of speakers – most of them students – plea and demand changes to how this society handles guns and violence

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500 San Diegans Rally in San Ysidro Against Trump and His Wall

March 13, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In a parking lot of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in San Ysidro, 500 San Diegans rallied against President Trump and his wall. Trump was over at the prototypes during part of the rally.

The general theme, “Build Bridges Not Walls”, was highly visible as a variety of faith-based organizations and groups that have mobilized since Trump’s election came together to oppose his policies on the wall, immigration and other issues. Folks from Women’s March, Indivisible, ImpeachTrump mingled with immigrants’ rights groups and Democratic party activists.

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General Rain Advisory in Effect for All San Diego Coastal Waters Due to Contamination from Urban Runoff

March 12, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Avoid Contact With Water for 72 Hours Following Rain of March 10

There is a General Rain Advisory in effect for all of San Diego’s coastal waters – including, of course, all Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma, Mission Bay – all the other beaches.

The water quality advisory is due to contamination by urban runoff following rains that occurred on March 10, 2018.

Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned

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Just How Many Torrey Pines Will Be Planted at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park?

March 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

UPDATE: Contractor Tells OB Rag 51 Torrey Pines Will Be Planted at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

The OB Rag has just been contacted by Keith Adamek,vice-president of Silverstrand Construction – mentioned below – that the number of Torrey Pines trees they will plant is 51.

Virginia Wilson of Save Peninsula Trees told this reporter that the company working on developing Sunset Cliffs Natural Park had pledged to plant 130 Torrey Pine trees within the park. She had heard this number at the recent meeting of the citizens’ council that oversees the park from a representative of the company, Silverstrand Construction.

The planting of Torrey Pines is mentioned several times in the Master Plan for the Sunset Cliffs park – which is great. OBceans love Torrey Pines – and fight to keep them.

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Save Bahia Point Park – Paddle & Appreciation Day – Saturday, Mar. 10

March 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s a “Save Bahia Point Park ! -Paddle & Appreciation Day” being put together by some of the beach folks mobilized against mega-hotelier … Evans public land grab at Bahia Point in Mission Bay. It’s happening Saturday, March10th.

From a flier put out:

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Blake Herrschaft Elected Chair of OB Planning Board – Forum on Dockless Bikes Held

March 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

New Executive Committee Chosen

At last night’s monthly Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting, Blake Herrschaft was elected Chair of the Board, a step up from his former position as vice-chair. And Andrea Schlageter was elected the new vice-chair – whose task mainly is to chair the monthly subcommittee meeting of the Project Review panel. Rounding out the Executive Committee, Craig Klein was selected again as the Treasurer and Dan Dennison the Secretary of the Board.

In community election results, the 4 incumbents who ran were all re-elected; they include Klein, Numan Stotz, Jane Gowronski and Schlageter. John Ambert and Bill Corbin have stepped off the Board. Ambert was chair for 4 years.

Discussion on Dockless Bikes

The main draw for the night’s meeting – evidenced by a packed meeting room and at least 3 television cameras – was a promised discussion or forum on the invasion into OB by bike-share, or dockless bikes.

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Tooling Around Point Loma and Ocean Beach – A Photo Gallery of Sorts

March 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

We were just tooling around the Point in my Nissan Verse, out to Ladera Street to check the stairs, up the road to see what’s happening with the trees and construction of the new park at Point Loma Natural, up Hill Street to inspect the progress of the new Point Loma Fire Station, then north to Voltaire to take in the views of the Upper Voltaire project. And everywhere (not literally) we saw LimeBikes – not in huge groups – but in ones, and twos ….

Ladera Street Stairs Still Accessible Despite Tape

The City of San Diego believes the cliffs around the end of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard at Ladera Street are unsafe.

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Tonight – Ocean Beach Is the ‘Battleground’ over Dockless Bikes

March 7, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Tonight – Wednesday, March 7th – Ocean Beach becomes the focus in the “battle” over dockless bicycles, for representatives of 3 so-called bike-sharing companies will appear at the OB Planning Board. The Board holds their monthly meeting at 6pm in the Community Room of the OB Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

OB – as have other communities around San Diego – has been swamped of late with LimeBikes appearing overnight without warning. Tourists and visitors seem to like them – but what about locals?

Complaints about the lime green bikes have been sharp on OB’s social media

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The OB Vibe – A Listing of Music, Art and Happenings in Ocean Beach Mar. 6 – 13

March 6, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Welcome back to “the OB Vibe” – a weekly column highlighting music and art and other happenings for and around Ocean Beach.

We highlight music and more happening this week at the OB Library, Winston’s, Mother’s Saloon, Culture Brewing, Kilowatt, the OB Playhouse and Theatre, the OB Farmers Market, the OB Green Center …


1921 Bacon St., Ocean Beach, CA 92107 • (619) 222-6822

Fri, Mar 9
– 7:30 PM | $5
Ocean Beach Comedy

– 9:30 PM | $10
The Heavy Guilt and AJ Froman

Sat, Mar 10
– 5:00 PM | NO COVER
The Travel Agents

– 9:30 PM | $8.00

Mother’s Saloon

2228 Bacon St


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Reps from Bike-Share Companies Before OB Planning Board – Wed., Mar. 7

March 5, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Representatives from several bike and scooter share companies will have their programs reviewed by the Ocean Beach Planning Board at its monthly meeting, this Wednesday, March 7th. The appearance of many LimeBikes on the sidewalks has caused quite a reaction among OBceans – not all of it positive.

Reps from Lime Bike, Ono Bike and Bird Scooters will field questions from the Board – and the public – with the discussion resulting in recommendations from the Board.

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OB Planning Board: Annual Election – Wed., March 7th

March 5, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

This Wednesday, March 7th, is a big day for Ocean Beach planners.

First, it’s the annual election for 7 open seats on its 14-member Board of volunteers and voting will take place inside the OB Recreation Center, from 4 to 6pm. The Rec Center is located at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

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One Year Ago – Ocean Beach As Usual Was Ahead of Its Time – ‘Impeach !’ Spelled Out in the Sand

March 5, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It was one year ago, on March 4th, 2017, that nearly 500 people showed up at the beach at Ocean Beach and with their bodies, spelled out the words “IMPEACH !” and “RESIST”.

As usual, Ocean Beach was ahead of its time – now the entire country wants to impeach Trump (okay, only two-thirds).

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SeaWorld and Evans Cement Deal to Build Hotel at SeaWorld Despite Buried Waste Dump

March 2, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In January of this year, SeaWorld entered into an agreement with Evans Hotels to build a hotel at SeaWorld’s location in Mission Bay.

In its annual report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, corporate SeaWorld reported it and

Evans Hotel, a premier provider of resort accommodations, entered into a Limited Liability Company Agreement to develop, own and operate a hotel project (the “San Diego Hotel Project) to be located on the land that the Company leases from the City of San Diego.

This little bombshell is certain to set off alarm bells all over the beach area.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma

March 2, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Bulldozers Move in to Sunset Cliffs Park – Ancient Eucalyptus Grove to Be Removed

Construction has begun in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park on Phase 2 of the “Hillside Improvement Project,” a component of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park master plan. Heavy equipment has moved in to the park to begin grading the new trail system and prepare for the restorations that go along with it. Kyle Inse, biologist on the project, says that the project includes the installation of over 20,000 native plants endemic to the area. Recon Native Plant Company is collecting seed and growing the plants that will be installed.

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The OB Vibe – Music and Art in Ocean Beach for the Week of Feb. 27 – March 5

February 27, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Welcome to “the OB Vibe” – a weekly column highlighting music and art and other happenings for and in Ocean Beach.

We’ve got music and more happening this week at Winston’s, Mother’s Saloon, Culture Brewing, Kilowatt, the OB Playhouse and Theatre …


1921 Bacon St., San Diego, CA 92107 • (619) 222-6822

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 9:30pm

Frankie “Kash” Waddy’s FUNK HOUSE –
No cover; Door Time: 9:00
Welcome to Frankie “Kash” Waddy’s FUNK HOUSE.

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OBceans Pissed Off about LimeBikes Taking Over

February 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s some heated (but civil) debate these days on at least one Ocean Beach facebook about the company LimeBikes spreading their bicycles around OB.

One person commented that when he came home from work, he found 20 green and white bikes on the sidewalk in front of his apartment.

Another person stated that they’re over at Dog Beach too, blocking access.

Was there any debate about LimeBikes bringing their privately-owned rental bike-sharing thing to Ocean Beach? I don’t think so. This reporter has been to the vast majority of OB Town Council and OB Planning Board meetings, and never heard any mention that the green and white bikes were coming.

People in Imperial Beach, where a similar program began in early September last year, haven’t been too pleased either.

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Thanks to SDPD Key Arrests Made in Local Murders – 44 Years Ago Today It Was a Different Story in Ocean Beach

February 22, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Thanks to the diligence of San Diego Police Department detectives, law enforcement agents have arrested key suspects in the 2 unsolved murders that have shadowed Ocean Beach and Point Loma for too long. The communities of Ocean Beach and Point Loma are breathing a collective sigh of relief.

But 44 years ago today – February 22nd – it was a different story in OB, a day when the community became an armed police camp; more of that later.

When praise is deserved – like today – we are first in line in thanking the detectives who kept on these cases.

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Another Republican Enters District 2 Race for San Diego City Council – Kevin Melton

February 21, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Another Republican has just jumped into the race for City Council District 2. Kevin Melton announced today, Feb. 21, that he is a candidate. He will join a large list of candidates heading for the June Primary, most of whom are Democrats. Up to now, there was only one other Republican running against incumbent Republican Lorie Zapf.

Melton claims in his announcement that he “will fix a broken council, solve the homeless problem once and for all, bring in more high paying jobs and solve the vacation rental issues in his district.”

A native of Los Angeles, Melton moved to San Diego in 2008 and apparently has been campaigned for numerous offices for the last 17 years or so. Most recently he ran from San Diego for the District 78 Assembly Race in 2016.

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Man Arrested in Stabbing Death of Walter ‘Ras’ Riley Last June in Ocean Beach

February 21, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

A young man has been arrested in the stabbing death of Walter “Ras” Riley last June 22nd in Ocean Beach.

Noah Mitchell Jackson, 19, is being held in the San Diego Central Jail after his arrest in Hunting Beach in Orange County on Tuesday, Feb. 20, on suspicion of first-degree murder. With his bail currently set at $2 million, he is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Jackson was arrested by San Diego Police detectives along with local police and the U.S. Marshals Service. So far, no motive for the deadly attack has been publicly released, and police declined to report what evidence led them to the suspect. San Diego police obtained an arrest warrant for Jackson after identifying him as the lone suspect.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – mid-February 2018

February 19, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Are There More Parrots in OB Now?

Parrots migrate to Ocean Beach every year around this time for their mating season. But Ocean Beach residents are noticing more now than in prior years.

Biggest Increase in Median Resale Home Price in San Diego County Last Year Was in Ocean Beach

Recycling Center Next to Stump’s Evicted

Irish Snowboarder Lives With Parents in Point Loma

and Much More – Come Inside

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They’re Drilling for What in Ocean Beach?

February 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

There’s been questions of late on OB social media about what was happening next to the AutoZone on Santa Monica.

Finding myself on Santa Monica Ave on Thursday across the intersection from a small fleet of trucks, drilling equipment and workers clad in white suits next to the AutoZone, I jaunted over and made some inquiries.

Some workers were mixing and pouring what at first looked like mud but turned out to be carbon particles down a hole in the street (I couldn’t actually see the hole) – and this curious scene needed an explanation, I thought. At first I asked a couple of the workers, guys driving trucks or operating equipment, what was going on; they declined to tell me – and pointed me in the direction of somebody that could.

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New Details in Murder of Elizabeth Sullivan – Navy Mom Who Went Missing in 2014 and Found in 2016

February 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

New details have emerged in the murder case of Elizabeth Sullivan, a Point Loma Navy spouse and mother, who went missing in 2014 and whose body was found two years later floating in San Diego Bay right off Point Loma.

Details came out during the arraignment for murder of Matthew Sullivan on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th, in Superior Court in San Diego. Matthew Sullivan is the victim’s husband and chief suspect in the crime.

New elements of the crime now known include the fact that a knife used to slay Elizabeth and that her body had been hidden for a while – in some unknown location – for when her body was discovered in the water, it was badly decomposed but hadn’t been in water all that long. Her body was found in October 2016 – she had been missing since 2014.

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Man Injured in Fall Off Sunset Cliffs Friday Morning

February 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The inevitable has happened … again.

Another fall off the bluffs at Sunset Cliffs – this Friday morning, around 3 a.m. Down near Ladera Street – where the stairs were recently closed – due to unstable cliffs.

Luckily the 30-year old guy – unidentified – survived after he fell roughly 50 feet down the bluff – just northwest of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

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Signs of the Times in OB

February 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

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Big Changes Could Be Coming to Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach

February 15, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It appears, that for better or worse, the 4800 block of Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach is destined for some big changes. At least that is one likely development.

Two adjacent properties in the middle of the north half of the block are up for sale – and together they represent at least one-sixth or larger of that side of the block.

The property at Dover Plumbing at 4870 Voltaire is up for sale – and the next door property owned by well-known OBcean Jim Bell will also be up for sale.

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Mass Transit and Bicycle Advocates Urge San Diego to Reform Community Planning Groups

February 15, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Circulate San Diego, an advocacy group for public transit, is urging the City of San Diego to enact reforms in how the fifty or so community planning groups within the city are run.

The group has just released its report titled “Democracy in Planning,” – which they claim is “how the City of San Diego can improve democratic representation through the City’s Community Planning Groups.”

The reforms Circulate San Diego calls for include “Prohibitions against policies that restrict the right of community members to vote in and stand for elections,” changes to term limits, increased training and education for citizen planners, as well as “agenda reform” that calls for planning groups to hear land use and transportation items at the beginning of meetings.

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Ladera Stairs Closed at Sunset Cliffs While City Studies Cliff Collapse

February 14, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The city of San Diego has closed the cliff top stairs that lead to the rocks and beaches below at the foot of Ladera Street in Point Loma’s Sunset Cliffs. And the city said the stairs will remain closed while staff studies what has happened and why.

At first a major crack appeared along side of the bluff – and then a portion of the cliff gave way by Tuesday, Feb. 13th. Lifeguards closed the stairs off – and city staff met to discuss and study the situation and figure out what to do.

Seismologist and San Diego State professor Dr. Pat Abbot, Ph.D. told CBS8News:

“This is a life threatening sort of situation.

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