Mini-Empire of Ebers-Greene Owner in Ocean Beach Taken Over by San Francisco Firm

December 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The mini-construction empire of Curtis Nelson – the owner/ developer of the failed project at Ebers and Greene Streets in Ocean Beach – has been taken over by a San Francisco firm, Downkicker Investments Inc.

Downkicker took over $7 Million in projects from Nelco, Nelson’s company, including a project at 2006 Catalina Boulevard. Downkicker CEO, Tracy Smith, told the OB Rag that they have not taken over Nelson’s most controversial project at Ebers and Greene. Ebers will most likely be sold at foreclosure, he told us.

Smith also stated to us:

I had to spend 6 hours doing hard negotiations at the boardroom table with him [Curtis Nelson] to get him to sign them over. .

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Dr. Jen Campbell – Candidate for City Council District 2 – Has Amassed Impressive List of Endorsements

December 14, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Dr. Jennifer Campbell is running to unseat Lori Zapf for the District 2 City Council seat. And although she’s fairly unknown in the beach communities of the large, spreading District that includes Ocean Beach and Point Loma, Campbell has amassed an impressive list of endorsements.

Those endorsements include many of the local Democratic Party Congressional and State representatives, most recently, Congressman Juan Vargas but the list also includes State Senator Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Nathan Fletcher – himself a candidate for County Supervisor, former State Senator Christine Kehoe, and Congressman Scott Peters.

Active in the Clairemont neighborhood of the district, Campbell, a family medicine specialist, has a nifty slogan: “She is The Doctor on Call to Fix City Hall”. Her issues start with taking action on homelessness and public safety.

Here’s a brief Campbell bio, provided in a recent press release from her campaign

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Bruce Brown – Director of ‘The Endless Summer’ – Passes

December 13, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Bruce Brown, the director and producer of the surf icon “The Endless Summer”, passed this week.

I saw the film before it even had a sound track, and while hundreds of us young surfer dudes sat entranced inside the auditorium of a Pacific Beach public school, Bruce Brown himself did the narration with a microphone. It was about 1964 – ’65.

Phil Hoad, of The Guardian, took one of the last interviews Brown gave before his death, and in it he talks about chasing summer and surf around the globe, turning a $50,000 gamble into a $33m cult classic.

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Serial Arsonist Sets Fifth Blaze in Ocean Beach and Point Loma

December 12, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

At least 5 fires – intentionally set – have plagued Ocean Beach and Point Loma over the last few days. And SDPD arson investigators believe it is one person or group. All the fires were set in alleys and have caused more than $120,000 in damage.

Up to now, police have no descriptions of the arsonist.

All the fires were set at night, the two most recent on early Monday, the 11th, and only about 15 minutes apart. Here’s a breakdown of the fires and their locations:

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City Council to Decide Future of Ocean Beach and Other Coastal Communities – Tuesday, Dec. 12th

December 11, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego City Council is holding their hearing on short term vacation rentals Tuesday, December 12th at 10:00 am in Golden Hall at 202 C Street.

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The Coast Is Toast – If Inland San Diego City Councilmembers Get Their Way on Vacation Rentals

December 7, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

City Council Decision on December 12th Will Decide Future of Ocean Beach and Other Coastal Communities

If San Diego City Councilmembers from inland districts get their way and legalize short term vacation rentals with hardly any restrictions, coastal neighborhoods like Ocean Beach will be inundated with a flood of new such rentals. And it could have a devastating impact on OB, uprooting the sparse housing stock and turning entire sections of the community into “Airbnb Beach”.

The City Council meets on Tuesday, December 12th, and come hell or high water, will make policy on vacation rentals that day.

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Short Term Vacation Rentals – the Numbers Don’t Look Good for Ocean Beach

December 6, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The numbers of vacation rentals in Ocean Beach don’t look good.

Numbers compiled by the group Save San Diego Neighborhoods were announced at the recent rally against short term vacation rentals in OB – and the crowd was not pleased.

For the month of October, OB had 387 total AirBNB listings (source AirDNA from October) and of these, 325 were listed as whole units.

The same month, VRBO had 212 listings (source VRBO).

A couple of smaller sites, such as Nancy with 6 (source her website) and Jonah Mechanic with 6 add to the total (neither Nancy or Jonah list on AirBNB because they have their own sites).

So we have a total of

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Meeting Back On About City’s Plans for De Anza Cove – Tues. Dec. 5th

December 4, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The meeting on what some call the “City’s flawed De Anza plans” is about to happen, as the City presents its proposals before the Mission Bay Park Committee on Tuesday, December 5, at Mission Bay High School, at 6pm (2475 Grand Avenue, San Diego 92109).

This is a continuation of the meeting originally scheduled for November 7th but which was cancelled at the very last minute.

The OB Rag was waving the flag at the time trying to get the attention of OBceans and Point Lomans to get involved in planning in OB’s neglected “side yard” – Mission Bay, “It’s time for Ocean Beach and Point Loma to pay attention to Mission Bay“. Important decisions are coming right up – and they will affect everyone in the surrounding communities.

Why now?

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Is the City Council About to Make OB’s ‘Gateway Park’ Part of Mission Bay Park?

December 4, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Is the City Council about to make OB’s “Gateway Park” part of Mission Bay Park?

You know, that small slice of land that used to be a pizza place off to your right as you drive into OB on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard? This little park has a history of its own controversies – but now it’s besieged by yet another.

On the docket at the San Diego City Council

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Ocean Beach Man Brings ‘No Target in OB’ to Target Headquarters in Minnesota

December 1, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Noah DesRosiers was in Minnesota for Thanksgiving last weekend – where his girlfriend is from. It’s also where Target has its corporate headquarters.

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OB’s Walk of Shame – Highlighting Vacation Rentals in the Heart of the Ocean Beach Airbnb Empire

November 30, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

At a rally against short term vacation rentals in Ocean Beach, the OB Rag led protesters on a “Walk of Shame” down Abbott Street where vacation rentals were pointed out along the 4-block tour. It was called the “heart of the Airbnb Empire.”

Here is the text of that tour and photos of the short term rentals highlighted along the way.

Voltaire & Abbott – The Poster child for STVR redevelopment. 3 homes lifted in as modular units have been turned into vacation rentals here.

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OB Holiday Parade – ‘California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love’ : Sat., Dec. 2nd

November 30, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

38th Annual Parade Includes OB Hero as Grand Marshall, First African-American Santa, and “No Target in OB” Float

The holidays are here, the OB Christmas Tree is up – and this Saturday, December 2nd is the Ocean Beach 38th Holiday Parade. This year the parade has the classic theme of “California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love” – commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

The Summer of Love in 1967 heralded the beginning of the Golden Age of Rock, the Counter-Culture, the hippie movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement.

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What Does the LA Times Know that We Don’t Know? – ‘1984’ Listed As ‘Non-Fiction’

November 29, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Every Sunday, the Los Angeles Times prints the lists of the bestselling books for that week. There’s the hardbacks and there’s the paperbacks – and they’re both divided into Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Well, Sunday, November 26th, like all Sundays, the Times printed the bestsellers. But way down in the paperbacks section was a subtle change – which tells us the LA Times knows something we don’t. Just what is it?

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This Year’s Ocean Beach Christmas Tree Is a True OBcean

November 27, 2017 by Frank Gormlie


This year’s OB Christmas Tree, which will soon stand sentry at the foot of Newport Avenue, is a true OBcean.

Sheila Landon knows – for she planted it twenty years in her OB backyard. And Tuesday morning starting at 7 am, it will be cut down and hauled through the streets of OB to its destination and public display of the community’s very own Christmas Tree.

It had to come down – it was destroying the foundation and pipes of the building it was planted next to, the current owners of the tree say.

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The OB Rag Has Moved to New Web Host – But We’re Still Working Out Some Glitches

November 27, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

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Come Out to the Protest Rally Against Short Term Rentals in Ocean Beach – Noon, Sat., Nov. 25th

November 24, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

OB Rag and Save San Diego Neighborhoods Sponsor Rally in Heart of Airbnb Empire

There’s a noon time protest rally against short term vacation rentals in Ocean Beach on Saturday, November 25th.

Sponsored by the OB Rag and Save San Diego Neighborhoods, the rally will begin at the corner of Voltaire Street and Abbott – right in the heart of Airbnb’s OB Empire.

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On JFK’s Assassination Anniversary – the 3 Big Lies Continue

November 22, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Today, November 22nd, is the 54th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy.

And for weeks now, the government has been releasing large batches of long-secret JFK assassination records – but it’s been mainly hype as the documents lack any substantive content and “at least two-thirds of the never-seen JFK files that were supposed to be released — some 2,538 records — remain secret”, states a report from AlterNet.

Here are the 3 Big Lies repeated by Matthews:

  1. The Warren Commission was right.
  2. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy.
  3. And Oswald did it alone.

Just the opposite is actually true.

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Parish Hall at Sacred Heart of Ocean Beach Plus Some History of the First T-Day Holiday

November 22, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There will be a Thanksgiving dinner at the Parish Hall at Sacred Heart of Ocean Beach at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The church is located at 4776 Saratoga Ave, San Diego, CA 92107. All are welcome.

The very first official Thanksgiving holiday wasn’t until November 26, 1863. President Abraham Lincoln announced that the nation would celebrate Thanksgiving on that day during a speech on October 3rd that year, expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at the July Battle of Gettysburg.

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Legal Action and Civil Suits Face San Diego Restaurants that Add Surcharge

November 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Both legal actions by San Diego’s City Attorney and law suits face restaurants that add a surcharge to their patrons’ bills.

On October 11th, City Attorney Mara Elliott filed a civil enforcement action against Mission Bay’s Barefoot Bar & Grill for failing to disclose its surcharge and then adding it to menus in extremely small print, she alleged.

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Protest Against Short Term Vacation Rentals in Ocean Beach Planned for Nov. 25th

November 21, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

There’s lots to make one upset or angry these days, from Trump and his Russia collusion, to nuclear show-downs, to the national catharsis on sexual harassment, to global warming, all the way to Mayor Faulconer building a $2 million restroom for tourists but none for the homeless …

But one thing that’s making OBceans upset right now is the wholesale turning over of apartments and new condos into vacation rentals. OB is losing needed housing stock and affordable rental units for residents to mini-hotels and weekend party houses for vacationers.

And it’s happening right before our eyes!

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City Takes Over Ebers – Greene Street Project in Ocean Beach – Begins Clean-up

November 20, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Fire and Disturbances With Neighbors Over Weekend Culminate in Crack-Down

Today Monday, after a rocky weekend at the infamous Ebers – Greene Street project – during which both fire and police department units were called – the City of San Diego has taken over the property and begun a clean-up of the site and a securing of the skeleton of the two-story building.

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Ebers-Greene Project Owner Fails to Comply With City Order to Clean Up and Secure Site

November 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

On Thursday, November 2nd, a Notice of Abatement was attached to the abandoned building at Ebers and Greene streets by the City of San Diego, ordering the owner, Curtis Nelson of Nelco Properties, LLC, to take “immediate actions” to clean up the site and secure all the openings on the building. The owner was given until November 17th to comply with the legal order.

It is now November 17th and the owner has failed to comply. In fact, neighbors say the conditions at the site are even worse than they were when the owner was cited.

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Updates on Development Projects and Other Business News from Ocean Beach

November 17, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

New Owners of OB Business Center

Joella and Chris Peregoy have bought the OB Business Center on Santa Monica Avenue and things appear to be running swimmingly. One change they’ve initiated is to be open on Saturdays, from 9am to 2pm. Plus they’ve made access to the personal mail boxes 7 days a week. But they provide the same basic services: copys, faxes, scans and printing of course.

Chris told me they’d been vacationing here from Phoenix these last 4 to 5 years and they finally decided to move here and buy the business. He used to work for American Express and she for Michaels. We wish them the best of luck.

Projects Around OB

Occasionally, we peruse current development projects in and around Ocean Beach and take a “look-see” and share. Here’s what we found on Thursday, November 16th.

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Target Express in South Park – a Photo Gallery of What OB Could Expect

November 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Take a Pictorial Stroll Through What Could Be Coming to Ocean Beach

Having never been inside a Target Express, I wanted to visit one plus I wanted to show the people of Ocean Beach with my camera what to expect if one does show up on Newport Avenue. So, I visited the one in South Park (actually the only one in San Diego) to glimpse a view of a possible storefront future for OB.

The Target Express in South Park is on a large lot mainly by itself. It has a huge parking lot – which is the first thing any OBcean would notice, with reportedly 99 spaces. But that’s triple the parking for any T. Express at the Newport Ave Antique Center.

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The “Coastal Exception” for San Diego’s Short Term Vacation Rentals

November 15, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

As the San Diego City Council is about to sit down on December 12th and hammer out what probably will be some kind of compromise on one of the most contentious issues in the city – short term vacation rentals – it is interesting to know that some community leaders who serve on beach and coastal planning committees tried to come up with something different earlier this year.

Called the “Coastal Exception”, members of these volunteer panels – including the OB Planning Board – tried to carve out literally an exception to what has looked like a consistent drumbeat for Airbnb’s march across neighborhoods among many City Council members. Faced with the possibilities of a very horrible compromise that would allow Airbnb and such businesses to legally ride roughshod over beach communities, these planning board members drew up draft legislation, called Draft Coastal Zone STVR Legislation. OBPB Chair John Ambert and Vice-chair Blake Herrschaft participated in drawing up this draft.

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The Playgrounds of Ocean Beach Get a Flunking Grade

November 13, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

As Ocean Beach becomes increasingly like one gigantic play ground for adults, we decided to check out the other type of playgrounds – the ones for kids, here in Ocean Beach – and see how they’re doing in comparison. I took my 10-year-old granddaughter Bella with me to get a kid’s eye view on everything. I asked her to give a letter grade for each playground we visited.

And we have to report back that the playgrounds of OB – in total – are not doing well. In fact, overall, they get a “D”.

Robb Field Playground = D+

The very first playground we visited was the one in Robb Field. It’s got 2 sets of swings, a tire swing, 1 small slide and a climbing dome – all within a large sand pit. And it has a few benches around part of the sand.

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News and Notices from Ocean Beach and Point Loma: Mid-November 2017

November 9, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

* OB Town Council Presents Holiday 2017 Artwork Design
* James Gang Open for Business
* Fitness Center to Open on Newport
* Creations Throws Wide Its Doors
* Why OB Surf Was Rotten This Summer and September
* Froude Project Hole
* No Target in OB Organizing Meeting – Wednesday, November 15th
* OB Las Vegas Hero Honored by City Council
* OB Muralist Celeste Byers Finds Hope in Mexico City’s Rescue Dog
* Local Writer Tracks Down History of “Feigley House” – at 4921 Voltaire Street
* Liberty Station’s Public Market Has Fans

COME INSIDE FOR THE STORIES

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Are Apartments on Abbott Street in Ocean Beach About to Become Short Term Rentals?

November 9, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

The OB Rag recently was notified by a neighbor of an apartment complex on Abbott Street in OB who was concerned the units were being converted into short term vacation rentals.

The neighbor was referring to the 2-story, 4 unit complex on the northeast corner of Abbott and Brighton Avenue, 2101 – 2107 Abbott. Each unit has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.

I was definitely familiar with the building – So, the other day, I ventured up close to the complex to check it out.

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Contractor Pledges Not to Change Grade at Ebers and Del Mar in Ocean Beach

November 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Neighbors and other OBceans have been concerned recently about a large pile of dirt that surfaced on the empty lot at the northwest corner of Del Mar and Ebers Street in Ocean Beach.

The lot is where several former buildings were demolished and cleared to make way for a planned 2 house development.

One of the chief concerns expressed of late on some of OB’s social media is whether the developer intended to raise up the grade with all that dirt, in order to then build even higher buildings for even better views.

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Editordude’s Daughter Just Had a Baby – Today’s Posts Will Be Delayed Several Hours

November 8, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

That’s right, my daughter just gave birth last night to a baby boy.

So, I won’t be able to post any articles until later today.

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