What Happened at the San Diego City Council Hearing on Vacation Rentals and What It All Means?

December 13, 2017 by Staff

The following is a composite from what several observers sent us and from media reports about the long, long hearing yesterday (Dec. 12th) before the City Council on short term vacation rentals – one of the most controversial and divisive issues in present-day San Diego. This is written in hopes of trying to sort out just what did happen during the 10 hour meeting and what it all means.

In a nutshell, after about 5 hours of public testimony, Council members turned and tried to fashion a 5-vote majority on one of the two major proposals before them or some kind of compromise. But in the end, in a dramatic turn-about by Councilmember David Alvarez, no majority was found and Council President Myrtle Cole gaveled the hearing to a close without a decision and without a future date to revisit the issue.

Here are observations from OBceans:

The meeting started at 10 a.m. Tuesday inside Golden Hall at the Civic Center and there were quick presentations of two proposed ordinances . The audience appeared to be split with 60% supporting short-term rentals in green shirts and about 40% opposing it, wearing red shirts. Both proposals would allow for homesharing and had similar fee and enforcement mechanisms to deal with nuisance complaints.

Proposal 1 was authored by Councilmember Barbara Bry with the support of Councilmember Lori Zapf representing the coastal areas. It would restrict whole-home vacation rentals to primary residences for 90 days per year.

Proposal 2 was authored by Councilmembers Chris Ward, Scott Sherman, Mark Kersey and Alvarez. It would allow up to 3 vacation rentals per applicant, and require a 3-day minimum in the coastal overlay zone.

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San Diego City Council Can’t Find a Majority to Set Policy on Short Term Rentals

December 12, 2017 by Staff

After a long 10 hour day of hearings, the San Diego City Council by Tuesday night could not find the 5 votes needed to set policy on short term vacation rentals.

Finally, after no majority vote on any of the proposed ordinances came to fruitation, council President Myrtle Cole ended the hearing. What comes next is unclear.

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Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach Strike Again

December 12, 2017 by Staff

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Volunteers Needed for the Annual Ocean Beach Food and Toy Drive During ‘Season of Love’ – Dec. 11 – Dec. 16

December 6, 2017 by Staff

Volunteers to pack and deliver boxes and wrap gifts join in the magic of the OB Holidays during the “Season of Love !”

From OBTC:

OB Food & Toy Drive

The OB Food and Toy Drive – coordinated by the Ocean Beach Town Council – provides assistance to over 90 local families and seniors in need during the holidays.

The OBTC partners with community groups and volunteers to package a week’s worth of groceries, care packages and new gifts and toys for those in need of help during the holidays.

The Food & Toy Drive will take place the week of Dec. 11 – Dec. 16. Volunteers are needed over the course of the week meeting to sort toys and food and get them all delivered.

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OB Planners: Wed., Dec. 6th – Vacation Rentals, 4-Hour Parking Limits at Pier and Dog Beach, Possible Suspension of Member

December 5, 2017 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets Wednesday, December 6th, and by the looks of it, the agenda is full of controversy – but no development projects. The Board meets at the OB Rec Center at 6pm.

First of all, the Board will determine if it has to take action against a Board member, Richard Aguirre, for his multiple absences. According to the Board bylaws, if a member misses sufficient meetings without cause, he or she can be suspended or removed.

Also, there are several issues regarding parking. One of them may have the Board looking at restricting parking at the OB Pier and at the lot at Dog Beach to 4 hours. The Board is to review the impact of unrestricted parking at these two lots and possibly request the city to install signs limiting parking to 4 hours. If passed, this would be the first move to limit daytime parking. Unrestricted parking could be more of an issue at the Pier.

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Photos from OB’s Holiday Parade ‘California Dreamin’ ‘

December 4, 2017 by Staff

Better late than never. Here are some great photos of the OB Holiday Parade – “California Dreamin'”. Most are by Adam Ewing and a couple by Joe Ewing [no relation].

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‘Lock Them Up’ Sign Appears Over Northbound I-5 into Downtown San Diego

December 4, 2017 by Staff

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The OB Town Council Needs You to Volunteer for the Holiday Parade on Saturday

November 30, 2017 by Staff

The 38th OB Holiday Parade is coming up this Saturday, December 2nd, and the good folks who put it on – the Ocean Beach Town Council – need you to volunteer to help make it a success.

It’s the only ALL VOLUNTEER RUN parade in the state

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OB Holiday Auction at Sunshine Company – Thursday, November 30th

November 29, 2017 by Staff

Coming up Thursday night is the annual OB Holiday Auction held at Sunshine Company Saloon.

This wonderful event to raise funds for the OB Town Council holiday toy and food drive is November 30, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.

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Ocean Beach for the Holidays

November 27, 2017 by Staff

2017 Holiday Parade Theme “California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love”

From OB Town Council

The Ocean Beach Town Council facilitates several local community events during the holiday season:

  • the OB Holiday Parade;
  • the OB Holiday Tree at the foot of Newport Avenue;
  • the OB Holiday Craft Fairs;
  • the OB Holiday Auction, and
  • the OB Food and Toy Drive.
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Editor from ‘San Diego Free Press’ Named by CityBeat as One of Top 20 San Diegans for 2017

November 17, 2017 by Staff

Brent Beltrán is one of the seven editors of the San Diego Free Press – the online partner of the OB Rag. Well, this week, San Diego CityBeat named Brent as one of their top 20 San Diegans for 2017. We’re very proud of Brent and certainly agree that it’s time he received some public accolades.

Here is what CityBeat writer Torrey Bailey said about Brent:

Who is he? He’s the vice chair of the Barrio Logan Community Planning Group and sits on the Environmental Health Coalition board of directors. Oh, and he’s on the editorial board of the San Diego Free Press as well.

Why did we pick him?

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‘No Target in OB’ Organizing Meeting – Wednesday, November 15th

November 15, 2017 by Staff

Meeting at New James Gang Location on Newport

OBceans are invited to a “No Target in OB” organizing meeting at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15.

The meeting will be held at the new James Gang location – 4851 Newport Avenue.

Agenda Items to date:

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O.B. Historical Society Presents: Dean Hollenbeck – Thurs., Nov. 16

November 14, 2017 by Staff

“O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout”

Starring: Dean Hollenbeck – Produced by Kathy and Ray Blavatt

Ocean Beach is known for its characters, and Dean Hollenbeck is one of our most endearing.

Dean loves to walk… and talk! He has made countless friends on his meandering walks in Ocean Beach and the peninsula.

At 89-years-old Dean some days walks up to 16 miles … though it may take him the whole day depending on how many people he talks to. Ocean Beach Historical Society’s Kathy and Ray Blavatt filmed Dean on his O.B. adventures

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News and Notes of Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early November 2017

November 1, 2017 by Staff

Nov. 4th OB Woman’s Club Luau

Native OBceans Return With In-House Seafood Market for Fresh Fish for All

Roseville Jewish Story

City Attorney Didn’t Expect Council Would Cancel STVR Hearing

Open Air Roof to Be Installed at the Plunge in Mission Beach

Kilowatt Brewing to Feature Immersive Technology

COME INSIDE FOR THESE AND OTHER STORIES

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Thanks OB for Making These Last 10 Years a Real Trip

October 27, 2017 by Staff

On behalf of the OB Rag staff we wish to thank everyone who made this decade a real trip.

To all our readers who have made it all worth while.

To all those who have …

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Local Ocean Beach and Point Loma Schools on Minimum Day Schedules Again

October 25, 2017 by Staff

Because of the severe heat the region is suffering through, San Diego Unified School District has again placed many city schools on another minimum day schedule.

Here are local schools on the heat list:

  • Cabrillo Elementary
  • Dana Middle
  • Ocean Beach Elementary
  • Ocean Beach CDC
  • Silver Gate Elementary
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Sidewalk Cleaning Coming to Bacon Street Wed., Oct. 25

October 24, 2017 by Staff

This was posted up and down Newport Avenue today.

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OB Town Council: Holiday Volunteering and Learning to Be a Special Advocate for Kids – Wed., Oct. 25th

October 24, 2017 by Staff

At their final public meeting for 2017, the Ocean Beach Town Council will host a forum to learn about volunteer opportunities with their upcoming holiday events, which are extensive; there’s the Food and Toy Drive, the Christmas Tree, the Annual Christmas Auction – and of course, the world famous OB Holiday Parade in early December. The Parade itself needs dozens of volunteers.

It’s also getting time for the OBTC yearly elections to the Board of Directors – so the Council will share their elections timeline for OBTC members to get elected to the Board .

The meeting will conclude with learning about opportunities to volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in our region.

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OB Rag Says: ‘Thanks, Ocean Beach, for These Last Ten Years’

October 12, 2017 by Staff

This month the online OB Rag is ten years old! We started publishing during the fires of late October 2007.

And we’ve been going strong ever since! A lot of that is due to the solid support OBceans and friends have given us.

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Taylor Winston Is OB’s Hero of the Las Vegas Massacre

October 4, 2017 by Staff

The name “Taylor Winston” might as become a household name in Ocean Beach, for he was one of the heroes at the mass shooting at the Las Vegas country music concert Sunday night. He’s been all over the local news – and rightly so – for Taylor, a former Marine, and a friend drove up to 30 critically injured victims to a hospital.

Winston – in the middle of the carnage – “borrowed” a work truck parked with its keys nearby, loaded critical victims he could find, and drove to the Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center. He was doing this before ambulances arrived. Here is what he told

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‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Community Rally and Press Conference – Wed., Oct. 4th

October 3, 2017 by Staff

The Ocean Beach group, “No Target in OB” is sponsoring a community rally and press conference Wednesday, October 4th at the foot of Newport Avenue. They put out the call:

For OB Lovers: No Target in Ocean Beach.

Join us for a Community Rally and Press Conference
We will start gathering at 5 pm but come when you can. Press conference at 6 pm.

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Ocean Beach Woman’s Club ‘Laying a New Foundation’ Celebration – Thursday, Oct. 5th

October 3, 2017 by Staff

Laying a NEW Foundation

at the
Ocean Beach Woman’s Club
Thursday, October 5th from 5:00-8:00

Come join the Ocean Beach Woman’s Club members and supporters for a social gathering celebrating the community who helped them ‘Lay a NEW Foundation!’

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Inn at Sunset Cliffs Bluff Repair Returns to Ocean Beach Planning Board – Wed., Oct. 4th

October 2, 2017 by Staff

The Coastal bluff repair project from the Inn at Sunset Cliffs returns to the Ocean Beach Planning Board Wednesday night, October 4th at the monthly meeting.

The meeting begins at 6pm inside the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

The only project before the Board is the Inn at Sunset Cliffs coastal bluff repair, at 1370 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The Board does have other business, such as:

  • West Mission Bay Dr. Bridge report
  • Catalina Emergency Pipeline replacement
  • Soccer City project.

Here is the official agenda.

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OB’s Own Melanie Williams Caught Up in Two Mexico Earthquakes

September 21, 2017 by Staff


OB’s own Melanie Williams went through both Mexico earthquakes that just occurred. Melanie, a former member of the OB Town Council board and an energetic mover-and-shaker in the local yoga world, had just recently moved to Mexico in June to set up a yoga center.

She was interviewed by San Diego Fox5. She told them about her experiences during the 8.1 quake off the southern Mexican coast where she was living in a fishing village about 30 miles from the epicenter when it struck 12 days ago. It woke her up:

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September 16th: Mexican Independence Day

September 16, 2017 by Staff

Grito de dolores graphicEditor: It’s important for people living north of the US-Mexico border to know and understand important events and dates for people living south of the border.

And today, September 16th, is one of those days, as it’s Mexico’s Independence Day, a celebration of the anniversary of the beginning of the war against imperial Spain. It’s equivalent to July 4th on this side of the border.

by Fleur De Lys

September 16th is that time of year when all Mexicans from around the world are celebrating Mexican Independence Day. On September 1810 Mexico began a 10-year war for independence with Spain and since the country gained its independence, things came a long way but violence is still too high. … The traditional shout-out in Mexico for Mexican Independence Day is “Viva Mexico!” After the 1910 revolution that toppled dictator Porfirio Diaz, Mexicans were free to live in their own country, to have their own government and be able to shout out loud (or gritar) “Viva Mexico!”

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A Dozen More Sponsors Needed for the Annual Ocean Beach Pier Pancake Breakfast

September 15, 2017 by Staff

The Annual OB Pier Pancake Breakfast is happening this next Saturday, September 23rd, and it’s usually one of the best social events of the year in the village. And of course the proceeds benefit the OB Town Council’s holiday events and the annual OB Toy and Food Drive. The whole affair is bolstered by the dozens of table sponsors – there’s 38 in all.

But that’s just it. The Pancake Breakfast needs a dozen more sponsors.

So, please – if you and your group are thinking about it or maybe just now thinking about it – now is the time to move on it.

See all this

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New Photos of Suspect in Fatal Attack in Ocean Beach Last June

September 15, 2017 by Staff

New photos of the suspect in a fatal knife attack that occurred in Ocean Beach last June 22nd have been released by San Diego County Crimestoppers.

Walter “Ras” Riley was found with multiple stab wounds on a sidewalk on Bacon Street near Newport Avenue around 12:30 a.m. on June 22. Riley, 65, died from his injuries at UC San Diego Medical Center.

A man believed to be the suspect was captured by the camera at a local business off Newport Avenue, just moments before the attack happened, police said. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants.

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‘No Target in Ocean Beach’ Organizing Meeting – Fri., Sept. 8th

September 8, 2017 by Staff

OB Town Council Sets Up Online Poll – “No Target in OB” T-shirts Available

The group “No Target in OB” is holding an organizing meeting tonight, Friday, September 8th at the Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street at 7:00 p.m.

Coming off a major rally and march down Newport on August 30th and a smaller protest rally outside the Sports Arena Target on Sunday, September 3rd, the network is regrouping to discuss future action items, more outreach ideas, etc.

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Ocean Beach and Point Loma Schools Under Minimum Day Schedule Due to Friday’s Heat

September 1, 2017 by Staff

Local Peninsula schools are among the more than 70 campuses in the San Diego Unified School District that are operating on a minimum day schedule, today – Friday Sept. 1 – due to the continuing heat wave, district officials said.

Only campuses with air conditioning in less than 80 percent of their classrooms have been instructed to move to a minimum day schedule.

OB and Point Loma schools that affected include:

Cabrillo Elementary
Dana Elementary
Ocean Beach Elementary
Silvergate Elementary
Sunset View Elementary

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12th Annual Suffrage Parade to Celebrating Women’s Equality Day- Sat. Aug. 26

August 26, 2017 by Staff

The Women’s Museum of California is holding its 12th annual Suffrage Parade Saturday August 26th, in Balboa Park.

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