Come to the OB Historical Society Wisteria Garden Party – Sunday, March 18

March 15, 2018 by Staff

Every year as one of its signature events, the Ocean Beach Historical Society throws a wonderful Wisteria Garden Party on the 4700 block of Niagara.

The party is held under the largest wisteria canopy in Ocean Beach.

OBHS invites everyone to spend the afternoon in the garden of the historic O.B. Wisteria Cottage, listen to live music

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‘Trump Special – Big Sale at Home Depot 32-Foot Ladders’

March 13, 2018 by Staff

On the eve of Trump’s visit to San Diego to view wall prototypes at the border, this sign was spotted by over the 163 freeway in San Diego.

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‘Let’s Attend the 7:30 Weed Service’

March 7, 2018 by Staff

And that’s it. No questions, please. Isn’t the internet great?

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Man’s Body Found After He Jumped Off Ocean Beach Pier

March 5, 2018 by Staff

The body of as yet unidentified man was found washed ashore in Ocean Beach about 3 a.m. Monday after he had jumped off the OB Pier around midnight.

After a report from witnesses saying a man jumped into the ocean, there was search lifeguards and Coast Guard crews. His body was found 3 hours later and officials believe it’s the same guy.

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Would You Like to Be on the Airport’s New Citizen Advisory Committee for Noise Study? Applications Due Feb. 28

February 20, 2018 by Staff

Are you through just complaining about the San Diego airport noise (“the OB Pause”) and want to be on a new citizens’ advisory committee as part of a noise study?

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is creating a Citizen Advisory Committee as part of their Noise Compatibility Study Update and they’re looking for residents from the surrounding communities. Interested? Applications – found here – are due by February 28th.

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‘No Oil!’ Spelled Out on Sand in Mission Beach

February 5, 2018 by Staff

Hundreds of San Diegans rallied Saturday, Feb. 3rd in Mission Beach against the Trump’s administration proposals to vastly expand offshore drilling off the California coast – the first time this has been proposed in more than three decades.

Besides the rally, participants spelled out “No Oil!” on the sand, while others held hands up and down the length of the beach, off Belmont Park. The Hands Across the Sand event organized by Oceana as well as other well-known environmental activist groups, such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and 350.

Similar rallies were also held Feb. 3 in Laguna Beach, Santa Monica, Brea, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz. Plus, more will rally and march on Thursday, Feb. 8 in Sacramento, an event coinciding and including a march to the plan’s only formal hearing in California.

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3rd Annual Ocean Beach Pier Surf Classic – Sat. Feb. 3rd

February 2, 2018 by Staff

From website:

AWOL Productions sponsored by Hodad’s would like to put on a local surf competition which will be located down at the Ocean Beach Pier on February 3, 2018 at 7am.

We have organized and put on skate competitions in Ocean Beach for the past 5 years and they have become a huge success. Seeing as Ocean Beach is a huge surfing and skateboarding community we would like to bring the community together with a local surf competition.

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Water Quality Advisories for Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs and Shelter Island

February 1, 2018 by Staff

The County’s water quality program has issued a stunning number of advisories for Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

Count them – there’s five! And all because “Bacteria levels may exceed health standards,” and people are cautioned to “Avoid water contact in the advisory area.”

Here they are, verbatim:

Ocean Beach Area

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‘Hey Mueller – Spank Trump’ – OB Resister Sisters Do It Again

January 24, 2018 by Staff

The OB Resister Sisters have hit again with another freeway banner.

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Contact Information for Politicians Who Represent Ocean Beach and Point Loma

January 23, 2018 by Staff

On the flip side of the OB Town Council’s monthly meeting agenda is a list of contact information for all the politicians who represent Ocean Beach and Point Loma.

Here we repost it:

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More Photos From the San Diego Women’s March – Funny Signs

January 22, 2018 by Staff

Here are more photos from Saturday’s San Diego Women’s March – most from OB Rag staffer Bob Edwards. There’s a bunch of really funny signs.

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High Surf Closes Ocean Beach Pier

January 16, 2018 by Staff

Lifeguards closed the Ocean Beach Pier on Tuesday morning due to high surf.

As a major winter swell pounded the San Diego County coastline, the National Weather Service reported waves could reach 15’ at select west-facing beaches, with the largest in South County, where forecasters say the surf is in the 5’ to 8’ range, with sets to 10’ to 12’.

The swell will reach its peak today, then start to fade on Wednesday. However, ways will still be large, and the rip currents will last into Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a high surf advisory that will be in effect for San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties through 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18th.

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The OB Rag Is Just $125 Away From Our Winter Fundraising Goal

January 9, 2018 by Staff

We’re down to the wire, and the OB Rag is just $125 from our Winter fundraising goal of $1,000.

If you haven’t donated but read us daily or even monthly, please help us over the top. There’s a “Donate” button via PayPal up at the top of our homepage. It’s safe and very easy – and it goes right to our account.

Or mail us a check to our Post Office Box:

OB Rag
PO Box 7012
Ocean Beach CA 92167


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Ocean Beach Planning Board Looks at Incentive-Based Zoning

January 9, 2018 by Staff

At the most recent Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting on January 3rd, the Board heard a presentation on Incentive Based Zoning which is a method of zoning that is designed to keep down over-development of McMansions in communities along the coast, in particular, and the so-called exemptions to Coastal Development Permits. The presentation was by Sharon Wample, who is part of a group called Citizens for Responsible Coastal Development.

For background, this Citizens group was formed originally as an ad hoc committee in 2015 by the La Jolla Community Planning Association with locals who wished to battle McMansions and who wanted to abolish the so-called “50 percent coastal exception rule”. They want to replace it with an “Incentive-based zoning” approval process. This process would reduce the project applicant’s floor area ratio (FAR) and the applicant would then have to conform to a community’s list of design incentives to earn back their right to build their home more densely to the current FAR allowed.

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Point Loma Woman Killed in Murder-Suicide Remembered

January 8, 2018 by Staff

Terrie Best remembers her friend, Tiffani Kjeldergaard – the Point Loma woman killed in a murder-suicide last Thursday, January 4th -. Best told NBC 7:

“Tiffani was a character. You couldn’t be in the same room with her without knowing she was there. She was whip-smart. Funny. Just a really interesting human being.”

San Diego Homicide detectives have ruled the fatal shooting of Kjeldergaard by 59-year-old Kenneth Everhart, who then turned the gun on himself at the Point Loma apartment complex, a murder-suicide. The two were reportedly having an argument when the shootings began.

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Two Water Quality Advisories Hit Ocean Beach : Dog Beach and OB Pier

January 4, 2018 by Staff

San Diego County has issued two water quality advisories for Ocean Beach Thursday, January 4th, 2018 – due to the bacteria levels that may exceed health standards – and are warning people to avoid water contact in the advisory areas.

The Advisory areas include:

  • Ocean Beach – Dog Beach – Station: San Diego River outlet to 300 feet south
  • Ocean Beach – Station: OB Pier to 300′ South to Narragansett Ave.
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Ocean Beach Homeless Help to Keep Short-Term Vacationers Out – ‘Kind of hippies you don’t wanna be friends with’

January 2, 2018 by Staff

There’s a positive side to all of the homeless folks in Ocean Beach – they help keep the vacationers who rent those short-term rentals down.

Here’s an honest-to-goodness review on TripAdvisor by a vacationer, who spent some time at a vacation rental at 1868 Bacon Street:

Kind of hippies you don’t wanna be friends with

Came with a college friend, her 2 year old and my 5 month old baby and our husbands.

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72-Year Old Ocean Beach Man With Dementia Has Gone Missing

December 28, 2017 by Staff

UPDATE: Police said the 72-year-old man diagnosed with dementia was found Thursday. The circumstances of how James Burks was found were not released. San Diego police confirmed that he was found Thursday morning.

James Burks – a 72-year-old man diagnosed with dementia – left his home Wednesday, December 27th around 12:30 pm – and hasn’t been seen since.

His home is in the 4600 block of Newport Avenue. The elderly OB resident routinely goes on walks in the Ocean Beach area and has had multiple contacts with people there, police said. But he usually returns within 15 minutes or so, according to San Diego police.

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Multiple Tires Slashed in Ocean Beach

December 22, 2017 by Staff

A reader of the OB Rag informed us today, that last night, Thursday, Dec. 21st, someone appears to have randomly slashed the tires on many cars, at least from Narragansett to Coronado on Cable and west of Cable.

The guy who informed us was himself a victim and says the number of tires cut could be higher than twenty.

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‘San Diego Free Press’ Contributors Make the News

December 22, 2017 by Staff

By Staff

This past quarter a number of San Diego Free Press contributors and editors have been mentioned on other media sites or received special recognition for their activism in the community. Our congratulations to the people acknowledged below, not just for their words on this site, but for their compassion, insights and commitment.

SDFP contributor and retired executive director of the City Heights Community Development Corporation Jay Powell played a special role in the City Heights Community Development Corporation Scholarship fundraiser which raised over $4,000 dollars for next year’s scholarship awards. Jay, his wife Roz Hirst and Ken and Kate Grimes matched the donations that will help City Heights students with their college tuition. (December 2017)

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Second Homeless Shelter Opens in the Midway District – Focus on Veterans

December 22, 2017 by Staff

The second so-called “Temporary Bridge Shelter” opened Friday, December 22nd in the Midway district with the capacity to shelter up to 200 people. It’s located on the 2800 block of Sports Arena Blvd.

Operated by Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), the shelter will provide a variety of supportive services that are found in the other two shelters. This shelter will also include access to services specific to veterans.

The facility will offer meals, showers, restrooms, 24-hour security, connections to alcohol and substance abuse counseling, job training and mental health services, and each resident will be assigned a case manager and housing navigator who will develop a plan to get them permanently housed.

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San Diego County Has Fourth Largest Homeless Population in Nation

December 20, 2017 by Staff

A brand new federal report on homelessness in America has bad news for San Diego County. Our County now has the fourth largest homeless population in the country, according to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). San Diego County is the fifth largest county in America.

Here are some of the numbers:

  • 9,160 homeless people in the county; compared with New York City (76,501), Los Angeles County (55,188) and Seattle/King County (11,643).
  • 3rd in the number of homeless veterans, with 1,067. Number of homeless veterans went down about 10 percent and now is 12 percent of the total homeless population. Forty-three percent are unsheltered.
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What Happened at the San Diego City Council Hearing on Vacation Rentals and What It All Means?

December 13, 2017 by Staff

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 .

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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.

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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.

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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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