Ocean Beach

Dog Complaints in Ocean Beach Bring Vow to ‘Kick Humane Society in Butt’

August 8, 2022 by Source

By Steven Mihailovich, Rob Vardon / Pt Loma OB Monthly / Aug. 4, 2022

In response to an Ocean Beach resident’s complaints about leashed and unleashed dogs running around beaches during prohibited hours, a San Diego city representative said officials would be asking the San Diego Humane Society — the city’s contractor for animal-control enforcement — about its practices and possibly “kicking them in the butt” if it’s not issuing enough citations.

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Community Meeting to Explore Replacing Ocean Beach Pier’s July 4th Fireworks – August 25

August 8, 2022 by Mike James

Luminosity Festival Envisioned as Planning Begins to Find Alternatives

by Mike James

With structural issues to the Ocean Beach Pier, fireworks are no longer logistically viable in the foreseeable future. Plus with the environmental concerns and the psychological effects fireworks have on both humans and animals, many feel it is time to explore alternative ways to celebrate Independence Day.

On July 3rd, 1776, one of our Founding Fathers, John Adams penned a letter to his wife Abigail, envisioning future festivities to commemorate the Declaration of Independence. He wrote:

“I am apt to believe that [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”


The action of illuminating or state of being illuminated: such as. a : spiritual or intellectual enlightenment. b(1) : a lighting up. (2) : decorative lighting or lighting effects. c : decoration by the art of illuminating.

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You Are Invited to the ‘Top of the Point’ – the Sefton Garden – for a Summer Festival – Sat., August 6

August 5, 2022 by Source

From Point Loma Association Newsletter

Top of the Point

You can drive right up to the place, but chances are slim you’d ever just happen to drive by it. The Sefton mansion, on the crest of Point Loma and Ocean Beach, is 110 years old. Looks terrific in the above photo. But over the years it came upon hard times – foreclosure, condemnation.

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Restaurant Review – Sabor Brazilian Grill in the Midway

August 4, 2022 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review

Sabor Brazilian Grill
3944 West Point Loma Avenue
Midway District
San Diego CA 92110

By Judi Curry

The last primary election that was held in San Diego introduced me to a new group of people interested in the same solutions for our community as I have.  It has been a refreshing, and exciting time. As we get to know each other better, we are branching out and doing more than discussing political aspects of San Diego.

This day was a perfect example, because I went out to lunch with Mandy Havlik, a current elected member of the Peninsula Community Planning Board and former city council candidate. There are several new restaurants that have opened in the Ocean Beach/ Point Loma area.  We decided to try Sabor Brazilian Grill. It is located just behind Grocery Outlet to the north.

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Update on Long Branch’s Dead Torrey Pine – Video

August 4, 2022 by Source

Carole Landon-Stone, who has been leading her block into getting the city — or someone — to take down the dead Torrey Pine at 4633 Long Branch, is sharing a short video she took this morning, Thursday, August 4, when a city survey crew came out to measure any changes in the tree’s movement.

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Recall of Banana Boat Sunscreen in California

August 4, 2022 by Source

California residents and visitors spraying on sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun’s rays should check which product they’re using because of a recent recall.

The parent company of Banana Boat sunscreen products has issued a voluntary recall of several batches of the brand’s hair and scalp sunscreen spray because it may contain a cancer-causing chemical known as benzene. The recall impacts the following products:

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Early August 2022

August 3, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Dead Torrey on Long Branch Still Up – City Forrester to Be Contacted by Local Campbell Rep

Councilmember Chris Cate Wants to Remove Entire Midway District from 30 Foot Height Limit

Punchy pit punctuates Tourist show in Point Loma

Modern Times Beer to Be Bought by Maui Brewing?

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‘As I look out my window…’

August 3, 2022 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

All photos by Kathy

Darn, in a report, the news media figured out, “San Diego has the best weather in the country.” Then another article in the NY Times says San Diego has the fastest rising home prices in the country.

Looking at the country’s roasting weather reports, our constant coastal weather in the seventies stands out. Then on the last night of July, we had our first summer rain. Does this mean we are in for a muggy August with tropical-like flash floods like we have had in recent years?

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OB Planning Board to Review Proposed ‘Updates’ to Bacon and Newport

August 3, 2022 by Staff

Tonight, Wednesday, August 3, the Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its monthly meeting. The Board is holding in-person meetings and are back at their normal site, the OB Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica. They meet at 6pm.

Vice-chair Kevin Hastings will give an update on the status of the ongoing coastal access projects.

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This Is District 2 Candidate Linda Lukacs, Part 2

August 3, 2022 by Judi Curry

Judi Curry’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the OB Rag.

By Judi Curry

Part 2

For those of you that did not read “Who Is Linda Lukacs, Part I,” let me briefly state that she is running for City Council Seat, District 2, against Jen Campbell, the incumbent.  I voted for Dr. Campbell when she was elected because I felt she was the best for the job – and the fact that she was a Democrat did not sway me in my decision.

After all, I am a registered Democrat.  On the other hand, Linda is a registered Republican

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Remembering the ‘Door of Hope’ Program at Collier Park West by OB Historical Society, Thurs., Aug. 18

August 2, 2022 by Source

The Ocean Beach Historical Society invites you to bring your picnic to this FREE Special Event and Learn About “Door of Hope”, Thurs. Aug, 18, 2022 at 5 pm, at Collier Park West (At Greene St. & Soto St., in northeast Ocean Beach –  San Diego, CA 92107) Bring your own picnic & gear.

Some older Point Loma and Ocean Beach residents may remember the odd buildings which once sat in the middle of Collier Park west. The buildings, which were part of the Salvation Army’s Door of Hope, included a dormitory style home for pregnant unwed mothers, a nursing facility, and the Collier Park Hospital. Collier Park west is still there, but it has been divided into a small park for picnics, a community garden, and a native plant oasis. A condo development has replaced the Door of Hope buildings.

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Brava Pelosi! Sometimes It Takes a Woman

August 2, 2022 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

Evidently, the decision had been made.  According to CNN, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the third in line of succession to the Presidency, is currently visiting Taiwan.

Why is this even a story, let alone a global headline? And a major controversy? Because China declares that Taiwan belongs to them. And because, reportedly, Pelosi’s 12th Congressional District is made up of 32% Chinese-Americans.

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Despite Failure by City and Community to Resolve Issue, Compromise Must Be Sought Between Tennis and Pickleball Players

August 2, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Clearly a compromise between local tennis and pickleball players must be sought, before more angry public arguments, yelling and disruptions through acts of faux civil disobedience lead to fisticuffs or worse.

After months of simmering, the conflict between pickleball and tennis players burst out into the open over the weekend when a group of pickleball players ambushed staff at the Peninsula Tennis Club  and took over tennis courts for about 40 minutes. Staff called in San Diego Police and eventually the scene quieted down when the pickleball players left.

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Here’s the Pickle Ball Players’ Video of Incident at Peninsula Tennis Club

August 2, 2022 by Source

In response to a report of an incident at the Peninsula Tennis Club over the weekend, posted by the Rag Monday, here is the video shot by the pickle ball players, showing their side of what happened.

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August 2022 Events From the Ocean Beach Green Center

August 1, 2022 by Source

All events are online and free unless stated otherwise.

Every Saturday 10:30 am. Climate Mobilization Coalition Zoom Meeting  August 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

Help save Friendship Park  Sign the petition:   Friendship Park / El Parque de La Amistad is an historic bi-national meeting place on the U.S.-Mexico border.

June 17th – September 7th “The Buses Are Coming.”

August 4th Thursday 12 pm Oceans Stewards Spotlight  

August 6th Saturday 11:40 am – 2 pm Protest @ Del Mar Race Track  

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New Sign for Ocean Beach?

August 1, 2022 by Source

Is this a new community sign for Ocean Beach? The billboard is up on Voltaire.

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Police Called in Pickleball Players’ Disruption of Tennis Courts

August 1, 2022 by Source

By Robert Simmons

According to witnesses, at approximately 3:30 pm Thursday, July 30, a group of 14 people entered the Peninsula Tennis Clubhouse, led by Stefan Boyland and Mike Shinzaki of Pickleball SD.

They dismissed warnings by manager Duncan Depew and staff that the club was a “tennis-only facility,” and proceeded onto the nearest court, where they set up two temporary pickleball nets, displacing the tennis members who had the court reserved.

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Mystery of the Black and White Houses: Part II

August 1, 2022 by Source

By Colleen O’Connor

Just to keep the questions coming about “who, what, when, where” in the yet unsolved mystery of the Black and White Houses, here are a few more examples to add to the mix.

Confined to just one street in Point Loma.  On Talbot Street alone, in a three-block sampling, are three such black and white houses (among dozens and dozens popping up all around the city), shown below.

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New California Budget Includes $4.5 Million for Ocean Beach Library Expansion

July 29, 2022 by Source

In great news for Obceans, a new California state budget includes $4.5 million to expand the Ocean Beach Library.

A total of $68.5 million is coming to San Diego for projects — $29 million will fund park and recreation projects, $28 million will fund library projects, $7.3 million will fund cultural projects and $4 million will fund projects that promote green jobs and enhance public safety.

Besides the money for the OB Library, other funded projects in San Diego include:

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A Recap of the OB Town Council Meeting, Wed., July 27

July 29, 2022 by Source

Here is a recap of the OBTC Wednesday night meeting, July 27. From the OBTC

Public Comment

Dogs – The issue of more dogs being on the non dogs parts of the OB beach has been raised. The San Diego SPCA is supposed to enforce this. Linus from Jenn Campbell’s office has said they are working on getting SPCA to report their actual enforcement of this more accurately and they will be sorting alternative enforcement if it doesn’t improve.

Fireworks Alternative Mike James is organizing an effort to bring a variation of the fourth fireworks back to OB

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Point Loma’s ‘Castle Tower’ Unveiled

July 28, 2022 by Source

Our friends at the Point Loma Association newsletter have finally released a story about the so-called “castle tower” that can be viewed from Cañon Street in Point Loma.
One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor. One man’s castle is another’s eyesore!

We never posted the story. We researched it. We teased it. But when the property owner told us he was negotiating to complete the project and requested no publicity, we agreed.

We asked for updates us on his progress. We got none.

A couple weeks back we left him a voice message asking about the castle tower. So far, no response.

There appears to be little (if any) progress on the project in the past three years. Not that there seemed to be much progress in multiple years before.

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Peninsula Planners: Tiny Cañon Street Pocket Park to Come In Near $3 Million – 3 and Half Times Original Budget

July 28, 2022 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting, Thursday, July 21, was not an exciting affair, but, as always, there were a couple of interesting moments. The Cañon Street pocket park item was the best and it calls for a review of this park’s weird history.

Before moving on to the park, it is necessary to note, again, that PCPB chair Fred Kosmo, again, opened the Zoom meeting by “warning” people that they were being recorded and “warning” them to be careful what they say. Admonishing people attending a planning board meeting in such a manner has a chilling effect on some people, which is the opposite of what these groups are for. Simply “informing” people that the meeting was being recorded would be sufficient.

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Who Is Linda Lukacs? She’s Running in District 2 Against Jen Campbell – Part 1

July 27, 2022 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

There is one thing about the San Diego City Council that some people do not realize. The seats on the Council are bi-partisan. Whether the “owner” of that seat is a Democrat or Republican should not make any difference. They are elected to do the best for the community.

Suffice it to say that it is well known that the incumbent is a registered Democrat – and, in my opinion – a “do nothing” Democrat. Yes, I supported her and yes, I even voted for her. When she came out ahead in the most recent primary election I knew I would have to do some investigation into her opponent, because I knew that I would not cast my vote for her again.

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Torrey Pine on Long Branch Saved by Residents and OB Rag Now Needs to Come Down

July 27, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

The lone Torrey Pine at 4633 Long Branch, saved by local residents along with the OB Rag 11 years ago, now is dead and needs to come down.

After multiple “trimmings” and the cutting off of major limbs over the years by the city, the Torrey — which dominates the block — is now brown and is dangerous to residents and houses along the street.

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Midway Planners: Rowdies at Language School, Homeless Update, Terminal One and New Cannabis Outlet

July 26, 2022 by Source

By Geoff Page

Language School Rowdies

The Midway area sure has its share of problems, the homeless situation being foremost. At the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group’s regular monthly meeting, Wednesday, July 20, another less publicized problem was discussed: rowdiness at the EF International Language School on Kenyon Street.

The discussion started during the Non-Agenda public comment portion of the meeting when a Midway resident, Denise Vedder, who lives near the school, described a litany of woes involving the students. Mostly, it was the regular stuff like loud noise, late noise, and vomiting in the bushes.

Vedder described various efforts she has made to have something done, with little success. She said the campus only has one security officer who exercises no control at all.

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San Diego City Council Places Measure to Eliminate 30 Foot Height Limit in Sports Arena Area on November Ballot

July 26, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Close observers of the issue knew it would happen. In its latest move on Monday, the San Diego City Council — in an unanimous vote — placed the measure to eliminate the 30-foot height limit in the Midway on the November ballot.

If approved by voters, the measure would wipe out the height limit in a 1,324-acre area of the Midway District that includes the sports arena and nearby city-owned land, and not to the entire Midway.

This is the latest chapter in a saga which Councilmembers Jen Campbell and Chris Cate began

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Former OBcean Now Head of County Democrats: Rebecca Taylor

July 26, 2022 by Staff

After the resignation of the chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party in early May, a former OBcean and former director of the OB Town Council was selected to become the new acting chair — and that was Rebecca Taylor.

Rebecca had been and still is the party’s Metro West Area Vice Chair.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, then-chair of the County Dems, took a leave of absence as the San Diego County District Attorney and Democratic party officials reviewed potential criminal allegations against him. Here is how Taylor is described on the County Democratic Party’s

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The System Is Broken

July 25, 2022 by Source

By Colleen Edwards /Dead Foot Collective

Go outside and sleep on the streets. Sleep on the side of a dumpster. Sleep, but only where nobody can see you. Sleep, but with a knife because someone will rob you. Sleep, but with your children tied around your waist because someone will try and take them. Sleep, but only after having not eaten all day—hunger pains will keep you awake.

Welcome to the houseless experience. I have been volunteering and working within the homeless system for the past six years. I’ve volunteered in shelters and on buses, I worked with homeless youth for a year and then switched to working directly with case managers, clients, and landlords.

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In Defense of OBcean Sheldon Dorf, One of the Founders of Comic-Con

July 22, 2022 by Frank Gormlie

Sheldon Dorf was one of the founders of Comic-Con and he lived in Ocean Beach for many years. He passed away at the age of 76 in 2009.

“Shel” has been the subject of numerous articles both in the local media and national outlets, like the Rolling Stone .

Currently the San Diego Reader has an article entitled, “In defense of San Diego Comic-Con co-founder Shel Dorf – Personal POV of the original annoying comic geek,” by Jay Allen Sanford. Near the end of the article, Sanford writes:

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100 Years of the Sport in San Diego Highlights Peninsula Tennis Club

July 22, 2022 by Source

From the Third Option / July 22, 2022

Public park tennis in San Diego began a hundred years ago this month when players raised $5,000 to build what is now the Balboa Tennis Club.

The number one racket sport in the country is also the fastest-growing, with 6.8 million new and returning tennis players in 2020 alone— a growth spurt of 22%. Research claims it adds ten years to a player’s lifespan; data also reveals it to be the safest sport to play during a pandemic.

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