Ocean Beach

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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Restaurant Review: Shanghai Bun on Rosecrans

December 15, 2017 by Judi Curry

Shanghai Bun – Chinese Tapas Bar
1029 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106

I have visited the Shanghai Bun four times now. Each time I have gone with someone else and the past three times was less than thrilled with the results. One of the people I went with several months ago was Susi, and we agreed that a lot of work needed to be done before we would go back. (Editor: see Judi’s review from May 2017.)

Several weeks ago Susi contacted me and told me that she had gone again with her mother, and the menu had changed and was much better. Because I have wanted to have an authentic Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood I decided to go back and try it again.

Today Colleen and I made a luncheon date to meet at the restaurant at 11:45. We came in the back way and were greeted by Nancy, the owner of the restaurant who told us we could sit anywhere.

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And the Winners of the OB Holiday Parade Are …

December 15, 2017 by Source

Direct from the Ocean Beach Town Council

The 38th Annual OB Holiday Parade winners

Here are the winners of the Parade – there were 5 categories and there were ties in two of them.

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OB Library Friends Holding Gifts & Book Sale – Saturday, Dec. 16th

December 15, 2017 by Source

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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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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 . 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.

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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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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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Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach Strike Again

December 12, 2017 by Staff

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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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Burglary Suspect Killed by Police in Sunset Cliffs Area Wanted to Commit Suicide

December 11, 2017 by Source

From San Diego Patch San Diego police shot and killed a break-in suspect in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood, police said on Twitter. Officers responded to the scene just after 6 a.m. Sunday for reports that someone was trying to enter at least one home on the 1300 block of Trieste Drive, police said in a […]

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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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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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Audubon Society: Mission Bay Planners Okay City’s Misguided Plan for De Anza

December 6, 2017 by Source

Park Committee Votes to Advance Draft Plan that Fails to Address Sea Level Rise to EIR Process

Edited from San Diego Audubon Society:

At the Mission Bay Park Committee hearing held on Tuesday, December 5th, a divided Mission Bay Park Committee narrowly approved a plan for the redevelopment of De Anza Cove over objections from hundreds of community members. The Park Committee took action to approve “alternative 2,” which forwards the plans to a formal environmental review process with the City.

Representatives from San Diego Audubon joined Campland on the Bay, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California State Coastal Conservancy in opposing the two proposed alternative plans offered by the City of San Diego.

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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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Restaurant Review : To The Point – Where Ocean Beach and Point Loma Meet

December 5, 2017 by Judi Curry

Restaurant Review –

To The Point
4161 Voltaire Street
San Diego, CA 92107

The one thing that really impressed me when I ate at To the Point several years ago was the slices of cucumber in their drinking water. I remember at the time it tasted so refreshing that to this day I still add a slice or two in my own water at home. But is pretty much all that I remembered from my eating there then so didn’t know what to expect this time.

Today two of the widow’s from my support group – Candy and Irene – and I got together to have lunch, and I had been asked just this morning if I had had a meal at this restaurant. She told me that the Chef had been changed; the service was better, and the menu and food was very good. I had no trouble deciding where we would go after we met at 11:00am. … Yes. The restaurant has really changed.

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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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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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OB Alley Walkabout

December 4, 2017 by Source

By Joaquin Antique

Ocean Beach alleys.

Stretching from the hill to the edge of the ocean.

Gritty concrete and dirt byways where we stash our trash and hide ugly utility poles.

In our alleys you’ll find kids playing on skate ramps or shooting hoops, yard sales, entrances to granny flats, old school garages, and converted sheds.

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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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Scenes From the OB Holiday Auction at Sunshine Co.

December 1, 2017 by Source

Editor’s Note: Here are photos from the 2017 OB Holiday Auction held at the Sunshine Co. last night – Nov. 30th – taken by Larry Wasserman. I don’t think Larry knows the names of all the people he photographed – and neither do we, so if you recognize someone, please let us know in a comment. We also understand that the annual auction to raise funds for the OB Town Council Food & Toy Drive broke the last record in total raised.

Photo Gallery by Larry Wasserman

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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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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 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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The Widder Curry: The Water Bill Has Hit the Fan

November 30, 2017 by Judi Curry

It seems to me that I wrote a similar article about the high water rates a year or so ago. I know how upset I was with the raise in the water rates after it was announced that the drought was over. I know that many of us either appeared at the City Council meeting or sent letters protesting the rate increase, and, as per usual, we were “overruled” and the rates went into effect.

At that time I was “upset” about the increase. Now I am pissed. And it isn’t just me. I have the names of 286 residents in the Pt. Loma area that are also upset with the water bills we all received this week. And before I tell you the breakdown of a poll initiated by one of our neighbors – Mi Do – of the Fleetridge area, let me tell you why I am so pissed.

I am on a fixed income.

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Lori Saldaña: Loss of Housing Due to Airbnb Leads to Declining School Enrollments and Subsidies

November 29, 2017 by Source

By Lori Saldaña / Nov 27, 2017

This is in response to the OB Rag article, “Come out to the protest rally against short term vacation rentals in Ocean Beach.”

As an educator, I want to remind people that removing affordable, permanent residential units from a neighborhood will- over time- lead to the closures of local public schools. Before that happens, declining enrollment will impact the quality of education for those few remaining students. It will also lead to the ending of subsidized pre-school programs for families who are at eligible income levels.

Mission Bay has already faced these closures. Can we really support similar impacts in other neighborhoods.

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