Ocean Beach

Was Vessel Conducting Underwater Surveys of OB Pier in Preparation of its Replacement?

February 3, 2023 by Source

By Charles Landon

On the morning of February 2, 2023, the Survey Vessel Tikaani, was spotted motoring around the Ocean Beach Pier.

For about 2 hours the 24 foot aluminum mono-hull hydrographic survey vessel, conducted what appeared to be hydrographic and geophysical surveys.

We believe this in preparation for the replacement of the Ocean Beach Pier. The pier has been closed since the storms in early December.

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Estate of OBcean Jay Kahn Just Gifted $100 Million to San Diego Foundation

February 3, 2023 by Source

The estate of OBcean Jay Kahn just gave $100 million to the San Diego Foundation. They include 10 unrestricted awards of $150,000 to San Diego-based music education nonprofits to advance their work with children in need.

Kahn lived in Ocean Beach from 1972 until his death in 2022 at age 90.

According to his wishes, a portion of Kahn’s gift will support housing and other regional strategic plan initiatives, with more than $86 million set aside to establish the Jay Kahn Endowment Fund at San Diego Foundation. According to a foundation statement, the aim is for “Kahn’s legacy and impact (to) continue to grow and transform San Diego County in perpetuity.”

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Voting for New Ocean Beach Town Council Board Members Runs Thru Friday, Feb.3

February 3, 2023 by Source

Voting is under way for half of the current OB Town Council board members and will run through Friday, February 3.

You can read candidate statements HERE.

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‘Love Your Wetlands Day’ — Mission Bay — Sat., Feb.4

February 3, 2023 by Source

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Ocean Beach Library Re-Open Party — Sat., Feb.4

February 3, 2023 by Source

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Point Loma Residents Drop Lawsuit Against City Over Removal of Palm Trees – City Attorney Continues Myth About Why They Were Chopped Down

February 2, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

The San Diego City Attorney’s office just announced today that the Point Loma couple who had sued the city over its removal of historic Palm trees has dropped the suit.

John and Tracy Van de Walker had sued the City in federal court to prevent the trees from being cut down, claiming violations of the California Environmental Quality Act. They then dismissed that suit and filed a new action in state court alleging the City cannot cut down the trees under the San Diego Municipal Code and Council Policy.

But on January 27 this year, the Van de Walker Plaintiffs filed a Request for Dismissal in San Diego Superior Court. No reason was given in the CA’s announcement. City Attorney Mara Elliott jumped for joy and called it a “meritless lawsuit” that forced her office “to respond to a frivolous claim.”

The OB Rag covered the controversy since its beginning in October of 2021 and our reporter Geoff Page wrote extensive reports on the real reasons the city wanted to cut the trees down.

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City Rangers’ Vendor Enforcement in Ocean Beach Raises Issues of ‘Free Speech’ and ‘What Is Art’?

February 2, 2023 by Source

By Geoff Page

The City of San Diego began enforcement of the new vendor ordinance in Ocean Beach, Wednesday morning, February 1, at the foot of Newport Ave. Upon getting a tip that this was happening, around 11:00 a.m., this writer went down for a look.

The tipster said they saw SDPD and sheriff’s personnel, which seemed unusual. As it turned out, what looked like sheriff deputies were city of San Diego park rangers, as can be seen in the picture above.

It is remarkable to see the rangers were dressed in the same military manner as the SDPD.

As reported in The Rag’s January 31 story about the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s January meeting, the city’s ranger staff is taking the enforcement lead.

According to an SDPD officer, the police presence was only to ensure things remained peaceful while the rangers did their job.

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Borrego Springs Is Akin to Ocean Beach — and Not Just the Palms

February 2, 2023 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt

All Photos by Kathy Blavatt

Lovely views, incredible sunsets, hometown charm, and Palm trees describe Ocean Beach. Another berg, Borrego Springs, has these same characteristics but is the opposite of Ocean Beach in climate and surrounding desert mountain terrain of Anza-Borrego.

This little community rests in the flat section of the desert where the climate is primarily dry and hot, with cool nights in the winter months.

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San Diego Leaders Urged to Set Aside Portion of NAVWAR Property for Affordable Housing

February 1, 2023 by Source

By Ricardo Flores /  Op-Ed San Diego Union-Tribune / Jan. 30, 2023

The Navy wants to redevelop its Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, or NAVWAR, a sprawling 70.3-acre complex in San Diego’s Midway District. According to the Navy, the site can accommodate up to 10,000 housing units, but, no surprise, there is no requirement in its request for qualifications/proposals that any of the units be affordable housing.

This is unfortunate because San Diego is experiencing an affordable housing crisis that has become a homeless crisis.

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San Diego’s New Plan Won’t Solve Housing or Transit Issues

February 1, 2023 by Source

PL Emerson Project gp 05By Danna Givot / Commentary – San Diego Union-Tribune / Jan. 30, 2023 

In October, as part of its 2022 Land Development Code Update, San Diego’s Planning Department introduced the concept of “Sustainable Development Areas.” Then, at every subsequent presentation, department officials changed the definition, preventing full public understanding and debate.

But the term is important to understand because it is a major housing policy shift by city officials. The general idea is that new high-density housing could be built up to a mile walking distance from bus or trolley stops, instead of the almost universally accepted half-mile walking distance.

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February 2023 Events from the Ocean Beach Green Center

February 1, 2023 by Source

All events are online and free unless stated otherwise.

See inside for “More on Kip Kruegar”

Every Saturday 10:30 am. Climate Mobilization Coalition Meetings  February 4th, 11th, 18th,and 25th

February 4th Saturday 9 am – 4 pm Love Your Wetlands Day 2023

February 6th Monday 6 pm 8 pm What’s in the Water?

February 7th Tuesday   9 am – 12:30 pm San Diego Estuary Science Symposium

February 8th Wednesday 5 pm Conscious Closets Webinar

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Winter Beauty in San Diego

February 1, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

There’s certainly beauty in San Diego during these rainy, snowy winter months.

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City Tacos to Take Over Former Tiki Port Space

February 1, 2023 by Source

By Jeannine Boisse / What Now San Diego / January 31, 2023

City Tacos is planning another outpost along the coast, this time in Ocean Beach. A new permit filing places their next spot on Voltaire Street at Cable Street, [4896 Voltaire St,] formerly a Tiki Port coffee shop.

Owner Gerry Torres opened the first City Tacos location in North Park in 2014. City Tacos now operates seven locations across San Diego, with spots in La Mesa, Encinitas, Sorrento Valley, and Pacific Beach.

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Peninsula Planners Told By City It Will No Longer Review Proposed Accessory Dwelling Units

January 31, 2023 by Staff

By Geoff Page

The Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regularly monthly meeting, Thursday, January 19, was relatively unremarkable until a certain piece of very remarkable information popped up, almost routinely.  It appears the evisceration of the planning board system has begun.

About one hour into the meeting, the PCPB reached the point in its agenda called “Applicant-Initiated Action Items.” Board chair, Fred Kosmo, pointed out that there were no projects on the agenda and explained why. Kosmo said that the PCPB’s Project Review subcommittee chair, Joe Holasek, informed him of a change at the city.

The planning boards will no longer be reviewing projects involving accessory dwelling units or ADUs. So, how does removing projects – the most common and of numerous projects these days – from planning board review square with the following?

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The Luminosity Pledge: 200 Drone Light Show for 4th of July in Ocean Beach

January 30, 2023 by Source

From Luminosity Newsletter

There Will be Drones.

The LUMINOSITY Steering Committee is currently in negotiations with a major Drone Company. A contract should be signed in February. On the Fourth of July of 2023, Ocean Beach WILL have at least 200 drones with additional drones added as more funding becomes available.

Further information will be made available after the contract is finalized.

The LUMINOSITY Arts Council Meets

The first meeting of the Arts Council recently met to begin planning the Festival of Lights element of LUMINOSITY. The panel is made up of individuals with a background in the arts and who have ties to Ocean Beach. The role of the council is to determine the scope and vision of the festival.

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Smokin’ in Ocean Beach

January 27, 2023 by Source

Check out these black and whites taken by ACE, Albert C Elliott, on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Ocean Beach. Smokin’, dude.

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The Saga of What Once Was a Car Wash on Midway Drive

January 27, 2023 by Source

From Peninsula Newsletter of PLA

Remember this? (At 2959 Midway Drive) For many years it did a pretty good job of quick-washing vehicles.

An added thrill (for kids of many ages) was staying in the car as it moved through brushes, chamois and soapy waterfalls. One day it closed. We don’t remember the exact date.

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‘Scam Me Once – Shame on You – Scam Me Twice, Shame on Me’

January 27, 2023 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

There is no question that I am an insomniac. I have been for over 13 years and it started when my husband Bob was diagnosed with lung cancer.  As the cancer advanced, it was difficult for him to speak, and so we developed a method of communication by turning on a light whenever he needed anything.  It didn’t matter what time of day it was – the light went on.

But insomniacs seem to “run” in my family. 

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U-T Editorial: City Proposal for Taller Apartments and More ADUs ‘Flawed’

January 26, 2023 by Source

San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial:

California’s emergence as the U.S. epicenter of poverty because of extreme housing costs has galvanized state lawmakers, but the resulting legislation hasn’t had a huge impact on the problem.

The latest study to make this point was issued last week by the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation. It found that 2021’s Senate Bill 9 has had “limited or nonexistent” results in 13 California cities, including San Diego.

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Task Force: New OB Pier Will Be Completed — Hopefully — In 5 Years

January 26, 2023 by Source

It is full speed ahead on initial planning to replace the iconic Ocean Beach Pier creating an updated regional landmark to last up to a century.

A best-case scenario would be to have construction on a new structurally modern pier likely costing upwards of $100 million beginning before the end of 2026, with completion by mid-2028.

It will be a new pier for a new age, said OB resident and OB Pier Task Force member Mark Winkie.

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TV Reporter and Local Resident Dan Plante Has Good News for Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach

January 26, 2023 by Source

KUSI reporter Dan Plante, an OB resident, has good news for merchants along Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach.

It’s all about classical music being piped out onto Newport; it’s about the perception that unhoused people have moved off the main street; it’s about how the community has stepped up to assist some of the merchants who’ve been burglarized recently; it’s about how there may be more police officers driving down Newport Ave.

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Feral Cats on Campus at Pt Loma Nazarene

January 26, 2023 by Source

By Lily Damron / Lomabeat.com / Jan. 25, 2023

Many on-campus Point Loma Nazarene University students may be familiar with the feral cats that roam around campus, especially the ones that live in the wooded area along the southern edge of Nease Residence Hall. Some may also be familiar with Jim Gaupsas and his wife, who feed and take care of them. I first heard about Gaupsas, and the cat population, from my roommate after she had unsuccessfully attempted to befriend the campus’ cats.

One afternoon, she ran into Gaupsas, who furthered her interest in becoming a cat whisperer.

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Midway Planners: If There’s No Community, How Can There Be a Community Planning Group?

January 25, 2023 by Source

It’s Disclosed 3pm Meeting Time Is For Convenience of Business & Property Owners and Government Staffers – Not for Residents

By Geoff Page

The Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Group held its first meeting of 2023 on Wednesday, January 18 using the Zoom meeting format. The meeting was a head shaker once again.

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma — Late January 2023

January 24, 2023 by Frank Gormlie

Midway Eatery Makes Yelp’s Top 100 Pizza Joints in US

OB Home and Garden Store Gets Props

28th Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Pt Loma Nazarene – Feb 20-24

Poet’s First Novel Set in Beachfront Similar to OB

10 Reasons Why Smoking Should Be Banned at the Beach

OB Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Provided Fentanyl-Laced Pills that Caused Death of Other OB Man

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OBcean Is ‘Officially Over Disneyland’

January 23, 2023 by Source

An OBcean has just posted on facebook: “I’m officially over Disneyland!” Then the person posted a time and expense chart to show their grief. We thought it timely and funny and and not so-funny and reposted it.

I think I’m officially over Disneyland. I’ve gone so many times that I have hit my lifetime limit of waiting in line for minimal amounts of entertainment value.

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Reader’s Rant: ‘Congratulations City Council – You’ve Made a Short-Term Rental Ghetto in Mission Beach’

January 23, 2023 by Source

By Gary Wonacott

Congratulations Councilmember Campbell and supporting cast:

You have taken a small beach community, allowed an unrestrained proliferation of short term rentals from 2010 to 2020, a time period that coincidentally correlates with a loss of almost twenty five percent of our population.  Then you legalized it solidifying what is now an area surrounding Belmont Park that is, in my opinion, a STR ghetto.

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Pt Loma High Baseball Pancake Breakfast — Feb. 4

January 23, 2023 by Source

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Ocean Beach Library Will Be Last to Fully Re-Open

January 20, 2023 by Staff

As the San Diego Union-Tribune reported today, “The long-awaited return of Sunday public library hours in San Diego could come this spring as library officials say they’ve made significant progress filling a rash of 275 employee vacancies spurred by the pandemic.”

Some branches will reopen on Sunday over the next two months. But not the Ocean Beach Library.

As the U-T stated: “San Diego was also relatively slow to reopen its branches on days other than Sundays, with four branches remaining fully or partially closed until last year and with Ocean Beach still not fully re-opened.”

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San Diego Audubon to Host Dramatic King Tide Viewing Saturday in Mission Bay

January 20, 2023 by Source

On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. (high tide at 8:06 a.m.) San Diego Audubon, ReWild and UCSD will host a King Tide viewing in Mission Bay’s Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve. The Reserve is at 2055 Pacific Beach Dr., 92109 (southeast corner of Pacific Beach Dr. and Crown Point Dr.)

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King Tides Are Back in San Diego! January 21-22

January 20, 2023 by Source

King tides are returning to Ocean Beach and other coastal communities this weekend, Jan. 21 – 22.

They only happen a few times a year. Simply put, a King Tide is the time of the year when the tide is the highest. King Tides are caused by the normal gravitational forces from the moon and the sun that create normal tides. However, a king tide happens when the earth, sun, and moon are in full alignment; causing an increase in gravitational pull.

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