Ocean Beach

Former Council Member Ed Harris Endorses Jordan Beane for San Diego’s District 2 Seat

May 25, 2018 by Source

Back in January, Frank Gormlie wrote this piece for the OB Rag, entitled:

It’s time for Lifeguard Ed Harris to Jump in and Rescue Residents of San Diego City Council District 2″

I was humbled by Frank’s opinion and proud that he had the courage to share his controversial thoughts, despite the fact that he might make enemies.

Obviously, I did not agree with him 100% and I did not enter the race. It is my belief that there comes a time when leaders must step back and allow others to move forward. I believe it is time for younger leaders with new energy and new ideas to take control of their future and the future of their generation.

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OB Town Council Hears Spring Is Worse Time to Trim Trees for the Parrots

May 24, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

New Police Chief David Nesleit Visits OBTC

The audience at the Ocean Beach Town Council last night, Wednesday, May 23, was graced with the presence of San Diego’s new police chief and heard all about how to help the OB Parrots, in particular, why Spring is the worse time to trim trees.

Fairly early in the meeting at the Masonic Center, Chief Nesleit swept in and addressed the meeting – and was warmly welcomed. Nesleit, a 30-year veteran of the SDPD, was captain of the Western Division – the Division OB is in – for “105 days” he said to some laughter. Some of us recall those days when it seemed like that position was being constantly rotated to someone new.

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San Diego Disabled Homeless Who Live in RVs Will Have Their Say in Court – Some Day

May 23, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

A class-action suit against the City of San Diego by a group of disabled homeless challenging the enforcement of parking laws that prevent homeless people from living and sleeping in recreational vehicles is winding its way through Federal court.

The suit was filed in November 2017 by 9 homeless men and women who say they have no other housing option except to live in their RVs – which forces them to park overnight in city parks or streets. Their disabilities make them unable to afford rent and that homeless shelters are unsuitable for the disabled.

Their lawsuit demands that the city immediately stop citing disabled people under its long-standing vehicle habitation ordinance and its relatively new RV ordinance. The RV ordinance, enforced by the city in 2014, prohibits such vehicles from parking on any San Diego city street or in any public parking lot between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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Restaurant Review: Ceviche House in Old Town

May 22, 2018 by Source

Ceviche House
2415 San Diego Avenue
Old Town.

Bright Flavors at Ceviche House in Old Town

by Bob Edwards

It’s hard to find a good new restaurant to review in the Beach Area. Although it seems like there’s one or two restaurants opening every month, I find that most are boring and predictable or just don’t provide the quality cooking that inspires me to do a review.

I ate three meals at a seafood place in Point Loma recently, took a ton of photos, and started writing about it a few times and finally gave up.

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Interview With Gio Ingolia Over Ocean Beach Plan, Mission Bay Park Committee, Land Grabs and Future of the Bay

May 21, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Editordude Note: The following is an interview with our friend, OBcean Gio Ingolia, who sits on the powerful Mission Bay Park Committee, via email.

Question: Gio –I know you’ve been involved in Ocean Beach for many years as a community volunteer, on the OB Planning Board and the OB Town Council. Can you give a brief history of some of the roles you’ve taken on, things you’ve done, positions you’ve occupied?

Answer: I served on the Ocean Beach Planning board for 8 years. This included 4 years as vice chair, and the chair for 2 years. …I co-chaired (2 yrs.) the Ocean Beach Community Plan Sub-Committee, along with Mindy Pelissier. Currently I sit on the Ocean Beach Town Council.

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Special Hearing on Famosa / Nimitz Property to Be Held by Peninsula Planners – June 14

May 21, 2018 by Source

San Diego Housing Commission Met With Many Questions From Community Members
By Geoff Page

Once again, the Peninsula Community Planning Board’s regular monthly meeting May 19 provided entertainment value for those who attended. And, this time, it was also an excellent illustration of what a planning board is meant to be.

The controversy over that piece of open land off Famosa Blvd. across from Cleator Park more or less erupted. The often heated discussion took up about an hour and a half of the meeting, far longer than originally intended.

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The Origins of the 30 Foot Height Limit

May 18, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Recently – within the context of discussions over the City of San Diego’s plans to bring massive redevelopment to the Midway District on this site – there has been some serious disparagement of the 30 foot height limit, and it’s being blamed for everything from the housing crisis to the lack of affordability at the coast.

So, apparently it’s time, once again, to present some local history – the origins of the 30 foot height limit – and some of the good folks who made it happen. It all began back in the late Sixties when beach residents began to rebel against a wave of unbridled development occurring at the coast.

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News and Notices of Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid-May 2018

May 17, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

* Book on History of San Diego Lifeguards to Be Released in Ocean Beach
* Stolen Pink Trike Taken During Falling Sky Pottery Class – Reward Offered
* SeaWorld San Diego Attendance Continues to Slide
* Bicycle Injuries Up –
* Point Loma Native Builds Skateboard Parks for Kids
* Benefit for Young Girl Who Needs Surgery – OB Brewery May 21
* OB Hit and Run Suspect Pleads Not Guilty at First Court Appearance
* Slightly Stoopid to Release New Studio Album
* High School Students Can Sleep Longer
* Big Sam’s Funky Nation at Winstons
* Hands Across the Sands at Mission Beach – May 19
* Mariachi Music at OB Library, Sat, May 19


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‘Mum’s the Word’ at OB’s Hostel About Application for Liquor License – But If Granted, Will Only Be for Guests

May 17, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It’s basically “mum’s the word” at OB’s hostel on Newport Avenue about their recent application for a liquor license with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Concerns have been raised in some quarters of the community about yet another alcohol establishment on OB’s main commercial drag.

But even if granted, USA Hostel Ocean Beach only plans to serve its own guests – those travelers who lease out spaces at the hostel. No one from the outside would be allowed into the 2-story iconic building – they have 24/7 staffing at the only front door, I was assured by Julie, the on-site manager,

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Protest Against Campaign Litter at Midway and Rosecrans – Today, Thurs, May 17

May 17, 2018 by Doug Porter

Meanwhile, Turmoil Rolls San Diego County Democratic Party

A protest against the visual pollution and littering throughout the region associated with the run-up to the June 5 primary is set for today, Thursday (5/17) at 11am.

Meanwhile, this dispute within the local Democratic Party is symptomatic of division between long-time stalwarts who often seem more concerned about major donors’ interests and activists demanding a more active organizational role in support of those being victimized by the current administration’s policies.

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Jim Bell’s House on Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach Is Up for Sale

May 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Twenty years ago, Jim Bell – OB’s well-known ecology consultant – bought an old building on Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach, which once housed a variety of businesses over the years, including Seedless, one of the incarnations of Hodads and Effie’s Cafe. And for 2 decades Bell rented out the numerous interior rooms while he worked out of his office, “the cave”, deep inside the building.

Now the property is up for sale. Jim Bell’s daughter Heather, who lives in Seattle, confirmed to this reporter she is trying to sell it. The lot is 50 by 100 feet. This turn in events is all due to Jim’s failing health – he’s now bedridden in a local Point Loma senior assisted living facility, and his well-being is dependent on the sale.

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City Poised to Dismantle 30 Foot Height Limit to Allow Massive Redevelopment in Midway District

May 15, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It appears the City of San Diego is getting set to dismantle the 30 foot height limit in order to allow massive redevelopment of the Midway District.

With the Midway area community plan update – okayed by the Midway planning committee on March 21 – about to be approved by the City Council in June, all the chips are falling into place to set the stage for some kind of political action that would get rid of the sacrosanct height limit for the some 1324 acres being considered for the redevelopment. The redevelopment would bring in dense housing – some of it affordable -, “modern commercial districts”, and 7-fold population increase to the area.

But the 30 foot height limit stands in the way of the dreams of developers, city planners, and their sycophants within the mainly commercial zones of the district.

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Housing Commission Rep and Point Loma Bike Track Advocates at Peninsula Planners’ Meeting – Thurs, May 17

May 15, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The upcoming Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting should be interesting as a San Diego Housing Commission representative and advocates for the Point Loma bike track will all be present. The bike track is on the agenda.

The Board meets Thursday, May 17 at the Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire Street, from 6:30 to 9pm.

Around 7pm, track advocate Katie Bendixen will assist the Board in a discussion about open space, development of the property at Famosa and Nimitz and the future of what’s called the Famosa Pump Track.

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OB Community Cleanup – Sat., May 19

May 15, 2018 by Source

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Three of Ocean Beach’s Top Photographers – OB Historical Society Presents – Thurs., May 17

May 14, 2018 by Staff

This Thursday, May 17, the Ocean Beach Historical Society will present: “Picture Perfect – Three of O.B.’s Top Photographers”, at Water’s Edge Faith Community at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., at 7 PM,

The above photograph is of three of O.B.’s top photographers and OB Exposed! judges Cliff Beck, Steve Rowell, and Joe Ewing.

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The Mystery Breaks Around Young Woman Found Wounded at End of Sunset Cliffs a Month Ago

May 11, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It was a month ago exactly that a young woman was found bleeding from gunshot wounds in the vicinity of the Ladera Street stairs – which are at the end of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. She survived but is undergoing intensive – and expensive – medical care.

Now, some of the mystery surrounding her shooting has come out. According to her mother – daughter Mya, 19, had been kidnapped by three alleged gang members who attempted to kill her – who have since been arrested.

Mya’s mother, who identified herself as Jill, talked with NBC 7, and gave the family’s story behind the series of incidents

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‘Follow That Sign’ OB

May 11, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Actual sign sign discovered somewhere in Ocean Beach. “Follow that dream” – very appropriate. It’s anonymous street art.

There’s apparently a bunch of artists, or different networks of artists (or maybe just one) who are teasing OB with their anonymous street art. And this latest street sign – very “professionally” crafted and quietly installed – makes for great art. (Thank you – whomever you are. )

They have struck before.

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Who Is Marcus Turner – the New President of Ocean Beach Town Council?

May 10, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

To this day, Marcus Turner and his spouse, Priscilla, debate who made the first move when they met at the Sunshine Company a couple of years ago. “It’s contested,” Marcus told me, when I asked him which of them broke the ice while he and I sipped coffee during our hour long interview at the beach-side Newbreak the other day.

But apparently, he had told me, the attraction – “It was immediate.” They’ve been together ever since and were married not too long after they met.

Both of them, both Marcus and Priscilla, sit as board members on the Ocean Beach Town Council. And Marcus was just recently elected as the new president, replacing Gretchen Newsom, who retired from the board after many years. “I know,” he said, “I have big shoes to fill,” referring to his predecessor. He’s also very much aware, that in his new position, he’s the first African-American president of OB’s town council,

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To Save Coral Reefs, Hawaii on Verge of Banning Sunscreen

May 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In order to save the coral reefs and other marine life that surrounds Hawaii, state legislators there just passed a measure banning sunscreen. In particular they want to ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate by 2021. The governor has yet to sign the bill, making it law.

Scientists have determined oxybenzone and octinoxate can be toxic to coral – a vital part of the ocean ecosystem. Only with a medical prescription, would people be able to purchase sunscreen with the chemicals. Plus the measure itself doesn’t ban online purchases or does it ban tourists from bringing their own to Hawaii.

But sunscreen makers would be forced to change their formulas or be banned from selling the lotions in Hawaii.

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San Diego City Council to Hold Evening Hearing on Budget for Public Input – Monday, May 14

May 9, 2018 by Staff

The San Diego City Council will hold an evening hearing on the city budget in order for the public to have input at a time that is reasonable for working people.

The hearing will be at 6:00 pm, Monday, May 14 at Council Chambers in City Hall. City Hall is located at 202 “C” Street in downtown and council meetings are held on the 12th floor.

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Best San Diego Gyms to Join Over Summer

May 9, 2018 by Source

by Dakota Campagna / Lomabeat.com

With summer less than two months away, the journey to get the perfect beach body is in full force. Here are three gyms that will make your workout out a little less gruesome and are offering some of the top deals in San Diego.

Dan McKinney Family YMCA (La Jolla):

The Dan McKinney YMCA in La Jolla is one of the most beautiful gyms to work out at. They have an upstairs weight room, as well as a separate cardio room next to it. If you were to walk outside on the top floor, there is a balcony with a turf carpet where you can stretch, work out abs, etc.

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Lorie Zapf Goes Missing at Three District 2 Town Council Candidate Forums

May 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

San Diego Councilwoman Lorie Zapf – incumbent for District 2 – has gone missing for at least 3 district town council candidate forums now.

Zapf failed to show at all three area forums; the Pacific Beach Town Council candidate forum, the Ocean Beach Town Council forum on April 25 and then most recently the Clairemont Town Council forum on May 3. (The Mission Beach Town Council calendar didn’t show any recent or upcoming candidate forum.)

Zapf – the only prominent Republican in the race for District 2 – has amassed more campaign funds than other candidate for city council throughout all the council races. So, perhaps she feels she’s safe or knows she’ll at least be in the November run-off.

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Ocean Beach Kite Festival Is Now 70 and at New Location: Robb Field – Sat. May 12

May 8, 2018 by Source

OB Kite Festival has a new location!

The 70th annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival – that’s right, the 70th – is moving to a new and bigger venue this year. The traditional free event will now be held at Robb Field on Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The new Robb Field location will give everyone more room to fly their kites, as well as lots of free parking.

Children will learn how to make and fly a simple kite, with all materials and instruction included.

There’s also food, music (from OB’s own Beer Feat band), jumpies, and a craft fair. Prizes for the best decorated kites

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Good Samaritan Victim in Ocean Beach Hit and Run ‘Would Do It Again’ – Suspect Arrested

May 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Good Samaritan Julio Vazquez, Despite Loss of House and Job Due to Injuries, “Would Do It Again”

A suspect has been arrested for the April 9 hit and run of a good Samaritan who stopped to help a couple in their disabled vehicle – on the edge of Ocean Beach. Jaron Blake Hillyer, 27, was taken into custody by San Diego police and booked into Central Jail on charges of felony hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license and no valid insurance.

His station wagon had been found in the 4300 block of Orchard Avenue. Meanwhile, the good Samaritan, Julio Vazquez, 26, – still recovering from his serious injuries – told CBS8 he “would do it again,” and

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OB Walkabout, Italian Style

May 7, 2018 by Source

Editordude: The OB Rag’s Joaquin Antique, the author of numerous “OB Walkabouts”, just returned from a trip to Italy.

By Joaquin Antique

The more I travel the more I’m surprised at how familiar things can feel in other places. One of the things I relish about travel is experiencing how different other places can be, but I often find that the commonalities and shared experiences between us are what’s most amazing.

Take the coastal eddy for example. It doesn’t matter if you’re in OB or on the Amalfi Coast, when the fog rolls in it can ruin your day. Or you can just groove on it until it burns off and then it’s glorious. Yellow and green bikes cluttering up your neighborhood or polluting your view?

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100 Years Ago, 13 Drowned in Heavy Rip Currents Off Ocean Beach

May 7, 2018 by Source

One hundred years ago, on Monday, May 6, 1918, at least 13 men, including 11 servicemen, drowned in a single day in heavy rip currents off Ocean Beach. Over 60 people were rescued by lifeguards. The story was covered by the San Diego Union-Tribune, and we include the first few paragraphs of the story, below.

The tragedy forced San Diego and Ocean Beach to deal with the dangers of the surf and tides, and led to the formation of the first lifeguards.

CAUGHT in a terrific tide-rip which swept upon them without warning yesterday afternoon at Ocean Beach, scores of bathers fought for their lives,

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Just Who Is Matt Beatty, OB’s Librarian?

May 7, 2018 by Source

By Brett Warnke

When librarian Matt Beatty talks about his paddle-skating, he doesn’t smile–not in that broad proud way of the athlete, but in a tiny mischievous lift of his mustache.

“It’s an old person’s extreme sport,” he said.

His wit is dry but he gets wet every morning swimming in the chilly waters bubbling under the OB Pier and makes his way to the place where we have all seen him, the OB Library, the human face of our odd little corner of San Diego. Matt is a kind of sociologist of readers,

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US Senate, Local House of Representatives Seats & Ballot Measures – Progressive Voter Guide, June 2018

May 7, 2018 by Staff

Today: US Senate, Local House of Representatives & Ballot Measures

The OB Rag and San Diego Free Press are pleased to present part four of our 2018 Primary Election Progressive Voter Guide. As usual, we tried not to let perfect be the enemy of good in our decision making. This year we’re breaking it into parts to make it more digestible.

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Recent Investigation Prompts Closer Look Into PLNU’s Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct

May 4, 2018 by Source

From Lomabeat

When former Point Loma Nazarene University student Amy McClanahan went to her then PLNU professor and Mid City Church of the Nazarene pastor, John Wright, seeking help with issues that she said were related to childhood sexual trauma, she was following university protocol.

Wright also followed the appropriate steps when he went to PLNU’s Wellness Center and other faculty on campus, seeking assistance for McClanahan.

Neither Wright nor McClanahan found what they were looking for.

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Los Angeles Moves to Regulate Short Term Vacation Rentals – Only Rentals of Primary Residences Would Be Allowed

May 4, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

In an historic and unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, May 2, decided on a package of proposed rules to regulate short term vacation rentals.

The proposals would allow city residents to rent out their own homes on a night-to-night basis, but not allow the renting out a house or apartment for short stays if it is not their primary residence.

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