Ocean Beach

Beach Residents Mobilize to Halt Evans’ Land Grab of Bahia Point in Mission Bay

January 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Beach residents and San Diego lovers of Bahia Point in Mission Bay are mobilizing to stop Bill Evans – the owner of the Bahia Resort Hotel – and his land grab of the public park at Bahia Point.

On January 2nd, the Mission Bay Park Committee voted to agree that Evans’ baby, the Bahia Development Plan, is consistent with the Mission Bay Master Plan. This vote so angered a room full of frustrated neighbors that they formed a group to oppose the plans. They passionately believe the Bahia Point access should be kept open for the general public.

So, a group called the Citizens and Paddlers against the Bahia Hotel land grab on Bahia Point was organized – and established a facebook page. Now, the group is organizing a presence at the San Diego Parks and Rec Board meeting coming up on Thursday, January 18th,

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OB Historical Society Presents: San Diego’s Naval Disaster and the Zeal for Conviction – Thurs., Jan. 18

January 16, 2018 by Source

Join the Ocean Beach Historical Society for their monthly presentation this Thursday, January 18th. This month’s presentation is titled, “San Diego’s Naval Disaster and the Zeal for Conviction” and will be presented by Karen Scanlon.

It was business as usual along San Diego’s waterfront in the early morning of July 21, 1905. But a boiler explosion aboard the patrol gunboat USS Bennington, at anchor in the stream of the bay, plundered the ordinary and remains one of the deadliest peacetime disasters in the history of the United States Navy.

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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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Advocates Arrested for Feeding Homeless in El Cajon Vow to Contest Legality of Ordinance

January 16, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

OB Advocates Have Also Been Threatened with Arrest Over the Years

On Sunday, January 14th, about a dozen people were arrested for feeding homeless people at a park in El Cajon. Police cited them and did not actually cuff or take the arrested in but released them.

The very next day, Monday the 15th, the homeless advocates – part of a group called Break the Ban – held a news conference in Balboa Park to announce they will be filing a lawsuit against El Cajon that will claim the city ordinance banning food sharing in public spaces is unconstitutional.

It was in October when El Cajon City Council members passed the ban in an unanimously vote, claiming the ordinance would help protect the public from hepatitis A.

But one of the attorneys representing Break the Ban and one of the people arrested, Scott Dreher, disputed the claim by El Cajon officials and stated the city was using the hepatitis A outbreak as a cover that punitively dehumanized and criminalized the homeless.

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Ocean Beach Town Hall Meeting on Arson and Vandalism – Tues., Jan.16

January 15, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

A number of Ocean Beach and Point Loma community groups are hosting a town hall meeting focused on the recent string of arson and vandalism that has happened in the area, Tuesday, January 16th.

The groups include the OB Town Council, the OB Planning Board, OB Community Development Corp., OB Community Foundation, OB Main St. Association, OB Historical Society, Point Loma Association, and OB Clean Streets Initiative.

The town hall will be held at the Masonic Center at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, from 6 PM – 8 PM.

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

January 9, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

It’s time for Ed Harris – the lifeguard union chief – to jump in and rescue the citizens of San Diego City Council District 2.

Why do they need rescuing? Well, consider this …

The next election – the June Primary – is less than 5 months away and incumbent Lori Zapf is up for re-election. Zapf, a Republican, faces a district where registered Democratic voters outnumber registered Republicans by nearly 9,000. That ought to make her very vulnerable come next November.

Yet, she faces a field of weak challengers. All of them – and here is where OB Rag makes enemies – from Bryan Bease to Jordan Beane to Jen Campbell – they all have political flaws that make them unable ultimately to mount the District 2 seat in City Council Chambers downtown. And that’s why Ed Harris – who once sat in that chair for the District – needs to dive in

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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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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Mid-January 2018

January 8, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

* James Gang Up and Roaring
* OB Alley Arsonist Back at It? Fire in Alley Between Brighton and Long Branch Sunday Night
* OB Man with Dementia Goes Missing Twice in Less than 2 Weeks
* OB Kilowatt Gets a Shout-Out at CityBeat
* George Varga Notes Cow Records in Survey of San Diego’s Music History
* Memorial in Coronado for Surfer Who Died After Sunset Cliffs Rescue – Led by Local Mayor with 500 Attending

* OB Elementary School Volunteer Crossing Guards to Have Body-Cams
* Point Loma High Graduate Jamal Agnew Is Now All-Pro
* Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill One of 50 “New Most Anticipated” Restaurants for 2018
* Royale Makes the 10 Hot Plates: San Diego’s Top Food News in January
* Point Loma Makes “the To-Do List” for the San Fran Chron

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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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Why San Diego Lifeguards Need to Be Independent From the Fire Department

January 8, 2018 by Source

By Ed Harris

On December 6th, San Diego Lifeguards voted on whether to pursue an independent department, or to stay within the Fire-Rescue Department.

The fact that 95% of the guards cast a vote, and 80% voted to leave the Fire Department, was unprecedented and clearly shows that there are deep problems. The vote represents an indictment of Fire Department leadership, but also of the structure and history of the Department. It is a clear message to the Mayor and City Council from rank and file Lifeguards who love serving and saving lives.

For the last 40 years, there have been repeated attempts by Fire Department leadership to encroach on Lifeguard job responsibilities.

This has not been a battle fought by the line personnel, who work well together, but rather by the Fire Union and Fire Chief’s determination to expand their Department.

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O.B. Garden Cafe Is Open for Vegetarian Business in North Ocean Beach

January 8, 2018 by Source

Sit-Down Restaurant a Goal of Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market for Many Years

By Bob Edwards

In mid-December, Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market opened its new restaurant, O.B. Garden Café, just a few doors east of the market on Voltaire Street between Sunset Cliffs and Ebers Street.

O.B. Garden Café is not just another new restaurant, it’s an enterprise that, like People’s Food, is a democratically owned cooperative, dedicated to reinvesting its profits into the community, paying workers a living wage, and keeping the cost of food at a fair and reasonable price.

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Vendors at Ocean Beach Antique Mall Slated for a Target Express Given Over 3 Month Reprieve

January 6, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Rumors Abound that Amazon Will Buy Target

The vendors at the Antique Center on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach slated to be a Target Express have been given over a 3 month reprieve, and now do not need to be out of the building until the end of April 2018.

Meanwhile, rumors of Amazon buying Target have thrown new hope into the mix of speculations of what will happen.

According to sources at the mall, the vendors now have until April 30 to vacate the premises. Their earlier date to get out had been January 31st – so this is certainly good news for the remaining vendors – and there are many.

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Mission Bay Park Committee Okays Near-Doubling of Bill Evan’s Bahia Resort and Take-Over of Public Beach

January 5, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The Mission Bay Park Committee met Tuesday night, January 2nd, and at the top of their agenda for the meeting held at the Santa Clara Rec Center was a presentation by San Diego hotelier Bill Evans on the renovation and expansion plans of his Bahia Resort.

Who else to make the presentation, really? Evans is one of the top hoteliers in the City, a man of great influence, someone who has contributed mightily to the campaigns of Republican mayoral candidates – like Kevin Faulconer, Jerry Sanders and Carl DeMaio. Who else to explain his development plans – to nearly double the size of his resort, sitting as it does on public land

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Water Quality Advisory Lifted at OB Pier – But Not Dog Beach – and Advisories Added at Shelter Island and Kellogg Beach inPoint Loma

January 5, 2018 by Source

The County’s Water Quality Advisory for the Ocean Beach Pier – south to Narragansett – has been lifted.

But the Advisory for Dog Beach has not and is still in effect.

Both were in effect due to high bacterial levels that may exceed health standards – and people were /are warned to avoid water contact in the advisory areas.

And now Advisories due to high bacterial levels have been added for

  • the Shelter Island shore in Point Loma and for
  • the Lawrence Street area, 100 feet south and 200 feet north – which appears to include the southern end of Kellogg Beach
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Springboard West Music Festival Comes to Ocean Beach Jan. 11 to Jan. 13

January 5, 2018 by Source

By Kate Kelly

Springboard Music Festival is taking over San Diego for the second time to provide aspiring musicians the opportunity to pitch their music to industry professionals and bring music lovers an event in what feels like a grassroots “American Idol” or South by Southwest. The unparalleled three-day conference and festival ends with a Band & Brew Crawl in Ocean Beach.

The Springboard “West” Music Festival begins on January 11 at OB Theatre with a two-day “Band Bootcamp” — an opportunity for emerging artists from all over the U.S. to take the stage and showcase their talents in front of veterans and professionals in the music industry and generate exposure in front of a live crowd. Ticketed attendees are invited after the boot camp to enjoy unplugged performances, local art, fashion and craft beverages.

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Friday Morning Tragedy at Sunset Cliffs: Surfer Dies After Being Rescued

January 5, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

Another tragedy has occurred at Sunset Cliffs. Friday morning, January 5th, a 56-year old surfer died after being rescued by lifeguards.

The unidentified surfer was surfing with a friend early in the morning, when he took off on a wave and wasn’t seen again – until he was found face-down in the ocean. This occurred near Point Loma Nazarene University.

When emergency crews found him, he was not breathing and they performed CPR during the ride in a lifeguard boat and up on the dock – but to avail. The County Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

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‘Mueller’s Button’ from Resister Sisters of Ocean Beach

January 4, 2018 by Source

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The Green Calendar for January 2018

January 4, 2018 by Source

The following green calendar for January is from our friends at the Ocean Beach Green Center, who compile a monthly listing of events, movies etc at their Center or elsewhere in OB and San Diego.

The Ocean Beach Green Center is located at 4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach CA 92107, 619.225.1083. Here is their webpage.

oceanbeachgreencenter@gmail.com oceanbeachgreencenter.org

January Events at the Ocean Beach Green Center

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It’s a New Day! Purchasing Legal California Marijuana in 2018

January 4, 2018 by Source

by Joaquin Antique

I’ve been smoking cannabis since I was a young teen, for over fifty years now. As a kid, young adult, and on into middle age, I smoked it for the euphoric and mind expanding effects. It worked well, too. Used discretely and in relative moderation, it allowed me to have a great time and to still maintain a stellar professional career, be part of a functional and happy family, and avoid any legal problems or serious confrontations with the Man.

As I entered my late fifties, I developed some chronic health problems related to aging (joint pain and vertigo among them), I started using marijuana for medical

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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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The Dangers of Sunset Cliffs: Average of 5 Deaths and Injuries Per Year – 2005 to 2017

January 3, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

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The beautiful Sunset Cliffs that stretch from the residential southern portions of Ocean Beach to the lower reaches of the uninhabited sections of Point Loma are certainly a world-renown, indescribably gorgeous treasure of nature that line the land’s border with the Pacific.

At the right moment when the ocean earns its name and the Cliffs earn theirs, the beauty and serenity cannot be amply replicated by the pen – or keyboard.

With the park along the cliffs celebrating its centennial in 2015, the Cliffs themselves – as they have for thousands of years – continue to erode and evolve with time, and sections fall or collapse to the water and beaches below. (See Needle’s Eye rock formation that has eroded away.)

Yet these same cliffs with their jagged rocks and crashing surf are also very unforgiving

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LA Times Editorial: Keep Mountain Bikes Out of Wilderness Areas

January 3, 2018 by Source

By The Times Editorial Board

January 3, 2018

The federal Wilderness Act of 1964 was not vague about its intent: to protect significant and as-yet unspoiled land and wildlife habitat from the ravages of “an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization.” Humans could visit, but only under certain conditions, and they couldn’t stay permanently

Preserving land and seeking to maintain it as close to its “natural condition” as possible required developing strict access rules: Everyone is welcome to trek through designated national wilderness areas provided they use their feet or those of horses or other pack animals. No motor vehicles or boats, nor “other form of mechanical transport” are allowed. Years later, the Americans with Disabilities Act made wheelchairs an exception.

Now, Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), who represents wilderness areas in the Sierra Mountains, is proposing a rule change to allow mountain bikers to cruise through the approximately 109 million acres of land designated as wilderness

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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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Ocean Beach Planners Review Condo Project at Abbott and Muir and Hear How to Battle McMansions – Wed., Jan. 3rd

January 2, 2018 by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets Wednesday, January 3rd, at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. The meeting begins at 6pm.

On its agenda is one of the most controversial projects – now redesigned – to appear before the Board – 3 new condos to be constructed in the vacate lot at Abbott Street and Muir Avenue.

The project has been controversial because its original design has been way out of line with the OB Community Plan. And the project has been before the Board numerous times.

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5 Reasons Why Every OBcean Should Read Russell Banks

January 2, 2018 by Source

By Brett Warnke

Russell Banks is an old New England white man. But he’s a writer who pens better stories about the great swindle and hard times reality — the great jumble of contemporary America — than anyone alive. He is possibly America’s greatest living writer.

Every OBcean should read his latest collection of short stories A Permanent Member of the Family, a book of 12 short stories that are relevant to us here on the beach.

Here’s five reasons why:

1. Disappearing Community: Whether we like it or not, the world of OB’s small beach haven as a sanctuary for the weird, the wild, and the radical is under tremendous threat.

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The OB Rag’s Winter Fund Raising Campaign – Help Us Raise $1,000 Over the Next Week

December 29, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Over the last several years, the OB Rag has hosted two fund-raising drives – one in the summer and one in the winter. And thanks to our readers and supporters, they’ve all been successful – we’ve always met our goals and then some.

Well, we’re at it again. Starting Friday, December 29th, 2017th, we’re doing our Winter fund-raising drive, which will go to next weekend, January 6th – 7th in 2018, and we’re asking our friends to help us reach $1,000.

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Sheldon Dorf – Key Founder of Comic-Con and OBcean – Focus of Rolling Stone Article

December 29, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

Shel Dorf-edBy Frank Gormlie

Sheldon Dorf was one of the founders of Comic-Con and he lived in Ocean Beach for many years. “Shel” was living in OB when I met him in the mid-1970s. He passed away at the age of 76 in 2009, but now he’s a key focus in a current Rolling Stone article, entitled “San Diego Comic-Con: The Untold History” by Chris Chafin.

It turns out Dorf was quite a character, even a tragic figure gathering from Chafin’s brief recounts of his early history. Here’s a quote about him from the article:

Many of the founders [of Comic-Con] would go on to successful careers. … For Dorf, things were less smoothly.

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Historic Day – Pot Is Legal on Monday, January 1 in California – Here Are Some Answers to Basic Questions

December 28, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

An historic day in California is rushing upon us – Monday, January 1st – the day it’s legal to smoke marijuana in the Golden State.

So, what does it all mean? Can you smoke a joint legally on the way home from your New Year’s Eve party? Can you stop by your local dispensary on January 1 and buy cannabis legally? There’s a lot of smoke enveloping the ganja – lots of confusion out there.

Here are some answers to basic questions – plus updates on a whole range of issues surrounding California’s recreational pot industry and situation.

Can I buy legal weed on January 1?

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Is “92107” Being Discriminated Against?

December 28, 2017 by Judi Curry

By the Widder Curry

Sometimes you learn the strangest things in the strangest ways. Today was one of those days. Shadow, my golden retriever, needed a bath in the worst way. He does not like to climb up the stairs at the OB Dog Wash, so I called “Four Paws” and Cari Huges to come over with her mobile van and make him smell good again.

After the bath we started talking about things, and she mentioned that she was really upset with “Amazon Fresh.” And there-in begins this article.

I asked her what she was upset about and she said, “they won’t deliver to “92107”. I thought she was being a little pessimistic so I decided to do some research on my own – and – guess what. She is right!

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6 Months After ‘Ras’ Riley Was Stabbed to Death on the Streets of Ocean Beach, There’s Been No Arrest

December 27, 2017 by Frank Gormlie

It’s been 6 months now since Walter “Ras” Riley was stabbed to death on Bacon Street in an unprovoked attack, and there have been no arrests.

Riley was found with multiple stab wounds on a sidewalk on Bacon Street near Newport Avenue around 12:30 a.m. on June 22nd, 2017, and he died from his injuries at UC San Diego Medical Center.

Riley, 65, was a light-skinned homeless African-American who often sold incense in front of People’s and at the Farmers Market. He was described as “very quiet, soft-spoken person”.

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