OB Time Machine

Glimpses into the history of Ocean Beach.

Remember the Collier Park Riot! March 28, 1971

March 28, 2009 by Staff
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38 years ago – check out our account of the riot – reposted here, what led up to it, the causes, the reporting, and the aftermath.

the Battle for Collier Park

Spring 1971. One of the first major issues the OB Rag jumped into wholeheartedly was to join up with a new OB environmental group, OB Ecology Action, and lead a fight to save Collier Park, an urban patch of land in northeastern OB.

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OB vs. Police in the 1970s

March 25, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

It was a nice spring day in the month of May. The 21st to be exact. It was in the year 1974. A generation ago. It was show-time for us as we were going up against the Chief of Police.

Four of us had traveled to City Hall to have a “get-down” meeting with Chief Ray Hoobler and our Councilman. The situation in OB had become intolerable. We had come to talk because police – community relations there had broken down.

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Ocean Beach and the Police in the mid-1970s: demand grows for that strange and foreign concept of civilian review

March 10, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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It may be true, as someone has suggested, that young people of Ocean Beach today have no idea of the on-going, daily tension between the police and the youth of OB a generation ago. Things are taken for granted.

Take the concept of police review, of the idea that civilians with some authority review the activities of police officers through an independent process. Heh? What’s the big deal? you ask. Of course, there should be some sort of civilian monitoring of and control on how police act and behave toward citizens.

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Ocean Beach in the 1970s – How an armed police camp led to reforms in police practices

February 27, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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In my earlier post, I described how all hell broke loose 35 years ago on February 22, 1974. It was the day that Pete Mahone tried to commit suicide by cop – a guy many of us active in OB’s progressive community knew. The subsequent armed take-over of Ocean Beach by the San Diego Police in response to the shooting led to an outrage among residents, an outrage that manifested itself into a campaign for human rights and reforms in police practices – a campaign that eventually did win some changes.

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Local Resident & Participant in 1970 Fight to Stop the Jetty Speaks Out

August 2, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

OCEAN BEACH,CA. A local OB resident who was involved in the Summer 1970 fight to stop the jetty that the City of San Diego and the Army Corps of Engineers wanted to build in North OB, has now come forward to share details of those dramatic and exciting days & nights. Our local guy, who […]

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A Local Surfing History & Tales of the Sunset Surfers – Thursday, July 17

July 14, 2008 by Staff

OCEAN BEACH, CA. The OB Historical Society will be presenting a slide show of historical photographs and stories of local surfers and friends, on Thurs. July 17, 2008, 7 p.m, at 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, at the Methodist Church. Local surfer, artist and author Cher Pendarvis will be presenting the slide show. Cher will touch […]

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March 28th : Anniversary of the Infamous Collier Park Riot in Ocean Beach, 1971

March 28, 2008 by Staff

OCEAN BEACH, CA. Today marks the 37th anniversary of the infamous Collier Park Riot, a clash between San Diego Police and anti-Viet Nam war protesters and Ocean Beach residents. Over 50 were arrested, a number injured, after police attacked a peaceful gathering of hundreds in what was to become Collier Park West, the hilly, grassy […]

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New Revelations About the Original OB Rag

February 9, 2008 by Staff

OCEAN BEACH, CA. New and exclusive revelations about the original OB Rag have been made and recorded here in our continual and on-going exposure of the controversial underground newspaper and the fiery characters that made up its staff. In the latest installment, “OB Rag Matures,” we learn how staff members grew wealthy from their journalistic […]

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Aliens Invade Ocean Beach!

February 2, 2008 by Staff

Dear Members of the Academy, Friends, Supporters, Cast and Crew, Well, it has literally been 34 years in the making, but we have finally completed our movie “Aliens Invade Ocean Beach” and have released the director’s cut to YouTube this very evening. (Click on the link below and turn up the sound!) As I have […]

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Another Old OB Rag — March 1972 — Scanned!

January 21, 2008 by Staff

See the Simmering Pages of the March 1972 Edition of the Original OB Rag! Yes, that’s right! See the issue that uncovered the dastardly tactics of the OB Town Council! Read about the scandal that brought down the Republican Party’s plans to hold their 1972 Convention in San Diego! That’s right, go here.

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1972 – This Day In Our Ocean Beach History: Paula Tharp Shot by Right-Wing Terrorists

January 6, 2008 by Staff

January 6, 1972 — 36 years ago, a right-wing terrorist organization, the Secret Army Organization – an offshoot of the Minutemen – sent a hit man through the streets of Ocean Beach. The car pulled up to a residence on the 5000 block of Muir Street, home to a number of anti-Viet Nam War activists […]

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OB Rag Retrospective: Fall 1972 – the Rag & Other OB Alternatives Going Full Blast

December 15, 2007 by Frank Gormlie

By Fall of 1972, it was the OB Rag’s second birthday – the beginning of its third year, and the community-wide effort to develop alternative institutions was in full swing. The OB Community School was a year old. A childcare center had arisen among needy parents who were assisted by activists. The OB People’s Food […]

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Now More Original OB Rag Full Pages, Photos & Graphics Scanned

December 5, 2007 by Staff

We’re proud to announce that another issue of the original OB Rag has been scanned and is now available via this blog. Check out these full pages of the Late January 1972 issue, Vol. II, Number 5. Plus more original photos and graphics from the pages of the old Rags have now been included in […]

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Ocean Beach-The Haight-Ashbury of San Diego

December 1, 2007 by Frank Gormlie

The first OB Rag, the O.B. People’s Rag, published its very first issue, edition no. 1, in September 1970. Published by a small collection of activists who lived on Etiwanda Street in northeast Ocean Beach — most of them recent local graduates of the University of California and veterans of the campus anti-Vietnam War movement […]

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Summer of 1970 – the Jetty Is Stopped by OB

December 1, 2007 by Frank Gormlie

The Jetty is Stopped There was definitely turmoil in OB the summer of 1970. For a number of weeks during those hot days, OB residents used a combination of direct action and legal moves to battle efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers and the City to construct a jetty parallel to the southern edge […]

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New Writings Posted on First OB Rag & Early-1970s History of Ocean Beach

November 23, 2007 by Staff

We are continuoulsy posting new material on the 1st OB Rag and the early seventies history of activists in Ocean Beach. We have just posted new writings and photos on the “early politics” of the Rag, the 1970 Jetty Battle, the Collier Park Riot, the persecution of the hippies, as well as an accounting of […]

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New Photos Added to History of First OB Rag

November 11, 2007 by Staff

We’ve added “new” photos and copies of Rag covers — scanned from the original Rags themselves — to our developing history of the 1st OB Rag that began in 1970, which also includes a partial modern history of Ocean Beach. Click HERE or use the link in the navigation bar above.

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