Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach Planning District 4 – the ‘Hub of OB’

March 5, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB Plan Bd Dist 4 map

On Wednesday March 6th the Ocean Beach Planning Board is holding its annual election, and the OB Rag is publishing a series of examinations of the different planning districts within the Ocean Beach Community Plan Area. This is an updated and somewhat edited version of a post published on District 4 in 2016.

There are 16 seats on the Board, two from each district and two at-large seats. Currently District 4 is only represented by Craig Klein as its other seat is vacant. Klein, a veteran community volunteer planner is running for re-election.

Craig Klein

(From his bio at OBPB website:) Graduate of USD School of law , SEE MORE INSIDE
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District 4 – The Center of the Village – the Hub of OB

It’s easy to see why District 4 is indeed the center and hub of the community of Ocean Beach. Just look at a map and you’ll see that the business district and the main beach are both in this district.

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Elections for OB Planning Board Wed., March 6 – Voting Instructions & Sample Ballot

March 5, 2019 by Staff

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its 2019 General Election on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Polls will be open 4-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Mail-in ballots are also available upon request.

COME INSIDE FOR SAMPLE BALLOT, Voter Registration form and Instructions

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District 3 – The Wings of OB

March 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB Plan Bd Dist 3 map

On Wednesday March 6th the Ocean Beach Planning Board is holding its annual election.

Virgina Wilson

Virginia is up for election and Andrew is running for a seat in District 7. Virginia and her husband Nick are home-owners in OB and both are vehemently opposed to short-term vacation rentals. MORE INSIDE
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District 3 – the ‘Wings of OB’

The third district of the OB Planning Area is an anomaly because its two neighborhoods are separated from one another, with one section across Nimitz and seemingly in a different world. .he district almost looks like a giant bow tie (or maybe a giant seagull) with two large wings centered at Seaside and Nimitz.

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Ocean Beach Planning District 2 – ‘the Heart of OB’

March 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB Dist 2 Map

The Ocean Beach Planning Board is holding its annual election this Wednesday March 6th.
There are 16 seats on the Board, two from each district and two at-large seats. Currently District 2 is represented by Elizabeth Felando, who was appointed in October 2018, and by Tom Gawronski, who has been a veteran volunteer planner, a member since April 2011. Tom appears to be termed out and is not running for re-election.

Tom Gawronski

(From bio at OBPB website:) Tom Gawronski earned his PhD in Molecular Biology SEE MORE INSIDE

Elizabeth Felando

(From bio at OBPB website:) Liz grew up in San Diego, playing soccer at Robb field SEE MORE INSIDE

Richard Merriman – (no bio or photo available) is running for one of the seats for District 2; he’s been on the Board since October 2018.


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What Ocean Beach Planning District Do You Live In? — Here’s District 1, Northwest OB

March 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

OB District 1 Map off'l

The annual election to the OB Planning Board is coming up on Wednesday, March 6th. This 15-member board reviews, approves and monitors development in OB as it adheres to the OB Community Plan – the blueprint for the community updated and approved in 2014.

Each planning district has 2 representatives on the Board. Currently Tracy Dezenzo and Anthony Ciulla represent District 1. Anthony is up for election this time around.

Tracy Dezenzo, Secretary

(From bio on OBPB website:) Tracy Dezenzo has been an OB resident for over 22 years and is proud to represent District 1. See more inside …….

Anthony Ciulla

(From bio on OBPB website:) Anthony has 25 years experience as an aviation industry professional in addition to having 12 years in the construction industry/trades industry – see more inside ….

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Mr. Moto Pizza Goes for Alcohol License, New Owners at Pepe’s and Other News of Ocean Beach Businesses

March 4, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

New Owners at Pepe’s Promise “No Changes”

There’s new owners at Pepe’s on Sunset Cliffs. Vanessa Perez and her hubby John have taken charge and promise no menu changes – and in fact, stated John – who doubles as manager and cook – nothing has changed; they’ve kept it the same way as the previous owners. COME INSIDE FOR MORE

Mr. Moto Pizza Goes for Beer and Wine License

As workers continue to finish the interior of the brand new Mr. Moto Pizza House opening up in the brand new OB Plaza – there’s a sign on the front window.

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Don’t Turn On Your Lights – New SDG&E ‘Tier’ Billing Begins

March 1, 2019 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Cautions Her Readers

So today begins the new “gouging” by SDG&E. Their “tier” structure for billing begins and if you are not careful it is going to cost you more than keeping the old light bulbs.

This new plan, called “Time of Use” will work this way:

There will be “off peak” and “on peak” hours. And even though it is “optional” – you will automatically be placed in one of the two plans. You CAN opt out if you want to do so. The “on peak” hours – the most expensive, will be from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Now let me get this straight. That is the time that most of us are coming home from work. That is the time that most of us are cooking our dinner –

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OB Town Council Juggles Planning Board Candidates, Traffic Safety at OB Elementary, Van Sleepers, Famosa Park, Library Expansion……..

February 28, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There was a lot going on at the February 27 Wednesday night meeting of the Ocean Beach Town Council at the Masonic Center on Sunset Cliffs Blvd. .

First off, new Board members were introduced and those re-elected at the last Board election acknowledged. They included newbies Dan Grofer, Stacie Woehrle, Isaac Darby, Scott Grace and Stephanie Kane. Those re-elected included Trudy Levenson, Corey Bruins, and Jill Kent. (Here’s the full Board.)

OB Planning Board Candidates Introduced

Another bevy of candidates – this time, those running for seats on the OB Planning Board – were also introduced by OBPB Chair Andrea Schlageter. The election is coming up on March 6 – and any resident, property owner or business owner in the OB Planning Area can vote. (See this. )

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‘Stay Classy, OB’

February 28, 2019 by Staff

Judith Starker found this tribute to OB in the sand.

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Young Gray Whale Off Mission Beach Attracts Humans and Dolphins – Some Rules to Follow in Close Encounters

February 28, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, a young gray whale in shallow waters off Mission Beach was so close to shore that it attracted a bunch of humans – and dolphins.

About noon, lifeguards received a call that a whale was maybe trapped in a fishing line, but upon investigation by a lifeguard who swam up to the whale, it was seen not to be entangled.

Meanwhile dolphins and surfers approached the whale – which could have been up to 50 feet in length. It was estimated to be a year and half old – still a youngster.

These humans probably got too close,

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News from Ocean Beach and Point Loma – Late Feb. – Early March 2019

February 26, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Point Loma Whale Carcass Heading to the Big Deep

Often, whales that wash up on shore are hauled to landfills or pushed back into the water. …, a biologist from NOAA wrote that a large female fin whale had washed ashore four days previously, on the rocky beach at Point Loma

Wedding Singer at OB Playhouse Presented by OB Theatre Co., it runs through March 3 at the OB Playhouse in Ocean Beach.

Drama at Point Loma Playhouse Samuel D. Hunter’s “A Permanent Image,” 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23, March 1-2 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3, Point Loma Assembly,

Slightly Stoopid Announces Summer 2019 Tour Slightly Stoopid announce their annual summer amphitheater tour, with this years installment: “How I Spent My Summer Vacation 2019”.

Celebration of Life for Good Samaritan Who Died in Jump off Bridge

Man Steals Tips from OB Subway – Caught on Video

Friends of OB Library Push for Expansion

Andrea Schlageter, Chair of OB Planning Board Interviewed

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Deaths and Dangers at Beautiful Sunset Cliffs : A Survey from 2005 through 2018

February 25, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Sunset Cliffs mattwood
The OB Rag has been tracking deaths and serious injuries caused by or at Sunset Cliffs since 2005 -14 years. And we have found a yearly average of 5 deaths or serious injuries at our world-renown cliffs. These include surfers who’ve had heart attacks out in the water, divers who didn’t make it back alive and people who have suffered fatal falls.

Here’s a chart showing the deaths and serious injuries for the years 2005 through 2018, last year. And it’s based on what information and data we have available to us. It shows a total of 24 deaths and 49 serious injuries during that period.

We have conducted this on-going chronicle as a public service project, to make people aware of the dangers of Sunset Cliffs and of the rocks and waters below the cliffs. This is not an advocacy for more and more fencing – it’s an advocacy for more and more public education.

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OB Town Council: New Board Members and Elementary School Crosswalk Safety Campaign – Wed., Feb.27

February 25, 2019 by Source

Did you know that your OB Town Council public meetings happen the 4th Wednesday of every month, at 7:00pm? The meetings offer a unique opportunity to voice your concerns or ask a question, interface with our local politicians’ field representatives, hear from our law enforcement officials, and connect with other vital community agencies. This Wednesday, Feb. 27 the OB Town Council will hear

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Peninsula Planners Hear From Jen Campbell on Wide Range of Issues; and About Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

February 25, 2019 by Source

By Geoff Page

Our council person from District 2, Dr. Jennifer Campbell, has only been in office a matter of months but has already managed to do something the former council person never managed to do after years in office. Dr. Campbell attended a Peninsula Community Planning Board meeting. She came to the Thursday, February 21 meeting at the Point Loma Library despite nursing a sore foot that was in a protective boot.

Dr. Campbell related a few things about her background when asked, chiefly that she was a physician for 38 years and grew up back east. But, she spent most of her time taking questions from the audience and the PCPB members. She is a small lady with a big smile and an engaging public persona. Her answers to questions were informed and the intelligence was clearly evident as she spoke. This was not the typical politician with a polished demeanor and not much else.

She was asked a number of questions about different things and was familiar with them all.

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A Tribute to the “Ocean Genius” – Walter Munk

February 22, 2019 by Source

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican / Feb. 13, 2019

The great man, who seemed like he would live forever, died the afternoon of Friday, February 8, 2019 at the age of 101. The New York Times had dubbed him the “Einstein of the Oceans” an appellation he rejected.

He modestly bowed to Einstein’s towering intellect. Virtually unknown outside of scientific circles, Munk’s achievements have touched us all; from creating the science of wave prediction that greatly advantaged the D-Day invasion of 1944 to providing initial research pointing to global warming. A contributor to the Huffington Post, Max Guinn observed, “Following Munk’s accomplishments is a Forrest Gump journey through history.”

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The Old Broad Asks – ‘When is a Gospel Brunch NOT a Gospel Brunch?’

February 22, 2019 by Judi Curry

By Judi Curry

If you read my article on the trouble I had with redeeming the tickets I purchased on-line at the AMC in Fashion Valley, you are aware that I had a BIG birthday coming up this week. In fact, when this is published it will have already happened.

I have never liked to celebrate my birthday. I do not like to be the center of attention and had told my children that I would just as soon not have any celebration this year. I thought I was going to luck out, because I have two children visiting India, and I knew that they would not be able to be with me.

However, I should have realized that my daughter – Michele – did not go with the other two,

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A Message to Ocean Beach from the New Owners of OB Hardware

February 22, 2019 by Source

The new owners of OB Hardware – Mike DeEmedio and Michael Grimes – have issued a reassuring message to Ocean Beach, confirming that they have indeed bought the business and its inventory, and that “the Ocean Beach hardware store is not going anywhere.”

They pledged to maintain all the same products Carl and Carolyn did for nearly four decades, plus promised “some changes.” And they thanked the 770 people who signed the change.org petition.

Finally Mike and Michael asked all those OBceans to “remember your pledge and make every effort to support the store.”

Here is the message, which was posted on change.org:

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District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell to Attend Peninsula Community Planning Board Meeting – Thurs., Feb 21

February 21, 2019 by Staff

TONIGHT 6:00 PM Point Loma Hervey Family Library

District 2 Councilmember Jennifer Campbell will address tonight’s meeting of the Peninsula Community Planning Board and will take questions for a brief period of time (about 10 minutes in total).

The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM SHARP (Note the change – usual starting time is 6:30 PM) and she will be the first agenda item.

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Woman Left for Dead at Sunset Cliffs Sues City – Alleges 911 Dispatchers Ignored Calls

February 21, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Last April 12, a woman in her twenties was found on the Ladera Street stairs at Sunset Cliffs bleeding from gunshot wounds around 7 in the morning. A passerby found her and called police. Initially listed in critical condition, she was in stable condition after she had undergone surgery. Yet what happened to her remained a mystery.

She was conscious when police arrived and with multiple wounds to her head and lower body. She initially claimed she didn’t know what had happened or who had shot her. Later news reports stated the young woman was shot by someone she knew – that she had been targeted – but police could not reveal by whom or why.

About a month later, – in May 2018 – the fog around the mystery started to lift.

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Midway Planners Table Vote on Famosa Canyon

February 21, 2019 by Source

By Geoff Page

“Point Loma” was the only action item on the Midway-Pacific Community Planning Board’s agenda at the Wednesday, February 20 meeting. That seemed odd, even to some board members.

The action item was a request for a letter of support from Midway for the Save Famosa Canyon group’s position of keeping a piece of land in Point Loma as open space instead of having affordable housing built on it.

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Louise Peirson and her History-Making Garden in Ocean Beach

February 21, 2019 by Source

By Kathy Blavatt / February 19, 2019 ©Photos Kathy Blavatt Collection

“With every breeze I hear the name Louise”

What triggered the flood of sweet memories of my dear friend Louise Peirson (Brain) this time? Was it the scent of her garden? The whispering breeze through her trees? The pallet of vibrant floral colors etched in my memory?

Oh yes, I know what triggered these thoughts … it was the January 29, 2019, Architectural Lecture, “Rosecroft Garden, Masterwork of Alfred D. Robinson,” at the Point Loma Assembly.

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OB Historical Society Celebrates 25th Anniversary With ‘Treasures From the Archives’ – Thursday, Feb. 21

February 21, 2019 by Source

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Project Review Committee – of OB Planning Board – Has 3 Projects – Wed., Feb. 20

February 20, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

There are 3 projects on tap to review by the OB Planning Board’s Project Review Committee. Here’s the agenda for the Committee, which meets Wednesday night, Feb. 20, at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave.

4811 Pescadero Avenue
1776 Cable Street
4645 Coronado Avenue

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Ray Blavatt – OB Artist – Part of Winning Team for International Adult Literacy Award

February 20, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Many of us know Ray Blavatt as the quiet, tall man with long blond hair behind the projector or setting up the sound system for presentations by the OB Historical Society. Or we may know him as the cartoonist whose drawings have adorned the walls of local :coffee houses.

But now, the nation knows him – as do even people across the seas – for Ray is a professional animator and artist who has been for decades part of a San Diego team working on developing “handcrafted” video games that teach adult literacy by using music to teach reading and math. For now Ray’s team has just won an international award for adult literacy.

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Locals Open New Seafood Market and Restaurant in Ocean Beach

February 20, 2019 by Source

Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill Opens With Much “Finfare”

by Bob Edwards

There’s been a lot of activity and happy faces at the foot of Santa Monica Street where a new restaurant, Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill, has opened. Excited locals and other San Diegans, food blogs, and a film crew from a major TV network have all been checking out or publicizing the opening.

It has always been this reporter’s policy to not review any restaurant before it has been up and running a month or two to give it a chance to iron out the inevitable issues that arise with an opening. I am going to make an exception in this case because there don’t seem to be any issues! I’ve paid a couple visits to Blue Water and service, food quality, cleanliness, and a good vibe have been spot on each time. It’s probably because

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10 Years Ago in Ocean Beach – February 2009

February 19, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

What was going on in Ocean Beach 10 years ago? Back in February 2009. We cracked open our archives to see what were the issues, controversies and concerns among OBceans a decade ago.

It turns out almost exactly ten years ago to the day the coast received a huge downpour – it rained an inch in just 4 hours in OB on February 16, 2009. Back then the OB Rag was advocating that people harvest their rainwater.

There were a couple of controversies rocking Newport Avenue back then – the closure of the store Rock Paper Scissors and a dispute between the Farmers Market and a jewelry storeftont. So, we have tracked down some of the more interesting and provocative posts and share them with you inside …

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Faulconer’s Proposed Ordinance for Scooters at City Council Committee Hearing – Wed., Feb.20

February 19, 2019 by Frank Gormlie

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed regulations for scooters and bicycles will be discussed at the City Council’s Feb. 20 Active Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting, which meets at 2pm in City Hall, 202 C Street, 12th floor.

FYI – Councilwoman Jen Campbell of District 2 does not sit on this committee.

The proposed ordinance is summarized by the Mayor’s office here (italic bold emphasis is OB Rag’s):

Permit and Fees: Each company wishing to operate within City limits will be issued a six-month permit and will be required to pay $150 per device annually. Operators will only be allowed to amend or renew their permit, including increasing the size of their fleet, during the permit issuance months of January and June. Companies offering an approved equity program can receive a $15 per device reduction in their annual fee.

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Tracking the Parrots of Ocean Beach and San Diego County

February 19, 2019 by Source

By dan weisman / Escondido Grapevine / February 18, 2019

Seen a wild pandemonium of parrots lately? Report it immediately. That’s the question and request posed by University of San Diego Biology Instructor Dr. Janel Ortiz and her San Diego Parrot Project, along with “parrot sighting submission form” and a hardy SDPP thank you.

Ortiz takes the academic show on the road Wednesday. That’s when she and her flock of students plan to take flight with a plan to begin a survey of the wild parrots of San Diego County. She is asking fellow county residents if they see something parrot, say something parrot to university parrot watchers.

The parrots shouldn’t be hard to miss. This is parrot time, to be sure, as wild parrots go looking for mates in mid-February,

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The Adrenaline Was Flowing Over Movie Tickets

February 18, 2019 by Judi Curry

The Old Broad Loses Her Cool

I have a birthday coming up in a few days. This is a BIG birthday and I have been trying to not think of it; just want the day to pass quietly without any attention being given to the day. Unfortunately that is not going to happen, in spite of two of my daughters on a trip to India and not being here to “commiserate” the day with me.

The remaining daughter has already asked me a dozen times where I want to go to celebrate; has asked me if there is anyone I would like to have join us, etc. And not only that, she was planning a party for me – more about that in another column – and she inadvertently sent me the guest list.

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Nature Talk by Point Loma Garden Club at OB Library – Saturday, Feb. 16

February 15, 2019 by Source

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