Ocean Beach News & Stories

2017 Sewing Tour makes stop in Ocean Beach

“There was a request to do a mythical ethical icicle bicycle..."

“I’m driving around the country trying to inspire people to use their imagination, think creatively, and at the same time demonstrate alternative energy sources in action,” Paul Nosa told me from behind his solar-powered sewing ...

Herb shop puts “travelers” on notice

Ocean Beach entrepreneur attempts to regain business

Dwayne Costea opened the Bountiful Herb store at 4958 Newport Avenue about seven years ago. He said he sold it to “Jane” recently. “We were the original owners of the shop until [she] took it ...

Justin Werner running wild

San Diego singer/songwriter lands a tune in the new Sharon Stone film

“I landed my song ‘Without a Bang’ in the new Sharon Stone film Running Wild, just recently released in theaters,” says singer-songwriter Justin Werner. The placement came about from knowing the film’s sound designer. “I ...

Kids' play area planned for small O.B. park

Where Saratoga Ave. meets the ocean is also homeless hangout

The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation has proposed several changes to the end of Saratoga Avenue in O.B., mainly a privately funded children’s playground and adult fitness center to be located at the west end ...

Anti-Trumpians root in Ocean Beach sand

Overflow protest crowd forms impromptu exclamation point

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Ocean Beach on Saturday morning (March 4) to send a simple message conveying their feelings about Donald Trump's presidency: "Impeach!" "We've been organizing for the last two or three weeks," ...

Sharks and violet snails come ashore in O.B.

Small finds by a beachcombing marine biologist

Commonly called violet sea-snails or purple bubble raft snails, Janthina janthina is a creature you’re more likely to find in Aruba than Ocean Beach, but one beachcomber found a half dozen of the shells along ...

Cat slash mystery

"I left her for literally one minute and when I returned found her like this."

Early Friday evening (February 24) around 4:30 p.m., Kimm McLaughlin left her cat Hula in her courtyard on West Point Loma/Mentone for “less than a minute” to run inside to use the restroom. When she ...

Coffee's king rankles in Ocean Beach

“A customer told me about [the sign] and I said, ‘No, it’s not okay.’”

The Starbucks on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach recently posted a sign that directed non-customers to use restrooms at nearby businesses. When the sign was posted on the restroom door earlier this week, someone asked ...

The happiest place on earth, if you’re a dog

Mr. Good Boy want to go to Dog Beach?

It is hard to say who has more fun when watching the dogs and their humans play. Dog Beach, in Ocean Beach (O.B. to locals), was established in 1972 and has become a required destination ...

Longtime local business closes on Newport Avenue

“We’ve had an amazing 16 years here, but yeah, it’s gotten rough.”

After 16 years, Lola Luna women’s clothing boutique in Ocean Beach will close its doors at the end of February, as they have opted to not renew their lease. Owner Kimberly Johnson and longtime employee ...

Post-rain O.B. bluff crumble

“When I woke up Saturday morning it was gone.”

Two properties just south of the Ocean Beach Pier lost their bluffs over the weekend, dropping large boulders, wooden planks, and debris on the sandstone below. Pelican Point apartment complex, located at 5107 Narragansett Avenue, ...

Interview with a dreamcatcher maker

"It's all about trusting the universe — she’s got this."

Before heading out of O.B. to a gem show in Arizona, Christian Fischer explained how he became a fabricator of dreamcatchers. “I moved out here from Wisconsin and there was a point where I felt ...

Putting the new in Newport

O.B. bar Holding Company steps out of the neighborhood's stereotype

Keeping the O.B. vibe intact was a priority when Noodle House owner Steve Yeng bought the beach bar Gallagher’s and renamed it the Holding Company last May. After all, that was the name of the ...

Little Miss Brewing moving into Normal Heights and O.B.

They should call it Getting Bigger Miss Brewing

Since before Little Miss Brewing began churning out beers from its Miramar brewhouse in August, the plan was to open a satellite tasting room in a San Diego urban neighborhood. Now, as the business hits ...

Ambitious slack-liners under O.B. Pier

"We set it up during high tide so we could slack at low tide."

Last week, what looked like red "caution" tape was strung up between two pilings at the far end of the Ocean Beach Pier, a few feet above the water line. “No there wasn’t any danger…someone ...

American Hero at Different Stages

Sandwiched between a rock and a corporate place

Three recruits train for a new job. Brash Jamie’s in a custody battle for her three children; timid Sheri works the night shift at El Taco but needs a day-job, too, and sleeps at most ...

O.B. graffiti queen not too Sharpie

Cops ensnare Mama Bear — and then she returns

In early October 2016, residents in Ocean Beach began complaining on Facebook about graffiti that started appearing everywhere around town. “Has anyone been noticing this 'Mama Bear' person tagging up the seawall and memorial benches ...

Can't you smell that smell in Ocean Beach?

And downtown, Loma Portal, Mira Mesa, Linda Vista, Chula Vista...

Residents in Ocean Beach and Loma Portal woke up this morning (December 22) to a mysterious odor hanging in the damp air. Over the course of an hour, dozens of people reported the smell via ...

Sounds of freedom from Fishbone

Fishbone offshoot Trulio Disgracias hits O.B.'s Holding Company on Wednesday, December 28

“The very first time Fishbone played the Belly Up,” recalls bassist Norwood Fisher, “our [former] guitarist Kendall Jones jumped up and cracked his cranium on the side of one of the hanging speakers during our ...

Finding Wonderland

OB beach bar serves more than bar food

“If you want to go to a real beach bar, you go to the Pennant or the Beachcomber. If you want to go to a real beach bar that serves good food, you hit up ...

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