Ocean Beach News & Stories

Stay weird, Ocean Beach

Eclectic style found on young visitors to the quirkiest beach neighborhood.

While most coastal communities have a defined beachy-boho coastal style, Ocean Beach has always been one-of-a-kind. Known mostly for its peace-and-love, hippie vibe, OB is one of the few San Diego communities where you will ...

The little-building people win one

OBceans convince city council to keep community plan in place,

In a unanimous vote by the San Diego City Council on July 29, Ocean Beach was allowed to maintain its community plan that it has been working on and revising for the past 12 years. ...

Drugstore booze permit still in limbo

CVS in O.B. hopes for approval of ABC

Two bright red banners at the former Apple Tree market in O.B. read “CVS Pharmacy – Coming Soon” but the future has become unclear because of protests to a pending application to sell beer, wine, ...

We're targeting bad behavior

Ocean Beach merchants hire security patrolmen

Elite Security guards are now patrolling O.B.'s streets, the result of a partnership between the O.B. Mainstreet Association and the Ocean Beach Hotel's Steve Grosch, who is helping to manage the project. Over 80 merchants ...

Locals’ parking only?

Ocean Beach visitors' cars vandalized after dispute

A dispute over a parking space resulted in the cars of two beachgoers suffering heavy vandalism damage on Thursday evening in Ocean Beach. A horde of 15 police cruisers descended upon the 4900 block of ...

Marshmallow skirmishes, but no war in O.B.

Post-Fourth of July tradition drastically curtailed

To avoid the possibility of being pelted with marshmallows this year, two friends and I watched the Ocean Beach fireworks from my rooftop apartment. We were curious to see if the O.B. Town Council’s “Mallow ...

Peaceful bees forcibly removed from Ocean Beach

Park and Rec could wait no longer for the insects to move along

While the rest of the country was getting ready for the Fourth of July, city parks employees worked to remove a few hundred bees that had collected under a picnic table at Brighton Street Park ...

Ocean Beach, not Miami Beach

Concern over permitting building-size variances

As most of the media people broke down their cameras and clapped their notebooks shut after the marshmallow issue was discussed at the June 25 O.B. Town Council meeting, the council moved on to what ...

OB Marshmallow Party?

LISTENING FOR THE FIFE AND DRUM, OCEAN BEACH — "Ocean Beach has always been about freedom," says Ocean Beach Citizens Brigade Confectionary Sergeant Ralph Wegmans. "And now a tyranny — once benign, but now malignant ...

O.B. leaders harsh the marshmallow war

Annual event following July 4 fireworks "no longer family-friendly at all"

The first issue on the Ocean Beach Town Council's monthly meeting agenda on Wednesday evening, June 25, drew a host of television news crews. They’ve been made aware of a campaign initiated by the council ...

When two closets become one

Ocean Beach pair join forces for the perfect looks

There is nothing better than a best friend that has similar dimensions and the same style sense, because inevitably two closets become one. Jamie Trumper’s and Coral Treamer’s wardrobes are interchangeable. The best friends meet ...

Tenacity with a side of couscous

Eating a tiny bit healthier by the beach

After running around Ocean Beach's dog beach for awhile, I brought Loki over to Shades Oceanfront Bistro to grab some lunch. I mean, why give up on the idea some bikini-clad girl is going to ...

Outside the comfort zone

Circle Circle dot dot takes a leap with the charming, uneven No Place Like Home

There should be a law in theater: don’t cubbyhole. Don’t typecast actors; don’t hogtie a company with a reductive label. Call it the Tennessee Williams Statute. Once he became a success, critics and audiences demanded ...

Pizza breeding beer in OB

Ocean Beach pie- and ale-house adding brewery to repertoire

It’s like they waited until, after years of hopeful stalking, I finally gave up and proclaimed their venture dead in the water. A week after I published an article stating it was unlikely Newport Pizza ...

Councilman Harris: "Feed the cops, not the homeless!"

Frustration with "travelers" vented at Ocean Beach meeting

The Ocean Beach Town Council introduced new Western Division police captain David Rohowits at their packed April 23 meeting along with interim District 2 councilman Ed Harris. Harris is completing the eight months left in ...

Nati’s: Ground zero for ground beef tacos

Stick with what works at Ocean Beach landmark

Few cities in America have a variety of Mexican food as wide as San Diego. There are Baja-style seafood places, Mexico City-style antojitos spots, Sonora-style taco places, and gourmet spots where nary a burrito can ...

New police trailer rolls into O.B. Pier parking lot

Smaller than old one, which critics said blocked view

The old police trailer in the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot that has caused much controversy over the past couple of decades was replaced with a new smaller unit on April 10, courtesy of the ...

Naked and alone in the ocean at night

The death of Michelle Von Emster is adrift in mystery.

Something you don’t see every day: seagulls standing on the ocean. A 20-year-old surfer named David Corriea would tell this to investigators and reporters later. It was a couple hours ahead of sunset and there ...

The treasures of Ocean Beach

Visit Dog Beach, take a bicycle ride on the Ocean Beach Bike Path to Mission Valley and back, or check out the waves on the pier.

Zapf eludes O.B. Town Council

Had commitment with Taste of Mira Mesa

It's not uncommon for a roster of participants in a debate for elected office to include a representative for one of the candidates. Last October, when a previous engagement prevented Nathan Fletcher from attending a ...

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