Ocean Beach News & Stories

A mournful National Dog Day in Ocean Beach

Maltipoo shaken "like a chew toy," killed; attacker's owner splits scene

Regina Lovato liked to take her Maltipoo (Maltese-poodle mix), Aria, and her blue pit bull, Yates, to Ocean Beach’s Dog Beach nearly every afternoon. Since Aria was attacked and killed by a black Labrador-retriever mix ...

Hodad's Bossman lives on, 6 months later

Favored philosophy: “It’s not life or death, it’s lunch or dinner”

On August 5, I eye two men from outside Hodad’s in Ocean Beach (they also have a downtown location). They polish off their bacon doubles beneath a painted mural of a burger surfing the curl ...

One local is especially pumped for this weekend’s surf contest in O.B.

Sherman aims for revenge

The Revolt Summer Surf Series heads into Ocean Beach this Saturday. It combines surf competition with music and beach activities in a festival setting. Ocean Beach Pier will be the second stop in the four-stop ...

Liquid Blue covers the Earth

Ocean Beach band likes what you like and puts it ALL on record

While most bands these days have trouble getting out an album every few years, Ocean Beach–based Liquid Blue is in the midst of a series of albums that will see a different-themed release each month ...

O.B. entryway sign tagged

Gangsters invited to join artist community

"Our beloved OB Entryway Sign was tagged either last night or this morning," Gretchen Newsom informed Ocean Beach residents on Facebook Monday, August 10. Newsom, president of the Ocean Beach Town Council, said the council ...

Now you know: Little Dove

Vanja James finds her voice in a muscle-rock trio

Bassist Trips Jurado and drummer Ryan Badabing mesh like a rocking monster truck, cut through by Vanja James’s power chords and piercing vocals. James’s second San Diego show as Little Dove wouldn’t be laughed out ...

The 12-foot board

On the beach they’d be anxious; paddling out, scared

In 1980, Seagull surf shop was across the street from the beach in O.B. I’d hit the dawn patrol with all the locs and go change in back of the shop to get ready for ...

It’s a co-op, not a cult, in Ocean Beach

My favorite cousin lives in nearby Ocean Beach in a large home with ten other people (kids and adults). It’s something I might call a co-op, but it’s also referred to as shared living. Each ...

OB Sushi Sushi hooks Ed Ed Bed Bed

Get cheeky

“Alas, people usually throw away the whole head of the fish, where all the flavor is.”

U-T execs show for O.B. council meeting

Invitation accepted to address residents' gripes with coupon distribution

In a gesture meant to grab the attention of the audience and the attending officials from the San Diego Union-Tribune, O.B. resident Mary Tolena wheeled in hundreds of advertising circulars and threw them on the ...

Maybe new U-T management will help

Ocean Beach residents get serious about unsolicited ad circulars/trash

Obecians are up in arms again over those San Diego Union Tribune coupon circulars (labeled “Community Values” on their plastic bags) that end up all on their sidewalks every Friday. A grassroots movement, organized by ...

Fire at new O.B. apartment building

Nothing exciting — just patio furniture

A fire broke out in Ocean Beach on the patio of the new two-story apartment complex on Abbott Street where it meets Saratoga Avenue Friday, May 22, firefighters at around 1:45 p.m. Lori Wagner and ...

What’s in a name? Pastrami on rye

Sessions Public takes a stab at both, with surprising results

I’ve been seeing a lot of house-cured pastrami popping up around town — at Counterpoint, in the food truck New York on Rye, and at the Heart & Trotter butcher shop for example. I don’t ...

Fifty years of Poma’s in Ocean Beach

Longstanding family business nails the meatball sub

I wrote about a tasty meatball sub I ate a few weeks back, and I got the same response from a number of friends: how does it compare to Poma’s? Poma’s Deli in OB has ...

OB Kabob brings down the price

A cheap lunch option in Ocean Beach

My years spent living in OB left me with fond and muddled memories, and in my head nothing ever changes around Newport Avenue. Of course many things have happened since my move inland, so while ...

Obecian Italian American

Neighborhood mainstay slightly bends with the times

I didn’t recognize Espresso Cucina after a few years living away from OB, so when we walked in the tactfully decorated dining room I thought maybe a new restaurant had opened. It took a little ...

Lookin' at you, Airbnb

"I can understand your excitement...but we have a hotel next door."

The best way to go after the burgeoning private vacation rental market in Pacific Beach is to try to collect hotel occupancy taxes, city councilwoman Lorie Zapf told about 120 people at the Pacific Beach ...

Last-minute Obamacare scramble

"Most people have really tried but they still need help."

People still scrambling to buy government-mandated health insurance after the February 15 deadline were surprised to find zero-hour assistance February 18 at the weekly Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market yesterday. Tucked between a live reggae band ...

The last remnant of the Mission Bay wetlands

Better bring binoculars

The Famosa Slough State Marine Conservation Area is a 25-acre wetland that connects to the San Diego River Estuary via a 12-acre natural channel. The slough includes fresh water, brackish, and salt-marsh habitats. It is ...

Zapf’s left turn into O.B.

Councilwoman seems to be enjoying a honeymoon with the town’s citizenry

San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf is a Clairemont Republican, but she can get her O.B. on with the best of them. She enjoys Ocean Beach eateries and taking family and pets to Dog Beach, ...