Ocean Beach News & Stories

Unlit, ill-equipped and overloaded

Smugglers popped in waters off O.B. pier

Customs and Border Patrol officials, working in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, seized an "unlit and overloaded vessel" packed with undocumented immigrants off the municipal fishing pier in Ocean Beach on Monday night (February ...

The trees had to go

Saratoga Avenue Torrey pines "proposed an imminent threat"

On February 5, signs were posted on the 4600 block of Saratoga Avenue to alert residents of upcoming tree trimming. On February 8, Atlas Tree Service, under contract with the city, severed the large branches ...

Sand drifts curtail O.B. street-sweeping

“I don’t know why it stopped here.... That’s how strong the wind was."

If anyone knows about having to shovel your car out after a winter storm, it’s a guy from Boston. John Hogan of Ocean Beach knows the drill. Back home, where Hogan spent his childhood and ...

Magic castles made of sand in O.B.

Syd and Spike head to Slab City next — "Catch us while you can"

Syd and Spike have been drawing a daily crowd along the seawall in Ocean Beach lately with their impressive sand sculptures. They’ve built an O.B. sandcastle, a mermaid lounging on the wall, and, the most ...

No fish farm in federal waters off O.B.!

"Super-sized 11-million-pound commercial fish factory" protested

Water-quality advocates with San Diego Coastkeeper announced this week that the group is petitioning the federal Environmental Protection Agency to deny a discharge permit for the proposed Rose Canyon Aquaculture Project, which detractors say would ...

Here come the cameras, O.B.

Will police have available budget to monitor video in real-time?

A group of Ocean Beach residents, organized under the banner Citizens Against Privacy Abuse, gathered at the foot of Newport Avenue on Saturday afternoon (January 16) to protest the planned installation of ten surveillance cameras ...

Residents look forward to shoveling sunshine

Shortage of sandbags at height of storm

Bracing for another storm front moving in, my boyfriend and I thought we better get sandbags for the front of our place to keep the rain out. We live a block and a half from ...

Ocean Beach flood ritual

Oceanfront condo complex inundated by rainstorm

For the second time in just a few months, the VEER condo complex located on the southwest corner of Abbott Street and Saratoga Avenue flooded following rains on the afternoon of January 5. For years, ...

Wire you sculpting?

"Bending wire helped my creative brain not go crazy," says Wireman

On December 30, I.B. Long was doing his weekly assessment of graffiti and other maintenance issues along Newport Avenue for the local business association. Long had seen the wire man in the sky attached to ...

Ocean Beach library termite-tented

“It’s not as ugly a process as people think.”

On December 28, a work crew from Cartwright Termite and Pest Control enveloped the historic Ocean Beach library with a giant, dark green fabric and posted signs alerting to the use of Vikane, a brand ...

Contract killers

Did the City of San Diego kill Epic Pest Control?

Eleanor and Claude Thedford, owners of Epic Pest Control and Landscape Services, believe employees in San Diego’s Purchasing and Contracting Department are trying to shut down their business. The reason for the vendetta, says Eleanor ...

Brisket over beef shoulder

OB favorite gets bigger, craftier

I never had a problem with the beef sandwiches at the BBQ House. I sure ate enough of them when I lived in Ocean Beach. Weekly visits earned me Regular status, greeted like a champ ...

Dog bites owner, both reportedly arrested

Christmas craft fair turns bloody, a dozen police show up

I was headed down to the craft fair at the end of Newport Avenue in O.B. on Saturday, December 12, at around 2:30 p.m., hoping to get a little Christmas shopping done. Instead, I came ...

Red-hot Jose

Catching up with OB-oke's Jose Sinatra

To hear it from Bill Richardson — aka crooner Jose Sinatra — his destiny was decided by a chance highway encounter. “The Beatles passed my family in a limo as we were returning to San ...

Renewal of Newport Avenue soon to come

Ruts, gouges, dips, cracks to be eliminated from Ocean Beach's main drag

Newport Avenue is the most important commercial corridor in Ocean Beach. The avenue’s historic buildings, bars, eateries, and antique shops rate high on the funk scale, drawing people from all over San Diego and beyond. ...

O.B. Christmas tree that keeps on giving

Same pine topped 8 years ago gets whacked again

When Cheryl, Alex, and their son Lucas donated the top of their enormous Norfolk Island pine eight years ago for the Ocean Beach Christmas tree, they probably never thought they would be donating from the ...

Big Brother — no Holding Company — for O.B.

“There is no expectation of privacy. We are being filmed, too."

Over 35 people crowded into the small office of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association's monthly crime prevention meeting on November 17. Attending locals were introduced to the latest effort to curb crime in O.B.: security ...

Man vs. Plan

Ocean Beach resident protests recently approved OB community plan

On November 9, the San Diego City Council approved the Ocean Beach community plan, which was designed to, in the words of Ocean Beach Head Hippie Marijuana Jones, "serve as the city of San Diego's ...

O.B.'s best rent deal slated for demo

Cave at end of Orchard Avenue at risk of collapse

The days are numbered for a cave used as an illegal shelter that the city says in danger of collapse at the foot of Orchard Avenue in Ocean Beach. By next week, police will dislodge ...

Bitcoin ATM machine for Ocean Beach

Cryptocurrency has its risks and is difficult to trace

On Thursday, October 8, what's billed as the first Bitcoin ATM in the region comes to Ocean Beach. The first transactions will begin taking place at a launch party late that afternoon at 4796 Niagara ...