Ocean Beach News & Stories

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 ...

Ocean Beach street fair and chili cook-off

Thursday | 25 Seventeenth-century Dutch paintings testify to their obsession with Asia’s riches and wonders. When remnants of the White Lion — shipwrecked in 1613 — were discovered in 1976, no traces were found of ...

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, ...

FDA undercover

Agents crack down on youth smoking, warning letters sent

Food and Drug Administration undercover agents are patrolling retail outlets, looking for sales of tobacco products to young people under age 18. The FDA got this authority under the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. The ...

Hot prowl burglaries heat up Obecians

"Travelers" and homeless people implicated as suspects

In light of the recent seven hot-prowl burglaries in the Ocean Beach community, over 60 people showed up to voice their concerns and offer solutions at what was billed as a “community discussion.” The organizers ...

Car flies off cliff in Ocean Beach

"He must have been doing, like, 80 and barely hit the brakes…"

A vehicle sped off a cliff in southern Ocean Beach early Saturday morning, January 3, resulting in the death of the vehicle's male driver and a female passenger being airlifted to a hospital in critical ...

More beach, more dog for part two of OB Noodle House

Second edition of OB hotspot the same, but better

I'm always on the lookout for dog friendly dining spots, but nowhere more than in OB. Its dog beach may be my Wheaten terrier's favorite place on this planet, and whenever a warm enough winter ...

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