Ocean Beach News & Stories

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 ...

First Look: Little Lion Café

Sunset Cliffs eatery caters to a health-conscious clientele

The Point Loma Beach Café closed a few months back after many years serving smoothies and sandwiches to the beachy denizens of south Ocean Beach. I stopped in once or twice a while back, usually ...

Confidence high, but store remains dry

Ocean Beach pharmacy awaits judgment on liquor-license application

Maybe it’s no Boston, but the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, is not without its charms. It’s the fourth-largest city in the state and has been home to such notables as Ed McMahon, Bette Davis, and ...

Perils of the first flush

Storm-water system awakens from dormancy

The unusually pungent aromas blanketing O.B.'s Dog Beach and Mission Bay on a Tuesday morning are enough to tell even the most casual observer that something's not right. Indeed, these two popular coastal destinations are ...

O.B. Christmas tree: too normal

Loma Portal family donates star pine

The journey of the Ocean Beach Christmas tree always has a good backstory and this year was no exception. The tree was donated by a family in the Loma Portal area. Sal and Nancy DeMaria, ...

Sudsy holiday shopping respites

Sudsy holiday shopping respites

December 3 | Sour Mania: Any chance to select from a bevy of tart blondes, Flemish reds, and the like merits the “God bless us, everyone” tagline, but offer that opportunity on a weeknight and ...

Too much salt of the earth in O.B.

Entryway dedication delayed due to incomplete landscaping

Like a bowl of bad soup, there’s too much salt in the soil at the North Ocean Beach Gateway Project — and the flaw could push into next year the long-awaited completion of the quarter-acre ...

Biker-friendly holiday

Veterans Day in O.B. includes fundraiser kickoff and New York Myke

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with its two, 247-foot-long stone walls with the names of more than 50,000 Americans who died or went missing in that war, was dedicated in Washington DC this month in 1982. ...

Can't you smell that smell?

Gas leak at Ocean Beach construction site

This morning, November 4, a little after 7:00, firefighters, San Diego police, and SDG&E crews responded to a gas leak on the southwest corner of Abbott Street and Satatoga Avenue. Between 30 and 50 workers ...

No pho king here

OB — packed, noisy, cheap, cool.

I don’t know how O.B. does it. Places like the Joint — packed, noisy, cheap, cool. And now this joint, packed, noisy, cheap, cool. I guess we can only blame O.B. Tonight, Saturday, 9:30, I’m ...

OB getting a shot of Culture

Solana Beach’s Culture Brewing Company opening Ocean Beach tasting room

Life’s been a beach for the team at Culture Brewing Company since opening their small but noteworthy brewery and tasting room in Solana Beach’s Cedros Design District in 2012. And it figures to stay that ...

Now Try This: Sledgehammer at the OB Warehouse

Don't kick the habit. Don't shed your skin. This is the new stuff!

Considering how most “craft cocktails” fail to live up to their own audacious recipes, it’s no surprise that beer cocktails suffer the same fate, perhaps even worse. That’s what makes the OB Warehouse’s “Sledgehammer” ($10) ...

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