Ocean Beach News & Stories

Unexplained explosion explained in Ocean Beach

"The first responder from SDG&E found the leak was 95 percent."

On August 22 at about 7 p.m., San Diego Police Department cruisers, fire and rescue vehicles, and SDG&E crews responded a complaint of a natural-gas odor in a garage located near Santa Cruz and Del ...

Ode to a mouse

"I'm just an O.B. guy."

Early on a foggy morning in the mid 1950s, Jim “Mouse” Robb stopped by the Ocean Beach lifeguard station. The men on duty were his friends. Until the year before, he had worked beside them ...

Ocean Beach lemonade stand tops $100 in profits

"You have to spend money to make money," says six-year-old Dylan.

About ten weeks ago, six-year-old Dylan Rodrigues told his parents that he really wanted a hundred-dollar bill. His parents, Holly Raines and Marco Rodrigues, told him — somewhat jokingly — that he better get to ...

Sgt. Yu and yoga to occupy O.B.

The plan to make transient gangs move on

Over the years, Ocean Beach has earned a reputation as a panhandlers' paradise, with aggressive groups of travelers and homeless taking over the beaches, seawall, and parks that used to be frequented by locals and ...

Point Loma prowler about-faces in wee hours

Same guy who left behind noose?

On the night of July 30, "Jane" was battling the flu, but when she awoke in the early-morning hours, she noticed what she thought "could have been a potential crime." She shared her story via ...

Tasting rooms, breweries NOT blamed for problems

Correction: "Alcohol related crime rate in Ocean Beach has not risen 400%."

Though the author maintains that Lt. William Carter was quoted accurately at the July 19 Ocean Beach Public Safety meeting, she admits introducing inaccuracies in other areas of the original report, which has been struck ...

Police surveillance cameras activated in Ocean Beach

Protesters given no audience with council representative Zapf

After months of controversy, a system of ten police surveillance cameras focused on the shores of Ocean Beach were turned on for the first time on Thursday (July 21). News of the cameras first broke ...

Brewed in Ocean Beach

San Diego's latest brewery opened on O.B. time

Ocean Beach Brewery made its official debut July 1, after teasing a late 2015 launch on social media last December. The three-level restaurant sits four doors down from the O.B. Pier, and capitalizes on location ...

Aggressive transients put Ocean Beach on edge

This is my sidewalk!

On April 29, Blair Aeria’s father was doing what he does several times a week, spending time with his two grandchildren, aged one and three, at Cleator Community Park in Ocean Beach. “My dad had ...

O.B. mainstay makes the most of its view

South Beach has opened the second-floor deck to diners

For a while there, South Beach Bar & Grill was fish taco central for this San Diego transplant. When I moved to Ocean Beach in 2005, the restaurant facing O.B. Pier was so routinely jam ...

Ocean Beach may sacrifice high-traffic grass

Approval sought for war memorial near lifeguard station

Is a strip of beach-front grass in a park in Ocean Beach the right location to place a memorial that honors veterans? An important decision looms at city hall. The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation ...

Toast doesn’t look like this, not in San Diego

Jake & Eggs pops up

There’s a sense of romance to the very concept of a pop-up restaurant. It’s got something to do with the special place the underdog holds in the American imagination. The term “small business” fills us ...

Jakob Nowell's Sublime dad

The son of a reggae-rock father fronts the Law

‘Our very first show in 2013 was with Mike Watt & the Missingmen,” says Law frontman Jakob Nowell, son of the late Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell. The 21-year-old, who grew up in San Diego, was ...

Ocean Beach seawall graffiti problem continues

City departments claim they're not responsible, so citizens remove tags

Ocean Beach residents have been asked to report graffiti and tagging that occurs along the Sunset Cliffs seawall, from south of the Ocean Beach Pier to Orchard Street via the city’s Street Division online reporting ...

Rent control protest in O.B.

"The people we're targeting are really unscrupulous."

A group of activists seeking a rent-control ordinance and other tenant-protection measures gathered in Ocean Beach on Saturday (June 4), circulating a petition they hope will convince the city council to open a dialogue concerning ...

Coffee + flowers = sensory benefits

Flowers to the right, coffee to the left

Its large, painted outside wall says Coffee + Flowers, but inside the storefront on the southwest corner of Texas and University there are actually two distinct businesses: Communal Coffee and Native Poppy flower shop. "In ...

New O.B. houses dropped off by crane

Mixed reviews on three modular homes occupying one lot

In the morning on May 26, the empty dirt lot on Abbott at Voltaire was as it has been for decades. A few hours later, three homes occupied the lot where many locals have been ...

O.B./Point Loma McMansion plans spark border war

“If this project were across the street, it wouldn’t be allowed.”

On May 26, a proposed project at 2257 Froude Street was appealed by the Peninsula Community Planning Board in front of the city’s planning commission. The residents on the block — where one side of ...

Urban Assault via VW

Busted bug driver talks about video that helped cops pop him

“Ultimately [the police] caught me by my name being on the side of the car, not blurring out my license plate, and I didn’t expect the video to go that viral.” Blake Wilkey, 27, was ...

Sunset gunfire with a side of stabbing in O.B.

Sh**heads shoot and shiv on the seashore

Tuesday night’s sunset in Ocean Beach was interrupted by a gunshot and stabbing after an altercation broke out at Santa Cruz Cove. “I could see it out my window,” wrote resident Jeremy Borum on Facebook. ...

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