Ocean Beach News & Stories

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. ...

Helm's charts a course for the beach

New tasting room kicks off an O.B. craft boom

Newport Avenue is in the process of becoming a beer hub. First to open in a spate of pending brewery projects along the Ocean Beach strip is Helm's Brewing. In mid-May the Kearny Mesa–based company ...

Tagger nabbed in the act in Ocean Beach

“We’re literally watching and waiting for them to come tag.”

At 3:45 in the afternoon on May 18 a tagger went to work on the seawall at the end of Del Monte Avenue in Ocean Beach. The local who witnessed the event (“Alex”) said, “I ...

Anybody seen an Indian ring-neck around Point Loma?

APB on Booberry the missing parrot

On April 19, Kristin Choi’s parrot flew away — but he’s not any parrot, he’s Booberry, an Indian ring-neck parrot, aka a rose-ringed parrot, a breed that is well known for their intelligence and speaking ...

O.B. gull's piercing definitely not intentional

“It is sort of like people who put in various facial rings”

Speculation arose recently on an Ocean Beach Facebook page as to what happened to a gull on the pier that had its tongue protruding out of the bottom of his beak. It's not the first ...

Weird start for O.B. bar under new ownership

"One guy even stuck his finger in our drinks."

On April 28, Eugene Gallagher hosted a farewell party at his Newport Avenue pub. The next day, after 11 years, he handed over the keys to new owner Steve Yeng, a local who also owns ...

Where are the cops when you need them in Ocean Beach?

Residents complain of emergency calls being considered otherwise

On February 28, a longtime Ocean Beach resident, “Alex,” says she called 911 to ask for help after a “tweaked-out guy” parked in a private lot and was drinking alcohol and "sucking on his pipe." ...

Crappy Earth Day, Ocean Beach

Native plant garden vandalized

On Earth Day (April 22), Joel Kalmonson was checking on the Ocean Beach Native Plant Garden when he found all 24 of the plant identification markers knocked over. Kalmonson is a lead volunteer who regularly ...

Car windows smashed in Ocean Beach

“Who does these types of things so close to the beautiful Pacific?”

Monday morning (April 25), residents along the 4800 block of Coronado Avenue in Ocean Beach woke up to find their cars had been vandalized in what appeared to be a drive-by smashing of windows between ...

Suspicious seagulls in Ocean Beach

More than peckish...and what's with the red poop?

Anyone recognize this innocent looking guy? He’s wanted in connection to a series of attempted break-ins (or should I say beak-ins?) around Ocean Beach. Gulls are well known as clever birds: they learn, remember, and ...

Belching Beaver getting big

Six-packs, sours, and a full restaurant in the works

Belching Beaver Brewing has been in serious expansion mode this spring. In March, the company more than quadrupled its capacity by moving in to a 30-barrel production brewery in Oceanside. Meanwhile, its original 15-barrel Vista ...

We blow you up

O.B. reggae duo remembers time in Iran with new single, "Black Line"

Based in Ocean Beach, electronic reggae band Trans_Conduit is fronted by Osprey Recording studio and label owner Kevin Mankins, alongside Cape May Sound operator Ed Fletcher (Cubensis, Electric Waste Band). An experience from Mankins’s service ...

Pellet-gun parrot popper perplexes police

Residents rattled. Big rewards offered. Killer remains at large.

Who’s killing the great parrots of Ocean Beach/Point Loma?

People's market empire expansion in phase I

"We are exploring the use of hempcrete for some insulation.”

According to Nancy Casady, People’s food market general manager since 1997, there have been dreams of expanding the organic-food co-op ever since the building they’re in now was paid off in 2013. The home of ...

Fender not bent, failed scam

Note this: Don't try to bilk bucks from no-BS Prius drivers

On March 29 at 11:00 a.m. Tess Donaldson was driving to Fashion Valley when she spotted a note on the window of her 2008 Prius. “I stopped off on Frazee Road to remove it,” said ...

Black tar balls rolls on to Ocean Beach

Result of "natural seep," theorizes San Diego Coastkeeper rep

Ranging in size from a pebble to a quarter, sticky black tar balls have been washing ashore along the beaches in Ocean Beach since yesterday (March 30). The balls are sticking to feet and have ...

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