Ocean Beach Stories

Ocean Beach’s Portugalia for Sale

Portugalia, the now-closed Portuguese restaurant and pub located at 4839 Newport Avenue is on the auction block. Signs promoting a "quiet auction" are posted in several places in front of the former business that was ...

Stabbing and Groping in Ocean Beach

A stabbing victim was pulled from the crowd in the beer garden at the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest on Friday evening, just 30 minutes before the first “Citizens’ Patrol” was launched. The Citizens' Patrol was organized ...

Women Learn Self-Defense Following Ocean Beach Crimes

Vault Combat Academy on Newport Avenue offered a free self-defense class on October 11. Women who had been to an O.B. Woman's Club meeting and a citizens’ patrol meeting earlier in the week showed up ...

San Diego Police Help Mom in Ocean Beach

Several San Diego police officers arrived at Azucar bakery/café on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach on October 9 at around noon. Two patrol cars parked in the adjacent gas-station parking lot; two more police cars ...

Ocean Beach Citizens’ Patrol to Mobilize This Week

The night of October 8 saw the formation of the first meeting of the Ocean Beach Citizens’ Patrol. Over 40 people showed up at the Tower Two Café on Abbott Street to organize themselves into ...

Meeting Offers Solutions to End Ocean Beach Sex Crimes

Over 60 people met at the Ocean Beach Woman's Club on October 3 to discuss the recent sex crimes against women in the community. Ideas were presented on how to make more women aware of ...

Artist’s O.B. Bathroom Ceiling Project Criticized

A man claiming to have deciphered the jumble of words on the ceiling of the newly built Brighton Street “comfort station” (bathroom) in Ocean Beach presented his case to the Ocean Beach Town Council on ...

Ocean Beach Sex Crimes Prompt Frustration at Meeting

A crowd of over 60 people — many angry and emotional — made up the audience at the Ocean Beach Town Council Meeting on September 26. Most of the people were there to discuss the ...

Car Hits Bicyclist at Ocean Beach Intersection

At approximately 5:30 p.m.on September 23, a bicyclist was hit by a car at an intersection in Ocean Beach. The intersection of West Point Loma Boulevard and Abbott Street has a yield sign that residents ...

Mermaid Spotted in Ocean Beach

One of the biggest hits of the September 16 Surfrider Paddle for Clean Water event in Ocean Beach was a mermaid sighting. Mermaid Shelly hails from Carlsbad, where she has a business named Shell Tails ...

DUI Makes for Bad Beach Day in O.B.

A man was arrested for a DUI in Ocean Beach on the evening of September 16. Arresting SDPD officer J. Wilson said the suspect, who was around 50 years old, was driving with a suspended ...

Rocky’s Surf Shop Closing in Ocean Beach

Rocky's Surf Shop — named after a dog who surfed and was featured in Endless Summer II — has always been a surfboard-shopping destination. This weekend, said current shop owner Doug Yates on September 15, ...

Shocking Video: Skateboarding Veteran Run Over

Shortly before 2.00 a.m. on September 6, Brian Wayne Conner, a 36-year-old paraplegic who had no legs due to a war injury, was badly injured while riding his skateboard and attempting to hang onto the ...

Ocean Beach Apartment Residents Riled Over Thefts

Jonathan Chambers was arrested earlier in August for suspicion of burglary at the Mariner's Cove apartment complex in Ocean Beach. After his arrest, 10News rolled into the West Point Loma Boulevard property with a camera, ...

Newbreak Church’s New Place in Ocean Beach

Since the year 1917, there has been a house of worship at the corner of Cape May Avenue and Ebers Street in Ocean Beach. On August 25 at 5:00 p.m., the latest holy incarnation debuted ...

Ocean Beach Pier Jump Goes Unpunished

According to an eyewitness named Andrew, he and his girlfriend were sitting on the sand at the end of Newport Avenue at around 11 p.m. on August 25 when a young man jumped off the ...

Ocean Beach Entrance Sign Under Attack!

The OB Rag recently reported how bad things have gotten for the Ocean Beach entrance sign located on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. "The OB entryway sign is under attack — by termites and the weather. The ...

Ron Stacks Rocks in Ocean Beach

An interesting phenomenon has been noticeable to drivers leaving Ocean Beach northbound on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard over the past week. First, a pile of precariously balanced rocks appeared, followed by another and another, gradually taking ...

Newport Avenue Coffee Shop Reopens

The Starbucks located at 4994 Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach reopened last week after being closed for nearly two weeks for remodeling. Caffeine junkies chose other java options as the popular coffee purveyor slapped a ...

Mallow Madness

My heart’s pumping, adrenaline is flowing and I am smack dab in the middle of a full-fledged war. A huge bonfire rages, growing larger with each passing moment, and the ground has become littered with ...

San Diego Public Library Flush with Reading Prizes — No Readers?

On June 15, the San Diego Public Library launched its annual Summer Reading Program, aimed at kids under the age of 18. As a deal sweetener, the library is offering free Padres tickets to children ...

Beer Bottles Banished by Locals at Bermuda Beach

Bermuda Beach, at the foot of Bermuda Avenue in Ocean Beach, attracts a variety of mellow souls who enjoy the area's natural beauty and relative privacy. But on Friday, June 22, in the late afternoon, ...

Photographer Attacked by Pit Bull in Ocean Beach

In October 2009, local photographer Jim Grant witnessed and photographed the shooting of a pit bull that was running loose at the Ocean Beach farmers’ market. San Diego police tried to corral the dog but ...

New Off-Road Bicycle Park for Ocean Beach?

Freeride Famosa, the group behind the effort to create a bicycle park in Ocean Beach is gaining momentum, according to an article published last month in the Peninsula Beacon. The organization has asked the San ...

Biker Down in Ocean Beach

Memorial Day 2012 will be memorable for a motorcyclist who was hit by a car at around 11:00 a.m. in the 2200 block of Catalina Boulevard near Whittier Street. Dave Stephens was "headed to the ...

Residents Gather to Foster Respect for Ocean Beach

Well over 200 Ocean Beach residents showed up between the veterans’ memorial and main lifeguard tower at the foot of Santa Monica Avenue on the afternoon of April 24. They were there for an event ...

Ocean Beach Library Reopens

After being closed since late December, the Ocean Beach library celebrated its grand reopening on March 10, sporting a new roof along with fresh carpet and interior paint. The 83-year-old library, situated in a city ...

All Charges Dismissed in Case Stemming from Ocean Beach Apartment Fire

Single mom Larissa Danielli of Ocean Beach wants to set the record straight about the outcome of her case. As reported in these pages last November, Danielli, a single mother, was arrested and lost custody ...

Is This Mic On?

Jefferson Jay says the open-mic scene that launched Jewel and Jason Mraz is not as vital as it once was. Jay, who started hosting acoustic showcases in 2003, thinks, however, that there is still enough ...

OB Rag’s Frank Gormlie Has an Online Impersonator

OB Rag cofounder, medical marijuana proponent, and social justice activist Frank Gormlie sent out an email recently to friends and acquaintances, warning them that someone is "apparently [and] deliberately impersonating me and my email address." ...

The $10 Sandwich, or why I no longer contribute to my retirement fund

I blame Annel and Drew, the delightful, the charming, the talented, the delicious foodmaking dream duo for my recent decrease in 401k contributions. These two have wondertwin power-activated their foodie know-hows to create Annel and ...

Ocean Beach Restroom Reconstruction Imminent

In a September 2009 article, the U-T described a dilapidated restroom in north Ocean Beach: “A restroom building on a popular stretch of sand in Ocean Beach has been fenced off because the roof is ...

Congressman Bob Filner Stands Up for Medical Marijuana

Democratic congressman and San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner was the featured speaker at a medical marijuana rally and march that took place in Ocean Beach on Monday, December 26. The organization Americans for Safe ...

Mysterious Bird Deaths Near Ocean Beach

Shawn Steele, a birding enthusiast who lives near Robb Field, was driving across the Sunset Cliffs Bridge on the afternoon of December 7 when he saw an osprey carcass in the road. “It did not ...

Ocean Beach Woman Seeks to Reclaim Child From CPS

Larissa Danielli, the Ocean Beach woman who was arrested after a fire broke out in her apartment complex in early November, has had to start a "Save Silas" donation page to raise funds to reclaim ...

Ocean Beach Apartment Fire Victim Speaks Out on Arrest

Last week, the OB Rag reported that Larissa Danielli, an Ocean Beach woman, returned to her apartment building on November 3 in the aftermath of a fire that had begun in the unit above hers. ...

Nati’s Mexican Restaurant in Ocean Beach Loses an Original

Luisa Allen, a longtime waitress at Ocean Beach’s Nati's Mexican restaurant, passed away peacefully on October 15, following a stroke. The eatery released the news on their Facebook page and asked for prayers for her ...

O.B. Rag Takes Stand on Publishing Location of Dumanis Fundraiser

On Tuesday, September 20, reporter Doug Porter of the O.B. Rag posted on the publication’s website an article about district attorney Bonnie Dumanis’s mayoral campaign strategy. In the article, Porter wrote, “[Dumanis’s] public appearances for ...

Firefighters Extinguish Couch on Ocean Beach Street

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on September 22, residents of the 5000 block of Long Branch Avenue noticed a couch on fire in the middle of the street. Several neighbors gathered and the fire department was ...

Gallagher's on Newport

Advertising itself as a “fun, friendly, and exuberant atmosphere,” Gallagher’s Pub in Ocean Beach is my favorite place to indulge in that special abandon found where whiskey and soulful blues-rockers Lady Dottie and the Diamonds ...

Skateboarder Hit-and-Run in Ocean Beach

In the late afternoon of Friday, August 26, a San Diego police helicopter circled above the crowded beaches and busy Newport Avenue, apparently in search of a hit-and-run driver who struck a skateboarder. As firefighters, ...

Aftermath of an Accident

A Caltrans worker surveyed the broken fence area where a car reportedly traveling west at 100 MPH went off the Ocean Beach freeway in the early morning hours of Monday, August 15. A woman identified ...

Tiles Delay Ocean Beach Gateway Project

The City of San Diego Engineering website describes the North Ocean Beach Gateway Project as "a park incorporating a decorative plaza that provides pedestrian access into the adjacent Robb Field Community Park. The improvement will ...

"Wreck Point Loma Boulevard" Stays True to Its Name

The Ocean Beach thoroughfare called West Point Loma Boulevard is also known as "Wreck Point Loma Boulevard" for the copious amounts of car accidents that occur there on a regular basis. The morning of Thursday, ...

O'Bistro Café on Voltaire

Who can resist eavesdropping? Not me. Debbie, the owner of an O.B. eatery named Tower Two; Elsa, the interior designer; Melalee, the kindergarten teacher; and Brenda, who, along with her husband Jong, owns this joint ...

Backyard Chicken Movement Scratches Around Ocean Beach

Would it be okay if an O.B. resident kept a couple chickens in their backyard? Rachel Hiner of the Urban Food Network posed that question last week at the monthly meeting of the Ocean Beach ...

Small Sewage Spill in Ocean Beach

Right when the weather and water get warm enough to enjoy refreshing ocean swims off Bermuda Beach (at the foot of Bermuda Avenue in Ocean Beach), “contaminated water” signs go up — both at the ...

Ocean Beach Marshmallow Fight Involved 600+ Pounds of Ammo

By ten in the morning on July 5, an estimated 600 pounds of marshmallows had been picked up from the sands of Ocean Beach. The annual marshmallow fight (which follows the Fourth of July fireworks) ...

Newport Avenue Antiques Store Robbed at Gunpoint

An armed robbery took place at the Ocean Beach Antiques Mall at approximately 12:45 p.m. on June 16. Two Hispanic men reportedly entered the antiques store located at 4926 Newport Avenue and pretended to be ...

Interview with a Utility Box Painter

I came upon an artist on June 5 who was painting a utility box in Ocean Beach. Alicia Garcia, a 33-year-old student of art history, said it usually takes three to four days to complete ...

Bad Blood

“I couldn’t do it anymore.” After eight years, owner Jason Nascimento closed the doors to Portugalia, his Portuguese restaurant on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. The last Live Wednesday was held there on May 18, ...