Ocean Beach News & Stories

Good news/bad news for bees

”Jesse just saved a swarm in Hillcrest which contained 50,000 bees.”

Bee colonies have been dying at such alarming rate that even Honey Nut Cheerios has temporarily done away with their bee mascot Buzz in an effort to raise awareness. So what to do? Jesse Adcock, ...

Ocean Beach surveillance cameras going up

"We don’t want [the signs] to look so Big-Brotherish.”

After months of contention over the use of surveillance cameras along the Ocean Beach coastline, it’s all over except for the signage. The first three cameras — in all, ten are planned — appeared recently ...

"I don't get people being vibey."

A special board, just for El Niño

Name: Bob Thomas Age: 57 Occupation: English as a second language, San Diego Community College District Lives in: Ocean Beach Surfing: O.B. Pier “This is my favorite spot. I live down the street. My buddies ...

Teen parrot-killer still loose in Point Loma?

"Our suspect is a juvie so that makes it very tough to prosecute.”

Five wild parrots (one endangered lilac-crowned Amazon and four near-threatened red-masked conures) have been confirmed shot and killed in Ocean Beach/Point Loma within the past two months (February 19 to March 3). Two more deaths ...

Where hubcaps fly in O.B.

"If it hadn't been late at night with less traffic, he would have been killed."

A sign warning of the ultra-slender median on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard (at Voltaire) was run over sometime during the early hours of March 7. Karen Hoffman (not her real name), who lives nearby the intersection, ...

Future fast food

Clacking chops help save the world at Plant Power

“The methane that cattle produce warms the world 20 times faster than auto emissions.”

Freak bir-bir-bird hangs at beach

Vulture or pigeon? Either way, fancy!

On March 1, a medium-sized brown-and-white bird was spotted on Lotus Street in O.B. Some thought it to be a variety of vulture or a tumbler pigeon but it mostly closely resembles a Jacobin pigeon. ...

No sexy ads, cartoon mascots, or meat

Plant Power fast food

Vegan fast food. It might sound like a contradiction in terms, but it’s out there, trying to be fast as can be without serving animal or animal by-product. Bankers Hill restaurant Evolution has been working ...

Graffiti backs up citizens to the seawall

Reports, repairs, and mural commissioning among solutions

Over the past few years, the sandstone cliffs and similarly colored retaining walls in Ocean Beach have been plagued by graffiti and tagging. The City of San Diego has a rewards program if you nab ...

Parrot sniper on the loose

"This is outrageous, this should not be happening.”

On the afternoon of February 24, the last of three wild parrots recently shot in Point Loma and Ocean Beach succumbed to its injuries. Brooke Durham, director of SoCal Parrot, said the parrots’ deaths were ...

Gas pump gives bad vibe

Suspected credit-card skimmers working Ocean Beach

There have been recent reports of possible credit-card data skimming occurring at the gas stations in Ocean Beach. According to numerous folks in O.B., after purchasing gas by “swiping at the pump,” they soon noticed ...

A push for decriminalizing homelessness

"Not everyone who lives in a van is a disrespectful drug-addicted hoodlum."

For nearly a decade, Sam Moore (not his real name) has called Ocean Beach his home. For the past seven months, his abode has been a 1991 Chevy van. His lifestyle choice has not been ...

Shark of least concern caught off pier

"No one should gurgle up their own blood — no one!"

The sun was setting as Elsa Brum neared the left wing of the Ocean Beach Pier during her stroll on February 16. There she saw what looked like a baby shark gasping for air as ...

In a word, gnarly

"Our current water testing relies on methods that are over 50 years old."

About 650 San Diego surfers have volunteered to be lab rats in a study that looks at how closely surfing — particularly during the beach-closure days after rain — correlates with the illnesses they've been ...

Unlit, ill-equipped and overloaded

Smugglers popped in waters off O.B. pier

Customs and Border Patrol officials, working in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, seized an "unlit and overloaded vessel" packed with undocumented immigrants off the municipal fishing pier in Ocean Beach on Monday night (February ...

The trees had to go

Saratoga Avenue Torrey pines "proposed an imminent threat"

On February 5, signs were posted on the 4600 block of Saratoga Avenue to alert residents of upcoming tree trimming. On February 8, Atlas Tree Service, under contract with the city, severed the large branches ...

Sand drifts curtail O.B. street-sweeping

“I don’t know why it stopped here.... That’s how strong the wind was."

If anyone knows about having to shovel your car out after a winter storm, it’s a guy from Boston. John Hogan of Ocean Beach knows the drill. Back home, where Hogan spent his childhood and ...

Magic castles made of sand in O.B.

Syd and Spike head to Slab City next — "Catch us while you can"

Syd and Spike have been drawing a daily crowd along the seawall in Ocean Beach lately with their impressive sand sculptures. They’ve built an O.B. sandcastle, a mermaid lounging on the wall, and, the most ...

No fish farm in federal waters off O.B.!

"Super-sized 11-million-pound commercial fish factory" protested

Water-quality advocates with San Diego Coastkeeper announced this week that the group is petitioning the federal Environmental Protection Agency to deny a discharge permit for the proposed Rose Canyon Aquaculture Project, which detractors say would ...

Here come the cameras, O.B.

Will police have available budget to monitor video in real-time?

A group of Ocean Beach residents, organized under the banner Citizens Against Privacy Abuse, gathered at the foot of Newport Avenue on Saturday afternoon (January 16) to protest the planned installation of ten surveillance cameras ...

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