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Stories by Gail Powell

Just Dandy!

When the Dandy Warhols played the Belly Up in December of 2010, local reviewers dissed the band for their “aloof” attitude. The foursome from Portland seemed, then, to hide in the shadows of the stage ...

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 ...

Legally Blind Aurora Ortiz Finishes Chelsea’s Run

Balboa Park was awash with thousands of runners on the morning of Saturday, March 3. They were taking part in the second annual 5K run organized by the Chelsea's Light Foundation, which raises money to ...

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." ...

Unconditional Surrender “Kiss-In” Draws Crowd

Ocean Beach photographer Michael Realpeople gathered an estimated 50 couples and onlookers at the Embarcadero on the morning of February 18 to reenact the kiss that inspired the 25-foot-tall "Unconditional Surrender" statue. Many art lovers ...

“Kiss-In” Planned at Embarcadero’s Unconditional Surrender Statue

Local photographer Michael Realpeople's plans to stage a "kiss-in" at the Unconditional Surrender statue near the U.S.S. Midway Museum is meeting some resistance. A Facebook event page announces the photographer’s plan to honor the tourist ...

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 ...

U.S. Virgin Islands: Domestic Caribbean

The Virgin Islands are a great travel destination. While the islands are American territories, accept U.S. dollars, and speak English, there remains an exotic, faraway flavor about them. West Indian culture strongly influences the islands ...

Chili Pepper Report

Fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers awaiting their sold-out show scheduled for Wednesday, February 29, at the Valley View Casino Center, will need to cool their heels until September 23. It was announced on ...

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 ...

Los Lobos — 40 Years Strong

What could be more ironic then a mariachi band covering Neil Diamond's "Coming to America?" Opening act El Mariachi did just that, and I hope the well-lubricated crowd at the Belly Up enjoyed the humor ...

University City Bikini Lady Reunited with Her Missing Dog

Some commuters who drive in the University City and La Jolla area may be crestfallen to learn that the bikini-wearing lady who was waving signs last week has found her dog. Someone dropped off Arlene ...

Broncos QB Tim Tebow Spotted at Church Before Game

Before the Denver Broncos played the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 27, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow made the Sunday-morning service at the Rock Church in Point Loma. Called "the Chosen One" by ...

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 ...

Drug-Sniffing Dogs to Routinely Visit Clairemont High School

Clairemont High School's Arrow newspaper recently reported that drug-sniffing dogs are coming to school. "Last year [the high school] received a grant from the [parent-teacher-student association] to pay for a drug dog inspection program. The ...

Point Loma’s Rock Church Offers Wristbands for Pledges

The latest hot item from the Rock Church in Point Loma and pastor Miles McPherson is a red wristband handed out to interested parishioners on Sunday, October, 23. At the conclusion of a sermon series ...

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 ...

Public Defender Coker Endorses D.A. Dumanis’s Mayoral Run

Defendants who have utilized the public defenders’ office to deal with legal problems in San Diego are up in arms over public defender Henry Coker endorsing D.A. Bonnie Dumanis in the upcoming mayoral race. Dumanis ...

Surfrider’s Water Scarcity Meeting Includes David Zetland

On a night in which San Diego received its first measurable rainfall of the season, a water-scarcity meeting was held at Liberty Station on Wednesday, October 5. Over glasses of wine and bruschetta with salmon ...

No Nostalgia for Bush

Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale has expressed in the media his desire for the revamped Bush band to not be considered "a nostalgia act." When the grungy hit machine played 4th&B, the vigor and intensity ...

Area 51 in Rachel, Nevada

Though the city of Las Vegas is full of odd characters and bizarre scenarios, none compare with what exists just outside of town, off Interstate 15: Area 51. Area 51 is the stuff of legends ...

Bonnie Dumanis Asked to Not Deliver Speech at City College

In recognition of Constitution Week, district attorney and mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis was scheduled to speak at City College’s Saville Theatre on Wednesday, September 21. However, because of the Diana Gonzalez case — in which ...

Power Outage Looters Hit Walgreen’s in Midway District

During the September 8-9 power outage, the Walgreen's drugstore located at 3005 Midway Drive had their front door smashed in and an estimated $400 worth of cigarettes stolen. Pieces of broken glass littered the pavement ...

San Diego Airport Noise Advisory Committee Fines JetBlue

The San Diego Airport Noise Advisory Committee recently released the latest number of time-restriction violations for take-offs from Lindbergh Field. A curfew forbids planes from departing between 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.; fines are issued ...

Natives In, Nonnatives Out of Famosa Slough

A project to remove nonnative trees and plants around the perimeter of Famosa Slough's eastern edge has been completed. Gone are the palm trees, eucalyptus, and other invasive plant species that threatened the biological integrity ...

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, ...

Coronado Police Have Your [License Plate] Number

Next time you visit the city of Coronado, be advised. The Police Department now has "a new high-tech device that will give Coronado Police officers the ability to scan license plates on parked or moving ...

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 ...

Citizens Against Dumanis Take to Facebook

The NOT DUMANIS Facebook page recently sent D.A. Bonnie Dumanis an open appeal to consider dropping out of the mayor's race. The group, of which I am a member, suggested that Dumanis should graciously step ...

Smokers Targeted in Anti-Litter Campaign

The corner of Mission Boulevard and Mission Bay Drive in Mission Beach came alive on the morning of Saturday, August 13 with a dozen or so Surfrider volunteers who urged everyone to "Hold On To ...

Services Held for Slain SDPD Officer Jeremy Henwood

Memorial services for fallen San Diego Police Dept. Officer Jeremy Henwood took place at The Rock Church in Point Loma on Friday morning, August 12, 2011. Thousands of people, plus an additional overflow crowd paid ...

Bicyclist Clipped near Famosa Slough

Bike riders are commonly seen riding along in the Midway District. For those residents without cars or who wish to not leave a carbon imprint, getting around the Midway business district is as simple as ...

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 ...

Weezer by a Noze

Weezer brought load of people (and traffic woes) to the Del Mar Summer Concert Series in 2010 and this year, the band kept it's streak alive. With an estimated 40,000 people attending, Rivers Cuomo and ...

"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, ...

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Couer d'Alene, Idaho, is a destination perfect for taking in fresh mountain air, clear, starry skies, and scenic wonders that us city folk can only imagine. Its glacier-fed lake, Lake Couer d'Alene, is a popular ...

A World Away on Catalina Island

I’m always surprised at the number of Southern California residents who have never been to Catalina Island. My family spent quite a few summers on the island, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get away ...

Gangsters’ New Paradise in Point Loma?

Some colorful, detailed graffiti that was painted on a retaining wall overlooking Kellogg Beach in La Playa earlier in July has been painted away. Concerned neighbors called police gang units to come out and take ...

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 ...

Teen Driver Backs into Car, Killing Elderly Man

The traffic-related death of a 77-year-old man in the early hours of July 7 has caused much sadness among his acquaintances in the Midway District area. According to a story on Channel 10 news, police ...

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) ...

Protesters at Dumanis Campaign Kickoff

About a half dozen protesters raised a small ruckus outside the Electra high-rise condo building at 700 West E Street on the evening of Tuesday, June 28. Politicians and well-heeled supporters of Bonnie Dumanis were ...

Hands Across the Sand for Clean Energy

Last year at this time, the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had created an environmental disaster. The June 26, 2010, Hands Across the Sand demonstration was a response to the spill: ...

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 ...

Man Attempts to Enter Sewer in Front of Rock Church

The Rock Church in Point Loma attracts big crowds every Sunday for their five services. At the 10 a.m. service on June 12, as congregants hurried in to catch the worship music, many saw a ...

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 ...

An End to Point Loma’s St. Agnes Catholic Church?

St. Agnes Catholic Church became a parish when Father Manuel Rose arrived in 1933. Lately, several congregants have been discussing among themselves the possibility that the beloved Portuguese mainstay in Point Loma may be closing. ...

Point Loma Shopping Center Loses Another Tenant

Loma Square Shopping Center is losing another tenant; in recent years, large spaces leased by Circuit City and a discount shoe store have gone vacant. The Everything a Deal clothing store at the intersection of ...

Reputed Drug Dealer Threatens Woman in Laundry Room

On May 16 at around noon, a woman was waiting for the rinse cycle in a laundry room at the Mariner's Cove apartment complex in Ocean Beach when she witnessed what she told me "looked ...

DUI Checkpoint Screens Drivers Leaving Joel Osteen Event

When the devout multitudes tried to leave the Joel Osteen "Night of Hope" worship event at the Valley View Casino Center on Friday, May 13, they were greeted by a DUI checkpoint. At approximately 10 ...