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Stories by Jimi Olsen

Sunset Cliffs crackup no laughing matter

Rains’ effects present serious situation at natural park

San Diego's coastal bluffs are showing the effects of El Niño rains. National Weather Service data shows season to date rain totals for Lindbergh Field at 5.87 inches, or 141percent of normal. Because of the ...

Broken-board Tuesday

Surf report from the living room to the Cliffs

Dec. 8, 2015 Overnight TV news reports that high surf has broken railings on the O.B. Pier and the pier is closed. The Point Loma buoy is at 7+ feet at 14 seconds at 7 ...

Villa Surf recedes to the earth

Project at Sunset Cliffs to remove all traces of former Dixon estate

Work has begun at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park to rehabilitate the former site of "the Dixon estate," a reputed party palace for decades, even after Dan Dixon stopped residing there in the '60s (according to ...

Lobster season log, day 1

Likely to be good season

The first Wednesday in October (October 7 this year) marks the opening day of the commercial lobster season in California. In the weeks and months prior, permit holders are busy building traps, mending lines, and ...

No rain, but…flash flood at Sunset Cliffs?

Mystery water flow could be creating health hazard

Mid-afternoon on March 31, water flowed over the edge of Sunset Cliffs onto an area beach for at least two hours. There has been no rain in the area since March 1, according to the ...

As Sunset Cliffs crumble into the sea...

Will anything be done for beach access for the masses?

In the early morning hours of March 15, the southernmost beach access point in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park failed. The dawn patrol surfers were met with a drastically altered bluff face. Overnight, the bottom eight ...

Better than Disneyland, man

Crowd gathers to witness rescue on day two of big surf at Sunset Cliffs

For the second a day in a row, a little after high noon on January 25, San Diego lifeguards and fire rescue personnel rescued a surfer at Sunset Cliffs. Moderately large surf (over head high) ...

Torrey pines infested — 100 trees doomed

Bark beetle populations boom amid drought and higher temperatures

Pinus torreyana (aka Torrey pines) are among the rarest pine trees in the world. They occur naturally only on Santa Rosa Island (west of Ventura) and here in San Diego at Torrey Pines State Natural ...

Can't you smell that smell?

Gas leak at Ocean Beach construction site

This morning, November 4, a little after 7:00, firefighters, San Diego police, and SDG&E crews responded to a gas leak on the southwest corner of Abbott Street and Satatoga Avenue. Between 30 and 50 workers ...

Los Peñasquitos Lagoon mouth full again

Recent storm, high tides create sand bar that inhibits tidal flow

The entrance of the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon has silted shut again. The recent high winter surf along with high spring tides moved in a large sand bar and the lagoon is no longer emptying into ...

Road failure in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

For lack of curbing, runoff eroded its way to the ocean

The February 28–March 1 storm caused the failure of runoff-control curbing on the Loop Road at Point Loma Nazarene University. Uncontained, the rainwater scoured away the road bed under the west side of the road. ...

Bluff gives way at Sunset Cliffs overnight

Rubble field extends at least 25 feet

This morning, July 11, a beach at Sunset Cliffs displayed a reminder of the dangers of being too near the bluffs. Many of our county beaches are backed by sandstone cliffs. While they add a ...

Illicit activity spurs work on Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Trees and brush cleared, police on alert

The mayor, the San Diego City Park and Rec. Department, along with San Diego police, the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Rec. Council, and park users and neighbors have come together to address park safety and ...

Cave rave at Sunset Cliffs attracts about 100 partiers

Broken glass, public urination, trash, draws cops

On Memorial Day, May 27, at 8:30 a.m., San Diego police responded to a citizen’s call at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Early-morning surfers were surprised to find a low-tide rave taking place in a sea ...

Los Peñasquitos Lagoon reopened to ocean tides

Two months since saltwater flowed

At 7:00 this morning, California State Parks personnel began the process of opening the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon in Del Mar. On hand are Natural Resources personnel as well as heavy-equipment operators, lifeguards, and maintenance crews. ...

Jim “Mouse” Robb Day declared by San Diego City Council

More than a surfer stomp

In the quiet neighborhood of Azure Vista (now more widely known as Sunset Cliffs) a happening went down on April 27. It was quite a scene, attended by cats with names such as Lizard, Tar, ...

Sewage Leak at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Over the Memorial Day weekend, park visitors to the hillside section of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park found one of trails closed, with yellow caution tape and signs that indicated a sewage leak had occurred. The ...

Black and Blue

The City of San Diego announced new refuse-collection schedules on July 7. According to a press release, “The redesigned routes require drivers to work four 10-hour shifts each week, which will save the City $4.4 ...

$3000 Worth of Bench

The San Diego City Parks and Recreation Department has installed the first of 15 ipe wood benches at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. The new bench is located just south of the foot of Hill Street ...

It's Alive!

“April showers bring May flowers.” San Diego's climate does not usually follow that popular adage. This year at Torrey Pines State Reserve, though, it's true. A walk of the Guy Fleming trail loop on May ...

Big Jetty O.K.

Since repairs to the Mission Bay Channel jetties began (a 350-ton crane capacity derrick barge and at least one support vessel have been at work there off and on since October), the enormous mound of ...

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