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U-T execs show for O.B. council meeting

Invitation accepted to address residents' gripes with coupon distribution

In a gesture meant to grab the attention of the audience and the attending officials from the San Diego Union-Tribune, O.B. resident Mary Tolena wheeled in hundreds of advertising circulars and threw them on the ...

Maybe new U-T management will help

Ocean Beach residents get serious about unsolicited ad circulars/trash

Obecians are up in arms again over those San Diego Union Tribune coupon circulars (labeled “Community Values” on their plastic bags) that end up all on their sidewalks every Friday. A grassroots movement, organized by ...

Fire at new O.B. apartment building

Nothing exciting — just patio furniture

A fire broke out in Ocean Beach on the patio of the new two-story apartment complex on Abbott Street where it meets Saratoga Avenue Friday, May 22, firefighters at around 1:45 p.m. Lori Wagner and ...

Hot prowl burglaries heat up Obecians

"Travelers" and homeless people implicated as suspects

In light of the recent seven hot-prowl burglaries in the Ocean Beach community, over 60 people showed up to voice their concerns and offer solutions at what was billed as a “community discussion.” The organizers ...

O.B. Christmas tree: too normal

Loma Portal family donates star pine

The journey of the Ocean Beach Christmas tree always has a good backstory and this year was no exception. The tree was donated by a family in the Loma Portal area. Sal and Nancy DeMaria, ...

The little-building people win one

OBceans convince city council to keep community plan in place,

In a unanimous vote by the San Diego City Council on July 29, Ocean Beach was allowed to maintain its community plan that it has been working on and revising for the past 12 years. ...

We're targeting bad behavior

Ocean Beach merchants hire security patrolmen

Elite Security guards are now patrolling O.B.'s streets, the result of a partnership between the O.B. Mainstreet Association and the Ocean Beach Hotel's Steve Grosch, who is helping to manage the project. Over 80 merchants ...

Man on fire

Zip-tied and with a gas can

On Friday afternoon, July 18, at about 12:30, a man apparently set himself on fire next to the Home Depot parking lot, across the street from the Valley View Casino Center. The victim had been ...

Marshmallow skirmishes, but no war in O.B.

Post-Fourth of July tradition drastically curtailed

To avoid the possibility of being pelted with marshmallows this year, two friends and I watched the Ocean Beach fireworks from my rooftop apartment. We were curious to see if the O.B. Town Council’s “Mallow ...

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