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Stories by Mercy Baron

New police trailer rolls into O.B. Pier parking lot

Smaller than old one, which critics said blocked view

The old police trailer in the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot that has caused much controversy over the past couple of decades was replaced with a new smaller unit on April 10, courtesy of the ...

Airport cabbies Uber angry

Mustachioed ride-sharing puts pinch on traditional cabbies.

“If San Diego were a human body, then San Diego airport would be the butt,” said a taxi driver at San Diego International Airport. He was referring to how he felt cabbies are treated since ...

Carlsbad mall security banishes steampunk group

Manners beyond the pale — carousel ride and shopping plans foregone

Over 40 people in steampunk garb (Victorian dress meets sci-fi/time traveler) were turned away from the Westfield Plaza Mall in Carlsbad on February 9 — mall security told them to leave because they were breaking ...

Bubble-maker on Ocean Beach Pier

Soap, some sticks, and rope

I saw the bubbles all the way from the far end of the Ocean Beach Pier on New Year's Eve day. When I got closer, I couldn't believe how huge they were! Bubble-meister Alan Kier ...

Shoot-out in Point Loma, U.S. Marshal injured

Primary suspect was sought out for Linda Vista murder

After a December 30 shoot-out on Catalina Boulevard in Point Loma, a briefing was given by Lt. Jose Duran of the San Diego Police Department at 11 a.m. He said a U.S. Marshal Violent Crimes ...

O.B. Planning Board approves liquor license for new CVS

No high-malt-liquor beverages to be sold

On December 5 the Ocean Beach Planning Board voted 8-1 in favor of allowing the proposed new CVS Pharmacy to sell liquor; it will be an ABC license Type 21 with certain limitations that relate ...

Nice Ocean Beach Christmas tree, Charlie Brown

Coronado Avenue homeowner donates star pine

The O.B. Christmas tree has been a much-talked-about tradition for 34 years. If it looks perfect, people complain it's not O.B. enough. But when it gets partially destroyed, as it did several years ago at ...

Taggers caught in the act in Ocean Beach

Five suspects, one arrested (the one with the marker)

A citizen saw several young men tagging a public handrail on Ocean Front Street and Del Monte Avenue on November 21 and called in a description of the men and their vehicle to the police. ...

Ocean Beach talks about the next 30 years

Population, traffic, more beer-and-wine licenses

Over 60 people turned out for the Ocean Beach Town Council’s “town hall” meeting at the Masonic Lodge on November 13. Attendees were there to help decide how to shape the community over the next ...

Alcohol sales at new Ocean Beach CVS a hot topic

Pharmacy makes their case; planning board to await new info

A heated and vociferous standing-room-only crowd attended the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting on November 6. Residents were there to hear and discuss the proposal to allow alcohol sales in a new, as-yet-unestablished CVS Pharmacy ...

Cops clip deadbeat dad cruising Ocean Beach

Bad brake light leads to bust of Missouri man

Two men were pulled over by police on the afternoon of November 2 for having a non-functioning brake light on their car. The incident, which occurred in front of the Ocean Beach Hotel on Newport ...

Police take blood samples at foot of Newport Avenue in O.B.

There was a fight...there was a knife…

There was yellow police ribbon around the rock on Veterans Plaza at the foot of Newport Avenue on October 21. The ribbon was surrounding a blood splatter on the pavement. Two police officers were there ...

New beachfront homes to be built in Ocean Beach

A total of ten, with a view of the pier

Demolition has begun on the corner of Saratoga Avenue and Abbott Street in Ocean Beach. What has been an unsightly locale with a fence around it for nine months has finally been torn down to ...

How to stop Ocean Beach 4th of July marshmallow wars?

Media blitz, cops, and citations

Ocean Beach’s decades-old Fourth of July tradition of a “marshmallow war” following the fireworks display has been taken to excess in recent years. So, this week, on September 26, the O.B. Town Council decided to ...

Traffic violation sends Lexus driver to jail

Outstanding felony warrants

A traffic stop on September 26 at around 4 p.m., in the parking lot between Target and Ross on Sports Arena Boulevard, ended up sending a driver to jail for felony warrants. As I drove ...

San Diego bicyclists get state protection from aggro drivers

“Three Feet for Safety Act” signed into law

On September 24, Governor Brown signed bill AB 1371, better known as the “Three Feet for Safety Act,” which will require motorists to give at least three feet of space when passing a bicyclist on ...

Citizen repossesses stolen bike in Ocean Beach

Fight ensues after homeless people try and keep it

Ocean Beach resident Michelle had her third bike stolen on September 9. Three days later, her boyfriend Jay found it. But he had to fight to get it back. At about 8:30 a.m. on September ...

Ocean Beach Woman’s Club, at 89, struggling

Modern women don't have as much time for civic clubs

The Ocean Beach Woman’s Club is celebrating its 89th birthday this year. But it's uncertain whether or not the club will be around next year. The organization began serving the community in 1924, helping to ...

Woman in Ocean Beach spits on, fights Arizona tourist

Visitors baffled

On the night of August 11 at around 11 p.m., an out-of-town visitor staying at the Ocean Beach Hotel was attacked by a drunk female in her 30s — reputedly not a hotel guest. Police ...

Temper flares at Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting

Relocation of police trailer in pier parking lot a hot issue

Doors were slammed and chairs seemed on the verge of being thrown at yet another O.B. Planning Board meeting regarding the temporary, yet seemingly permanent, police trailer in the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot. The ...

O.B. Town Council addresses July 4th “marshmallow wars”

Ban on gun sales, T-shirts, suppression of social media discussed

At the monthly Ocean Beach Town Council meeting on July 24, no permanent solution was arrived at pertaining to the annual Fourth of July “marshmallow wars.” The tradition of throwing marshmallows at people following the ...

Car crash on Bacon Street in Ocean Beach

Driver claims she was distraught...and hit-and-run

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on July 18, I came upon a car stopped in the middle of Bacon Street facing sideways; the front right fender was smashed and the tire was flat. It looked like ...

Daylong drunk in Ocean Beach

Four calls to police result in man’s arrest

As I was bicycling away from the OB Farmers’ Market to catch the sunset on July 17, I came upon a man named Eric, who was being arrested. He was obviously inebriated and was being ...

Ocean Beach Grave Babes seek contact with deceased

Recording from Pioneer Park says “Don’t stand on it”

A new paranormal investigation group has popped up in Ocean Beach, and they are willing to help you determine who has been haunting your house, free of charge. Jennifer Kacizak, self-proclaimed “Grave Babe,” is the ...

Bike-sharing business wins San Diego contract

Decobike to be in business here in 2014

Decobike has won a contract with the City of San Diego to put 180 solar-powered kiosk locations around the city for the first-ever bike-sharing program here, according to Andy Hanshaw of the San Diego County ...

Missing from Golden Hill: Yoshi

Abducted by man who tears down posters?

Yoshi, a white, three-year-old, female terrier mix has been missing since September 7 of last year. The owner has contacted a police detective because, as the “missing” poster notes, “The people who found Yoshi are ...

CSI Ocean Beach slaps on the paint, covers graffiti

New group an outgrowth of OB Crime Watch

Volunteers showed up to a table set up near the seawall at the foot of Newport Avenue in O.B. on June 12 to sign up and help out a new group trying to make a ...

Rash of burglaries in Sunset Cliffs

Eight in the past couple weeks

It seems there has been a series of home burglaries in the past couple of weeks in the Sunset Cliffs neighborhood. After I registered to nextdoor.com (an info-sharing site similar to the Reader’s Holler pages, ...

Former Apple Tree parking lot opens for business

No word on what’s to become of market

It took complaints from many different people and organizations in Ocean Beach, but the parking lot and shrubbery surrounding the now-shuttered Apple Tree market was trimmed and weeded so it could open today, June 1. ...

New lifeguard statue vandalized in Ocean Beach

Call him “O.B. Barney”?

The San Diego lifeguard statue in Ocean Beach, dedicated in a ceremony last week (May 23), has been vandalized. Last night, May 30, someone painted portions of the statue in three different colors. In a ...

Drug-related arrest outside Brighton Ave. bathroom in Ocean Beach

Someone called the cops

I had just arrived at the beach at 11:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 27, when I saw a police van, a patrol car, and two officers handcuffing a woman outside the Brighton Avenue bathrooms. ...

Lifeguard statue dedication in Ocean Beach

Commemoration of drowned swimmers

The new bronze lifeguard statue next to the main lifeguard station at 1950 Abbott Street in O.B. was unveiled on May 23. About 200 people, an ROTC color guard from Point Loma High School, a ...

Rundown on SDPD’s Homeless Outreach Team

Practical intervention for serial inebriates

While recently pulling into the Sports Arena Boulevard parking lot shared by Red Lobster, Phil's BBQ, and other businesses, I saw a San Diego Police Department van parking in front of me. (The SDPD also ...

Food Network shoots show at OB Noodle House

Guy Fieri visits Hodad’s again also

The Food Network recently brought the popular show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives back into Ocean Beach to shoot segments at Hodad’s (again) and the OB Noodle House for the first time. The program segment done ...

Deadly car crash in Ocean Beach

Pregnant woman survives

A head-on crash in Ocean Beach caused the death of a woman and sent another woman who is nine months’ pregnant to the hospital on the evening of April 21. The deceased had been traveling ...

Dangerous: West Point Loma Blvd. and Ebers St. intersection

Stop signs or roundabout suggested

Following an accident at the intersection of West Point Loma Boulevard and Ebers Street on April 15 (in which there were no injuries), I talked to nearby residents Chris and Susie. We were out watching ...

Car hits motorcyclist on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard

Hill makes for problem intersection

Driving back from my friend's house on the south side of Ocean Beach on Saturday night, March 23, I came across a police barricade involving seven police cars. They were rerouting traffic as they did ...

Illegal recycler tracked down by SDPD in Ocean Beach

Officers cite woman for pilfering bottles and cans

I was sitting on my couch on a quiet, sunny morning in Ocean Beach on February 25, when the not-too-unusual sounds of police sirens made me get up to see what the ruckus was about. ...

Sinkhole opens, damages cars in Point Loma

Broken 70-year-old water pipe blamed

Residents in the vicinity of the 2700 block of Nimitz Boulevard were awoken by a large boom at around 1:15 am on Sunday, February 17, as a water main exploded and caused a large sinkhole ...

No third three-story home on West Point Loma Blvd.

O.B. Planning Board denies variance request

In a blow against the gentrification of Ocean Beach, architect Elizabeth Young's plans for a 400-foot variance on a planned three-story residence were shot down by the Ocean Beach Planning Board on February 6. The ...

Man jumps from halfway-house window in Encinitas Ranch

Some neighbors express crime concerns

A man was put in handcuffs after jumping out of a second-story window in Encinitas Ranch on February 1. Many neighbors came out of their homes to watch as several police and sheriff’s deputies pulled ...

Free barbecue in Ocean Beach

Hot dogs for the homeless

I was riding my bike along Abbott Street and Saratoga Avenue on January 13 and smelled the smoke of a barbecue coming from Saratoga Park, right next to the sand. I saw a long line ...

The man behind the Lennon conspiracy van

Stephen King did it?

On Christmas Eve, I stumbled upon this van (pictured) on Newport Avenue, parked on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach. The website “www.LennonMurderTruth, com” was written loud and clear on both sides of the van; and ...

No SeaWorld fireworks after Mission Bay Parade of Lights

The annual nighttime holiday boat procession known as the Mission Bay Parade of Lights, held on Saturday, December 8, was not what it was advertised to be. Some websites stated approximately 100 boats would participate, ...

Ocean Beach plans for lifeguard statue

A project to enhance and upgrade O.B’.s main lifeguard station with a bronze statue is being suggested for the lawn adjacent to the tower on Abbott Street. At the December 5 Ocean Beach Planning Board ...

O.B. Christmas Tree Arrives with Police Escort

The O.B. Christmas tree arrived at the foot of Newport Avenue yesterday, November 27, with a police escort. An Obecian donated the tree — a star pine — from their front yard. While O.B. has ...

Assault in Ocean Beach Goes Unreported

An Ocean Beach woman left a bar on Newport Avenue in the early morning hours of November 1, only to wake up covered in blood and being rescued by her neighbors. She told me she ...

Three-Day Walkers Arrive in Ocean Beach

All the whooping and hollering and horn honking started early on Saturday morning, November 17, in Ocean Beach, as approximately 3500 people came through the community as part of a three-day walk to benefit the ...

Man Has Seizure at Dog Beach

A man and his dog were enjoying the day at Dog Beach November 13 when the man fell to the ground and began having a seizure, according to the Hubble family who witnessed the incident. ...

Midnight Attack in Ocean Beach

On November 9, around midnight, a 26-year-old Ocean Beach woman was attacked on the 1900 block of Ebers Street. She said she noticed a man walking near her and told him not to walk so ...