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Stories by Tony de Garate

Too much salt of the earth in O.B.

Entryway dedication delayed due to incomplete landscaping

Like a bowl of bad soup, there’s too much salt in the soil at the North Ocean Beach Gateway Project — and the flaw could push into next year the long-awaited completion of the quarter-acre ...

Biker-friendly holiday

Veterans Day in O.B. includes fundraiser kickoff and New York Myke

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with its two, 247-foot-long stone walls with the names of more than 50,000 Americans who died or went missing in that war, was dedicated in Washington DC this month in 1982. ...

Ixnay on Plan B, says SDG&E

Utility passes on wall-beautification request by community planner

Moving electricity from one place to another doesn't have to be unsightly. What would Walt Disney do if he was in charge of designing electrical infrastructure? That was the reaction from Kurt Sullivan, vice chair ...

Drugstore booze permit still in limbo

CVS in O.B. hopes for approval of ABC

Two bright red banners at the former Apple Tree market in O.B. read “CVS Pharmacy – Coming Soon” but the future has become unclear because of protests to a pending application to sell beer, wine, ...

Peaceful bees forcibly removed from Ocean Beach

Park and Rec could wait no longer for the insects to move along

While the rest of the country was getting ready for the Fourth of July, city parks employees worked to remove a few hundred bees that had collected under a picnic table at Brighton Street Park ...

Zapf eludes O.B. Town Council

Had commitment with Taste of Mira Mesa

It's not uncommon for a roster of participants in a debate for elected office to include a representative for one of the candidates. Last October, when a previous engagement prevented Nathan Fletcher from attending a ...

Showers closed at Robb Field Fitness Club

Crime precipitates action, homeless advocates lament it

If you break a sweat during a workout at Robb Field Fitness Club — or if you're homeless and looking for a place to clean up — you'll have to find someplace else to take ...

No drinking water at desert campground

Tamarisk Grove in the Anza-Borrego needs filtration plant

Picnic tables — check. Fire pits — check. Hot showers — check. Flush toilets — check. Wash basins — check. Drinking water — check. Wait — go back to that last one. Turns out the ...

Ocean Beach hosts visit by David Alvarez

Mayoral hopeful considers Veterans Plaza renovation, hops on a bike

With the mayoral election less than two weeks away, both candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer say they want to be a partner in the effort to build a new Veterans Plaza in Ocean Beach. ...

Ocean Beach CVS store a "public convenience or necessity"

SDPD okays sale of booze at pharmacy located 1-1/2 blocks from the beach

CVS Pharmacy, which wants to set up shop in the long-abandoned Apple Tree supermarket in Ocean Beach, can breathe a long sigh of relief following a decision by the San Diego Police Department to not ...

Stop-sign war in Point Loma’s Wooded Area

Rogue replaces yields with stops

The Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) last month voted to remove three stop signs in the Wooded Area of Point Loma, but after allegations that the board violated the the state's open-meetings law (the Brown ...

New Ocean Beach restroom to close at night?

Extended trial period rankles some residents

Should the restrooms at the foot of Brighton Avenue in Ocean Beach be locked up at night? The city has given itself a time extension to decide, and some members of the public are none ...

Ocean Beach ashcans cut down on cigarette litter

Surfrider says they still find plenty on beach

If you're still addicted to cigarettes but you're within easy reach of a place to dispose of that nasty stub, there's a good chance you're in Ocean Beach. Since launching the “Hold On To Your ...

Ocean Beach residents decide on new sign design

They want it to be the same

There must be something special about that soaring seagull and that great big red letter O, which, like much of the community of Ocean Beach, leans to the left. The results of a long-awaited vote ...

Homeless people drawn to former Apple Tree store in Ocean Beach

L.A. property owner contacted by police

Police and members of the Ocean Beach Town Council say they're going to turn up the heat on the property owner who once leased to the former Apple Tree market: they say little is being ...

Community garden at Robb Field?

Collier Park waiting list too long

An unremarkable dirt lot at the extreme northwest edge of Robb Field could make a dandy place for people who want to grow their own vegetables if an Ocean Beach man has his way. Just ...

San Diego police to be booted from O.B. parking lot?

Is parking more valuable?

Should the police trailer in the Ocean Beach pier parking lot go somewhere else? Next week, the people will have their say. The trailer has been in the middle of the parking lot at the ...

RV parking ban planned for streets west of I-5

May extend to inland areas

An ordinance to ban recreational vehicles, boats, and trailers from parking overnight on public streets west of I-5 is in the works, said Michael Patton, representative for District 2 city councilmember Kevin Faulconer, at the ...

Bilbray a No-Show, Peters Appreciative at Ocean Beach Forum

Brian Bilbray, Republican candidate for the 52nd congressional district on the November 6 ballot, was a no-show at a scheduled forum hosted by the Ocean Beach Town Council on October 24. With Bilbray absent, Scott ...

Backyard Chicken Movement Scratches Around Ocean Beach

Would it be okay if an O.B. resident kept a couple chickens in their backyard? Rachel Hiner of the Urban Food Network posed that question last week at the monthly meeting of the Ocean Beach ...

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