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Ocean Beach – San Diego's last true neighborhood

Berms, fire spinner, homeless, bully, radicals, Newport Avenue

Sunshine Company. "Ocean Beach is a magical place where anything can happen and you can be anyone." - Image by Matthew Suárez
Sunshine Company. "Ocean Beach is a magical place where anything can happen and you can be anyone."
  • Pros and cons of berms – shelter for homeless, backwash for surfers

  • The sand berms are up in Ocean Beach. For some it signals the beginning of winter when kids can be seen boarding down the dunes. Others aren’t fans of the windswept sand build-up and wonder if the berms would be useful in the event they are truly needed.
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Nov. 18, 2019
"The kids get all excited and bring their boogie boards.”
  • Fire spinners out of control

  • The peaceful gathering at the foot of Newport Avenue on Wednesday evenings in Ocean Beach has morphed into a full-blown event. Fire spinners, Hula Hoops, slack lines, a disc jockey, vendors, acroyoga, the drum circle, and large crowds are changing what was a low-key gathering into something that one SDPD Officer opined “should need a permit.”
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Nov. 12, 2019
Wednesday evenings in Ocean Beach
  • Locals escort bully out of town

  • “I/we are only trying to make a difference in the public streets of OB so that it isn't a place of violence. What got me most infuriated when it came to this individual is the fact that he struck a few females of the community and socked up on an elderly man."
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Sept. 23, 2019
O.B. hospitality has its limits.
  • Homeless weigh heavy, even in Ocean Beach

  • “The stench by the wall is overwhelming. I barely go that way anymore. So unfair to the actual residents! Come on SDPD-DO SOMETHING,” said Tracey, an Ocean Beach local. “All the trash and sketchy/drugged out/aggressive people discourage me from going to the wall and surrounding area…I’ve lived in OB for 10 years and it has never been this bad.
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Aug. 12, 2019
Under the pier, August 7
  • Ocean Beach — seven blocks surrounded by reality

  • As I walk among the pastel buildings of Newport Avenue as evening approaches, it’s not hard to tell why Ocean Beach is identified by locals and tourists alike as the most relaxed, bohemian neighborhood in San Diego County.
  • By Joe Miravalle, Sept. 6, 2017
“Mostly I come down here when I want to get high and eat some Hodad’s.”
  • Freaks, Uppity Women, and Politicos

  • For ten years, 1974-1984, I lived in Ocean Beach, a surfer, hippie, radical enclave that despite explosive growth along the coast remains largely unaltered. With a 1950s palm-lined main street (Newport Avenue) leading to a hot surfing beach and fishing pier, salt-rusted cars loaded with organic groceries, bougainvillea-covered cottages, eroding cliffs, and sea stacks of nesting pelicans, OB is a square mile of Southern California time warp.
  • By David Helvarg, Dec. 7, 2000
Healing circle. Linda says she recently found the son she gave up 33 years ago. “We’re getting to know each other. He confessed he always imagined his parents were hippies. I tell him stories to assure him we were.”
  • Ocean Beach

  • San Diego’s last true neighborhood and earthly connection, indeed, the soul of this good place, is Ocean Beach. If SD were the Beatles, then OB’d be George Harrison.
  • By Geoff Bouvier, Dec. 24, 2003
Ocean Beach
  • The Haight Ashbury of San Diego

  • During the day Dave likes to hang out on the wall separating the sidewalk from the sand at the foot of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, enjoying the sunshine, and watching, as he put it, “all the little honeys” walking by in their bathing suits. At night, he said he sleeps wherever he can: on the beach, in the alley, on the back porch of some building, or at the homes of friends. He lives off of the few dollars he makes every week selling blood to the plasma center two blocks up Newport.
  • By Thomas K. Arnold, Aug. 13, 1981
"If you look weird, they stop you and push you up against the wall and search you."
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Sunshine Company. "Ocean Beach is a magical place where anything can happen and you can be anyone." - Image by Matthew Suárez
Sunshine Company. "Ocean Beach is a magical place where anything can happen and you can be anyone."
  • Pros and cons of berms – shelter for homeless, backwash for surfers

  • The sand berms are up in Ocean Beach. For some it signals the beginning of winter when kids can be seen boarding down the dunes. Others aren’t fans of the windswept sand build-up and wonder if the berms would be useful in the event they are truly needed.
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Nov. 18, 2019
"The kids get all excited and bring their boogie boards.”
  • Fire spinners out of control

  • The peaceful gathering at the foot of Newport Avenue on Wednesday evenings in Ocean Beach has morphed into a full-blown event. Fire spinners, Hula Hoops, slack lines, a disc jockey, vendors, acroyoga, the drum circle, and large crowds are changing what was a low-key gathering into something that one SDPD Officer opined “should need a permit.”
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Nov. 12, 2019
Wednesday evenings in Ocean Beach
  • Locals escort bully out of town

  • “I/we are only trying to make a difference in the public streets of OB so that it isn't a place of violence. What got me most infuriated when it came to this individual is the fact that he struck a few females of the community and socked up on an elderly man."
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Sept. 23, 2019
O.B. hospitality has its limits.
  • Homeless weigh heavy, even in Ocean Beach

  • “The stench by the wall is overwhelming. I barely go that way anymore. So unfair to the actual residents! Come on SDPD-DO SOMETHING,” said Tracey, an Ocean Beach local. “All the trash and sketchy/drugged out/aggressive people discourage me from going to the wall and surrounding area…I’ve lived in OB for 10 years and it has never been this bad.
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Aug. 12, 2019
Under the pier, August 7
  • Ocean Beach — seven blocks surrounded by reality

  • As I walk among the pastel buildings of Newport Avenue as evening approaches, it’s not hard to tell why Ocean Beach is identified by locals and tourists alike as the most relaxed, bohemian neighborhood in San Diego County.
  • By Joe Miravalle, Sept. 6, 2017
“Mostly I come down here when I want to get high and eat some Hodad’s.”
  • Freaks, Uppity Women, and Politicos

  • For ten years, 1974-1984, I lived in Ocean Beach, a surfer, hippie, radical enclave that despite explosive growth along the coast remains largely unaltered. With a 1950s palm-lined main street (Newport Avenue) leading to a hot surfing beach and fishing pier, salt-rusted cars loaded with organic groceries, bougainvillea-covered cottages, eroding cliffs, and sea stacks of nesting pelicans, OB is a square mile of Southern California time warp.
  • By David Helvarg, Dec. 7, 2000
Healing circle. Linda says she recently found the son she gave up 33 years ago. “We’re getting to know each other. He confessed he always imagined his parents were hippies. I tell him stories to assure him we were.”
  • Ocean Beach

  • San Diego’s last true neighborhood and earthly connection, indeed, the soul of this good place, is Ocean Beach. If SD were the Beatles, then OB’d be George Harrison.
  • By Geoff Bouvier, Dec. 24, 2003
Ocean Beach
  • The Haight Ashbury of San Diego

  • During the day Dave likes to hang out on the wall separating the sidewalk from the sand at the foot of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, enjoying the sunshine, and watching, as he put it, “all the little honeys” walking by in their bathing suits. At night, he said he sleeps wherever he can: on the beach, in the alley, on the back porch of some building, or at the homes of friends. He lives off of the few dollars he makes every week selling blood to the plasma center two blocks up Newport.
  • By Thomas K. Arnold, Aug. 13, 1981
"If you look weird, they stop you and push you up against the wall and search you."
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