Ocean Beach News & Stories

Grattitude bus roams O.B.

Ex-tech guy puts on the Peter, Paul & Mary and explains his dreamy mission

Last week, the “Grattittude” bus made the rounds in Ocean Beach, moving from lot-to-lot, wrapped in a banner that was very hard to miss. And, no, that’s not a typo, “Grattitude is an attitude,” as ...

Sgt. Winston promoted to grand marshal

Ocean Beach Christmas parade honors Las Vegas rescuer

Everyone has been talking about Taylor Winston, the former Marine who commandeered a truck to drive victims to the hospital after the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1. The Ocean Beach resident, credited ...

Storm-drain snoozers in O.B.

"No one is in there right now, but I’m sure they’ll be back.”

On November 11th just before 10 a.m., a report was submitted via the City of San Diego’s Get It Done app that a “sewer man hole is off” at the end of Del Monte Avenue ...

Chi Club offers short membership

O.B. band defunct since 2013 to funk it up twice this month

The Chi Club played its first official show at an apartment party in Ocean Beach in 2005. There would be many more gigs and lineup changes before the band called it a day in 2013, ...

Historic value of O.B. kit home debated

“Our neighbors are excited to have this building removed and replaced.”

Sears is no longer the retailer it once was, having been beaten to the brink of irrelevance by outlet closures and online competition. But just about anyone over 40 remembers the company’s trusty, phone-book-sized tome ...

Stolen surfboard? This is a job for Coconut Peet.

Ripped-off Hobie returned to owner

A surfer and her board were reunited this week after a keen eye from an employee at Coconut Peet’s in Ocean Beach recognized the stolen board from a flyer. Two weeks ago, Alexa’s board was ...

O.B.'s hypodermic needles by the sea

"It's time to demand greater police presence and action by our city officials."

Last week, residents in Ocean Beach reached their tipping point after witnessing an objectionable scene at the seawall south of the O.B. Pier. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said a nearby resident. “There ...

O.B. muralist adds huge spot of color to Mexico City

"People should use their talents to spread happiness."

Relief efforts following the September 19th earthquake in Mexico City, which took the lives of more than 370 people, came to the area in many forms. Obecian Celeste Byers chose to paint a mural of ...

Screw live music. TV’s where it’s at.

Mother's Saloon adjusts entertainment offerings

Mother’s Saloon, one of a handful of venues in Ocean Beach that hosts live music, recently canceled all their upcoming shows. The venue had primarily been having live bands on the weekends, but the bar ...

Acid attack in O.B.?

“She pointed the water gun and sprayed me from, like, 12 feet away.”

Michael said he was at the intersection of Cape May Avenue and Bacon Street in Ocean Beach on Friday afternoon (October 20th), when a woman followed him in her van, pulled out a water gun, ...

James Gang to land back on Newport

"No Target in OB" T-shirt-makers to be across street from Target

The James Gang, currently located on Bacon Street (at Santa Monica) in Ocean Beach, is moving back to its original stomping grounds — Newport Avenue. “James Gang started above the mini-mart over there [on Newport],” ...

Short-term vacation rental explosion

“No one wants a clown car house next door.”

Locals in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach who say their neighborhoods are increasingly jammed full of unregulated mini-hotels are right, according to the city treasurer’s annual count of short-term rentals. But other neighborhoods — downtown ...

City code harshing on Surf Check's mellow?

Enforcement thwarts coffeeshop's humble aspirations

Since opening the Surf Check coffee shop last year, Richard Aguirre says he has been embroiled in a permitting process that is unfairly targeting his business. The Surf Check, a blue-and-white camper trailer located on ...

Momentary meatball regret at Hungry Lu’s

It’s good to be O.B.-pure, but...

"I’m a vegan and I live on Bacon.” “Ocean Beach is a sunny place for shady people.” Kip Krueger’s signs are everywhere. He paints them on blocks of wood. He has plenty more. “Dissent is ...

Star bartender stops to talk flair, etc.

"The bendy girl was cool, she was down to earth."

”The bar will always have its place in society — it's that comfortable spot between work and home. Million-dollar deals aren't made over a cup at Starbucks, they happen in bars.” — Star "Flair bartending," ...

Sunset Cliffs at Voltaire, you dirty thing

No bleach-cleaning for sidewalk on filthy O.B. corner, neighbors at odds

Earlier this year, George Machuca bought the Precision Wireless business located at 4799 ½ Voltaire Street, located between Ocean Beach People’s Market and a liquor store. “When I first bought this business it was just ...

Inn like Flynn on Sunset Cliffs

Hotel's unpermitted deck repairs — 33 truckloads of concrete? — forgiven

The Inn at Sunset Cliffs, whose owner overstepped the boundaries of the emergency permit to fix a collapsed deck, won the support of the Ocean Beach Planning Group Wednesday (October 4th) on its application for ...

Party-bus pukefest in O.B.

“A lot of them scattered and took off in Ubers to avoid getting arrested.”

On Saturday, September 30th, two chartered California Limo Buses rolled into Ocean Beach carrying approximately 100 college-age students. They were dropped off near the intersection of Santa Monica Avenue and Abbott Street, near the pier. ...

The pet-friendly housing problem

"No friends, no music, no smoking — but you can have your dogs here."

A pet-friendly bill hit the governor's desk on September 21. The bill (AB 1137) would mandate that new multi-family housing developments allow tenants to have pets if those developments receive financing through state programs. Former ...

Later, Bones — Sunshine Co. mural painted over

“After 12 years of dirt and corrosion, it was time, it was falling apart."

“The mural that was just painted over was done in 2005 — and there was one before that as well that included local characters at the time…. We had the ZZ Top–looking guy, who was ...

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