Ocean Beach News & Stories

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 ...

No more brew rooms for O.B.?

Police shortage prompts department to say nay to alcohol applications

The question of whether San Diego has become oversaturated with beer businesses is usually posed with regard to market demand: as in, how many local breweries can consumer dollars support? But on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis, ...

Run over while sunbathing in Ocean Beach

City reaches settlement with victim who suffered traumatic brain injury

A woman who was run over by a police department all-terrain vehicle while sunbathing in Ocean Beach has agreed to settle her lawsuit against the City of San Diego. Court documents show that Christine Frear ...

Couldn't find a fight, so girl keys car in O.B.

“She backed up into my boss’s car, then got out and scratched his car."

Around noon on Sunday, September 24th, reports of an aggressive, bra-wearing driver and her silent sidekick driving around O.B. like lunatics started being reported on Facebook. Jane was the first to alert the community of ...

Will O.B. parking situation stop Target?

South Beach bar's agreement with Antique Center muddles situation

O.B. locals reported seeing a notice posted at South Beach Bar and Grille (5059 Newport Avenue) in mid-August. The notice announced an application was filed with the city to turn the restaurant and bar on ...

Buzzed man at the beach falls into the drink

Underpants-wearing rescuers fish him out for hospital ride

“I’ve never heard a sound like that, “ Devin told me. “He literally fell backwards, off the cliff, and banged his head hard on the rocks.” Devin was one the three men who witnessed the ...

Short-lived TV shows made here

If Netflix's Ted Sarandos reads this...

Simon & Simon was a buddy detective series set in San Diego that ran for eight seasons on CBS during the ’80s. Veronica Mars put a teenage girl in a noirish milieu and managed three ...

Ocean Beach — seven blocks surrounded by reality

"This isn't PB"

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 ...

Someone pushed me off the wave

I just tell them to back off

Name: Derek Gerard Age: 13 Location: Ocean Beach Off Abbott Street, 13-year-old Derek Gerard was looking out at the water after a long surf session. “I just had a problem out there a couple of ...

OB liquor store satisfies Baja gringo

Fish tacos for 99 cents at Quik Stop

Living south of the border, I’ve become spoiled by the low cost of quality meals, so when I have to come stateside, I usually pack a lunch. That is, except Tuesdays. Taco Tuesday is a ...

Anti-Target demonstration in Ocean Beach

“Oh, this is just one of many protests."

Anti-Target protesters gathered at the ocean end of Newport Avenue on the afternoon of August 31 before marching down the street and through the weekly farmers’ market. Vendors encouraged the protesters with hoots of support. ...

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