Ocean Beach News & Stories

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. ...

Girls cheer each other on

Scorpion Bay was epic.

Name: Carla Verbrugghen Age: 54 Location: Ocean Beach Occupation: Surf Instructor Carla Verbrugghen and her daughter were at the showers in OB when I meet up with them. Verbrugghen has been surfing since she was ...

Parks & Rec truck runs over transient

Suspicion as to whether victim sought to harm himself

A city Parks & Rec employee emptying trashcans in Ocean Beach on Saturday (August 26) accidentally ran over a man who appears to have situated himself under the truck on purpose. The incident occurred in ...

The shark guy of Ocean Beach Pier

“We eat everything we catch.”

“I’ve been coming to this pier for over 20 years to fish — every Sunday and at least four times a week,” José Plascencia told me as he was loading his grandson Ethan into his ...

Dog in meditation at Ocean Beach farmers' market

“Yes, find your inner puppy,“ he whispered to Tank Girl.

At the Ocean Beach farmers' market on August 16, I noticed Colton sitting in for his boss — a chiropractor — who was on a vacation. “I’m just out here maintaining a presence,” he casually ...

Breakfast Republic wakes up the sleepy sipper

Whiskey Sunny Side Up keeps to its roots

Whiskey isn’t just for breakfast anymore; however, the amber-hued wake-up call remains an institutional fixture in the land of Breakfast Republic. According to Brock Harold, bar manager at Breakfast Republic’s Ocean Beach location, the Whiskey ...

Ocean Beach bubble man's boomerang boomerangs

"Hit me in the shin"

There are several “bubble guys” in Ocean Beach and San Diego, but there’s only one, Paul Saccone, with a boomerang. You’ll often find him on the beach, or pier, holding up his giant soap-dipped wands ...

Lemon Grove railroad ties used to replace Starbucks vibe

James, OB Beans, Ryan Bros. test local loyalty

Several San Diego neighborhoods have gained locally roasted coffee this spring. First up, James Coffee Co. has opened a 413 square foot coffee counter in Bankers Hill, at newly constructed building The Louie (2870 Fourth ...

Sidewalk stamps of Ocean Beach and Point Loma

Eric Duvall's obsession

Last year, Eric DuVall was named President of the Ocean Beach Historical Society. Duvall has a minor obsession with the sidewalks and streets of OB and Point Loma. “As a teenager, the sidewalk stamps, dates ...

Pacific Beach has waves for both right and left

I’m getting better with my right side

Name: Victor Taveira Age: 24 From: Point Loma Location: Tourmaline Surf Park “I usually go to OB, but it’s mostly right-hand waves, so I go over to Pacific Beach, because it has waves for both ...

Sea squirt, a small blob, shows up in Ocean Beach

Scripps scientist says common in intertidal pools

Several tourists and locals were in for a creepy encounter in Ocean Beach last week, as “this thing” washed ashore. “What is it? Daddy what IS it?” I heard a young girl of about seven ...

Grunioneers

I'm in a rush. It's Ocean Beach. The grunion are running.

It’s 11:40 p.m. on a Thursday night in Ocean Beach. I’m wolfing down a burrito from Roberto’s while padding across Dog Beach to the river. Salsa and greasy frijoles ooze between my fingers into the ...

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