Mercy Baron

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Javajoe25 Sept. 27, 2012 @ 10:30 p.m.

So what? I think if the artist drew his inspiration for the words from the OB Rag, that would make it even cooler. What is it that Russell is complaining about?

People should know that men do not look up at the ceiling when they go into the men's room. They look at the floor first, to try to avoid walking through piss. Then they look at their target, just out of consideration, in an effort to be neat (most men do). I've been in a men's room many times and I doubt I ever looked up at the ceiling. The last time I was at the OB facility, mainly because it was my first time in the new structure, I did look up when I walked out and noticed the words on the underside of the roof. I had no idea they were inside too. My reaction was the usual one when I'm viewing abstract art: WTF?

But seriously, it's just a public bathroom at the beach in OB. I'm grateful they built them at all. Who gives a hoot how they decorate it?


Gail Powell Sept. 27, 2012 @ 12:07 p.m.

It is my personal belief that since Ocean Beach is considered to be such a laid back and tolerant community, that some disturbed individuals might take that to also mean that the women folk will sit back and not harsh at being harassed, peeped at or sexually violated.

That does not necessarily mean the homeless are behind these recent misogynistic assaults; it could just as easily be horny outsiders or Newport Ave drunken bar patrons. The ladies of Ocean Beach need to take a stand against this B.S. and call it out. The meeting that Mercy covered is a good first step on that journey. Men of Ocean Beach: please stand with the females and keep our safety and security needs in mind so we can get our little beach town back to being the idyllic community it was meant to be.


velo333 Oct. 1, 2013 @ 10:44 a.m.

This is only so when there are multiple lanes in each direction. How can a trash truck move farther right without leaving the pavement on a narrow road? I don't trust people with fragmentary understanding of the California Vehicle Code. You can't cherry pick the laws you want to follow and ignore the rest. When drivers stop turning left in front of oncoming traffic, rolling through stop signs, playing with cell phones, and obey speed limits, I'll have some sympathy for them. Most drivers flout the law with impunity and don't pay full attention to the task at hand.


Javajoe25 April 1, 2013 @ 10:29 p.m.

I think this is a great idea. There are so many areas in the city that could be turned into productive and attractive garden space. This is the kind of thing that is catching on in a lot of cities, with people using small, public spaces as well as their own patios and yards to grow their own vegetables, herbs and more.

I know that section near Robb Field and it would be such an improvement to have it turned into garden space. Good luck Mr. Cairns. I hope the Park & Rec folks see the wisdom in your plan and give you the full green light.

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KellyV June 15, 2013 @ 11:21 p.m.

I really like this design. It has a laid back, beach vibe.


Mercy Baron June 15, 2013 @ 6:07 p.m.

I like how this one truly looks like it was hand illustrated.


Javajoe25 July 18, 2013 @ 8:13 p.m.

Ouch! Have mercy on Mercy, Schlomo. The guy got drunk; the guy got kicked out of all the bars for starting fights; the guy got busted. What more do you want to know? Was he read his Miranda rights?


Pixiedulce July 15, 2013 @ 6:25 p.m.

I wouldn't be surprised! Muir and Long Branch seem to be fairly "active". I need to do some research into that area.


SaneVoice June 3, 2013 @ 10:37 p.m.

Apparently you missed it too. And that's besides not being able to spell a word printed right in front of you. "water soluble". Maybe if you did some research, you'd see other news sites with photos of the discoloration and damage to it. Not to mention you totally miss the aspect that the lifeguard in the article brought out that it's disrespectful to those it memorializes. Since it's no whoop-dee-doo, maybe you could tell me where one of your loved ones is buried so I can just go paint on their headstone.


SaneVoice June 4, 2013 @ 10:42 a.m.

It's not just a piece of community art, you dolt. It's a memorial to honor the lifeguards and the people they tried to save back in 1918 which happened right near the spot where the statue was placed. But let's ignore that and follow your rationale. In your mind, it's "community art" so anyone can just go and finger paint it then, right ? That would mean other memorials such as headstones are also "community art". Sorry, twit, but in the real world, that's called vandalism.

And I passed 3rd grade English. The "Is" refers to the word "one" which you omitted. Do OB a favor and move because you're not a true obcean, you could care less what criminals do to your town. The way you defend this crime, it seems you're probably the one that did it.


SaneVoice June 4, 2013 @ 2 p.m.

No, I'm just someone who cares about the neighborhood I call home. Someone who's willing to stand up for it and not let deviants come and do as they please, disrespecting the neighborhood. Quite frankly, I'm tired of having to clean up the Cliffs, the beach and other areas of OB when these type of "pranksters" trash the place because they think they have the right to do so. Adopting a laissez-faire attitude towards it doesn't solve the problem.


mo423 Nov. 15, 2012 @ 6:12 a.m.

As a single woman living alone in OB who also goes out at night it's impossible to always find someone to walk me home. I carry pepper spray and am very aware of my surroundings, but we can't be telling woman to never walk home alone, that is just not going to happen especially now that it gets dark so early. Of course woman shouldn't be on their phone's or listening to music, but this goes for any city that woman are in alone that they should be aware of their surroundings, walk with a purpose and walk in well lit areas.


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Ken Harrison Sept. 14, 2013 @ 5:09 p.m.

Now that the NCTimes is gone, I get most of my local headlines from the news crawl on a promotional screen at the bagel place I stop at almost every morning. They actually "plagiarized" . . . er . .. used one of my Reader stories before I knew it was published. I was reading my exact quote and thought it looked very familiar. Then its tie between The Reader and the Coast News for local stories of interest. I watch the local TV morning news shows, but they're produced in 1/2 hour cycles. So by 6 a.m., I'm up-to-date and bored as they start giving filler news from Florida, or checking out the latest exercise program in Hillcrest.


JBaloney Sept. 19, 2014 @ 2:38 p.m.

Well, Mr. or Ms. unnamed City official...I have the solution! Stop spending time and money on closing the shops! And neighbors...take a chill pill, or better yet - patronize your local marijuana provider!

Thank you, a North Park homeowner


dwbat Sept. 20, 2014 @ 6:18 p.m.

We still have not learned the lesson of Prohibition (1920-33). It resulted in the rise of a powerful Mafia, who became the controlling bootleggers. The drug cartels south of the Border love it that we keep busting our pot shops in California. They're making fortunes off weed.


BabyKitten199 Feb. 12, 2014 @ 1:57 a.m.

So they'll allow gangbangers in their mall wearing their pants 12"+ below their waistline prison style but they won't allow Steampunks? Really classy, westfield. They were there to ride the carousel & shop & your rent-a-cops threw them out & compared them to a gang - you're employing some real winners there! You morons don't know how many people in the San Diego costuming community you just offended! We'll never shop in your overpriced malls ever again but I'm sure the gangbangers will continue to shoplift so I hope you enjoy taking care of them.


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