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Stories by Delinda Lombardo

Smashing pumpkins

Used to roll them down Talbot Street, now it's high school track

A posse of teens went on a pumpkin-thieving spree Sunday night in Point Loma and stole dozens of the gourds from porches and yards before hurling them onto the Point Loma High School track. It ...

Check your drink

Rash of drug reports from beach bars

During the last week of September, numerous women reported being drugged after drinking at several bars in Ocean Beach. Most incidents were only shared on social media and not reported to the police for fear ...

Look for the tinted windows

Gang members pulled over at Abbot and Newport

San Diego Police Officers arrested four individuals in Ocean Beach on Monday afternoon, after a routine traffic stop led to a known gang member fighting the sergeant and a loaded gun being recovered from the ...

Zonie gets sick after Coronado swim

Banner U. docs say it was Gram-positive cocci

While visiting San Diego from Arizona, Travis Moncur enjoyed a swim in the ocean off Coronado beach, but on his way home things took a turn for the worse. “It’s super important that we really ...

Smog checks come to San Diego

Ocean Beach caught by surprise

Some drivers in Point Loma were thrown for a loop on Tuesday after being waved over for a smog checkpoint set up along Nimitz Boulevard. “Looks like they are testing two at a time. CHP ...

The David buoy

Swim out, make your mark

Every summer, the lifeguards place orange buoys in the waters off Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach, prompting people to ask what’s that orange thing in the water is. “It’s out there every summer,” ...

Horn shark egg on sand in OB

Put it back in water as deep as possible

If you find what looks like a corkscrew along the beach, you’ve most likely stumbled upon a horn shark egg. Mating season for horn sharks generally occurs in December or January and from February through ...

Pelican Point sold to Michael Mills

Man with a history purchased bluff-top complex

Pelican Point Apartment complex located at 5101-5107 Narragansett Avenue in Ocean Beach sold for $6,750,000 on May 22, 2018. Originally listed for sale at over $8M, the property located at the end of the street, ...

OB Pier steps to get makeover

Rebar was making concrete pop

The Ocean Beach Pier gets roughly 500,000 people visiting each year, so its no surprise that after fifty-plus years, the stairs leading up from the pier parking lot at the foot of Niagara Avenue have ...

Sucker punched

"They looked totally normal — like tourists or spring breakers"

An Ocean Beach resident was sucker-punched Tuesday, April 3, around 8:00 pm while in his car on Santa Monica Avenue (near Cable Street). The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told me he was about ...

Baseball-bat attack

O.B. crafts vendor tried to talk it out to no avail

Earlier this month, Christian Fischer’s life changed after three swings of a baseball bat in Ocean Beach that left him with injuries so severe, it may impact his livelihood forever. “The hospital said many things ...

Paramedics can make more money bagging groceries

Ambulance service state of emergency

In October 2015, American Medical Response acquired Rural Metro, one of the largest emergency (ambulance) providers in the nation. In October of 2017, the medical response company renegotiated with the City of San Diego a ...

Darkroom in the O.B. sand

"Cyanotype, as a process, is really, um, becoming trendy, I guess."

Mission Hills resident Judi Tentor has been a photographer pretty much her entire life. A few years ago she learned a new process called cyanotype photography. She talked a little about it recently as she ...

A Bumblebee in my Starkist tuna?

"You can see eyes and a mouth, wings, a big stinger, and it’s a little hairy.”

On February 12th, Taylor Preus, an employee of Mark’s Guitar Exchange in Point Loma, got more than he expected with his lunch. “I was just going about my daily routine — selling guitars — and ...

Voltaire Street property sale raises ruckus

Ocean Beach publication doesn't resist rumors in climate of rental market unrest

Steve Yeng, one of the owners of the OB Noodle House, Bar 1502, and the Holding Company on Newport Avenue, this week confirmed the acquisition of the property the original OB Noodle House is on ...

Cool piece of history starts to crack

Ocean Beach's Silver Spray Apartments doomed?

“I can hear the cracks as they happen,” Burke Inman told me. “I’m kind of freaked out to be honest.” The historic Silver Spray Apartments at 5116 Narragansett Ave in Ocean Beach is fabled for ...

New pie shop to take place of old Nati's

Plan for O.B. mainstay Mexican restaurant is more than a remodel

In December it was announced that Nati’s Mexican Restaurant in Ocean Beach was sold and would close for renovations and remodeling. On December 13th, Nati’s co-owner Dennis Kerr issued a press release, saying, "It is ...

Robb Field's dumpster overflow problem

Citizens trace origin of trash brought in from elsewhere

For the second time this month, two city dumpsters at Robb Field in Ocean Beach have been filled to overflowing with trash and recyclable materials left piled up next to the dumpsters. The first incident ...

Suspect solicitor said to be one of sham sales group

"They said he has been wreaking havoc around there."

On December 24th of last year the Reader published an article about an overly aggressive solicitor who’d been knocking on doors at all hours of the day and night. Since the article posted, complaints continue ...

O.B. school crossing guard all business

“People are still blowing through and speeding too much.... Video never lies."

There has been ongoing concern over the safety of children using the crosswalks at Ocean Beach Elementary School located at 4741 Santa Monica Avenue. The school is situated between two busy intersections on Sunset Cliffs ...

Signs of confusion at deadly O.B. corner

New Year's prank?

In July of 2017, the City of San Diego admittedly installed a dozen black-and-yellow traffic signs incorrectly on the corner of Bacon Street and Coronado Avenue in Ocean Beach. The reflective directional arrows warn drivers ...

Eyes of O.B. Pier

Guerrilla artist comes forward, explains dragon tears project

Jann Manning says, “One day when I was walking on the [O.B.] pier, which I love to do, I noticed there were a lot of holes in the pier [concrete] and it was kind of ...

12 days of harassment and counting

"You do not fundraise/sell magazines at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.!”

Residents in the Point Loma/Ocean Beach area have been on alert since an aggressive “solicitor” began knocking on their doors a couple weeks ago. On December 10th, a NextDoor post included a video of the ...

Vandals spread the hate in O.B.

Torched car, burned flag, about 40 tires punctured

Early Friday morning (December 22nd), the fire department responded at 2:50 a.m. to a car fire in Ocean Beach, but as dawn broke reports around town started coming in about punctured tires, broken car windows, ...

Big water-main break in O.B.

"That’s probably 50 gallons a minute we’re watching right now."

“The seal’s right there. Originally when it burst it came off. The Water Department is on the way to shut it off,” a city employee of the General Services department told me at about 10:30 ...

Gas thieves drill truck's tank

What wasn't collected in bucket went into storm drain

On Wednesday (December 13th), after a long day at work, “John” returned to his truck — which he had parked on Frontage Road, by the W. Washington Street trolley station — to find his gas ...

Sewer-line break on O.B. Pier

“We don’t know what happened. It didn’t go in the water."

On Thursday evening (December 14th), a city truck was seen clearing out the people on the Ocean Beach Pier shortly after sunset. This morning it remained closed and still is, but not because big waves ...

Jesus found in Point Loma

Local who posed for painting tracks down mural at Mormon church

A hot topic of late is people around the world sharing selfies while standing in front of famous paintings that contain their doppelgängers…but one San Diego woman, Sarah Biggart, doesn’t just look like her doppelgänger ...

Java "the Magnet" Joe at 26 years old

“I remember Frank Drennen squirted ketchup and mustard all over the audience."

It’s been 26 years since Joe Flammini opened Java Joe’s, one of the few coffeehouses back then that offered live music with your latte. In 1991, Java Joe’s was located in Poway. The shop moved ...

Rusting trees in O.B.?

"I planted these because they are supposed to do well at the coast.”

Next time you are strolling along the pier in Ocean Beach enjoying the views of the sunset and surfers, turn your back to the ocean to see something else pretty awesome — orange-colored trees — ...

Short-term renters’ neighbors’ gripe tool

Reporting website claims PB anti-pot activist is "operator" of problem house

There have been protests, meetings, petitions, and lots of blowback directed at the City of San Diego for allowing the proliferation of short-term vacation rentals in residential zones and the lack of enforcement of current ...

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 ...

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 ...

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],” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hooked by a 20-pound yellowtail

"It couldn't be pushed through or pulled out due to tendons..."

“What started out as a great Friday [September 15] turned south when I was attacked by an upset yellowtail,” wrote Matt Hayward in an Instagram post. “I was on a solo trip and had the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Blues no more, Aristotle Georgio

"He was the only guy in the band to get on James Brown’s bus after our show."

Aristotle Georgio (aka Mike Smith) spent the last year of his life hooked up to a feeding tube after being assaulted in the Gaslamp Quarter on July 1st of 2016, when a sucker-punch caused him ...

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