News and community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
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Looking south at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park this spring. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Looking south at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park this spring. / Photo by Thomas Melville

Pop Pie Co. has confirmed it has pulled out of putting in an eatery at the former site of Nati’s Mexican Restaurant at 1852 Bacon St.

"We’ve parted ways with the developer of Pop Pie Co.’s Ocean Beach location,” said Steven Torres, Pop Pie co-owner along with Gan Suebsarakham. “We’re disappointed that it didn’t work out, but we’re incredibly thankful for and encouraged by all the support we received from the community. We’re working to bring Pop Pie Co. to more communities in the near future, and in the meantime, we look forward to continuing to serve you at our original location in the amazing neighborhood of University Heights.”

Nati’s restaurant building, which opened in 1960, has been extensively remodeled and improved after having much of the former building demolished. Pop Pie has an existing location in University Heights at 4404 Park Blvd, Suite A. The eatery serves sweet and savory pies including breakfast pies.

Originally owned by Vern Lontz and his wife, Charline, Nati’s started on the corner of Bacon and Niagara streets as a one-room OB diner before remodeling and expanding. The couple owned and operated Nati’s until retiring in 1972. Longtime employees Thomas and Kerr then took over for the Lontzes, operating Nati’s until the property was sold about a year ago.


Saying only that it will be opening its new small-format Target Express store in OB “sometime this summer,” Target recently began hiring 50 available positions for the new store at 4854 Newport Ave. Candidates were being interviewed at Target’s existing Sports Arena Boulevard site.

A similar, existing small-format Target is in South Park at 3030 Grape St. The company said its small-format stores are customized to bring the best of the Bullseye into urban neighborhoods, near colleges and other areas where a full-size Target wouldn’t fit. 

The new OB store will offer a curated assortment of food and beverage items, apparel and accessories, health and beauty, and home décor. Target said its OB store will be approximately 18,000 square feet, which compares with an average Target store of about 120,000 square feet. Target took over the former Antique Center at 4864 Newport Ave. in April 2018. 

As happened previously with Starbucks coming in years ago to the beach community’s business strip dominated by mom-and-pops, there was an adverse reaction to a corporation entering the local market. 


“The likelihood is high that a proposed all-way stop will be installed at Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Point Loma Avenue,” said City supervising spokesperson Perette Godwin, noting the Department of Transportation Storm Water evaluated the intersection. 

“During the evaluation, the City confirmed there has been some police-reported accidents and the volume of pedestrians crossing Sunset Cliffs Boulevard is high,” Godwin said. “It was determined the intersection does qualify for an all-way stop. The Storm Water Department will conduct summer traffic and pedestrian counts to confirm that there have been no significant changes in the results of the previous evaluation.”

Added Godwin, “It is anticipated that the installation of an all-way stop would reduce the number of traffic accidents and make it easier for pedestrians to cross.”

Godwin said the cost, and timeline, for installing a four-way stop at the problematic intersection has not yet been determined.


The beginning of on-campus construction will cause severe parking issues at Point Loma High School's commencement on June 11. Principal Hans Becker announced plans to accommodate the annual overflow crowd that descends on Pete Ross Stadium for the 3 p.m. event.

"Parking this year will be extremely limited, more so than ever," Becker said. "Parking on campus will be strictly limited to vehicles with handicapped placards in the staff parking lot on Clove Street," Becker said. "We will have golf carts to shuttle those needing assistance to the stadium. We are asking everyone else to please be patient and park on streets surrounding the school."

Gates will open at 2 p.m. for ticket holders at both the Voltaire Street gate and the basketball court gate. There will be seating set aside for handicapped guests and only one other chaperone or attendant, Becker noted, to make sure all handicapped persons can be accommodated. Seating for others is open and guests are asked not to save seats for those arriving later. Those without tickets will be admitted at 2:45 p.m. at the Voltaire Street gate only.


After decades of six-month-long Chicago winters, Dana Tolomeo is thrilled to be in San Diego. A veteran educator, Tolomeo was recently named to a vacant vice principal position at Point Loma High School.

After earning an undergraduate and master’s degree from University of Illinois (secondary education) and a master’s degree (education administration) from Columbia University, Tolomeo spent 16 years teaching English learners and Spanish.

One of the schools where she taught, Oak Park and River Forest, is the alma mater of many well-known persons as diverse as Ernest Hemingway and Dan Castellaneta, the voice of TV's Homer Simpson.

Her husband and two daughters are still in Illinois and will join her in July.

"The lifestyle here is so much more laid back and welcoming," Tolomeo said. "I fell in love with Point Loma High School the first time I came here, found out about it's history and realized it was a good place for me."

Tolomeo has found PLHS to be "a great school, with lots of pride which I love. They have great teachers, the students are very involved in clubs and athletics. It's just a wonderful school and I'm glad to be a part of it."


The 2019 Portuguese Festa do Espirito Santo (Feast of the Holy Spirit), one of San Diego’s oldest ethnic celebrations, will be June 7-9. The weekend-long event is on the grounds of UPSES Portuguese Hall, 2818 Avenida de Portugal, and St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1140 Evergreen St.

The highlight, the Festa Parade, begins at 10 a.m. Sunday June 9. It follows a route from the UPSES Hall to St. Agnes, where High Mass is celebrated and the coronations of the festival king and queen take place at 11 a.m., with church choir singing. The festival has been mounted in San Diego since the first Portuguese families settled in 1884.


The board of directors of Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater has announced that Trisha Gooch, CFRE, is their new executive director. She began work at SDDT on May 14. Gooch has 17 years of fundraising, marketing communications, strategic planning, nonprofit management and leadership experience.

She comes to the SDDT team from Second Chance, where she was the vice president of advancement for more than six years. At Second Chance, Gooch created the signature event, Orange is the New Black, and led a staff of four in the creation of numerous giving programs, including Giving Tuesday’s successful Bail Me Out campaign, LawSuits, GEM (Give Every Month), and the $599 Club.

Prior to her tenure at Second Chance, she served as director of development for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank for three and a half years. She also worked in San Diego for Mainly Mozart and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Gooch began her nonprofit career on the East Coast, working for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey for over three years.


Arts District Liberty Station is celebrating summer’s arrival with three days of creative events alive with art, dance, music and recreation open to the public Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23. “Become part of the International celebration of summer with us,” urged Peggy Fischbeck, artist and co-chair of the Solstice with the Arts project.

Friday, June 21 will feature art, dance and music from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22 will feature art in the studios/galleries as well as art projects and a Yogathon open to the public, from noon to 4 p.m.  

Sunday, June 23, noon to 4 p.m., continues the solstice celebration with public art, open studios, galleries and music.  Visitors will find hundreds of paintings, drawings, fiber arts, jewelry, photographs and watercolors.  

Arts District also offers a wide selection of dining options with Liberty Station’s restaurants.  

Summer Solstice with the Arts 2019 is a collaboration of the Artists of Arts District and Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater, through a grant from NTC Foundation.

More information can be found at


Ocean Beach Historical Society will present a lecture on Kate Sessions – horticulturist, landscaper, florist, and more – at 7 p.m. June 20 at Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Historian Nancy Carol Carter is a retired professor of law at USD. She is a frequent lecturer in San Diego and has been published in Pacific Horticulture and The Journal of San Diego History, with articles on Kate Sessions, the San Diego olive industry, and renowned local botanists Katharine and T. S. Brandegee. This program is free. Visit for information.

San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the U. S., due in large part to its abundance of exotic trees and plants – jacarandas, queen palms, Brazilian pepper trees, bougainvillea, Italian cypress, the bird of paradise, and the poinsettia. Yet, surprisingly, none of these trees and plants are native to San Diego. All of them were introduced to the region by Kate Sessions, the pioneering women horticulturalist who came to San Diego in 1883.


Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will take place 10 a.m. June 19 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. Program: Daniel Piedra from the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund. A no-host lunch follows. Guests welcome. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for additional information.


The Peninsula Singers will present “Classic(al) Rocks!,” at 7 p.m. June 14 at All Souls Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd. Classical pieces like In “Paradisum,” “How Lovely Are the Messengers,” and “Ubi Caritas,” will join rock songs like “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Beautiful Day,” and a selection of songs from a Beatles medley. Peninsula Singers will also perform Led Zeppelin and a head-banging rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and military. Children age 10 and under may attend for free. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit


Point Loma resident Roberta Dyer recently won the Board of Directors Award, SDWS Enthusiasts Award in the 44th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies’ exhibit, held at the San Diego Watercolor Society.

Dyer is an award-winning, signature member of The San Diego Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and International Society of Acrylic Painters. Her work focuses on figurative subjects in watermedia and collage, that lean towards the abstract and non-representational, with an occasional foray into landscape and florals.


The Pacific Beach Surf Club will hold its 21st annual Summer Longboard Classic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 at Tourmaline Surf Park. There will be raffle items, surfboards, music, and food. This year’s beneficiary will be the Pacific Beach Middle School’s Orchestra Music Program. For more information and to register to compete, visit 


Join the SD Mermaids for a beach cleanup in honor of World Ocean’s Day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 8 at the South Mission Beach Lifeguard Station, 2597 Ocean Blvd. Bring the whole family for a day of fun, giving back to the oceans, and meeting a few local mermaids.


Grammy-nominated multiplatinum powerhouse trio the Jonas Brothers recently announced the details for the 40-city “Happiness Begins Tour.” Starting this summer on Aug. 7, Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas will hit the road, stopping at Pechanga Arena in San Diego on Thursday, Oct. 17. They’ll bring along with them special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. Tickets for the concert go on sale on Friday, May 10 and
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June 09, 2019
Good bye Pop Pie. A lawyer friend who is passionate about this issue feels that there was stench, including with the O.B. Planning Board, for a long time.
Geoff Page
June 13, 2019
Your comment alludes to some problem with the OB Planning Board but you give no information on that. In fairness to those volunteers, I think you owe it to them to explain what you meant. Otherwise, you should remove this comment as an unsubstantiated criticism of the OBPB.
Barbara E. Plourd
June 08, 2019
Do you have cars for sale in your newspaper?
Barbara E. Plourd
June 08, 2019
Do you have classified section in your newspaper?

For sale ads, for example.
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