The year started with a flood, affecting the OBMA office and many local businesses. Despite many efforts piling sandbags, the storm water seeped through the walls and into the carpet, rendering the office virtually inoperable for a few weeks.
February 2, 2010, marked the FIRST-EVER meeting of the newly-established OB Restaurant, Entertainment, & Lodging Group (OBREL), a group of 90+ members with entertainment-related establishments. Also in February, the OBMA welcomed a new board member, Mary Orem, to the mix.
In June, OB celebrated its 31st Annual Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off. Despite overcast weather for the first time in the Fair’s existence (along with the final game of the World Cup in the morning), over 50,000 people attended and had a blast. The Street Fair added an additional (free) trolley, and all were full throughout the day.
July 4th marked OB’s 31st annual fireworks display off the pier, which went off without a hitch.
Terriers, a cop dramedy on FX, aired its pilot on September 8, 2010. The Harp hosted a pilot party that was well attended. Despite national acclaim, the show was cancelled after one season. The producers hired film crew from Ocean Beach and frequented many of the local businesses.
On September 11, the OBMA teamed with Jazz 88 for the first Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music & Art Festival (formerly the OB Jazz Fest). This reformatted event featured eight music venues with a variety of music (not just jazz) and Art Row on the 4900 block of Newport Ave. The event was patriotic in theme and a moment of silence was held after the opening National Anthem. The new OB Restaurant, Entertainment, & Lodging group made their community debut by sponsoring the VIP room.
Another successful OB Oktoberfest took place early October with a booming crowd. Local businesses benefitted a great deal from the abundant foot traffic.
During their Annual Awards Celebration, also in October, the OBMA thanked outstanding businesses and community members who made significant achievements in the last year. With food donated from over 30 local restaurants and an amazing turnout, a great time was had by all.
November brought another successful Restaurant Walk, with over 40 local businesses on the roster. This annual event sells out every year and is often described as "trick-or-treating for adults!"
In December the months-old Restaurant, Entertainment, & Lodging group (OBREL) launched its first advertising campaign, beginning with a monthly 4-page spread in the Peninsula Beacon. All members (OBMA members with food-related businesses) receive a free listing, along with the opportunity to advertise in the special section. The OBMA website also featured a special section, along with the opportunities for enhanced listings in the Online Directory.
The Ocean Beach Tile Project completed its 14th phase, marking over 20 years of memories etched along Newport Ave.
By the end of 2010, the OBMA completed its website design overhaul and moved on to routine maintenance and content management.
Michael Head of Headtrap Music took over organizing live musifc for the OB Farmers Market.