2011 | Ocean Beach San Diego CA| Timeline Event

2011

In May, long-time OBcean and owner of Lighthouse Ice Cream Dick Ladgies passed away. His life was celebrated along the waterfront at Veterans Plaza.

July 4th marked OB's 32nd annual fireworks display off the pier, which went off without a hitch.

Elections were held for the Board of Directors and three new members were elected. Barbara Iacometti of Details SalonSpa was elected President of the OBMA. 

One of the community murals (2004) was moved to a new location on the outer wall of 1931 Bacon St. 

The Jazz88 OB Music & Art Festival continued in September with twenty-three bands performing on eight stages and over eighty fine artists displaying their works along Newport Ave. In making final preperations for the event, the office, along with most of Southern California, experienced a 12+ hour blackout. The blackout was a hindrance 48 hours before the event, but it didn't stop the fun. 

The Revitalization Committee started meeting with Carole Fish. 

James Gang Co. hosted a Sundowner to introduce their new owners to the community. Susan and Pat James sold the business in June of 2011. 

Four new historic plaques were installed in the community, sponsored by the OBMA, OB Historical Society, and the OB Community Foundation. They are located at 5004 Newport Ave, 1925 Bacon St, 4790 Santa Monica Ave, and 4905 Newport Ave. 

The website continued to be updated and became mobile-friendly by the end of the year. 

Our President, Barb Iacometti, won the 12th Annual Tomato Contest at Pepe's Restaurant. 

We installed our annual community mural along the Cable St side of Mallory's New Furniture Store building located at 4905 Newport Ave. 

Local businesses celebrated their anniversaries: Vignette's their 16th and the Dharma Center their 13th. 

The first two-day OB Oktoberfest was held on Oct. 7th and Oct. 8th and was a great success. The event held many contest and competitions, including the first year of the Band Slam Contest, a competition between tribute bands. 

Our Annual Awards Celebration wsa held in late October and food was served and donated by local restaurants. Union Bank was a mjor contributor. 

The ER Committee of the OBMA worked to help the OB Town Council organize the annual Restaurant Walk which takes place every November and raises money for the OB Tree Festival (the group that adopts local families and seniors in need every holiday season). 

The first "Decorate with Lights" Contest was promoted throughout November, and prizes were awarded in early December. Businesses were encouraged to light up their stores to draw holiday business into the community. The project was the brainchild of Carol Ladiges of Lighthouse Ice Cream. 

Beginning in November, groups of Students from SDSU worked with the Revitalization Committee to develop and implement a marketing study to help develop the strategic vision for the business district. 

Nati's lost a member of its long-time family. Louisa Allen passed away on October 15th. She had worked with Nati's since they opened in the 60s. 

San Diego Coastkeeper hosted an event "Sign of the Tides" at Electric Ladyland. They discussed low-impact development for Ocean Beach. Students from the New School of Architecture participated. 

San Diego Beach Improvement Group made a donation of $500 to the OBMA to go towards beautification and cleanup efforts. 

Ned Titlow, a local business owner and founding member of the Ocean Beach Historical Society, passed away Oct. 29th. 

Therapie Day Spa held a holiday Sundowner at their location. 

M.A.P.S., the local community map, began selling advertising in order to produce the next map. 

The OB Town Council held its always successful annual Holiday Parade.

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