Sometimes attending a meeting of the OB Planning Board is like eating a very large artichoke. One has to take time and chew on some pretty tasteless material before the heart of the matter is even the least bit savored.
The Board meeting of 3/2/11 was like that for me. District 2 Representative Scott Therkalsen provided the first taste in getting the Board to call for a special meeting regarding the city’s proposed ordinances to restrict the medical marijuana dispensaries. The meeting will be at 6:30 P.M. March 16 in the OB Rec. Center.
…and there’s a new staff member for Ocean Beach in Councilmember’s Faulconer’s office. His name is Michael Patton and he can be reached at email@example.com . He is now available for you to spice up his day with a virtual OB earful.
Board Chair Giovanni Ingolia set the table for O’Bceans and loyal Rag readers to dip into some of the vacancies on civic boards and commissions by laying out the vacancies … and giving us the utensils to apply, which will provide an appetizing selection for any civic enthusiast (that is if you can stomach the fact that our ‘strong’ mayor has the final say on appointments)
After the warm up of ‘housekeeping’ items the Board began to get to the main course. A suggestion by O’Bcean Stan Smith, (Non Agenda Public Comment) that the OB VFW Post consider a new home in the officers quarters of the former Naval Training Center (NTC) was passed upon because of the necessary change of zip code.
What really got the Board in a stew was the idea presented by city staff (Sarah Chavez) to continue working on the $3M OB sewer project through the summer building moratorium. The cost to taxpayers in adhering to the moratorium was weighed against the interests of local businesses. With Gary McKany (Point Loma Gas & Market) Gladden Fleming (The Inn At Sunset Cliffs) and Denny Knox (OBMA) speaking for the local business community the Board was prepared to cook up an entirely different recipe for construction. What the Board came up with was a timeline that would allow work to pierce the moratorium up to the point effecting the Sunset Cliffs corridor.
One question was served to the Candidates Forum Segment;
What do you see as the most compelling issue facing the Ocean Beach Planning Board in your next term?
“Completion of the Precise Plan update” -Nancy Taylor, Dist. #1 candidate
“How the community will interface with the city given the economic realities, while opposing paid parking and maintaining OB community zoning” -Craig Klein, Dist. #4 candidate
“Development issues not important…how the community will provide to the general fund in relation to issues such as paid parking and beach advertising” -Brittany Taylor, Dist. #5 candidate
“Development is a problem due to economics. Protect the current floor area ratio from city pressure to adapt a more profitable (to developers) one” -Dr. Jane Gawronski, Dist. #6 candidate
Also a reminder that the election will be on Tues. March 15 between 4-7 P.M. at the Rec. Center.
And so with no dessert I was left to sop up the final reports:
- -The OBMA is now in association with the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau (ConVis)
- -The city is exploring the idea of converting Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to a two lane one way during rush hour
- -The Board will appeal a decision of the Planning Commission to allow for a three-story development at 5164 W. Point Loma Ave. That will be on March 10 at 9 A.M. 12th Floor (Council Chambers) 202 ‘C’ Street.