Councilmember Kevin Faulconer’s office is calling on Ocean Beach residents to join him in a petition drive to help save the Ocean Beach public library. As has been chronicled in the OB Rag here, here, and by Councilman Faulconer himself here, Faulconer is taking a leadership role in attempting to stave off massive budget cuts that will severely cut back operating hours for city operated public libraries across San Diego, including Ocean Beach. Most libraries would see their staffing cut to the bare minimum, and would see their operating hours slashed to around 18 hours per week.
Faulconer is asking Ocean Beach residents to join him at the public library on Saturday, April 30th, to sign the petition and to help gather signatures. Faulconer himself will be there from 12:30 to 1 pm.
Councilman Faulconer is also working with the San Diego Foundation on a tourism initiative that will save the fire pits that are once again falling victim to budget cuts. The idea is to create a funding mechanism that will pay for the upkeep of the OB fire pits in perpetuity and eliminate them as a target for budget cuts. Faulconer feels that they are an important attraction for visitors to Ocean Beach, and eliminating them would curtail a source of tourist dollars for local businesses.
Brighton Ave. Comfort Station Up For Bid
Bids are once again being solicited for the Brighton Avenue comfort station project to rebuild the public restroom facilities. The deadline has been extended by two weeks to May 17th.
The project has been delayed due to a lack of suitable bidders the first time around and bad timing by city planners. Bids were originally solicited in December, a traditionally poor time of year for contractors to take on new jobs. Of the handful of bids received at the time, several were rejected because they were not submitted in a proper binder.
There was a bit of very good news, however, as the city’s Parks and Recreation Department found $250,000 to put toward the project in addition to the originally budgeted $680,000.
Saturday, May 7th: The kickoff for San Diego River Days. First event: Dog Beach cleanup. Volunteers are asked to show up at the Dog Beach Paw Print beginning at 8:30am. Go to www.sdriverdays.org for more information.
Saturday, May 14th: OB Shred-a-thon. Bring any and all documents you have to be shredded to the Ocean Beach pier parking lot between 11am and 2pm to be shredded and recycled.
Saturday, May 21st: OB Beach Ball, Ocean Beach Pier parking lot.
Ocean Beach Planning Board
Next meeting May 4th, 6pm at the Ocean Beach Rec Center.
Volunteers needed for the OB Street Fair. Please contact the OB MainStreet Association.
Volunteers are also needed to help maintain the Ocean Beach entryway. Please contact Nancy Vaughn through the OB Town Council.
Correction: Kevin Faulconer will be at the Ocean Beach Library from 12:30-1:00pm on Saturday, April 30th, not from 10am-2pm as originally reported. The petition drive will be happening most of the day, however. My apologies for the error.