The Ocean Beach Town Council (OBTC) held a special meeting Wednesday, August 29th, for the upcoming elections of the new OBTC Board of Directors. Each of the ten candidates submitted a letter of intent, and each was given the opportunity to brief the council that night, prior to the elections which will be held over the next couple of weeks when ballots go out to OBTC members.
Despite the nature of this important public meeting, each candidate addressed only the existing board members, as there were no other members of the public and no other members of the OBTC present during the meeting.
Each candidate expressed a sincere love of living in Ocean Beach and sharing in our community. During their brief presentation, some candidates listed their personal goals for enriching our little town. They offered heartfelt accounts of their own volunteerism and community service, as each board member will be expected to volunteer to help manage and operate OB’s key events, such as the annual Chili cook off and the OB Holiday Parade, among others.
In short, most candidates indicated their desire to “do what it takes” both to manage the upcoming events and to improve OB, the community, and our misunderstood OB image around the county. Several candidates advocated for improved safety and security for OBceans, citing the recent assaults on a woman and a “wanted poster” and reward issued by the brother of the most recent victim. Others suggested their personal interests in building community, improving bicycle access and establishing an OB Marathon.
How it works
Election results will be certified over the coming weeks, and the results announced in the Beacon. New OBTC officers will be seated at the first meeting of the new term. Each elected member serves a two year term, and many of the seven seats which are up for re-election are being challenged only by the incumbent board member. Of the ten candidates for this election cycle, four are newbies and are not currently sitting on the board.
When a member is unable to complete their two year term, prior candidates may be appointed by the Board to fill the vacated seat.
All OBTC members receive a ballot, and since this is an even year, seven of the fifteen, total seats are up for election. During odd years, the remaining eight seats are up for election. Voting members must live, work, or own property in 92107.
The OBTC meets twice monthly. For a calendar showing the date and location of the next public meeting, and a listing of events managed by the OBTC, please refer to the OBTC website .
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