Police Trailer Application for Permanent Placement in OB Pier Parking Lot on Agenda
Here is the official agenda for the Ocean Beach Planning Board’s Project Review Committee, for Wednesday, December 19th. The Committee is the sub-committee of the full Board and it makes recommendations on different projects and issues for the Board. The Committee, chaired by VP Landry Watson, begins sharply at 6pm and meets at the OB Recreation Center, at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.
On the agenda are two important items, the Sprint Wireless antennae upgrade and renewal at the Masonic Lodge at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, and the application for a coastal permit to allow the San Diego police trailer to permanently remain in the OB Pier Parking lot.
Both issues have been contentious ones in the past.
The installation of wireless antennae was hotly contested back in the 1990s by local residents – not just on the Masonic Lodge but on other buildings within the village. This issue has simmered away as now everyone has cell phones, it is believed.
Also hotly debated and protested by a few activists back in the early days of this century was the police trailer smack in the middle of one of OB’s parking lots at the beach. Not only did it take up needed parking spaces for the beach and pier, but activists felt at the time that the trailer was an unnecessary intrusion by police into the good times and lives of OBceans.
Over the years, it turned out that the trailer was used more by City parking staff than police officers, where they could go and write out their tickets. But the trailer did allow city employees a resting spot, restrooms, and a chance to get out of the eyes of their supervisors and of the community itself.
This application before the Planners is for a permanent placement, however. Is OB ready to give up this space forever?