Editor: The following rant and photos were sent to us by a local OB resident who witnessed an early morning clean-up today – July 5th – on the sidewalks of Newport Avenue that disturbed him. He was upset and made the following accusations, which are of concern if true, but they cannot be independently verified at this moment.
Of course, as we all know, the clean-up in OB after the fireworks and marshmallow fight is very staggering and any effort to wash up the mess is applauded. Yet if the Newport trash – including marshmallows, cigarette butts, cans and bottles – is indeed washing down the storm drain – then that is a concern.
The Ocean Beach Main Street Association ( OBMA ) pays for a power washer to clean the sidewalks along Newport Ave after the fireworks.
All night they clean the sidewalks pushing all the trash into our storm drains and gutters. Yes, if this is true then it is very questionable action but the sidewalks are clean.
When I asked the person power washing he informed me:
“The OBMA wants the sidewalks clean. The street is not my problem”
The city of San Diego’s storm water division either looks the other way or does not care about this questionable activity. Not one single media outlet wants to report on the questionable cleaning of sidewalks in OB.