Slowly but surely, the crosswalk outside of Ocean Beach Elementary School on Santa Monica Avenue is coming together.
City workers put up a street light while students were on winter break, a necessity to follow city code. The next step is to put in the actual crosswalk. A discussion about the extent of this will be held at the OB Planning Board meeting on Feb. 5.
In the meantime, Joseph “Moondoggie” Pina and Wayne Simard still have their crew of volunteer crossing guards manning their posts every morning and afternoon.
“It’s coming,” said Pina. “Slowly, but it’s coming.”
They said the volunteers will still be out even after the crosswalk is (finally) built.
“We still want to cover all four corners (on Santa Monica, Sunset Cliffs, Newport and Ebers)” Simard said, adding that the group is always looking for volunteers to help out.
Anyone who has been by any of those corners in the morning can see drivers constantly speeding and failing to look when turning either onto or off of Sunset Cliffs.
Discussion at the Planning Board meeting will reportedly center around just how big the crosswalk will be. According to previous conversations with Councilmember Kevin Faulconer’s office, there will definitely be a cut in the curb as well as some sort of elevated crosswalk. Whether or not it will include a sign and other lights is still up in the air.
“At first I wanted all the bells and whistles,” Pina said. “Now I just want a crosswalk in there.”