By Lois Lane
Everybody was happy. The determined OB Town Council had formulated a plan that routed the forces of anarchy at the marshmallow wars on the Fourth of July. It was also awards night, where 10 lucky and deserving recipients got grants from the Town Council for their projects.
The Town Council meeting on July 23 began with congratulations all the way around for the success of their “Mallow Out” campaign. The doom-sayers who predicted riots were proved to be wrong. Reported later by the Surfrider Foundation, the trash pickup the next day was dramatically reduced from 1802 pounds of trash in 2013 to 621 this year, not all of it marshmallows, of course.
It seemed that the Executive Board was also happy that the major initiative, with nationwide publicity and intense media coverage was OVER, and they could move on to another initiative that resulted in happiness for all concerned: providing funds for worthwhile projects.
After the usual set of committee reports and government reports, the annual distribution of grants to Ocean Beach organizations for specific projects was a good reminder of how so many people are dedicated to this community.
Our prize winning recipients and their award projects are:
• OB Woman’s Club – The Community Garden Water Conservation Project, $500.00
• OB Community Foundation – Ongoing Support of OB Community Foundation Activities, $750.00
• Sunset Cliffs Surfing Association – Gromfest Surfing Contest, $500.00
• San Diego River Park Foundation – San Diego River Estuary Trail Interpretation, $550.00
• Surfrider Foundation – Strategic OB Ashcans (Hold On To Your Butt Campaign), $750.00
• OB Friends of the Library – Ocean Beach Library Bench, $500.00
• Peninsula Shepard Center – Out & About Peninsula Senior Transport Program, $925.00
• Ocean Beach Historical Society – OB Historical Walks, $500.00
• Ocean Beach Planning Board – Operations for OBPB, $500.00
• OB Elementary School – OBE Running Club, $500.00
Congratulations and photos all the way around! Just before the awards, Planning Board members filed in following their own meeting, accepted THEIR award, and presented discussion regarding their plan for the City of San Diego City Council hearing for the OB community plan. These reminders to wear blue and show up at City Hall brought our OB leaders back to the reality of trying to keep Ocean Beach the way they want it.
Finally, the evening’s closing events – cupcakes for all of the almost 150 attendees! With the Town Council’s coming election, is it possible to get a sample of their baking skills? The cupcakes were truly the end of a perfect meeting.
Editor: Headline is a paraphrase of a famous line from OB in the 1970s.