All this week we will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the popular vote that established the Ocean Beach Planning Board and the first OB community plan.
It was on May 4, 1976 that thousands of OB residents, renters, property owners and business-owners voted in the very first panel to sit on the very first Planning Board for the community. It was truly an historic occasion because nothing like that had ever occurred in San Diego before.
But to paraphrase Henry Wadworths Longfellow’s epic poem ( … On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive, Who remembers that famous day and year…), we can say:
On the fourth of May,
Hardly a man or woman still kicks,
Who remembers that famous day and year.
Forgive my poetic license. But it is true, that the collective memory of the historic vote four decades of the Ocean Beach village is very thin and frail, indeed. Of the original 14 member Board, it’s quite possible that only one still resides or has a business in OB. Most have scattered to their fates.
So, to highlight this history, all week we will be publishing comments, notes, stories and accounts of the May ’76 vote and memories of those who served on the Board back then as well as over its 40 year history.
Also, to celebrate the vote, an announcement will be made at this week’s OB Planning Board meeting, which ironically, falls on the exact date of that vote, May 4. And after that meeting, we will continue the celebration at the Culture Brewing Co. tasting room (at 4845 Newport Ave by 8:30pm).