This Wednesday, May 25th, the Ocean Beach Town Council will hold its monthly public meeting at the Masonic Center, located at 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, at 7pm as usual.
Besides the usual reports from the different politicians’ reps, reports from the public agencies that serve OB: fire department, police, lifeguard, elementary school, and library, and after all the Board members give their reports, the Town Council will move into its main agenda item: ‘OB public safety – engagement and empowerment”.
At the top of the public safety element, is a presentation of the OB Mainstreet Association’s “OB Security Program”- the enlistment of private security team patrols of a company called the National Public Safety (NPS). Reportedly, NPS teams “patrol the business districts of OB and work closely with SDPD to get positive results for the entire community.”
Next will be a mini free self-defense class from Phillip Gordon, a local instructor of HARD TARGET Women’s Self-Defense Classes and Workshops. (See the full agenda below.)
Now, the private armed patrols of the NPS are quite controversial – although there was no hint of this in the OBTC website announcement of the monthly meeting and agenda items. The OB Rag has heard numerous complaints from residents about the patrols, and published a critical article about them back in 2015.