Open Letter to the Ocean Beach Town Council: Release your Bylaws

by on August 31, 2010 · 10 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Election, Ocean Beach

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This is a letter sent to the Ocean Beach Town Council today, August 30th, requesting that they release their Bylaws and election procedures.  I’m asking that the Council send a copy to some of the other community organizations, such as the Mainstreet Association, the Planning Board, or the Historical Society.

PO Box 7012

Ocean Beach, CA 92167


August 30, 2010

President Jim Musgrove

Ocean Beach Town Council

PO BOX 7225

Ocean Beach, CA 92167

President & Directors of the OB Town Council:

On behalf of the OB Rag, its staff, and interested members of the residents, property owners and business owners of Ocean Beach, I hereby request that the Ocean Beach Town Council disclose its Bylaws and Election Procedures to the community. This request is being made in the spirit of community fairness, cooperation, and transparency.

I am requesting that a copy or copies be sent to one or all of the following community organizations: the Ocean Beach Planning Board, the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association, or the Ocean Beach Historical Society.

Up to now, the Board of Directors of the OB Town Council have not divulged to me exactly which Bylaw my former candidacy for the Board allegedly violated. Neither before my candidacy nor after has a copy of the Bylaws been made available to me. I have to ask how can a potential candidate for the Board know whether she or he is eligible if the Bylaws and/or election procedures are not even made available to potential candidates? And more specifically, how can a former candidate – one who has been declared “ineligible” – verify that his candidacy did in fact violate a bylaw or election procedure without having them be made available?

Frank Gormlie

Publisher & Editor

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie August 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Please put a copy in our Ocean Beach Library that is located at 4801 Santa Monica Avenue San Diego, CA 92107. Thank you!


Frank Gormlie August 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Thank you. Bump ^


dave rice August 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Holding my breath…


dave rice September 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm

…turning blue in the face…


Editordude August 31, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Checked our Ocean Beach PO box today and nothing was there from the OBTC.


Josh Utley July 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Did you look on their website?


Patty Jones July 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Almost a year later? Seriously?


Patty Jones July 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Hey Joshua, I am sorry if I was flippant…. It’s kind of a sore spot.

Yes, we looked through their website. When Frank requested a copy no one on the council would provide one and they stated that they had no obligation to provide it to the public.


Andy Rathbone August 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Any civic group that purports to represent a community should be open in all its matters, the very least of which are its bylaws.

Bring it out in the open, folks.


Anonymous OB business owner September 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Keep doing it you who are up against the town council. I gave up on them years ago when I realized they were just a cliche. Just know there’s people like me cheering you on from the sidelines!


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