OB Historical Society: Frank Gormlie to Speak on History of Community Planning in Ocean Beach – Tonight, Feb. 21

by on February 21, 2013 · 3 comments

in Culture, Economy, Environment, History, Ocean Beach, Organizing

OB Plan Bd map newFrom the OB Historical Society’s website:

A Historical Perspective of OB’s Planning “Crisis” in the 1970s and the Village’s Response

Frank Gormlie, Editor of the OB Rag, will give a program on the history of the early days of Ocean Beach’s Planning Board and the importance of O.B. residents taking part in their community groups. Frank was a member of the  O.B. Planning Board, and for one year was the chair, which was also one of the first San Diego Community Planning Boards.

Frank will talk about the importance of a good community plan that reflects what the residents want, and how they want to shape their future. Frank will stress the participation of residents in running for the board, going to meetings and voting in the election.

We encourage current, former and future planning board members to attend. We hope OBHS members will express their hopes and concerns involving O.B.’s future plans. Join us Thurs., Feb. 21, 2013 at 7PM at P.L. United Methodist Church 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O. B.

Quigley House 5151 LngBrnch 02

The “Quigley House” at 5151 Long Branch Ave., one of the first innovative projects constructed in OB under the terms of the “new” OB Precise Plan, circa 1977.

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Doug Card February 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I won’t repeat myself, as I just recently put a long comment on your article about the Gawronskis and the history of the OBPB-
but I’m delighted you’ll be speaking to the OB Historical Society on the history of Urban Planning in OB on Feb. 21st- a great topic and “you were there.”
Besides, the 21st is my 77th birthday. I guess our OBCPG struggles were a long time ago.


Frank Gormlie February 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Doug, thanks. Just for the record, I was not actually elected to the very first OB Planning Board, I lost by 7 votes to Mr. Paris, the bookstore owner. But later I did serve on the Board for 3 years, one year as Chair.


Frank Gormlie February 22, 2013 at 11:14 am

Dear readers: our reporter Brittany Bailey will have a stunning report of Thursday evening’s presentation posted on Saturday; so stay tuned.


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