Ocean Beach Planning Board Annual Election Set: Candidate and Voter Requirements

by on January 13, 2015 · 2 comments

in Civil Rights, Environment, Media, Ocean Beach

OB Plan Bd district map bestThe Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold elections for the 2015-2017 term on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Polls will be open 4-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.

Mail-in ballots are available upon request (see Voter Information below).

Seven of the Board’s 14 seats will be up for election, one from each of the seven districts in the OB Community Plan Area (map). Board members are elected to 2-year terms, and seats open are staggered every other election.

In addition, there is second seat open in District 4 – but because that seat’s term doesn’t expire until March 2016, it is not being filled this election.  In the past, however, the Board would simply add a vacant seat to the ballot but with an explicit expiration date for one year.

For more details on which specific seats are up for election, see the Members page.

If elected, members serve a two-year term of office. It is a volunteer position and receives no compensation.

Candidate Eligibility Requirements

All persons who meet the eligibility criteria below are allowed to apply as candidates in the elections. It is not necessary to be a registered voter with the state or county government.

To be eligible, candidates must demonstrate that they are 18 years of age and meet one of the following conditions within the OB Community Plan Area for more than 30 days:

  • Resident: Residing in and maintaining a physical address
  • Property Owner: Owning property
  • Business Owner/Licensee: Owning/operating a business with a physical address/location
    (Proof of the above may be established with a copy of a driver’s license [or other government ID] in addition to a copy of a utility bill, business license, or tax bill that demonstrates the qualifying address of the candidate.)

In addition, candidates must have documented attendance at one meeting of the OBPB in the last 12 meetings prior to the February regular meeting preceding the election (i.e. between March 5, 2014 and January 7, 2015).

Candidate Instructions

For detailed instructions, download the Candidate Information Package and Application

Voter Information

All members of the community are eligible to vote in the elections for the district in which they reside, own property, or own/operate a business in Ocean Beach. It is not necessary to be a registered voter with the state or county government; however, all voters must register in person with a member of the OBPB Election Committee. Registration may be completed on Election Day when voting, or prior if requesting a mail-in ballot.

For full instructions on voting and registration, download the Voter Information Package

More Information

All essential information for candidates and voters can be found in the PDF documents above. For any additional questions please contact the Elections Committee at elections@oceanbeachplanning.org.

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OB Joe January 13, 2015 at 10:19 pm

It’s very important for OBcians to look into doing some volunteer work on the Planning Committee of OB, to getting involved, and even running for one of the seats. I understand that there aren’t that many women on the Board right now, and that there needs to be more renters.

Please my fellow OBceans, do it! (I already sat on it for at least 2 years over the decades). It’s a pretty awesome experience and responsibility.


Molly January 13, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Women of Ocean Beach – consider running for the OB Planning Board. OB Joe, you’re right; only 2 women on it right now. Can’t say about the renters. But there’s lots of decent, strong females on the town council. How about some of you considering moving over to the Planning Board.


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