OB Planners: Wed., Dec. 6th – Vacation Rentals, 4-Hour Parking Limits at Pier and Dog Beach, Possible Suspension of Member

by on December 5, 2017 · 8 comments

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The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets Wednesday, December 6th, and by the looks of it, the agenda is full of controversy – but no development projects.  The Board meets at the OB Rec Center at 6pm.

First of all, the Board will determine if it has to take action against a Board member, Richard Aguirre, for his multiple absences. According to the Board bylaws, if a member misses sufficient meetings without cause, he or she can be suspended or removed.

Also, there are several issues regarding parking. One of them may  have the Board looking at restricting parking at the OB Pier and at the lot at Dog Beach to 4 hours. The Board is to review the impact of unrestricted parking at these two lots and possibly request the city to install  signs limiting parking to 4 hours. If passed, this would be the first move to limit daytime parking. Unrestricted parking could be more of an issue at the Pier.

The other parking issue includes city reps presenting ideas of Shared Parking Agreements.

In addition, the Board will review recent developments about short term vacation rentals and possibly take action.

Here is the official agenda:

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Judy Dibble December 5, 2017 at 4:44 pm

What in the world is happening to the beach town I hold so dearly??? Limits at parking lots? I and many others spent many hours per day surfing and lounging on the beach.

Vacations rentals?? Who is going to be left in OB other than tourists and the privileged few?

Wake up people and VOTE against the elitists.


Chris December 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Unfortunately same thing happening in tons of other communities. I know for me it’s only a matter of time when I will get priced out of my area (Hillcrest) and beyond that, California altogether.


Denine Hunt December 6, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Damn, I so wish I could attend this meeting. I am recently “retired” and worked hard all my life so my Social Security Benefit is fairly decent. I also draw a modest pension from a state job I held when living in the midwest. However, I am a long term renter in OB and still need to supplement my retirement income to maintain a modest lifestyle in the town I love. So, long story not so short… I have to work tonight and won’t be able to attend. I urge all residents of OB to attend the meeting tonight if at all possible. Thank you OB Rag for helping me to keep up to date on very important issues.


kh December 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

I’m hesitant to push for any changes there. Yes, limits would certainly make it harder for people to squat and live there for 20 hours a day.

John makes a good point on the pier lot, more turnover means more people can use it and go to the businesses. Sometimes when I’ve been to La Jolla cove I’ve just turned around and left because there’s no parking. But isn’t the 2 hour parking on the commercial blocks enough? I could see having just a few of the spots in the lot changed as a trial run. Or maybe just have some 15 minute spots for unloading. Either way it has to be well marked.

There is no need for a limit at the dog beach lot, there is no businesses over there. And despite the campers I’ve never had to wait long for a spot. Also I guarantee you some of those residents nearby are using it, I used to be one of them.

As for meters/fees/passes…. hell no. The city parking gestapo hassles is up in our business too much already.


Chris December 8, 2017 at 8:59 pm

Well there are the businesses on Voltaire.


Blake December 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm

If you have issues with vacation rentals removing your hoisting I urge you to come out on December 12 (this Tuesday) at 10am downtown to make your voice heard at the upcoming cut council meeting. This meeting may determine the future if ocean beach and San Diego in general. If you’re disgusted by the year in politics, here’s your chance to get involved. We need you!


Kathy December 10, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Are you kidding me – 4 hour parking limits at Dog Beach and The Pier? If it’s about freeing up parking spaces, why not the Main Lifeguard Station where there’s fewer parking spaces and less vacant ones?

Dog Beach is behind my house and has a high turnover of parking all day, many just spend an hour or two with their dogs or surfing. During the summer, people come and go from morning to night, rarely making a day of it. So, what are they gonna do on 4th of July and other celebrations? Create a mass exodus every 4 hours?

Who’s gonna monitor it and how? Install parking meters? Ohhhhh, that’s what this is about … charging to park at the beach!


Jane Donley December 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm

There should be absolutely no time limits on parking at Dog Beach or the Pier lot. This is a misleading attempt to control homeless folks at the seawall and at Ocean Beach park next to the restrooms at Brighton. The police can’t enforce the no-loitering or littering rules, illegal drug use, much less the off-leash and often out-of-control dogs at the park, so they will abdicate their responsibility by giving the meter-maids the task of controlling the time the trolls can take over the parks with their dogs and belongings. If these trolls get tickets for overstaying their welcome they won’t pay them anyway, so why pass laws that won’t make any difference.


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