Interested in Running for a Seat on the OB Planning Board? Here’s How

by on February 3, 2022 · 4 comments

in Ocean Beach

Are you interested in running for a seat on the Ocean Beach Planning Board? Here’s how.

Board Member/Candidate Eligibility & Instructions for Elections March 2022

Eight seats will be up for election this year (2022), one from each of the seven Districts in the OB Community Plan Area and one At-Large seat. (View OB Planning Area.)

View current incumbents.

If elected, members will serve a two-year term. Board members are volunteers and receive no compensation.

All persons who meet the eligibility criteria below may apply for a seat on the Ocean Beach Planning Board.

PLEASE NOTE: To be listed on the ballot, candidates must submit their application to the OBPB by February 9, 2022 (midnight). Any applications received after this date will only be a write-in candidate and will not be listed on the printed or digital ballot.

Candidates must be…

  • 18 years of age
  • Must be one (1) of the following:
    • Resident
    • Property Owner/Agent,
    • Business Owner/Licensee, within the OB Community Plan Area (see map), for more than 30 days.
  • Have documented attendance at one of the Board’s last 12 meetings prior to the 2022 election.
  • It is NOT necessary to be a registered voter with the state or county government.
  • In addition, to be eligible candidates must:

SUBMIT APPLICATION: Submit your application by February 9, 2022. Submit your application via e-mail.

Important: candidates who do not submit an application by the February 9, 2022 meeting will be a write-in candidate only. To have your name on the ballot, you must have your application into the Board by February 9, 2022.

GATHER SIGNATURES: obtain 20 signatures from the district in which they are seeking a seat. Candidates seeking an At-Large seat may solicit 20 signatures from ANY district/s. Signatures must be from district residents, property owners, or business owners/licensees.  Any current board member who had been appointed to a seat within the year but are running for re-election do not need to obtain new signatures. You will need to obtain the balance of 20 signatures as previously obtained signatures will be counted toward the election requirement.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: signature gathering has been suspended for the 2022 election due to the City of San Diego’s social distancing guidelines for CPG elections.

Please complete your application in its entirety and submit it with your signatures via email to or by mail to 4876 Santa Monica Avenue #133 San Diego, CA 92107. Applications not received by March 2, 2022 will not be eligible.

Download Candidate Application

Who Can Vote?

  • All members of the community who reside, own property or own/operate a business within the OB Community Plan Area are eligible to vote in the election.
  • If you are eligible in multiple Districts, you still may ONLY vote in 1 District.
  • Community members can only vote for the candidate representing their district AND an at-large candidate.
  • All voters must submit a voter registration form with their ballot.
  • All mail in ballots must include voter registration form, proof of residency and ballot. It is not necessary to be a state or county registered voter but you must show proof that you reside, own property or have a business in the Ocean Beach Planning Area.
  • Addresses outside of planning area boundaries are not eligible to vote.

3 Ways to Vote:

By mail: Print and mail your voter registration form and ballot (to come) to Ocean Beach Planning Board, 4876 Santa Monica Ave. #133, San Diego, CA 92107. Must be in our PO box by 6pm, March 2, 2022 to be counted.

By drop box: Print and hand deliver your voter registration form and ballot (to come) to the Ocean Beach Business Center, 4876 Santa Monica Ave. Must be in our drop box by 6pm, March 2, 2022 to be counted.

Vote online: Online voting will closed 9 pm, March 2, 2022.

The votes will be announced Thursday, March 3, 2022 via OBPB email and social media venues.

Appointments (made outside of March election)

Appointments may be made to a vacant seat when an empty seat becomes available outside of our normal elections in March. Appointments for vacant seats are made April-February. Candidates can be appointed to a vacant seat by a 2/3 Board Member vote.

Candidates applying for a vacated seat must…

  • Submit an application (download application with signature sheet)
  • Submit your application via e-mail
  • Obtain at least 10 signatures from the district in which you are seeking an appointment
  • Have documented attendance at one of the Board’s last 12 meetings PRIOR to the appointment
  • Present yourself to the Board at a regularly scheduled Board meeting and announce intention to apply for a seat and tell the Board about yourself and why you want to be on the Planning Board

The Board will vote on all appointments.

For any additional questions please email us

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Gormlie February 10, 2022 at 3:37 pm

Looks like OB is gonna need some real planning warriors, people who can resist the city / developer efforts to dismantle community planning groups. It’s on their agenda, don’t be fooled. Developers have never really like local volunteer planning boards – and neither has the city, actually. Both groups were forced into having to deal with them by the people, the people of the community of OB at first. Now there’s 42 community planning groups.

I also advise anyone thinking about running for OB’s board, check out some wonderful history on the OB Rag about OB’s fight to get a democratically-elected planning committee back in the mid-1970s. (Go to our search bar and type in planning board for starters.) A lot of OBceans spent a lot of time for years to ensure OB had a genuine community panel to review development projects. Now, they’re threatened by colossal forces. Is OB strong enough to stand up them?


Anthony February 28, 2022 at 1:40 pm

Yes we are! And if re-elected, I’m going to do my part to ensure that our Planning Board continues to resist the forces that want to take away what little influence we have as citizens and members of this community.
Thanks to Frank, Geoff, and the staff of the ‘Rag for keeping the message alive and inspiring us to mobilize.


Frank Gormlie March 1, 2022 at 2:10 pm

Thank you, Anthony! And good luck.


Geoff Page March 1, 2022 at 3:38 pm

I’ll second Frank’s response, I hope you are re-elected as well.


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