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OB Planning Board Votes Against More Restrictive Medical Marijuana Ordinance

March 17, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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Last night, Wednesday March 16th, the Ocean Beach Planning Board voted against the current proposed ordinance on Medical Marijuana dispensaries. By a vote of 6 to 1, the Board in a Special Meeting voted against the measure because of its overly stringent restrictions. They in essence agreed with critics of the ordinance, some of whom assert that the measure would effectively ban all dispensaries in OB and throughout most of San Diego. The ordinance is expected to go before the full San Diego City Council on March 28th.

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OB Planning Board Candidates – Election Today

March 15, 2011 by Staff

For the 2011 OB Planning Board Elections the following people have officially announced their candidacies:

District 1 — Nancy Taylor (incumbent), Tom Gawronski
District 2 — Scott Waschitz (incumbent)
District 3 — No candidate
District 4 — Craig Klein (incumbent)
District 5 — Brittany Taylor
District 6 — Jane Gawronski (incumbent)
District 7 — No candidate

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Why it’s important for you to support the OB Planning Board.

March 14, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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At times the local planning committee for Ocean Beach acts in relative obscurity. Not by choice, however, for the individuals who serve on the 14-member Board want all the attention they can get. And rightly so – for the Board – which holds two open meetings every month – is really the ONLY publicly-elected body in OB, and is the expression of the people’s will in our little village. It’s annual election – which is this Tuesday, March 15th – is open to every resident, property owner or businessperson in Ocean Beach.

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OB FLASHES – News, Calendar, and Whatever – March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011 by Source
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(All details and links inside)
* NEW UPDATE: Special Meeting on Proposed Medical Marijuana Ordinance – March 16th
*Arrest of Second Suspect in OB Business Window Vandalism Imminent
*OB Planning Board Election – March 15th
*OB Rag Letter-Writing Campaign Over Lack of U-T Coverage of Large San Diego Labor Rally Gets “Apology”
*U-T Cartoonist Snags OB in Weekly Caption Contest
*OB Historical Society’s Annual Wisteria Tea Party – March 19th
*Ex-Robb Field City Worker Accused of Stealing From City
*END THE WARS! Rally – March 19th
*40th Anniversary of the Collier Park Riot Coming Up

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OB Planning Board Agenda for March 2nd Meeting

March 1, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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Here is the agenda for the Ocean Beach Planning Board’s meeting on March 2, 2011. Their monthly meeting is at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue, and begins at 6pm sharp. As a reminder, the annual election is set for March 15th.

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The City of San Diego Is So Dysfunctional, It Can’t Even Build a Public Restroom at the Beach

February 3, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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Brighton Restroom Won’t Be Constructed Until September and Will Cost $200,000 More The news last night (Feb 2nd) was not good for those who have been anticipating the City of San Diego beginning  its construction of the Brighton Avenue public restroom, down at the beach. Kevin Oliver and Elif E. Cetin from the City of […]

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In Our Name : Ocean Beach Planning Board to Determine Future of VFW Post 1392

February 3, 2011 by Dan Morales
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He that filches from me my good name robs me of that which enriches him not and makes me poor indeed. Wm Shakespeare, “Othello”, Act 3 scene 3 The February 2nd meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board (OBPB) began with its usual silent reading of the minutes leaving the packed room in a funereal […]

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Official Election Notice

February 2, 2011 by Staff
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Election date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Ocean Beach Recreation Center
4726 Santa Monica Ave

Get on the Board, Get on the Ballot! Serving as your District Representative on the
Ocean Beach Planning Board is a token of love for our Community of Ocean Beach!

Term length is two years.

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Agenda for Feb. 2nd

February 1, 2011 by Staff
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Here is the agenda for the Ocean Beach Planning Board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011.

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The Long Branch Torrey Pine Lives!

January 5, 2011 by Frank Gormlie
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The Torrey Pine on Long Branch Avenue has been saved! The tree was on the agenda of the OB Planning Board and tonight was the showdown between the City and tree proponents – or it was supposed to be. But, in a dramatic reversal, the City has determined that the tree is healthy and stable, […]

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Agenda for January 5th, 2011

January 3, 2011 by Staff
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The Ocean Beach Planning Board meets on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011, at 6:00 pm, at the OB Recreation Center, Santa Monica and Ebers.

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The Saving of Just One Torrey Pine, Part Three

December 12, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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December 1st was the night of the Ocean Beach Planning Board. The endangered Torrey Pine tree that’s been living on the 4600 block of Long Branch Avenue for nearly eighty years was on the Board’s agenda. It was “Action Item No. 1.” As the City of San Diego’s Street Division was threatening to chop down […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Ocean Beach Planners want more research before City chops down local Torrey Pine.

December 1, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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At the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting tonight, the Board voted unanimously to allow residents and the City thirty days to make studies of the tree’s health, pursue alternatives to removal, and provide the Board with their results. This decision – or indecision – by the planners to put everything off in effect put brakes […]

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Is Paid Parking the Wave Of The Future in Ocean Beach?

November 19, 2010 by Dan Morales
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The City of San Diego has plans for the future of Ocean Beach. Unfortunately for the residents and persons who own businesses here that future doesn’t include the free beach parking and ease of access that has been a staple of our community for as long as anyone can remember. At the latest meeting of […]

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Agenda for Wed., Nov. 3rd

November 2, 2010 by Staff
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Here below is the Agenda for Wednesday night’s OB Planning Board – November 3rd, 2010. The one action item on their agenda is a Neighborhood Development Permit to remodel an existing residence at 4681 Orchard Avenue. The residence is an addition on a site with two existing dwelling units. The meeting begins at 6pm at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica.

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A Response to post about the October 6th OB Planning Board meeting

October 7, 2010 by Source

Editor: The following was a response by Seth Connolly, a member of the OB Planning Board, to Dan Morales’ post about the October 6th Board meeting (“Class bias dominates OB Planning Board discussion” ).

I always appreciate Dan’s perspective, but as someone who serves on the OBPB and who was at the meeting last night, I am just going to offer a few thoughts mostly in counterbalance… speaking only for myself as a community member, of course, and not for the OBPB or in that capacity.

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Class bias dominates OB Planning Board discussions

October 7, 2010 by Dan Morales

The Ocean Beach Planning Board as the steward of the local community plan has been making a grave strategic mistake. Although the October 6th meeting was both informative and entertaining it was also revealing in terms of class perspective.

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Ocean Beach Planning Board Agenda for Oct 6, 2010

October 6, 2010 by Staff
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Here is the agenda for the OB Planning Board meeting for Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The meeting will be held at the OB Rec Center at Santa Monica and Ebers, and begins at 6pm.

(Go inside to read the agenda.)

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Ocean Beach Planners to Consider Lifting Construction Limits

August 3, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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On Wednesday night, August 4th, the Ocean Beach Planning Board will consider requests by San Diego City Planners to loosen construction restrictions that apply to OB multi-unit properties. The City is interested in eliminating the more restrictive requirements for floor area ratios (FAR) and for parking. Currently, OB properties are limited to a .7 FAR with 25% of the floor area reserved for parking.

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OB Planning Board to review remodel request for Colburn cottages at foot of the Pier.

July 20, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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The Project Review Committee of the OB Planning Board will be determining whether to authorize a request to remodel cottages on Niagara next to the OB Pier, on Wednesday, July 21.

The owner of the cottages – called the Colburn Residences and located at 5072 Niagara Avenue – wants to remodel an existing residence and add 288 square feet. The site is .23 of an acre and has an additional five residences.

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Presentation on Design of New Brighton Ave Public Restrooms – Wed Night at OB Planning Board

July 7, 2010 by Staff
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Finally, we’ll get to see what the future public restrooms at the foot of Brighton Avenue will look like. There will be a public presentation of the new designs and plans of what the City calls the Brighton Avenue “Comfort Station” at Wednesday night’s OB Planning Board meeting.

The Planning Board will be determining approval or denial of the project’s conceptual design during the July 7th meeting at the OB Recreation Center, located at the corner of Santa Monica Ave and Ebers Street. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm.

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OB Planning Board Election Results

March 10, 2010 by Frank Gormlie

The votes are in and here’s the results of the OB Planning Board election, held yesterday.

The results are:

District 1 – Landry Watson –

District 2 – Barbara Schmidtknecht

District 3 – no candidates

District 4 – Seth Connolly –

District 5 – Giovanni Ingolia –

District 6 – Catherine Cappellucci –

District 7 – Ronson Shamoun –

COME INSIDE FOR ACTUAL VOTE TOTALS….

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OB Planning: Brief Breakdown of the Board

February 19, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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With the upcoming OB Planning Board election on March 9th, and the Town Council’s planning board candidate forum on Feb 24th, we thought it would be swell if we got to know the current Board members and the candidates.

The problem is that there is not a whole lot of information out there (Planning Board website and Google) on some folks – which I indicate below. (As more info on certain individuals becomes known, I’ll add it to this post via the comments. )

The Ocean Beach Planning Board covers, of course, the OB Planning area, which is broken down into 7 districts, and each district has two seats on the Board.

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Ragster Rant: the OB Planning Board – An Institution In Crisis

February 7, 2010 by Dan Morales
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by Danny Morales

Anyway that’s the impression another Ragster and myself got when we went to the February meeting of the Ocean Beach Planning Board. What we found was a collection of individuals who twisted logic, changed board protocols, broke the board’s bylaws and violated the board’s policy guidelines to advance their own personal agendas. But don’t hit us, gentle reader. We’re just giving a preview of what remains of the first community planning organization in California.

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BREAKING NEWS: OB Planning Board Opposes Removal of Fire Pits

January 6, 2010 by Frank Gormlie

January 6, 2010. Tonight, the Ocean Beach Planning Board voted unanimously to “strenuously oppose” the removal of fire pits from Ocean Beach Park. The meeting, chaired by vice-chair Giovanni Ingolia, was held at the Recreation Center and started at 6pm.

Brought to the Board via an agenda item initiated by Board member and former chair, Landry Watson, the issue of the City’s planned removal of OB’s eight fire pits along with the remaining pits around San Diego – a total of 186 – was termed “a hot issue” by Watson.

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The Community Awakes – OB Responds to the Early Seventies Planning Crisis

January 4, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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It’s been nearly half a century since the Peninsula Community Plan was officially launched by Peninsulans, Inc., its creator, in December of 1965. For the first time the organization of Point Loman business and property elites opened their vision of Point Loma and its sub-communities to the public.

The first urban plan for Ocean Beach was to grow out of this endeavor, as OB then was simply viewed as one of those sub-communities of the greater peninsula.

Peninsulans, Inc., or just “Pen Inc” – itself the child of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce – had been officially endorsed by the San Diego City Council as “the citizen’s committee” for area planning on Point Loma. In 1968, three years after its launch, the Peninsula Community Plan was adopted by the City Council as the official plan for the Point Loma communities.

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OB Flashes – News, Calendar, and Discussion Board for January 4 – 10, 2010

January 4, 2010 by Frank Gormlie
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FIRE PITS ON OB PLANNING BOARD AGENDA – JAN. 6TH

New Church: “T’was the night before Christmas … and you’re fired!”

Stabbing Death of OB Homeless Man One of City’s Unsolved Murders of 2009

OB Historical Society Presents Local Photographer Steve Rowell in “Our Local Wildlife”

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Voltaire and Sunset Cliffs: OB’s Corner of Contention

September 3, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Originally posted August 21, 2009

by Frank Gormlie

No other corner in all of Ocean Beach has had as much attention and been the point of so much contention and conflict within the community as has the corner of Voltaire Street and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The northwest corner to be exact.

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OB Planning Board Approves World Oil’s Sunset Plaza With Conditions

August 6, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

The Ocean Beach Planning Board met last night (8/05/09) and discussed the latest reincarnation of World Oil’s Sunset Plaza project destined for the corner of Sunset Cliffs Blvd and Voltaire.

Before a small crowd of about a dozen interested residents, the Board first narrowly defeated a motion to deny the project as it was presented. This was a 5 to 6 vote. Then … .

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World Oil Out of OB!

August 4, 2009 by Source
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Editor: This was sent to us by an anonymous contributor.

by OBserver

What kind of neighbor is World Oil Corp.? Well since I live very close to what I’m going to refer to as “ground zero” I feel very qualified to say that they are a pretty shitty one!

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