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Should the police trailer in the Ocean Beach pier parking lot go somewhere else? Next week, the people will have their say.

The trailer has been in the middle of the parking lot at the end of Newport Avenue for more than a decade, courtesy of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association, which represents business owners in the area. The association began renting the trailer when the police lost their lease on a Newport Avenue storefront. But no one ever bothered to secure a permit and, last summer, the California Coastal Commission told the city to get one.

Police say the trailer allows officers to complete simple tasks — write a report, use the restroom, microwave a snack, store equipment for beach detail — while staying in Ocean Beach. The higher profile and increased accessibility cuts down on response times and discourages drug use, violence, graffiti, and other parking-lot crime, business owners say.

But opponents say the trailer is an eyesore, is infrequently used by police, takes up too many parking spaces, and would be better placed elsewhere.

When the San Diego Police Department applied for a coastal development permit late last year, the Ocean Beach Planning Board voted in approval but told police to look for another location. (Planning boards are elected bodies that make nonbinding recommendations to the city on land-use and quality-of-life issues.)

An advisory referendum will be held March 12 from 4–7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. The planning board will host the balloting.

Citizens eligible to vote must live, own property, or represent a business in the Ocean Beach Planning Area — the precise boundary is available at oceanbeachpb.com.

The trailer issue is one of two referendums on the ballot — the other being a question on whether to create a Maintenance Assessment District, which is funded by a property-tax assessment, for better infrastructure and new public projects.

In addition, half of the 14 board positions are up for election. These positions are decided by voters in the 7 districts — those boundaries are also available on the planning board's website.

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Mercy Baron March 11, 2013 @ 11:10 a.m.

If this trailer really did any good besides being a rest stop for the officers, then there might not be any drug dealing on the wall right in front of it!

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obracer March 24, 2013 @ 3:47 p.m.

Mercy, you are right, people have been stabbed, robbed & assaulted IN FRONT OF THE TRAILER, over the last ten years. it's the men & woman of S.D.P.D. that walk the beat that have made things a little better in Ocean Beach.

I have been working on moving the trailer since 2008, yes 2008 five long years of bullshit excuses from the City of San Diego, code enforcement & park & rec.

The trailer has been a nuisance since day one, it's a fake storefront ! IT IS A RESTROOM ! A citizen looking for help from police will find a locked door when police are inside, THEY ARE USING THE RESTROOM ! leave them alone. Nobody says police don't need a place to use the restroom or warm up lunch in a microwave.Location, location, location. Most other business groups in San Diego provide space for local police. The Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association has 525 members, millions of square feet, not one member is willing to provide a 10' x 10' office and a toilet ? yet they insist having police nearby improves response time ? really ? a cop on a toilet with their pants down or a burrito in the microwave is going to respond faster than a cop parked in the red zone along Newport Ave or in the parking lot ( witch is what is done 99% of the time ) all they have to do to respond is put the car in drive. Robb Field is less than one mile from the parking lot, police already have an equipment storage facility with bicycles, quads, road signs etc., it also has a location for the trailer with access to water, power & sewer already in place today, without taking a single parking space or blocking a public view of the ocean. This issue is more about control of a parking lot than a trailer, the OBMA closes the entire parking lot for the sole purpose of selling tons of alcohol, while cutting off access to the beach and pier to ALL residents of San Diego.

Ms Lomedico , director of park & rec. for city of San Diego, believes the trailer belongs to S.D.P.D. ? what an idiot ! it is owned by Bert's rentals and paid for by the OBMA, she allowed a PRIVATE business to convert PUBLIC PARKING spaces into private use, she ignored current ordinances that said she must obtain a permit for the trailer, it took the California Coastal Commission to issue a violation notice to the city for the director to act. Ms Lomedico and her staff allow the OBMA and the Ocean Beach Town Council to hold events in the parking lot and surrounding areas without the required permits. When police are called they look the other way, of course , one hand washes the other. If the City Of San Diego planning department is stupid enough to issue a coastal development permit , the coastal commission will issue another violation notice. Call Mayor Filner and tell him the parking lot belongs to ALL residents not the O.B.M.A.

" They will hate you, rate you & and try to break you, but how strong you stand is what makes you "

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