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The old police trailer in the Ocean Beach Pier parking lot that has caused much controversy over the past couple of decades was replaced with a new smaller unit on April 10, courtesy of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association.

A small contingent of neighbors complained that the trailer was blocking their view of the ocean from Surf Alley since 1999. SDPD Lt. Natalie Stone said, "A new permit from the San Diego Development Services is allowing us to keep the trailer there until at least 2019….

"The new trailer is about eight feet shorter than the old one, thus freeing up two more parking spaces that will be used to park police vehicles."

Next week, signs will be installed on the trailer stating that it is for police use. Police phone numbers will be posted and skirting will go around the trailer to cover the exposed tires.

"Reactions have been positive from onlookers this morning,” said Lt. Stone.

Also attending the removal of the old trailer and placement of the new one was Sgt. Jack Knish and new Western Division police captain David Rohowits.

Although Rohowits was raised in Los Angeles, his parents grew up in O.B. "If we could bring many of the disparate communities together and be more like O.B., which I feel is a community with a lifelong investment, that would be great. With three new assistant police chiefs and so many officers being at retirement age, I was told they will try to keep me in place for at least two to three years."

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HonestGovernment April 10, 2014 @ 7:38 p.m.

I've never understood the turmoil surrounding the presence of the police and their trailer. Eight feet makes a difference in what? A view of the people who hang out on the sidewalk in front of the parking lot?

What is the history of the real basis of the hoo-ha? I like the police there, plus or minus 8 ft.


nostalgic April 10, 2014 @ 8:12 p.m.

The police aren't there. It's locked all the time. Supposedly they go there to write reports or go to the bathroom or something. Nobody says when or for what it is used.


rshimizu12 April 13, 2014 @ 10:13 a.m.

I agree almost never see the police go into the trailer. They only seem to use it for storing things and writing reports.


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