Q&A: Meet Ocean Beach Town Council president Mark Winkie

Ocean Beach Town Council president Mark Winkie encourages residents to attend Council meetings, 7-8:30 p.m. fourth Wednesdays at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. The next meeting is June 26.
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Where did you grow up?

“I grew up in England, the United Kingdom.”

What do you do for a living?

“I am a partner in an e-learning development business primarily focused on the pharma/biotech industries.”

Are you married? Got kids?

“I am married to my lovely wife, Susan, and we have three adult children.”

Give us a brief history of your involvement with Ocean Beach governance.

“I was elected to the Ocean Beach Town Council Board in September 2015; I became vice president in February 2018 and was elected president in October 2018. My term lasts until our next elections in the spring of 2020.”

If you could wave a magic wand and make a wish for OB come true, what would that wish be?

“I would really like to see Ocean Beach continue to thrive while still maintaining its sense of community and uniqueness. I would love to see the City really tackle the difficult issue of homelessness in OB and Point Loma.”

What’s your favorite thing about OB?

“That would be our OB vibe, rich history and engaged community.”

What is your top priority for OB improvement?

"(We need) a new lifeguard tower and a new library. We were disappointed that the latest budget from the Mayor’s office did not include significant funds to accomplish these. But breaking news is that OB is to get $500,000 for architectural work on an expanded Ocean Beach Library. This was one of the last items to be included in the City budget.”

What is one thing you want people to know about the OB Town Council?

“We are an all-volunteer nonprofit founded in 1967 and made up of people who are passionate about their community.”

Do you have a favorite spot for relaxing in OB?

“It’s Sunset Cliffs, especially a low-tide hike.”

How would you spend a $5,000 gift to OB — no strings attached?

“I would use it as seed money for a mural contest for local artists to encourage commercial property owners to upgrade the exteriors of their buildings — especially near the pier.”

To learn more about the Town Council, visit; e-mail or call (888) 615-3518.