Peninsula News Briefs for Point Loma-Ocean Beach March 2020

Citizens gather to protest 5G tower installations.
Citizens gather to protest 5G tower installations.

OB Council members elected

The Ocean Beach Town Council held elections Jan. 27-Feb. 7 for board members serving two-year terms (2020-2022). Re-elected are Jon Carr, Mark Winkie, Grace Quigley and Cameron Reid. Newly elected are Christie Romano and Arlene Fink. The Ocean Beach Town Council meetings are open to the public 7 p.m. fourth Wednesdays at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.

More women-operated businesses in Point Loma

After Point Loma-OB Monthly ran an article last month about women-owned businesses in the Village, we received some e-mails from other women business-owners who wished to be acknowledged:

• Jenica McClure, owns Edward Jones Investments, 2907 Shelter Island Drive, Suite 106,

• Bobbi Hanna and Megan Jewell, own Kids on the POINT OT, 2909 A Carleton St.

• Steffi Dotson, is president/founder of San Diego Craft Collective, 2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 106,

• Maria Aparicio, owns Kakawa Coffee, 3655 Voltaire St.

• Kathy O’Brien, owns Doyle Sails San Diego, 2805 Cañon St.

Point Loma Library working toward zero net energy

The City of San Diego is launching a project to demonstrate how existing municipal buildings can be converted to zero net energy. The focus is three public library locations, including Point Loma/Hervey Library (along with Kearny Mesa Library and Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library).

Zero net energy (ZNE) describes buildings, homes and even communities that generate as much renewable energy on site as they use annually. California calls for 50 percent of existing commercial buildings to be retrofitted to ZNE by 2030.

All three libraries already have solar photovoltaic systems to generate energy. Converting to ZNE will require the installation of additional technologies, including: LED lights and new lighting sensors; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) control devices; building automation systems; and energy-monitoring equipment.

To accommodate the energy upgrades, some sections of the libraries may be temporarily closed to patron access for short periods of time through Tuesday, March 31. To learn more about the project, funded by a grant from California Energy Commission in cooperation with SDG&E, visit

OB joins protest against 5G

On Jan. 25, “Global 5G Protest Day,” hundreds of rallies were held to protest the rollout of 5G and the ongoing deployment of cell towers, antennas and satellites to increase network coverage. Three of these rallies were held in San Diego — Ocean Beach, Encinitas and Carlsbad. OB rally organizer Beverly Raimondo said between 20-30 OBecians gathered at 3:30 p.m. on Abbott Street and Santa Monica Avenue to raise awareness in the community of their opposition to T-Mobile’s 5G proposal to install six antennas on the lifeguard station and to inform residents about the newly installed 5G cells blanketing OB.

Opposition from lifeguards and residents stems from health and safety concerns surrounding the radiation that emits from 5G cell towers. On Dec. 4, 2019, the OB Planning Board voted to deny approval for T-Mobile reps to obtain a Conditional Use Permit to install a 5G tower on the OB Lifeguard Station. The request must now go before the City at an unknown date. To read more, visit or For inquiries, e-mail Raimondo at

$20K for Arts District programs

The Naval Training Center (NTC) Foundation announced a second round of Arts District Collaborative Grants designed to encourage connections among the District’s 93 arts and culture groups. A total of $20,000 was awarded to four new projects to continue the transformation of the historic 100-acre former Naval Training Center into a thriving culture destination for the region:

• Perspective Series Film Screenings: Works that address social justice issues will show through March at the New Americans Museum,

• Wanderlings the Zine Meets Liberty Station: Three-hour workshops and a scavenger hunt to promote creativity and discovery with art map, photo prompts, art/text installations, portrait studios, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at various locations at Liberty Station,

• Congé 2020: A Dinner with the Arts: Set for late June at MK Envisions Galleries, 2710 Historic Decatur Road, progressive dinners and fundraisers across Liberty Station campus,

• Insignia 2020 | A Resident Group Exhibition: Six-hour exhibition showcasing 20 of Liberty Station’s resident creatives, Saturday, May 9 at IDW Publishing, 2765 Truxtun Road,

Mayor, SANDAG sign agreement with Navy

On Jan. 23, acting secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) executive director Hasan Ikhrata met at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. to sign the Navy Old Town Campus Revitalization Agreement. This agreement signifies that SANDAG and the U.S. Navy will collaborate exclusively to explore solutions for redeveloping the Navy Old Town Campus (OTC). The U.S. Navy and SANDAG are planning to revitalize the 72-acre OTC property, including the design of new state-of-the-art facilities for the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), which are central to the Navy’s cyber security mission. Modernizing the NAVWAR facilities is critical to the ongoing national security of the country, and the Navy’s ability to be at the forefront of cyber warfare, stated a press release.

Additional development opportunities could also include plans for a central mobility hub, a multi-modal transportation center connecting all current and future regional public transportation networks and provide direct transit access to San Diego International Airport. In addition to improved NAVWAR facilities and regional transportation, the revitalization of the OTC property may also allow for mixed-use retail, commercial and residential development. Read more at and

Civic services counter opens

The Public Information & Passport Services Counter, inside the City Administration Building, 202 C St., will serve as a full-service resource center, providing aid to members of the public and other City departments. The public may obtain City services and department directory information; passport application processing; City Council meeting information; Public Notary services; appeals processing; and City documents online and microfiche research. City departments may access over-the-counter City documents research requests, processing of Council Actions (e.g. maps, deeds, agreements, etc.), and checking out/checking in City records. These changes will create efficiencies within the department and streamline interaction with the public and other City departments.

Star of India scheduled for once-in-a-decade haul-out

Maritime of Museum of San Diego announced Star of India, docked at 1492 N. Harbor Drive (the world’s oldest active sailing ship) will be dry docked for restoration for at least 10 days, Feb. 11-21 to preserve the ship for visitors, members, educators and the community. As many as 2 million people view Star of India at her bayside location and thousands of school-age children participate in overnight Living History programs. The Maritime Museum has received an award of $200,000 from the National Park Service’s Maritime Heritage Program in support of the restoration project, however, this must be matched by community funds to receive the sum. For more information, contact Development Director Kelli Lewis at (619) 234-9153, ext. 114 or visit

Islands Race kicks off 2020 yacht racing calendar

The San Diego Yacht Club and Newport Harbor Yacht Club 11th annual Islands Race, Feb. 21-22, is expected to bring in more than 25 boats to race from Long Beach around offshore landmarks Santa Catalina Island and San Clemente Islands, to finish in Point Loma. Competitors may partake in a pre-race social 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Newport Club. After the race, an awards ceremony will take place 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at the San Diego Club. Co-chairs are Wayne Terry (SDYC) and Grant Edgcomb (NHYC). The Islands Race is reserved for yachts no less than 29 feet, and often fields a variety of boats from Andrews 70’s to TP52’s to Beneateu’s, J Boats and more. The entry list can be viewed at

Follow the race by tuning into the YB Tracking race display, showing real time position updates every 15 minutes, accessible from Registration at

‘Pirate Adventure’ returns to Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum of San Diego announces four new performance dates for the popular family-friendly “Boarded! A Pirate Adventure” aboard the Museum’s galleon replica San Salvador for Saturdays, April 18, Sept. 5, Nov. 28 and Dec. 26. This comedic and interactive show puts visitors in the middle of pirate actions, as participants are sworn-in as crew members, trained to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, escape from the King’s Jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills. Performances are 90 minutes and check-in times are 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Guests ages 12 and under can participate in a costume contest. The winner receives a $20 certificate to the gift shop. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children at or 1492 N. Harbor Drive. (619) 234-9153.

Library hosts art workshop for military families

Arts for Learning San Diego invites military families to a free art-making workshop with visual artist Stacie Greene, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in the Marla Haas Community Room at Point Loma/Hervey Library 3701 Voltaire St.

The workshop allows participants to express their feelings about what being a military mom, dad or child means to them. Through the technique of collage, participants use a variety of art supplies and images from magazines to make a design on a paperboard face form.

Selected artwork will be on display. Registration required. (619) 531-1539.

Also at the library, “The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street” will be revealed by Dr. Lucille Burbank (who wrote a book on the topic) 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. Free admission. “Sesame Street” celebrates its 51st year on TV in 2020.

— Compiled by Point Loma-OB Monthly staff from local reports


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