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Garrison Street residents do it up right for holidays Residents of Garrison Street in Point Loma have long been known for their holiday spirit. Though it is a short street, Garrison residents go all out to make their neighborhood stand out and attract visitors from far and wide. Between nativity scenes, full-on light displays, snowmen, reindeer and even an annual hot cocoa charity fundraising station, Garrison Street is definitely worth a family stop. But be sure to bring your camera! Also, look for the winners of the Ocean Beach Holiday Home Decorating Contest on Page 12.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012  Volume 26, Number 29

Bronze lifeguard statue would be essence of OB BY TONY DE GARATE | THE BEACON When people consider the prospect of a bronze statue of a lifeguard to be placed south of the lifeguard tower on Abbott Street, former District 2 City Councilman Byron Wear knows what some people are thinking: here comes the Cardiff Kook, Ocean Beach style. A lot of people said the Kook looked dorky for its flailing arms and lots of other reasons when it was erected off Highway 101 in 2007 with the title “Magic Carpet Ride,” and the San Diego Architectural Foundation subsequently dinged it with its dubious Onion award. There’s even an entire website that celebrates the pranksters who regularly depict the defenseless statue as Zorro, Uncle Sam or even a shark’s meal. No biggie. Let OB be OB, said Wear, who served two terms on the San Diego City Council from 1995 to 2002, and served the city as a lifeguard lieutenant before that. “If someone wants to put a

Richard Arnold, who designed the Pointer mascot for Point Loma High School, has been commissioned to create a bronze lifeguard statue and memorial that backers hope will one day be placed in front of the Ocean Beach lifeguard station. Half of the needed funds have been raised for the $38,000 art creation. Photo by Jim Grant I The Beacon

hat or Hawaiian lei on him, whatever. That’s OB,” said Wear, who addressed the Ocean Beach Planning Board in support of the project at the board’s Dec. 5 meeting. The statue, now nearly halfway toward reaching its SEE STATUE, Page 16

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Ed Wesley, 93, speaks during a Kiwanis Club-hosted Easter Sunrise Service. Perhaps one of the oldest volunteers engaged in the community in Courtesy photo Point Loma, Wesley built the podium used for the service.

At 93, Kiwanis volunteer still has the fire and spirit of giving BY PATRICIA WALSH | THE BEACON Pull back the curtain on the multitude of service organizations serving the Peninsula community and you’ll find a stage crew of caring volunteers. Backstage at the Kiwanis Club of Point Loma is Ed Wesley who, at the age of 93, may well be Point Loma’s oldest volunteer. When he retired in 1991 from full-time employment as an engineer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, Wesley was recruited to the ranks of the Kiwanis by a neighbor. Since then, Wesley, who still works part-time as a

consultant, has built props, flipped pancakes, sold tickets and handed out pamphlets in support of the Kiwanis purpose: changing the world, one community and one child at a time. At his home in Point Loma, Wesley’s face breaks into a megawatt-smile as he shows off mementos from years of helping children. There’s a “thank you” note from 2008 in pristine condition that he received from students at Ocean Beach Elementary after the Kiwanis sponsored their sea camp. He pulls from his closet an SEE WESLEY, Page 11




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BY BIANCA KOCH | THE BEACON The daily struggle with upkeep at the public restroom facilities at Robb Field Park is a point of frustration for the city and the public. Officials with the city’s Park and Recreation Department are confronted with vandalism issues at Robb Field — a popular, versatile public park offering a wealth of recreational opportunities. The property is also the very first thing one sees as an introduction to Ocean Beach when entering via Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The park, built in 1954, offers tennis, racquetball, a gym, a skate park, a playground and picnic tables, as well as grassy areas for soccer and other ballgames. Some park users, however, are critical of the condition of the restrooms, which they believe to be in desperate need of a makeover. At issue for many users is the lack of cleanliness at the facility, located to the right side of the main south entrance off West Point Loma Boulevard. The restrooms are adjacent to the parking lot in front of one of the many ballfields. Becky Springfield, a teenager from Pacific Beach, plays soccer there. “It’s bad,” she said. “If you have to ‘go’ during games, we go in groups of two or three. Most stalls won’t lock, so one of us waits outside to make sure nobody walks in on the person using the toilet.” Some stall doors hang from broken hinges, while others that are intact lack locks for privacy. The concrete flooring, particularly around the toilet fixtures, is disintegrating, harboring puddles of water, urine and fecal matter from overflowing toilets. Oftentimes with inadequate lighting, the patchy, slippery floors pose a possible

The health and safety factors of the restroom facilities at Robb Field Park remain a source of frustration not only for visitors but for city officials struggling with daily upkeep. Photo by Bianca Koch I The Beacon

slip-and-fall hazard. The handwashing station frequently has no soap or paper-towel dispensers, and cold-air hand dryers are oftentimes out of order. Of the two drinking water stations mounted to the wall outside, one fixture appears to have been removed, and the existing fountain barely flows. “Creepily, the restrooms have taken on a certain OB shabbiness,” said Ocean Beach resident Susan Pierce. “I’m sure the Park and Rec workers undoubtedly do their best to keep them clean, but that does not fix the nauseating, sad shape those restrooms are in.” Rick Myers, who drives from Torrey Pines to watch his grandson play soccer at Robb Field, echoed the sentiment. “Yeah, it’s a great park,” Myers said, questioning the condition of the restrooms. “The existing ones are totally

uncanny, with broken doors, uneven floors, all in all very unsanitary. I noticed that the city has been doing great improvements everywhere in OB. With plenty of people visiting Robb Field, wouldn’t the city want to make sure the park’s restrooms are presentable and up to par?” Myers also questions the safety of the restrooms, particularly for the children who use them during games and practices. Clay Bingham, who oversees the cleanliness and functional comfort stations in Robb Field under the Park and Recreation Department, said officials are also frustrated, especially over the perception city workers are not responsive. “We answer or return every call,” said Bingham. “I welcome everybody with SEE ROBB FIELD, Page 11

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Scott and Melinda Therkalsen take their Beacon for a tour of the ancient sites throughout central Java, the most densely populated island within the Indonesian archipeligo of over 17,000. Here they are at Candi Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia constructed in the 9th century.

Becky Cohen and her boyfriend, Greg Staneruck, hold their Beacon at Oakland Beach in Warwick, Rhode Island, during Thanksgiving. “We wanted to take the photo in a place that would represent Rhode Island well, and considering RI is the ‘Ocean State,’ we figured this was a perfect setting.

Kim Kneer holds the Beacon as she and husband Dan were about to enter the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria in Milan, Italy to view The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. “You have to book tickets months in advance to see this beautiful art work,” said Dan. “We were working in Milan, and then took a quick holiday trip to Switzerland.”

Peninsula Beacon writer Scott Hopkins recently spent time with the extended family he adopted 18 years ago in the small, rural village of Las Juntas Veranos 15 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

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BY PATRICIA WALSH | THE BEACON The season of giving is a good time to remember that not all gifts come wrapped with a bow. Year-round volunteers in the Peninsula community give of their time and talent to bring programs, parades and parties to life. Behind the scenes at the Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library, elves of sorts are always in motion making their magic to help provide a long list of services that keep the library at the heartbeat of the community. “Keeping the library going is so important because so many people are reading online,” said Ken Knoll, 56, a volunteer who has been processing books at the library for the last year. “Libraries aren’t as popular as they used to be, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here in Point Loma.” The popularity of the Point Loma branch library extends beyond books to a plethora of programs like arts and crafts, the annual End of the Summer Reading Program Carnival, Halloween Spooktacular Parade, Gingerbread Decorating Program and End of School Year Teen Event. The library has a base of about 60 volunteers from high school students to retirees. About 35 folks assist in the Friends of the Library book sale room and the rest make it possible to keep programs, according to branch manager Christine Gonzalez. Their responsibilities run the gamut of working with staff to create booklists, searching for books that have been ordered by patrons and need to be sent to other branches, processing mailings, sorting/shelving library materials, preparing reading incentive packets, creating bulletin boards and guiding activities. Joyce Veskerna and Shelby Goad can be found every Thursday working with preschoolers and their parents at the


Mike Horvath keeps reservation stacks in impeccable order and helps with the Friends of the Library book-sale room at the Hervey/Point Loma Branch Library. Photos by Patricia Walsh I The Beacon

weekly arts and crafts hour. On a recent Thursday, they were using paper plates, cotton balls and stickers to make snow globes. “It keeps me so busy that I don’t feel old,” said Veskerna, 72. “If I was sitting at home watching TV I would feel old.” Veskerna, who remembers teaching school in a one-room school house in Nebraska in 1957, also volunteers at St. Agnes, where she teaches Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes. “Volunteers make all the difference,” said Marta Brandes-Miesner, library assistant and volunteer coordinator. “Joyce and Shelby and the high school volunteers enable us to have more programs for the kids. If I didn’t have volunteers I probably wouldn’t be able to do

crafts every week.” Kirby True and Mike Horvath both help process books. Horvath, who also lends a hand with Friends of the Library book sale, keeps reserved books shelved in impeccable order and labels new books from the central library. He also donates his time at Lindbergh Field assisting visitors at the travelers aid desk. A San Diego native who has lived in the Peninsula community all his life, Horvath, 78, said he volunteers for the satisfaction. “I enjoy knowing people enjoy books,” he said. “And I hope I’m saving the library money by being here.” In fiscal year 2012, volunteers con-

After a one-year trial period, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved a measure to permanently eliminate costly live-entertainment permits for non-nightclub or late-night bar-style restaurants. The restaurant-relief ordinance, initially proposed by District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer last year, underwent a one-year trial in November 2011 to gauge the success of the program for restaurant owners and the community at large, including police officers who would otherwise need to be hired for law enforcement in heavy live entertainment areas around nightclubs and late-night bars. “After a one-year trial period, the police department and restaurant owners agreed that ‘Restaurant Relief ’ has been successful and recommended it become permanent,” said Faulconer. “This ordinance will continue to save businesses money and let the police department focus on important public safety needs. I’m very proud the City Council approved my proposal to keep City Hall out of the kitchen and let restaurants serve and entertain their customers.” Entertainment permits to allow amplified music, even as simple as the occasional acoustic guitarist, can range from $1,500 to $4,000 per year without the relief program — a bur-

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Home-invasion, store robbery puts Duson away BY NEAL PUTNAM | THE BEACON

The Robb Field restrooms often have stalls with broken hinges, uneven flooring and no soap Photo by Bianca Koch I The Beacon or paper-towel dispensers.

for Park and Rec officials. “I believe this was a direct payback in response to the locked restrooms and to the skirting [trimming] we did on the surrounding bushes, which were also being used as night-camps by individuals,” he said. Despite the frustrations, Bingham said he is determined to bring about solutions. “As part of an immediate solution for the discouraged public, I will pull in

extra, temporary staff for Robb Field to address urgent issues,” he said. “Furthermore, we will steamclean doors, walls and floors of the restrooms in need, take care of paint issues, as well as the condition of some floors as quickly as possible. We will definitely repair all doors with broken hinges. There is no excuse for damaged doors.” Two hotlines have been established to field public complaints at Robb Field: (619) 531-1528 and (619) 221-8901.


orange jacket from Ginny’s Kids, a reminder from the year the Kiwanis Club sponsored a trip to San Diego for a group of children from Colorado with cancer. He remembers in detail countless fundraisers he worked on and scholarships he has presented throughout the years. “I guess it’s a way of life,” he said. The Kiwanis Club of Point Loma is part of Kiwanis International. Annual events hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Point Loma include an Easter Sunrise Service, for which Wesley has built a podium, and an annual pancake and egg breakfast, where he has flipped many a pancake. Wesley said what inspires him is the generosity of others. “What is fun is going out to sell tickets and people who won’t be in town give you money anyway,” he said. While Wesley admits to liking “thank you” notes, he said he doesn’t want any-

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ROBB FIELD concerns to call right away. Only then can we take immediate action, inspect the facility and, if needed, correct problems on the spot.” Bingham said Park and Rec officials promptly went to inspect all comfort stations at Robb Field after viewing pictures of the unflattering condition of some of the restrooms. “Our frustration grew with every find of a disarrayed restroom,” Bingham said. “I happen to have an excellent, hardworking maintenance staff at this location. It takes major housekeeping around the clock to keep these facilities attractive and presentable for the public. “I’m tired of being confronted with the words ‘neglect’ and ‘ignorance’ when my staff is doing their very best to keep up with reoccurring problems day after day. Unfortunately, we’re dealing with a certain clientele at Robb Field.” Bingham’s reference was to groups of transients who appear to live at Robb Field Park. Dealing with this issue requires “major fine-tuning,” he said. “We do the best we can to work with everybody and address all issues,” said Bingham. “For safety, we lock the restrooms overnight. We used to find damaged and extremely dirty stalls with piles of toilet paper on the floors — apparently used for padding — indicating that people have slept there. Upon our return to unlock the doors in the morning, we found those same individuals left poop on the floors or smeared feces all over the wall out of protest.” He also pointed to recent vandalism to three mature trees near the skate park as another source of frustration and anger


Ed Wesley assists a youngster with her coloring skills during a fall festival event. Courtesy photo

thing in return for his efforts. “When I’m in the position to give someone something they don’t have to pay me back, but when they’re in the position they should give to someone else.

There are times when I know I’m not 70 anymore. But I have no plans to quit.” For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Point Loma, visit

The man who committed a homeinvasion robbery against former City Councilman Harry Mathis was handed a 93-years-to-life prison sentence Dec. 12, but 35 years of that sentence was for an armed robbery at a Sprint store in Point Loma. Because Harvey Henry Duson, 46, has a long criminal record, San Diego Superior Court Judge Eugenia Eyherabide said, “This is why the legislature made the three-strike law.” Duson received 25 years consecutively for several crimes against Mathis and his wife, who were held against their will in their University City home on Jan. 11. Mathis, now 79, was beaten in the face and Duson set the home on fire before he and another unidentified suspect fled. But Duson also received 25 years to life for the Nov. 9, 2011 armed robbery at the Sprint store on Rosecrans Street and 10 years consecutively for using a gun during the crime. Eyherabide ordered Duson to pay $8,000 to

the Sprint store and $40 to an employee who was also robbed. On that day, two Sprint workers were ordered to the ground and were tied up with nylon while Duson and another man stole cell phones and money. The workers eventually freed themselves with scissors and called 91-1. Duson pleaded guilty to all charges Sept. 10. He was on parole when he committed the Sprint store robbery and the crimes against Mathis, who is the chairman of the Metropolitan Transit System board. Sheriff ’s Det. Peter Carrillo, who shot Duson after Duson pulled a gun on Carillo when Duson was an employee at a Pizza Hut in 1993, appeared at the sentencing to urge the judge to impose the maximum sentence for Duson, whom he called “a career criminal.” “I’m angry this man was released into society [after the 1993 incident] to harm people again,” said Carrillo. Eyherabide fined Duson nearly $11,000.



Winners all aglow after home-decorating contest The Ocean Beach Town Council and OB MainStreet Association revealed the winners this week of the annual Ocean Beach Holiday Home Decoration Contest held Dec. 16. • Best Use of Lighting — Tim Johnson, 4610 Newport Ave. • Judges Choice — Terry Beddoes, 4603 Lotus St. • Most Original Decoration — Dave Graulich, 4644 Osprey St.

NEWS Barons offers taste of the holidays with all-natural products Point Loma’s neighborhood Barons Market is stocking up on unique, all-natural products this season to satisfy even the most discerning holiday shopper. From festive candy canes colored with

beet juice to “tree-free” gift bags made from sustainable fiber, Barons prides itself in carrying the best quality products and specialty-food items around this season at low prices.

How do they know they house the best of the best? Barons’ managers try every product that is put on their shelves through weekly taste testings to ensure they offer their customers products of the utmost quality. These Earth Balance “tree-free” gift bags are made from finely ground And for Point Lomans stone, not trees, making for a perfect gifting option for your environ- looking for quick and delimentally-conscious friends. Price ranges from $1.59 to $2.99. cious holiday entertaining Courtesy photo ideas, Barons has you cov-

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senior from Whittier led the conference with just 0.53 goals allowed per match. Kracy had a .863 save percentage and 63 saves on the year. This is the second time Kracy has been selected as an AllAmerican. She was also named to the NSCAA All-American team as a freshman and was the only repeat winner on the 2012 squad. Caldwell, a senior midfielder from Coronado, finished second in the league with eight assists and 0.5 assists per game. PLNU was 7-0 in matches in which Caldwell records an assist, including in the NCCAA West Regional against Azusa Pacific. Porter joins Kracy and Breanna Nelson (2005 and 2007) as the only Sea Lions to ever receive NSCAA/-Continental Tire All-America honors. PLNU played in the NAIA at the time.


WOMEN’S SOCCER Leah Porter and Tiffany Kracy of the Point Loma women’s soccer team have been selected to the 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I All-America First Team. Kallie Caldwell also picked up an honorable mention. Porter, a junior from Yorba Linda, started 18 matches as a defender for Point Loma Nazarene University to help anchor the Sea Lions’ backline. PLNU’s defense led the Pacific West Conference in goals allowed and goals against average. The Sea Lions gave up just 12 goals in

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Leah Porter, above, along with teammate Tiffany Kracy, become the first Point Loma Nazarene players in school history to be selected to the National Christian College Athletic AssociaCourtesy photo by Will MacNeil tion Division 1 All-America First Team.

19 matches for 0.60 goals against average. As a team, Point Loma also led the league in shutouts by blanking its oppo-

Joyce Veskerna, left in red sweater, and Shelby Goad, help with the weekly arts and crafts program for Photos by Patricia Walsh I The Beacon preschoolers.


tributed nearly 4,300 hours of service to the Hervey/Point Loma Branch Library, according to Gonzalez. The estimated value of volunteer time for 2011 is $21.79 per hour, she said. Giving at the library also extends to local business whose donations support the volunteer appreciation events, according to Aida Welch, library clerk. Recognition events are supported by The Venetian Restaurant, EC Gallery, Little Caesars Pizza, Stumps Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Nati’s Mexican Restaurant and Cupcakes Squared. And, of course, the tone of giving for the branch library on Voltaire Street was set by James Edgar and Jeanne Jessop Hervey. Their personal contribution of $5 million helped remodel the library that opened in 2003 at five times the size of the previous building. Garcia invites people interested in volunteering as part of a “dynamic, hard working and fun loving library team” to

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nent in 11 of 19 matches. Kracy was credited with nine of those shutouts to pace the PacWest. The

The honors continue to roll in for Kelli LeClair, who capped off a fantastic freshman season by being named a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) second team AllAmerican on Dec. 13. LeClair led the Point Loma volleyball team and placed sixth in the PacWest with 3.71 kills per set. The outside hitter

from Yucaipa recorded double-figure kills in 22 of the Sea Lions’ 27 matches. She also registered 12 double-doubles and finished the season with 2.51 digs per set. LeClair was also named to the AllPacWest team and a San Diego Hall of Champions Athlete of the Month during the season.

PLNU YEAR-END AWARDS The Point Loma Fall sports teams recently all closed out their 2012 seasons with a year-end banquet during which each team named an MVP and sportsmanship award winner. In volleyball, Nicole Eiler picked up MVP honors while McKensey Wise was the team’s sportsmanship athlete. For men’s soccer, Daniel ten Bosch won MVP and Niko Acosta the sportsmanship award. Kallie Caldwell and Tiffany Kracy shared MVP honors for women’s soccer and Jessica Van Loo was the sportsmanship winner. In cross country, Breelan Matranga and Kyle Russell took home MVP honors, while Dylan Poorboy and Sarah Feddersen grabbed sportsmanship honors.




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BY BART MENDOZA | THE BEACON San Diego has seen a number of majorlabel hitmakers emerge from the area over the last two decades. Groups as diverse as Nickel Creek and Cattle Decapitation show the incredible range of music to be found within San Diego County. One of the most popular acts hails from the Ocean Beach area — Slightly Stoopid. Though they’ve had Top 20 Billboard chart placings, including their most recent album “Top of the World” at No. 13, the band remains underrated. As busy as the band is, its members are truly passionate about music, taking part in side and solo projects. Such is the case with trumpeter C-Money, who joined the band in 2006 and will be performing with his own band at Winston’s Beach Club on Dec. 29. Originally from North Carolina, CMoney was an eight-year veteran in the band John Brown’s Body when he made the switch in bands and locale. “John Brown’s Body was opening up for Slightly Stoopid and things just clicked when we jammed together,” said CMoney. “I was closer to Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald in age, so it all just fell into place.” Since then, he’s been around the world with the band “just playing music for a living and traveling.” “Kyle and Miles are cool people to be around,” he said. His inspiration as a youngster to play trumpet came from one of the greats, Louis Armstrong. “I’m not really sure why. I guess I was drawn to the sound and the shininess of it,” C-Money said. His first performance in front of a crowd took place with the Eustis Middle School sixth-grade band under the direction of Stan Lawson. “I played the nursery rhyme ‘Hot Cross Buns,’” he laughed. “The crowd went totally wild.” He pointed out the differences in the music of his main band and his solo work. “The biggest thing is the freedom in the

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‘Artist in Residency’ brings pro musician Derek Cannon to Correia Professional trumpeter and educator Derek Cannon visited the Correia Middle School Jazz Band at the end of November for a three-day workshop with the aspiring young students. Correia’s pupils were benefiting from the “Artist in Residency” program, which brings professional musicians to the school to teach, inspire and perform with them. The Correia Instrumental Music Association (CIMA) and Glen Fisher’s First Friday Music Club partner to raise funds to bring professional local musicians to Correia. Marc Dwyer, the school’s band director and Glen Fisher collaborate to choose musicians and organize the workshops and performances. Delfeayo Marsalis, Bill Watrous and the Dallas Brass are among the list of musicians the “Artist in Residency” program has brought to Correia Middle School in past years. In addition to being a member of the music faculty at Grossmont College, Cannon is also a member of the jazz studio faculty at San Diego State University. He teaches music theory, jazz improvisation, elements of jazz, and he is the founder/director of the Afro-Cuban Ensemble at Grossmont College. He has performed with such musical greats as Natalie Cole, The Four Tops, Clark Terry and The Temptations and at The Montreaux Jazz Festival in the Switzerland, The Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada.



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SUNDAY, Jan. 27 The United Portuguese S.E.S. annual meeting, also known as “the Contas,” will be held at the United Portuguese Hall, located at 2818 Avenida De Portugal in Point Loma on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. All members and prospective members are invited to attend. For more information, visit, or email

$38,000 fundraising goal, will become another reason to find the community charming, he said. “I think that’s art. That’s the way people will interact to it. You’re permitting people to be a part of it,” Wear said. There will be telling differences between the lifeguard statue and his kooky colleague up the coast, Wear said. The Kook is 16 feet tall. The lifeguard

will be life-size and eye level. While the Kook’s charm leans toward the campy, the lifeguard will be serious and thoughtful — more reminiscent of statues in Balboa Park that depict Kate Sessions and Alonzo Horton. The statue will face the ocean with a look of duty and purpose, Wear said. As he spoke, Wear clutched a copy of “The Lifeguards” by Robert Baxley, an Ocean Beach surfer and lifeguard in the 1950s who went on to practice law and serve as a judge on the San Diego Superior Court. The book explains how San Diego’s Lifeguard Services began in the wake of a 1918 incident in which an Ocean Beach rip current claimed the lives of 13 Army servicemen. “One of his (Baxley’s) visions was to honor the lifeguards and memorialize this tragedy,” Wear said. Richard Arnold, who grew up in Ocean Beach and designed the Pointer mascot for Point Loma High School, has been commissioned for the artwork. The San Diego Arts and Cultural Commission will meet next month to consider the final design. The inspiration for the sculpture, Wear said, is the late Raymond “Skeeter” Malcolm, a lifeguard, diver and junior high school principal. The San Diego Lifesaving Association is funding the sculpture and envisions a larger project to include landscaping and improved access that redirects pedestrians away from lifeguard vehicles — a site of many near accidents, Wear said. OTHER OBPB NOTES • The ship that serves coffee is sailing away. Pirate Cove coffee, a long-time fixture in the Apple Tree supermarket parking lot on Bacon Street, has to pull up its anchor when Apple Tree closes at the end of the year, owner Robert Domczyk told the board. The new location will be a parking lot in the 4900 block of Santa Monica Avenue on the east side of James Gang Printing, he said. It’ll be a new cart — the iconic ship won’t make the voyage because it lacks the number of required sinks, Domczyk said. • Presidential campaigning may have ended last month, but preparations are under way for community elections on March 12. As usual, seven positions for two-year terms on the OBPB will appear on the ballot, but there may be a little more at stake this time around. To make elections more accessible and relevant, the board is considering the addition of advisory propositions or community referendums, as well as ways to increase voter turnout, like Internet and absentee balloting. The board will hash out these ideas when it next meets Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave. • Kevin Faulconer, who represents Ocean Beach and the rest of District 2 on the City Council, agrees with the OBPB that no more variances should be granted that allow property owners to build homes that exceed square-footage limits called for in city code. The board had appealed a city decision to allow a property owner in the 5100 block of West Point Loma Boulevard to build a threestory home larger than would have been allowed without the variance. The OBPB had unsuccessfully appealed three other projects in the block, which is dominated by a string of one-story duplexes. Faulconer was prepared to make a motion in support of the appeal, which was heard by the council Dec. 4, but allowed the applicant to withdraw the application. “The zoning requirements … are what gives us the unique character of Ocean Beach,” Faulconer said in a statement read by his aide, Mike Patton. “...[T]he elected members of the Ocean Beach Planning Board oppose this development, and I stand behind them to preserve the unique character of OB.” Said Jane Gawronski, OBPB chairwoman who presented the appeal before the City Council: “I think it’s the first time they’ve ever listened to us (on the issue).”

The Peninsula Beacon, December 20th, 2012  

The Peninsula Beacon, December 20th, 2012

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