It’s the last time the Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) holds a regular meeting before annual elections on March 21. For prospective candidates, it could be the last chance to satisfy a requirement to attend a meeting in the calendar year before election day.
Planning boards are formally recognized by the city to make recommendations on land-use planning, quality-of-life issues, rezones, code-enforcement issues, public facilities and the like. The PCPB represents these neighborhoods: Ocean Beach Highlands, Point Loma Highlands Loma Alta, Loma Palisades, Loma Portal, Fleetridge, Roseville, Sunset Cliffs, Wooded Area, La Playa, Roseville and Liberty Station.
The board meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library, 3701 Voltaire St. A candidate forum is also being planned, but the date has not been set, said Rich Possanza of the PCPB’s Election Committee.
To run, a citizen be at least 18 years old and have lived, owned property or run a business in the Peninsula planning area for at least 30 days. Unlike Ocean Beach, no signatures are required. Five three-year terms and one two-year term (to fill out a term from the 2012 election) are available. Applications can be downloaded at pcpb.net.
This year’s election comes one year after a light turnout in 2012, which drew fewer than 40 voters. One year earlier, several hundred voted.
“Hopefully that’s a temporary glitch, because what we do is important. We disseminate information to the community and keep them apprised of development happening in their neighborhood,” said PCPB chairwoman Julia Quinn.
Quinn has replaced Geoff Page, who resigned recently, citing work demands.