The San Diego Mayor announced that due to a budget surplus, the city would fund the fire pits for 2012-2013 without need for donations.
Shortly after announcements that fire pits would be removed starting in July 1, several media outlets are reporting that the fire pits have been saved again. Details will follow in a press conference on May 12, 2011.
Mayor Sanders announced on These Days on KPBS on May 10, 2010 that a plan to save the fire pits will be unveiled today. It will continue to involve anonymous donors.
The Union Tribune reports that councimember Kevin Faulconer office stated that the city is close to an agreement to save the fire pits.
Come to the meeting at 7:00 PM at the Masonic Temple, corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Santa Moncia Ave. Channel 6 (and perhaps others) will cover this meeting. See the OB Rag, the organizer of the OB Adopt-a-fire-pit program. http://obrag.org/?p=19955
The La Jolla Light and many other news outlets have reported that the La Jolla Community Foundation is willing to sponsor the seven fire pits in La Jolla Shores. This is contingent on the city receiving funds to keep the fire pit program in place. San Diego city officials have stated that the fire pit program will only kept if all fire pits are funded.
The Orange County Register reports that the coastal commission told Huntington beach to return 86 pits that had been removed from the beach. A coastal permit would be needed for removal. It is interesting to note that Huntington Beach only claims to spend $24,000 (including $11,800 in labor) to maintain 86 fire pits.
The Union Tribune Reports on 1/15/10 that Deborah Lee, district manager of the Coastal Commission’s San Diego office, said a public hearing will be required due to the tremendous public interest and the large number of fire pits involved. Expect the hearing in 6-8 weeks.
On January 6, 2010 the Ocean Beach Planning Board voted unanimously to “strenuously oppose” the removal of fire pits from Ocean Beach Park. As reported by http://obrag.org/?p=16591 and the San Diego Reader.
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