Ocean Beach Pier Emergency


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of San Diego
Document Title
Ocean Beach Pier Emergency
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
King tides and storms have resulted in damages to the Ocean Beach Pier. An investigation was conducted concluding that the westernmost reach of the pier cannot be used or occupied west of the existing café due to the effects of these storms having severely impacted two piles (61N and 61S). The Ocean Beach Pier is critical for access to water emergencies and medical aids around the pier. Immediate action is required in order to reopen the closed portion of the pier to ensure adequate response times for public health and safety. Cementitious material around piles 61N and 62S has significantly deteriorated and structural rebar has become exposed. The damage to these piles has undermined the structural integrity of the pier. The project will repair piles 61N and 62S using the pile jacketing method. The existing octagonal pre-stressed concrete piles will remain in-place but will require reinforcements and jacketing with new, cast in-place concrete. Repairs will be conducted using scaffolding, and the work area will be accessed from the pier deck. The repairs for jacketing will extend 18-24” beyond the damaged areas on each piling below the pile caps and above the water line.

Contact Information

Eriberto J. Valdez, Jr.
Agency Name
City of San Diego
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
San Diego
Other Location Info
The project site is located west of Ocean Front Way in Ocean Beach Park and the Ocean Beach Planning Area (Council District 2), and partially located within State of California tidelands held in trust by the City of San Diego.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
The City of San Diego conducted an environmental review that determined the project meets the definition of an “Emergency” as defined in CEQA Guidelines Section 15359 (Emergency) as the project involves a sudden, unexpected occurrence, involving a clear and imminent danger, demanding immediate action to prevent or mitigate loss of, or damage to, life, health, property, or essential public services. This emergency repair is required in order to protect public health, safety and property, and is supported by the expert opinion of the City Engineer. Thus, this emergency activity is statutorily exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Statute Section 21080(b)(2) and CEQA Guidelines Section 15269(b) (Emergency Projects) which exempts emergency repairs to publicly or privately owned service facilities necessary to maintain service essential to public health, safety or welfare. This activity is also statutorily exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Statute Section 21080(b)(4) and CEQA Guidelines Section 15269(c) (Emergency Projects) which exempts specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency.
County Clerk
San Diego


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