Is the Pacific Beach Town Council putting 50+ years of integrity on the line?

June 15, 2010 10 Comments

Well, it appears the Pacific Beach Town Council, well past its 50th year in existence,  is at it again. I served on this Board for years and am bothered about recent blocks of membership enrollments. Word has it that, earlier this year, the allowed nearly 40 applications for membership to be bought by one entity – a liquor licensee under review and needing their endorsement. These ‘members’ were invited to attend meetings to vote on that issue.

I’ve also heard that a Board member I’ll not name encouraged Discover PB, the Business Improvement District, to send their business members on over to join the Town Council with the implication that there was a ‘new sheriff’ in town (implying that they would be much more receptive than past Boards to give the nod to alcohol licensees requests for endorsements).

Those are heavy charges in my mind, not only because the alcohol applicants would have the verve to outright BUY a vote but, that the Town Council would promote the opportunity, accept the memberships and, when everything was made transparent, keep the money and allow the memberships to stand. And to then re-vote on the issue with this new Board, after the recommendation was to not support the modification last year, is icing on the cake.

And to those ‘members’ who actually vote your integrity is very important to yourself. Call me old fashioned but, this isn’t the way things were done when I was a kid – heck, every kid I ever knew knows its unethical to buy a vote. It’s not honorable.

Well, tonight that same drift is taking place after I received this notice notice below. I hope you’ll attend the meeting and voting against this expansion – because it’s not right for PB, not because I’m asking you to. I’m also rooting for this board Board to not accept these block-registrations from a licensee under review or, if they do decide to register folks, perhaps they could recuse themselves from making recommendations to the city regarding that licensees application. If the Town Council was firm with this policy then the licensees wouldn’t try to influence it.

If you have any opinion to the contrary please do tell.

Here’s the notice:

Just a Reminder:

Tomorrow, Wednesday night, the expansion of the PB Shore Club will be on the PB Town Council agenda.

There is likely to be a vote taken on the issue.

Wednesday, June 16th at 6:30 pm

PB Woman’s Club, 1721 Hornblend St.

Whether you are a PBTC member or not, all are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.

The PB Shore Club wants to build an upstairs outdoor deck that will increase its capacity from 186 to 312 persons. The PB Shore Club is located at the corner of Ocean Blvd and Garnet Ave.   PB Shore Club has a type 47 alcohol license, which is a restaurant authorized to sell full spirits.  Their website indicates the kitchen closes at 10 pm, and they are open until 2 am every night.

The state ABC makes the final decisions on alcohol licenses, but it does consider recommendations made by the San Diego Police Department (SDPD).  SDPD is interested in the Pacific Beach Town Council (PBTC) view on the PB Shore Club expansion.  Last year, the PBTC board voted against the expansion, but this year the PBTC board voted to support the expansion.

The census tract in which PB Shore Club is located, has alcohol-related crime that is 19 times the city average, and general crime that is 4.5 times the city average (2008 data from SDPD).  This census tract also has 53 on-sale alcohol licenses (44 restaurants and 9 bars), even though state guidelines allow only 6 licenses in that census tract (2008 data from SDPD).

Here’s some photos of the very parking lot the applicants are intending to extend onto. This includes between the two buildings and extend into the East area.

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Alcohol Licensees, Alcoholic Bev Ctl (ABC), Bars and Restaurants, Business District, Commentary
10 Comments to “Is the Pacific Beach Town Council putting 50+ years of integrity on the line?”
  1. Georgie says:

    In my opinion, PBTC’s current directors have no idea what is important for their community. We have enough entities trying to help the businesses and no one protecting the community.

    It has sadly deteriorated to a place where people just come to drink. There is so much more to this town than that. If it is a tourist destination, then it should be for all ages, and not a college coed attraction.

    We have an imbalance here in this community. It shows if you just look at the reputation we have earned by who comes here. It would be wise for the PBTC to start doing what its Mission Statement declares. The result of doing otherwise will be detrimental.

  2. Brad Stevens says:

    As a long time resident of San Diego, And once time resident of the pacific beach, mission beach corridor. I have watched these same individuals for years, No, Decades, Bitch. In the 70’s it was the drug dens, and motor cycle gangs “Taking over the community”. The eighties were, “The city has not done it’s part to revitalize the community” So the city built a wonderland of fun, Fun for the young, teen, young adult, and old. Literally a wonderland! Finally the west coast had a tourism mecca resort to be enjoyed by a nation. You didn’t need to flee the counrty to enjoy the ocean, dinning, boating, going out to clubs, renting bikes, surf and body boards. BBQing on the beach with your family. Now We had it, right here in San Diego. You’d think these same people would applaud. They their respectable, buissnes flourshing, property values going through the roof, community. But no, with all this enjoyment, people from around the world were having fun in their back yard. I have got a NEWS FLASH for you folks. BE REALLY CAREFUL FOR WHAT YOU ASK FOR, AS YOU MAY GET IT. You now have spent millions of dollars of our money to create this, The machine is working like a charm, and you don’t like it…Either swallow what you have created and enjoy it with the rest of us. Or move to Florida, where communities abound with bitchy people, where you will fit right in. It’s time to poop or get off the pot. Drink your Prune juice, and make a choice. As you have spent my money, I now own your peice of pie, so scoot over, and let me put my towel down.

  3. pbSpirits says:

    No, what I’m saying is the PB Town Council spent 50+ years building it’s character and reputation on giving, sharing, communicating and at times voting. It’s not a pay-as-you-vote system – it’s a community-building group that has a rich history. This history is now apparently being threatened by the one entity in the area that is causing a monstrous number of problems, arrests, injuries, traumas and deaths. This same entity refused to cooperate, by sending two representatives to their Alcohol License Review Committee, in the one (non-BID) organization mandated by the City of San Diego to uphold the community plan here. Good night.

  4. Doug S says:

    So what your saying is, if employees and customers of PBSC are RESIDENT’S of PB and don’t like what is happening they should not be able to pay on their own for PBTC membership and have their say? AGAIN these were all RESIDENTS of PB who just wanted to support a small business. I geuss if I was an unregistered voter who saw a OBAMA campaign, liked what I saw and decided to register and vote for him, that would mean his campaign bought my vote? You have a very informative web site with so many real statistics and take alot of time to let people know about a REAL DUI problem we have in PB, but you totally discredit yourself with Shady articles like this. PS The hearsay about the PBTC board member was just that, HEARSAY and total fiction. This is my last response. Good Luck and try to stay with the FACTS 100% of the time,

  5. pbSpirits says:

    Well, I guess we better close down all those newspapers too… where they actually talk about issues in context of the environment. Wouldn’t want anyone to put the pieces of the puzzle together now would we?

  6. Doug S says:

    Pretty clever(Shady) to link ” one entity” in an article about PBSC, which includes pictures. Chuck the reason why this years PBTC’s Board voted to support PBSC deck is because there are many new younger and more open minded board members who support small business and growth.

  7. pbSpirits says:

    As you’ll see by reading I mentioned ‘one entity’ – that was an entity described as an earlier event that preceeded last evening’s meeting. From what I understand many Shore Club supporters bought new memberships only recently – coincidentally right during the time a letter would be requested from the PB Town Council to support the expansion of their employer and/or business. The other alcohol licensee did in fact pay for their memberships for their ‘members’, in bulk and with a company check. If you’re concerned in which business did that you, or anyone else at any time, can request to see the Town Council’s books at their office. My bet is you won’t be going.

  8. Doug S says:

    Are you saying that it is a Fact that P.B. Shore Club bought peoples membership into PBTC? You have proof?

  9. itsmechuck says:

    Is the PBTC seelling out?
    On the surface, yes;
    I don’t see any other explanation for reversal of last year’s PBTC Board’s position on the Pacific Beach Shore Club expansion.

    I’m curious how many attendees last night weren’t there a year ago?

  10. itsmechuck says:

    I’m a Pacific Beach Town Council member in attendance at the June 16, 2010 meeting.
    I appreciate the effort of, and difficulty for, PBTC officers and members in addressing a difficult issue.
    I applaud those who were able to keep their heads, as others around them were losing theirs.

    Bottom line, this motivates me to get more involved in my community.

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