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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