Archive for Commentary

Pacific Beach makes Worldwide News – Labor Day Riot

September 5, 2007 No Comments

Our Labor Day fiasco has garnered many headlines for Pacific Beach. Is this how you want Pacific Beach portrayed in the news? This Associated Press story – and similar variations shown below – appeared in many markets including: The Globe and Mail – Canada: Story 1 – Video Story Yahoo! News – Video Story USAToday.com […]

Assault, Commentary, Drunk in Public, Holidays, Labor Day Riot 2007

Part Six: Some Questions

July 13, 2007 No Comments

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 This is the sixth installment of the general topic: The Predominant Culture of Alcohol in Pacific Beach, CA . Please feel free to contribute to any section posted, which you will see below. To read other’s comments click the link at the end […]

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Part Five: Alcohol-Environment and Exposure to Children

July 13, 2007 No Comments

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 From my understanding of alcohol marketing most makers and distributors of alcohol products advertise to gain market share of their particular brand. Of the entire drinking universe each market segment already consumes the level they are comfortable with – some extremely high and […]

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Part Four: Task Force Lacking?

July 13, 2007 No Comments

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 This is the fourth installment to today’s Café San Diego. Please feel free to contribute to any section posted today which you will see below. To read others’ comments, click the link at the end of this section. I’ll do my best to […]

Alcohol Task Force, Commentary

Part Three: Bars and Eating Establishments

July 13, 2007 No Comments

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 This is the third installment of the general topic: The Predominant Culture of Alcohol in Pacific Beach, CA . Please feel free to contribute to any section posted, which you will see below. To read other’s comments click the link at the end […]

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Part Two: More ABC and SDPD Enforcement

July 13, 2007 No Comments

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 This is the second installment of the general topic: The Predominant Culture of Alcohol in Pacific Beach, CA . Please feel free to contribute to any section posted, which you will see below. To read other’s comments click the link at the end […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Alcohol Licensees, Commentary

Part One: Our Beaches and Alcohol

July 13, 2007 6 Comments

Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 This is the first installment of the general topic: The Predominant Culture of Alcohol in Pacific Beach, CA . Please feel free to contribute to any section posted, which you will see below. To read other’s comments click the link at the end […]

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Drunk Driver, 19 Injures Two after Collision

June 30, 2007 No Comments

Police arrested a man suspected of driving under the influence yesterday after his car collided with another in Pacific Beach, leaving two people injured. The accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. as the 19-year-old sped north on Gresham Street, ran a stop sign at Loring Street and hit a westbound car, police said. The driver of […]

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Dismayed over number of DUI citations in PB – Letter to Editor

December 25, 2006 No Comments

Letter to the Editor of San Diego Union Tribune I read with interest your article (Dec. 17, B3) about the sobriety checkpoint in Pacific Beach that issued 13 DUI citations in only four hours and had to close down early because all officers were busy processing arrests (“First arrests made as holiday sobriety sweeps begin,” […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Commentary, The Problems

San Diego Bicylist Injured

February 4, 2006 No Comments

2/4/06 Channel10.com Hit-And-Run Driver At Large In Pacific Beach SAN DIEGO — A hit-and-run driver was still at large Saturday after injuring a bicycle rider in Pacific Beach, police said. The accident near Garnet Avenue and Noyes Street was reported at 12:04 a.m., said San Diego police Sgt. Rich Nemetz. A blue pickup truck was […]

Commentary, Hit and Run

The Pacific Beach model for drawing tourists – Letter to the editor

December 9, 2004 No Comments

Letter to the editor – San Diego Union Tribune The Pacific Beach model for drawing tourists How interesting that La Jolla is going to begin advertising to attract more tourists, (La Jolla is aiming to attract visitors,” News, Nov. 30). It has always seemed to me that La Jolla is well populated with people buying […]

Alcohol Licensees, Business District, Commentary

P.B. neighbors sound off over noisy bars | Loud music, rowdy patrons shatter the peace, they say

November 24, 2000 No Comments

For years, sleepless neighbors have butted heads with rowdy Pacific Beach bars. It’s a battle that may never have a clear winner, but for the residents who live there, it’s one worth fighting. Take La Rose Hunt, for example. She came to Pacific Beach to retire close to the sun and surf, but instead, she […]

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Too many liquor licenses poured into Pacific Beach – Letters to the editor

April 6, 2000 No Comments

Letters to the editor: San Diego Union Tribune Re: “Reducing youths’ access to alcohol” (Opinion, March 30): At the risk of stating the obvious, Vincent Jimno probably had Pacific Beach in mind when he wrote about youth-related alcohol problems. Our community has 177 liquor licenses, where only 78 are allowed by law. The lack of […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Alcohol Licensees, Bars and Restaurants, Business District, Commentary, Local Laws, The Problems

Pacific Beach – A Community We Love

September 1, 1999 No Comments

Articles and issues displayed on this site are a representative sample of the types of alcohol-related crime and safety issues happening in our beach community. Yes, these same issues happen in every city around the world. However, we believe there are unique factors in play in Pacific Beach, including a significant over-concentration of licenses, and […]

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Former judge avoids jail for DUI in behind-scenes plea bargain

June 30, 1997 No Comments

A retired San Diego judge who was convicted of drunken driving two years ago avoided jail recently in a second case through a plea bargain quietly arranged by the City Attorney’s Office. The deal with former Judge Robert P. McDonald blew up last week, however, when San Diego’s presiding Municipal Court judge voided it and […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Alcohol Licensees, Bars and Restaurants, Business District, Commentary, Liquor Stores

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January 1, 1990 No Comments

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DUI Driver Strikes Police Car – Officer Rushed to Hospital

News reel courtesy Fox5 News A San Diego police officer was taken to the hospital by ambulance at approximately...

Man stabbed in back while walking with girlfriend

A 21-year-old man was stabbed in the back Thursday while walking with his girlfriend in Pacific Beach, police said....

Pacific Beach 2000 vs. 2010 Census News

Here is a report of the new 2010 US Census compared to 2000 numbers in various categories. My goal...

Man sought in Pacific Beach hit-and-run

Update: See ‘Driver Ordered to Pay Friend’s Medical Costs‘ – the final sentence for this DUI driver. SAN DIEGO...

PB: Police Arrest 45 at DUI Checkpoints Saturday (51 in area)

This is yet another confirmation that there is a significant DUI problem in Pacific Beach. See this link for...

A Few August Nights in Pacific Beach

These videos include various incidents witnessed by this author during the month of August 2011. Learn more about potential...

PB Planning Group Approves Submitting Report to City (again)

The Pacific Beach Planning Group approved by a vote of 11-5 with one abstention, to submit a report their...

Thumbs Up for California Kebab!

Here’s a letter I sent to the San Diego Police Vice Department, the ABC as well as a number...

Video Gallery

Last Night in Pacific Beach Eight Days of Pacific Beach Nightlife Video prompts Proposed Permit for PB Bars and...

DUI checkpoint moved (with direction from City Hall) from Pacific Beach

Police say checkpoint moved to downtown to ‘spread enforcement wealth’ PACIFIC BEACH — A DUI checkpoint planned for the...

‘Statue’ stolen from Pacific Beach restaurant

An advertising agency is offering a reward for information leading to the return of a $10,000 life-size statue that...

Letter from a reader…

From a reader: Not surprising you didn’t post this article to your web site. It doesn’t help your cause....

A Few Nights in July 2011

Here’s a video of a few nights in July 2011. This past Saturday morning, when a DUI driver could’ve...

Group pushes for crackdown on PB bars

A group of Pacific Beach residents has not given up trying to convince City Hall to impose added regulations...

‘Instant Justice’ program a win-win for transgressors, City

Nearly 60 people cleaned up the shoreline, streets and sidewalks in Pacific Beach Tuesday to erase tickets for minor...

SD’s ‘Instant Justice’ Clears Beach Areas, Citations

Program Participants Pay $40 Fee, Complete Five Hours Of Community Service A new community service program launched on Tuesday...

Armed man stabbed at Pacific Beach party

An armed man who showed up at a neighbor’s house in Pacific Beach early Saturday to complain about a...

PB, Alcohol and You Creating Forward Movement

Focus on alcohol-related and other safety issues in Pacific Beach, California What’s going on? There are many residents, businesses...

More PB Fights reported by YouTube users

Here’s a couple more fights in Pacific Beach in the last few weeks – brought to you by YouTube’rs...

DUI Driver Flips Car on Ingraham

A woman came to the PB Town Council meeting this summer to express her grave concerns about the number...

Open Letter to the PB Shore Club

Dear Shore Club, You’re spamming our community with your posters promoting Shore Club’s 2nd annual Oyster Event being held...

Surf’s Up: PB Sign Surfs Grand Ave.

At approximately 7am this morning a driver leveled a city sign, tree and plowed through the Pacific Beach wave...

Last Night in Pacific Beach

This video is of a variety of things seen yesterday, Saturday evening in Pacific Beach… All after 12:30 am...

Many Other NFL Players Getting DUIs since 2010

After making a post about the Charger’s Applewhite getting a DUI and researching the history of our players and...

Home in PB and the living’s easy

Perhaps every San Diego State student debates moving to Pacific Beach. The rumors are alluring, but the mystery of...

What are the odds? Charger Player Applewhite arrested for DUI in PB

Pacific Beach seems to draw the worst out of our NFL Chargers players. What are the odds that such...

Yelp.com Reviewers Describe Pacific Beach

Hat’s off to the problem PB bars and restaurants who are doing such a great job ruining our community’s...

Alcohol License Applicant ‘Mastermind’ Arrested by Feds in USD Basketball Fix

A Pacific Beach alcohol licensee was approved to continue operations in PB and also recently applied to sell full-spirits...

PB DUI Checkpoint yields 25 Arrests – Again…

… At the Pacific Beach checkpoint, on Grand Avenue near Culver Street, San Diego police officers screened 725 vehicles,...

Drunk Man Crossing Street In PB Hit By Car

A 23-year-old man is recuperating Wednesday after he was struck by a car while attempting to cross a Pacific...

US senators urge end to drunk driver ‘apps’

US senators on Tuesday pressed Google, Apple, and Blackberry maker Research in Motion to pull the plug on applications...

Just 8 Days of Pacific Beach’s Nightlife

Recently, Channel 10 News featured a story where a small portion of video I shot over 6 months in...

St. Patrick’s Day in PB 2011

Check out what PB looked like last night on St. Patrick’s Day. We appreciate the police presence in PB...

Telling SDSU study on overserving from local bars

A telling survey which you can see in it’s entirety here was done by San Diego State University (SDSU)...

Video Prompts Proposed Permit For PB Bars, Restaurants

Check out the story at Channel 10 News featuring a film shot in PB over about a 6 month...

Designated driver sign

Designated driver sign Originally uploaded by pbSpirits Bar encouraging people to use designated driver progeam. Do these designated driver...

Parked Hare Krishna van struck

Parked Hare Krishna van struck Originally uploaded by pbSpirits Looks like the Hare Krishna van got rear ended on...

Dueling Ideologies In Pacific Beach

It is just before noon on a Saturday morning and many of the collegic inhabitants of Pacific Beach are...

Women fighting in 7-11

Two women were involved in a fight in a Pacific Beach 7-11. Other’s started fighting as well while many...

Police Say Chargers’ Naanee Not Involved In PB Fight

Amir Khan Severely Injured In Incident At Bar West POSTED: 10:57 am PST December 14, 2010 SAN DIEGO —...

Fight At Bar West Sends Man To Hospital (Football Star Allegedly Involved)

A man in his 20s was hospitalized following a fist fight in a Pacific Beach parking lot early Monday...

Thankful in Pacific Beach this Thanksgiving morning

Early this Thanksgiving morning police were chasing a car who’s driver wouldn’t stop, turning off their headlights at times...

Two drivers suspected of drinking collide in Pacific Beach

Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a Tuesday night collision in Pacific Beach which left...

Drunk Driving Crash in Pacific Beach

PACIFIC BEACH – A suspected drunk driver left a portion of Pacific Beach without electricity and contributed to congestion...

Frommer’s Travel Guide: Not so glowing review on PB culture

In Frommer’s San Diego 2010 a review on Tower 23 includes: “…the PB party atmosphere still pervades. Don’t be...

4th annual Pacific Beach “Scavenger Hunt” pub crawl

Here’s a video posted by a group that had it’s 4th annual scavenger hunt in Pacific Beach with as...

BeachFest Drunk Visits BeachFest

Here’s a video of a visitor to the Pacific Beach BeachFest held this past weekend. I’m wondering how many...

The $50,000 Corvette that got a little wet (in the ocean off Law St.)

Couple’s RENTED luxury car ends up in the Pacific after beach joyride What’s worse than accidentally driving your own...

Summary of Union Tribune beach-alcohol articles 1990-2007

To help put beach alcohol-issues today in perspective of our recent history here’s a summary of events from 1990-2007...

San Diego Leads Nation In Drunken Driving Violations

Read the complete story from insurance.com According to Insurance.com, San Diego Has The Most Alcohol-Related Driving Violations Among 20...