Archive for Alcohol Culture in PB

Revelers float right past city’s beach alcohol ban [aka. Floatopia II]

September 6, 2009 No Comments

At Fanuel Street Park in Pacific Beach holiday weekend revelers found a way around the ban on alcohol at city beaches by taking part in Floatopia on Mission Bay in 2009. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / Union-Tribune) SAN DIEGO — No longer allowed to drink alcohol on San Diego beaches, Aubrey Taylor and her friends moved […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Floatopia

Man acquitted in single-punch death, assault

October 4, 2008 No Comments

A Pacific Beach man who killed a man with a single punch to the head and claimed self-defense was acquitted yesterday of second-degree murder. Sam Bonsu also was acquitted in San Diego Superior Court of a voluntary manslaughter charge for the death of Nathaniel “Nat” Ward, 25, last May. After deliberating since Wednesday, the jury […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Assault, Crime and Safety

Bars, nightclubs introduce new ID scanner security system

July 9, 2008 No Comments

By Sebastian Ruiz Councilman Kevin Faulconer and San Diego Police Department officials joined local bar and nightclub owners outside of Bub’s Dive Bar to unveil a new ID scanner system that would increase security at the bars in Pacific Beach and Mission Beach. The scanner lets security staff keep track of people who might become […]

Bars and Restaurants, Business District

Resident, guest both shot in struggle over weapon at house party

May 3, 2008 No Comments

Two men suffered gunshot wounds as they apparently struggled over a weapon at a house party early yesterday, police said. The fight between a resident and a guest broke out sometime before 2 a.m. at the home on Diamond Street, San Diego police said. Multiple shots were fired during the struggle. Officers were notified of […]

Assault, House Parties

City ignores Special Events Committee vote?

April 2, 2008 No Comments

Well, the first event, the StayClassy “Charity Jam” was reviewed on and voted upon by the Special Events Committee. Their recommendation? To tell the city not to approve the event. The city’s response? To go against the committee’s recommendation and approve the event. The PBTC’s voice was not ‘officially’ heard but, my belief is that […]

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History of and Reformulating the Special Events Committee

March 19, 2008 No Comments

These are my concerns regarding the future of the PB Special Events Committee. My opinions are based on my recollections as to the history of the group’s formation and are subject to correction if needed. I share my concerns as to the entire process of approving special events, as well as which events are appropriate, […]

Tags: Special Events

CrimeTracker Maps Alcohol-Related Crime In Pacific Beach

September 6, 2007 2 Comments 09-06-07 at 11:13AM A Labor Day riot in Pacific Beach has people calling for a ban on booze at the beach. But just how bad is the booze problem at the beach? The News 8 CrimeFighters tallied drunk driving and drunk in public arrests over the past three months in Pacific Beach. The numbers […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Crime and Safety

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 […]

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

Riot Puts Beach Alcohol Back In Spotlight

September 4, 2007 No Comments

9/4/07 Monica Dean, NBC 7/39 Reporter SAN DIEGO — The city councilman from Pacific Beach said a Labor Day riot in his neighborhood shows that something has to change. Councilmember Kevin Faulconer said alcohol undoubtedly played a role in the confrontation between a rowdy crowd and more than 70 San Diego police officers Monday. He […]

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

Labor Day Festivities Turn Violent In Pacific Beach

September 3, 2007 No Comments Monday, September 3, 2007 Labor Day turned ugly in Pacific Beach. San Diego police had to disperse a violent crowd of several hundred people, some of whom pelted officers with cans and bottles. This after officers arrested ten people involved in an alcohol-related brawl. Reinforcements were brought in and more people were arrested. The […]

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

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

Judge Sets Trial Date in St. Patrick’s Day Case

July 5, 2007 No Comments

July 5, 2007 – Beach and Bay Press Two young men were ordered to stand trial on conspiracy and assault charges that indirectly involved the traffic death of their friend in Pacific Beach. The judge dismissed all charges against a third man. Following an all-day preliminary hearing on June 29, San Diego Superior Court Judge […]

Assault, Holidays

Two face trial for run-in that led to friend’s death

June 30, 2007 No Comments

Two young men charged in connection with a confrontation in Pacific Beach that led to a friend’s death were ordered yesterday to stand trial for assault. Edward Vitela, 23, and Matthew Lexin, 24, are accused of leaving a party on St. Patrick’s Day to help a friend retaliate against a group of teenagers he fought […]

Assault, House Parties
Plenty of Booze

Plenty of Booze

June 19, 2007 No Comments

Pacific Beach. 2:00 p.m. A typical, sunny summer Saturday. The smell of spilled beer mingles with sea mist and wet wood. I’m bar-hopping, and not one establishment I enter at midday is empty. Many are almost full. The people are predominantly white, under 30, and showing off a lot of tanned and tattooed skin. I […]

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

First arrests made as holiday sobriety sweeps begin

December 17, 2006 No Comments

12-17-06, San Diego Union Tribune: Joe Hughes San Diego police set the trap in Pacific Beach, and it didn’t take long to find their prey. A drunken driver was behind the wheel of the first car pulled over Friday night in the initial hours of a major holiday law enforcement sweep that will continue through […]

Assault, Holidays
KPBS Pacific Beach’s High Crime Rates

KPBS Pacific Beach’s High Crime Rates

September 1, 2006 No Comments

Here’s a KPBS story on crime in Pacific Beach. San Diego Police Department’s Lieutenant Brian Ahearn and Benjamin Nichols of Discover Pacific Beach.

Past Curfew: Skank or perv it up at Margarita Rocks

August 28, 2006 No Comments

Street News: Sleaze and Pacific Beach nightlife just go together, so it comes as no surprise that clubgoers should compare Margarita Rocks to the infamous Safari in Tijuana. For starters, both have platforms where drunk female dancers can exhibit their moves while the guys below try in vain to look up their skirts. Both have […]

Bars and Restaurants, Business District

Block Party Blocked

March 23, 2006 No Comments

The toned-down alternative for Pacific Beach’s Block Party, the Pacific Beach Street Fair, was officially denied a permit for this year by the city after months of community controversy. In a letter signed by the city’s chief executive officer, Ronnie Froman, the denial was based on the lack of community support, threat to private property […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Block Party, PB in the Media

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

Pacific Beach `sober center’ in the works | Police, SDSU want place for partyers to sleep it off

September 16, 2001 No Comments

Angela Lau. The San Diego Union – Tribune. San Diego, Calif.: Sep 16, 2001. pg. B.1 Pacific Beach partyers are so notorious for their rowdy drunkenness that authorities want to find them a place of their own to sober up. San Diego police and San Diego State University’s collegiate alcohol prevention program have proposed a […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Drunk in Public, Solutions

PB Leads San Diego with 334 DUI Arrests – in 2001 (aka. Panels to air beach alcohol ban)

February 20, 2001 No Comments

The Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach town councils are scheduled to discuss a total ban on alcohol at beaches during two public hearings today and tomorrow. The Ocean Beach Town Council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. today at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave. Pacific Beach will discuss the issue at […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Drunk Drivers

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

Injuring cop, DUI nets year in jail | Victim sought harsh sentence for woman convicted in wreck

December 19, 1998 No Comments

Bill Callahan. The San Diego Union – Tribune. San Diego, Calif.: Dec 19, 1998. pg. B.1 They were both in their 20s and so alike in their aspirations to serve society. Daniel Toneck was a young police officer protecting the public. Monica Thayer was on the verge of becoming a high school teacher. Those ambitions […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Drunk Drivers

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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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... 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 According to, San Diego Has The Most Alcohol-Related Driving Violations Among 20...