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Alcohol Industry Playbook – Confidential

Alcohol Industry Playbook – Confidential

July 11, 2013 No Comments

Here’s a handbook illustrating the strategies some bar and restaurant owners use to deflect attention away from their businesses. Unfortunately the end result is enormous levels of alcohol-related crimes. Is this a game or does the industry truly want to work with the communities?

Booze ban moves closer at popular park

Booze ban moves closer at popular park

August 20, 2010 No Comments

Residents are imploring a San Diego City Council committee to endorse a blanket ban on alcohol at Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park, saying they’ve suffered enough since voters approved a beach booze ban in 2008 and sent more drinkers to their Pacific Beach neighborhood. The Park & Recreation Board had voted 8-1 Thursday to side […]

Compromise in works for park booze ban

August 18, 2010 No Comments

PACIFIC BEACH, Calif. -The battle over the Kate Sessions Park booze ban in Pacific Beach continued with a report filed Monday detailing the recommendations for the ban. The report was filed by Clay Bingham, deputy director of Community Parks Division, and aims to provide a compromise. Input was received from people on both sides of […]

Drunk in Public, Kate Sessions Park

Kate Sessions Park Neighbors May Get Relief

August 16, 2010 No Comments

The San Diego Parks and Recreation Department has again reviewed Kate O. Sessions Park as it relates to allowing alcohol consumption there. Neighbors have complained of many problems including public urination (in front of their kids), drunkenness, partiers trashing the place, using city water without authorization (for their slippery slides?) and a number of other […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Drunk in Public, Kate Sessions Park, Local Laws

Public Urination Wins the Holiday Weekend

July 31, 2010 No Comments

PacificBeacher (an independent blogger) was on the scene at Kate Sessions Park this 4th of July weekend. Among the highlights? -The fire department giving jello wrestlers a hand by using their hose to spray some H20 into the ring. -One of the female wrestlers stumbling out of the ring and openly pulling jello from her […]

Drunk in Public, Holidays, Kate Sessions Park

City Council Acts Unanimously – Putting Safety First

July 26, 2010 No Comments

Floating parties such as the Floatopia events held this year in San Diego will happen no longer. The San Diego City Council voted unanimously to close the loophole drinkers had been exploiting to bypass the 2008 beach alcohol ordinance – approved by nearly a quarter-million San Diegans. There were concerns about the enormous costs and […]


Wall Street Journal – Front Page: Floatopia

July 23, 2010 No Comments

Tomorrow Pacific Beach will make the Wall Street Journal – discussing the unintended consequences of people exploiting a new law (beach alcohol ban) with a loophole where bathers are able to drink off-shore. The reporter Conor Dougherty spent weeks doing interviews over the phone with residents and city officials and visited San Diego to see […]

Beach Ordinance, Floatopia, PB in National Media

Floatopia: San Diego – July 17

July 20, 2010 No Comments

Things were relatively mild in the Floatopia held today. There was a significant police, rescue and lifeguard force at the ready – their not knowing if 1,500 or 5,000 would show up to the event. My belief is the biggest mitigating factor to the event being small in size, compared to previous events, is that […]

Binge Drinking, Commentary, Floatopia

2010 Floatopia on Mission Bay : Sail Bay

July 16, 2010 No Comments

One of the last Floatopia events will take place July 17, 2010. Our hope is that no one is seriously injured. Revelers use a loophole in the 2008 San Diego beach alcohol ordinance to continue their excessive drinking – caring little for the Sail Bay residents, families visiting the only family-friendly park in the area […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Commentary, Floatopia

Booze ban at Kate Sessions may be imminent

July 12, 2010 No Comments

A booze ban at Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park in Pacific Beach may be imminent, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The latest attempt to make miserable the lives of San Diego’s P.B. drunks has gained momentum since a Fourth of July celebration drew thousands to the park. Some groups want a full ban, while others […]

Kate Sessions Park

Kate Sessions Booze Ban Could Move Parties To Other Parks

May 31, 2010 No Comments

Kate Sessions Park Is One Of 20 SD Parks Where Alcohol Is Permitted SAN DIEGO — Considered one of the post popular places to drink alcohol on a holiday in San Diego County, a proposed alcohol ban could end the parties at Kate Sessions Neighborhood Park.The park was once again a popular destination this Memorial […]

Alcohol Culture in PB, Kate Sessions Park

Some Enchanted Gathering…

May 8, 2010 No Comments

“He’s drunk off his ass…wavin’ his dick around,” said one SDPD officer to another as he pointed to a young man wearing a thong and wading through the waters at Fiesta Island’s “Enchanted Cove” on May 8. “Floatopia,” another beer-drinking event with a floating problem, began at 11 a.m. and was expected to continue through […]

Drunk in Public, Floatopia

Thousands attend Floatopia in PB

March 21, 2010 No Comments

For the second year in a row, partiers found a way to float around San Diego’s beach booze ban. Revelers took advantage of a loophole that allows alcohol consumption in the water. The ban was approved in 2008. Over 5000 people showed up for Floatopia 2010 on Saturday carrying floats of every shape and size. […]

Commentary, Floatopia
Floatopia – San Diego rafters exploit loophole in law – for now

Floatopia – San Diego rafters exploit loophole in law – for now

March 21, 2010 No Comments

Leave it to the few that will ruin it for the many. This years Floatopia is now over and this writer will work to cease any future similar events. What I saw at the end was hundreds of drunken idiots lucky to make it out of the water. What I’m wondering is how many of […]

Floatopia (San Diego) Rising

March 18, 2010 3 Comments

Lifeguards are preparing for thousands of people partying in Mission Bay this weekend. A screen grab of the Facebook Floatopia San Diego 2010 Spring Break page says there are 8,370 confirmed “guests,” with another 5,022 saying they may attend. The water-based events — also called raftopias and floatapalookas — involve large groups of people drinking […]


Beachgoers, Authorities Prepare For ‘Floatopia’ Party

March 16, 2010 1 Comment

Thousands of people on spring break are expected to launch rafts and inner tubes in Sail Bay this weekend for what is called “Floatopia.” In its second year, Floatopia is an event in which partiers take advantage of a loophole in the city’s beach alcohol ban. This Saturday, as many as 6,000 people have RSVPs […]


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

Dock Block Party Tests Beach Alcohol Ban for the Fourth

June 30, 2008 No Comments

Faced with the problem of a tyrannical overseas king, Americans rebelled, warred, and ultimately created a nation and a people. This Fourth of July in San Diego, celebrate American independence and ingenuity by sipping some of your favorite brew down in Pacific Beach. What’s that you say? There’s a new booze ban on San Diego […]


Men Facing Beach-Riot Charges Appear In Court

September 21, 2007 1 Comment

SAN DIEGO — Two men charged in connection with the Labor Day riot at Pacific Beach will soon be headed to trial, NBC 7/39 reported. NEW Video Surfaces. Santee resident Andrew Terrel, 20, and Ricardo Guzman, 23, of San Diego are among eight people now charged in the incident. Both appeared in court on Thursday. […]

Labor Day Riot 2007

Brawl on beach taps into booze brouhaha

September 9, 2007 No Comments

San Diego Union Tribune – Gerry Braun In one of several YouTube videos of the notorious Labor Day melee, you can watch the birth of the insurrection, long before police marched in like a conquering army to reclaim Pacific Beach.The video shows two police officers arresting a young man who they wrongly suspected was monkeying […]

Labor Day Riot 2007

Installment Three: More Cops

September 7, 2007 2 Comments

This is the third of three installments of my moderating the Cafe San Diego Installment One – Installment Two – Installment Three A news report made by the Beach and Bay Press shows that 15 people were arrested by the police from this Labor Day riot. A full two thirds were arrested for being […]

Labor Day Riot 2007

Installment One: Labor Day Beach Riots

September 6, 2007 2 Comments

This is the first of three installments of my moderating the Cafe San Diego Installment One – Installment Two – Installment Three What bothers me most about the Labor Day riot in Pacific Beach is that people seem to forget some details. That is, I understand the lifeguards asked the police for help because […]

Labor Day Riot 2007

Crowd attacks police during Labor Day beach brawl

September 6, 2007 2 Comments

Beach and Bay Press by SEBASTIAN RUIZ Standing at the foot of Reed Street in Pacific Beach, Councilman Kevin Faulconer announced that he would work to bring legislation before City Council to ban alcohol on the beach in following the violence that broke out Labor Day in Pacific Beach. At the Tuesday, Sept. 4 press […]

Labor Day Riot 2007

Do you want restrictions of alcohol San Diego beach and park areas?

September 5, 2007 13 Comments

Kevin Faulconer, Councilman for District Two in San Diego, CA – whose district includes Pacific Beach recently held a press conference where he said he supported a total alcohol restriction on any San Diego, CA parks and beaches. What do you think about this idea? Add your comments at the bottom of this page to […]

Labor Day Riot 2007

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

Beach Alcohol Task Force (BATF) reports

June 21, 2007 No Comments

Beach Area Alcohol Task Force The BATF meeting sessions are completed. The following are meeting minutes: Meeting Minutes June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 ::: March 2007 – Revised February 2007 ::: February 2007 – Revised January 2007 ::: January 2007 – Revised December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 Initial Announcement: Press Release […]

Beach Alcohol Ordinance, Beach Ordinance, Underage Drinking

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

Advisory: Hot Prowl Burglary in PB (aka Man Standing in Sleeping Woman’s Bedroom)

The San Diego Police Department Sex Crimes Unit is currently investigating a hot prowl burglary that occurred near the...

Holiday Week Checkpoints

The Friday, July 5, DUI checkpoint was conducted in the 2600 block of Ingraham Street, and was operational from...

Alcohol Industry Playbook – Confidential

Here’s a handbook illustrating the strategies some bar and restaurant owners use to deflect attention away from their businesses....

Pacific Beach Shore Club Deck Expansion

I want to encourage good businesses in Pacific Beach but, feel like the lack of state and local oversight...

34 Arrested Across 2 DUI Checkpoints

The San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Probation Department conducted two DUI checkpoints Saturday night that...

Yet Another Police Officer Injured in Drunk Driver Crash

SAN DIEGO – A suspected drunken driver was arrested early Tuesday after he plowed through a stop sign and...

UPDATE: Bad (horrible) day in Pacific Beach – man seriously injured by alleged DUI driver dies

At 9:45 am in Pacific Beach at the busiest intersection in San Diego was nearly entirely closed down for...

5 injured in car accident in Pacific Beach this morning – Possible DUI

Five people are injured after a black Nissan Titan ran a red light in Pacific Beach at around 9:45...

Priest arrested on suspicion of DUI after driving car into building

Ed. Note: My intent is to not be publicly shaming anyone. I wouldn’t normally post this if the fact...

Current Situation and Proposal

This site illustrates problems in a neighborhood of alcohol outlets that are highly concentrated – Pacific Beach. For our...

San Diego police say an overnight DUI checkpoint in Pacific Beach nets 12 arrests

612 vehicles passed through checkpoint An overnight sobriety and driver license checkpoint in Pacific Beach netted 12 arrests for...

Car Crashes into PB Home

Mercedes rammed nearly halfway through the house A suspected drunk driver lost control and crashed into a home in...

DUI checkpoints planned over holiday weekend

The San Diego Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting DUI and drivers license checkpoints at undisclosed locations within...

Pedestrians injured in drunk driving hit-and-run

A man is seriously injured after being hit by a drunk driver in Pacific Beach overnight. A man and...

Bullocks – PB’s Newest Billboard – ~1,100 Sq. Ft.?

Bullocks to this. It looks like the former Jack Daniels billboard, which took over about 1,100 sq. ft. of...

Man jailed after ramming police car in Pacific Beach

A man landed in jail Sunday hours after San Diego police say he beat and choked his girlfriend in...

Garnet Avenue DUI checkpoint nets (14) arrests

San Diego Police officers arrested 14 suspected drunken drivers and impounded 15 cars last night during a DUI Checkpoint...

SDPD Weekend DUI Checkpoints Net 34 Arrests (16 in PB), 37 Impounds

The San Diego Police Department Traffic Division conducted DUI checkpoints on Friday September 7, 2012, and on Saturday, September...

SDPD Labor Day Weekend DUI Checkpoints Net 28 DUI Arrests

The San Diego Police Department conducted three DUI checkpoints during the Labor Day Holiday weekend. The checkpoints were made...

Suspected drunk driver runs over friend

A suspected drunk driver is behind bars after hitting a woman while backing out of a parking space in...

16 Arrested at Pacific Beach DUI Checkpoint

San Diego police in Pacific Beach arrested 16 people on suspicion of drunken driving and impounded 17 vehicles during...

Pacific Beach Checkpoint Nets 6 Arrests

Six people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at an overnight checkpoint...

Pacific Beach DUI Checkpoint Nets 16 Arrests, 17 Vehicles Impounded

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego police arrested 16 drivers on suspicion of drunken driving and impounded 17 vehicles...

Woman Injured In Hit-And-Run In Pacific Beach

Woman Was Crossing Street At Grand Avenue, Cass Street PACIFIC BEACH, Calif. — A woman was rushed to the...

Suspected DUI crash shuts down Ingraham in PB

View more videos at: Source: View a slideshow from 10News San Diego. UT San Diego Report on...

Jack Daniels Gets in on the Action

One issue with all the alcohol problems we experience is we draw even more marketers of alcohol products. Just...

Police Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver In PB Crash

SAN DIEGO — Police on Tuesday are searching for a hit-and-run driver who hit at least two vehicles in...

(DUI Crash) Driver ordered to pay friend’s medical costs

Driver ordered to pay friend’s medical costs A judge ordered a drunken driver to pay more than $7,500 in...

San Diego police arrest 9 DUI suspects during St. Patty’s Day checkpoints

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego police officers arrested nine suspected drunken drivers at a downtown checkpoint and extra...

Suspected DUI driver runs over woman lying in Hillcrest alley

A suspected drunken driver allegedly ran over a 27-year-old woman who was lying in a Hillcrest alley early Saturday,...

Woman Found Unconscious In PB May Have Been (Sexually) Assaulted

22-Year-Old Found Drunk, Partially Nude In Alley A 22-year-old woman found drunk, unconscious and partially nude in a Pacific...

Coronado Residents Concerned Over Alcohol Permits – San Diego News Story – KGTV San Diego

Some longtime Coronado residents are concerned that their town could soon mimic the bar scene in Pacific Beach or...

PB Shore Club wins Expansion bid

The Pacific Beach Shore Club was approved by the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to expand their premises onto a...

Rally, walk targets Proliferation of alcohol permits in PB

Concerned citizens walk past Crystal Pier on Jan. 27 on their way up Garnet Avenue to get their message...

Judgment Finalized In Legal Battle Over Golden Hill MAD

The judgment is final. Now, a group of residents in Golden Hill and South Park — who have spent...

Charger sued in 2009 bottle incident

A man has filed a lawsuit against San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips alleging the player broke a Champagne...

Man Seriously Hurt In Pacific Beach Hit-And-Run

Man Had Just Got Out Of Taxi, Hit By Toyota Yaris, Police Say SAN DIEGO — A 28-year-old man...

Shots Reportedly Fired In Pacific Beach

Shots Reported Fired In 1800 Block Of Hornblend Street POSTED: 7:38 am PST January 19, 2012 SAN DIEGO —...

US ‘drunk driver’ swims off to escape arrest

This is an update of the story below. This story also made international news agencies also shown below. SAN...

Drunk in PB at 2AM? Cops in the Rear View Mirror? Ditch the Car, Disappear in the Ocean!

SAN DIEGO — Authorities searched for hours early Tuesday for a man suspected of drunken driving who ran away...

PB Resident Fights Bar’s Plans To Expand

See the video SAN DIEGO — A Pacific Beach resident told 10News on Tuesday he has proof that too...

3 Checkpoints Net 12 Drunken Driving Arrests

SAN DIEGO — Three checkpoints set up in Pacific Beach, Imperial Beach and Chula Vista overnight netted 12 suspected...

(DUI) Driver Crashes Into Fire Hydrant, Parked Car In PB (at 11am)

A suspected drunken driver was taken into custody Friday after crashing into a fire hydrant and a parked car...

Drunk man breaks into 81 Year Old PB woman’s home

An elderly woman in Pacific Beach woke up Friday morning to find a man in a Chargers jersey sleeping...

Pacific Beach Checkpoint Nets 12 Arrests

SAN DIEGO — San Diego police arrested a dozen people on suspicion of drunken driving and impounded nine vehicles...

Letter: San Diego’s Continuing Taxi Cab Scandal

This is a letter to the editor in response to the article by former Superior Court Judge Larry Sterling...

Another DUI Crash in PB

Early this morning an drunk driver crashed and most likely totaled a parked car on Grand Ave. at Mission...

Bike Police Catch 3 Armed Robbers in PB

Here’s a great story about police catching armed robbers utilizing their bicycle patrols. We’re trying to raise funds to...

KPBS Interview Community Leader, Businessman and ABC

This afternoon KPBS Radio featured a story on the PB Planning Group’s report on the alcohol licensing and CUP...

Officer Hurt After Car Crashes Into Police Car