Trash, alcohol and a beach party

July 12, 2004 No Comments

Gina Lubrano. The San Diego Union – Tribune. San Diego, Calif.: Jul 12, 2004. pg. B.7

It was such a San Diego story. The article Tuesday said that it took six hours to clean up after the birthday that spawned a huge beach bash. It was attended by more than 500,000 people, some of whom left something behind for others to clean up.

A story about the 100 tons of trash — mostly beer bottles, beer cans and cardboard beer boxes — picked up by about 30 city workers and more than 100 volunteers along 18 miles of beach and bayfront picnic spots the day after Independence Day appeared on the front page of the local section. Reaction was varied and for the most part seemed to hinge on whether people support or oppose banning alcohol at the beaches.

The story was headlined: “Post-holiday beach blues” and included the dominant photo on the page taken July 5th that showed a young couple trying to keep warm amid “the Fourth of July trash on Pacific Beach.” A second photo with the continuation of the story inside the local section showed the littered north shore of Sail Bay near Fanuel Street Park. A smaller photo showed city workers and volunteers cleaning up trash left on the beach south of Crystal Pier. The photos documented the mess.

But to some who oppose any kind of ban on alcohol at the beach, the story was perceived as editorializing; they said it did not belong on the news pages. The San Diego Union-Tribune has editorialized in favor of numerous limited measures to ban alcohol at local beaches, although it has not taken a stand on a total ban. This, however, was a news story based on fact; the point was not to promote one position over another, and it did not do that. However, the story said that “for many locals, the trash reaffirmed their opposition to alcohol on the beach.” It also noted that the “crowds were generally well behaved on Sunday, considering the number of people at the beaches.” Most of the 305 citations issued by police were related to alcohol, the story said.

Some readers were bothered by the trash and did not even mention the alcohol. “Maybe we should remember the sage advice of Robert Fulghum,” wrote Art Cooley of La Jolla.

“In ‘Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,’ he, among other things, says, ‘Clean up our own mess.’ Why not ask everyone to take home whatever he or she brings to the beach? Put up signs to this effect and ask the volunteers to go among the beachgoers asking them to take all their stuff away when they leave,” Cooley wrote.

“To emphasize the point, remove all the trash bins. To remove the largest component of the trash, which seems to be bottles and cans, adopt a law that requires a dime deposit for each container. Paid when the container is purchased, the deposit can be redeemed when the empty container is returned. In at least nine states and numerous foreign countries, these laws work very effectively to remove trash and recycle resources. If (the) exhortation by Fulghum won’t work, try economic incentives: we are all capitalists after all.”

Scott Crosby, director of Web operations for freepb.org, wrote that he was “dismayed to read yet another hysterical article … presenting only the ‘ban everything fun’ camp’s point of view. …

“While it’s true that there’s inevitably a lot of trash generated with that many people in town, you completely failed to mention any of the positives, let alone contact the other side for their input,” Crosby wrote in an e-mail to the reporter.

He said there was “far less trash on the beach than last year,” crediting the work of the Mission Bay Park Committee, I Love a Clean San Diego and freepb.org. The groups provided more trash containers, he wrote. He said the restroom problems were reduced thanks to the efforts of the Mission Bay Park Committee. He also cited the “general peacefulness — there were no fights anywhere near us on Sail Bay, only thousands of tax-paying citizens having a great time celebrating our nation’s birthday.”

David Brumley wrote that it’s “horrible when people trash the beach. It’s disrespectful of the environment and of the people who live there. It happens every Fourth of July and, to a lesser extent on other holidays.

But Brumley believes that public officials, including police, who enforce the rules have “political missions.”

“As long as we let politically correct crusades like the anti- alcohol movement dominate the scene, we’ll never get the real wrongs righted. It’s time to stop playing their games and go after the real offenders,” Brumley wrote.

Gina Lubrano’s column commenting on the media appears Mondays. It is the policy of The San Diego Union-Tribune to correct all errors. To discuss accuracy or fairness in the news, please write to Gina Lubrano, readers representative, Box 120191, San Diego, CA 92112-0191, or telephone (619) 293-1525. Send e-mail to: readers.rep@uniontrib.com.

Credit: READERS REPRESENTATIVE

Beach Ordinance

Leave a Reply


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: http://nbcsandiego.com. Source: NBCSanDiego.com 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

...