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High crime in PB bar district – Again!

On Wednesday, February 3rd, the San Diego Police Department will deliver its annual “Crime Briefing” to the City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods committee (PS&LN). Crime statistics for the first 11 months of 2015 have been posted on their website and are shown graphically below: http://www.sandiego.gov/police/services/statistics/index.shtml

 

image001Once again PB is near the top for violent crime (mostly alcohol-fueled fights and assaults), almost all of which occurred in the “bar district.” The police have been doing an outstanding job at an impossible task.  It is past time for the City to enact policies that will give our police the tools and funding they need to reduce this high crime. And every year, PB continues to get additional new/expanded alcohol licenses, sometimes even over the objections of the police and the local staff of the ABC.

Since SavePB.org was formed in 2005, we’ve been working to reduce the crime in our business district that is a direct result of the over-concentration of alcohol businesses, and their problematic operations. We have researched and proposed proven solutions, which include establishing city control over where and how new alcohol businesses operate, and using a cost recovery fee to fund enhanced police monitoring and enforcement. However, so far the City has been unwilling to adopt these solutions, and a result, crime in our business district remains high. (Fortunately, crime remains low in our residential neighborhoods!) As always, it is critical for City officials to hear from concerned citizens who want effective action to reduce alcohol-related crime.

We encourage you to email your experiences and comments to our City officials:

Email to PS&LN Committee members and staff, and to the mayor:
martiemerald@sandiego.gov; chriscate@sandiego.gov; myrtlecole@sandiego.gov; toddgloria@sandiego.gov; mberumen@sandiego.gov; kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov

The City must adopt new policies that give the City (not the ABC) land-use control over where and how new alcohol businesses operate; and that provide police with the funding and tools they need to educate, monitor and enforce to ensure best business practices that reduce alcohol-related crime. Many other California cities have successfully used such policies to reduce crime and to improve business districts as well as residents quality of life. Read PB Planning Group 2011 report for more info on issues and solutions: 

It’s time to give police the tools they need to make Pacific Beach safer. It’s good for the hospitality industry, for tourism, for all businesses, and for residents too.


“Down with Deco” – community protests DecoBike

A bike ride on the boardwalk from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach was held on January 30th  to show support for renting locally and to protest some DecoBike locations. In particular, residents and businesses were protesting these locations:
• Installed on the boardwalk
• In front of or near local bike shops and businesses that also rent bikes.

A sizable crowd attending riding bikes provided by our local businesses.  More to com…

Background: The first bike sharing location arrived in San Diego in January of last year. For over a year prior, representatives from the City and DecoBike worked with Mission Beach and Pacific Beach community groups on how to integrate a bike share program. There were many meetings to vet issues including the impact on local small businesses, safety, convenience, parking and traffic congestion along with the needs of Deco Bikes to ensure a successful business model for bike share.

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The DecoBike company simply ignored a list of acceptable locations which had already been agreed to.


Vacation Rentals Mtg – Thursday, Dec 3, 9:00 am at City Planning Commission

Please Come to Important Meeting on Vacation Rentals! 
Tell the City Planning Commission how Vacation Rentals are affecting you and your neighborhood and how they should be regulated!

San Diego City Planning Commission
Thursday, Dec 3, 9:00 am

Golden Hall (Copper Room)
Adjacent to City Administration Bldg.
202 C Street, 92101

This is one of the final meetings that will decide whether Short-term Vacation Rentals will be regulated or not regulated in our neighborhoods.
It is Critical that Residents show up in force on Dec 3!  The Planning Commission vote will have great influence on the upcoming final City Council decision!
Everyone who cares about this issue should attend.  Please bring neighbors and friends too! 
See information on parking and transportation at bottom of email.

What You Can Do:

  • Come to the meeting to show your concern.  Speak if you wish.
  • Email your comments to City Officials (email address block below)
  • Forward this email to friends and neighbors
  • Visit SaveSanDiegoNeighborhoods.org to get sign a petition and get more information

 

Email your comments to the Mayor, City Council, City Attorney and Liezl Mangonon (Lorie Zapf’s aide), and keep sending comments in the weeks and months to come. (copy and paste the following emails)

kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov; sherrilightner@sandiego.gov; loriezapf@sandiego.gov; toddgloria@sandiego.gov; myrtlecole@sandiego.gov; markkersey@sandiego.gov; chriscate@sandiego.gov; scottsherman@sandiego.gov; davidalvarez@sandiego.gov; martiemerald@sandiego.gov; cityattorney@sandiego.gov; lmangonon@sandiego.gov

 


Vacation Rentals Update

This is an important update on vacation rentals from Save San Diego Neighborhoods (SSDN). You may email ssdn@savesandiegoneighoods.org with questions.

“The City of San Diego will hold two meetings Wednesday on its short-term vacation rental draft ordinance. While both are open to the public, there will be limited time for comments.

Code Monitoring Team (CMT) Meeting
10:00-11:45 a.m.
Technical Advisory Committee
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Both on Wednesday, Oct. 14
Development Services Center / City Operations Building
1222 First Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
4th Floor Training Room

The draft proposal being considered is a poorly conceived ordinance that would legitimize mini-hotels in all residential areas in the City. It is opposed by Save San Diego Neighborhoods (SSDN), as well as the city-wide Community Planners Committee, which voted 24-3 against it on Sept. 22.

Both SSDN and the CPC are asking the City to enforce its current Municipal Code, which both groups – along with a growing number of land-use and legal experts – say prohibits STVR in residential areas.

Following the two meetings on Wednesday, the City’s Planning Committee will consider the draft ordinance on December 3. Everyone who can is urged to attend that meeting, also. Details will be released closer to the meeting, but please add it to your calendars now.

Please check http://www.SaveSanDiegoNeighborhoods.org in the coming days for updates in this critical period for those trying to protect their neighborhoods and homes from the proliferation of mini-hotels. In a nutshell, our numbers are growing, good things are happening, but we are still searching for a champion in City Hall to stand up and say: “Enforce the current Municipal Code and keep mini-hotels out of our residential areas.”

Also, be sure to sign our online petition asking the City to enforce its Municipal Code, and ask 5-10 of your friends to do the same. It will make a difference.”


DECO Bikes on the boardwalk

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For the last two years, the PB Planning Group, the PB Business Improvement District (Discover PB) and the PB Town Council had been working with the Deco Bikes Corporation to agree upon locations for the bike corrals. They had identified and agreed upon a few locations, but at a meeting two weeks ago, Deco Bikes said they planned to put the bikes on the boardwalk. All PB groups opposed this plan as it would take away from established local businesses, block the stunning views, crowd the boardwalk and not benefit the community of PB at all. In spite of the opposition from every group in PB, Deco Bikes came last Friday, removed benches, and installed two bike corrals, over 80 feet on the west side of the boardwalk one block from each other, obstructing views of the ocean in between the pier and south to the life guard tower. There are also locations at the foot of Pacific Beach Drive, Thomas and Grand Avenue and more boardwalk stalls to come.

We are supportive of bikes, but the boardwalk locations are not convenient and crowd the boardwalk for visitors and residents. This Miami, Florida based corporation is taking up precious space on our boardwalk to rent out bikes to tourists. Pacific Beach already has many local business that provide rental bike service.

HOW YOU CAN HELP. A local grassroots group has multiple strategies to get the bikes removed and to keep more from being installed. There has been great press coverage over the last few days, but in spite of the vocal fury over the unexpected installations, the city has been unresponsive. 

Sign the email petition in the link below and share with everyone you know!
http://goo.gl/forms/KeC8mzCs1W

Email Kevin Falconer and Lorie Zapf and let them know that ignoring the wishes of every single advisory and civic organization in PB, in regards to Deco Bike locations, is unacceptable.  
kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov
loriezapf@sandiego.gov

Join their Facebook Group.
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/SavePacificBeachBoardwalk/


Important Meeting on Vacation Rentals!

Please Come to Important Meeting on Vacation Rentals!
So many people came to the April 22 meeting that they didn’t have time to hear all speakers, so they are continuing the meeting…

City Council – Smart Growth & Land Use Committee
Friday, May 29, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Golden Hall (Copper Room)
Adjacent to City Administration Bldg.
202 C Street, 92101

Thank you to all who took time to attend the April 22nd meeting, send an email, make a phone call, and/or spread the word. At the meeting, there were hundreds of people, both for and against vacation rentals – so many that not all speakers had time to speak before the meeting ended.

On May 29, first to speak will be those who submitted speaker slips on April 22 but did not get to speak. NEW SPEAKERS will be allowed too. (Those who spoke on April 22 will not get to speak on May 29, but it is important for you to come again to show your support!)

It is Critical that Residents show up in force on May 29! It will have a big impact on how the City Council votes!

Everyone who cares about this issue should attend. Please bring neighbors and friends too!

See information on parking and transportation at bottom of email.

What You Can Do:
* Come to the meeting to show your concern. Speak if you wish.
* Email your comments to City Officials
* Forward this email to friends and neighbors
* Visit SaveSanDiegoNeighborhoods.org to get more information

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Important Information about Meeting:
Arrive early for best parking and seating options

Public Comment: Due to the large turn-out expected, speakers will be limited to 1 minute each. You can have more time if other people fill out a slip and “cede” their time to you. Speaker slips are available at the back of the room and must be filled out and placed in the “Speaker Slip” box near the speakers podium.
Security: You will be going through metal detectors in the lobby, so no knives, scissors, etc.

Transportation: If you drive, try to carpool. The 30 bus goes directly from Pacific Beach to a block from City Hall. Or you can catch the trolley at Linda Vista or Old Town and get off at the Santa Fe Depot and walk a few blocks to City Hall (or transfer to the trolley that goes to City Hall).

Parking: There are numerous surface parking lots in the area that charge $10-15 a day. The Community Concourse and Civic Center Parking structures are very close and charge $18 a day (take Front Street offramp from I-5, turn left on ‘A’ Street, go past First Avenue and then turn right into parking structure.


PACIFIC BEACH TOWN COUNCIL MONTHLY MEETING

Wednesday, March 18th
6:30-8:30 pm
4033 Ingraham St.
This Wednesday’s PB Town Council meeting will have someone speaking on future plans for a YMCA in Pacific Beach. (More about joint venture below)

As always, you’ll have an opportunity to make public comments. You will also hear reports and may ask questions of city, county, state and federal official’s representatives.

Pacific Beach YMCA Background:
Since 2009, Pacific Beach Middle school and the YMCA have been working to turn a gravel multi-purpose yard at the school into an aquatics center. The plan is to have the district pay for the construction of a new athletics field and parking, and to have the YMCA pay for the construction and maintenance of a new aquatics and community center. After talks began on the Pacific Beach effort, officials with the district and YMCA found a common need, and the “Pools for Schools” program was born.

Read more by clicking on the links below:
SD Unified to build Pools for Schools (UT- December 2014)

San Diego Unified, YMCA Want To Put Swimming Pools At Schools (KPBS – December 2014)

YMCA summer camps


City of San Diego 2016 Budget and Rose Creek | Friends of Rose Creek

The Friends of Rose Creek are asking you to convey your support for a survey of Rose Creek in the 2016 proposed budget.

Background: The Proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the City of San Diego contains funding to survey the Pacific Beach portion of Rose Creek with the goal of  parkland dedication. However, Assessor Parcel Numbers (APN) are required for the City to dedicate parks and unfortunately, much of the creek is missing APNs. Surveying will resolve this road block and allow Mayor Faulconer to proceed with parkland dedication — an effort he has supported since he represented Pacific Beach on the city council.

Please send you email and ask:

  • Please support retaining budget item “Rose creek Survey for Parkland Dedication” listed on page 326 of Attachment B; Attachment 3: FY 2016 – 2020 Discretionary Operational Needs” under Transportation and Storm Water – Storm water in the City of San Diego’s Proposed 2016 Fiscal Year Budget.
  • The Pacific Beach Community Plan updated in 1995  calls to “designate the Rose Creek inlet and flood control channel as open space, and further develop the area adjacent to the floodway as a linear parkway with native riparian landscaping, pedestrian and bicycle paths” (Page 68).
  • Dedicating the Rose Creek Salt Marsh and Estuary is one piece in numerous active planning efforts, including the Mission Bay Gateway project, San Diego Audubon wetlands restoration planning efforts, and the  City’s own Transit Oriented Development project encompassing the area from Rose Creek to the proposed Mid-Coast Trolley Station  on Balboa Avenue.

Feel free to copy and paste the bullet points. If you want more details on the project to create Lower Rose Creek park, click here.

Click on here to open a pre-addressed email to Lori Zapf. Then copy the bullet points above into the email. Sign with your name and address so the city council knows you are a real life constituent.

Then send a quick thank you to Mayor Kevin Faulconer for including this important item in his proposed budget.

Please send the email A.S.A.P. Let’s not lose this now that we’ve come so close.


PBTC Annual Graffiti Cleanup May 2nd

Pacific Beach Town Council 8th Annual
Graffiti Clean-Up
Saturday, May 2nd, 9am to noon
PB Presbyterian Church (1675 Garnet Ave.)

Every year, volunteers at this event remove hundreds of graffiti tags and really make a positive difference in our community.

Training and supplies will be provided!  

Each year volunteers get rid of about 1000 tags in just a few hours.  Since this annual event began, we have seen a significant reduction in graffiti in Pacific Beach.  

And when graffiti does occur, the people we have trained  are much more likely to remove it quickly, which further discourages the taggers.  This event builds pride in our community and gives everyone a sense of satisfaction as they “take-back” and beautify Pacific Beach.  

Students can earn community service hours (under 18 must have waiver signed by parent.)

Contact the PBTC if you have questions or need more information:

www.pbtowncouncil.org    (858) 483-6666  


PB Library Rummage Sale May 2nd

Annual Rummage Sale
Friends of PB Library

Saturday, May 2, 7:00 am to 2:00pm
PB Library

4275 Cass Street

You will find great bargains on all kinds of useful and unique items:
Antiques, Art Collectibles, Kitchenware, Glassware, Sporting Equipment,
Toys & Games, Decorative Items, Vacuums, Electronics, etc.
(No clothing or furniture)

All proceeds benefit the PB Library

Donations welcome!
Please bring your tax-deductible donations to the Pacific Beach Library between Monday, April 27 and Thursday, April 30th.

Library Hours:
Monday p:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Exception for Rummage Sale)
Sunday – closed