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Let’s Keep All of Pacific Beach Safe for Everyone

Please attend this meeting to demand solutions that will prevent and reduce crime:
“San Diego Police Presentation on 2014 Crime in San Diego”
Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee (SD City Council)
Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2:00 pm
City Hall, 202 C Street, 12th Floor

The good news is that from 2013 to 2014, crime went down about 2% overall in San Diego and our San Diego Police have been doing an outstanding job! Unfortunately, violent crime has increased in some areas.

Most of us feel safe in our community of Pacific Beach, and rightly so because our residential neighborhoods have very little violent crime. However, the same cannot be said of certain areas in our business district.

Violent crime in Pacific Beach increased 14% from 2013 to 2014. Total violent crimes went from 189 to 216, and rapes went from 10 to 18. Crime stats by community are available at ARJIS.org  or click on Crime Data tables here: Crime San Diego 2014 and Crime San Diego 2013 

Most of these violent crimes are alcohol-fueled assaults occurring in areas of our business district that are concentrated with bars and bar-like restaurants operating with business models reliant on maximum sales of alcohol and over-serving. This often results in over-intoxicated patrons, who go out into our community and commit crimes ranging from assault, rape and DUI to vandalism and negative impacts on residents’ quality of life.

In 2014, the top six communities for violent crime were East Village, Pacific Beach, North Park, Logan Heights, Gaslamp and Hillcrest – all but one have nightlife/entertainment-oriented business districts filled with bars and bar-like restaurants. Pacific Beach also carries the burden of having more DUIs and citations for public urination than any other community in San Diego.

The bottom line of the Police report will likely be that crime is going down. And we should applaud our police for doing such an excellent job. But our police have been given an impossible task because enforcement alone cannot solve the high crime in our business districts. We also need effective crime prevention measures. The City needs to adopt policies that will prevent the poor business practices that result in high crime, while maintaining safe, vibrant and healthy business districts.

Mayor Faulconer has said multiple times, “Safe neighborhoods are our first priority” and Police Chief Zimmerman has said recently, “We would rather prevent crime than pick up after it.” We need to ask our City Officials, “Why is crime going up in our community and what are we going to do to reverse it?” “Why are we allowing these high-crime business districts to drain police resources from other communities and squander taxpayer dollars?” “Why aren’t we taking measures to prevent the problem business practices that are causing the high crime?”

We need to demand that our City, not Sacramento/ABC, be in control of how and where late-night alcohol businesses operate. Our City needs to adopt the land-use policy solutions used successfully by scores of other California cities to prevent and reduce crime by regulating late-night alcohol businesses operations, such as:

  1. An ordinance that grandfathers in existing alcohol businesses as long as they remain law-abiding operators; 
  2. An ordinance that requires new businesses that serve alcohol past 11pm to obtain a conditional use permit with conditions to prevent problematic operations that lead to crime;
  3. All alcohol businesses pay a reasonable, sliding scale cost-recovery fee to fund police enforcement, monitoring and education to prevent problematic operations and crime.

What You Can Do
Attend Wednesday’s meeting –
 Tell your personal stories about how the crime and quality of life impacts have affected you.  Express your outrage at the violent crime, DUI, public drunkenness and other negative impacts that result from the bad business operations.  Demand the City adopt the above land-use policies to provide City control, not Sacramento/ABC control, over how alcohol-licensed businesses operate. (If you do not wish to speak, you can cede your time to others who need extra time.)

Email your comments to the Mayor, City Council, Police Chief and City Attorney: 
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; sdpdpolicechief@pd.sandiego.gov; cityattorney@sandiego.gov

(PSLN Committee members are Marti Emerald (Chair), Chris Cate, Todd Gloria and Myrtle Cole, but all of these city officials need to hear our concerns)

For more information contact Scott Chipman at scott@chipman.info


Vacation Rentals – Issues & Solutions, Saturday, 1/31, 10:00 to Noon at PB Library

Should vacation rentals be regulated in PB? 

Please attend this Saturday’s meeting if you are concerned about Short-term Vacation Rentals in Residential Zones in Pacific Beach.

PBPG Vacation Rental Subcommittee Meeting
Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 am to Noon at PB Library (4275 Cass St.)

The Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) is examining issues and solutions related to short-term vacation rentals, particularly their proliferation and impacts in the single-family zones. This is the fourth subcommittee meeting and will focus on proposed solutions.

The next step: This issue will go before the full PBPG in an upcoming special community meeting (date TBD), after which PBPG recommendations will be forwarded to the City. Our Council Member, Lorie Zapf, has expressed her concern and desire to protect our neighborhoods, but this is a controversial issue and will require strong community participation to achieve effective solutions.

Let your voice be heard - Email your comments to:
Council Member Lorie Zapf: loriezapf@sandiego.gov
her aide, Liezl Mangonon: lmangonon@sandiego.gov
the PB Planning Group:  board@pbplanning.org


Vacation Rentals – Issues & Solutions, Saturday, 1/10, 11:30 to 1:30 at PB Library

Please attend this Saturday’s meeting if you are concerned about Short-term Vacation Rentals in Residential Zones in Pacific Beach.

PBPG Vacation Rental Subcommittee Meeting
Saturday, January 10, 2015
11:30 am to 1:30 pm at PB Library (4275 Cass St.)

The Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) is examining issues and solutions related to short-term vacation rentals, particularly their proliferation and impacts in the single-family zones.

Please attend this meeting to find out more, to share your concerns, and to explore solutions.
If you are unable to attend, email your comments to the PBPG at board@pbplanning.org
To get copies of meeting documents and receive notice of future meetings, contact committee chair Jim Krokee at jokrokee11@msn.com


Vacation Rentals – Beach & Bay Press Article

On December 6th, the Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) examined issues and solutions related to short-term vacation rentals, particularly their proliferation and impacts in the single-family zones.  Below is an article from the Beach and Bay Press about the December meeting:

Short-term vacation rentals remains divisive issue between residents, operators

Thursday, December 11, 2014, beachandbaypress.com

By Dave Schwab

Short-term vacation rental operators and residents concerned about them participated in a Dec. 6 subcommittee meeting in Pacific Beach, with residents insisting they don’t belong in single-family neighborhoods and operators agreeing to “reasonable” regulations governing them.

A Short-Term Vacation Rental (STVR) Subcommittee has been established by the Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) to meet with stakeholders to come up with workable recommendations on regulating STVRs. Some PB residents feel the proliferation of STVRs brings noise, traffic, parking and other problems that need to be dealt with.

“I’ve gotten a hundred emails complaining about STVRs being a nuisance,” noted subcommittee chairman Jim Krokee, who added the first STVR subcommittee meeting a month ago produced “two polarized points of view, one that people don’t want them in single family neighborhoods and the other that there should be a permit, ordinance or something to help control vacation rentals, which should be allowed to occur throughout the city.”

Krokee said the objective of the subcommittee is to come up with workable recommendations from stakeholders to address growing noise and other problems associated with vacation rentals.

“It’s (STVRs) becoming a big issue,” he added. “It’s important for the city to start thinking about what we do with vacation rentals.”

Krokee iterated that he felt it’s “absolutely imperative that we need a permit (system) to minimize (STVR) nuisance impacts.”

Vacation-rental industry reps weren’t in disagreement with the notion of a permit system or more regulations. But they did caution against “singling out” short-term rentals.

“A permitting process should have fees used across the board to enforce noise and other issues for all rentals, not just short-term rentals,” said one STVR industry rep.

PBPG chair Brian Curry said STVR issues now being vetted at the subcommittee level will be forwarded for a final decision to the whole planning group, adding the real power to change regulations governing them “lies with the mayor and City Council.”

“Just like the Oversize Vehicle Ordinance (OVO), the City Council likes to do things citywide,” noted Curry. “It’s great to see the community involved in issues that are facing us.”

Neighbors pointed out new regulations governing STVRs need to have teeth.

“The key to what we do with an ordinance is enforcement,” pointed out one resident. “We need to develop a source of revenue dedicated to enforcing whatever regulations you have in place. Eventually, you can have an ordinance which outlines specifically what disciplinary actions
can be taken against (STVR) property owners/managers.”

Resident Marcie Becket argued the number of short-term rentals in Pacific Beach has been growing significantly, adding to already-vexing problems of noise, overcrowding and lack of parking. “Vacation rentals are also causing long-term residents to move away, degrading our quality of life,” she said, arguing that STVRs crowd out “vested” residents who send their kids to local schools and contribute to the community’s long-term well being.

“This is an evolving dialogue,” noted subcommittee member Scott Chipman.

“Hopefully, we can finalize suggestions to present to the full PBPG in February,” said Krokee, suggesting stakeholders bring something to eat at the subcommittee’s next meeting Saturday, Jan. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library.


Short-term Vacation Rentals in Residential Zones in Pacific Beach?

The Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) is examining issues and solutions related to short-term vacation rentals, particularly their proliferation and impacts in the single-family zones.

PBPG Vacation Rental Subcommittee Meeting
Saturday, December 6, 2014
10 am to noon at PB Library (4275 Cass St.)

Please attend this meeting to find out more, to share your concerns, and to explore solutions. If you are unable to attend, email your comments to the PBPG at board@pbplanning.org To receive notice of future meetings, contact Jim Krokee at jokrokee11@msn.com

Read on to find out more about vacation rental issues and previous PBPG efforts…

Beach and Bay Press article:  Short-term vacation rentals fuel debate


Over-sized/Recreational Vehicles – New Parking Rules

 

Parking regulation sign

The San Diego City Council has adopted a Neighborhood Parking Protection Ordinance that restricts overnight parking (2am to 6am) of recreational, non-motorized and oversized vehicles The ordinance became effective on August 17th with citations to be written beginning on September 1st and it includes the following vehicles:

  • Recreational vehicles* (may be parked with a permit)
  • Non-motorized vehicles  (cargo trailer, trailer bus, fifth-wheels*, etc.)
  • Oversized vehicles (greater than 27′ long AND 7′ high)

*Recreational Vehicles are defined in the CA code as “any camp trailer, camper, trailer coach, or house car…”  Or “any boat, dune buggy, all-terrain vehicle or other motorized or towed vehicle designed, maintained or used primarily for recreational purposes.”

 The ordinance also prohibits any of these vehicles from parking within 50 feet of an intersection or alley at ANYTIME.

Permits:
Recreational vehicle owners may obtain a permit allowing overnight parking. A permit is valid for one 24-hour period. The cost per 24 hour permit is $1.25.  Permit applicants may obtain up to three consecutive days (72 hours total) at one time. Applicants may purchase up to 72 days of permits per year. The permit is only valid on the same block as the resident’s address.  You may apply for a permit online here.

In order for this ordinance to be effective, the community must be vigilant and willing to report violations.
HOW TO REPORT ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLES
Citations will levy a $100 fine to vehicle owners.
Call anytime: 619 531-2000 (police non-emergency line) to report illegal parking, including unpermitted overnight (2am to  6am) parking of recreational, non-motorized and oversize vehicles.Note: For best police response, provide the street address, license number and vehicle make/model.  Call again if the violation is repeated or unresolved.
WANT MORE INFORMATION?

This ordinance is in the San Diego Municipal Code Traffic and Vehicles sections 86.0138 – 86.0144.  If you have questions or enforcement issues read the FAQs below and/or contact:

  1. District 2 Council Office - Chet Barfield, Phone: (619) 236-6622,  email:  cbarfield@sandiego.gov
  2. Mayor’s Office – Ian Clampett, Phone: (619) 236-6330, email:  iclampett@sandiego.gov
  3. SDPD Northern Division – Captain Jerry Hara, Phone: 858 552-1710 email: jhara@pd.sandiego.gov
FAQs:
Q.  The ordinance prohibits ”oversized/recreational/non-motorized vehicles from parking within 50 feet of intersections.  Does that include alleys?
A.  Yes.  §86.0139 state that “It is unlawful for any person to park or leave standing within 50 feet of any intersection of public streets, a public street and park road, a public street and alley or a park road and alley,…any oversized, non-motorized or recreational vehicle at any time.”Q. Are there exceptions to the prohibition on parking of Oversized, Non-Motorized and Recreational Vehicles? 
A.  Yes.  §86.0140 states these exceptions:

  • oversize vehicle on a public street while actively engaged in loading or unloading goods, wares, or merchandise from or to any building or structure.
  • oversize vehicle on a public street when left standing in connection with, and in aid of, the performance of a service to or on a property in the block..
  • vehicle belonging to federal, state, or local authorities, or a public utility.
  • school bus or any bus on a public street used for the transportation of student, youths or disabled persons during the course of the activity for which they were transported.
  • when parked in commercial loading zones.

Q.  Which vehicles MUST OBTAIN A PERMIT to park on the street between 2 am and 6 am?
A.  A Temporary Overnight Parking Permit may only be issued for a Recreational Vehicle (RV).  According to SDMC 81.0102 an RV means:

  • (a) any camp trailer, camper, trailer coach, or house car, as defined in Vehicle Code sections 242243635 or California Health and Safety Code section 18010. 
  • (b) any boat, dune buggy, all-terrain vehicle or other motorized or towed vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for recreational purposes.
Proof of residency and vehicle control, e.g. ownership, is required.
Q. Which vehicles are NEVER PERMITTED to park on the street between 2 am and 6 am?
A. Non motorized vehicles (not used for recreation), e.g. cargo trailer, trailer bus, etc. 
Q. What about a Moving/Storage Pod left at the curb during a move?  
A.  Storage pods are not covered under this ordinance.  (However, per the Traffic Code, pods are not permitted to be placed on a public street.)
Q. Do I need to check for a permit before I call to report an illegally parked recreation vehicle?
A.Check for a permit if you can, but it’s not mandatory.  Once you report the vehicle, the police can check electronically to verify if a permit has been issued.  Call anytime: 619 531-2000 (police non-emergency line) to report illegal parking,Q. Who can I contact, if despite repeated calls to SDPD, the vehicle continues to park illegally?
A.  If after numerous reports the illegally parked vehicle is not cited, contact:

SDPD No. Division –  Capt. Jerry Hara, Phone: 858 552-1710 Email: jhara@pd.sandiego.gov

  1. District 2 Council Office – Chet Barfield, Phone: (619) 236-6622,  email:  cbarfield@sandiego.gov
  2. Mayor’s Office – Ian Clampett, Phone: (619) 236-6330, email: iclampett@sandiego.gov
Q. Can I get a permit for my guests with an RV?
A. No

Captain’s Advisory Board meeting March 18th

A Captain’s Advisory Board meeting was held on March 18th.   Here are topics that were covered:

  1. Property Crime is up. But you can do a lot to help yourself and your neighbors.  Property crime is often due to easy entry through unlocked windows, doors and gates.  What you can do: If a crime occurs in your neighborhood, report it to the police and post it on nextdoor.com so that other residents will be on the alert.
  2. Pedestrian accidents are on the rise. “…of 55 pedestrian deaths in San Diego last year, 51 were the pedestrian’s fault.”  As of last Friday, the Traffic Unit has started handing out citations for: Jaywalking, bicyclists not observing stop signs and breaking other traffic laws and distracted drivers and pedestrians, e.g. on cell phones or texting, etc.   What you can do:  Don’t be one of those people!
  3. In April, a PISO Officer will be working in our area on weekends and nights. This officer will address illegal parking, e.g. enforcing the 72 hour rule and people staying overnight in RV’s.  They will also respond to lower priority Police calls.  What you can do:  Report illegal parking in your neighborhood.  Click here to find out how-> Illegal Parking.
  4. Many, many bikes are stolen in PB.  In an effort to stem the tide, the Police have acquired 2 bikes fitted with GPS tracking devices.  These bikes will be used as decoys in areas where bicycles are frequently stolen.
  5. We have a Beach Team of 8 to 9 Officers patrolling the beach and boardwalk.  At night, they patrol the business district.  Last year, they wrote over 1,000 citations.  This past weekend, the division hired two officers on overtime and had them patrol the boardwalk for 6 hours.  These officers wrote citations for alcohol, smoking, dogs and made themselves visible to the many “spring breakers”  .
  6. Officers now regularly conduct inspections of bar and restaurants to ensure all conditions of Entertainment Permits and Alcohol Licenses are being met.  As a result, compliance with conditions has noticeably improved. Inspections are random and complaint driven. Police look for overcrowding and for adequate security..  They check for open windows and doors that may be contributing to a noise problems. What you can do: If you notice this type of problem, please call the SDPD-emergency # : 619 531-2000
  7. Quality of Life Team:  We are fortunate to have 2 outstanding Officers who address the transient problem in our community. They achieve the work of two Squads. These 2 officers help transients with transportation to a shelter.  They also enforce illegal lodging and issue stay away orders.  What you can do: If you see suspicious activity or groups of people that make you uncomfortable don’t just pass by, report it to the police non-emergency #, 619 531-2000.
  8. On a Saturday night in March, a DUI checkpoint was conducted in the 2700 block of Grand Ave. between 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday.  As a result, 14 drivers were not driving our city streets while drunk.  Around 1,575 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. The checkpoint was funded by a grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Captain’s Advisory Board

One of our own is serving on the recently-formed SDPD Northern Division Captain’s Advisory Board. What is the Captain’s Advisory Board?

The Captain’s Advisory Board was reinstated by our new Northern Division Police Captain, Jerry Hara. The Police Advisory Board is made up of officers and community members from the Northern Division. Our Northern Division is made up of neighborhoods including Bay Ho, Bay Park, Clairemont Mesa North, East and West, La Jolla, Mission Bay Park, Mission Beach, Torrey Pines, University City and Pacific Beach. There are over 20 people on the Board. Block Captains and residents from different areas.The purpose of the Board is to promote a 2-way dialog between the Police and residents about community issues. This helps our Police tailor their policing approach to our needs. Marcella Teran is our Representative. She was selected to participate on the Board because of her involvement in the Pacific Beach Neighborhood Watch (PB NW). Under her leadership, Neighborhood Watch groups in PB have grown from 13 to 53!


Enforcement of Alcohol License Conditions

QUALITY OF LIFE AND POLICE ENFORCEMENT:  In 2013, SDPD implemented pro-active enforcement of alcohol license conditions and entertainment permit conditions at bars and restaurants in PB.

Officers routinely check for compliance with conditions such as occupancy limits, security staffing and noise mitigation.  Police say compliance has increased across the board and is having positive impacts.  In the last two years, SDPD has also gone undercover to investigate “over-serving” and has cited and fined several bartenders.


Neighborhood Watch grows

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH:
We have over 53 Neighborhood Watch (NW) groups in Pacific Beach and the police are using us as a model for other communities to follow! NW allows neighbors to connect in-person with each other, which makes our neighborhoods safer and builds our community. NW allows residents to have direct communication with the police about issues that concern them. It’s easy to start a NW – just email Marcella Teran and she will assist you and answer any questions you may have. marcellateran@gmail.com