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2016 Crime stats for PB not good!

Once again, out of 125 City of San Diego communities, Pacific Beach ranks 2nd overall with 216 violent crimes (Click here to see SDPD crime stats by neighborhood).

This has been going on for years, as can be seen in this graph of the top communities for total violent crime from 2011 to 2016.

Only East Village had a higher incidence of violent crime. It is simply unacceptable that this criminal activity continues in our community. There were 31 “reported” sexual assaults! We are averaging nearly 20 violent crimes per month. Click here to download a graph->  Violent Crime Top 10 2011-2016

Over the past 5.5 months, there were 306 drug/alcohol violations within .50 miles of 1000 Garnet Avenue. To view a map that demonstrates how crime is primarily occurring in our business district, click here -> CrimeMapping (2-13-17)

By contrast, PBs residential neighborhoods have very low violent crime but are stigmatized by the by the high crime in our business district. Pacific Beach Crime Stats (2013-16)

Community leaders have made numerous requests (via email, phone, letters, etc.) to our city leaders to increase enforcement but more importantly, to get in front of the problem via alcohol licensing/permitting land use ordinance policy. Click here to see ->  PBPG report on proposed policy. The number of violent crimes, as well as other “non-violent” crimes, is simply unacceptable. The non-response from the City is simply unacceptable.  Pacific Beach Crime Stats (2013-16)

Please email or call Mayor Faulconer and Councilmember Zapf expressing your concern and demand action.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, (619) 236-6330, kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov
Councilmember Lorie Zapf, (619) 236-6622, loriezapf@sandiego.gov

911 and Non-Emergency call answers Improved!

Did you need to call 911 or the police non-emergency line recently? Hopefully not, but if you did, you should have noticed faster handling of your call. Seven months ago, 911 calls were answered in 15-20 seconds on average. Now, 911 calls are answered in 3 seconds on average! And 93% of the time it’s under 10 seconds, which is better than the national standard (90%). Previously, the non-emergency line hold time was 15-35 minutes; now it’s averaging 4 minutes! These are some big improvements that the SDPD has worked hard to achieve!

What has changed? Captain Jerry Hara, SDPD Communications Director, described some of these changes and improvements at the last PB Town Council meeting:

One change is the “Phone Tree”. With over 140,000 calls coming in monthly, the Phone Tree directs calls to the right department quickly, freeing up valuable time for the dispatchers.

Other significant changes include the hiring of 36 new trainees in the communications department. It takes four months to train for the non-emergency line plus another five months for the 911 line. Also added were 12 floor supervisors for mentoring and coaching, Plus, 90 police officers have been trained to assist during peak times. These officers volunteer in their off-duty time.

How you can help:

  • When many 911 or non-emergency calls are coming in at the same time, you may have to wait longer because of higher priority calls. Please don’t hang up or you will loose your place in the queue.
  • If you call 911 by mistake, stay on the line and tell the dispatcher this is not an emergency and that you called by mistake. If you hang up, the dispatcher is required to call back to confirm whether or not it was not an emergency, which delays the dispatcher from handling other calls.
  • If you keep your phone in your back pocket, make sure the phone is off. This avoids a misdial or “butt call”. In a five-week period, SDPD received 12,000 of these calls!

Town Hall Discussion on Homelessness – Issues and Solutions

Come Press for Solutions to Homelessness!
Wednesday, October 26th, from 6 – 8pm
Town & Country Convention Center in Mission Valley

The goal of this town hall meeting is to draw attention to and press for solutions to homelessness – via a balanced discussion about homelessness that highlights the issues to residents, business owners, church leaders, homeless individuals and tourists.  We will also call on City and County Officials for the resources, tools, support, and funding needed to address these issues.  This event was organized with support from the PB Planning Group, PB Town Council, and Discover PB.  See the flyer below for the full list of sponsors.

The meeting will start with 30 minutes of presentations by Elvin Lai, CEO & Pres of Ocean Park Inn, and other selected individuals.  Topics will include issues in our communities, legal/enforcement issues and what is needed – outreach, safety ambassadors, funding, etc. The next 60 minutes will be an opportunity for community members to express their concerns/issues. The last 30 minutes will be for the city, state, and county officials to give their comments.  

Email questions to:  <homelesstownhallSD@gmail.com>

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Mission Bay Park is a great park – And with your input it will be even better!  

De Anza Revitalizaiton Plan Meeting
April 14th  6-8 PM
Mission Bay High School
The City’s Planning Department and local groups are working on future plans for Mission Bay Park.  This is the 4th meeting in a series of Ad Hoc meetings held by the City’s De Anza Revitalization Plan project team**.  This meeting will include discussion of the existing conditions and issues and constraints for natural resources and other environmental conditions.  
These local organizations will also present their plans:

Mission Bay Gateway Project
Rewild Mission  Bay   
Campland on the Bay
There will be time at the end of the meeting for public comment (3 minutes per speaker)

**The City of San Diego Park Planning Section is responsible for the planning of park and recreational policies and standards consistent with the Recreational Element of the City’s General Plan (2008). The policies and standards define how to preserve, protect, acquire, develop, operate, maintain, and enhance public recreation opportunities and facilities throughout the City for all users. Recreational facilities include neighborhood and community park facilities, resource-based parks, and open space lands.    
De Anza Revitalization meetings and topic schedule:

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.


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


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!

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.  

Join their Facebook Group.

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


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.