Pacific Beach News & Stories

Elvin Harrison’s service to the church began at age five

"I found God at 51st St. and Park Ave. in New York City."

Community Congregational Church of Pacific Beach Membership: 40 Pastor: Elvin Harrison Age: 53 Born: El Centro Formation: Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, TX; Howard University, Washington DC Years Ordained: 26 San Diego Reader: What’s your main ...

Lap up the Dog's Brew

From Moondoggies to premier beer destination

When 22-year-old college student Brett Miller and partner Dean Marchant bought the bar at 4479 Everts Street in 1989, it was hemorrhaging money due to poor and often absent management. While pursuing his degree to ...

Balboa Avenue trolley-stop talk

"It's not enough to get a mile away from your destination."

Although it's not yet funded, project managers for the planned trolley station at Balboa Avenue (just east of I-5) have started gathering information for what people want to see there — what will compel them ...

Homeless to sweep sidewalks on Garnet

Police ride-along showed Lorie Zapf the lawlessness

A new Pacific Beach program will include private security patrols and a program that hires local homeless to sweep sidewalks, the area's business improvement district Discover Pacific Beach announced on Friday. Funded in part by ...

Mission Bay marsh opens the chain-link fence — for a day

Love your wetlands on February 4

What is now the Kendall-Frost marsh reserve at the northeast corner of Mission Bay Park was acquired by the city and set aside in 1965. Since then, the De Anza Cove trailer park, Campland on ...

Beach volleyball — a San Diego thing

Find a 2x2 or 4x4 game at Mission Bay Park

One gray winter morning in 1997, about this time of year, I was working on the old Federal Building in Balboa Park. We were beginning the demo for the new Hall of Champions project. As ...

Fish tacos and duck fat fries

Duck Dive works for both sports fans and foodies

It was a Saturday afternoon when the husband pulled me into Duck Dive in Pacific Beach to catch up on some college football scores. The noise level was high, but he joined in to cheer ...

Way good huevos rancheros

The outdoor patio is special during brunch

My kids are currently spending their Saturday mornings working on a play, so my wife and I have been taking advantage of this by going out for brunch at different spots around town. We decided ...

Dizzy's is a state of mind

Jazz venue, uprooted again, finds temporary digs

“I’ve been here four and a half years,” says Chuck Perrin, the one-man operation behind Dizzy’s, currently located on Mission Bay Drive at the San Diego Jet Ski Rental. “The building has been sold. I ...

No one is responsible

Beached shopping cart in P.B.

A couple of CVS shopping carts made a mysterious appearance at the pump house at the end of Loring Street in Pacific Beach. They showed up a couple of weeks ago, down at the bottom ...

Shark Tank survivor helps take bite out of blight

Barrel Republic's effort to expand on Garnet thwarted

The 55-foot storefront at 1253 Garnet Avenue has had plastic, wood, and graffiti-covered windows for a long time, said everyone I asked. Those who have been doing business on the same block say the building ...

The awkward and dangerous Tourmaline crosswalk

"I’ve seen mothers pushing baby carriages having close calls."

A couple of years ago the city put in a crosswalk at the entrance to the parking lot at Tourmaline Surfing Park. That is at the intersection of La Jolla Boulevard and Tourmaline Street. When ...

Noah’s Ark in Pacific Beach

Too much for the neighborhood

Sure, we know that things are changing in North Pacific Beach. Every time a house is sold it is torn down (except for one small wall so it can be called a “remodel” instead of ...

State fines Plaza de Panama project consultant

Technicality, says Gordon David Kovtun of KCM Group

The State of California's labor commissioner has fined the lead consultant on the Plaza de Panama project $19,200 for hiring unlicensed contractors and failing to issue pay stubs to two employees. According to a complaint ...

PB hotel rooms more expensive than Del Mar's?

And more than Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica?

Of all the pricey spots along the coast to choose for a summer vacation, San Diego's Pacific Beach ranks as the costliest beach town in California for visitors, according to a new survey released by ...

Eat your torta

Overdoing it at Oscar's in Baja La Jolla

"Where are we?” I really want to know. Lord knows I’ve bounced by here often enough in the #30 bus. Mike and his lady Rachel and me and a dozen other people are sitting on ...

Trawling for locals-only discounts in PB and MB

You don't have to be a good guy.

There is a This American Life podcast called “Good Guys.” It is about always asking when you buy something if you can get the “good-guy” discount. As Ira Glass says, “You know, you’re a good ...

City's bike-share program needs help, says report

Transit system says DecoBike hasn't sought out new locations

A May San Diego County County Grand Jury report accuses officials at the Metropolitan Transit System of refusing to get onboard with the city's bike-sharing program. DecoBike, launched in 2013, has been touted as a ...

Gas prices jump but maybe not too high

World oil prices decline following Brexit vote

San Diego area gas prices jumped 10 to 15 cents per gallon last week, with many stations pushing their cash price for regular gas over the $3.00 threshold. Surprisingly, the oil companies are not offering ...

Amped up production in Miramar

"Everything about it is just more professional."

Since Amplified Ale Works launched in late 2012, brewmaster Cy Henley had been making beer on a three-barrel system in the company's Pacific Beach brewpub. That changed this spring, when Amplified officially began producing its ...

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