Pacific Beach News & Stories

Pacific Beach Middle School has vulnerable cash

They’d better lock down those uniforms while they’re at it

The San Diego Unified School District has had plenty of troubles lately, climaxed by the resignation last week of boardmember Marne Foster following her guilty plea to a state political reform act charge after a ...

40 acres and a dream for Mission Bay

Kendall-Frost Marsh isn’t as big as it should be

A January 30 open-house event provided community members, students, and a handful of interested passers-by a rare glimpse into a piece of land on the edge of Mission Bay that contains the last bit of ...

Should I surf today?

Stay home or suit up and head out?

The surf is big today, scary big. Surfline.com says it is six to eight feet at Tourmaline Cove, with some sets double overhead. At P.B. Point (False Point) the projections are for over 10 feet, ...

Détente between PB McDonald’s and homeless

“I didn’t really want to start this again.”

A little peace was made on January 12 at the Pacific Beach McDonald’s. Nate Nicholson was protesting the way this McDonald’s location treats the area’s homeless, including him, even if they are paying customers. He ...

Jinya offers a big dose of chic

PB’s new cool spot?

Worlds collide to the tune of “Fresh garlic, yo! This is key!” from a well-dressed 20-something, who only moments before elaborated on how one particular dish was “so bomb” that it’s what he gets every ...

Planting party

Help expand habitat for resident marsh species

There were approximately 2000 acres of wetlands in and around Mission Bay fed by three sources — the San Diego River and Rose and Tecolote creeks. The San Diego River used to feed both bays, ...

No bacon, no pepper jack, no fried egg, no avocado

Rocky’s stubbornly serves same burger

When I first moved to San Diego I fell in with an avid burger crowd, basically a bunch of guys with strong opinions on who makes the best in town. Most were in agreement the ...

One-man McDonald's protest

“Yes, I’m homeless, but I’m respectful, and I clean up after myself.”

Pacific Beach resident Nate Nicholson is ticked at McDonald’s. On December 10, he was protesting out in front of the restaurant at 1121 Garnet Avenue, to the honking approval of several passersby. After returning to ...

Hidden underwater, even at low tide

Watch out for Grimace Rock

I asked the most knowledgeable surfer I know about the name Grimace Rock. Skip Frye told me it comes from a picture taken when a surfer realized he was about to hit the rock. Grimace ...

Surfers will roar at PB Point

Nature will tell you if you should be out that day

Paddle around the peak or get out of the lineup!

Traveling all the way to PB for sushi

Mister Sushi has been serving up rolls for 40 years

My friend Leslee knows that David and I love Japanese food, so she was shocked to learn that we hadn’t heard of Mister Sushi in Pacific Beach. I explained to her that I just never ...

What in the world is white coffee?

California Bean has an ocean view and a particularly unique offering

White coffee? Pacific Beach got a new coffee shop in July. Actually, it’s more of a shack. California Bean sits in the parking lot of bar/restaurant The Local Pacific Beach, with a partial ocean view ...

The decline in civility in America

We encourage violators while we punish the obedient

Even the Eddie Haskells of the ’60s had good manners.

Landslide at Tourmaline

On Friday afternoon, September 11, 2015, there was a cliff collapse inside the cove at Tourmaline Surfing Park. Normally this type of landslide is a clear reminder to the locals to not sit up close ...

Shrubs in the median, blood on the road in PB

“He was exceptionally alert and coherent about crossing streets."

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup on the afternoon of August 31st in Pacific Beach. The driver had made an illegal left turn onto westbound Grand Avenue from Dawes Street. “The 28-year-old ...

Welcome to the Pit

...a new all-ages venue in Pacific Beach

San Diego’s newest music impresario isn’t even old enough to drive. “I wanted to promote the music I like,” Jack Habegger told the Reader last week on his 16th birthday. He co-promoted the Burger Revolution ...

Feast! Beach Towns

Ocean-side eateries are stepping up their game

If BEACH TOWNS never offered better than fish tacos and carne asada fries, we'd all be fat and happy. But gentrification always brings a taste for something more, and even the Beaches Ocean and Pacific ...

SmartCars parked stupidly?

The creative way around the coastal parking problem

The end of the summer season this year is noted on the calendar as September 23. But since it’s more traditional for San Diego residents to gladly send everyone packing on Labor Day weekend, we ...

Pacific Beach revolt against Deco Bikes

Faulconer and Zapf scorned on Grand Avenue

Late Thursday afternoon (July 23) Deco Bike Racks were installed in two prime locations on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. Recommendations by the Pacific Beach Town Council and the Pacific Beach Planning Group were apparently ...

How Airbnb is ruining Pacific Beach

Ten years ago, most of the housing on the boardwalk in Mission Beach was old apartment complexes filled with college students. When the locals took a bike ride on the boardwalk we would stop along ...

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