Robert Bush 8:35 a.m., May 25
Photo on left: Jerry Hall on Channel 10 News
Pacific Beach residents looking to curb alcohol abuse in Pacific Beach are waving the white flag in an attempt to bring the community together.
"There are many residents, businesses and civic groups struggling with alcohol-related issues in our community," reads an email blast from pbspirits.com.
"This struggle is excerbated by a noisy few bar and restaurant businesses that are intent on belittling those of us that are willing to spend countless hours trying to find solutions. Rather than continue to butt heads it's time to establish a mutually-respectful dialog."
In the email, Jerry Hall, who runs the website, writes that bar owners and residents need to come clean and take a sober look at alcohol issues in the community. Hall continues to push for new regulations that would require that all business owners obtain conditional use permits before opening an alcohol establishment.
"Why is San Diego for instance the only top-10 city in California without a citywide conditional use permit for on and off-sale alcohol licensees? Why is it widely accepted that the ABC has enforcement officers responsible for annual oversight of well over 1,000 licensees each? How is it ok that, in our beach communities, our San Diego Police and Fire-Rescue services focus primairly on alcohol-related issues yet they in fact are under-staffed (-11%) and chronically under-funded? Aren't communities like PB draining these sorely needed resources from the rest of San Diego communities?"
Councilmember Kevin Faulconer's office failed to respond as to whether he supports a citywide ordinance that requires business owners to obtain conditional use permits before opening alcohol establishments.