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Pacific Beach – full of twenty-somethings

Homeless on Garnet, Bompensiero, Kendall-Frost Preserve, Airbnb, Tourmaline, Sail Bay, Oakwood, beach booze ban

Tourmaline is great for beginners
Tourmaline is great for beginners
  • Vigilantes root out rooftop camps on Garnet

  • “We’re currently looking for other locations – successfully – by drone. We discovered more stashed items on top of the vacant Radio Shack, another location received reports of a mattress on the rooftop, we are currently investigating that too, as well as two more reports of roof campers along Garnet, plus, this morning, (12/15/18) we found stashed belongings – but no people – on top of another building by using the drone.”
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Dec. 17, 2018
"Sanitary conditions are pretty bad."
  • Footnotes on assassination of Frank Bompensiero

  • He was shot to death 41 years ago today, on February 10, 1977, at about 8:30 p.m. near his apartment at 4205 Lamont Street in Pacific Beach. It was reported that he was heading back home after making a call at a pay phone by an Arco gas station two blocks down, at Lamont and Grand. He was shot at close range four times — once in the neck and three times in the head.
  • By Julie Stalmer, Feb. 10, 2018
FBI surveillance photo of Jimmy Fratianno (left) and Frank Bompensiero
  • 40 acres and a dream for Mission Bay

  • 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 natural habitat remaining from before the bay was dredged and turned into an aquatic park in the 1950s.
  • By Dave Rice, Feb. 1, 2016
Visitors and volunteers gather before embarking on a morning marsh tour.
  • The Tourmaline wave is for sharing

  • At Tourmaline in Pacific Beach there is a trench about 100 yards offshore that runs parallel to the beach. This trench has a major effect on how a wave approaches the shore. Based on a wave’s height, it is water depth that determines where the wave will begin to break. When a wave approaches the beach at Tourmaline from the outside, it looks big and ready to break.
  • By Russell Goltz, June 17, 2015
  • 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. Just before the housing meltdown in 2008, many of those complexes were torn down and replaced by what was intended to be millionaires’ townhouses. When it became apparent that millionaires were too smart to pay $2.1 million for a two-bedroom-one-bath townhouse with one parking space, all of those new houses became vacation rentals.
  • By Russell Goltz, July 15, 2015
Two strangers showed up at Ocean Spray last month
  • Dueling Ideologies in Pacific Beach

  • It is just before noon on a Saturday morning and many of the collegic inhabitants of Pacific Beach are just now wiping the sleep from their eyes, emitting tequila-scented yawns, and regretting that last shot at Dirty Birds at 2AM. More than a handful will roll over in bed and attempt to induce the concentration necessary to recall the name of the stranger sprawled beside them.
  • By Julia Reynolds, Jan. 29, 2011
  • P.B. Underground

  • Everyone, even my friend from Ohio, knows that P.B. is full of douchebags. So when I said I was going to move to the beach, I ­didn’t have a lot of support from my ­homies. There ­wasn’t a lot of overt protest, though, either, come to think of it.
  • By John Campbell, April 24, 2009
Under the Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach
  • Confessions of a One-Time PB Bum

  • Vomiting near a loading dock on a rainy night in a Pacific Beach alley isn’t the best feeling in the world. In fact, just the thought of it brings back the acidic, post-puke taste in the back of my throat. With a healthy beard and a dark hooded sweatshirt on, I probably looked like a homeless man. My phone was dead; my eyes bloodshot.
  • By Dominic Carrillo, May 31, 2010
  • Pacific Beach cracks down on beach boozers

  • Pacific Beach. 2:00 p.m. A typical, sunny summer Saturday. The smell of spilled beer mingles with sea mist and wet wood. I'm bar-hopping, and not one establishment I enter at midday is empty. Many are almost full. The people are predominantly white, under 30, and showing off a lot of tanned and tattooed skin.
  • By Geoff Bouvier, July 19, 2007
  • Pacific Beach

  • Once or twice a year, I try to walk all of Garnet Avenue between Mission Boulevard and Ingraham. I like to do it on the Saturday in early May when the PB Block Party is in full swing. Strolling down Garnet when it’s closed to cars and swollen with throngs of young men and women dressed in skimpy clothing who’ve gone through hell to find a parking space, I feel smug.
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, Dec. 24, 2003
Outside the Mission Cafe in Pacific Beach
  • The good life at Oakwood apartments

  • By the end of the Sixties, the Oakwood Gardens apartment complex on Ingraham Street in Pacific beach was the hottest conversation topic in town. (The buildings on the west side of Ingraham, called Mission Bay West and containing 505 rental units, were completed in 1968; Mission Bay East, with 564 units across the street, followed two years later.) Pacific Beach resident and schoolteacher Valerie MacRae, now a grandmother, remembers the gala opening party as the most glamorous neighborhood event of the year.
  • By Sue Garson, June 18, 1981
Welcome to the Oakwood Gardens apartment complex where, after midnight, the action switches to the Jacuzzis.
  • Mission Bay's enclave of movers and shakers

  • Sail Bay is on the northwest section of Mission Bay, extending from Verona Court past the Catamaran Hotel in a semicircle to the Ingraham Street bridge. Many beach-area residents are convinced the private encroachments on Sail Bay have been allowed to remain because of the wealth and political clout of persons living there.
  • By Larry Keller, March 6, 1980
Bob Martinet residence
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  • Vigilantes root out rooftop camps on Garnet

  • “We’re currently looking for other locations – successfully – by drone. We discovered more stashed items on top of the vacant Radio Shack, another location received reports of a mattress on the rooftop, we are currently investigating that too, as well as two more reports of roof campers along Garnet, plus, this morning, (12/15/18) we found stashed belongings – but no people – on top of another building by using the drone.”
  • By Delinda Lombardo, Dec. 17, 2018
"Sanitary conditions are pretty bad."
  • Footnotes on assassination of Frank Bompensiero

  • He was shot to death 41 years ago today, on February 10, 1977, at about 8:30 p.m. near his apartment at 4205 Lamont Street in Pacific Beach. It was reported that he was heading back home after making a call at a pay phone by an Arco gas station two blocks down, at Lamont and Grand. He was shot at close range four times — once in the neck and three times in the head.
  • By Julie Stalmer, Feb. 10, 2018
FBI surveillance photo of Jimmy Fratianno (left) and Frank Bompensiero
  • 40 acres and a dream for Mission Bay

  • 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 natural habitat remaining from before the bay was dredged and turned into an aquatic park in the 1950s.
  • By Dave Rice, Feb. 1, 2016
Visitors and volunteers gather before embarking on a morning marsh tour.
  • The Tourmaline wave is for sharing

  • At Tourmaline in Pacific Beach there is a trench about 100 yards offshore that runs parallel to the beach. This trench has a major effect on how a wave approaches the shore. Based on a wave’s height, it is water depth that determines where the wave will begin to break. When a wave approaches the beach at Tourmaline from the outside, it looks big and ready to break.
  • By Russell Goltz, June 17, 2015
  • 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. Just before the housing meltdown in 2008, many of those complexes were torn down and replaced by what was intended to be millionaires’ townhouses. When it became apparent that millionaires were too smart to pay $2.1 million for a two-bedroom-one-bath townhouse with one parking space, all of those new houses became vacation rentals.
  • By Russell Goltz, July 15, 2015
Two strangers showed up at Ocean Spray last month
  • Dueling Ideologies in Pacific Beach

  • It is just before noon on a Saturday morning and many of the collegic inhabitants of Pacific Beach are just now wiping the sleep from their eyes, emitting tequila-scented yawns, and regretting that last shot at Dirty Birds at 2AM. More than a handful will roll over in bed and attempt to induce the concentration necessary to recall the name of the stranger sprawled beside them.
  • By Julia Reynolds, Jan. 29, 2011
  • P.B. Underground

  • Everyone, even my friend from Ohio, knows that P.B. is full of douchebags. So when I said I was going to move to the beach, I ­didn’t have a lot of support from my ­homies. There ­wasn’t a lot of overt protest, though, either, come to think of it.
  • By John Campbell, April 24, 2009
Under the Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach
  • Confessions of a One-Time PB Bum

  • Vomiting near a loading dock on a rainy night in a Pacific Beach alley isn’t the best feeling in the world. In fact, just the thought of it brings back the acidic, post-puke taste in the back of my throat. With a healthy beard and a dark hooded sweatshirt on, I probably looked like a homeless man. My phone was dead; my eyes bloodshot.
  • By Dominic Carrillo, May 31, 2010
  • Pacific Beach cracks down on beach boozers

  • Pacific Beach. 2:00 p.m. A typical, sunny summer Saturday. The smell of spilled beer mingles with sea mist and wet wood. I'm bar-hopping, and not one establishment I enter at midday is empty. Many are almost full. The people are predominantly white, under 30, and showing off a lot of tanned and tattooed skin.
  • By Geoff Bouvier, July 19, 2007
  • Pacific Beach

  • Once or twice a year, I try to walk all of Garnet Avenue between Mission Boulevard and Ingraham. I like to do it on the Saturday in early May when the PB Block Party is in full swing. Strolling down Garnet when it’s closed to cars and swollen with throngs of young men and women dressed in skimpy clothing who’ve gone through hell to find a parking space, I feel smug.
  • By Jeannette DeWyze, Dec. 24, 2003
Outside the Mission Cafe in Pacific Beach
  • The good life at Oakwood apartments

  • By the end of the Sixties, the Oakwood Gardens apartment complex on Ingraham Street in Pacific beach was the hottest conversation topic in town. (The buildings on the west side of Ingraham, called Mission Bay West and containing 505 rental units, were completed in 1968; Mission Bay East, with 564 units across the street, followed two years later.) Pacific Beach resident and schoolteacher Valerie MacRae, now a grandmother, remembers the gala opening party as the most glamorous neighborhood event of the year.
  • By Sue Garson, June 18, 1981
Welcome to the Oakwood Gardens apartment complex where, after midnight, the action switches to the Jacuzzis.
  • Mission Bay's enclave of movers and shakers

  • Sail Bay is on the northwest section of Mission Bay, extending from Verona Court past the Catamaran Hotel in a semicircle to the Ingraham Street bridge. Many beach-area residents are convinced the private encroachments on Sail Bay have been allowed to remain because of the wealth and political clout of persons living there.
  • By Larry Keller, March 6, 1980
Bob Martinet residence
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