Pacific Beach News & Stories

A better brewhouse for Pacific Beach

Ten years on, PB Ale House was due for an upgrade

Despite being ravaged by a fire in 2015, Pacific Beach Ale House will celebrate its tenth anniversary brewing beer by the beach on April 25th, and its beer is getting an upgrade. The business known ...

Tiny Island Court has 31 short-timers

Will opponents buy house next to Faulconer and turn it into vacation rental?

"What happens when an entire block has nobody living there?" In 2014, when Jon moved to Abbott Avenue in Ocean Beach, he was surrounded by long-term renters. Every year since, he's seen neighbors evicted to ...

Pacific Beach's high crime problem

"Police are doing the best job they can under impossible circumstances."

Pacific Beach continues to be one of San Diego's highest crime neighborhoods, according to new stats released by the San Diego Police Department. Public records indicate the beachside entertainment hotspot ranked in the top five ...

Footnotes on assassination of Frank Bompensiero

Dead men tell no tales...but the restaurant manager's widowed wife has a doozy

At the age of 16, Frank "The Bump" Bompensiero moved to San Diego in 1921 and bootlegged liquor during Prohibition. He eventually became a prolific mafia hitman famous for his "Italian rope trick," where he ...

200 million fish tacos

After 35 years, Rubio's is everywhere

Rubio's Coastal Grill turns 35 this year. I've always known it better as Rubio's fish tacos. Some might also remember a time it was called Rubio's Baja Grill. When the first location opened back in ...

Bank-card skimmers enjoy the high season

Thwart them with apps and vigilance

On Christmas morning, Rob Brand learned that his debit card had been skimmed and the card was used to try and purchase something from Amazon Prime. “I have not heard of this before,” said Brand, ...

Spontaneous food on PB seawall

The bird of time is on the wing

It’s smack on 4:44. “Yea. Yeah! Yea!” “Good jaa-ob!” “Hasta la mañana, baby! Woo-hoo!” The voices just keep on rising to a roar. The setting sun flares on the horizon, then glows angrily like a ...

"Landmark" pine tree the culprit

Parents of Nicki Lyn Carano sue for wrongful death of their daughter

The City of San Diego says a Pacific Beach condominium complex has some liability in the death of a local musician who was killed when a large pine tree fell on her car in January ...

Nom Nom, nom some more

Go to Pacific Beach for next-generation bento

I'm a huge fan of bento boxes, and perhaps a huger fan of Supernatural Sandwiches, the seafood specialist in Miramar I consider my favorite sandwich spot in the county. Imagine my excitement when I learned ...

Short-term renters’ neighbors’ gripe tool

Reporting website claims PB anti-pot activist is "operator" of problem house

There have been protests, meetings, petitions, and lots of blowback directed at the City of San Diego for allowing the proliferation of short-term vacation rentals in residential zones and the lack of enforcement of current ...

Protest at alleged slumlord's house in Point Loma

And a "Walk of shame" tour of short-term rentals in O.B.

Thanksgiving weekend found plenty of San Diegans less than thankful for housing conditions in their communities. Saturday (November 25th) saw Ocean Beach play host to a short-term vacation rental "walk of shame" sponsored by the ...

Amplified Ale Works turned it up slow 5 years ago

San Diego brewery number 54 born from beach restaurant

November 2nd marks five years since Amplified Ale Works debuted in Pacific Beach, and the beer company will be celebrating its biggest year yet with a Friday night live-music event at the Lafayette Hotel in ...

Short-term vacation rental explosion

“No one wants a clown car house next door.”

Locals in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach who say their neighborhoods are increasingly jammed full of unregulated mini-hotels are right, according to the city treasurer’s annual count of short-term rentals. But other neighborhoods — downtown ...

County sees golf carts as viable future transportation

"Local jurisdictions need to allow people to use these vehicles on the roads.”

The San Diego Association of Governments has noticed a big increase throughout the county in the use of golf carts and low-speed vehicles — golf carts being two-seaters and LSVs, as they’re called, being four-seaters. ...

OMBAC's Classic Longboard contest at Crystal Pier

Ready for a nine-foot board?

The Classic Longboard Surfing Contest, held in the waves aside Crystal Pier this Saturday, is sponsored by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. The club was formed and operated in the early 1950s, mostly as ...

Don't fight it

Ray Vanta goes to Torrey Pines for better surf, to PB to socialize

Name: Ray Vanta Age: 62 From: Clairemont area. Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Vanta ‘s surfing career all started when his kids wanted to learn. “I wanted to be with them.” “For good surfing I go ...

These cops in PB want people to know there are bait bikes

“Our average apprehension time is four minutes"

San Diego Police Officer Daniel Neifer spent a lot of his youth in Pacific Beach. One of the rare bad days was the day his bicycle was stolen. “I went to the boardwalk and stared ...

Pacific Beach has waves for both right and left

I’m getting better with my right side

Name: Victor Taveira Age: 24 From: Point Loma Location: Tourmaline Surf Park “I usually go to OB, but it’s mostly right-hand waves, so I go over to Pacific Beach, because it has waves for both ...

Thrift trader owner Jeff Clark hit by train in Little Italy

North Park and Pacific Beach stores cleaned out July 13

Media reports noted that a man was struck by an Amtrak train in Little Italy on June 24, but did not list his name. But his 20 part- and full-time employees soon knew. One of ...

Two dolphins jumped straight at us

Scripps more of challenge than P.B.

Name: Jay Mrjenovich Age: 29 From: Mission Valley Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Four years ago, Jay Mryenovich moved from Chicago to San Diego so that he could live by the ocean. He then started surfing. ...