Pacific Beach News & Stories

Dockless bikes and scooters in San Diego get new rules in June

3 mph on Embarcadero, geofencing on Mission Beach boardwalk, and the 4X40 rule

It's not all coasting as San Diego works out new rules for dockless rides. The city has to balance climate action goals with the needs of citizens who feel they've been pushed off the sidewalk ...

Cars end up on Pacific and Mission Beach boardwalk

Blame Uber drivers, their customers, or Zonies?

“What in the hell is that car doing?” said Stephanie Z. when she saw a black SUV driving along the Pacific Beach Boardwalk — on February 7. “The driver stopped and tried to reverse,” she ...

Colton Underwood groped, then blamed for walking out of Mavericks

Did fans really care about cystic fibrosis?

On Feb. 13, when Bachelor star Colton Underwood abruptly left a charity event at Mavericks in Pacific Beach, many took to social media to discuss the sequence of events that made national news on Valentines ...

Why college students love Insomnia Cookies

Warm cookies delivered during prime munchie hours — till 3 am

A new cookie shop turned up in Pacific Beach at the end of last year. Insomnia Cookies takes up little space on Garnet Avenue, just a hole in the wall about three blocks from Crystal ...

Spring Valley artist uses wet sand at Pacific Beach

Seven drone pilots offered to film her

On February 12, Leslie Monroy went out to the north side of Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach with a stick and a rake — to create art. “The closest name that I can come up ...

I once lived in an RV in San Diego, and it sucked

Van-lifers on Fiesta Island: you are subject to police profiling

On January 26, about 150 van-lifers converged at Fiesta Island. Jarrod, 33, rolled to the Vanlife Meetup in his 2003 Ford E-350 ambulance that he purchased from Pennsylvania last week. “[I believe that] most of ...

Lost vision in the waves

A big board can knock you out

Name: Santiago Guadalupe Age: 30 From: Ocean Beach Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Santiago Guadalupe was heading to the showers, board on head, when we stopped to chat. “I just got this longboard. It’s a Murphy ...

"Bad chemical smell" on Fiesta Island

“A lot of contractors dump wood and furniture in the pits”

On January 12, Tiffany Bauer and her kitties inhaled a “bad chemical smell” exuding from a nearby fire on Fiesta Island. Bauer looked outside of her window and noticed a burning “sofa” about 100 feet ...

The most terrifying thing is the stingray

I’m going to keep surfing until I can’t

Name: Doc Waske Age: 74 From: La Mesa Location: Tourmaline Surf Park On a sunny day in Pacific Beach, Don Waske was heading to the showers after a morning surf session. Waske started surfing San ...

In those days, we didn’t have a leash

It’s a great sport for people who are older

Name: Inge Morton Age: 80 From: Coronado Location: Tourmaline Surf Park Inge Morton was walking to the showers with board on her head when we stopped to chat. “I’ve been surfing here for 25 years, ...

Best driving shortcuts for 2019

Kearny Villa to Ruffin as alternative to I-15

On Oct. 9, 1975, the Reader published a story on driving shortcuts. It was written by then cabbie Ray Lilly and contained 14 San Diego shortcuts when gas went for about $.57 per gallon. In ...

Vigilantes root out rooftop camps on Garnet

Ladder behind the 7-Eleven was the clue

Residents and business owners in Pacific Beach have taken it upon themselves to help tackle the problem of rooftop encampments. “We get lots of backlash,” one member who wished to remain anonymous told me. “We ...

Just you, the board, and your opponent

One tends to play better in a serene setting

“Chess by the Beach” is a monthly gathering of chess players at the Pacific Beach Library for all ages and skill levels. “Games are played in the library during the dark months,” said Albert Elguira, ...

The hardest thing I’ve ever learned

I hit the rocks and it was just not good

Name: John Lavery Age: 63 From: Pacific Beach Location: Tourmaline Surf Park John Lavery was hauling his board up to the showers after a morning surf in Pacific Beach. Lavery started surfing when he moved ...

Van love on Mission Bay

You can still customize

La Jollan Andreas Stevens cruised his forest green 1972 Chevy “boogie van” out to Crown Point Park on November 11 for “Vans at the Bay.” This was the eighth annual vintage van gathering organized by ...

My friends thought I was knocked out

An eight foot day at South Bird Rock

Name: Alex Geller Age: 30 From: Pacific Beach Location: Tourmaline Surf Park On a sunny day in Pacific Beach, Alex Geller was sitting in the sand. “I’m from Colorado but I’ve lived here for the ...

Throw a shaka to the crowd

Kiteboarding in San Diego

Pacific Beach resident Dan Larsen and his buddies usually kiteboard in Tourmaline Surf Park. Larsen, 49, has been kiteboarding for 15 years. “My personal style of riding is more focused on freestyle and wakestyle tricks ...

Likes PB for stupidest reason

Tips for beginners

Names: Juli Redmerski and Don Hastings Ages: 57 and 55 From: Mission Bay and El Cajon Location: Tourmaline Surf Park It was a sunny day when I caught up with Juli Redmerski and Don Hastings ...

Bit her lip at Sunset Cliffs

“I don’t say surfing is an easy sport"

Name: Masa Rogers Age: 40 From: East County Location: Tourmaline Surf Park On a crowded day in Tourmaline, Masa Rogers was walking to the showers while balancing a board over her head. “There’s a nice ...

Like watching paint dry

The patient freesailers

La Jollan Ernie Mortensen has been free sailing 36-inch yachts for 18 years. On October 20-21, Mortensen was the only San Diegan of eight skippers to compete in the National Freesail Regatta, held at the ...