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Hello Neighbors!


It might be the dog days of summer, but don’t let that be a bummer! Pacific Beach has even more fun events on the horizon to get you outside and near the breezy beach. Firstly with the upcoming PAEASAN celebration honoring our firefighters, and then followed by this year’s massive Pacific Beachfest on the boardwalk! Also read up ahead on a summary of the Concerts On The Green, update on the City Sidewalk Vending Ordinance, and the featured Community Member(s) of the Month: The Pacific Beach Cub Scout Pack #246.

Stay cool and stay hydrated PB!


– PBTC Community Newsletter Team
Monthly PBTC Business Member Highlights:

Instagram: @birdrockcoffeeroasters

PBTC Discount: 20%

Looking for a good morning wake-me-up? Or the perfect midafternoon energizer? Let us point you in the direction of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters! With amazing staff and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to grab a cup of joe.  Not only can you enjoy their own coffee blends in store, but you can also order online.  To check out all their original roasts and much more, click the link below.  As a reminder, all PBTC Members can receive 20% off when in store! 


Click here to visit Bird Rock Coffee Roasters


Handel’s Ice Cream

Instagram: @handelspacificbeach 

Interested in skipping dinner and getting straight to the pint? walk over to Handel’s Ice Cream on the corner of Garnet Ave. and Mission Blvd.  It’s the perfect after…or before dinner spot! With over 100 homemade ice cream flavors, and a variety of shakes and cones there is truly a delicious flavor for everyone.  So grab a friend, and get a cone- one thing’s for sure, you’ll never be alone!   Click the link below to learn more about Handel’s fresh homemade flavors.


Click here to visit: Handel’s Ice Cream

Instagram: @fitnesswestpb

PBTC Discount: No Initiation Fee!


If you’re on a fitness quest, look no further than Fitness West! Located on the second floor of Pacific Plaza II , it’s a clean and friendly neighborhood gym that’s great for beginners, experts, and everyone in between. With a Fitness West membership not only do you gain access to top-of-the-line cardio and lifting machines, but you also have the opportunity to join a variety of amazing classes. Whether you’re looking for a weekly yoga class or challenging spin bike routine, the instructors and staff at Fitness West offer a personalized experience.  For PBTC members the initiation fee is waived.   To check out the classes and equipment available, click the link below.


Click here to visit: Fitness West PB

Concerts On The Green 2022 Sign Off!

           After much celebration and fun, the month-long 2022 Concerts On The Green series finally concluded a few weeks ago on August 14th. Despite a hiatus through the pandemic, the concert series returned with immense fanfare from the public all across San Diego! The Pacific Beach Town Council would like to thank all community members that attended and supported this local event. We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors that financially made the concerts possible in the first place! A full list recognizing our sponsors can be viewed via this link here. And finally one last applause to the arrangement of bands who shared their musical talent with our community!

         Over the course of the 2022 Concerts On The Green series, we drew in total crowds that reached many thousands of people! We are so honored to have hosted this event that so many people chose to attend on their Sunday evenings. 

The collectible Concerts On The Green Beach Towel is available to order online here, but for quicker delivery/pickup, you can message our social media accounts on Instagram or Facebook. 


  • One last thing! Don’t forget to give feedback on how we can improve the Concerts On The Green in the future, and please fill out the Google Form accessed here!


Pacific Beachfest is Just Around the Corner!

The one…the only…Pacific Beachfest is back! Thanks to the efforts of Discover PB and many hardworking community volunteers, Beachfest 2022 is back in business. Join with the community Saturday, October 1, from 11am-7pm for this free, family friendly, live music filled day. 

For you early risers, the Pacific Beach Half Marathon will be starting at 6:30am. The 10th annual Pacific Beach 5k will be following, starting at 10am, and the PB Kid’s 1k at 11am.   If running isn’t quite up your alley, the 5th annual VAVi 4sum beach volleyball tournament will be taking place as well!   Join in the volleyball fun and form your own coed team for a chance to win some awesome prizes. 

Discover PB will also be holding the Best of The Beach Fish Taco event from 11am-2pm, Live music from 11am-7pm with three stages and one DJ lounge, Along with the live music there will also be the 21+ Pacific Beachfest Josh Beer Garden. 

As always, Beachfest will have a variety of booths featuring local artists, businesses, and many of your favorite eateries. The PB Town Council will have a booth, and we hope you’ll stop by for information on membership (if you’re not one, you SHOULD be!!).  There will be some freebies and we always welcome community feedback.

September Activity Schedule:

Garden Gurus: The Garden Gurus meet Thursday mornings from 8-10am.  Recent projects include some sprucing up and weeding around Crown Point Drive and Riviera Drive, but you never know where we might turn up!  If interested in volunteering, email to be added to the weekly email list. No need for a long-term commitment, just come when you can!

Police and Emergency Services Appreciation Night (PAESAN): Join us Wednesday, September 28th from 4-6:30pm at Crown Point Shores for a community BBQ celebrating our First Responders. Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door. Help the us thank our Police, Firefighters, Lifeguard, and Park Rangers.  PAESAN Tickets Available Here!

Monthly PBTC Clean-Up: Our monthly trash and weed abatement is back for September! Our next cleanup is September 10th from 8am to 11am. The location will be announced through Instagram, Facebook, and email closer to the date. All equipment is provided., but we recommend you bring work gloves, sunscreen, and water. Come spend a Saturday meeting your neighbors and giving back to PB!


PBTC Community Calendar: This is the one-stop shop for all local events. From beach cleanups to social mixers, there’s something for everyone! View event dates and times from all the community organizations in PB.  Click the link:  PBTC Community Calendar 


Office Hours: Pacific Beach Town Council office hours are limited to Wednesdays from 9-11am, but we can always be reached by email: 

Our office is located at 1706 Garnet Ave, cross street Jewell.


This Year’s PAESAN Celebration: Our Firefighters!

          For 42 years, the Pacific Beach Town Council has hosted the Police and Emergency Services Appreciation Night (P.A.E.S.A.N.), an event that draws close to 400 attendees: community members, first responders, and elected officials- it’s all about fun, food, and honoring all our first responders. PAESAN was founded by Mary Wilding, Annie McDaniel, and Anne Evans; Mrs. Evans is the sole survivor of this extraordinary three-some. The event was first held at the Catamaran Hotel until it grew and was moved to North Crown Point Shores Park. Three generations of the Wilding, Evans, and McDaniel families still remain involved today.

          While we honor all the first responders – police, lifeguards, firefighters, and park rangers – this year we will feature the Firefighters of Station 21.  Pacific Beach Town Council is seeking assistance to fund items and projects from their Wish List, as well as funds for awards on this night of appreciation. 

          Station 21’s Wish List will improve the quality of work life for the firefighters who are scheduled for 72 shifts, but sometimes spend upwards of 120 hours a week due to staffing shortages. Much needed are day room chairs. These ergonomic recliners are for resting between calls when it is too busy to go upstairs to the sleep room. All but three of their current chairs are broken, however, the firefighters must purchase replacements chairs themselves. We are seeking to gift eight replacement chairs, which cost about $1000 each. Additionally, the Firehouse kitchen, used throughout the day is in need of a replacement blender, pots, pans, and a knife sharpener. Blankets are also needed for the sleeping quarters. We are hoping to raise $3000 to fund the purchases of blankets and commercial grade supplies, which should last eight years. 

          We would also like to turn the exterior grounds of Station 21 into a “Heroes Garden,” acknowledging community members and firefighters for their acts of heroism. This project would build upon the existing 9/11 monument. The estimated cost is $10,000 to establish a hero’s wall, relandscape, and a walking path through the garden. This capital project will require minimal upkeep, and the Pacific Beach Town Council and community volunteers will provide on-going maintenance of the garden. 

          Finally, Station 21’s reception area where they receive the public is in great need of an update. Station 21 is the most visited fire station in the city. Local residents, students, and visitors from near and far stop by to meet and greet the firefighters they see responding to calls. In its current state, training manuals, computers, and office supplies leave little room to welcome visitors. Replacing desks and adding cabinets would help with these issues. Pacific Beach Honorary Mayors, Claudia and Bill Allen, are funding this Wish List request! Thank you, Claudia and Bill!

           We are extremely proud of PAESAN and the community’s support of our dedicated first responders. Your financial assistance would help the PB Town Council honor these heroic first responders.

Donations to support this event can be made here: PAESAN Donation Link

Community Members of The Month: 

Local Cub Scouts Step Up to Lend a Hand

            Pacific Beach Cub Scout Pack 246 recently joined the PB Town Council’s Adopt-A-Block program.  The scouts, led by Cub Master, Matthew Combs and Assistant Cub Master, John Settles, helped by watering trees, picking up litter, and even doing a little weeding on the1300 block of Garnet Ave between Fanuel and Gresham streets. There were 9 families and 13 enthusiastic Cub Scouts ranging from K-5th grade who participated.   PBTC Enhancement Committee Chair, Susan Crowers met with the scouts before they started to share some tips about how to turn & loosen the soil to assist water absorption and pour slowly as they deep watered the thirsty trees.   “It really takes a lot of effort to keep our trees healthy and thriving so our tree canopy can increase in Pacific Beach.  Healthy trees provide natural cooling to storefronts and create a pleasant environment in our business district.  We’re hoping to get more local groups to collaborate with the Garnet Block Captains in the Adopt-A-Block program. 

             Pack Committee Chair, Jennifer Wu said, “Everyone had a great time, and the kids learned a lot about the trees, and the importance of keeping our neighborhood well maintained and looking nice!”  Afterwards the scouts enjoyed some well-deserved ice cream courtesy of PBTC at Mr. Frostie’s.  The Cub Scouts and their parents are happy to help keep Pacific Beach looking beautiful and look forward to volunteering next month.  

Surprising Development with Sidewalk Vending Ordinance 

            Three full months after the Sidewalk Vending Ordinance went into effect everywhere in San Diego except the beaches, Councilmember Jennifer Campbell announced that an agreement has been reached to allow enforcement in the coastal zone without a hearing by the California Coastal Commission.  

            That is welcome news to beach residents and visitors who long for unimpeded access and scenic views of the ocean, but the wheels of government turn slowly.   According to Venus Molina, Campbell’s chief of staff, it will go before the City Council in the next month or so for the first of two hearings – one for discussion and one for a vote.  If approved, the regulations will go into effect 30 days after the second hearing, and they are hoping for enforcement by the end of the year.

            What does that mean for PB?  It means that by then, the “summer moratorium” will be over and vending will still be allowed on our coastal boardwalks nine months of the year, albeit with more regulations.  

City Council votes on Surveillance Ordinance: 

             A few years back the City of San Diego approved a plan to install energy-saving LED streetlights.  Billed as the world’s largest smart-city platform, the lights were equipped with data-gathering sensor and cameras.   While there is no live-feed monitoring of the 3,000 cameras, the police did have access to video in limited instances to investigate serious crimes.

            There was backlash from some residents concerned over potential civil liberty violations and in April 2022 the City Council unanimously approved a privacy advisory board to evaluate all surveillance proposals.  Recently the City Council gave final approval on a surveillance ordinance that will govern how the city uses the technology.  City departments, including SDPD will need to seek approval to use any technologies that fall under the ordinance.  

To see where the Smart Streetlight of San Diego are located, click here: Smart Streetlight

Emergency Services Reports

SDPD Northern Division: 

SDPD Recovers and Reunites Stolen Goldendoodle with Utah Family

Suspect arrested and charged after taking pup from campsite:

After driving all night in eager anticipation, a Utah family will be reunited with their beloved mini Goldendoodle, Chancho, at San Diego Police Department’s Northern Division. 

At approximately 4 a.m. on August 2nd, the Grillo family, vacationing in San Diego from Utah, noticed Chancho was not in his crate outside of their tent at Campland by the Bay. 

After searching for Chancho in the nearby area the following morning and later reviewing security footage, the family saw what appeared to be Chancho being led away on a leash at about 2:30 that morning and notified the San Diego Police Department.

SDPD’s Northern Division responded and began working the case. Upon reviewing hours of footage, detectives saw the man entering the park without a dog and then leaving with the dog.

The suspect, 40-year-old Johnny Smith, was arrested on Thursday in National City and booked on felony theft charges. 

SDPD thanks the community for sending in tips through a variety of platforms, including Crime Stoppers, and sharing the news of Chancho’s disappearance.

As a reminder, pet owners can do the following to protect their animals:

  • Consider microchipping your dog and keep your contact details up-to-date, especially if you move or change your telephone number.

  • Consider purchasing a GPS pet tracker that can attach to your dog’s harness or collar.

  • Make sure your dog always has a collar and ID tag with your name and address on it.

  • Take clear photographs of your dog from various angles and update them regularly. Photos with owners help police prove ownership should the animal go missing. 

  • Don’t leave your dog unattended or let them off leash if you’re in an unfamiliar area. 

Residents are reminded to call the San Diego Police Department if they see something suspicious. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1, and for non-emergencies, dial 619-531-2000.

2022 Pacific Beach Town Council
Communications Newsletter Committee Members: 
Hilary Achauer, Jaden Ballardo, Dalton Rodda, Susan Crowers, Charlie Nieto

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