News and community briefs for Pacific Beach
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Dia de los Muertos was celebrated in Old Town this weekend. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Dia de los Muertos was celebrated in Old Town this weekend. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Dia de los Muertos Celebration

The Juan Carlos Organization presents the third annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, featuring Manny Cepeda Orchestra, 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4761 Cass St., Pacific Beach. At this Day of the Dead celebration, attendees will enjoy live music, Mexican food by Tacos El RIchi, dancing, and face-painting.

Attendees are invited to bring souvenirs and mementoes of their loved one to put on the memorial alter. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at All proceeds will support the Juan Carlos Organization, founded in 2012 to bring programs of inclusive dance-therapy exercise to the special needs community of San Diego and beyond.

Casino Night in PB

Pacific Beach Woman's Club is holding its third annual Casino Night 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $30, which includes, appetizers, gaming money and one raffle ticket. Silent auction and raffle prizes throughout the night. For more information, contact Rose Galliher at 858-344-9210 or Lynda Tickey 858-336-9561

Harvest Wine Tasting

Pacific Beach Community Foundation is holding its annual Harvest Wine Tasting at the Broken Yolk on Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. There will be more than 40 wines for tasting and auction along with a silent auction and of course, hors d'oeuvres. Call 858-270-2468 for more information and tickets. Tickets are $30 pre-sale and $50 at the door.

Community Clean Up

On Saturday, Nov. 12 Discover Pacific Beach is looking for volunteers for the Community Clean Up in PB in partnership with the City of San Diego, Urban Corps, I love a Clean San Diego and PB community groups and schools. The focus is on cleaning the streets, trash cans, and tree wells along Garnet. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Discover Pacific Beach at 858-273-3303 or I Love a Clean San Diego.

Manges joins CBRB

Laura Manges has affiliated with the Pacific Beach office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an independent sales associate. Manges started her career in real estate at the age of 16 as a secretary in her mother’s real estate office and became licensed in 1979 while still in college.

She grew up in Southern California and attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara and San Diego State University before moving to Northern California. She lived there for many years before returning to San Diego two years ago to be near her daughter and three young granddaughters who Manges says are the “cherry on top of parenthood.”

Toy and bike drive

OMBAC’s ninth annual holiday toy and bike drive benefiting San Diego Armed Services YMCA will take place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Ventura Cove parking lot, 1100 West Mission Bay Drive, east of the Bahia Hotel. Bikes, unwrapped toys, cash or a check can be dropped off – look for the 1923 Seagrave Fire Truck.

This toy and bike drive benefits Junior Enlisted military families in San Diego through the San Diego Armed Services YMCA Military Family Holiday Program. Last year OMBAC was able to donate 225 bikes and numerous unwrapped toys to San Diego’s Armed Services YMCA Military Family Holiday Program. This year OMBAC is hoping to be able to donate at least 226 bikes and to cover our 1923 Seagrave Fire Truck with unwrapped toys and bikes, tax deductible receipts will be available on site for all donations.

Christmas on Crystal Pier

Discover Pacific Beach will also be doing Christmas on Crystal Pier with photos with Santa and the lighting of the Christmas tree at the end of the pier on Dec. 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. There are festive wreaths for sale to hang all along the pier. You can decorate and promote your business to the thousands of visitors that visit the pier during the holidays. Discover Pacific Beach provides the bare wreaths and you can decorate it however you like. The cost is $20 and the wreaths will be hung from Dec. 3 through New Year's. The wreaths are available for pick up at 1503 Garnet Ave. and must be back in Discover Pacific Beach’s offices decorated by Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Window Decorating Contest

Discover Pacific Beach will have a Window Decorating Contest to celebrate the holidays and encourage shoppers to come into the stores and walk the streets. The theme of this year's holiday parade is From Sea to Shining Sea to celebrate the different ways cultures and communities celebrate the holidays around the country and world. Discover Pacific Beach will judge the entrants and the winner will be featured in the Beach & Bay Press. Please have your window decorated by Dec. 2, they will be judged by Dec. 9.

Spiny lobster season open

The 2016 lobster season is open and runs through March 22, 2017. San Diego beaches are popular for lobster fishing but can be hazardous for divers and boaters. Lifeguards will be increasing staffing to help state Fish and Wildlife wardens, and to respond to emergencies. San Diego lifeguards remind divers that obster diving can be strenuous; divers should have a competent buddy with them and should review emergency procedures. 

Boaters need to be aware of the increased diver population when moving through or near fishing areas. There should always be a lookout on the boat helping the operator avoid divers and other boats at night, and navigation lights always need to be on. People using hoop nets should not set them in areas that might obstruct vessel navigation, like the Mission Bay Channel.

Lobsters may be taken only by hand or hoop nets. Divers fishing for lobsters must have a valid California fishing license, a spiny lobster report card and must carry a measuring gauge to ensure their lobsters are of legal size. Daily limits are seven lobsters per person, and each lobster must be a minimum of 3.25 inches measured in a straight line on the mid-line of the back. For more information, refer to the 2016-2017 Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations at

How does the city spend your money?

The City of San Diego recently announced advancements to its budget-focused web app that will provide San Diegans unprecedented access to the City’s financial now includes the City’s actual revenue and expenditure data, allowing users to see spending trends and create charts that compare actual results to budgeted amounts in over 30 different City departments.

The budget visualization tool was launched in April 2015 so that San Diegans could see more details on how the City budgets tax dollars. Early this year, seven years’ worth of budgets were made available, including this year’s, which allowed interested community members to compare funding allocations over time in a user-friendly format. As of today, actual budget expenditures from Fiscal Year 2011 through Fiscal Year 2016, which concluded June 30, are also posted.

City may be fined after Mission Bay sewage spill

A Jan. 10 spill of more than 100,000 gallons of raw sewage from Tecolote Canyon, which closed public access to the eastern shore of Mission Bay, could ultimately lead to heavy fines for the city of San Diego. The reported 108,000-gallon January sewage spill subsequently impacted Tecolote Creek and the eastern portion of Mission Bay from the Fiesta Island land bridge north to the Visitors’ Center at Clairemont Drive. 

Samples collected by the Department of Environmental Health to assess the extent of sewage impacts indicated that sewage had migrated to the north of the original spill site. As a result, the water contact closure was extended north to include the East Mission Bay boat launch, the northern portion of Fiesta Island, and the Campland shoreline.

"In January 2016 a major rainstorm caused a minor localized landslide in Tecolote Canyon that took a damaged section of sewer pipe with it," said Alma Rife, senior city PIO. "Once City staff conducted a more thorough investigation following initial reports, it was discovered that the spill was larger than initially estimated.

Rife said the City is now working with the Regional Water Quality Control Board to provide all requested information about the spill and the City's response to the emergency. "This event was triggered by a unique natural event and the City took appropriate action to ensure regulatory agencies were notified and public health was protected," Rife said.

SD Airport achieves Airport Carbon Accreditation

San Diego International Airport (SAN) has been certified through the Airports Council International’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program. The program creates a framework that helps airports identify, manage, and ultimately reduce their carbon emissions. SAN was certified at “Level 2,” which means that the airport is actively implementing a carbon management plan and has reduced the emissions under its control.

Over the past two years, SAN built highly energy efficient facilities such as its Rental Car Center, installed solar energy panels on roofs and in parking lots, converted its shuttle fleet to alternative fuels, and launched a carbon offset program to enable passengers to reduce the environmental impact of their travel.

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