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    PB Hot Rod and Classic Car Show: a little bit of something for everyone
    Sep 03, 2014 | 24462 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A visitor checks out a cherried-out 1940 Mercury Coupe. Photo by Don Balch
    A visitor checks out a cherried-out 1940 Mercury Coupe. Photo by Don Balch
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    Eddie Montoya receives a trophy for his car entry, surrounded by bikini-clad supporters. Photo by Don Balch
    Eddie Montoya receives a trophy for his car entry, surrounded by bikini-clad supporters. Photo by Don Balch
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    Besides food booths, a Michael Jackson impersonator and live demonstrations, there was also a bikini contest, hosted annually by Hollywood Tans. Among the seriously popular draws was the  original Batmobile that appeared in the “Batman” movie series featuring actor Michael Keaton. 	Photos by Don Balch
    Besides food booths, a Michael Jackson impersonator and live demonstrations, there was also a bikini contest, hosted annually by Hollywood Tans. Among the seriously popular draws was the original Batmobile that appeared in the “Batman” movie series featuring actor Michael Keaton. Photos by Don Balch
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    The fifth annual Pacific Beach Hot Rod and Classic Car Show lured hundreds of visitors to the heart of Pacific Beach on Aug. 24 as more than 200 classic cars and motorcycles were primed for close-up inspection by eager car aficionados and enthusiasts. Photos by Don Balch
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    Pot-shop controversy continues to incubate in Pacific Beach and across city
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 03, 2014 | 1378 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Pacific Beach planners rejected a proposal to locate a legal medical-marijuana dispensary at this location, 4645 De Soto Ave., arguing that such land use at the location was inappropriate. 
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    Pacific Beach planners rejected a proposal to locate a legal medical-marijuana dispensary at this location, 4645 De Soto Ave., arguing that such land use at the location was inappropriate. Photo by Dave Schwab
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    PLANNERS REJECT DISPENSARY'S APPLICATION FOR LEGAL SITE NORTH OF GARNET AVENUE Amid a drive to close numerous unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries in town, Pacific Beach planners gave a thumbs down to a proposal for a new, licensed cooperative just west of Interstate 5, north of Garnet Avenue. Land-use attorney Gina Austin, representing applicant Mission Bay Cooperative, gave a slideshow presentation Aug. 27 to the Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG). In it, she detailed an application for a conditional-use permit (CUP) to convert property at 4645 De Soto Ave. in North Pacific Beach into a marijuana consumer cooperative. “I realize this is a very sensitive topic but I’m here to discuss the land-use issues today, not the right or wrong of the city passing a (medical-marijuana) ordinance,” said Austin. “We don’t want to discuss the merits of medical marijuana,” agreed group chairman Brian Curry. “We want to keep it to issues related to land use.” Austin continued her case. “We don’t have any significant outstanding issues with the city and the facility would not be within 1,000 feet of any sensitive uses — schools, parks, etc. — which puts us in a unique situation, being one of the few applicants able to say that,” added Austin. Noting that an existing 2,470-square-foot building on the 0.22-acre site would be converted for use by the cooperative, Austin said plans are to update and renovate the building, put in sidewalk improvements and add new landscape, as well as provide ample parking and security. The cooperative intends to be open seven days a week between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and have a minimum of three on-site staff, including a security guard. “If cooperatives are going to go in somewhere, let’s pick the best locations to put them in,” Austin said. “We believe this is one of the best locations.” The majority of PBPG planners and local residents attending the meeting saw it differently, however. PBPG board member and outspoken medical-marijuana opponent Scott Chipman argued the property owner’s business and the purpose for which they intend to use their land can’t be separated. “This is inappapropriate in that it’s a completely lawless industry that targets youth,” Chipman said. “The district attorney has been trying to close these down,” Chipman said, arguing teen marijuana use is drastically on the rise. Chipman had other objections. “There is no primary-caregiver relationship (between cooperatives and patients) as required by California state law,” he said. “We’re not obligated to authorize this business just because the city would authorize it. The regulations the city requires are not strong enough to protect our community.” Board colleague Paul Falcone disagreed. “This is exactly what we want in terms of land use, taking down old buildings and adding parking,” Falcone said. The De Soto cooperative had previously been opposed 8-0 by a PBPG subcommittee. Asked why the project was turned down, subcommittee chairman Curtis Patterson said, “There were a lot of questions regarding supporting another medical-marijuana shop when there are several illegally operating in town already.” The owner of a storage lot near the proposed medical-marijuana dispensary implored the group not to grant a CUP for the project. She argued that an easement through her property to access the dispensary was never intended for higher traffic volumes and would cause severe disruption to traffic and circulation throughout the entire area. After lengthy debate, PBPG voted 12-5-2 to deny a CUP for the proposed medical-marijuana dispensary. SCOFFLAW PROPERTY OWNERS IN PB DRAW FINE OF $120,000 By Staff and contribution The owners of a Pacific Beach commercial property at 936 Garnet Ave. where marijuana dispensaries have continually operated was ordered to pay $120,000 in civil penalties and $1,800 in investigative costs to the city for violating zoning laws. In October 2011, the City Attorney’s Code Enforcement Unit filed a civil injunction against the property owners, The Nobel Family Trust, John I. Nobel and Mahin Nobel as trustees; the Abeles Family Trust, David N. Abeles and Melody N. Abeles; and the dispensary operating at 936 Garnet Ave. at the time, Green Earth Management, Inc., that was doing business as Green Earth Herbal Collective. The dispensary vacated and settled with the city, but the property owners have continued to litigate the matter with the city and lease to marijuana dispensaries. The dispensary Planet Greens currently operates at 936 Garnet Ave. At a summary judgment hearing on Aug. 29, the Hon. Ronald S. Prager issued a final permanent injunction against each of the defendants for their unlawful conduct, restraining them from unlawfully maintaining a dispensary anywhere in the city and to pay $120,000 in civil penalties and $1,800 in investigative costs to the city. The City Attorney’s Office has two other dispensary cases pending with the Nobels, which were filed in late 2011, and a number of newer cases. “Property owners, as well as dispensary operators, need to know they will be held accountable for violating our zoning laws,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. “The City Attorney’s Office will be continuing to shut down dispensaries operating illegally in the city of San Diego.” In early March 2014, the City Attorney’s Office filed a similar injunction against these same defendants who were leasing to four dispensaries in different suites at another commercial property of theirs at 3045 Rosecrans St.: Greenworks SD, Fresh Alternative Consulting, Green Wellness and SB Health. The city obtained temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions or default judgments against the property owners and all the dispensaries. Notably, Greenworks SD moved to Engineer Road in San Diego where the dispensary caught on fire in July 2014 as a result of the extraction of hash oil on site. The operator was arrested. The Nobels agreed to issue eviction notices and unlawful detainer actions to the dispensaries currently operating at their properties at: 2603 University Ave., 936 Garnet Ave., 1150 Garnet Ave., 2015 Garnet Ave., 5560 La Jolla Blvd. and 841 Turquoise St. The dispensaries have not vacated at these locations and are litigating the unlawful detainer actions, and the City Attorney is continuing with enforcement action in these cases. In addition, on March 27 the City Attorney’s Office filed a complaint against the Nobels and the dispensary and operator of PB 45 Cap operating at yet another one of their properties at 4688 Cass St., across from St. Brigid Catholic Church in Pacific Beach. The operator vacated and settled with the city, and on July 18 Prager issued a preliminary injunction against the Nobels as to that property as well. The City Attorney’s Code Enforcement Unit was established in 1984 to address nuisance properties and code violations throughout San Diego. The unit works in partnership with the City’s Code Enforcement Services Division, the San Diego Police Department and the community to identify and aggressively address code violations and nuisance properties. Community members can report property violations to the Code Enforcement Services Division at (619) 236-5500.
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    Plenty of construction, administrative changes in store for dawn of PB’s new school year
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 03, 2014 | 2430 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Classes resumed Sept. 2 for the Mission Beach Cluster of Schools. Students were greeted by new construction projects — particularly at Mission Bay High — as well as a new principal for the Buccaneers, Ernest Remillard. Meanwhile, Tom Yount,  a retired former principal at Mission Bay High, is temporarily overseeing the transition at MBHS and at Pacific Beach Middle School, where Remillard was most recently principal.  	Photo by Paul Hansen
    Classes resumed Sept. 2 for the Mission Beach Cluster of Schools. Students were greeted by new construction projects — particularly at Mission Bay High — as well as a new principal for the Buccaneers, Ernest Remillard. Meanwhile, Tom Yount, a retired former principal at Mission Bay High, is temporarily overseeing the transition at MBHS and at Pacific Beach Middle School, where Remillard was most recently principal. Photo by Paul Hansen
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    The first week of school is a big deal for all six schools in the Mission Bay Cluster — particularly Mission Bay High School — which is breaking in a new principal and a new sports stadium this year. “The Mission Bay Cluster is excited to announce that Ernest Remillard, who was the principal at Pacific Beach Middle School, is now thrilled to take the helm at Mission Bay High School,” said Maria Mikus, 2014-15 MB Cluster president. “Mr. Remillard brings boundless energy and a passion for the success of the MB Cluster of schools. The entire MB Cluster welcomes Mr. Remillard and looks forward to supporting his efforts in taking MBHS to the next level.” The MB Cluster also includes Pacific Beach Middle, as well as Crown Point Junior Music Academy, Pacific Beach, Kate Sessions and Barnard Asia Pacific Language Academy elementary schools. Mikus said construction begun last year on the Mission Bay High School football stadium track and field is making great progress, with construction more than two weeks ahead of schedule. “The MBHS ‘Field of Dreams’ is currently slated to be completed in March 2015,” Mikus said.“The football field will be receiving a new track, bleachers, press box, athletic facilities building, lights, sound system, scoreboard and goalposts, equipment-storage facilities and new home and visitor entrance gates. The grass will be replaced with new synthetic turf and there will be an all-weather track.” Mikus said MBHS’s softball field and baseball field are also receiving renovations and will be completed in the same timeline.  “Many thanks go out to the San Diego Unified School District and the community of Pacific Beach for supporting this long-awaited renovation to MBHS,” she said. Tom Yount, retired former MBHS principal, is helping with the transition at MBHS and PB Middle School, serving as interim principal at the middle school until Remillard’s ideal replacement can be found. Yount, who retired as MBHS principal seven years ago, said he didn’t mind being drafted to help the MB Cluster out with its staff transitions. “I know this school (Pacific Beach Middle). I worked here as vice principal in 1985,” he said, noting there’s a lot going on at the school this year. “A total of 150 of our kids will be able to take two electives this year, and we have a very active orchestra program that they could take,” Yount said, adding that Pacific Beach Middle School is also broadening and building on its solid reputation as an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. IB is a nonprofit educational foundation for students ages 3 to 19, helping them develop the skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. “This is the second year of our Mandarin (Chinese language) program. Our kids took the first year last year, and we’re excited about the continuity,” Yount said, noting the Chinese “are going to be a huge influence on the future,”  while pointing out the Mission Beach Cluster’s Barnard (elementary) is “a Mandarin immersion magnet.” The evolving Mandarin program is “very exciting for the future of the schools in our cluster,” Yount said. The new PB Middle principal said the school, for the first time, is offering an Associated Student Body (ASB) class that will be dealing with the school yearbook, which will help teach students “leadership, responsibility and commitment to school and community.”
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    OMBAC volleyball battle highlights next round of Mission Beach centennial
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 03, 2014 | 715 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Beach continues its next-to-last centennial celebration with an Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Mariner's Point off W. Mission Bay Drive. Photo by Don Balch
    Mission Beach continues its next-to-last centennial celebration with an Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Mariner's Point off W. Mission Bay Drive. Photo by Don Balch
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    Mission Beach continues its next-to-last centennial celebration with an Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Mariner’s Point off W. Mission Bay Drive in Mission Bay Park. There will be a social “Just for Fun” bracket and a competitive “For All the Marbles” mixed bracket. Men’s, women’s and coed divisions are bringing their competitive game to the tournament where all skill levels — and spectators — are welcome. “We started it six years ago and we’ve been doing it ever since and it gets bigger every year,” said Joel McMurrin, OMBAC volleyball event chairman. “We’re expecting about 80 to 90 (four-person) teams. We had 64 last year.” McMurrin said the event harkens to the old days at OMBAC when volleyball was a bigger part of the club’s program before the advent of the Over The Line (OTL) Tournament each July. The event has room to grow. “We’re reviving the tradition of the volleyball tournament, which is one of the biggest in San Diego, and we’d like to try and grow to become one of the largest in Southern California,” McMurrin said. “If it grows any more, after a few years it may become a two-day tournament. We’ll see how things go.” Guests have to be 21 and up and there is a $5 entry fee to watch the tournament. Drinks will be served at a courtside beer garden.  Teams are encouraged to dress up for the epic tournament as prizes will be rewarded for best/most creative team uniforms. For more information about the OMBAC Volleyball Tournament, visit www.ombac.org/volleyball. There have been several monthly events this year commemorating Mission Beach’s centennial, which have included a car show, a sandcastle-building demonstration, a monument dedication, a restaurant walk and a Dive-In Movie showing of “Jaws.” The centennial celebration will culminate with a Mission Beach Centennial Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Belmont Park. For more on the Mission Beach Centennial, visit missionbeachcentennial.org, or call (858) 488-1549.
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    PB’s Tower Paddle Boards makes list of fastest-growing companies in city
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Sep 03, 2014 | 921 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A water enthusiast shows how easy it is to see Mission Bay from a little different perspective with a Tower paddleboard.                                         						 Courtesy photo
    A water enthusiast shows how easy it is to see Mission Bay from a little different perspective with a Tower paddleboard. Courtesy photo
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    Tower Paddle Boards in Pacific Beach recently was listed as tops on the list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in San Diego for 2014. “It was for our growth of more than 1,000 percent revenue between 2011 and 2013 — not bad for a surf company,” said Stephan Aarstol, founder/CEO of Tower, which started in 2010. Paddleboarding is a surface water sport in which participants are propelled by a swimming motion using their arms or a paddle while lying, kneeling or standing on a paddleboard or surfboard in the ocean. One key to Tower’s success, said Aarstol, was catching the wave of popularity — and opportunity — early on in the new water sport and riding it as it began cresting. Paddle surfing in the waves is less than 5 percent of the much larger "paddle boarding" market, said Aarstol noting paddle boarding is actually far bigger than the surf market, just as a sport like kayaking is, “and the difference isn't insignificant. “There are about 25 million people who kayak in a year in the United States, and only about 2.5 million people who surf in the United States in a year, Aarstol said. Besides being relatively easy to learn, Aarstol said paddleboarding provides a number of attractive recreational and athletic opportunities. “It can be a competitive or a social thing,” he said adding, “One hour of standup paddleboarding is equivalent to eight hours of surfing in the waves, because it’s constant action and it’s a whole-body workout.” Finding a way to cut costs is one reason why Aarstol’s company has thrived through creating, manufacturing and direct marketing its own brand. “We sell direct to consumers through our website, www.towerpaddleboards.com,” said Aarstol noting that can allow his customers to save hundreds of dollars on paddleboard purchases, which at Tower are in the $600 to $1,000 range. Aarstol said paddleboarding is also growing in popularity because it’s a multi-dimensional experience. “There’s the surfing element,” he said adding, “Another element is the outdoor adventure. Then there’s the exercise element for both men and women.” Online commerce is growing every year. Paddleboarding is growing every year. For Aarstol, it’s a perfect match. “We’re just eating up market share,” he enthused. Aarstol said he’s profited from doing things a little differently. “Nobody else sells paddleboards through their website, and our brand is not available in any retail store,” he said pointing out his new online business model is actually returning to the “basics” of retail. “We have a personal relationship with our customers,” he said noting “Most other brands are far removed from the ultimate end customer. We’ve grown our brand one customer at a time. They have direct access. They can call us, and I’ll pick up the phone and they can talk to me. It’s a modern version of Old School business, to know your customers. With social media and direct marketing, we’ve gotten back to that small town-type of business. That’s what we are.”
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