A transient who stabbed another man with broken scissors and later threatened a police officer before being shot by the officer was sentenced Feb. 18 to five years in state prison.
Probation was denied for Paul Aaron Brinkman, 38, by San Diego Superior Court Judge Fred Maguire, who gave Brinkman credit for spending 301 days in jail, along with time off for good behavior since the Sept. 21 incident. Brinkman was fined $1,694.
Brinkman, who has a long record of mostly minor crimes, is a habitual user of marijuana and methamphetamine, according to his probation report. He pleaded guilty to committing two felony assaults. A third incident in which he waved the scissors in the air to another person was dismissed.
The first incident occurred around 5 a.m. in the 100 block of Garnet Avenue in an alley, during which a man was stabbed in the arm. The victim said Brinkman complained the stabbing victim was talking too loud.
The next incident took place at 3:43 p.m., as a bar manager was walking down the 1200 block of Garnet Avenue. He said Brinkman lunged at him with the scissors for no apparent reason. The victim avoided being stabbed and a police officer was flagged down.
The officer saw Brinkman at Dawes Street and Garnet Avenue and ordered him repeatedly to drop the scissors. Brinkman reportedly refused and kept walking closer to the officer with the scissors until the officer fired one shot, hitting Brinkman in the lower abdomen.
Maguire sentenced Brinkman to three years for the first stabbing and then gave him another year for threatening the officer with the scissors. Maguire added one more year because Brinkman had a felony conviction of battery on a police officer in 2003.
— Neal Putnam
PACIFIC BEACH PLANNERS SEEKING NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) will hold its annual elections on Wednesday, March 26 from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. at the Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library at the corner of Cass and Thomas streets.
The PBPG is composed of 20 community volunteers (15 residential and five commercial seats).
The group advises the city on new development projects, parking, traffic, future planning and other issues related to the Pacific Beach Community Plan.
For more information, call Larry Emlaw at (858) 273-1788, or visit www.pbplanning.org.
STREET CLOSURES PLANNED TO PROMOTE CYCLING INTEREST
On Sunday, March 30, nearly three miles of streets will be closed to motorists in Pacific Beach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to promote cycling and other non-motorized modes of travel.
The hubs of the event are the intersections of Garnet Avenue and Ingraham Street, Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard, Turquoise and Cass streets and Turquoise Street and La Mesa Drive.
Event organizers said this is an opportunity for visitors, neighbors and community members to come together and enjoy open, car-free streets.
For more information, call (858) 472-6025, or visit cyclosdias.com.
MISSION BEACH CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION TO LAUNCH FIRST EVENT
The Mission Beach Centennial Monument/Plaque Dedication and Resident Walk will mark the first in a series of events highlighting Mission Beach’s centennial on Saturday, March 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. at a location yet to be announced.
The event plans include a bronze monument and plaque dedication commemorating the centennial with local dignitaries and residents present.
The centennial walk will begin at either end of Mission Beach before the plaque is permanently placed.
For more information, visit www.missionbeachcentennial.org/events.html.
NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING PLANNED ON NEW APARTMENT COMPLEX
The new owners of the old Mission Beach Elementary School property recently sold by the San Diego Unified School District intend to host a neighborhood meeting to discuss preliminary plans to build an apartment building or condominiums on the former school campus site.
The site is located at Santa Barbara Place and Mission Boulevard.
McKellar McGowan, LLC and its principals are inviting the putlic to attend the presentation at the Santa Clara Recreation Center’s Bay View Room on Tuesday, March 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISSION BAY AUTOMOTIVE BUYS BUILDING FOR RELOCATION
Mission Bay Automotive has purchased the 5,247-square-foot industrial building at 1735 Morena Blvd. in the Bay Park area of San Diego for $1.28 million. The building, previously occupied by Bear Fence Co., will be the new service location for Mission Bay Automotive. Cassidy Turley represented the seller while Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC. Cushman & Wakefield represented the buyer.
Mission Bay Automotive is relocating from the 4,000-square-foot building it presently occupies at 1125 Morena Blvd. to accommodate its growing business.
Owner Troy Archer said the company is working on tenant improvements with plans to open its new location in early summer.