Community news and briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
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Santa Sunset
Two SantaCon participants took time out to enjoy a Pacific Beach sunset on Saturday, Dec. 8. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Santa Sunset Two SantaCon participants took time out to enjoy a Pacific Beach sunset on Saturday, Dec. 8. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Donate pet toys, food

When Tatum Merrill, a seventh-grader at Pacific Beach Middle, experienced her dog Dezzi dying last year, she decided to turn it into a positive experience by trying to help other animals in need. Merrill and her classmate Mackenzie Brooks organized a pet toy drive for animals in need at the San Diego Humane Society as a community service project.

The students set up a box for people to donate treats, toys, clothes and pet accessories at Yogurt on the Rocks, 1886 Garnet Ave. The box will be set up through Dec. 20 and then Merrill and Brooks will donate the items to the San Diego Humane Society.

Blood Mobile at Tourmaline Surf Park

Pacific Beach Surf Club is partnering with the Tailgaters of Tourmaline and the San Diego Blood Bank to have the Blood Mobile parked and established in the car park of the Tourmaline Surf Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. There will also be a pancake breakfast.

More than 4.5 million people require blood each year in the U.S and Canada. One pint can save up to three lives. Only 37 percent of U.S. population is eligible to donate blood and fewer than 10 percent do annually.

NYE Beachfront Bash in Mission Beach

Feast, drink and dance from beachfront to rooftop at the inaugural NYE Beachfront Bash from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at South Draft Mission, Cannonball and Beach House, 3105 Ocean Front Walk. The New Year’s Eve celebration offers a unique mix of unique vibes, live music and multiple DJs; plus, handcrafted eats and cocktails to satisfy partygoers in Mission Beach. 

Sparkle on the rooftop with an upscale lounge vibe at Cannonball featuring multiple DJs rotating dance and house beats all night. Drop down to Draft for live music and DJs playing kick-back, old school grooves. Or hype it up with a beachfront party at Beach House featuring multiple DJs spinning Top 40 and hip-hop tracks.

From 8 to 10 p.m., free tasters of premium spirits, liquors and wine will be provided, along with giveaways and buffet stations and tray pass will be featured at Draft and Cannonball where platinum and gold passholders can move between locations to feast. Visit to purchase tickets and for more details.

Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day

Are you brrrrrave enough to take the plunge? Saska’s annual Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day begins at 9 a.m. After a chilly jump in the Pacific Ocean, enjoy complimentary Swell Coffee, a costume contest, raffle prizes including a Saska’s gift card, and a special New Year’s Day brunch buffet at 3768 Mission Blvd.

Cost for adults is $20 and children $10 (children 5 and under are free with paying adult). Ticket includes Polar Plunge T-shirt, Swell Coffee, raffle tickets, happy hour pricing all day, brunch buffet, and choice of one mimosa or Bloody Mary.

Toy drive at Woodstock’s Pizza 

’Tis the season for giving, and Woodstock’s Pizza is stepping up to the plate. Passionate about giving back to the community they call home, Woodstock’s is on track to raise more than $200,000 in 2018 for worthy charities around San Diego.

This December, Woodstock’s is celebrating the spirit of the holidays and benefitting with a month-long fundraiser and one-day toy drive event benefitting Rady’s Children’s Hospital.

From 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, Woodstock’s Pizza, at 1221 Garnet Ave., will be accepting toy donations at their in-store “gift tree” to be given to Rady’s Children’s patients and the Ronald McDonald House, where many Rady’s patient’s siblings stay. While the greatest need is for new infant and toddler toys, the items must be able to be sterilized for sick children.

Santa Saturdays at Belmont Park

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Belmont Park. During Santa Saturdays, guests are invited to share their wish lists and take a free photo next to the beach-themed Christmas tree for a holiday memory. Photos with Santa will be available on Saturdays, through Dec. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Food Court Stage (Santa also accepts wish lists in Spanish). 

In partnership with The Salvation Army, Belmont Park will participate in a Free Ride Toy Drive through Dec. 16. With a donation of one unwrapped, brand new toy, guests will receive one free ride of choice. Toys must have a minimum $5 value to redeem a free ride. One ride per person is offered upon redemption.

For Christmas shoppers, Belmont Park’s annual pass is available for purchase. The annual pass includes unlimited rides, attractions, discounts and more for a full year of unlimited fun. To learn more about Santa Saturdays, the Free Ride Toy Drive, and annual pass, visit

San Diego residents may seek permits through online portal

As part of his push to speed up the permitting process and give residents access to more City services with the click of a button, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced on Dec. 6 the expansion of an online portal ( that will make the application process for single-family home improvements easier and more efficient.

San Diego’s new residential feature is an expanded function of the OpenCounter online business portal – an innovative web portal that streamlines the process of locating, expanding and getting permits for a business in the city. San Diego is the largest U.S. city to implement the OpenCounter platform. 

With this expansion, OpenCounter will now provide homeowners, contractors and builders with knowledge about the potential permits required and fee estimates. It guides users through the permitting process for single-family home projects, such as building or repairing a secondary structure like a pool or deck; installing solar panels or graywater systems; and upgrading building exteriors like replacing a roof or windows.

Pure Water Project receives EPA loan

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer recently joined the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to officially accept a $614 million federal loan to help finance the first phase of Pure Water San Diego – an innovative water recycling program that will provide one-third of the City’s drinking supply by 2035.

With the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan, the City will help fund the first phase of the Pure Water San Diego program, which would expand the City’s potable water production capacity to 30 million gallons per day to replace the use of imported water. This additional drinking water supply will save the City money through reduced imported water costs, benefit the environment through reduced discharges into the ocean, and provide a reliable, sustainable water supply for future generations.

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