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Pacific Beach is already boozy, but plenty of entrepreneurs who want to cash in on the crowds who flock to the neighborhood to drink and let loose would like it to be even boozier.
Getting a new liquor license in Pacific Beach, however, is extremely difficult, in part because the neighborhood already has more than its recommended share of businesses that sell alcohol. PB also has a high crime rate, which means applications for new licenses almost always get squashed.
As VOSD contributor Jonah Valdez reports, the de facto cap on new liquor licenses in the bar-packed beach community has pumped up the value of preexisting liquor licenses, which are selling for up to $1 million.
The rising value of existing liquor licenses in PB is also causing some rifts between tenants and landlords. Some landlords who want to make the most out of their quickly appreciating alcohol-serving properties have jacked up rent and otherwise behaved questionably toward their tenants.
County Supervisors Back to All Red
With only a few votes left to count, it seems clear Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar pulled off a narrow victory in the County Supervisors District 3 race. She’s up now by 1,242 votes. Thus, the Board of Supervisors will again be made up entirely of Republicans.
VOSD’s Maya Srikrishnan explains what Gaspar’s win means for the board, which has a budget of roughly $5 billion.
Srikrishnan says Gaspar “campaigned on fiscal responsibility, addressing homelessness and improving public safety, roads and infrastructure.” The former Encinitas mayor, though, has a conflicting track record when it comes to pinning down her stances on housing and development.
Also, Gaspar’s win doesn’t mean Democrats are giving up on eventually winning some seats on the historically conservative board. The head of the county’s Democratic Party tells Srikrishnan she thinks Democrats will regain the seat once Gaspar terms out, and in the meantime Dems are already angling for two other seats on the board.
SDPD Harassment Cases Head to Trial
The Reader reports that sexual harassment lawsuits filed by two female San Diego Police Department officers are heading to trial.
Officer Denise Mills and former homicide detective Dana Hoover’s cases have trial dates set for early 2017.
As VOSD reported a few years back, the San Diego Police Department has been trying to move past its problems with officer misconduct, but a handful of allegations in recent years has made that difficult.
San Diego’s Big Housing-the-Homeless Fail
The U-T’s Dan McSwain’s latest column calls out city leaders for their failure to house San Diego’s ballooning homeless population.
He leads with a story of a homeless woman giving birth and ends with stories of homeless peoples’ deaths, and in between includes sharp-tongued criticisms like this one: “In our burgeoning failure to house the most vulnerable, San Diego stands alone. We are a national disgrace.”
Weekend News Roundup
• Folks can now get a glimpse of the future shape 120 acres in Mission Bay Park could take. The U-T reports on three recently unveiled proposals that show the transformation of the 46-acre Mission Bay Golf Course and the closed 76-acre De Anza Cove Mobile Home Park. All of the development pitches include some combination of restored marshland, playing fields, campgrounds, open space, water recreation areas, playgrounds and restaurants.
• CBS Sports writer Jason La Canfora is back with another report citing unnamed NFL sources that say the Chargers are getting super close to leaving San Diego. Like for real.
• Twenty-one staff members who split duties at UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the La Jolla Playhouse have been laid off as the two entities restructure. Many staffers could be hired back, but longtime UCSD theater employees aren’t happy about the changes. (Times of San Diego)
• Some community leaders are calling for more clarity and information about a recent study by San Diego State University researchers that examined San Diego police traffic stops for evidence of racial profiling. (U-T)
• One of San Diego Unified School District’s development partners in an apartment complex at a former Scripps Ranch elementary school site has run into problems with state gambling regulators for his dealings as the owner of card rooms in California. (U-T)
• Rain is falling in San Diego. The water caused one tree in Clairemont to uproot and fall on a van. (NBC 7 San Diego)
Hundreds of trees in San Diego toppled over after an unusually wet storm at the start of the year, so we looked into the tree falling phenomenon and the weird weather.
San Diego Social Media Moment
• I swear, one of these two dogs is really smiling in their photo with Surfin’ Santa snapped at Seaport Village over the weekend.