News and community briefs for Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
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The haunted house and maze, at 2176 Diamond Street, will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night. If there are still people in line at 9:30 p.m., they will be let through. / Photo by Thomas Melville
The haunted house and maze, at 2176 Diamond Street, will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night. If there are still people in line at 9:30 p.m., they will be let through. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Haunted house in Pacific Beach

The haunted house and maze, at 2176 Diamond Street, will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night. If there are still people in line at 9:30 p.m., they will be let through.

Why create this haunted maze?

According to homeowner Rob Christ: “We purchased this home about four years ago and accidentally painted it black. (I was out of town and told my contractor the wrong color.) When I came home, the house was black and looked a little spooky!

“Of course, it already looked and felt a bit spooky, as it is more than 100 years old. Since then, we started talking about hosting a haunted house/maze, since it fits the look.

“This year, we got together with a bunch of our family and friends, including many kids that attend Kate Sessions Elementary School, and decided to build a haunted maze for the kids and adults in the neighborhood. Our kids all love the idea and have been very helpful in building scenes and crafts to go into the maze.

We plan on doing this annually.”

Police arrest alleged PB peeper

Between Sept. 11 and Oct. 12, a suspect repeatedly peeped into the windows of unsuspecting women in the Pacific Beach area. The suspect description was consistent; a white male, bald, of medium height, and medium to heavy-set build. Six reported cases occurred within this time frame.

Detectives immediately began to investigate, interviewing witnesses, and canvassing the area for evidence. Through their investigative efforts and with the assistance of patrol officers, James Wayne Hubbard, 48, was identified and arrested on Oct. 12. Hubbard was booked into the San Diego County Jail on six counts of peeping and one count of petty theft.

Anyone with information is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Suspicious death off coast of Mission Beach

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10:20 a.m., a fisherman on a boat was about 2.5 miles off the coast of Mission Beach when he noticed a body floating in the ocean. The fisherman notified lifeguards via his boat radio and lifeguards notified the San Diego Police Department Communications Center.

Lifeguard’s personnel went to the location with members from the San Diego Police Harbor Unit. They retrieved the body and transported it to the lifeguard’s headquarters dock, located at 2581 Quivira Ct. The body was an unknown race and aged male. The condition of the body raised concerns about the cause of death. Out of an abundance of caution, the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit was called to the scene.

San Diego Police Homicide Detectives are currently investigating this incident as a suspicious death. The victim has been identified as Abdelkader Elshayeb, a citizen of Egypt. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Car jacking in Pacific Beach

The victim, a 21-year-old male, was sitting in his 2007 Hyundai Elantra. The suspect, a 19-year-old male, walked up to the victim, asked for a ride and proceeded to get in the vehicle.

The victim started to drive away when the suspect pulled out a hand gun and told him not to stop. The victim pulled over at 1400 Grand Ave., yelling for help. The suspect pistol whipped the victim, knocking out some of his teeth.

The victim got out and the suspect drove off with the vehicle. At 4600 Gresham the suspect crashed into a parked car. A police unit saw the crash and suspect running from the vehicle. The officer chased the suspect who jumped a fence into a yard at 4600 Gresham.

After a perimeter was setup, officers located the suspect hiding in the backyard and taken into custody without incident. Robbery detectives responded and are investigating. Anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

City offers landscape, rain barrel rebates

The City of San Diego offers money-saving ways for water customers to conserve water. The City’s Public Utilities Department provides rebates through grant funding by the Department of Water Resources for both removing lawns and installing rain barrels. Homeowners may apply now for financial rebates to convert their lawns into a drought resistant landscape. The City is offering a $1.25 per square foot rebate for all lawns that are converted. Converted areas must be designed to capture rainfall for reuse.

Applications are now being taken for Rainwater Harvesting Rebates. Rain barrels and downspouts catch rainwater from hard surfaces such as rooftops. While San Diego isn’t in the rainy season yet, now is a good time to prepare. The barrels are a great way to conserve and then reuse the water for irrigation purposes. It also helps prevent pollution by reducing the amount of runoff that goes down the storm drain. Customers may receive $1 per gallon of barrel storage capacity for residential rainwater harvesting up to 400 gallons or $400 per property.

More information about these and other rebates as well as additional water conservation options is available at

County to apply for state funds to help homeless

The County Board of Supervisors recently voted to allow the Health and Human Services Agency to apply for state emergency funds to address homelessness in the region. The California 2018-19 State Budget includes $53 million for the California Emergency Solutions and Housing Program, which provides grants to local communities to develop programs that assist people who are homeless or at risk of not having a stable place to live.

Extreme Sailing Series off Harbor Island this weekend

Renowned for its intense racing, the Extreme Sailing Series returns to San Diego Bay for the second year, Oct. 18-21. The only U.S. stop on the action-packed global tour will play host to a fleet of elite-level international sailing teams, including one USA squad, in an event presented by SAP, all racing in identical flying hydrofoil catamarans: GC32.

As well as breathtaking racing, the penultimate event of the season will provide shore-side entertainment for the whole family. Spectators can enjoy live music, entertainment, bars, food stalls and expert commentary of the racing, and also take advantage of the perfect viewing spot from the free-to-enter public Race Village located on Harbor Island.

Alternatively, spectators can watch the exciting Stadium Racing from the VIP Extreme Club. With unrivaled views of the racing, five-star catering, refreshments, and exclusive entertainment and behind-the-scenes access, it promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. For more information, visit

San Diego Sports Medicine Center celebrates partnership

San Diego Sports Medicine Center is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the partnership with Anderson Medical Center. The integration has allowed the Urgent Care, at 1945 Garnet Ave., to add more family practice capabilities while still providing easy access.

The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

All injuries, illnesses and non-life threatening emergencies can be treated. In addition, routine primary care can be obtained including physicals and immunizations. Dr. Ken Anderson continues as the medical director for the clinic. He serves as the medical director for Sea World and team physician for the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene and the San Diego Gulls.

Local leaders celebrate Campland on the Bay’s 50th

Joined by Councilmember Lorie Zapf and other community leaders, thousands of campers gathered together on Oct. 6 in celebration of Campland on the Bay’s 50th year providing waterfront camping in Mission Bay.

Campland on the Bay’s president Michael Gelfand, who was at the event to accept the proclamations presented by the City and County, said: “Three generations of my family have had the great honor and responsibility of operating Campland. It is a truly special place that plays host to multi-generational families who come back again and again.”

“For 50 years, Campland on the Bay has provided affordable waterfront accommodations on Mission Bay for San Diego families, serving as a beloved destination where multiple generations come together to experience a sense of community, recreate, make friends and build memories,” said Zapf.

SeaWorld to add horizontal roller coaster next year

SeaWorld will open a dueling roller coaster, dubbed Tidal Twister, as a new attraction for 2019. The first of its kind in the world, this unique and horizontal ride is an exhilarating experience that demonstrates the power of the ocean.

Accelerating to 30 mph, riders will twist and bank as if they are riding the tide along a tight figure-8 track that includes dynamic zero-g roll at the center section. Two trains, holding 16 passengers each, load at opposite ends of the figure-8 and cross in the center with guests facing both forward and backward on the trains. A lower-height requirement of 48 inches makes this attraction a better option for younger guests and families.

Tidal Twister, elevated 16 feet off the ground, will be located adjacent the Aquaria touch pool and aquarium in the northwest corner of the park, the perfect location to accentuate the new attraction’s conservation element that focuses on sustainable aquaculture and coral reef protection.

Costume party beach clean up at Fiesta Island

Costume party beach clean up at Fiesta Island, 1258 East Mission Bay Drive, will take place 10 a.m. to noon Oct 27. Come in costume and help clean Fiesta Island. Supplies will be provided, but bring a bucket and gloves.

Costume contest prizes for best duo or group, most original, eco-warrior, scariest, cutest, funniest, and best couple. Sponsored by Sand Cloud, Ocean Connectors, Route USA, and Shore Buddies.

100 Wave Challenge raises $325,000

Team Surf Dogs – comprised of Turbo, a wave-dancing Golden Retriever, Koa, a gregarious, goofy-footed Chocolate Lab, and Tristan, a tenacious surfing Westie – were among the surfers who caught 100 waves in one day. The trio of surfing canines raised $4,164, while capturing the hearts of their fellow surfers and spectators gathered on the beach to watch the 100 Wave Challenge unfold.

Surfers representing the United States Coast Guard Sector, San Diego raised $5,864, narrowly edging out the San Diego Fire Department Surf Club as the winner of the inaugural First Responders Cup.

Degree 33 Surfboards topped the leader board of surf teams at $36,406, earning them a weekend surfing adventure in Las Gaviotas, Mexico.

1977 Surfing World Champion and Boys to Men Mentoring Network Surf Legend Shaun Tomson earned the title as Top Individual Surfer, bringing in $32,000.

It costs $25,000 to bring a Boys to Men mentorship program to a a new school campus. Thanks to the passion and commitment of 100 Wave ChallengeSurfers and Surf Angels, and the generosity of the organization's sponsors, a handful of new mentoring programs will be launched on regional middle and high school campuses in the coming months.

Scout Troop 506 to hold open house

Scout Troop 506 invites all interested youth 10-17 years old to an open house 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd. Troop 506 is a place for outdoor adventure, service to others, and fellowship. There will be information for boys and girls looking to join. For more information, visit or contact Scoutmaster Brian Catanzaro, at [email protected]

America unfurls world’s largest pink mainsail

San Diego’s maritime jewel, the yacht America, unfurled the world’s largest pink mainsail on Oct. 12. America m her way under the new sail with breast cancer survivors, care givers, health professionals, and sponsors on board. America’s sail tower is more than 100 feet above the waterline and deploys 2,500 square feet of material.

I Love A Clean San Diego hires new executive director

I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) recently announced the hire of Rear Admiral Leendert (Len) Hering Sr. USN, (retired) as the organization’s new executive director. Hering was selected for his longstanding experience in environmental sustainability and nonprofit executive management. As executive director, Hering will lead the organization toward its vision of a zero waste, litter-free, and environmentally engaged San Diego region.

Hering, a native of Portsmouth, Va., retired from the Navy in 2009 after more than 32 years of service as a surface warfare officer. As one of the Navy’s top experts in base operations and facility support, Hering built a team recognized as the best in environmental protection and sustainable innovation throughout the Department of Defense, and he received the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management from President George W. Bush.

In 2009, Hering joined the University of San Diego, where as vice president for Business Services and Administration, he initiated numerous sustainable measures on the campus including the installation of the largest solar system of any private campus in the country. Hering comes to ILACSD from the Center for Sustainable Energy having served as the president and executive director for five years. 

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