Residents had an opportunity to hear reports and ask questions of city, county, state and federal officials and representatives on all types of matters related to Pacific Beach.
Matthew DeBeliso, project engineer for the City of San Diego Public Works Department, announced an upcoming water and sewer project in north Pacific Beach, slated to begin by the end of the summer of 2015.
The project involves replacing six-inch iron pipe, installed during the 1920s, running from north of La Playa Avenue to south of Tourmaline Street and west to Mission Boulevard and east to Ingraham Street.
“It’s iron pipe, so it will break eventually,” DeBeliso said.
He added that beach moratoriums will force construction crews to stop work between the Memorial and Labor Day holidays.
Among the chief concerns voiced by residents during the meeting was the resurfacing of neighborhood streets once work is completed.
A representative from TC Construction – the company chosen to replace the pipes – said that a phasing schedule has not yet been determined and full resurfacing and repaving of the trenches must follow testing and inspection of the project to avoid having to dig up newly laid concrete.
Arvin Brown and Alex Miller, both police investigative service officers, gave a summary of San Diego’s oversize vehicle ordinance, which was adopted to restrict overnight parking of oversize, nonmotorized and recreational vehicles on city streets between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m.
Brown said that owners of these vehicles may obtain a permit allowing parking for a 24-hour period for up to three consecutive days (72 hours total). He said that applicants may purchase up to 72 days of permits per year and the permit is only valid on the street as the residents' address. Penalties for violating the ordinance include fines and the towing of vehicles.
New police captain
SDPD Northern Division captain Jerry Hara announced that effective Saturday, March 28, Mark Hanten – currently the acting captain for the Southern Division for the past four months – will replace him in Northern Division.
Hara, who has been in the position for the past 18 months, said that he will be transferring to the Operational Support Administration department where he will oversee several specialized units that support field operation for the police department.
When asked what advice he would offer Hanten, Hara said that it is important to care more of others than yourself and it’s never about your personal agenda. He added that it’s all about what is good for the people and the community.
“We are servants and our customer is the community,” Hara said. “Our job is to provide exceptional customer service just as in any other business.”
Hanten, a 25 year veteran of the SDPD, said that it’s a huge honor to be selected as a captain. The Northern Division – which serves the neighborhoods of Bay Ho, Bay Park, Clairemont Mesa, La Jolla, Mission Bay Park, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Torrey Pines and University City – is a bigger command, with greater responsibilities, a larger area and a bigger community, Hansen said.
“I’m excited for the challenge,” Hanten said. “It’s a unique group of communities and to have the opportunity to be leading the police department in this area is fantastic.”
More information on the Pacific Beach Town Council can be found at www.pbtowncouncil.org or by calling 858-483-6666.