People who never cared about politics are avidly following Obama’s daily actions. Millions of small donations to his cause — and thousands of volunteers — have energized an entirely new crop of activists across America. We hope local Obama workers will turn their newfound energies to improving PB.
Safer Beaches…PB’s community organizers helped lead the parade to pass Prop D, permanently allowing our beaches to remain alcohol-free.
Strong support came from places like Scripps Ranch, Del Cerro, Mira Mesa, Allied Gardens and San Ysidro. Elsewhere, families, especially those originally from other countries, decided that a day at the beach would be better if Grandma and their young teenage daughters didn’t have to deal with large crowds of rowdy imbibers.
Young women were also emphatically in favor, telling campaign workers, “I’m tired of being hassled at the beach.” Prop D passed, 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent.
Fact Check…Statistics were quoted by both sides. Here are a few explanations:
• DUI arrests are up in PB. That’s because police, no longer stuck at the beach, have had time to move inland, catching more drunk drivers.
• Lifeguards won’t be as busy. Lt. Andy Lerum told me, “Now that families are returning to the beach, more kids are in the water and we’re busy rescuing them.”
• Arrests is up. See above. With MIP (minors in possession) rates down 50 percent, cops can more efficiently respond to calls on car break-ins, loud parties, etc. that were often unanswered before.
Let’s celebrate PB–together!... It’s time to enjoy events that everyone can appreciate, like the upcoming PB Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. Want to enter? Forms are on Discover PB’s website, PacificBeach.org, or call Kathy Evans, (858) 488-7355.
Wildwood, N.J., did just that, after an alcohol ban passed years ago. When we visited Wildwood last year, city clerk Chris Wood told me their Chamber of Commerce began hosting family-friendly events. Their jam-packed annual calendar now includes a classic car show, kite festival, kids’ boogie board races, an Ultimate Frisbee tournament, Wildwood Triathlon, fishing tournaments, bike races, a Classic Motorcycle Club rally and dozens of musical shows, from “Fabulous ’50s” to “Sensational ’60s,” a blues festival and Philadelphia Mummers.
For parade details or to suggest future events, attend PB’s Special Events Committee. It meets Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. in Discover PB’s office, 1503 Garnet Ave.