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  • Q&A: Meet PB's YMCA Manager Mike Roberts in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    Q&A: Meet PB's YMCA Manager Mike Roberts in Pacific Beach/San Diego

    Editor's Note: PB Monthly's Q&A series shines a spotlight on notable locals we all wish we knew more about! If you know someone you'd like us to profile, send the lead via e-mail to editor@lajollalight.com or call us at (858) 875-5950. Q&A: Meet PB's YMCA Manager Mike Roberts in Pacific Beach/San...

  • 94-year-old PB resident reveals her secret to a long life (Hint: It's quite heavenly!)

    94-year-old PB resident reveals her secret to a long life (Hint: It's quite heavenly!)

    At first glance, you’d never believe Elsa Olson is 94 years old. 75, maybe. And when you hear her speak, it’s even harder to swallow. She’s sharp and expressive, and has a command of the English language like the proverbial schoolmarm. During our interview, Elsa actually corrected my use of the...

  • Q&A: Meet Pacific Beach community activist Eve Anderson

    Q&A: Meet Pacific Beach community activist Eve Anderson

    Where did you grow up? In Philadelphia — where they’re probably still celebrating the Eagles’ Super Bowl win! What do you do for a living? I’m an almost-retired flower garden designer, down to my last client. Before that, I published community maps in many San Diego neighborhoods and was a columnist...

  • Eyeing retirement, The French Gourmet owner maps out his legacy

    Eyeing retirement, The French Gourmet owner maps out his legacy

    The French Gourmet restaurant — with its bright yellow exterior and blue shutters framing windows adorned with flower baskets — is a cheery culinary icon, not just in Pacific Beach, but in all of San Diego. Its list of awards is long and legendary, and its owner, Michel Malecot, was even given...

  • Windswept wave-rider says March is good month for kite surfing in PB

    Windswept wave-rider says March is good month for kite surfing in PB

    La Jolla resident Helen Spear is a kiter, and we don’t mean the kind on a string. Officially, what she does is called “kite surfing,” and it’s a sport she learned 15 years ago in Maui on — you guessed it — Kite Beach, the stomping ground for kite-surfing pros. But Spear started slowly. First, she...

  • Q&A with PB Man-About-Town Karl Jaedtke

    Q&A with PB Man-About-Town Karl Jaedtke

    In January, longtime PB Town Council volunteer Karl Jaedtke was presented with the Council’s “Pug Sanford Community Service Award.” While handing Jaedtke the proclamation during the Town Council’s Installation Dinner at Mission Bay Yacht Club, Council president Greg Daunoras cited Jaedtke’s years...

  • Q & A With William 'Bill' Marsh, 2018 Honorary Mayor of PB

    Q & A With William 'Bill' Marsh, 2018 Honorary Mayor of PB

    Where did you grow up? Leavittsburg, Ohio (25 miles west of Youngstown, Ohio). What do you do for a living? I’m a Retired Naval Aviator/Aerospace engineering Duty Officer and Navy Defense Contractor Are you married? Got kids? Married to Adele Rossi-Marsh (Retired Navy Medical Service Corp Officer...

  • Team Survivor Sea Dragon: Bouts with cancer fuel paddlers’ passion for victory

    Team Survivor Sea Dragon: Bouts with cancer fuel paddlers’ passion for victory

    One by one, they pull up to the Youth Aquatic Center on Fiesta Island in the heart of Mission Bay Park in the dreary overcast of an early Sunday morning. But this crowd is anything but dreary. These are the dynamic women of the Team Survivor Sea Dragons, convening on a stretch of sandy beach to...

  • One PB Woman’s Mission: Turning ‘7’ memories into memoirs for posterity

    One PB Woman’s Mission: Turning ‘7’ memories into memoirs for posterity

    You could call it her mission, or you could call it her passion. Whatever you call it, Pacific Beach resident Patricia Benesh is determined to change the face of aging through her company, 7 Memories. Benesh has written three books on the subject and started the company to get more senior citizens...

  • Q&A with Greg Daunoras: Pacific Beach Town Council President

    Q&A with Greg Daunoras: Pacific Beach Town Council President

    Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Chicago area. I attended Northern Illinois University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. Immediately upon graduation from NIU at the age of 22, I moved to San Diego to accept a civilian job with the U.S. Navy. What do you do for a living?...

  • Engaging the Community in Smart Growth: PB Eco-District aims to become nationally certified

    Engaging the Community in Smart Growth: PB Eco-District aims to become nationally certified

    As one of 13 registered eco-districts in North America with a long list of achievements in its short four-year existence, the Pacific Beach Eco-District seeks to access more resources to tackle bigger issues by becoming fully certified. Tasked with finding equitable and sustainable means of community...

  • Making a Dream a Reality: Fundraising underway for $17 million Beach & Bay Family YMCA

    Making a Dream a Reality: Fundraising underway for $17 million Beach & Bay Family YMCA

    Parents, children and seniors are all rejoicing over the fact that the YMCA has made Pacific Beach the next part of its San Diego expansion plans. On the corner of Ingraham and Felspar streets, and connected to the PB Middle School campus, the new PB branch will be named “Beach and Bay Family YMCA.”...

  • IN GOOD TASTE: Enoteca Adriano: Italian favorites served by 'family'

    IN GOOD TASTE: Enoteca Adriano: Italian favorites served by 'family'

    Written on a chalkboard at the entrance to Enoteca Adriano: “86 percent of a relationship is figuring out where to eat.” In North PB, couples enjoying date nights have made this cozy spot, which features an Italian wine bar, their go-to destination. They’re not alone. Since “Chef Franco” opened...

  • A List of PB Community Resources

    A List of PB Community Resources

    Civic Associations Pacific Beach Town Council, 1706 Garnet Ave., (858) 483-6666, pbtowncouncil.org Pacific Beach Business District, 1503 Garnet Ave., (858) 273-3303, pacificbeach.org District 2 San Diego City Council Rep: Lorie Zapf, City Administration Building, 202 “C” St., 10th Floor, San...

  • Pacific Beach Community Resources

    Pacific Beach Community Resources

    Police Station San Diego Northern Division 4275 Eastgate Mall UTC(858) 552-1700 Complaint Line: (619) 515-2777 Emergency Line: 9-1-1 Post office US Post Office, 4640 Cass St., (858) 272-1948, usps.com Fire station San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Station 21, 750 Grand Ave., (619) 533-4300. ...

  • Wake up and smell the coffee! PB baristas have a pot on for you!

    Wake up and smell the coffee! PB baristas have a pot on for you!

    Life for coffee lovers has really perked up in Pacific Beach. In just a few years, several coffee shops have opened along Cass Street, joining neighborhood favorites on Garnet Avenue and Ingraham Street. Each offers a unique menu and vibe, whether for quick take-out or laid-back sitting and sipping....

  • Here's a bit about the five Pacific Beach Landmarks we love

    Here's a bit about the five Pacific Beach Landmarks we love

    Pacific Beach has much in common with beach towns up and down the California coast – sun and sand, fun and a laid-back lifestyle. But a few local landmarks and attractions are unique to this community of approximately 47,000. 1) Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages – In how many places can you sleep...

  • Locals say Pacific Beach is perfect choice for weekend staycations

    Locals say Pacific Beach is perfect choice for weekend staycations

    What is your ideal 48-hour staycation? Is it to relax and do as little as possible? Stroll, take in the sights, leisurely meals and some shops? Throw yourself into biking, surfing or paddle boarding? Bar hop and dance the night away? However you define vacation, you'll find it in Pacific Beach...

  • The First 20 Years: A brief history of Pacific Beach (1887-1907)

    The First 20 Years: A brief history of Pacific Beach (1887-1907)

    The history of a place as colorful as Pacific Beach need not be encyclopedic, not when the quirks are more fun than the red-letter dates. It’s true enough that P.B. was founded in 1887, having been developed by R.A., J.R. and W.W. Thomas, D.C. Reed. O.S. Hubbell, D.P. Hale, Thomas Metcalf, Charles...

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