Video Report By Richard Allyn, Reporter - bio | email
SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Residents in Pacific Beach say they've seen a surge in alcohol-related violence recently, and they've had enough.
A full room of Pacific Beach residents took to City Hall to address crime stats that ranks their neighborhood as the most violent in San Diego.
Concerns were raised at a land use committee meeting in the wake of a shooting at Bar West earlier this month and a deadly beating in PB on Mother's Day.
"Other people's parents don't have to come and scrape their kids off the sidewalks of Pacific Beach," a resident said.
Scott Chipman with San Diegans for Responsible Planning put together a presentation that claims in 2012 Pacific Beach had up to six times more violent crime than San Diego as a whole.
As it stands, San Diego relies on the state Alcohol Beverage Control to regulate what bars get licenses. Organizers say the ABC rarely enforces complaints, so they're asking for local control to crack down on bars serving excessive leading to fights.
Supporters have a plan that would call on existing bars and restaurants to be grandfathered in what's being called a "deemed approved ordinance."
New bars would have to apply for a conditional use permit that could cost about $850.
Several Pacific Beach business owners have cast doubt on the plan and on the crime statistics, calling them incomplete.
Still, plenty of questions over what causes the violence in Pacific Beach, but the business community says there is more than one answer.