Morning Report: A Practical Guide to the Airbnb Big Vote

A short term vacation rental in mission beach
A beachfront vacation property in Mission Beach / Image via Shutterstock

City Council this week is set to make a decision — perhaps final, perhaps anything but — on the fate of Airbnb-style short-term vacation rentals.

The debate has been complicated, but one thing seems clear: whatever happens, these rentals will not be banned, reports our Scott Lewis in a new voting guide on Tuesday. But they could be allowed with ample wiggle room for landlords to rent their homes year-round (under a two-party plan) or just for 90 days (under another plan).

Some fans of renting out their homes think this latest plan is Armageddon. Then there are those who want to fix it because they can’t support Airbnb-style rentals and don’t want the law to change to accommodate them for the time being. After all, the city attorney said they were technically illegal as it stands. And the city council is in the middle, surely hoping… for a short vacation.

• In a VOSD commentary, Dennis and Julie Richardson write that the debate over Airbnb-style rentals leaves two groups behind: “no one seems to be thinking about the real people behind the rentals or their guests.”

“Our family has been enriched by the depth and breadth of people who have come to our homes – visitors from Canada, China, Japan, Australia, Mexico and all over the United States…” , they write. “Renting our house was never about taking a home off the market; it was about keeping in our family something that was passed down to us without worrying about how we can afford it.

They support the city council’s most lenient plan.

• A couple who had bad experiences with Airbnb in Europe said posted their analysis over 1,000 Airbnb complaints. They claim that “Airbnb has multiple dangerous vulnerabilities and scams that are out of control. This affects everyone who uses Airbnb, including guests staying in the United States. They also issued a AMA (Ask Me Anything) on ​​Reddit (

The Notorious Medi-Pot Case Is Almost Completely Canceled

James Slatic, a local medical marijuana pioneer who rose to national fame when local prosecutors targeted him and confiscated hundreds of thousands of dollars, won a moral victory, if not an entire victory.

New district attorney Summer Stephan returns nearly $300,000 to Slatic and his company, plus interest. He had personally recovered over $100,000 previously. He loses $35,000.

The DA dropped seven felony charges, and Slatic pleaded guilty to a few misdemeanors, was fined, and is on probation. “So ends a nearly two-year affair with sudden and suspenseful twists,” our new newsroom staffer Jesse Marx reports in his first VOSD story.

Slatic was one of the first local entrepreneurs we featured in our I Made It in San Diego series. The felony charges were made during production and just as quickly they disappeared.

Lilac Fire update: Good news

The lilac fire is mostly contained, UT reports, and evacuations and road closures are lifted. The total of destroyed structures amounts to 182.

We will rebuild. I believe something good will come out of this,” a fire survivor told UT.

The New York Times recorded on Scripps Ranch and the lessons residents have learned about how to rebuild after these disasters.

“Nearly 15 years after a wildfire incinerated more than 300 homes in this suburban neighborhood north of downtown San Diego, the vivid and often bitter memories of the destruction and rebuilding come flooding back. they hear about a fire in California,” Jennifer Medina of The Times said. wrote.

Some North County schools planned to remain closed today due to the fires, although some are reopening after being closed for a few days last week. NBC 7 updated information here.

“The county’s vaunted emergency communications system has been unavailable for a multitude of callers as a wildfire swept through northern San Diego County most of Thursday,” UT reported in an article about the 211 system. “Caller after caller did not been able to connect with a living person for information about the fire or instructions on where to evacuate the Lilac fire.”

The two Republican congressmen from the county, one who voted for tax reform and the other who did not, are “support an invoice by Representative Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, which allows California homeowners to deduct wildfire damage from their taxes and withdraw funds from 401(k) retirement accounts to rebuild without paying a penalty. (UTAH)

The new normal, it seems, is all about talking a lot about “the new normal”. Example: Governor Jerry Brown. “ This is the new normal,” he said of the wildfires in the state.

Pointing to climate change, he said “it could be something that happens every year or every few years. We’re about to have a firefighters Christmas. (LA Times)

Quick Hits: (Not) Making Bacon

The Christmas lights on the overpasses make driving on I-805 through Normal Heights and North Park especially enjoyable during the holiday season. City Heights is not so luckyreports the Reader, and a resident says he can’t convince Caltrans to return his calls.

If you’re a weather geek, you know Sill Hill in the Julian area, which continues to be battered by Santa Ana hurricane-force winds. Two guys came out there for some reason, and here’s video of them blowing themselves up. Glasses, guys, glasses!

Also, this raises a very important question: how many hills would a sill hill be if a sill hill would have hills?

• You may have heard of the people, dogs, cats and horses that were put out of action during the Lilac fire. Also among the saved: A turtle and a 400 pound pig that you can see here.

“Previous reports indicate the pig weighs 1,000 pounds,” UT’s Phillip Molnar tweeted. “are rubbish.”

What a ham.

Randy Dotinga is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. He is also past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (, which has 1,200 members. Please contact him directly at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter:

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