Morning Report: The Airbnb Listing Boom

Airbnb listings in the city of San Diego have skyrocketed since early 2015, with the biggest hotspots for listings in coastal communities, North Park and downtown, reports Ashly McGlone of VOSD, a new report reveals.

Overall, registrations from February 2015 to this month are up 39%, with even bigger increases in neighborhoods like La Jolla, Pacific Beach, South Park, Point Loma, Little Italy and Ocean Beach.

The increase in Airbnb listings has divided local politicians. Barbara Bry, a Democratic candidate for city council, jumped into the fray, taking a strong stand against people being able to easily rent rooms or entire homes through Airbnb. In a VOSD comment, she wrote that around 6,000 properties have been turned into “mini-hotels”.

“In terms of affordable housing,” she argues, “those 6,000 units are essentially being taken out of the market to rent or buy housing, which directly contributes to the housing shortage.” San Diego Fact Check finds the claim to be false.

The source of Bry’s claim is unclear, finds McGlone. Are there better statistics? Well, she writes, “While there are many ways to try to quantify the problem of short-term vacation rentals, none of the methods is an exact science and all use some degree of averaging or conjecture”. Yet “no data provided by Bry or collected from other sources supports” the 6,000 property count. “Several data points instead suggest the truth is closer to a fraction of the number.”

Meanwhile, the city is still considering vacation rental regulations. Here’s how you can follow the existing rules while the officials sort things out.

Policy overview: coastal issues

The state’s Coastal Commission is a mess, writes LA Times columnist Steve Lopez, and the governor isn’t stepping in to fix the agency that (at least in theory) is supposed to protect the environment. In fact, he is “quieter than a California field mouse.” (We’re not sure exactly how quiet this is, but maybe a biologist can give us some insight.)

Lopez writes, “Brown must agree with a trend in which several commissioners, including his appointees, often seem to place the interests of the development lobby above the public interest, even if that means aggressively challenging recommendations. of their own expert staff. ”

There’s a local angle of note, one involving a San Diego County supervisor who sits on the commission: “Ask Commissioner Greg Cox about that $3,000 conflict of interest fine he paid for voting on a Sea World permit while his wife owned stock in the company,” Lopez writes.

KPBS has a history analyze the opinions of candidates in the 52nd congressional district, where incumbent Representative Scott Peters, a Democrat, is expected to win.

The San Francisco Chronicle examines the effect of staggering legislation proposed by the Governor that facilitate the construction of housing projects with affordable housing. Under the proposal, cities and counties could not kill certain types of projects as they currently do through zoning. In other words, many NIMBYs would find themselves crippled.

It’s your state on the pot

This fall, California voters could make marijuana legal for users who don’t have permission because they have medical conditions. LA Times columnist Robin Abcarian explains what this may mean:we could see a tenfold increase in what is already a billion dollar industry.”

As we have seen here in San Diego, the law makes life difficult for marijuana sellers even when they are allowed to exist. What if the law were to go back further? The prospect makes some grass defenders nervous. So says one author of a book on marijuana: “Prohibition, for all its ills, has acted to protect this underground economy of capitalism.

Abcarian herself shares a perspective that may be quite common outside of the extremes of marijuana haters and pot lovers: “Personally, I’m not a weedinista. I hate feeling high. I don’t think pot will save the world, and addiction, especially among younger users, can be a problem. But I think that, in certain contexts, it can work wonders.

In fact, she finds that certain marijuana helps relieve cancer pain without making people feel stoned.

North County Report: O’Side Fire Chief Resigns Amid Storm

Candidates for county supervisor in District 3 have been subject to a bit of fact-checking this week, and VOSD’s North County Weekly Report breaks down the various verdicts — and some backlash from politicians.

Also in the North County Report this week: Oceanside fire chief resigned after annoying city council with demands for more staff, Del Martians (yes, that’s what they’re called) s are worried about the 101 freeway and residents are still rebuilding after the 2014 fires.

Quick Topical Hits: Zoo Redux

Looks like we hear warnings about extreme forest fire conditions every spring, whether the winter was rainy, dry or in between. Now the cycle begins again with another round of warnings, this time from the federal government, about the potential for a dangerous fire season, especially in Southern California, where the drought hasn’t abated much. (NBC 7)

Oh, the California bullet train. Must you be so elusive? (Policy)

Not everyone likes a clown at the airport. (The return)

UT columnist Logan Jenkins visits San Diego’s local gay history repository and asks about how far should the chronicle of the past go“Do you include well-known bars like Hillcrest’s Brass Rail or The Flame? Downtown public baths? Cruising areas like Balboa Park’s Queen’s Circle and Marston Point (called the “Fruit Loop”)? The short answer: Maybe.

In honor of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look at the cover of a famous album that turns 50 this week. The cover shows a group of guys feeding what look like goats. Trees, possibly eucalyptus, are in the background.

The scrapbook? “Pet Sounds”, by the Beach Boys. The location? The San Diego Zoo Petting Zoo.

You can head to a post on a blog called PopSpots for more details on the classic album, which includes songs like “God Only Knows” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and inspired the Beatles. The blog also has Children’s Zoo 1960s Photos, and the blogger even obsessively investigates the Beach Boys’ exact location for their photo. There are also scenes where the singers get close to a giraffe and a camel.

Who knew they were so serious about going on a surf safari?

Randy Dotinga is an independent contributor to Voice of San Diego and National 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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