Honorable Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Honorable Members of the San Diego City Council

RE: Short Term Vacation Rentals

Dear Mayor Faulconer and City Councilmembers:

The object of the Ocean Beach Town Council (OBTC) is to express the will and represent the welfare of the OB community. The OBTC has hosted and held public meetings over the past year to gather community input as it relates to vacation rentals.

On February 9th 2016, the OBTC sent a letter to Councilmember Lori Zapf to formally respond to her short-term vacation rental (STVR) memorandum (see attached document) and to provide feedback from Ocean Beach on what a new STVR ordinance should encompass to protect our quality of life and community.  The City of San Diego has not yet adopted a new ordinance to resolve STVRs and resultant impacts to our communities.

Until STVRs are formally addressed by the City Council and the Mayor with a new ordinance and/or revisions to San Diego’s municipal code, the OBTC is in full support of the position of Save San Diego Neighborhoods as stated:

  • Enforce the existing Municipal Code, which makes STVR unlawful in all San Diego residential zones, to rid our communities of absentee-owner commercial mini-hotels.
  • Amend the Municipal Code to allow true “home-sharing” (room rentals with owners present) and home-swapping with some restrictions.
  • Create and implement effective enforcement policies to support those positions.

Save San Diego Neighborhoods is requesting the City of San Diego to enforce its current municipal code as it relates to Visitor Accommodations which prohibits Short Term Vacation Rentals within residential neighborhoods.   We call upon Mayor Faulconer to enforce the current Municipal Code until this matter is resolved legislatively by our City Council.

We represent hundreds of OBTC members of in the zip code of 92107.  We are committed to the betterment of our community, and the OBTC looks forward to working with your office and staff on addressing this issue.



The Board of Directors of the Ocean Beach Town Council



Mayor Kevin Faulconer

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith

Councilmember Lorie Zapf

Councilmember Sherri Lightner

Councilmember Todd Gloria

Councilmember Myrtle Cole

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Councilmember Chris Cate

Councilmember Scott Sherman

Councilmember David Alvarez

Councilmember  Marti Emerals

Ocean Beach Planning Board

Ocean Beach Main Street Association

Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation

Ocean Beach  Community Foundation

Ocean Beach  Historical Society

Community Planning Commission

Save San Diego Neighborhoods



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