911 and Non-Emergency call answers Improved!

Did you need to call 911 or the police non-emergency line recently? Hopefully not, but if you did, you should have noticed faster handling of your call. Seven months ago, 911 calls were answered in 15-20 seconds on average. Now, 911 calls are answered in 3 seconds on average! And 93% of the time it’s under 10 seconds, which is better than the national standard (90%). Previously, the non-emergency line hold time was 15-35 minutes; now it’s averaging 4 minutes! These are some big improvements that the SDPD has worked hard to achieve!

What has changed? Captain Jerry Hara, SDPD Communications Director, described some of these changes and improvements at the last PB Town Council meeting:

One change is the “Phone Tree”. With over 140,000 calls coming in monthly, the Phone Tree directs calls to the right department quickly, freeing up valuable time for the dispatchers.

Other significant changes include the hiring of 36 new trainees in the communications department. It takes four months to train for the non-emergency line plus another five months for the 911 line. Also added were 12 floor supervisors for mentoring and coaching, Plus, 90 police officers have been trained to assist during peak times. These officers volunteer in their off-duty time.

How you can help:

  • When many 911 or non-emergency calls are coming in at the same time, you may have to wait longer because of higher priority calls. Please don’t hang up or you will loose your place in the queue.
  • If you call 911 by mistake, stay on the line and tell the dispatcher this is not an emergency and that you called by mistake. If you hang up, the dispatcher is required to call back to confirm whether or not it was not an emergency, which delays the dispatcher from handling other calls.
  • If you keep your phone in your back pocket, make sure the phone is off. This avoids a misdial or “butt call”. In a five-week period, SDPD received 12,000 of these calls!

Vacation Rentals Mtg – Thursday, Dec 3, 9:00 am at City Planning Commission

Please Come to Important Meeting on Vacation Rentals! 
Tell the City Planning Commission how Vacation Rentals are affecting you and your neighborhood and how they should be regulated!

San Diego City Planning Commission
Thursday, Dec 3, 9:00 am

Golden Hall (Copper Room)
Adjacent to City Administration Bldg.
202 C Street, 92101

This is one of the final meetings that will decide whether Short-term Vacation Rentals will be regulated or not regulated in our neighborhoods.
It is Critical that Residents show up in force on Dec 3!  The Planning Commission vote will have great influence on the upcoming final City Council decision!
Everyone who cares about this issue should attend.  Please bring neighbors and friends too! 
See information on parking and transportation at bottom of email.

What You Can Do:

  • Come to the meeting to show your concern.  Speak if you wish.
  • Email your comments to City Officials (email address block below)
  • Forward this email to friends and neighbors
  • Visit SaveSanDiegoNeighborhoods.org to get sign a petition and get more information

 

Email your comments to the Mayor, City Council, City Attorney and Liezl Mangonon (Lorie Zapf’s aide), and keep sending comments in the weeks and months to come. (copy and paste the following emails)

kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov; sherrilightner@sandiego.gov; loriezapf@sandiego.gov; toddgloria@sandiego.gov; myrtlecole@sandiego.gov; markkersey@sandiego.gov; chriscate@sandiego.gov; scottsherman@sandiego.gov; davidalvarez@sandiego.gov; martiemerald@sandiego.gov; cityattorney@sandiego.gov; lmangonon@sandiego.gov

 


Vacation Rentals Update

This is an important update on vacation rentals from Save San Diego Neighborhoods (SSDN). You may email ssdn@savesandiegoneighoods.org with questions.

“The City of San Diego will hold two meetings Wednesday on its short-term vacation rental draft ordinance. While both are open to the public, there will be limited time for comments.

Code Monitoring Team (CMT) Meeting
10:00-11:45 a.m.
Technical Advisory Committee
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Both on Wednesday, Oct. 14
Development Services Center / City Operations Building
1222 First Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
4th Floor Training Room

The draft proposal being considered is a poorly conceived ordinance that would legitimize mini-hotels in all residential areas in the City. It is opposed by Save San Diego Neighborhoods (SSDN), as well as the city-wide Community Planners Committee, which voted 24-3 against it on Sept. 22.

Both SSDN and the CPC are asking the City to enforce its current Municipal Code, which both groups – along with a growing number of land-use and legal experts – say prohibits STVR in residential areas.

Following the two meetings on Wednesday, the City’s Planning Committee will consider the draft ordinance on December 3. Everyone who can is urged to attend that meeting, also. Details will be released closer to the meeting, but please add it to your calendars now.

Please check http://www.SaveSanDiegoNeighborhoods.org in the coming days for updates in this critical period for those trying to protect their neighborhoods and homes from the proliferation of mini-hotels. In a nutshell, our numbers are growing, good things are happening, but we are still searching for a champion in City Hall to stand up and say: “Enforce the current Municipal Code and keep mini-hotels out of our residential areas.”

Also, be sure to sign our online petition asking the City to enforce its Municipal Code, and ask 5-10 of your friends to do the same. It will make a difference.”


Important Meeting on Vacation Rentals!

Please Come to Important Meeting on Vacation Rentals!
So many people came to the April 22 meeting that they didn’t have time to hear all speakers, so they are continuing the meeting…

City Council – Smart Growth & Land Use Committee
Friday, May 29, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Golden Hall (Copper Room)
Adjacent to City Administration Bldg.
202 C Street, 92101

Thank you to all who took time to attend the April 22nd meeting, send an email, make a phone call, and/or spread the word. At the meeting, there were hundreds of people, both for and against vacation rentals – so many that not all speakers had time to speak before the meeting ended.

On May 29, first to speak will be those who submitted speaker slips on April 22 but did not get to speak. NEW SPEAKERS will be allowed too. (Those who spoke on April 22 will not get to speak on May 29, but it is important for you to come again to show your support!)

It is Critical that Residents show up in force on May 29! It will have a big impact on how the City Council votes!

Everyone who cares about this issue should attend. Please bring neighbors and friends too!

See information on parking and transportation at bottom of email.

What You Can Do:
* Come to the meeting to show your concern. Speak if you wish.
* Email your comments to City Officials
* Forward this email to friends and neighbors
* Visit SaveSanDiegoNeighborhoods.org to get more information

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Important Information about Meeting:
Arrive early for best parking and seating options

Public Comment: Due to the large turn-out expected, speakers will be limited to 1 minute each. You can have more time if other people fill out a slip and “cede” their time to you. Speaker slips are available at the back of the room and must be filled out and placed in the “Speaker Slip” box near the speakers podium.
Security: You will be going through metal detectors in the lobby, so no knives, scissors, etc.

Transportation: If you drive, try to carpool. The 30 bus goes directly from Pacific Beach to a block from City Hall. Or you can catch the trolley at Linda Vista or Old Town and get off at the Santa Fe Depot and walk a few blocks to City Hall (or transfer to the trolley that goes to City Hall).

Parking: There are numerous surface parking lots in the area that charge $10-15 a day. The Community Concourse and Civic Center Parking structures are very close and charge $18 a day (take Front Street offramp from I-5, turn left on ‘A’ Street, go past First Avenue and then turn right into parking structure.


Tell City Council What You Think about Vacation Rentals!

Please Come to this Important Meeting on Short-term Vacation Rentals!

City Council – Smart Growth and Land Use Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 22, 8:30am to noon
City Administration Bldg.
202 C Street, 92101
(12th Floor, City Council Chambers)

This City Council Committee needs to hear from residents about how vacation rentals impact our community and our quality of life, and how we want them regulated.
The Committee will be discussing and voting on ways to regulate short-term (less than 30 days) vacation rentals. This Committee is composed of 4 Council Members: Chair Lorie Zapf, David Alvarez, Todd Gloria, and Scott Sherman. This is the beginning of a process that will eventually result in proposed ordinances being brought to the full City Council.

Link to Agenda: http://docs.sandiego.gov/ccagenda_sglu/sglu150422.pdf

What You Can Do:
* Come to the meeting to show your concern. Speak if you wish.
* Email your comments to City Officials (email address block below)
* Forward this email to friends and neighbors
* Visit SaveSanDiegoNeighborhoods.org to get more information
* Review the City’sIndependent Budget Analysis on Short-Term Rentals

We know it’s a hardship to take time off from work to attend a meeting like this. However, it is really important for City Council Members to hear how vacation rentals affect us and the community. So, please come to the meeting and bring your neighbors. If you cannot attend, please make sure to email your comments to City Officials.

Email your comments to the Mayor, City Council, City Attorney and Liezl Mangonon (Lorie Zapf’s aide), and keep sending comments in the weeks and months to come.

kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov; sherrilightner@sandiego.gov; loriezapf@sandiego.gov; toddgloria@sandiego.gov; myrtlecole@sandiego.gov; markkersey@sandiego.gov; chriscate@sandiego.gov; scottsherman@sandiego.gov; davidalvarez@sandiego.gov; martiemerald@sandiego.gov; cityattorney@sandiego.gov; lmangonon@sandiego.gov


PBTC Mtg, Wed, April 15, includes Vote on Vacation Rentals

PB Town Council to vote on Vacation Rental regulations this Wednesday

Pacific Beach Town Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm
Crown Point Jr. Music Academy (4033 Ingraham St.)

The April PBTC meeting will include presentations on both sides of the short-term vacation rental issue and PBTC members will vote on proposed regulations.

Vote results will be submitted to the City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, at their April 22nd, 9am meeting, where a potential City ordinance will be considered.

PBTC members of at least 30-days are eligible to vote. We encourage all concerned PB residents to join the PBTC, not only to vote on important issues, but to support the PBTC in their continued efforts to improve Pacific Beach.

Join or learn more at http://www.pbtowncouncil.org/

Read two recent Beach & Bay Press articles about vacation rentals in PB:
1. “Residents say short-term rentals are ruining PB neighborhoods,” March 26, 2015 
2. “Short-term rental proposal upsets residents,” April 9, 2015 


Should Vacation Rentals in Residential Zones be Regulated?

Did you know…

  • City code does not allow “visitor accommodations” in residential zones, but the City says short-term (<30 days) vacation rentals are not “visitor accommodations,” and therefore ARE allowed in residential zones?
  • The home next door to you can turn into a “mini-hotel” and there is nothing you can do about it?
  • In 2007, Pacific Beach had about 100 vacation rentals, now there are over 1600?

If you are concerned about these issues, please check out an important new group: SaveSanDiegoNeighborhoods.org believes that Neighborhoods are for Neighbors!

SaveSanDiegoNeighborhoods.org was recently formed by a group of residents from Pacific Beach, Clairemont and La Jolla, who want to protect our neighborhoods and communities from the negative impacts and rapid proliferation of short-term vacation rentals. This problem is affecting all of San Diego, not just the beach areas. Residents from Mission Hills, Point Loma and Ocean Beach are also organizing their communities in preparation for the April 22nd meeting of the City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, where regulations for short-term rentals will be considered.

Visit http://www.savesandiegoneighborhoods.org/
To learn more about the short-term vacation rental issue and what you can do let your City Officials know your concerns.


Vacation Rentals – Issues & Solutions, Saturday, 1/31, 10:00 to Noon at PB Library

Should vacation rentals be regulated in PB? 

Please attend this Saturday’s meeting if you are concerned about Short-term Vacation Rentals in Residential Zones in Pacific Beach.

PBPG Vacation Rental Subcommittee Meeting
Saturday, January 31, 2015
10:00 am to Noon at PB Library (4275 Cass St.)

The Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) is examining issues and solutions related to short-term vacation rentals, particularly their proliferation and impacts in the single-family zones. This is the fourth subcommittee meeting and will focus on proposed solutions.

The next step: This issue will go before the full PBPG in an upcoming special community meeting (date TBD), after which PBPG recommendations will be forwarded to the City. Our Council Member, Lorie Zapf, has expressed her concern and desire to protect our neighborhoods, but this is a controversial issue and will require strong community participation to achieve effective solutions.

Let your voice be heard – Email your comments to:
Council Member Lorie Zapf: loriezapf@sandiego.gov
her aide, Liezl Mangonon: lmangonon@sandiego.gov
the PB Planning Group:  board@pbplanning.org


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Vacation Rentals – Issues & Solutions, Saturday, 1/10, 11:30 to 1:30 at PB Library

Please attend this Saturday’s meeting if you are concerned about Short-term Vacation Rentals in Residential Zones in Pacific Beach.

PBPG Vacation Rental Subcommittee Meeting
Saturday, January 10, 2015
11:30 am to 1:30 pm at PB Library (4275 Cass St.)

The Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) is examining issues and solutions related to short-term vacation rentals, particularly their proliferation and impacts in the single-family zones.

Please attend this meeting to find out more, to share your concerns, and to explore solutions.
If you are unable to attend, email your comments to the PBPG at board@pbplanning.org
To get copies of meeting documents and receive notice of future meetings, contact committee chair Jim Krokee at jokrokee11@msn.com


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Vacation Rentals – Beach & Bay Press Article

On December 6th, the Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) examined issues and solutions related to short-term vacation rentals, particularly their proliferation and impacts in the single-family zones.  Below is an article from the Beach and Bay Press about the December meeting:

Short-term vacation rentals remains divisive issue between residents, operators

Thursday, December 11, 2014, beachandbaypress.com

By Dave Schwab

Short-term vacation rental operators and residents concerned about them participated in a Dec. 6 subcommittee meeting in Pacific Beach, with residents insisting they don’t belong in single-family neighborhoods and operators agreeing to “reasonable” regulations governing them.

A Short-Term Vacation Rental (STVR) Subcommittee has been established by the Pacific Beach Planning Group (PBPG) to meet with stakeholders to come up with workable recommendations on regulating STVRs. Some PB residents feel the proliferation of STVRs brings noise, traffic, parking and other problems that need to be dealt with.

“I’ve gotten a hundred emails complaining about STVRs being a nuisance,” noted subcommittee chairman Jim Krokee, who added the first STVR subcommittee meeting a month ago produced “two polarized points of view, one that people don’t want them in single family neighborhoods and the other that there should be a permit, ordinance or something to help control vacation rentals, which should be allowed to occur throughout the city.”

Krokee said the objective of the subcommittee is to come up with workable recommendations from stakeholders to address growing noise and other problems associated with vacation rentals.

“It’s (STVRs) becoming a big issue,” he added. “It’s important for the city to start thinking about what we do with vacation rentals.”

Krokee iterated that he felt it’s “absolutely imperative that we need a permit (system) to minimize (STVR) nuisance impacts.”

Vacation-rental industry reps weren’t in disagreement with the notion of a permit system or more regulations. But they did caution against “singling out” short-term rentals.

“A permitting process should have fees used across the board to enforce noise and other issues for all rentals, not just short-term rentals,” said one STVR industry rep.

PBPG chair Brian Curry said STVR issues now being vetted at the subcommittee level will be forwarded for a final decision to the whole planning group, adding the real power to change regulations governing them “lies with the mayor and City Council.”

“Just like the Oversize Vehicle Ordinance (OVO), the City Council likes to do things citywide,” noted Curry. “It’s great to see the community involved in issues that are facing us.”

Neighbors pointed out new regulations governing STVRs need to have teeth.

“The key to what we do with an ordinance is enforcement,” pointed out one resident. “We need to develop a source of revenue dedicated to enforcing whatever regulations you have in place. Eventually, you can have an ordinance which outlines specifically what disciplinary actions
can be taken against (STVR) property owners/managers.”

Resident Marcie Becket argued the number of short-term rentals in Pacific Beach has been growing significantly, adding to already-vexing problems of noise, overcrowding and lack of parking. “Vacation rentals are also causing long-term residents to move away, degrading our quality of life,” she said, arguing that STVRs crowd out “vested” residents who send their kids to local schools and contribute to the community’s long-term well being.

“This is an evolving dialogue,” noted subcommittee member Scott Chipman.

“Hopefully, we can finalize suggestions to present to the full PBPG in February,” said Krokee, suggesting stakeholders bring something to eat at the subcommittee’s next meeting Saturday, Jan. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pacific Beach/Taylor Branch Library.