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At the Dana Point City Council meeting last Tuesday, it was very evident that, in Dana Point, money talks. The local rental organizations did a good job of turning out the rental community. Speaker after speaker extolled the advantages of short-term rentals. I was especially touched by the young family, who sadly would no longer be able to take those expensive vacations abroad if they couldn’t rent their house while they were away. Others told us about the thousands of tax dollars their rentals brought in, and how much money all those guests must be spending at local businesses. The City Council agreed. In their summation, they emphasized the importance of each owner’s right to make money on their property. There was no mention at all of the deteriorating quality of life of those who live around those rental properties. After the meeting, I left thinking that money had won and I would at least reap the advantages of living in a well-funded city.

Saturday, my wife and I decided to enjoy our favorite free event in Dana Point, the Tall Ships Festival. We parked the car and walked to the festival. We were immediately greeted by a chain link fence, and an admission gate demanding $10 to enter. I know the event is sponsored by the Ocean Institute, but the city government sets the tone for the community. When the almighty dollar becomes more important than quality of life, the people who chose Dana Point because it was a great place to live will soon be replaced by those who buy houses in Dana Point because it’s a great place to make a buck.

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  • First, this ordinance originally passed April 2, 2013. Anyone that’s unfamiliar with the ordinance the city manager recommended the council vote yes, it’s been seen as a smashing success and viewed by many as a model ordinance with only 5 complaints in 3 years.

    A majority of those that spoke in favor of short term rentals are residents that believe Dana Point should remain the friendly welcoming place it has been for over 50 years and decided to stand up against a small group of residence that decided they wanted to throw vacation rentals under the bus to try to get to sober living homes which are two completely different topics.

    The residents that spoke out against an ordinance did a good job of communicating their real target on social media in weeks leading up to the meeting and even at the meeting itself.

    Out of respect to the poster I’ve removed the name.

    “from Dana Crest/The Landing • posted August 29th, 2016

    Hi Shelley, Thanks so much for announcing how important the Sept. 6th Council meeting is to rid our city of short-term rentals. I do want to caution you and anyone sending correspondence or speaking on the issue to not outright define sober living homes as our may concern. Patients in these homes are a “protected class” and courts tend to throw out any legislation that is specific in naming them as the main focus of the complaint (just ask Newport Beach whose ordinance was set aside by the courts at a cost of approx.$10,000,000 in penalties and attorney fees). We can refer to them as boarding houses, transitory living arrangements but should be mentioned in combination with all short-term rentals such as vacation rentals. 
Our first step in defeating this ordinance is to get businesses out of residential neighborhoods. From there we can continue to work on those who continue to remain illegally and cause problems to our neighborhoods. 
If you wish to help pass out a petition to present to council please respond to this message.
Hope to see you on the 6th and those supporting our cause please wear white because the chamber will be filled by those owning Short Term Rentals and we want council to know who we are!”

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