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— Some in the community feel that making it harder for the homeless to find good spots to get sauced up is beneficial. They say that allowing them to drink legally on the beach reinforced their bad habits and that homeless substance abusers cost the police, fire, and emergency rooms time and money.

Deni McLagan, a program manager for three regional recovery centers in San Diego, is one of those people. She thinks that anything that makes it harder for the homeless to abuse alcohol or drugs is a step in the right direction. “It used to be that they used to get free beers from beachgoers, and their sole income was from aluminum cans they collected off of the beach. Now they can no longer support themselves from canning, nor do they have the beach to drink at. So, needless to say, they’re not happy about it. The ban puts pressure on them, and however it does that, whether it’s making it harder to get free beer or collect an income, I’m all for that.”

Of course, McLagan is aware that there will still be drinking in the homeless community. “You just have to be a little more creative, that’s all,” Jon Baker says, after gulping down a mini-bottle of vodka in an alley in Ocean Beach. When asked where he goes to drink, he responds, “Right here, brother! I’m definitely not going to the beach, that’s for sure.”

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LAL Aug. 13, 2008 @ 3:18 p.m.

The City Council never had a plan to monitor the "trial alcohol ban" and now 6 months into the 1 year ban they declare it is working. This is going to be interesting how they are going to prove to San Diego that the City is better off since the ban was enacted. I hope they realize we are not stupid and we expect to see metrics, factual evidence, hard undisputable statistics and not just options' of small vocal minority. The City Council should have taken the Mayors compromise seriously. A Holiday ban may have been a good deal for everyone. The problem is that Councilman Faulconer is playing politics and we know what happens to political figures in San Diego who try to pull one over on everyone especially when it comes to banning alcohol. It will be interesting to see if he has a political career after this little mess it has gotten himself into.

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velo333 Aug. 21, 2008 @ 1:50 p.m.

The City Council definitely think we are stupid. Their political strategy counts on it. I am optimistic that the majority of registered voters in San Diego will defeat the vocal minority of New Puritans and their Cromwellian leader, Kevin Faulconer this November. Get these kooks off our beaches before we are required to wear black from head to toe because the New Puritan families who want to take over object to seeing girls in bikinis on the beach. The beach belongs to everyone, not just those wealthy enough to own property there.

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dr_zero Feb. 27, 2009 @ 8:48 p.m.

true. the beach is for everyone. not just vermin.

let me have my pabst in the sand.

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