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At the July 23rd Ocean Beach Town Council meeting, James Lawson from city councilmember Kevin Faulconer’s office asked the town council for their opinion.

“We just wanted to hear your feedback about how the Fourth of July went and the difference the [alcohol] ban at the beach had on O.B,” Lawson asked confidently.

The day before, in front of a vocal pro-ban group, Lawson’s boss announced a push -- along with council president Scott Peters -- to put the ban on this November’s ballot.

“I’ve actually had quite a few people complain to me about the number of house parties and the noise in the neighborhood that hadn’t been around before,” said town-council member Dave Martin.

“Yeah, I live near Sunset Cliffs, and there was a lot going on in the streets until late into the night, more so than previous years,” added fellow councilmember Dan Allemeir.

Then, a voice from the audience spoke up. It was José Mendoza, owner of O.B. Noodle House. “It was our slowest day yet. We thought we would be really busy, but it was dead and I think it was because of the ban.”

Ronnie Shamoun, another member of the town council, said business was way down at his Subway sandwich shop, compared to previous years.

“Oh, okay, well, I’ll pass that along to Kevin. Thanks for your time,” said Lawson before sitting down.

The OB Town Council meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 pm at the Masonic Temple off of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

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VinnyPaesano July 30, 2008 @ 2:18 p.m.

Alright OB! The truth comes out. This thinly veiled attempt to make people go away so that the busybodies can be more comfortable on their beach-front patios has had some economic consequences. Imagine that.

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LAL July 30, 2008 @ 3:47 p.m.

Responsible taxpaying citizens of San Diego wanted to vote on this last year. Kevin Fulckner, nice move wasting our time and tax dollars to give yourself an out on the "trial alcohol ban" you rushed through the City Council in a knee jerk reaction to keep everyone safe at our beaches, bays and parks. GET MOTIVATED San Diego. It is TIME TO TAKE BACK YOUR FREEDOM to enjoy a beverage of your choice at our beaches, bays and parks. REGISTER TO VOTE and get your friends to as well. WE CAN AND WILL send a clear message this November, we do not need the City Government to baby sit the citizens of San Diego. Write your City Council and let them know you are aganist the ban http://www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/ and register to Vote aganist this ban http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm

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nitts99 July 30, 2008 @ 4:06 p.m.

Hmmm....prohibition caused crime to get worse the first time around and now we're seeing the same thing this time.

I guess all those religious fanatics counseling Faulconer were wrong--you can't fix homelessness by kicking them off the beach.

As for the house parties--hello? Anyone listen to the chief of police when he said the problem would only get worse once it was in the neighborhoods and private property.

Now we're wasting all of our police manpower sniffing cups and chasing down house parties, while the city attorney is spending his time campaigning rather than doing his job. This city is so full of puritans and bush-leaguers it's ridiculous.

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LAL July 30, 2008 @ 4:14 p.m.

Al Strohlein of SavePB said, "binge drinking to increased rapes in the city." Read the article for yourself. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080729-9999-1m29rapes.html The Prohibitionist always try to spin the story. Not this time! We want FACTS and PROOF the alcohol ban is working after 6 months. A new law cannot be created because Scott Chipman says it is working or because he sees more families at the beach!

The "trial alcohol ban" was put in place to stop all alcohol related crime, violent activity and make everyone safe in the beach area. Turns out you are better off having a few beers at the beach with hundreds of people watching than in a private residence with closed doors. Looks like the "trial alcohol ban" has done nothing to stop RAPE and maybe even made it a bigger problem than it was before the ban. Driving people to drink at homes and bars.

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Countryman July 30, 2008 @ 5:34 p.m.

Safebeaches.org:

"Happily destroying your livelihood so that we can feel a little more comfortable."

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pbrez July 31, 2008 @ 10:34 p.m.

Wow, Kevin Faulconer flip flopping again? This guy sucks

First of all, lets not confuse "less crowded" with "safe"

Rapes, DUIs, murders... all up this year.

This ban is a failure by all measures except the stick they use in the District 2 office

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Fred Williams Aug. 1, 2008 @ 9:08 a.m.

Faulconer does suck. What a disgrace.

Who is running against him in 2010?

We ought to start campaiging now to get rid of Faulconer. Wasn't Faulconer the right hand man of corrupt-insider Ron Saathoff?

Time for Faulconer to find a real job...seems he's been too close to the crooks for too long, and simply doesn't give a crap what the voters think.

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