Don Bauder 7:51 p.m., Aug. 3
Residents of Bird Rock Really Don't Want The Real World
It is the true story of hundreds of residents living in the quiet beach community of Bird Rock, forced to live next to the new cast of MTV reality TV show The Real World.
The neighbors fear that they will "find out what happens when the [seven cast members] stop being polite and start getting real." If the 26th season is anything like eight years ago when the show was filmed a a house in Point Loma, their fears may become a reality. During that season two cast members were arrested for fighting and one woman claimed she was sexually assaulted in the house.
Now, nearly two weeks after news broke that the MTV reality show is returning to San Diego, councilmember Sherri Lightner, who represents the Bird Rock community, expressed concern for her constituents.
"Production has upset some of the neighbors who have legitimate concerns regarding noise and traffic," said Lightner.
The District 1 representative then mentioned possibly changing zoning regulations for future productions. "Essentially there is a for-profit business operating in a quiet, single-family residential neighborhood to the detriment of resident's quality of life."
Added Lightner: "This is something that we may want to revisit at a future [meeting] to see if we have the right rules in place to handle these types of television productions."
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