Honey: “That sounds great Jon, I’ll pack the lunch, and we can even sneak a little wine in the mix! Sounds fun!”
See the difference?
One of the many things I love about living here is walking the cliffs after work and taking in a beautiful sunset, watching as a wave crashes against the cliff and sends tourists giggling and running for cover as they get sprayed by the mighty Pacific. I also love getting down there early in the morning when there are no tourists. I love nodding and smiling at neighbors walking their dogs in the cool morning air, listening to the waves and the birds. Until suddenly I stop looking out over the majestic ocean and sandy cliffs and glance downward. Instantly, my euphoric morning stroll in OB is ruined by the sight of trash. LOTS of trash. Beer bottles, an old pair of jeans, broken glass, plastic wrappers, plastic cups, plastic straws, plastic plastic. The scene is all too common.
I’ve never known of a community to have more organizations. We have the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council (), we have the OBMA (http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/), we have the OB Town Council (http://obtowncouncil.org/Welcome.html), there’s Save Sunset Cliffs(http://savesunsetcliffs.com/) a web site that is apparently very upset over the bench removal.
I’m sure I’m missing a few others, but my point is, with all of these local organizations fighting to save one aspect of our town or another, we’ve completely missed the mark when it comes to the stretch of cliff between the pier and Orchard Street. Local residents have been left to fend for themselves in this territory where out of town beachgoers constantly litter and urinate in front of our neighbors houses and our tidepools.
Where is the help from the multitude of local organizations that tout their commitment to keeping the cliffs a natural beauty for everyone to enjoy? Why ignore this particular section of the cliffs that have been virtually taken over by the littering masses. I’m all for personal freedom, but if you’re going to hang out on the cliffs all day and smoke cigarettes and drink beers and leave your mess for others to clean up, I say you lose your rights to do so and there needs to be a better system put in place to track and fine violators.
I recently had a conversation on this blog where I was told that to keep the cliffs clean and spotless would be “impossible.” Well, I’m not a defeatist. I will keep working at it, and would appreciate all of the support I can get. I would also appreciate if some of the more established local organizations opened their eyes to the problems along this stretch of cliff.
“Todays problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we thought when we created them.”