Editordude: Channel 10 News is raising the issue of public drug use in Ocean Beach, – on the beach itself, in the parking lots – in the following piece. It raises the thought that there’s been an increase in young people in the neighborhood, panhandling, selling and doing drugs. Some local residents are upset. (Our local photog Jim Grant is quoted.) All these allegations shouldn’t surprise old-timers – these are the same kind of accusations – true or not – that have been made about the kids in OB since the late sixties. And if it is all true, it’s not surprising at all – given the nature of the Great Recession. How many jobs are actually out there for young people? By the way, if there are more homeless – kids or not – why are there no homeless services in OB? Here’s the post:
Public Drug Use Upsets Ocean Beach Residents
Channel 10NEWS / February 2, 2010
Ocean Beach residents are upset about what they said is dangerous activity and aggressive panhandling. It’s a coastal community known for its sunsets and unique local shops, but it’s what’s selling on the sand that has some residents and business owners fuming.
Art Cardenas said he’s never been intimidated by what he sees, but he doesn’t like it. “You come down on a weekend and everybody’s smoking dope. Everybody! You see these guys selling meth all the time; so wired out it’s scary.”
Jim Grant took photographs of people doing drugs, and he told 10News, “I just see a lot of drug activity, illegal activity, panhandling. They try to sell you stuff that they don’t own. And I think it’s getting worse. There’s been a lot more groups of young people coming in during the last couple of months than for the last three or four years.”
Police officers patrol the pier and boardwalk areas and frequently hand out tickets. They told 10News there’s been an increase in the number of young homeless people in Ocean Beach, but there doesn’t appear to be a significant increase in drug abuse.
For the remainder of the article, go here.