OB Rag Poll Time: Polls on Short Term Rentals, Surf Camps, Park Name Change – and 24-Hour Surveillance Cameras

by on October 7, 2015 · 10 comments

in Culture, Environment, Media, Ocean Beach

clipboard w pencilWe had such a success with our last poll (between Toni Atkins and Marty Block) that we decided to run an entire page of polls!

Let’s get inter-active!

Here’s 5 polls over current issues in Ocean Beach: short term vacation rentals, surf camp hours extensions, change of name for Saratoga Park, and the effort to install 24-hour police surveillance cameras along OB’s beachfront.

We plan to run this page for about a week – beginning Thursday, October 1.

So, let’s get started. You, dear reader, should be able to vote in each of the polls. (Please report any problems via comments to this post or emails to obragblog@gmail.com )

We have 2 polls on short term vacation rentals. The first one is about restrictions on STVRs and the second is about how many are allowed in apartment complexes (multi-family residences).

Here is the first poll on restrictions on short term rentals:

The second poll on short term vacation rentals (STVRs):

Poll on surf camp request to extend their hours at the beach and in the water.

Here’s our next poll, on the re-naming of Saratoga Park to Ruth Varney Held Park, after OB’s mistress of history.

And lastly, here’s our poll on the planned installation of 24-hour police surveillance cameras all along OB’s waterfront.

Thanks for playing OB Rag Poll Time! We’ll have the final results in a week.



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Drew Wilson October 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Some of the answers a leading and may skew the polls…


Lori Hegerle October 1, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Wait a second!!!!! Is that on the table moving the surf schools to Dog Beach and letting them extend their hours also if they move to dog beach. Hold on a sec……I feel for you surfers at the Pier….., but now is the attitude it’s okay to extend the hours as long as its not at my break? Come on guys!!!!


ACE October 1, 2015 at 5:57 pm

I too am not for extending hours no matter where they are. This option was not offered.


Frank Gormlie October 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Whoops, should have had that one as an option.


Benr October 1, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Surf schools are not actually teaching people “how” to surf they are just taking money.


Rufus October 4, 2015 at 8:05 am

Looking at the responses that indicate people prefer a police state, I’d suggest a poll aking if the idea that OB is a classic liberal community is true or false.

BTW folks, if you claim to be liberal you believe this:

“the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.”


Frank Gormlie October 4, 2015 at 11:16 am

Hey Rufus, share your concerns about a police state. But, first, we cannot control who votes in the polls and second, there is no way to figure out if voters are OBceans or not.

Also, historically, in modern times at least, there’s always been about one-third of Americans who are ready to march all who disagree with them into an authoritarian state.

So, don’t get too dis-heartened. People have always had to be vigilante about encroachment of their rights by government and/or big business.


Rufus October 4, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Frank, people are funny critters. And when they organize without using logical thinking, they scare me.

Your 30% figure is probably pretty close to the truth, but that number expands quickly whena charismatic figure emerges from the gloom and starts resonating with the masses.

We’re old enough to remember the nightmares of the Soviet Union, China, Japan, Germany, and Cambodia. Extreme examples? Yep, but they also remind us how a modern society can spin out of control.

Individual freedom will keep us free. Depending upon the government and a charismatic snake oil salesman/woman will eventually enslave us all.


Frank Gormlie October 6, 2015 at 9:56 am

Today is the last full day that these polls will be up. They will end at noon Wed.


mjt October 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm

No Camera’s at the Beach.
The natural beauty and harmony of the beach, in contrast to camera surveillance is bizarre.
The beach represents freedom and beauty, the cameras mans obsession for control.


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