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City of San Diego urged to revive failed hotel tax hike

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A coalition of some of San Diego’s biggest business and labor groups wants the city to enact Measure C, the hotel-tax increase that did not generate the necessary support during the March primary.

The measure would have raised the city’s hotel tax by as much as 3.25% to pay for expanding the convention center, adding services for the homeless, and funding road repair. The measure failed to get the two-thirds vote California law requires for many tax increases.

“Sixty-five percent of the people voted for it, that’s an overwhelming majority of the voters,” said Betsy Brennan, CEO of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, a member of the coalition. “To me that speaks to the need and the desire for people to want to support this measure.”

The measure may, however, have new life. Two recent court cases involving Upland and San Francisco are giving supporters hope that Measure C can be enacted with a 50-percent plus one majority. It’s because Measure C was a citizens’ initiative, and there is now a legal precedent that tax increases that got to the ballot through signature drives can pass with a simple majority.

“Measure C was overwhelmingly supported by San Diego voters in March, and we believe the will of the people — both the voters and the citizens who placed Measure C on the ballot — should be enacted,” said a statement from the coalition, attributed to executives from the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Authority and San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council. “Reducing homelessness, repairing roads and investing in our local economy are just as important as it was in March, if not more so. We believe in this cause and will continue to pursue Measure C’s implementation.”

The coalition says it will continue to pursue Measure C’s implementation. That could involve suing the city over the measure. The City Council itself could take action but discussed it behind closed doors last week without taking any action.

Others, however, say enacting Measure C would send the wrong message to voters, who entered the polls March 3 understanding the proposition needs a two-thirds vote.

“There are people out there who say my vote doesn’t matter. Changing the goalposts after the election would prove that to be true,” said Christopher Rice Wilson, associate director at Alliance San Diego, a community empowerment organization that did not take a position on Measure C.

The final vote on Measure C was 239,024 in favor, versus 127,349 opposed.

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Kids can make gnome homes from recycled materials following this lesson from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Departement

Here is a fun way to create a fairy tale world filled with castles and gnome homes built from recyclables. This project is adapted from the San Antonio Parks and Recreation’s “Quick Crafts Cardboard Castles and Gnome Homes” lesson taught by educator David Jimenez in a video on the City of San Antonio YouTube channel.

Ingrid Wilgen

What you need

Hot glue, tape, white glue, scissors, construction paper, cardboard scraps, markers, pencils, cardboard tubes from toilet paper, paper towel or wrapping npaper rolls, recycled disposable cups, bowls and plates.

What to do

First, play around with the recycled materials, stacking bowls on cups or cups on tubes, to discover shapes that will work for your gnome home and castle construction. Let your imagination soar by combining materials to create new shapes.

A small disposable bowl glued to the top of a paper cup, for example, becomes a mushroom-shaped gnome home.

You also can create cones from construction paper to make a pointed roof for a toilet paper tube tower.

Place a a small bowl with the rim facing down onto a piece of construction paper and trace a circle around the bowl with a pencil. Once done, cut the shape out. Try making circles with different diameters, using bowls and cups of various sizes.

Using a ruler, draw a line across the center of the paper circle. Measure the length of the line. Divide the resulting number by two. Using a pencil, mark the halfway point determined by your calculation with a dot. Cut along the line, stopping at the dot.

Next, overlap the cut edges of the circle to form a cone shape. Use glue or tape to secure the shape. Place the cone on top of a disposable cup or cardboard toilet paper tube to create a gnome home.

Now it’s time to create a castle. You’ll need cardboard and cardboard tubes to make the walls — make sure that the tubes are taller than the cardboard you are using to make the walls.

Cut four rectangular walls of equal height out of cardboard (walls opposite each other should be the same length, too.) Castle walls often have a pattern of rectangular notches across the top, where archers can fire their arrows; add those, too, if you want.

You can join the walls using four paper towel tubes. Starting at the bottom, cut two slits in each tube 90 degrees apart that are the same length as the castle walls’ height.

Using four paper towel rolls, cut a single slit from the bottom to the top of each roll up to the castle walls’ height. Slide the tubes onto the castles’ four corners using the slits you cut.

Make as many structures as you want to complete your vision. Using hot glue is the fastest way to see your creation come to life, but if you don’t mind the drying time, white glue also gets the job done. When the glue is dry, use markers to decorate your

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Here’s why Airbnb calls this San Antonio-area hotel a ‘certified scare-bnb’

A Seguin hotel likened to a “paranormal Disneyland” was recently included on Airbnb’s list of spooky homes and experiences for Halloween.

The Magnolia Hotel, a former stagecoach station northeast of San Antonio, is a “certified scare-bnb,” according to the vacation rental company.

Owners Jim and Erin Ghedi recently restored the 1840 structure. The couple says there are at least 13 ghosts still residing at the inn.

On ExpressNews.com: Historic Seguin hotel, ‘paranormal Disneyland,’ to open for overnight stays

Guests can now book two bedrooms — named after people who allegedly died in them — with access to the untouched second floor. That floor has no electricity or air conditioning, but plenty of cobwebs. While the owners do not guarantee paranormal activity, they do guarantee spooky.

“If you are faint of heart then just don’t enter,” the listing says.

Thrill-seekers looking to stay at the Magnolia Hotel this Halloween are a bit too late. The guest suite, which costs $249 per night, is booked through December.

Recent reviews make clear why the Airbnb has proven so popular. One site user, Kristyann, stayed there in September and wrote that her group was so scared four girls slept in one full-size bed.

Guests should note that the owners do not allow video recording or livestreaming inside the building.

“This is like a paranormal Disneyland,” Erin told the Express-News in 2019.

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Pandemic parties at downtown San Diego rentals create problems

“Get your quarantine friends together for a night away from your home,” says a listing on Vrbo for a 2,000-square-foot penthouse in San Diego’s East Village.


In San Diego’s East Village, six blocks from Petco Park, two towers — one red, one yellow — represent the tallest residential buildings in the city. At 45 stories, the luxury high-rise apartments stand side by side and feature picturesque views of Coronado, the downtown skyline and the mountains of East County.

But the yellow tower, named Pinnacle on the Park, is known as the party building, where stir-crazy revelers have gone to blow off steam after stay-at-home orders relaxed in May. 

The high-rise is outfitted with Instagram-worthy units, including a 2,000-square-foot Louis Vuitton penthouse and another apartment with a private hot tub on a 1,000-square-foot rooftop terrace. 

“Get your quarantine friends together for a night away from your home,” says the Louis Vuitton listing on Vrbo.

But these pandemic parties aren’t fun for other tenants in the two towers, or for those living in a smaller affordable housing building that connects the two. In all, the development has 956 apartments.

Multiple residents have woken up to find used condoms on their window sills or steps from their front doors. A woman and her 12-year-old son have witnessed nude photo shoots and people filming pornographic scenes on balconies across from their tower. 

Local news outlets have covered stories in recent months of people jumping from Pinnacle’s roof with parachutes and another time throwing water balloons from the upper levels that smashed windows of vehicles parked on the street. 

The debauchery is taking its toll. Calls to San Diego police about loud parties and related disturbances at the high-rise have nearly tripled in the first eight months of this year compared to all of 2019, with most occurring in the past four months as the county began reopening. 

When compared to Pinnacle’s neighboring red tower, Spire San Diego, calls to police are staggering. A San Diego police spokesperson declined to comment for this story but acknowledged the department is aware of the problems and said there are ongoing criminal investigations into activity at Pinnacle.

City leaders, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer, know about the issues but have done little to fix them.

The City Attorney’s Office recently took action against the owner of an Airbnb party house in Bankers Hill but hasn’t received any information from police about noise complaints or violations of the public health order at Pinnacle, a spokesperson said. The office also hasn’t seen any information that links a spike in police activity with short-term vacation rentals in the high-rise, she said. 

It’s possible some of the bad behavior is coming from long-term tenants, but residents who spoke to inewsource blame the short-term guests.

inewsource found several short-term rental companies are using Airbnb, Vrbo and other sites to rent out dozens of units in Pinnacle on the Park. The online listings appear to suggest the companies know

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Hotel Triton – Boutique Hotel San Francisco

Experience San Francisco Like a Local

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San Francisco Embarcadero Hotel – Hotel Griffon

***Please Pardon The Extra Dust! Perry’s Restaurant will be closed for kitchen renovations from 03/21 to 03/27/2020.***
Hotel Griffon – A Greystone Hotel invites you to experience what was voted “Best Boutique Hotel” and “Best 24-Hour Getaway” by San Francisco Magazine. Situated along San Francisco’s stylish Embarcadero waterfront, our certified green hotel is the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers who seek a pleasant and charming alternative to a chain hotel.


Indulge in an appealing, historic San Francisco boutique hotel (originally built in 1901) inspired by European flair and enjoy exceptional amenities that include well-appointed guestrooms and luxury suites, onsite dining at Perry’s on the Embarcadero – a San Francisco institution serving classic American food – and a distinguished meeting space for business while you travel. The Hotel Griffon – A Greystone Hotel is recognized by GayTravel.com and is TAG-approved as an LGBTQ friendly hotel.


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Island Rec | San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, Friday Harbor

An update from the Island Rec board

April 7, 2020: All Island Rec in-person programs for April and May remain cancelled in order to prevent community spread of COVID-19. Have you tried one of our adult fitness LIVE Zoom classes with Jacquelyn Reiff or Katerina Wen? It is a great way to stay moving while staying at home. The following special events are also cancelled for May:

May 2—Children’s Festival
May 9—Pickleball Tournament
May 9—Mother’s Day Yellow Island Kayak Trip
May 10—3v3 Soccer Tournament
May 17—Hill of Thrills Soap Box Race
May 31- Tour de Family

Summer Programs: Island Rec’s recreation and administrative staff continue to work remotely on an optimistic plan for summer programs, with the knowledge that we may have to push some programs to a later date, or adapt to a different type of summer this year. Instead of opening summer program registration on May 1st, we are tentatively planning to open registration on June 1st. Like you, we are waiting to see what the summer will hold and will keep the community informed as our plans unfold. Our primary focus will always be participant safety.

Parks: Our parks maintenance team has been diligently continuing to maintain our parks with safety precautions in place. Lafarge Open Space, Eddie & Friends Dog Park, the Skate Park, and John O. Linde Community Park remain open for public use with mandatory social distancing guidelines in place. The playgrounds at the Family Park and Linde Park are closed per the San Juan County health officer’s order. Spring is an especially critical time for staff to continue maintaining the fields at Linde Park to avoid future deterioration and critical loss to the facility. This ensures that the fields will be in quality playing condition when our school sports teams and community can fully enjoy them again.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Island Rec staff via their email, or leave a voicemail at 360-378-4953.

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San Diego Vacation Rental|Mission Beach Rental|La Jolla Vacation Home

As a guest of Bluewater Vacation Homes you will experience our No Worry guest philosophy from reservation to check-out. Start with our convenient online vacation rental search, or call one of our friendly, knowledgeable reservation agents to help you find your dream vacation home at 800-243-3588. When you choose a Bluewater Vacation Rental in San Diego, you can rest assured that our number one priority is making sure you enjoy your stay to the fullest.

San Diego Vacation for any Occasion

Whether you choose to stay in a San Diego beach house rental, on the oceanfront in a Mission Beach vacation rental, in a luxury La Jolla vacation rental, a fun Pacific Beach vacation rental, or in downtown San Diego, Bluewater Vacation Homes is there every step of the way from start to finish.

We also cater to holiday travelers, family reunions and group vacations to San Diego, destination wedding home rentals, beach house and ocean front vacation rentals, corporate rentals, student rentals and temporary housing rentals are available as well. Staycation vacation rentals are also suggested for local San Diego residents that want to stay in downtown San Diego, in La Jolla, in Mission Beach, or Pacific Beach.

Close to the Attractions

Close to all the fun, Bluewater specializes in luxury San Diego beach vacation rentals with the majority in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla. Nearby attractions include Sea World San Diego, The San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, Legoland, Sea Port Village and the Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego.

Mission Beach is a popular destination just south of Pacific Beach, featuring stretches of flat, sandy beaches, and water front boardwalks that extend over two miles between Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Besides fun in the sun, surf and sand, Mission Beach offers plenty of activities including beach shops and rentals, beach front eateries, and the Famous Belmont Amusement Park and the Wave House. Along the beach front boardwalk you will find many Mission Beach ocean front vacation rentals and along the bay side there are just as many bay front vacation rentals.

Just north of Mission Beach is Pacific Beach; the consummate Southern California beach community. Here you’ll find miles of ocean front boardwalk, great swimming and surfing beaches, and Crystal Pier, where you can walk to the end and go fishing, or just see the San Diego coast from a whole new perspective. Hit the Garnet strip for its blend of funky beach boutiques, wide variety of restaurants, and great mix of pubs and night clubs. Ask us and we’ll help you find the perfect Pacific Beach vacation rental to call home base.

North of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach is La Jolla, “The Jewel” of San Diego. La Jolla occupies 7 miles of incredibly scenic San Diego coastline. There are many distinct and unique neighborhoods in La Jolla, all with their own charm. The Village is home to world class dining, upscale shopping and the La Jolla Cove. La Jolla Shores has flat,

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San Diego Vacation Rentals, Mission Beach House Vacation Rentals, San Diego Vacation Rentals and Mission Beach Houses

Get More from Your Vacation with a San Diego Vacation Rental

The next time you travel, stay at one of these San Diego Vacation Rentals and spend your days sunning on the white sands of Mission Beach, sailing the calm waters of Mission Bay or bicycling, skating or jogging the 2-mile beach boardwalk that is only steps away from these beach homes along the coast. Most properties are less than a 15-minute walk to San Diego’s famous and historical Belmont Park, with its famous Big Dipper roller coaster and the largest pool in Southern California, a short drive or bus ride away from Sea World, San Diego Zoo or Balboa Park, there is no shortage of sites to see or things to do while your family enjoys a vacation in one of these San Diego Vacation Rentals.

Only steps from Mission Beach, these homes, apartments and condos are perfect for a San Diego Beach House vacation. These beach vacation rentals are great for a large family, yet the low rates are economical for parties of four or fewer. Make your next vacation in San Diego’s Mission Beach.

The moderate weather year-round makes a beach holiday in San Diego a great idea even in winter. Mission Beach provides a place to start, but the attractions in San Diego are numerous. San Diego offers miles of beaches, and endless water sports — surfing, sailing, swimming, sunning. You will find quaint cafes and unique shops lining Mission Boulevard and the Mission Beach Boardwalk. Museums in Balboa Park, the pandas at San Diego Zoo, the shops at Seaside Village and Shamu at Seaworld are worth visiting. Whether you are from Arizona trying to escape the heat or from Washington trying to find some heat San Diego Sunset has a San Diego Vacation Rental in Mission Beach to accomodate you.

Economically, a Mission Beach or Bay vacation rental is a great idea. You won’t be paying the high rate of hotels and restaurant bills, because these San Diego Beach House Rentals have complete kitchens. Located within walking distance of some attractions and a city bus ride away from most others, a rental car is strictly optional if you stay at one of these Mission Beach Vacation Rentals. Add up the cost for your family to stay in one or more tiny San Diego Hotel rooms, plus the cost to eat all meals at restaurants, and compare that to what you get with one of these San Diego Vacation Rentals.

San Diego Sunset Vacation Rentals provide what you need to ensure an enjoyable San Diego beach vacation, including barbecue, towels, linens and fully-equipped kitchens. Wake up each morning to the sound of the surf of Mission Beach and you’ll be glad you decided on a San Diego Sunset Vacation Rental!

We offer Free recreational rentals, including bikes, boogie boards, and horseshoes as well as a complete business center with internet, fax and printing. Free use of cribs, strollers and high chairs is also available for our

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San Antonio Vacation Packages featuring Deals for Hotels near SeaWorld, Hotels on the Riverwalk, Discounted Seaworld and Six Flags Tickets, and other San Antonio Attractions


Save up to 30% on hotels and attractions

Payment plan is available.

San Antonio Tourism offers San Antonio vacation packages for every budget and interest. Select one of our featured packages below or create your own.



All vacation packages you purchase will include hotel and attraction tickets for everyone in your family. We have 24 participating San Antonio hotel deals which are in different price ranges and locations, including San Antonio Riverwalk, Seaworld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Downtown San Antonio, Airport, and Stone Oak.



Our discounted San Antonio attraction tickets include SeaWorld & Aquatica, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn, Riverboat Tour, the San Antonio Zoo, Natural Bridge Caverns, Tower of the Americas, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Carriage Ride, and 3 Way Combo Downtown Attractions (Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Ripley’s Moving Theatre, and Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks).


All packages can be paid in installment. You can make $50 deposit and spread your payments out until 2 weeks prior your arrival date. (How does our payment plan work?)


All tickets and vouchers will be sent by USPS priority mail within 7 days after your final payment.
If your arrival date is within 7 days, we will deliver your package to the front desk of your hotel for an additional $25 fee.