SCSQUARED halfBy Joe Janis, San Clemente, on behalf of Protect Our Neighborhoods

It is amazing to us that proponents of short-term rentals in our San Clemente neighborhoods (including a few members of our Chamber of Commerce) are proclaiming that these short-term renters are vital to our local economy. Our observation of these vacationers is just the opposite. We believe that short-term renters staying in our San Clemente neighborhoods spend very little money in our city when compared to long-term renters who live here as city residents. As advertised, vacation rentals can sleep multiple families and have kitchens that allow vacationers to cook and to eat together. Vacationers come well supplied with food and all items needed to last them through their vacation.

City residents (including long-term renters) continually support our local restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, service stations, auto repair shops, tire shops, appliance stores, hardware stores, beauty shops, nail salons, retail sales, dentists, doctors, fitness centers, movie theaters, high school boosters, nonprofit organizations and the list goes on and on.

The proliferation of short-term rentals not only has a negative effect on our neighborhoods but also threatens the well-being of our business community, since they are beginning to replace city residents.

The residents of San Clemente are the backbone of our local economy and we take exception to special interest groups trying to convince our city leaders that short-term renters are good for our neighborhoods and our economy.

Joe Janis can be reached at controlvrbo@gmail.com.

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  • Wow – I read this article and was blown away by the ignorance. What studies or statistics are you basing your biased views on? To just throw some garbage out there without any statistics or studies violates every rule in AP standards. Let’s first start with the fact that I am biased, and I have a short term rental in San Clemente. Last quarter I paid about $1,600 in taxes to the city. That is during the low season and I believe my yearly contribution will be about $10,000 to the city. There are about 500 short term rentals in the city, some rent for more than mine, some less. I believe my property is somewhat in the middle – average – so that would be over five million dollars of tax revenue alone! If you think that people here on vacation are more likely to eat in at the house, rather than go out I can tell you from personal experience you are wrong. I have personally seen the leftover food and trash left over at the house after guests stay and it is FAR less than it would be for a permanent resident. They do enjoy the extra space for the home, and may eat in for some meals. I am sure a study would confirm this. And finally guests often seek out local attractions – whale watching, shopping, etc. Based on what my guests have told me you can be sure they are contributing to the local economy, far more than a resident could. Your article should be about the real issues of short term rentals – noise, traffic, unpaid taxes, etc. – not make believe opinions that are rooted in fiction.

    • @Brian, also blow away by the ignorance of how using a partial name or alias removes credibility.

      This is a letter that Joe Janis, who I know nothing about, penned and is not an article. With that said Joe made some key points in sharing his perspective.

      One that comes to mind is “We believe that short-term renters staying in our San Clemente neighborhoods spend very little money in our city when compared to long-term renters who live here as city residents.”

      The accuracy of this statement is self evident. Someone staying here for a weekend will not be able to spend the same amount of money as someone staying here for an entire year.

      An additional point Joe made is “The proliferation of short-term rentals not only has a negative effect on our neighborhoods but also threatens the well-being of our business community, since they are beginning to replace city residents.”

      This is also accurate. Long Term rentals participate in our community whereas short term renters do not.

      In summary, note that San Clemente is a residential community that is tightly knit. Residents care about one another as well as the city they live in. It will be hard for the VRBO owners to win favor over residents who value this greater than turning San Clemente into a VRBO haven.

  • The writer assumes that vacation houses will be occupied full time if owners are not allowed short term rentals. Maybe some owners would rent their properties to permanent renters if they were not allowed short term rentals, but owners who personally use their beach houses will have to let the property sit vacant when they are not using it. That would be a net negative to the local economy.

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