Some San Diego Vacation Rentals Exude Unethical Practices

Two of the more active vacation rentals in San Diego are SeaBreeze and 710 Beach Rentals, owned and operated by Jonah Mechanic and Blaine Smith, respectively. Jonah has by his actions since the pandemic began has demonstrated that his moral principles are far better reflected in his actions than his words.

In a recent Reader article, Mechanic stated, “We need to put our differences aside and stop bickering over this issue,” continued Mechanic. “We need to put our swords down and work together as a community, and as a City, to beat this terrible pandemic. No matter what side of the long-standing STR debate you are on, what should be most important is that we all stay safe and healthy, and hopefully return to a sense of normalcy sooner than later.”

In the meantime, there is a whole Facebook Group devoted to SeaBreeze, because when people tried to follow health guidelines and or the law, staying home and then requesting their deposit for their short term rental be returned from SeaBreeze, they were denied. Does this sound like Mr. Mechanic is working to keep all safe and healthy or is his primary motivation money. That was a rhetorical question. Whenever things are going his way, he is all about let's work together and put our differences behind us, but if he feels he is in a strong position, it is all about him. Sound familiar?

Justin Weinger to SeaBreeze Vacation Rental Scam May 8 at 4:59 PM ·

My travel date was supposed to be tomorrow, 1 week in Long Beach. With the LA County shelter-in-place order, I thought I would be able to get a full refund from these guys finally. They had told me earlier I wasn't eligible because the shelter order only went through April 30th..and despite a pregnant wife (at-risk) and two children under 3, they wouldn't do anything except refund my cleaning fee (how generous considering I wouldnt be using the house). However, this company still won't do anything more than a 50% refund. They get to keep 50%, for doing nothing! Even though we aren't allowed to use a vacation rental by law right now. The worst part, they continue to send me the check-in information emails every few days leading up to this trip. It's illegal to currently travel to and utilize a vacation rental (im not an essential worker) in LA County, yet they are telling me to do so via email. They have to be breaking rules somehow! We should all keep this thing going until they are out of business. They will undoubtedly change their name after this, to shed the poor reviews and tarnished is almost a certainty! I disputed my CC charge, but am worried if I accept their 50% offer, the CC company will deny me the claim any further.

And then just to give you a taste of Blaine Smith at 710 Beach Rentals, here are a couple of Nextdoor communications. Blaine Smith had virtually no interaction with the town council and or Mission Beach other than his short term rentals, renting out to USD students trying to avoid being reported to the President of USD (old days when USD students were a problem).

Thank you. May I ask why the contact information on the bill associated with my unit wasn't contacted. Also, 710 BR should be contacting the owner of the unit they manage so that they can work on this issue as well. This is a shared building. 710 Beach Rentals is merely a management company, they do not manage mine, and they obviously did not contact the owner they represent or they would have reached out to me to mutually arrange whatever you needed. . I will be having my handyman look at this email. I am a front line provider, and my children are home, I am not sure when I will be getting to this. 

As for all future communications, please do not go through 710BR as I have and many neighbors find their service and their commitment to community in Mission Beach unethical. Here is yet again one more example. 

And then along came primary only and Blaine was devastated. He immediately met with the MBTC board and said he wanted to engage and join the community. He wanted to make a difference. That was not altogether untrue. He just left out the part that he wanted to make a positive difference in Mission Beach. He subsequently used his misnamed website, Save Mission Beach, to attract a large group of short term rental owners and investors, most who don't live in Mission Beach, encouraged them to join the MBTC, and over a two year span, has taken over the MBTC. Their primary interest now is promoting short term rentals in Mission Beach.

Even as Dr. Wooten, County of San Diego Public Health Director, was clearly stating that vacation rentals are only to be used for essential workers, he has been doing his best to get around the regulations by telling his renters to tell people that they are extended stay visitors, which is a bold face lie. ETHICS, NOPE!

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