Weekly Buzz (Oct. 17 - 21)

It’s been a busy week in San Diego. Here’s a recap of the buzziest stories to catch up on:

Tony Hawk vocalizes his opposition about the new Chargers stadium

Measure C, the measure which proposes a new Chargers stadium, known as the “convadium,” has been on the minds of many San Diegans as of late. The Nov. 8 vote for the convadium had one San Diegan speaking up. Mr. Tony Hawk, one of very few San Diego celebrities to vocalize his opinion on the matter publicly, made a point to urge San Diegans to vote “no” on the measure. Watch below to hear his thoughts:

A baby girl gorilla is born at the San Diego Zoo

A new baby girl has been born at the San Diego Zoo to Komoko and Winston of the gorilla troop. This is the pair’s second baby, both born at the San Diego Zoo. There’s no name for the newborn yet, but the baby gorilla is four pounds and seems to be healthy and lovingly attached to Komoko. Welcome to the jungle, baby.

A new drug tunnel was found from Tijuana to San Diego

Yet another drug tunnel was found between Tijuana and San Diego, this time nearby the A.L. Rodriguez International Airport. Baja California’s Public Safety Secretariat disclosed that there may be up to five tons of marijuana inside the tunnel. The tunnel is still under investigation, so many of the details have not yet been released. We do know that the tunnel was active and in operation. We also know that an anonymous tip led the Mexican soldiers to the drug tunnel.

Tourists visiting San Diego who used Airbnb spent $71 million at local eateries

It’s no secret that Airbnb has been a hot commodity in the travel industry. It’s been especially popular in thriving cities, where people want to visit and have a real experience - not just live out of a hotel. The good news is that this has positively benefited our local restaurant economy, according to a study released by Airbnb.

Peter Bolter, owner of Kaiserhof in Ocean Beach said that because there hasn’t been a hotel opened in the OB area in 50 years, Airbnb has been ideal.

“This is an artsy community and Airbnb opens doors for people to visit that,” Bolter said. “Visitors love that this is an alternative neighborhood to downtown with nearly all independent restaurants like ours.”

What do you guys think? Does Airbnb deliver a better experience when traveling than staying at a hotel? Leave your comments below.

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