Ocean Beach is known for its free and easy attitude but some locals are getting tired of the drugs, the fights and the crime created by a small minority of people.
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To cope with the problems, a group called "Respect OB" is planning a community meeting on Tuesday to build a consensus on how to deal with issues like public urination, aggressive panhandling, the open use of drugs and alcohol and other issues.
According to a flyer posted at several businesses along Newport Avenue, "OB is a tribe, a peoples, a family, a village. We are here of our own free will, as people who love OB. It is paradise shared with friends. Sometimes people do things to make us sad: steal bikes, hit and run, slash tires, litter on the beach, abandon dog poop, graffiti vandalization, and be mean to each other."
The flyer goes on to say, "Anyone who comes to live in peace and harmony is welcome, but to be accepted you must accept OB."
Organizers did not say how they plan to rally the community, but 10News has learned San Diego police and local churches will be involved.
"There's just more aggression by some particulars on the streets," said Kalynne Nall, who has lived on the streets of Ocean Beach for nearly a decade.
Nall told 10News some of the young people on the streets run in packs, drinking and doing drugs. They also are more prone to violence.
Nall said she recently spoke up when she tried to use a public restroom and found a man inside. When she asked him to leave, the woman with the man became hostile.
"She said she was going to beat me up," said Nall.
It is that kind of lack of civility that has many people in the community working toward change.
The Respect OB meeting will be held Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. on the grassy area just south of the Ocean Beach lifeguard tower.
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