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SAN DIEGO -- The battle over short-term vacation rentals flared Thursday up as neighbors argued about the future of the lucrative business before the La Jolla Town Council.

Proponents of the rentals, which are advertised by websites like AirBnB and VRBO.com, say they are bringing in extra tax revenue and tourismĀ  to San Diego beach communities. But residents living near the vacation rental units complained about all-night parties, trash and an erosion of the feeling of community.

They Town Council heard two presentations, but unless the San Diego City Council takes action, the debate will remain mostly academic.

Community pressure for action is mounting on the mayor, city attorney, and council members. The big question is who will act first.