Spoiler alert: It’s got nothing to do with attendance. It does have to do with us.
Comic-Con and the Convention Center Corp. both say some hoteliers’ unwillingness to sign off on discounted hotel blocks for attendees is what’s keeping the massive convention from committing to San Diego.
San Diego’s cracking down on Airbnb hosts. This is what the city says they must to do follow the rules.
Councilman Chris Cate plans to propose new city rules giving Airbnb hosts the green light to rent out their homes or individual rooms, with some mandates.
If San Diego truly wants to be known as a “hub for innovation,” we can’t ignore the enormous potential of a platform like Airbnb, especially in a city known for tourism.
San Diego should find a way to embrace and grow online rentals – which directly supports our region’s third-largest industry – rather than crush them with the typical government response of regulations and fines.
City officials want to make people who rent out their homes on sites like Airbnb get one of two special permits. The city’s own data, however, shows a resident can plan on waiting about a year to get either one permits.
Home-based businesses are considered an “accessory use of a property,” so putting short-term rentals in that category would make sense. That way, San Diegans could take part in the sharing economy while preserving our neighborhoods.
Two factors bind each of the areas where Airbnb is thriving. They’re known for high hotel occupancies or relatively few hotels, or both.
Demand letters from the city, coupled with the case of a local woman who’s been ordered to immediately stop renting out rooms in her home or face $2,500 in daily fines, have fueled an atmosphere of dread for local hosts who use the Airbnb website.