This post has been updated.
Wanna rent out a bed from your home in San Diego using the website Airbnb? Or maybe a whole room, or even your whole house? The city of San Diego recently came down hard on one Airbnb landlord, so our Lisa Halverstadt got down to brass tacks and tried to figure out what rules Airbnb hosts need to follow to stay within the law’s boundaries. “Basically, it’s complicated,” Halverstadt reports. There’s a tax on beds rented out, yes, and another business tax on property.
But that’s the easy stuff. Rules for different size rentals vary. For example, if you want to rent a room in your house out, you should get a bed-and-breakfast permit.
“The city acknowledges that it hasn’t handed out a bed and breakfast permit in about a decade,” Halverstadt notes. Airbnb currently lists 453 “entire place” rentals available in the first week of March in San Diego.
Why Azano Risked It
If you were a Mexican businessman, already wealthy from your dealings in secretive spy gear with the Mexican government, why would you risk it all to get involved in San Diego politics?
That’s the question our Liam Dillon set out to answer about Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, a man who fit that profile and put it all on the line by allegedly donating large sums of money to San Diego politicians — a crime for foreign citizens.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
San Diego City Code Enforcement is so understaffed they cannot keep up with slumlords being given millions of taxpayer dollars in Section 8 funds for renting out vermin and mold infested apartments. Now they want to regulate decent citizens trying to make ends meet through renting out a room through airbnb? https://www.zoplay.com/web/rental-booking-script/
Without any prior notice they are suddenly sticking us with back taxers and penalties when they never provided any public announcement about this intent? People are fine with paying the taxes as soon as they are notified. This provides tax dollars to the city (for what use?). Airbnb helps support neighborhood businesses as opposed to downtown and beach hotels the support only select business districts. The city needs to focus on unscrupulous land lords and leave this self-regulated business alone until they get their bigger problems in order.
Seems the important question is whether those downgraded non-violent felonies should have been felonies in the first place. If they shouldn't be (which the voters decided), then why would we complain that the police can't collect DNA? They can't collect DNA for a lot of misdemeanors, and wouldn't it be ever so handy if they could for every arrest they make. And ironic that the report contains a note and a link on the 25 year decline in crime.