I’ve been watching the nationwide anti-short term rental movement unfold in my home city of San Diego. Some neighborhoods are clearly more impacted than others, such as beach communities, yet the opposition to short term rentals surfaces even in communities where such rentals are relatively rare. I’ve attended a a few meetings in which local crusaders against airbnb and VRBO have told stories of noisy parties, speeding cars, parking problems, and strangers in their midst. One suspects that the last complaint fuels the antipathy more than the former. In fact, the complaint about strangers and transience is frequently paired with the noise and nuisance complaints, as though there was a sense by the complainants that something more concrete was needed to justify their complaints. [Read more…] about Proposed short term rental regulations: An example of zoning abuse.
San Diego – On July 1, 2012, the loss of redevelopment will be felt in a very tangible and palpable manner by anyone planning a project involving a development or “discretionary” use downtown. [Read more…] about Post-redevelopment fees set to go up downtown . . . way up.