Airbnb spokesman David Owen: “That’s a good question. I don’t have an answer for you for that.”


It may be a TESLA, but he’s still a used car salesman.
Trying to get a straight answer out of this guy (this company) is like trying to nail jelly to jello.
Nice suit, though. Is that where the city’s hotel tax money went?

[added]
Every question he shifted the responsibility to someone else where he
could. When he couldn’t, his answer was “No. We won’t comply with that”.
Note: Where the following question is regarding same as previous, it is
usually the same question, trying to wrangle an actual answer out of
him.

Scott Wiener
1. Q re insurance = “We are working very hard on”
2. Q re insurance = “We hear the message…and we talk about it a great
deal”
3. Q re insurance = “It’s something that we’re greatly focused on”
4. Q re landlord/lease = “We recommend the city…”
5. Q re landlord/lease = “We urge the city…”

Jane Kim
1. Q re insurance = “We urge the host to have appropriate insurance
coverage…this is something we are extremely focused on”"
(Supervisor Kim: “That response makes me very nervous”)
2. Q re insurance = “This is an issue we talk about a great deal”
2. Q re reporting nights rented = (I’ll paraphrase) “No. We won’t do it
without a subpoena”
3. Q re reporting nights rented = (I’ll paraphrase) “No. We won’t do it
without a subpoena”
4. Q re reporting nights rented = (I’ll paraphrase) “No. We won’t do it
without a subpoena”
5. Q re reporting nights rented = (I’ll paraphrase) “No. We won’t do it
without a subpoena”
6. Q re reporting nights rented = (I’ll paraphrase) “No. We won’t do it
without a subpoena. It’s the city’s responsibility to ferret out the information.”

David Chiu (this is a good one)
1. Q re [back taxes owed] collecting taxes: “We announced earlier this year that by this summer we would have a plan in place for collecting and remitting the transient occupancy tax in San Francisco on behalf of our hosts, where the primary obligation exists with the host to collect and remit hotel taxes…” and “We are extremely close and you will likely be hearing more from us in the very near future”

The first part of his answer sounds to me like AirBnB will not add the tax to the fee for the rental–they just expect the host to do that, collect it separately from their renter, separate from their AirBnB tab (which I assume has already been paid in advance online), and then expect the host to forward it to AirBnB (who will then forward it to the city). This procedure is so full of holes…

But the second part of his answer puts him back on message: Zippo. Nada. Zilch. Fuck you. We do what we want, we promise you nearly anything you want, then we ignore our promise and there’s nothing you can do about it. We’re AirBnB.

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Intent to Evict via Ellis Act ~ September 2014, so far

These are “NOTICE OF CONSTRAINTS ON REAL PROPERTY” records recently posted by City Recorder, which is required prior to an Ellis Act Eviction.
Click on links for CRIIS website owner, records info
Click on APN number (####?-###?) for link to SF Planning Property Map website (from there you can click a link to see all CRIIS records for that property)
Click here to open html file in separate window
*note: if SF Planning site offers multiple APNs, APN listed here has probably been sub-divided
*note: some CRIIS links may show more names than listed here; these are not necessarily involved in intent to evict notice

Continue reading

 
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 09/09/2014 J947508-00 [CONSTRAINTS]
2014 J947508-00 09/09/2014 [234 to 234 27TH AVE; ] 1386-034
JANET LEE KEME TRUST KEME JANET LEE KWOK ALFRED C KWOK FAMILY TRUST KWOK JUDY C LEE MARY LYE SHAN
 
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 09/09/2014 J947507-00 [CONSTRAINTS]
2014 J947507-00 09/09/2014 [234 to 234 27TH AVE; ] 1386-034
JANET LEE KEME TRUST KEME JANET LEE KWOK ALFRED C KWOK FAMILY TRUST KWOK JUDY C LEE MARY LYE SHAN
 
Show Name Detail Show APN Detail 09/09/2014 J947506-00 [CONSTRAINTS]
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Stop landlords from stealing your home for AirBnB!

Stop landlords from stealing your home for AirBnB!.

Tomorrow (Monday 9-15-2014)
at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett, San Francisco, California 94102

Landlords have taken 1,000′s of apartments off the market in SF to rent them on sites like VBRO and AirBnB. AirBnB is paying people to pack the room in support of this harmful legislation. And landlords will be out in force. So come on time.

We need regulation, but the current proposal needs better enforcement: let non-profits (like the Tenants Union) be able to sue!

The legislation needs to better protect tenants: stop evictions for illegal subletting when they use sites like Airbnb!

Don’t believe the lies! AirBnB and landlords want to make it easier for landlords to take units off the rental market (even if tenants were evicted) and do nothing to stop the evictions of tenants for using these services to temporarily rent their room or apartment.

On Monday at City Hall in the committee chamber, second floor, the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. If we don’t come out and demand it, this law could make it easier for landlords turn apartments into hotels and do nothing to protect tenants.

Tell the Supervisors to make sure this legislation adequately protects tenants from eviction and adequately boosts the enforcement mechanisms to stop the illegal conversions.

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Yes on Prop G at Sunday Streets

Yes on Prop G at Sunday Streets.

Sunday (9-14-2014)
at 11:00am – 4:00pm
Alamo Square
San Francisco, California 94117

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th FOR SUNDAY STREETS IN THE WESTERN ADDITION FOR VOTER EDUCATION & OUTREACH!

Join the Stop the Evictions, Yes on G campaign this Sunday, September 14th at the Sunday Streets event in the Western Addition and the Alamo Square Flea Market reach out to voters about how they can protect affordable housing and stop real estate speculation by voting Yes on Proposition G.

Sunday Streets is a terrific opportunity to talk to voters one on one, hand out campaign literature and answer questions about the City’s current affordability crisis.

Yes on Prop. G at Sunday Streets in the Western Addition
Date: Sunday, September 14th
Time: 11am – 4pm
Meeting Location:
Corner of Grove & Divisadero at 4505 Meats

Please RSVP to stopspeculationsf@gmail.com

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Yes on G, Yes on J, Stop the Evictions and Raise the Wage Campaign Kick-off

Yes on G, Yes on J, Stop the Evictions and Raise the Wage Campaign Kick-off.

Tomorrow (Sat 9-13-2014)
at 11:00am
Harvey Milk Plaza
Castro St and Market St, San Francisco, California 94114

Please join Cleve Jones, Supervisors Eric Mar and Jane Kim and a citywide coalition of affordable housing advocates, organized labor and neighborhood leaders on Saturday, September 13 for the official kickoff and volunteer mobilization for the YES on G, Stop the Evictions! and the Yes on J, Raise Up SF! Campaigns.

On Saturday, September 13th at 11 am we will formally launch this historic campaign to stop rampant real estate speculation from evicting long-time San Francisco residents and harming our neighborhoods. We will also launch a landmark effort to raise the minimum wage to $15, the highest in the country.

This will be a great opportunity to get involved, meet fellow volunteers, and make a difference. Immediately following the rally, volunteer teams will fan out across the city to raise the visibility of YES ON G and YES ON J and let voters know that early voting begins in just a few short weeks. Join us Saturday

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Newest Prop G Deceptive Mailer

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QUESTION: “Why did the politicians who wrote Prop G fail to protect seniors?”
ANSWER: Because the Obamacare Death Panels killed them all off?

QUESTION: Who sent me this mailer?
ANSWER: California Association of Realtors, San Francisco Association of Realtors. Realtors, mind you. Not landlords.

 

Donate – Yes on Prop G: San Franciscans Against Real Estate Speculation

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Donate – Yes on Prop G: San Franciscans Against Real Estate Speculation

 

Donate – Yes on Prop G: San Franciscans Against Real Estate Speculation

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Out with the Old, in with the New! Out with Me, in with You!

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(or was that a dream…?)

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Is my internet slow? Or is it just my FCC chairman?



Dear FCC, In order to get this to you in a timely fashion, I may have to resort to the US Postal Service. But I need your mailing address. … Hello? … FCC? … Are your there…?”

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Dear Ms Paine

From: gussdolan
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2014 11:27 PM
To: ‘Paine, Carli’
Subject: RE: Commuter Shuttle Pilot Program (3)

To: Carli Paine, TDM Manager, Sustainable Streets Division

Dear Ms Paine,

Again, thank you for your prompt response to my previous email(s).
Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

I did report the incident I previously alerted you to via the 311.org site, as you suggested.
(FYI it is tracking # 3912373)

I recently wanted to report another ‘Google Bus’ infraction, with photo, to the site and had a very difficult time finding the link.
Indeed, I had a difficult time finding a link to the “Commuter Shuttles Policy and Pilot Program” itself on the SFMTA website.
It is not listed in your ‘Project Pages’. In alphabetical order, they go from…

Columbus Avenue Street Safety Project
To…
Commute By Bike Pilot Program
To…
Geary Bus Rapid Transit

There is no “Commuter Shuttles Policy and Pilot Program” listed (I checked every Project Page). I could only find it via your Search Page.
It’s almost as if the designers of the website did not want the project to be found.
And then I tried to find the link to report a program violation, and was flummoxed again.
I finally found it hidden within one of the Project Updates posts.
To steal a line from the movie ‘In the Loop’, this all should have been “easy peazy, lemon squeazy”, but I found it very “difficult difficult, lemon difficult”.

But back to my point…
I registered the new violation of the program (tracking # 3986536) with a photo.
The photo (blurry, but legible) shows a private shuttle bus parked in the rightmost traffic lane on Van Ness Avenue, far outside the bus stop, dropping off passengers.
The reason I am writing to you is I wanted to know if this violation of the program is also a violation of the following two San Francisco traffic codes [edit: the 2nd seems to be an extension of the first for multiple offenses]?

SEC. 7.2.71.  OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC – WITHOUT PERMIT; VIOLATION OF TERMS OF PERMIT; VIOLATION OF DIVISION II, SECTION 903.

To obstruct traffic without a Special Traffic Permit, obstruct traffic in violation of the terms of a Special Traffic Permit, or violate the regulations set forth in Division II, Section 903. Each hour during which the obstruction continues shall constitute a separate offense. The first, and each subsequent offense within a one year period, shall result in a penalty set forth in Division II, Section 302.
(Amended by Ord. 287-08, File No. 081340, App. 12/5/2008; Ord. 231-09, File No. 090780, App. 11/10/2009)
Div I 7.2.71          Obstruction of Traffic Without Permit     $546.00

SEC. 7.3.3.  OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC.
To obstruct traffic four or more times within one year without a Special Traffic Permit, or violate the terms of a Special Traffic Permit or the regulations set forth in Division II, Section 903. Each hour during which the obstruction continues shall constitute a separate offense. Any person and/or business entity violating this section may be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of at least $1,000, or imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or both. (194.3)*
(Amended by Ord. 287-08, File No. 081340, App. 12/5/2008; Ord. 231-09, File No. 090780, App. 11/10/2009)
Div I 7.3.3             Obstruction of Traffic Without Permit     $1,000, or six months in jail, or both (4th or more offenses within one year)

And if so, will these buses/drivers eventually be cited under these codes? Is the photo and witness document enough?
But if an officer (police or DPT) needs to be present at the time and place of the violation in order to cite the driver, what should I do?
Should I call 911, then try to stop the bus from leaving the scene?
I appreciate any advice you can offer on this.
I think a stiff $546.00 fine would go a long way toward making them obey the rules, just like everyone else is supposed to.

Thanks again,
Guss Dolan

Ps: any idea as to when we can expect to see some data/reports published to the SFMTA website as to how the pilot program is progressing?

_____________________________

Carli Paine
TDM Manager
Sustainable Streets Division
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-701-4469
www.sfmta.com
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[note: edited from the original for a few spelling errors /GD]

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