SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— California Senator Dianne Feinstein has some strong words about proposed Airbnb legislation under consideration by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Feinstein, a Democrat and herself a former supervisor and mayor of San Francisco, said in her op-ed piece, that it’s a short-sighted action that would “destroy the integrity of zoning throughout San Francisco.”READ MORE: Authorities: Suspect In Walnut Creek Nordstrom Smash-And-Grab Out On Bail; 2nd Suspect Appears In Court
Feinstein has never been shy when it comes to weighing in on San Francisco. She still lives here and is very active and involved in the local political scene. She’s been vocal about the 49ers’ move to Santa Clara as well as the building of the Central Subway.
She’s not exactly crazy about what Airbnb and the Board of Supervisors has put together. In a nutshell it’s a motion to have short-term rentals become legal in the city, because technically right now, it’s not. You can’t rent out a room in your house or your house for short termers, because essentially that’s turning your house into a hotel.
She said if you allow this to happen with short-term residential companies like Airbnb and VRBO that the zoning laws will be affected and that you’d be turning residential neighborhoods into de facto motel rows.
In addition, she’s calling for these companies to pony up $25 million in back taxes, which is something Mayor Ed Lee and the board has put on the backburner as something they would rather deal with later.READ MORE: UPDATE: Oakland Police Release Photo of Suspect Vehicle in Lake Merritt Fatal Shooting