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News Story
5/12/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Despite a protest of almost 200 residents, the Santa Monica city council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that will prohibit residents from sharing their place when they're not present. This tough legislation is a first, Airbnb spokesperson Alison Schumer, told KPCC prior to the meeting.  "The unnecessarily restrictive...
News Story
5/10/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Consumer Watchdog agrees with Supervisor David Campos that corporate influence on our laws has reached an unhealthy level. In fact, our public-interest group was behind Proposition J, a San Francisco ballot initiative enacting strong public-ethics measures in 2000. Unfortunately, the Board of Supervisors subsequently eviscerated its protections,...
News Story
5/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
New legislation is taking aim at online vacation rental businesses that aren’t collecting and remitting taxes from residents who rent out rooms in their homes. SB 593, authored by Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, requires companies such as Airbnb, Couchsurfing, Roomorama and others to adhere to local laws with regard to vacation rentals. In...
News Release
5/4/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the proponents of a San Francisco ballot initiative that would regulate home sharing platforms, like Airbnb, to withdraw the measure’s privacy violating provisions that are “antithetical to San Francisco’s core values.” The nonprofit nonpartisan group took issue...
News Story
5/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, one of the state's best known consumer advocacy groups, is raising a ruckus about proposed rules it says would violate privacy rights by requiring Airbnb and similar companies to report about users' rental activities. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog on Monday released a letter it sent to ShareBetter SF, a coalition...
News Release
4/23/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for amendments to proposals under consideration in San Francisco and in the California Senate aimed at regulating home sharing platforms like Airbnb, that would ensure privacy and allow occupancy taxes to be collected. “You can collect taxes and protect privacy at the same time,”...
News Story
4/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Popular home-sharing website Airbnb is stepping up its opposition to the first statewide measure aiming to regulate short-term rentals, arguing the proposal would harm consumer privacy. Airbnb has faced scores of regulatory fights on the local level, including in Los Angeles, but the skirmish over a bill by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-...
News Release
4/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA.  Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a California Senate bill that requires home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over customers’ personal information to local governments, because it would violate consumers’ privacy and is little more than a “blank search warrant” for law enforcement...