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Petition to Ryan Dorsey, Shannon Sneed, Edward Reisinger, John T. Bullock, Robert Stokes, Sr., Yitzy Schleifer, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Kristerfer Burnett, Brandon Scott, Bill Henry, Zeke Cohen, Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh, Council President Jack Young

Baltimore Hosts Coalition Calls on City Council to Amend Council Bill 18-1089

Support Baltimore’s short-term rental hosts and the amendments proposed by the Baltimore Hosts Coalition to City Council Bill 18-1089.  The Coalition was happy to see the cap restricting how many nights we can rent our non owner occupied properties removed from the bill at the September 2018 work session. The Coalition does not agree with the additional restrictions on the licenses for non-home hosted properties and believes anyone should be able to obtain a license and legally operate as a STR, regardless of when they purchased their property or started renting it.  Current Requested Amendments1. 5-10 UNRESTRICTED Licenses.  This would allow anyone who passes the city rental inspection process to obtain a license to operate a STR property safely and legally. There should be no grandfather clause and the property can be owned by an LLC or an individual. 2. Change the definition of STR from stays of 90 nights or less to 30 nights or less3. Representation with Visit Baltimore, if we are paying the occupancy tax which fund their operations.    Call to Action1. Contact Mayor Catherine Pugh and ask her to veto the bill or abstain from voting on it. 2. Sign the petition and get others to sign it! 3. Attend the City Council Meeting on Monday, November 19 to (silently) voice your opposition to this bill.  The public is not allowed to testify at council hearings.  But you can bring SMALL signs to protest.   The message These hosts and small business owners bring vital tourist dollars to all parts of Baltimore’s economy, its neighborhoods, and its locally owned businesses. Whether renting out a room in their home, a whole home, or multiple homes, each host plays an important role in our city. Baltimore hosts are tax paying citizens who live, work and spend their money and profits here in Baltimore City. We oppose the restrictions on the licenses which restrict investment  in Baltimore. City residents should be afforded the same opportunity to operate and grow their business as any other legitimate business. These short term rental guests visit our neighborhoods to experience our charm, food, drink, services, and goods and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. This bill will decrease the number of visitors (and tourist dollars being spent) in neighborhoods that don't traditionally benefit from visitors at a time when many small businesses in our city are struggling.  Baltimore Hosts are civic-minded residents who support neighborhood and nonprofit organizations working to improve our city and neighborhoods. These amendments will allow small businesses and homeowners who have invested in our city to continue to operate their businesses and encourage them to re-invest in Baltimore City!  All Baltimore City property owners should be allowed to legally rent all or part of their property as a short term rental in order to pay their bills should their personal or financial circumstances change. We are calling on the city council and the mayor to not pass anti-competitive regulations that inhibits potential buyers from purchasing property in Baltimore City because they fear limits on future use of their property. HistoryThe Baltimore Hosts Coalition was formed with hosts, guests, neighbors and other locally owned business who benefit from the money brought to Baltimore's neighborhoods by these guests. We currently have approximately 900 members who are city residents.  *The Facebook page for the Coalition:  Legislation This is the 4th year that the City Council has introduced some iteration of the Short Term Rental (STR)/ Airbnb bill. Rather than fight the bill again, we decided to work with the council to get it amended to a version that allows us to stay in business.   In September, the City Council Committee reconvened for a work session (though the Coalition and the public  was not allowed any input to the amendments nor allowed to speak) and presented the attached amendments to the bill. We were happy to see the nightly cap removed, but very unhappy with the new additions to the bill, including further restrictions on the licenses.  The City Council Committee gave us 8 days notice for the one and only public hearing. It was scheduled for a Thursday at 11 am when most people were on vacation and at work.  Despite the short notice, date and time, the Coalition had 75 members in attendance and provided more than four hours of verbal testimony, and hundreds of pages of written and electronic testimony calling for the bill to be amended. More bill info. Media coverage of the City Council hearing in July: v=sgjxNIAc-ss& article/short-term-rentals- could-be-treated-more-like- hotels-in-baltimore-soon/ 22485824 https://baltimore.cbslocal com/2018/07/19/city-council- considers-a-bill-to-put- limits-on-airbnb-operations/ news/maryland/baltimore-city/ bs-md-ci-airbnb-hearing- 20180718-story.html baltimore-considers-hotel-tax- and-other-regulations-for- short-term-rentals/ baltimore/news/2018/07/19/ baltimore-hearing-on-bill-to- tax-short-term-rental.html  

Baltimore Hosts Coalition
1,160 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Maryland State Highway Administration

Fund Design & Implementation of SHA MD 97 Georgia Ave Montgomery Hills

We support the ongoing progress of the MD 97 Montgomery Hills Project Planning Study and urge SHA to fund the design and implementation phases so that work can proceed on this overdue and important improvement plan for the Georgia Avenue corridor.  We are eager to see the Georgia Avenue Corridor improved.  Simply stated, the corridor is unsafe for all users: vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.  Commuters and residents alike cannot travel through the area easily, and the existing conditions create an automobile-dominated environment that is unattractive and economically untenable to most community-oriented businesses.  In fact, the study area roadway and sidewalk conditions are one significant factor in the area's inability to attract a better mix of retail stores and businesses.  Furthermore, the study’s extended planning phase (the original planning effort for this corridor started seventeen years ago), has chilled any private sector improvements that may have been undertaken by the adjacent property owners. We request that Montgomery County prioritize the MD 97 (Georgia Ave) Safety and Complete Street Improvements in its 2018 Transportation Priorities letter, and that Maryland State fully fund the design and implementation of the Georgia Ave improvements without delay.   

Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills
839 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to California State Senate, California State House, California Governor

Stop increasing cost of rentable properties in California: common sense economics

Property Rights are Constitutionally protected, a foundation to successful life as an individual person.  "My stuff is mine".  I worked hard for my stuff. I may sell my stuff. I may, however, rent my stuff as a different form of income.   Some of my stuff requires maintenance.  Some of that even more costly maintenance as it is used by others who pay me for temporary use of it.   When my costs to maintain my stuff exceeds my profit I will stop renting it. Rent control legislaiton creates a problem for me.  I am neither a charity nor a philanthropist.  If I cannot profit from my stuff the way I want I will be coerced to find other ways to profit from my stuff.  I might sell my stuff to someone with larger sets of stuff who might in turn completely change the type of stuff into something no longer rentable. Rent control legislation will REDUCE the number of rentable properties NECESSARILY causing rent to skyrocket.  This is not the Universal Socialist States of America.  That ideology has been tried, tested, and proved a failure every time especially as it degenerates into communism, tyranny, and genocide. It's not the "one percent" who are the property owners renting to you.  Far more of us are groups of lower middle class families who have pooled our hard earned money to create stability for our children and their children. Rent Control hurts American families. Say no to Rent Control in California (and everywhere).  

Seth Black
8 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Kutztown Zoning Hearing Board

Keep Young Ones at 26 South Whiteoak St.

Young Ones, a fantastic record store in Kutztown, PA, is in danger of being bought out by a pizza shop. If a new zoning variance is approved, this move may exacerbate an already congested parking situation behind the Kutztown Tavern, in the municipal lot, and along the street itself. This in turn may prove repellant to patrons unable to walk to the area, eliminating potential business. In short, the variance is simply too risky for the community at large. For nearly 30 years, Young Ones has been a cherished part of the Kutztown community, bringing the gift of music to university students and community members alike while supporting local artists spanning countless genres and experience levels. The shop regularly draws patrons from all across the state and beyond. I personally bought some of my favorite CDs and vinyls from this store during college, and I make a point to visit every time I return to town; in fact, it is a major drawing point for my friends and I to come back and support Kutztown's small business community. If bought out, the shop will likely be forced out of town in pursuit of a new location.  The Kutztown Zoning Hearing Board will now hear the matter on November 7th (after the previous meeting was postponed). The hope is that this petition will be used or referenced in some manner during the meeting, so let's get as many signatures as possible to show them how much Young Ones is valued! Make your voice heard! Also, please consider donating to Young Ones' GoFundMe page by clicking here. 

Jake Austin
3,474 supporters