Mayor Ed Lee and SF BoS, remove 60 day annual cap, don't hurt legitimate short-term hosts.
Recently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to limit all short-term rental hosts to 60 days annually. This new law affects San Francisco citizens indiscriminately. This global cap hurts legitimate hosts who use a spare room to help subsidize their own mortgage or rent payment, while doing little to help curtail bad actors who abuse San Francisco rental housing protections. An appropriate law would protect those using Airbnb and other house sharing sites In accordance with city guidelines while focusing on rooting out those who are acting illegally. An economic analysis by the bay-area economic think tank Bay Area Council Economic institute shows that this cap hurts San Francisco residents while doing little to add to current housing stock, http://www.bayareaeconomy.org/report/limits-on-homesharing/ The only real beneficiary of this portion of the law are multi-national hotel chains by removing competition at the lower end. By definition, multi-nationals remove money from the city to benefit their shareholders. Contrast this with San Francisco residents who spend their money here at home. My own personal story is that I use my windowless guest room / office to pay about half of my rent. The San Francisco short-term host registration system is poorly promulgated, requires an in-person visit with a 2-3 week wait for an appointment and includes seemingly random fee hikes. I did follow the registration process as required but am still faced with a substantial loss to my monthly income. Please help Hiro and I keep our home!
Block the merger between Comcast and Time Warner
The merger between Time Warner and Comcast would create an entity with at least 30% of the home broadband market. This will create an entity so large as to be anti-competitive in what should be considered a utility for most households. Removing the pressure for competition will result in higher cost with less innovation for American consumers. Additionally, this merger would hurt competition in the video entertainment industry where Comcast/Time Warner would have the power to hurt competitors such as Netflix and Hulu by slowing or denying access to their network unless these competiors paid a 'toll'. This 'toll' would inevitably be passed along to American Consumers. Cable television bills have already tripled in the last decade while these two companies rank among the worst for customer satisfaction. Enabling these two giants to merge will only exacerbate these trends. For the American consumer and for the good of the economy please block this merger outright.