The city of Pismo Beach recently issued a tiered building moratorium aimed to conserve water during the state’s historic drought. The first tier is effective immediately — the city will not issue new building permits. Planning and building permits already in the pipeline will move forward and new planning applications will be accepted. But Read More →
The city of Santa Barbara had it good. It had been controversially collecting taxes on short-term rentals since 2008 even though most were illegally operating in certain residential zones. The city earned extra revenue and only had to crack down on a handful that neighbors deemed intolerable. But the inherent conflict caught up with policy Read More →
As peer-to-peer rental services like Airbnb grow, cities throughout the tri-county region have struggled to adjust to the increasingly popular trend. Just as Netflix revolutionized TV and Uber changed transportation, home-sharing sites like Airbnb are transforming the tourism industry. Travelers can stay longer and spend more money because of cheaper lodging options. Businesses get more Read More →
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