Mini-hotel on your street? STVR next door? Different neighbors every week?

Here’s everything you need to know about the Mayor’s proposed Short Term Vacation Rental (STVR) regulations but are afraid to ask. The City Council hearing and potential vote is scheduled for Monday, July 16, at 12 noon.

UCCA and the STVR working group are urging City Council to amend the Mayor’s proposal to allow only the primary owner, not outside investors, to rent out their homes to guests.

To comment online about the July 16 Special City Council meeting and vote on STVR regulation, visit https://www.sandiego.gov/form/agenda-comment-form . In the Agenda Item Number and Meeting Date section, enter – Item 600 – Short Term Residential Occupancy regulations – Monday, July 16, 2018

Cities in tourist destinations like San Diego are facing a rapid growth in demand for cheaper short term stay accommodations. Many neighborhoods with homes and apartments in areas not planned for commercial use have been invaded in order to satisfy the demand. Cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Boston have enacted regulations to address the demand while taking into account the interests of all communities in their cities.

On June 15, 2018, Mayor Faulconer held a news conference announcing his proposal for regulations and provided a brief outline. On June 27, 2018, Mayor Faulconer quietly made available the 42 page proposed ordinance along with hundreds of pages of explanatory and supporting materials. It’s posted on the City’s website at https://www.sandiego.gov/short-term-residential-occupancy

Is regulation of short term rentals needed? Yes. Is the Mayor’s proposal fair and reasonable for residential areas and neighborhoods?  No.

Have you seen the Mayor’s proposals? Have you had a chance to read them? Has the Union Tribune published them? Has KBPS covered them? Have the media in general covered them? I doubt it because no one seems to be talking or writing about the Mayor’s proposal.

The mega companies that benefit from the new industry surely must have seen the proposal and support it; they’ve spent millions lobbying for this proposal and all know the way to the Mayor’s and Councilmember’s doors.

Our City Councilmembers may vote on the Mayor’s proposal as soon as July 16, 2018.

The San Diego Community Short Term Vacation Rental STVR Working Group feels that the Mayor’s proposal needs significant amendments; amendments that are unlikely to be thoughtfully worked out in time for a vote on July 16th.

Why should we care?

Courtesy of the STVR Working Group, here are some negative impacts of Mayor Faulconer’s proposal:

  • Local schools will continue to lose state funding because of the reduction in students caused by removal of whole homes for families in many neighborhoods. Some schools have closed in beach areas.
  • Large and small employers will find it harder and harder to attract and keep staff because of the scarcity of homes for families that are affordable by the average employee.
  • The housing crisis worsens, affecting families and the very low income residents.

How should Mayor Faulconer respond to this challenge?

The STVR Working Group wants the Mayor to remember that commercial areas and residential zones were established for good reasons. We don’t want industrial air and noise pollution invading our homes, parks and schools more than necessary – similarly we do not want commercial tourism with its attendant burden of trash, noise and increased traffic volume to invade those same areas.

He should maintain the separation between commercial areas and residential zones. He should encourage more development of reasonably priced hotel spaces in commercial areas and not in residential zones. He should remove the “one residence + one” element from his proposal.


The San Diego Community STVR (Short Term Vacation Rental) Working Group recommends the following action items for those who are concerned about preserving our neighborhoods:

  • Email the mayor and your Councilmember to demand regulations that are fair and reasonable to neighborhoods, not what Mayor Faulconer has quietly proposed; email contacts listed below.
  • Read the mayor’s detailed proposal https://www.sandiego.gov/short-term-residential-occupancy
  • Attend UCCA’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 6 PM, at the Community Library at 4155 Governor Drive, at which Mack Langston will provide and update on the efforts of the STVR Working Group.
  • Ask local Realtors to help preserve the neighborhoods by stepping up and speaking out.
  • Share this information with your employer and encourage friends to do the same.
  • Reach out to anyone who cares about our housing crisis.
  • Stay abreast of the situation by getting alerts from www.universitycitynews.org.
  • Get more info at www.lajollatowncouncil.org
  • Contact UCCA rep, Mack Langston 619-818-4205; langstonmack@gmail.com, for more information or for a speaker for your group.
  • Attend public forum sponsored by the STVR Working Group on July 12, 5:30 PM at La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. in La Jolla to learn more about the Mayor’s proposal.
  • Attend the City Council public hearing and potential vote on the Mayor’s STRO proposal at a hearing scheduled on Monday, July 16, at noon.

Mayor and City Council emails and contact information:

  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov
  • Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, District 1 Council Member, barbarabry@sandiego.gov
  • Lorie Zapf, District 2 Council Member, loriezapf@sandiego.gov
  • Chris Ward, District 3 Council Member, christopherward@sandiego.gov
  • Council President Myrtle Cole, District 4 Council Member, myrtlecole@sandiego.gov
  • Mark Kersey, District 5 Council Member, markkersey@sandiego.gov
  • Chris Cate, District 6 Council Member, ChrisCate@sandiego.gov
  • Scott Sherman, District 7 Council member, scottsherman@sandiego.gov
  • David Alvarez, District 8 Council Member, davidalvarez@sandiego.gov
  • Georgette Gómez, District 9 Council Member, georgettegomez@sandiego.gov

For the most up-to-date email and contact information, visit the City of San Diego website at https://www.sandiego.gov/


Information courtesy of Mack Langston, University City Community Association’s representative to the San Diego Community STVR (Short Term Vacation Rental) Working Group which has reviewed the Mayor’s proposed STVR regulations. For more information about the San Diego Community STVR (Short Term Vacation Rental) Working Group, visit www.lajollatowncouncil.org.

To comment online about the July 16 Special City Council meeting and vote on STVR regulation, visit https://www.sandiego.gov/form/agenda-comment-form . In the Agenda Item Number and Meeting Date section, enter – Item 600 – Short Term Residential Occupancy regulations – Monday, July 16, 2018

View the complete agenda for the July 16 Special Council Meeting at https://onbase.sandiego.gov/OnBaseAgendaOnline/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=1239&doctype=1

For other City Council information, visit https://www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/councilcomm

For related posts, visit https://www.universitycitynews.org/category/coalition-of-town-councils/

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