Logan Jenkins: Is referendum on (STVR) rentals check mate? Maybe, maybe not

Airbnb & Co. pulled off a game-changing gambit on San Diego’s political chessboard. Well, that’s how the game is played when lots of money is at stake. But does one bold move beget another? We’ll see. To review, a referendum – funded by home-sharing platforms Airbnb and HomeAway and, to a lesser degree, a coalition of short-term vacation rental hosts – appears destined for the ballot in 2020 if the council refuses to repeal a recently passed short-term vacation rental ordinance that limits transient rentals in neighborhood zones to owner-occupied properties. Assuming the gathered referendum signatures are duly certified by the Registrar of Voters, the new council ordinance, which was not scheduled to go into effect until July 2019, remains in limbo until 2020.

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