airbnb Protest Continue in San Francsico

Protesters Accuse Airbnb of Desecrating San Francisco’s Neighborhoods

From SF Weekly, October 27, 2014

Community activists are scattering flowers and planting votive candles outside the mayor’s office this morning as a symbolic memorial to San Francisco’s neighborhoods, which, they say, will deteriorate as more and more people convert their homes and apartments into Airbnb vacation squats. 

Protesters convened on the Polk Street steps at 10:30 a.m. and marched to the mayor’s office to protest his signing of David Chiu’s controversial Airbnb legislation. The new law would allow tenants and homeowners to rent out units to tourists, so long as they register with the city and live on the property for 9 months out of the year. *It does not touch upon the estimated $25 million in back taxes that Airbnb owes San Francisco.