Referendum Surpasses Signature Goal
With your support and contributions throughout this past month, Share San Diego today joined HomeAway and Airbnb to successfully submit more signatures than needed to the Registrar of Voters to qualify a referendum. We were joined by San Diego Councilmember Scott Sherman, local homeowners, short-term rental hosts, small businesses and community leaders.
For years we have advocated for reasonable regulations that respect private property, establish an enforcement structure, create an affordable housing fund and protect neighborhoods. The City had the opportunity to pass a fair and equitable compromise, but instead took a dangerous path that stripped the personal property rights of homeowners throughout San Diego, will take money out of the pockets of hard-working families who depend on this income to make ends meet and will be detrimental to the travel and tourism industry.
“It’s clear by the tens of thousands of signatures turned in today that voters in San Diego want their voice heard on this issue” said Jonah Mechanic, President of Share San Diego. “We have long advocated for reasonable regulations and through these efforts we have seen widespread support for traditional vacation rentals and the economic activity they generate throughout the community.”
“This signature gathering effort is a direct result of extreme government overreach by the City Council that took away the property rights of many San Diegans. If signatures are verified, the Council will be forced to scrap this knee jerk de-facto ban, or, I am confident San Diego voters will do it for them,” said Councilmember Scott Sherman.
In the coming weeks, the Registrar of Voters will need to validate the signatures in order to qualify the referendum and we will keep you posted as soon as we know more. This was a great first step to overturn this ban and we couldn’t have done it without your help and contributions. But we have a long and expensive road ahead of us and we won’t be able to do it without your continued support!