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The Growing STR Debacle and Now a Lawsuit!
updated: Mar 15, 2017, 7:22 AM

By Ernie Salomon

When STR's (Short Term Rentals) first started to escalate into a big business here some years ago, Mayor Schneider and the Santa Barbara City Council had the obligation and the opportunity to enforce our local Housing Code which prohibits short term rentals in residentially zoned areas of our city.

Instead, they chose to ignore the laws that they are sworn to uphold in favor of allowing the illegal rentals not only to continue, but to vastly grow in number, so that the city could collect ever increasing bed taxes on them. STR's also continue to remove available housing from the long-term rental market that local residents depend on.

Residents all over the city protested against the invasion of short term renters living next to or near them. Many vacation renters are rowdy, take up parking and make some residents feel unsafe for themselves and their children.

Last year, Mayor Schneider and the City Council finally were forced to act to stop the illegal STR monster that they helped to nourish by having the City Attorney and city staff take actions against the STR owners and managers. This has resulted in a lawsuit by short term renters against the city that has now been allowed to go to trial in a ruling yesterday by a presiding judge in Ventura.

Had Mayor Schneider and the Santa Barbara City Council enforced our housing codes from the beginning instead of prostituting themselves for residency taxes from an illegal STR system and letting it grow out of control, local residents would not be suffering from the loss of housing that STR's have wrought and we would not be facing the huge legal bills that are sure to come from this lawsuit.

These people don't care about our city and don't deserve to lead our city!

Remember in November!

 

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