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Agenda Item

a) REPORT 19-0665 ORDINANCE NO. 19-1395 - "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE HERMOSA BEACH MUNICIPAL CODE TO ESTABLISH A TWO-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM TO REGULATE THE RENTAL OF EXISTING NONCONFORMING RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES THAT ARE LOCATED IN COMMERCIAL ZONING DISTRICTS FOR FEWER THAN THIRTY DAYS" (City Clerk Elaine Doerfling)

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    Scott Hayes at October 10, 2019 at 3:36pm PDT

    I would like to once again express my opposition to this pilot program. The City has not shown any ability to regulate the existing ban on STVR's in the residential zones and I do not believe that the City will be able to regulate STVR's in commercial zones any better.

    Today a quick search for a one night rental on Airbnb resulted in 28 places to stay. See link below:

    https://www.airbnb.com/s/Hermosa-Beach--CA--United-States/homes?refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes&current_tab_id=home_tab&selected_tab_id=home_tab&source=mc_search_bar&search_type=unknown&screen_size=large&hide_dates_and_guests_filters=true&ne_lat=33.870194658622296&ne_lng=-118.38595117770421&sw_lat=33.85272037228812&sw_lng=-118.4112930447078&zoom=16&search_by_map=true&checkin=2019-12-03&checkout=2019-12-04&adults=1

    If the search parameters are expanded to 30 days the number of places to stay increases to 71. While 30 day rentals are allowed, it is well known that many Airbnb hosts list their properties for 30 days but will allow (and prefer) shorter term rentals. Unfortunately it will be up to the residents of Hermosa Beach to police this issue and report STVR's disguised as 30 day rentals. See link below:

    https://www.airbnb.com/s/Hermosa-Beach--CA--United-States/homes?refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes&current_tab_id=home_tab&selected_tab_id=home_tab&source=structured_search_input_header&search_type=unknown&screen_size=large&hide_dates_and_guests_filters=true&ne_lat=33.870194658622296&ne_lng=-118.38595117770421&sw_lat=33.85272037228812&sw_lng=-118.4112930447078&zoom=16&search_by_map=true&checkin=2020-01-03&checkout=2020-02-03&adults=1&place_id=ChIJrTm74X6zwoARQM6_cTJOEis

    Again, I strongly encourage you to remove this item from the consent calendar and reconsider the issue. At a minimum I would like to see the City require that all STVR rentals require full time on site management. This type of limitation has been historically supported by the Coastal Commission and as a result should not affect the City's ability to obtain its LCP. (See highlighted Letter from Coastal Commission, dated December 6, 2016)