The San Francisco Chronicle reported July 2 that Airbnb pays more than $1 million a month in tax revenue to the City and County of San Francisco. This stunning revelation is a tribute to the efforts of S.F. city officials who have, despite the fast pace of change, reacted to this new way for homeowners and landlords to make money.
According to Airbnb's website, Pacifica has (at this writing) 66 rentals at an average cost of $171 per night. If rentals were assessed at 10 percent tax (close to the hotel tax), revenues would be about $1,128 per night for the city. On a yearly basis, this would be about $41,000. There would also be revenue from licenses to legitimize these businesses.
A featured listing is one on Talbot Avenue, a house I have seen and been in years ago. It is listed at $350 per night, with an 18-night stay minimum, and a monthly rent of $7,500. The view is fantastic, as is the rent. Is this not a business? The agent listing the property mentions many other properties available for rent.
San Francisco has done much of the preliminary legal work and law-building here. Why wouldn't this be a project for our City Council?
For the past few weeks, whales have been feeding near shore, cruising back and forth past Pedro Point, Gray Whale Cove, and Mussel Rock, among other coastside lookouts, delighting onlookers with spectacular spouts, breaches, and tail splashes. Bait fish have been thick in the water, drawing many seabirds to join in the feeding frenzy, while fishermen have been busy on Sharp Park Pier. (photos by Leo Leon)
Habitat Project, Sea Crest School 2013-2014, 4th Grade
Coastside Land Trust has partnered with Sea Crest School, Wilkinson School, and other coastside students to showcase the beauty of the region through art. Over the course of the spring season, youth artists have created artwork inspired by local open spaces. The show runs to July 10. Regular gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is at 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay.
Call for Artists We invite all artists to submit to our upcoming show "California Agriculture." California's diverse landscapes, microclimates, and soils support a wide variety of crops and livestock. Agriculture in California provides a foundation for our health and economy, and is part of our history and cultural identity. Coastside Land Trust Gallery hopes to capture these elements in its upcoming show. Images of agricultural landscapes, crops, livestock, equipment, buildings, and more will be considered. All media are invited to be considered. The submission period is open to July 5 and the show runs from August 14 to October 23.
Application to Exhibit Since 1997, Coastside Land Trust has actively worked to protect and enhance the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo County coast. Our gallery was launched in 2011 to convey the beauty of these resources through art. We now hold four to six thematic, juried shows per year and all artists are invited to submit. Please contact Eric with any questions at 650-726-5056 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tell county planners which traffic controls and safety measures you want on midcoast Highway 1 (Gray Whale Cove to Half Moon Bay), whether you are a motorist, pedestrian, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or anyone concerned about traveling safely on the midcoast. The survey is open until the end of July. Use links above to see all the proposed alternatives and to take the survey.