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Let’s share, for real

EDITORIAL Global capitalism is a wasteful system that produces way too much stuff and uses too much energy shipping that stuff all over world,...

Chiu and his allies ramp up their rhetoric, warning of a “war” on techies

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and his campaign for the California Assembly aggressively courted votes and support from the technology community this morning...

Tobener Law Center

Guardian Small Business Award winner has helped lead the current housing rights movement

The politics behind today’s dueling Airbnb rallies

Today’s dueling rallies at City Hall on whether to fully ban or fully allow the short-term rentals facilitated by Airbnb and other companies --...

Lawsuits target Airbnb rentals

LAWSUITS TARGET AIRBNB RENTALSThe San Francisco City Attorney's Office last week filed a pair of lawsuits against local landlords who illegally rent out apartments on a short-term...

Guardian Intelligence: April 30 – May 6, 2014

April 29, 2014
ONE FOR THE BOOKSPolish your reading glasses: Sat/3 marks this first ever California Bookstore Day, a party featuring readings, author and artist appearances, and...

New coalition opposes Chiu’s Airbnb legislation UPDATED

An unlikely coalition has formed to oppose legislation sponsored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu that would legalize and regulate short-term apartment rentals...

Lawsuits go after SF landlords doing illegal short-term apartment rentals

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office today filed a pair of lawsuits against local landlords who illegally rent out apartments on a short-term basis,...

SFBG Wrap, April 9-16

Shrimp Boy is innocent (say his attorneys), Airbnb comes clean, and Ellis Act reform advances

Chiu introduces legislation to regulate Airbnb and short-term housing rentals UPDATED

After more than a year in development, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu is introducting legislation today to legalize and regulate the short-term housing...

Airbnb comes clean with San Francisco

Airbnb came clean this evening, sending out new terms of service drafted April 7 that customers must agree to before conducting further business starting...

Covered San Francisco unveiled

At the tail end of a long Board of Supervisors meeting last week, Sup. David Campos introduced legislation to create Covered San Francisco, a...

Curating the city

April 8, 2014

CAREERS + ED ISSUE: Gallery evictions signal a major shift in the art world, with the technology boom serving as the problem and its potential solution

Will Airbnb pay its accumulated tax debt to SF?

So now that Airbnb has agreed to start collecting and paying the transient occupany tax in San Francisco sometime this summer —...

Airbnb finally agrees to pay its taxes in SF

Airbnb has apparently finally agreed to pay its taxes in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the company, long called out...

“Sharing economy” should share its wealth

EDITORIALThe valuation of San Francisco-based technology companies has been skyrocketing, with Airbnb reaching a reported $10 billion last week, Uber at about $3.5 billion,...

The sordid saga of Airbnb — a $10 billion “outlaw middleman” — continues

SF-based Airbnb is making news again this week, from the San Francisco Chronicle following up our stories about how landlords are sending eviction notices...

AirBNB apartment advertised for “XXX Freakfest” orgy

A Manhattan comedian put his apartment up for rent on SF-based AirBNB, only later to find his renter advertising out his apartment for an...

SF bans water bottles

San Francisco continues to lead the way in the nation's environmental policy, with the Board of Supervisors on March 4 voting unanimously to bar...

Is Airbnb’s day of reckoning in SF on its way?

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is finally preparing to take action against the illegal short-term housing rentals facilitated by Airbnb, something we’ve been...

A radical proposal: Squat Airbnb hosts’ homes to create affordable housing

February 10, 2014
When I interviewed attorney Joseph Tobener for the story in our current issue on Airbnb being used to take affordable housing units off of...

Airbnb under fire in New York

joe@sfbg.comAirbnb, a mainstay of the "sharing economy" that connects hosts with guests for short-term apartment rentals, allegedly flouts city and state regulations across the...

Residents vs. tourists

How many rent-controlled apartments is Airbnb taking off SF's housing market?

Local journalists starting to catch onto Airbnb’s subversion of SF’s rental market

January 22, 2014
Airbnb and other so-called “shared housing” sites allow hundreds of rent-controlled apartments in San Francisco to be essentially removed from the housing...