After several quiet months, Council member Tim Burgess’s attempt to regulate short-term rentals listed through AirBnB, VRBO, HomeAway and other services is back. There are a handful of revisions to the plan, and this time there’s real legislation to be introduced into the Council’s legislative process.
Last week a new report came out on AirBnB’s “home sharing” business, and it questions the view that the company is about sharing that extra room in your house.
MyNorthwest discusses the City Council’s approach to the Mayor’s budget proposal.
Seattle Times covers the Council’s approval of a new pay band for the head of Seattle Public Utilities.
Crosscut opines on the change of the city’s political tone to “Seattle nasty.”
MyNorthwest reports on AirBnB’s new ad campaign as it fights back against possible regulation.
State Scoop reports on Seattle CTO Michael Mattmiller’s comments at a conference on how government IT procurement needs to change.
The pending secure scheduling ordinance, and a move to lower speed limits, highlight today’s news.
With the Council still in recess, there isn’t much in the way of news coverage, but a couple things have popped onto the radar this morning.
Word is getting out about Seattle’s proposed ban on gay “conversion therapy.”
Lots of housing-related news today.
Wednesday morning the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee continued its discussion of how to deal with the explosion in short term rentals.
The Mayor and Council have updated their proposal for regulating short-term housing rentals, based upon negative feedback they received from their first proposal.
Some quick hits from this morning’s Council Briefing, mostly about new legislation about to be introduced.