Dear Public Library System,
We hope you use some of the $12 million in hotel taxes to keep the library open later.
Dear Airbnb,Another ad, on a similar theme — the equivalent of being rude to a public worker and then yelling, "I PAY YOUR SALARY" — was spotted near the Twitter building on Market.
I'm happy to hear that you paid your taxes this year. I did too! Isn't it awesome? However, I've crunched some numbers and I have some bad news for you. Out of your $12 mil of hotel tax, only 1.4% percent goes to the SF Public Libraries. So that's $168,000. Divided by the 868 library staff, we have $193 per person. Assuming each employee works 5 days per week minus holidays, this is $0.78 per employee per day. Since that's significantly under San Francisco minimum wage ($12.25/hr), I doubt that your hotel tax can keep the libraries open more than a minute or two later.
However, had you donated that $8 million you spent fighting Proposition F directly to the public libraries you love so much, that could have made a bigger difference.
Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20!
Martha Kenney (San Francisco resident)
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“The intent was to show the hotel tax contribution from our hosts and guests, which is roughly $1 million per month. It was the wrong tone and we apologize to anyone who was offended. These ads are being taken down immediately.”UPDATE #2: Here are pics of some more of the ads. Given its concern for arts education, we're not sure why Airbnb would want to waste its tax dollars on free parking, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.