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News, The Snitch Airbnb Plans Damage Control at DNC

Airbnb Plans Damage Control at DNC

San Francisco is well-represented at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, with Mayor Ed Lee speaking this morning and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a former city mayor, also expected to make an appearance this week. It’s normal for high-profile…
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News, The Snitch Big Day For Airbnb: Sues City, Seeks Funding at $30 Billion

Big Day For Airbnb: Sues City, Seeks Funding at $30 Billion

Airbnb is all growed up. The San Francisco-based company — which was a literal air mattress in its co-founders' apartment just a few years ago — is now an international juggernaut offering hotel alternatives in 200 countries (where in…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb Wants You To Fight For Airbnb-Friendly Regulations

Airbnb Wants You To Fight For Airbnb-Friendly Regulations

We still can’t believe Kyrie Irving made that shot last night and the Warriors are the best-ever second place NBA team. But what we can believe is that Airbnb is going full-court press to stop San Francisco from making…
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News, The Snitch What Would Airbnb-Free SF Look Like?

What Would Airbnb-Free SF Look Like?

Airbnb is sometimes a punching bag in San Francisco, whether warranted or not. The hotel alternative platform is very popular here — and everywhere else — but not in certain circles. For some, Airbnb is the problem, the villain,…
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News, The Snitch SF Next Target For New Player In Short-Term Rental Game

SF Next Target For New Player In Short-Term Rental Game

There’s a new app in the short-term rental marketplace and it arrived in San Francisco this week. What could possibly go wrong? According to this story, and this one, and this one, absolutely nothing! It’s just 100 percent awesomeness. Overnight is apparently the…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb's Enormous Success is Bigger Than You Think

Airbnb's Enormous Success is Bigger Than You Think

In 2009, Airbnb’s second year of existence, the San Francisco-based hotel alternative facilitator boasted 3,000 listings worldwide. This year, Airbnb offered a staggering 2.3 million housing units to rent for a day, a week, a weekday — which means…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb Still Refusing to Help S.F. Enforce Airbnb Regulations

Airbnb Still Refusing to Help S.F. Enforce Airbnb Regulations

San Francisco has regulated short-term rentals like those for offer via Airbnb for over a year, but the city's rules have done almost nothing to change the habits of the companies facilitating the rentals and those who host the properties. As…
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News, The Snitch City: There are 37,000 Lyft and Uber Drivers in SF (?!), And They Must Pay

City: There are 37,000 Lyft and Uber Drivers in SF (?!), And They Must Pay

One San Francisco elected official is again bucking Silicon Valley's freewheeling attitudes. After informing Airbnb hosts they have to declare sundry household items on their taxes, it's now time for ride-hail app giants Uber and Lyft — who, according to…
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News, The Snitch Report: 80 Percent of Airbnb Listings Could Violate S.F. City Law

Report: 80 Percent of Airbnb Listings Could Violate S.F. City Law

Airbnb is regulated under San Francisco city law, rules Airbnb had a hand in creating. But Airbnb continues to violate those rules, allowing unregistered hosts to list their homes on the site and allowing entire housing units to  be used…
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News, The Snitch New Study Shows That Airbnb's Community isn't Always So Welcoming to African-Americans

New Study Shows That Airbnb's Community isn't Always So Welcoming to African-Americans

Airbnb prides itself on being a community. Slogans on the short-term home rental company’s homepage declare as much: “Welcome Home,” “Belong Anywhere,” and, of course, a section where you can meet the Airbnb “community.” But according to a new…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb Employees Appreciate the Company's "Deep Sense of Humility and Passion"

Airbnb Employees Appreciate the Company's "Deep Sense of Humility and Passion"

After a year of intense political skirmishes and PR gaffes in San Francisco, short-term home rental platform Airbnb has been named the country’s best place to work, according to career website Glassdoor.com. What with the Proposition F campaign and…
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News, The Snitch Librarians Stop Stabbing, Kick Ass in General

Librarians Stop Stabbing, Kick Ass in General

If there's one thing we've learned this fall, it's that you don't fuck with librarians. (Just ask Airbnb how that went for them.)  So it should come as no surprise that the staff of the San Francisco Public Library, in…
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News, The Snitch BREAKING: Terrorist Attacks in Paris; Airbnb's Open Conference OK

BREAKING: Terrorist Attacks in Paris; Airbnb's Open Conference OK

#BREAKING: French police report at least 26 dead, possibly 60 held hostage in Bataclan concert hall in Paris. pic.twitter.com/jkd0iM6MxP— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 13, 2015 By now, you have surely heard the news that a string of terrorist attacks have broken…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb Is Already Sharing Non-Anonymized User Data with SF

Airbnb Is Already Sharing Non-Anonymized User Data with SF

Airbnb changed its tune on cooperating with local governments yesterday. The company announced a "Community Compact," pledging that it would start to collect and pay local hotel taxes, share anonymized user data with cities about the impact of Airbnb rentals…
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News, The Snitch No on F Wins, Mission Moratorium Loses, but did Airbnb Shoot Itself in the Foot?

No on F Wins, Mission Moratorium Loses, but did Airbnb Shoot Itself in the Foot?

By now you've probably heard the preliminary results for two of San Francisco's most contentious ballot initiatives. Proposition F, which would have strictly regulated short-term rentals, was defeated, 55 percent to 45 percent. Proposition I, the moratorium on market-rate housing…
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News, The Snitch It's Election Day. Will San Francisco Survive?

It's Election Day. Will San Francisco Survive?

There's a lot of stake in today's municipal election. San Francisco voters will decide whether or not to fund a major housing bond, whether or not to approve a major new development on the site of the San Francisco…
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News, The Snitch Will Judge Judy Watchers Sink Proposition F?

Will Judge Judy Watchers Sink Proposition F?

If you've been anywhere near a television in the past several months, chances are you've been subjected to a No on Prop. F campaign ad. Airbnb's $8.3 million is paying for a lot of things, but the big ticket…
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News, The Snitch "Socialists," "Racism," And "The American Way": Planning Commissioner Has Hot Takes On Election

"Socialists," "Racism," And "The American Way": Planning Commissioner Has Hot Takes On Election

"Something wonderful is happening in San Francisco," Michael Antonini writes. "Our children and their friends as well as newcomers much like them are now filling neighborhoods that, just a few years ago, were totally undesirable." Antonini is a West of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Artist Works With Tech Boom To Keep Alternative Art Scene Afloat

S.F. Artist Works With Tech Boom To Keep Alternative Art Scene Afloat

Many longtime San Francisco residents are fighting against the tech boom, struggling to stay in the city despite the exorbitant price of rent. One resident, however, decided to embrace it instead.  Caroline Augusta has been using Airbnb, one of the…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb Using "Uber for Temps" to Staff No on Prop. F Campaign

Airbnb Using "Uber for Temps" to Staff No on Prop. F Campaign

Short-term rental platform Airbnb likes to distinguish itself from Uber. While the ride-hail platform appears to enjoy its asshole reputation (laughing all the way to a $50 billion valuation), Airbnb prefers to talk about community and belonging. Uber smirks;…
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