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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bad Citizen Urges Supervisors to "Pass this Motherfuckin' Home Sharing Legislation 'n Shit"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 11:52 AM

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Supervisor David Chiu's Airbnb legislation coasted through the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, albeit with scads of amendments to be evaluated later. 

It turns out the bill had a powerful lobbying effort behind it — launched by the Airbnb front group Home Sharers of San Francisco — and at least one rogue citizen who thought he'd persuade city supervisors to "pass this motherfuckin' home sensible home sharing legislation 'n shit."

Garrett Hebert, a potty-mouthed homesharing enthusiast whose email handle, ironically, is "stayoutdoors,"  and whose tagline, ironically, is "sent from a payphone," thought he'd add a little editorial color to the Home Sharers form letter.

"Dear Supervisors," he wrote, "Stop being a bunch of bitches..."

This salutation offended at least one supervisor, who wrote back to protest the term "bitch." Hebert had to explain that it was a colloquialism.

He says he only edited the form email so it would stand out among the hundreds that flooded supervisors' mail boxes that week, and so that he'd actually be forced to read the letter. "... I feel that a very small fraction of the people who sent it actually took the time to look it over," he told SF Weekly in an e-mail.

Maybe so. But clearly, the letter, and others like it, hit their mark. Which suggests supervisors may have reacted to the pressure before they considered how much it would affect housing policy.

Here is the original form letter:

Dear Supervisors,

Home sharing helps countless San Franciscans to pay their bills and stay in their homes in the city they love - avoiding foreclosure, spending more time with their families, and pursuing their dreams. And it gives guests the chance to experience the real San Francisco —- visiting local small businesses in neighborhoods they normally wouldn’t visit.

I support home sharing in San Francisco, and I urge you to pass sensible legislation, without delay, that ensures San Franciscans can continue to share the homes in which they live.

Specifically, we urge you to pass legislation that:

- Keeps enforcement clear and fair. The City can and should enforce its laws before encouraging residents, landlords and tenants to sue each other. Allowing neighbors to harass home sharers with lawsuits disproportionately impacts lower income hosts who can’t afford to hire a lawyer while wealthier homeowners are able to defend themselves. Those of us who rely on the income we earn to make ends meet will suffer most from this process.

- Avoids unnecessary limits on shared space rentals. Please enable families to share their homes with guests when they are present with no limits. Many of us rely on this supplemental income to stay in the city and the homes we love.
- Is clear, transparent, and easy to follow. So much time and energy has been poured into this legislation - let’s make it something that will work.

We thank you for taking so much time to consider this important issue - and we urge you to get it done right.
Here is Hebert's revision:

> Dear Supervisors,
>
> Stop being a bunch of bitches...
>
> Home sharing helps countless motherfuckas' in San Francisco to pay their bills and stay in their homes, 'n shit - check it, by avoiding foreclosure, spending more time with their goddamn families, and pursuing their busted dreams. And it gives some fucking tourists 'n shit the chance to experience the real motherfuckin' San Francisco bitch! —- visiting local hoods they normally wouldn’t even visit nahwaddamean?
>
> I support home sharin' in San Francisco, and I urge y'all motherfuckas to pass some sensible motherfuckin' legislation 'n shit, without delay, that ensures San Franciscans can continue to share their motherfuckin' homes.
>
> Specifically, we urge you to pass that legislation:
>
> - Keep enforcement clear and fair. The City can and residents, landlords and tenants should sue each other. Allowing neighbors to harass home sharers with lawsuits disproportionately impacts lower motherfuckin' income hosts who can’t afford to hire a lawyer 'n shit. Those of us who rely on some morherfuckin' income to make ends meet will suffer most from this bitchass process, yo.
>
> - Avoids dem unnecessary limits on shared space rentals. Please enable families to share their homes with punkass tourists with no limits. Many of us rely on this supplemental income to stay in this motherfuckin' city. For real 'n shit yo.
>
> - Clear, transparent, and easy to follow as a motherfucka. So much time and energy has been poured into this damn legislation - let’s make it something that will work like a glock 9; inexpensive and never jams up.
>
> We thank y'all bitchass motherfuckas for taking so much time to consider this important-ass issue - and we urge y'all to get it done right this time.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Garrett Motherfuckin' Hebert.
>
>
> Sent from a pay phone 📻🎶




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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.

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