Drag Out the Vote November 5th, 2019 - Alfie Pettit for Palm Springs City Council, District 3.

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Meet Alfie

I'm a 13 year resident of Palm Springs and an entrepreneur / activist / entertainer who has performed before thousands over the years here locally as drag queen “Arial TramPway.”

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Alfie Pettit on the Issues

The Issues

I am running for Palm Springs City Council in District Three to once and for all end the back room political gameplaying and power grabs that drastically changed the way we are governed as a municipality.

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I want everyone to get out there and vote November 5th ✅ Alan”Alfie”Pettit for Palm Springs City Council District 3 🗳Palm Springs Public Library on Sunrise #DragOutTheVote ...

I want everyone to get out there and vote November 5th ✅ Alan”Alfie”Pettit for Palm Springs City Council District 3 🗳Palm Springs Public Library on Sunrise #DragOutTheVote

Vacation Rentals - My Position By Alfie Pettit
Short term Vacation Rental issues have become an “us”and “@them” proposition, pitting neighbor against neighbor and the City against residents that just want a quiet neighborhood to live in, not a business zone.
Money is of course the driving force. The City receives TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax) monies, $11 million a year, from the homeowners that legally register their homes with the city as vacation rentals. The homeowners make substantial income from their short term vacation rentals, estimated at 5 to 6 times greater than if they rented to a permanent full time residents who are just looking for a place to live in Palm Springs close to where they work and to schools for their children.
Measure C-Short Term Rentals Restrictions was voted on in June 2018. It would have restricted short-term rentals for less than 28 days to just owner occupied properties. The measure was defeated largely due to fear instilled by the opposition that jobs would be lost, property values would drop and tax revenue would evaporate. The opponents were funded by AirBnB to the tune of $300,000 along with Expedia and others totaling around $700,000. The proponents, a grassroots group of local homeowners were out spent and outgunned by the opposition.
Geoff Kors stated the Desert Sun that he was worried about the loss of money the city could face. Yet he told his neighbors in Old Las Palmas not to worry that he’d fix the problem. Ironically, 80% of the vacation rental properties in Palm Springs are owned by individuals and corporations that neither live nor vote here. The voters were overwhelmed with the doom and gloom message that the heavily funded opposition dished out. The locals spearheading Measure C we’re outspent and outmaneuvered by the opposition that used the “Homeowners Have Rights” drumbeat. There are 1000’s of locals unhappy with living in empty neighborhoods and surrounded by short term vacation rentals, some have vacation rentals on all three sides of their property. So, these are the measures I would introduce as Councilperson to help fix the short term vacation rental problem:
● 6 month moratorium on all new permits, until the council has had the opportunity to hear from locals and their issues with short term vacation rentals.
● 1 year to sunset any and all corporate owned vacation rental permits and multiple owned vacation rentals. 1 owner 1 permit.
● Zoning regulations to allow a designated number of permits in a neighborhood or a “foot distance” between short term vacation rentals should be considered. This is designed to eliminate vacant neighborhoods and situations where permanent residents are surrounded by vacation rentals. Like any other regulated business, when a permit becomes available, new applicants can apply.

● Limit total short term vacation rental days to 120 days a calendar year for the entire property, if the owner is not present. Unlimited short term spare room or casita rentals, as long as the owner is present at the property.
● A business license with the City of Palm Springs that is renewed annually.
● A Surety Bond with the City of Palm Springs in the amount of $1500.
● All other regulations for short term vacation rentals to remain in place.
● A short term vacation rental permit is not transferable and does not run with the land.
To conclude, I will say that the impact on the City will be noticed in less TOT revenue. What the amount would be is unknown but the benefits to neighborhoods will be immeasurable. Honolulu just enacted a strict short term vacation rental ordinance and the market did reflect a surge in properties for sale. Property prices may decrease some but in the long run more properties will be available in this market that is already very low on inventory and perhaps more people will be able to actually afford to live in Palm Springs. It’s time to get back to building and finishing new hotels and let’s get the small boutique hotels sitting empty rehabilitated and open for business. We need more incentives to get this work done. This simple effort would easily add over 1000 new hotel beds, create 100’s of new jobs and make up for any loss due to closure of short term vacation rentals.
It’s time to finish the downtown project and resume the progress that was flourishing before the trio of John Wessman, Richard Meaney and Mayor Steve Pougnet allegedly were up to their shenanigans resulting in a dozen FBI and District Attorney agents swooping into City Hall in September 2015.
I want our full time residents to have a voice again in Palm Springs. It’s time to put the short term vacation rentals in check. ONE PS - Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs PS Resorts Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce #PSResorts #PSOne #PalmSpringsChamber  #PalmSpringsVacationRentals 
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Vacation Rentals - My Position By Alfie Pettit
Short term Vacation Rental issues have become an “us”and “@them” proposition, pitting neighbor against neighbor and the City against residents that just want a quiet neighborhood to live in, not a business zone.
Money is of course the driving force. The City receives TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax) monies, $11 million a year, from the homeowners that legally register their homes with the city as vacation rentals. The homeowners make substantial income from their short term vacation rentals, estimated at 5 to 6 times greater than if they rented to a permanent full time residents who are just looking for a place to live in Palm Springs close to where they work and to schools for their children.
Measure C-Short Term Rentals Restrictions was voted on in June 2018. It would have restricted short-term rentals for less than 28 days to just owner occupied properties. The measure was defeated largely due to fear instilled by the opposition that jobs would be lost, property values would drop and tax revenue would evaporate. The opponents were funded by AirBnB to the tune of $300,000 along with Expedia and others totaling around $700,000. The proponents, a grassroots group of local homeowners were out spent and outgunned by the opposition.
Geoff Kors stated the Desert Sun that he was worried about the loss of money the city could face. Yet he told his neighbors in Old Las Palmas not to worry that he’d fix the problem. Ironically, 80% of the vacation rental properties in Palm Springs are owned by individuals and corporations that neither live nor vote here. The voters were overwhelmed with the doom and gloom message that the heavily funded opposition dished out. The locals spearheading Measure C we’re outspent and outmaneuvered by the opposition that used the “Homeowners Have Rights” drumbeat. There are 1000’s of locals unhappy with living in empty neighborhoods and surrounded by short term vacation rentals, some have vacation rentals on all three sides of their property. So, these are the measures I would introduce as Councilperson to help fix the short term vacation rental problem:
● 6 month moratorium on all new permits, until the council has had the opportunity to hear from locals and their issues with short term vacation rentals.
● 1 year to sunset any and all corporate owned vacation rental permits and multiple owned vacation rentals. 1 owner 1 permit.
● Zoning regulations to allow a designated number of permits in a neighborhood or a “foot distance” between short term vacation rentals should be considered. This is designed to eliminate vacant neighborhoods and situations where permanent residents are surrounded by vacation rentals. Like any other regulated business, when a permit becomes available, new applicants can apply.

 ● Limit total short term vacation rental days to 120 days a calendar year for the entire property, if the owner is not present. Unlimited short term spare room or casita rentals, as long as the owner is present at the property.
● A business license with the City of Palm Springs that is renewed annually.
● A Surety Bond with the City of Palm Springs in the amount of $1500.
● All other regulations for short term vacation rentals to remain in place.
● A short term vacation rental permit is not transferable and does not run with the land.
To conclude, I will say that the impact on the City will be noticed in less TOT revenue. What the amount would be is unknown but the benefits to neighborhoods will be immeasurable. Honolulu just enacted a strict short term vacation rental ordinance and the market did reflect a surge in properties for sale. Property prices may decrease some but in the long run more properties will be available in this market that is already very low on inventory and perhaps more people will be able to actually afford to live in Palm Springs. It’s time to get back to building and finishing new hotels and let’s get the small boutique hotels sitting empty rehabilitated and open for business. We need more incentives to get this work done. This simple effort would easily add over 1000 new hotel beds, create 100’s of new jobs and make up for any loss due to closure of short term vacation rentals.
It’s time to finish the downtown project and resume the progress that was flourishing before the trio of John Wessman, Richard Meaney and Mayor Steve Pougnet allegedly were up to their shenanigans resulting in a dozen FBI and District Attorney agents swooping into City Hall in September 2015.
I want our full time residents to have a voice again in Palm Springs. It’s time to put the short term vacation rentals in check. ONE PS - Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs PS Resorts Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce #PSResorts #PSOne #PalmSpringsChamber  #PalmSpringsVacationRentals 

 

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Thank you!

I just moved & finding a rental with reasonable rent was impossible! I seriously gave serious consideration to relocating out of state. Sadly, the problem is wide spread throughout the US😞

😳😮👋 Is that from the movie ‘HOSTEl?’ 👻

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