Proposition F

Protesters Storm Airbnb HQ Before Proposition F Vote

Protestors stormed the headquarters of multibillion dollar lodging startup Airbnb on Monday in San Francisco, one day before Bay Area residents cast their votes either in favor of or against Proposition F–the “Airbnb initiative,” a measure that seeks to regulate short-terms rentals in the city.

Airbnb protest (via Geoffrey Nguyen / Twitter)

Airbnb’s $8M Political Campaign vs. Proposition F

Airbnb has made headlines for reportedly spending a whopping $8,000,000 to defeat a San Francisco proposition to restrict short-term rentals. That translates into roughly $40 per voter of advertising from Airbnb alone, not including supporting tech lobbies.

Airbnb ad in San Francisco

Airbnb Fighting Existential Battle in SF over Prop F

The $8 million political war chest raised by Airbnb and others to defeat San Francisco’s Proposition F, which would be an existential threat to private short-term “vacation rentals,” appears to be succeeding, with a double-digit lead in the polls.

Airbnb Pride (Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr / CC)

Airbnb Apologizes for Ads Referencing Hotel Taxes

The multibillion dollar lodging startup Airbnb has apologized for a series of forthright ads they placed on bus shelters throughout the Bay Area that tell municipal agencies in San Francisco what they can do with the millions in city hotel taxes their company is paying.

Airbnb ad in San Francisco