Post by High Priestess on Oct 17, 2015 18:23:37 GMT
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Hello Deborah, I am currently co-moderator of the Santa Fe NM.(morbund) fourm... Santa Fe city council is about to revise a short term accommodation law ... The local hosts will need a way to communicate and hopefully. organize ! I signed on, only to find that the host's forum will go down in the middle of the council's notification & hearing process ... Can we here, open a chapter ! Please say how ! Regards, Preston Ellsworth, host, Santa Fe Int'l Hostel.
Post by High Priestess on Oct 25, 2015 17:39:16 GMT
Absolutely, Preston, you can open a Home Sharers Chapter in Santa Fe, and we would love to help you do so!
PEter Kwan, founder of Home Sharers Of San Francisco (and Home Sharers Inc, the parent organization for all Home Sharers chapters) and I will be meeting this coming week, to work on finalizing the website work that will (1) Update the existing Home Sharers WEbsite so that it is clear it is a worldwide and not just a San Francisco Bay ARea organization, (2) link that main website to this forum, so that it is clear that this forum is intended to be the location for all Home Sharers groups and chapters to be able to have community groups/chat/forums here. Peter has been so busy in fact that he hasn't even had time to become a member of this forum, but hopefully will get all settled in a couple weeks.
WE intended to do all this about a month ago, but Peter has been so overwhelmed with his No on Prop F work in SF that he has had little time.
One of the great benefits of setting up Home Sharers Chapters in other regions of the nation, is that you can then gain political power/leverage by making your local group a part of a much larger worldwide group. This can have many advantages when lobbying for regulations in your area. You can also more easily connect with other Home Sharers chapters who are working on regulations in their areas.
I will give your contact info to Peter Kwan, if that is okay, and tell him you want to set up a Home Sharers Chapter in your area. He has been approached by others about this and he is very open to others setting up Home Sharers Chapters and running them pretty independently.
I surely would wish The proposed Santa Fe host group could get up & on it's haunches ASAP. As the need for AIRBnB support seems NOW. I believe our need to work with,the city Council on a STO ordinance revision needs only Host awareness that group action is the only Public political path to change ... Santa Fe would I feel, be a perfect "incubator" for the 100 cities proposal ...How do you suggest I get lached onto Mr.Lehane's ear Preston
THe little guy probably got into your post because you typed 3 question marks in a row! If you click on the smiley face box in the compose message form, then if you hover your cursor on each of the different smiley faces, it shows you the keystrokes you can enter, which will automatically translate into this particular smiley face or frowny face or what have you.
As to your question --- I don't have the contact info for Mr Lehane, yet you may not need him to help you get started organizing hosts in your area. See this post:
Where I discuss the Airbnb community mobilization team that helps hosts organize in cities where STR regulations are starting to be talked about. Contact Carlee Busby at email@example.com, or contact Austin Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask them if they can help you by having Airbnb contact hosts in your area to meet and organize.
It's kind of ridiculous that Airbnb itself is creating a problem with hosts getting organized, and then is publicizing how it is trying to help hosts organize. Really hosts should be able to just easily contact each other, without having to do "fake inquiries" or having all our contact info blotted out. This is what AIrbnb could do to help hosts organize! INstead, they prevent us from contacting each other, and then they announce loudly that they will come in , shiny knight on a white steed, to help us organize -- which we might have done just as well ourselves if they just cut it out with all the blocking out of contact info. ( As well as the loss of so many local groups with the new AIrbnb groups that have far fewer localities)
Basically you need to get some hosts together, and then develop strategies for how to approach your city. One of the first steps in working with cities is telling your stories in city council and planning commission meetings. Come up with some good stories --- some stories will be more politically beneficial than others. Find out all the meetings that will occur and try to have as many hosts as possible show up. Be prepared to speak. Write letters to the city council people too. Use material you can find on this forum under Home Sharers of the East Bay to see sample letters -- I have posted many of our letters there. Jordie and I can help you with more details -- Let us know what you need.