Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Drunk with power

Airbnb will pay Bob White to push for a policy that  preserves the company’s operation in San Diego.
Airbnb will pay Bob White to push for a policy that preserves the company’s operation in San Diego.

The online home-vacation-stay service known as Airbnb has been making a lot of local news lately, thanks to a city regulatory crackdown that has threatened some bedroom renters with back-tax bills. To the rescue have come city councilman Chris Cate, ex-lobbyist for the San Diego Taxpayers Association, and his Republican colleague Lorie Zapf with various would-be reform measures to be considered by a council committee next month.

Into the mix has jumped Airbnb itself, which has tapped California Strategies, the Sacramento-based lobbying powerhouse run by ex–Pete Wilson aide Bob White, to look after its interests at city hall, according to a recent disclosure filing. Republican White’s mission: “Adoption of a policy that supports AirBnB’s continued operation in the City of San Diego.” Another client recently acquired by the lobbyist is the Hillcrest Business Association, which is seeking to “minimize loss of parking to Hillcrest businesses” due to a regional bicycle plan.

Meanwhile, former GOP city councilman Byron Wear, who has also become a lobbyist, is laboring on behalf of Blue Sky Capital, described on Wear’s disclosure statement as involved with “breath alcohol content machines operations.” The company is looking to get permits for installing the gizmos in the public right-of-way.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Spotty internet makes it hard to stay at home in Descanso

Forget the antenna clusters
Airbnb will pay Bob White to push for a policy that  preserves the company’s operation in San Diego.
Airbnb will pay Bob White to push for a policy that preserves the company’s operation in San Diego.

The online home-vacation-stay service known as Airbnb has been making a lot of local news lately, thanks to a city regulatory crackdown that has threatened some bedroom renters with back-tax bills. To the rescue have come city councilman Chris Cate, ex-lobbyist for the San Diego Taxpayers Association, and his Republican colleague Lorie Zapf with various would-be reform measures to be considered by a council committee next month.

Into the mix has jumped Airbnb itself, which has tapped California Strategies, the Sacramento-based lobbying powerhouse run by ex–Pete Wilson aide Bob White, to look after its interests at city hall, according to a recent disclosure filing. Republican White’s mission: “Adoption of a policy that supports AirBnB’s continued operation in the City of San Diego.” Another client recently acquired by the lobbyist is the Hillcrest Business Association, which is seeking to “minimize loss of parking to Hillcrest businesses” due to a regional bicycle plan.

Meanwhile, former GOP city councilman Byron Wear, who has also become a lobbyist, is laboring on behalf of Blue Sky Capital, described on Wear’s disclosure statement as involved with “breath alcohol content machines operations.” The company is looking to get permits for installing the gizmos in the public right-of-way.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Music follows nature – the Moldau, Central Asia's steppes, the Alps, the Appian Way , cliffs of Cornwall

We find Siegfried resting under a linden tree
Next Article

The unsinkable Linda Broyles

“I mean, when they said I couldn’t go home, I could see Coronado!”
Comments
3

The Hillcrest Business Association is wise to enlist an effective lobbyist to salvage scarce parking spaces if it is trying to counteract Miami-based Deco-Bike, the outfit that has a city contract to provide ugly ungainly bikes at ugly ungainly ad-bearing curbside bike stands.

The Deco-Bike "regional bicycle plan" is not as benignly green as you make it sound. The solar-charged bikes have to be stored in, well, sunny places; the stanchions take up a lot of room in crowded commercial zones; and bike rental fees cost a fortune. La Jolla turned Deco-Bike down as unsightly and unsuitable to its terrain and streetscapes.

March 19, 2015

I don't know if the Hillcrest BA is worried about the Deco-Bike plan or a regional plan that takes away an entire lane from automobile traffic. Look at what has been done on 5th Ave. coming up from downtown. That is the dumbest idea I've seen in a long time. No cyclists even use it. It's a long, uphill slog. And whose idea was it to put a bike lane to the left of traffic? With two lanes for the cars, any passing that is going to occur will be to the left-- toward the cyclists! Maybe I just didn't get the memo, but how are drivers supposed to know how to deal with that car-wide bicycle lane on the left when making a left hand turn?

I'm in favor of increasing bike usage, but some of the things being done are just dumb.

March 19, 2015

Regarding the Fifth Avenue buffered bike lane, you are mistaken when you assert that "no cyclists even use it." This is the pitfall of relying on absolutes to make a point. Every time I've used it to get from downtown to Hillcrest I've encountered numerous people riding bikes, although admittedly not all of these riders may be "cyclists" in the truest sense.

Fifth Avenue is not a "long, uphill slog." It is the easiest and most direct route from downtown to Hillcrest. I ride it on an 84.4 inch fixed gear: 48 x 15.

The view from behind a steering wheel has a tendency to obscure the obvious. When making a left turn across the bike lane, check your left side mirror to make sure a cyclist isn't about to overtake you on that perilously steep hill at 35 mph, then use the little lever on the left side of the steering wheel to make the turn signals flash. When it's clear, make your turn. How in the world did you ever pass a driving test? That's the scary part of being on the receiving end of lectures by incompetent drivers.

March 26, 2015

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close