Los Angeles Times reporter David Zahniser digs into how the fight over short-term rentals could shake up Los Angeles.
His story comes as Airbnb flexed its political muscle in San Francisco, winning a huge victory in the recent election as voters defeated the package of restrictions known as Proposition F. Zahniser writers:
For years, organized labor has been the big dog in L.A. politics, spending huge sums on political campaigns and working to influence policies on transportation, economic development, trash pickup and the minimum wage, to name a few. But the fight in San Francisco has raised the possibility that one day there could be an even bigger dog in town — if tech companies like Airbnb choose to assume that role.
In the days since voters rejected Proposition F, Airbnb executives have made clear that they are set on expanding the company's political clout beyond the Bay Area.