Giovannitti and Kirshman claimed the building owners kicked out all the tenants from their rent controlled apartments back in 2014 and then re-rented out the units through Airbnb at much higher rates. "The new Airbnb renters come for one or two nights. They're only interested in throwing a party and disturbing the neighborhood," attorney Randy Renick said. The former tenants filed a lawsuit against the building owners and Airbnb. Tenant groups said conversions to short-term rentals are happening across California and resulting in less affordable housing. "We have a building boom creating mostly expensive new housing while at the same time removing existing affordable and rent controlled units. Short term rentals like these are threatening to remove even more," Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz said.
la.curbed.com/archives/2014/03/the_few_places_in_los_angeles_where_airbnbs_might_be_legal.php Skirmishes in Venice and in Silver Lake have been a little more dramatic, perhaps since the Los Angeles law governing short-term rentals isn't so clear cut, according to a recently released city planning memo penned by Deputy Director of Planning Alan Bell (via the Daily News). The gist of the memo: the legality of Airbnb is pretty abstruse. The memo identifies areas where short-term rentals are not allowed: single-family residential zones and "lower-density" residential areas (zoned R1, R2, RD, R3, RAS3) are prohibited areas for Airbnb-ing, which seems hard-and-fast, until you read that it also says that areas with a specific plan (a planning document that governs a specific neighborhood) may have other rules. ... See MoreSee Less
The inventor of K-Cups regrets that he ever invented them. "I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it," John Sylvan said in an interview. Why? Because the K-Cups are bad for the environment -- they are disposable and not recyclable. Sylvan originally envisioned the cup-like pouches that brewed a single serving of coffee for offices, where people want different brews. But the technology caught on, and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) brewers are now on kitchen counters everywhere. That means more and more K-Cups are being used -- and thrown in the trash.