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City of Palm Springs
Measure C - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


4,539 votes yes (29.94%)

10,619 votes no (70.06%)

100% of precincts reporting (12/12).

15,158 ballots counted.

Shall the City of Palm Springs prohibit vacation rentals in single family residences?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Palm Springs City Attorney

Prohibition ofVacation Rental of Single Family Residences

A group of private individuals presented a petition with enough signatures to qualify Measure C for placement on the ballot. If adopted, Measure C would modify the City of Palm Springs’ regulations for “Vacation Rentals,” prohibiting the vacation rental of single family residences in all “single family residential,” or “R-1” zones. A vacation rental is the rental of a residential property for a period of twenty-eight (28) days or less. The City has regulated vacation rental since 2008. The City Council adopted the most recent revision to the vacation rental ordinance in 2017.

If passed, Measure C’s prohibition of single family residences as vacation rentals would become effective in 2020, twenty-four (24) months after Measure C’s effective date. Measure C would also maintain the City’s existing prohibition on the vacation rental of apartments, but would allow condominiums, with homeowner association approval, as vacation rentals.

There is a conflict within Measure C as drafted by the proponents about whether “Homesharing,” like vacation rental, will be prohibited or remain legal for R-1 single family residences. Homesharing occurs when a residential property owner lives at the residence and rents a portion of his/her home to another person for twenty-eight (28) days or less.

If the voters adopt Measure C, the City Council cannot change or amend its provisions. Measure C could only be amended or repealed through an election or legal action.

Passage of Measure C will eliminate an estimated 82% of all vacation rentals in the City. If the conflicting part of Measure C prohibiting homesharing of single family residences is enforced, that estimated number increases to 85%. The fiscal impact of Measure C passage will be the City’s annual loss of an estimated $6,500,000 in transient occupancy tax revenue, permit fees and enforcement-generated revenue. Measure C passage would leave the City unable to fund vacation rental enforcement at or near present levels, and result in the termination of the City’s Vacation Rental Compliance Department as it currently operates.

By: Edward Z. Kotkin, March 8, 2018

      Palm Springs City Attorney

The above is an impartial analysis of Measure C. A complete copy of the proposed ordinance appears on the City’s website at www.palmspringsca. gov. If you want a copy of the proposed ordinance, please call (760) 323- 8204 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Measure C: A Citizens’ Initiative

Palm Springs is a city out of balance. Short-term rentals (STRs) dominate many neighborhoods while our quality-of-life suffers. Many of us live on blocks overrun by these STRs, with fewer and fewer neighbors. Conversions of private homes into unsupervised hotels conflicts with our residential zoning code.

City records indicate that over 80% of vacation rental owners neither live nor vote here. For them, our neighborhoods are strictly cash registers. Our affordable neighborhoods have become gold-mines for out of town investors.

Everyone deserves a safe and secure place to call home. That’s what neighborhoods are intended for. Using our single-family homes as commercial lodging deprives us of this right.

According to the City, 467,000 tourists stayed in STRs last year, in neighborhoods built to house about 28,000 residents. This alarming number affects all of us and it’s on the rise.

Residential neighborhoods should never be used to generate business tax revenue. Our city continues to build new hotels — lost tax revenue should come from these hotels and not from our neighborhoods.

Dozens of cities limit STRs and are doing just fine. They have experienced no decline in home values.

Your YES vote means that some homes once used as STRs will be rented longer-term and some will be sold. All will be filled with residents that make up a neighborhood, a community.

Measure C:

Phases out short-term vacation rentals less than 28 days a stay, in single-family neighborhoods, zoned R-1, over two years.

Allows long-term and seasonal rentals of 28+ days. Up to 12 times a year.

Allows home-sharing when the owner is present.

Allows short-term rentals of condos, if the HOA permits them.

Save our Neighborhoods. Vote Yes on C

By:      Stephen Rose, Treasurer, Palm Springs Neighbors for Neighborhoods

Jim R Rutledge, Hotel Owner and Resident

Roxann Ploss, Retired Educator / Resident

Lanny Seese M.D, Physician and Fulltime Resident

Glenn E. Flood, President, P.S. Chapter National Active & Retired Federal Employees Assoc. 

Arguments AGAINST

Vote NO on Measure C!

Vacation rentals have been a part of the Palm Springs lifestyle for generations.

Vacation rental tourists contribute over $150 million to our economy and provide over 1,000 local jobs, bringing in nearly $10 million in tax revenue. Vacation rentals provide full-time residents the right and opportunity to supplement their income and can be a means for part-time residents to own a second home in Palm Springs.

Vacation rentals improve property values! Palm Springs is the only Coachella Valley city to experience a full post-recession recovery in home prices.

This poorly-drafted and confusing ballot measure, brought by a special interest group, will result in the loss of millions of dollars in taxes paid by tourists, necessitating substantial cuts to vital City services and programs.

A prohibition limiting your right to vacation rentals would eliminate close to 85% of all vacation rentals and will result in a substantial decrease in property values.

Enforcement works! The City’s current vacation rental enforcement program has resulted in a 39% decrease in calls to the hotline, a 90% decrease in police calls and the shutdown of 65 problem homes.

Bans don’t work! When cities ban vacation rentals, they continue illegally with no resources for enforcement.

This extreme ballot measure will have negative consequences. It will reduce property values, hurt small businesses and significantly reduce City revenues.

Palm Springs is experiencing a renaissance including new stores, restaurants and attractions.

We’ve paved 75 miles of streets and added 12 new public safety personnel.

Why would we undermine our new-found prosperity with a special interest ballot measure?

Please join:

The Palm Springs City Council

Palm Springs Police Officers’ Association

Palm Springs Professional Firefighters

Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce

Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Palm Springs Hospitality Association

PS Resorts


By:     Geoff Kors, Councilmember, Palm Springs City Council

Lisa Middleton, Councilmember, Palm Springs City Council

J. R. Roberts, Mayor Pro Tem, Palm Springs City Council

Robert Moon, Mayor, Palm Springs City Council

Replies to Arguments FOR

Vote NO on Measure C

Palm Springs is thriving again!

Since the 1930’s, vacation rentals (VR’s) have always been a part of the mix of accommodations we offer our tourists.

Sadly, a handful of people want to ban 46% of our City’s sleeping accommodations. Our beautiful, diverse hotels cannot now, or in the foreseeable future, make up for this tremendous loss of tourists. We need a mix of small hotels, larger hotels and vacation rentals to attract the tourists our town needs.

A regulation went into effect in April 2017 that must be strictly adhered to. With over 150 provisions and strict enforcement, the number of vacation rental permits have dropped from 2,135 to 1,994.

Talk about “out-of-town investors” and “cash registers” only contributes negativity and scare tactics within our community.

People of good will including VR homeowners and their neighbors, must work together to ensure our city and its neighborhoods continue to make Palm Springs a world class tourist destination.

Everything in a community should be about balance and collaboration.

A ban is extreme, divisive and will do great harm to our city. The ban proponents provide little data to back their claims, nor any answers for replacing the substantial loss of tourist revenue, jobs and lower property values.

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By:     Aftab Dada, President-PSHA, Palm Springs Hospitality Association

Nona Watson, CEO, P.S. Chamber of Commerce

Joe Cook, President Palm Springs POA

Aftab Dada, President, P.S. Resorts

Jeff Kelsheimer, President, Palm Springs Professional Firefighters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Stop the commercialization of our neighborhoods!

The recession is over: Stop giving hotels millions in tax rebates - it’s time to give neighborhoods back to residents. Put short-term tourists back in hotels and resorts and encourage developers to build “STR villages” in appropriately zoned areas.

After Measure C passes homeowners can still supplement their income by Home sharing or renting their home (or part of it) 28+ days per stay, up to 12 times a year.

Only investors will find it unprofitable. Over 80% of them don’t live here. Sale of their homes will free up housing that is affordable for new homebuyers and long-term renters.

The Vacation Rental industry and the City have been using scare tactics to persuade us that the “sky will fall” if we limit STRs. It won’t.

The truth is, many resort cities in California have already limited STRs, and they’re doing just fine. They’ve put the needs of their residents first.

Their property values have NOT decreased. Instead, they’ve increased. Realtors are not telling the truth when they say the opposite.

“Enforcement” does NOT work for residents living near an STR. They are the REAL first responders — awakened in the middle of the night by rowdy tourists.

Sure, there will always be illegal operators, but the City can contract out for them to be fined and shut down.

We residents are proud of our city, but a balance between its “renaissance” and our quality of life must be maintained for Palm Springs to thrive.

By:     Stephen Rose, Resident / Proponent, Palm Springs Neighbors For Niegborhoods

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

Please clink on Full Text Link to see Page 38 in this copy of "Consolidated Primary Election Tuesday, June 5, 2018 County Voter Information Guide" by the County of Riverside Registrar of Voters for the Full Text of this Measure.

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