We received this press release from UniteHere11 regarding the contentious Short Term Rental (STR) issue where property owners rent out homes via services such as AirBnB.
ANAHEIM, Calif.— On Tuesday May 17, over 100 Anaheim residents and workers picketed Anaheim City Hall demanding that Anaheim City Council follow AUHSD’s lead.
The Anaheim Union High School District passed a resolution on May 10 calling for a ban on Short Term Rentals (STRs) in the city of Anaheim. STRs hurt schools:
– They de-fund schools by eliminating housing for families with children
– They make many students feel unsafe in their neighborhoods
– They exacerbate Anaheim’s affordable housing crisis, destabilizing students’ families
– They undermine good hotel jobs on which many AUHSD families depend
Loara High School senior Mathew Mariscal told the crowd, “An STR stranger told my friends and I to move from our own pool area. He said he was paying to stay there for the week and we need to get out of his way. We can’t enjoy the fresh air at home anymore. My mom keeps our door locked all the time ever since an STR guest walked into our house thinking it was their hotel.”
“Parents, teachers and students tell me about the negative impacts of STRs in their neighborhoods,” said AUHSD Trustee Al Jabbar. “Kids feel unsafe around all these strangers. And if families feel unsafe, they’re going to leave the city. That ultimately decreases our enrollment and our funding. The AUHSD Trustees feel the Anaheim City Council needs to ban existing STRs, future STRs, and to do it now.”
“I’m afraid future generations won’t enjoy Anaheim the way my family did because of STRs,” said Martin Lopez, a long-time Anaheim resident and voting-rights advocate. “Some kids have no one to play with because half the houses on their block have become STRs.”
Stoddard Park community leader Jeanine Robbins demanded action from the City: “I’m a member of the City’s Resident Taskforce on STRs, and to be honest we’re fed up with how the City, both Staff and Council, have handled this issue.” Said Robbins, “I’m so proud of AUHSD for calling for a complete ban on STRs. I hope Anaheim City Council takes their lead.”