BRANFORD, CT - Sensitive to criticism from some that Airbnb rentals can be the scene of excessive partying, the company has announced new nationwide regulations designed to crackdown on such behavior. In a press release Thursday, the company stated: "Today, we're announcing three steps forward in protecting our host and guest community and the communities in which we operate: guest standards, details about our Party House Ban policy, and a dedicated line of communication for mayors and city officials to reach Airbnb in 2020. These announcements are part of a continued commitment to develop technological and human interventions to prevent, detect, and respond to safety issues that undermine trust within our community. "Between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019, 0.05 percent of trips on Airbnb had a safety-related issue reported by a host or guest and 0.03 percent of trips on Airbnb had a significant claim paid out under our Host Guarantee. While these events are rare, we must continue to … [Read more...] about Airbnb: New Rules To Stop Noise, Parties in Branford, Other Towns
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The black dust that caked Margaret Gordon’s Venetian blinds was the first bad omen. Her West Oakland neighborhood, criss-crossed by freeways and nestled close to a busy port, was gradually poisoning her lungs, she says. When Gordon moved to an affordable housing complex on 7th and Willow Streets in 1992, she could hear trucks rumbling by throughout the day, shipping goods from the port, crawling along the Interstate 880 underpass and rolling out of the post office parking lot. Gordon was diagnosed with asthma, as were her two grandchildren, who lived in the same building. Respiratory ailments were so widespread among children in the neighborhood that the nurse at Prescott Elementary School carried a shoebox full of inhalers. Two decades later, air pollution still looms near ports and freeways. The transportation sector accounts for 41% of greenhouse gas emissions in California, and 10% derives from heavy trucks, which comprise only 4% of all vehicles on the road. The California … [Read more...] about Heavy trucks are among California’s biggest polluters. Can the state make them go electric?
At 585 feet, the Anaconda Smelter Stack looms large over rural western Montana. The Washington Monument-sized pillar stands as a reminder of the state’s mining history and, to neighboring landowners, of the tons of toxic pollutants dumped on them and their properties for decades. The smokestack is the center of a Supreme Court case heard this week, asking whether the neighbors can sue the polluter for the costs to clean up their properties. This case is an important reminder that, rather than property rights and the environment being at odds, property rights are our most important tool for protecting the environment. Historically, the primary protections against pollution were property-rights guarantees against unwanted trespass or interference with the enjoyment of private property. If someone dumped toxins in a river, downstream property owners could sue, demanding that he stop and pay for the damage he caused. This discouraged harmful pollution by forcing would-be … [Read more...] about In pollution case, the Supreme Court should side with property rights
Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Friday, Dec. 6, and San Francisco Opera has a new creative leader, and one of our writers found an old Market Street idea that’s new again. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Fighting for expensive insurance When Sean Coffey and his wife, Elizabeth, bought their Oakland hills home in 2015, “it was a scramble” to get insurance. A year later, they got a nonrenewal notice and had to find another insurer. The next year, that company declined to renew. Their third company insured them for two years, then dropped them. So on Thursday, it was in front of Coffey’s house where California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced a list of ZIP codes where state-regulated insurance companies will be prohibited from not renewing policies for homes in or adjacent to recent wildfire disaster zones for one year — and called on insurance companies to do more. Read more from Kathleen Pender. S.F. Opera’s new … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: Three times insured, three times dropped
Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss today:TOP STORIES‘No Choice but to Act’Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that she is asking House committees to move to impeach President Trump, taking a major step toward making him just the third president in American history to face that sanction. Advertisement “His wrongdoing strikes at the very heart of our Constitution,” Pelosi said of Trump. “Our democracy is what is at stake. The president leaves us no choice but to act.”In a news conference, Pelosi would not discuss the potential contents of the articles of impeachment, saying that was a decision left to the chairmen of the relevant committees. But her statement has set off a whirlwind of activity that is expected to culminate in a full House vote on impeaching the president shortly before Christmas.Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy repeated his party’s charge that Democrats had entered the impeachment process with their … [Read more...] about Newsletter: ‘No choice but to act’