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At Los Angeles City Hall, it’s the Short Term Rental Alliance against Keep Neighborhoods First—vaguely named coalitions of homeowners for and against the vastly successful startup Airbnb. Both sides want legal protection, but out-of-date city ordinances have politicians caught in the middle.

 Also, Mayor Eric Garcetti releases a plan for all city departments — from the DWP to the LAPD — to help realize his vision of a "sustainable city."

Photo: Jeff Berman

Producers:
Christine Detz
Evan George

Garcetti Unveils Sustainability Plan for Los Angeles 6 MIN, 11 SEC

Mayor Eric Garcetti today released a 105-page booklet outlining his vision for making Los Angeles a "sustainable city." Not all of the plans are new, but it's the first time they've been collected together. Central to his thinking is that, "there's no closed-off 'environmental department.'" From now on, sustainability will be incorporated into "each of our 35 departments and bureaus from airports to police to water and power and everything in between." Saul Gonzalez went to the Mayor's news conference.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Political Warfare over the Sharing Economy 20 MIN, 30 SEC

Airbnb claims almost 5000 "hosts" are offering rooms, and entire houses, for short-term rental in 80 Los Angeles neighborhoods. The start-up that's raised almost $20 billion in venture capital says it helps travelers to get off the beaten path and artists and other creative owners to stay in their homes — producing a $312 million bonus to the economy of LA alone. But neighbors in Silver Lake, Mar Vista, Venice and the Miracle Mile have other ideas — and they've organized as Keep Neighborhoods First!

Guests:
James Adams, Keep Neighborhoods First! (@KNFLosAngeles)
Phill Wilson, Airbnb host
Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council (@mikebonin)
James Elmendorf, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (@LAANE)

More:
LAANE on Airbnb, rising rent, and the housing crisis in Los Angeles
LA Times on Airbnb cutting ties with vacation-rental firms in Los Angeles

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