Making the beds: Both sides of the ongoing tug-of-war over regulating Airbnb hit the phones recently to poll San Francisco voters on the idea of a possible ballot fight this November.

And from the looks of things, it would be one heck of a rumble — with the outcome very much up in the air.

First up, a David Binder poll commissioned by Airbnb, which found that 66 percent of the 600 likely voters surveyed support short-term rentals in the city.

“After months of debate, voters know that Airbnb has helped thousands of San Franciscans pay their bills in an expensive city,” said Airbnb spokesman Nick Papas.

“That’s pretty much what our polling found as well,” said Dale Carlson, one of the leaders in the fight to put limits and controls on Airbnb-style rentals.

The difference, Carlson said, is that their own pollster, Goodwin Simon Strategic Research, found that the 500 voters they called also support limiting the number of days a host can rent (58 percent), and both requiring Airbnb to list only hosts who have registered with the city and allowing neighbors to take those hosts to court if they violate the rules (62 percent).

Upshot: Both sides start out with a strong base of support, meaning they could be in for a tough and expensive fight come November unless a new deal is struck… (more)

Before anyone worries about the local law, they should look at what is happening in Sacramento.

Don’t ignore AB 1220 being pushed by Matthew Harper in Sacramento. This bill would prohibit a legislative body of a local agency, defined to mean any city, county, city and county, including any chartered city, county, or city and county, from levying a tax on the privilege of occupying a residential short-term rental unit, as defined:
https://ad74.assemblygop.com/legislation/transient-occupancy-taxes-residential-short-term-rentals-units