Snoop Dogg in drug delivery deal with Eaze

first_img Show Comments ▼ Express KCS RAPPER Snoop Dogg will be hoping for high returns as one of the backers of a marijuana delivery start-up that raised $10m (£6.8m) in a funding round yesterday, under his company Casa Verde Capital.Silicon Valley firm DCM Venture is also backing Eaze – dubbed the “Uber for weed”. It does not directly supply marijuana, but instead connects California medical marijuana card-carriers with local dispensaries, claiming it can hook users up with the drug in under 10 minutes. Technically, it is not breaking any law, even though recreational use of marijuana in California is still illegal.The firm became the first marijuana startup to attract international investors when it raised $1.5m last year, and has made 3,000 deliveries since its launch.It has ambitious plans for growth, including a goal to hire 50 people in 50 days, and plans to expand into other locations where marijuana is legally available, such as Alaska, Washington DC and Colorado, which all legalised recreational marijuana. Another 23 US jurisdictions permit medicinal use of the drug. Wednesday 15 April 2015 8:45 pm Share whatsapp whatsapp More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Tags: NULL Snoop Dogg in drug delivery deal with Eaze last_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn to consider women-only train carriages: Here’s how Twitter reacted…

first_imgFriday 28 August 2015 11:51 am Show Comments ▼ James Nickerson whatsapp Tags: Jeremy Corbyn Labour leadership race People whatsapp Jeremy Corbyn to consider women-only train carriages: Here’s how Twitter reacted… by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has said he would consider women-only carriages on trains in order to counter a rise in assaults on public transport.Yvette Cooper, his rival, hit back that the idea would be “turning the clock back, not tackling the problem”. Meanwhile, Conservative women’s minister Nicky Morgan said she was “uncomfortable” with the proposal, which sounded rather a lot like “segregation”.  Read more: Is Labour being infiltrated?Its not just fellow politicians who aren’t so sure about the idea, though. Here are some of Twitter’s best reactions:https://twitter.com/K9_to_AK/status/636488804602380288And lastly, here’s one that has beauty in its simplicity:https://twitter.com/ArjSaj/status/636487132136271872 Sharelast_img read more

Speak to the People, Someone

first_img Analysis & Opinion Speak to the People, Someone Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE Facebook Twitter The North Korean National Defense Commission released a statement on the 30th, “We will never associate with the traitorous Lee administration”. The South Korean government said it was “disappointed” by the release, but added that it was not unexpected. North Korea, rather than making an effort to improving relations with the Lee administration, which is at the end of its term, is expecting the conservative party to be kicked out. North Korea knows that a liberal administration would benefit their regime’s survival because such an administration would ladle food their way despite knowing that they will not open the doors. North Korea’s hostile attitude towards the ‘condolence party furore’ is just a show. In reality, South Korea’s stance could have had zero positive or negative effect on North Korean policy choices. The North Korean authorities and their liberal cohorts in South Korea have been using this ‘condolence party issue’ as an excuse.Rather, North Korea is an adherent to the notion that power comes from the barrel of a gun, and as such the important factors that can actually change its policy towards South Korea are ‘system fatigue’ among the people and the awareness level of North Korean officials. It is not criticism of the North Korean regime or a serenade delivered by mourning parties dispatched from Seoul.The fundamental problem of the people who see the core of North Korea policy as “treat them softly to prevent a crisis” is, just as consumers of eco-friendly products assume that environmentally friendly policies are being implemented, that it is all a bit of a delusion. North Korean experts who are referred to as very flexible and rational say “If South Korea were to be soft towards North Korea then they would do the same,” but they are caught up in self-deception. These experts, although North-South relations have not been normalized, also believe that “it is normal”, that North Korea is safe even though it has not discarded its nuclear weapons. It is the typical thought process of those incapable of self-examination.A humanitarian approach is meaningless and irresponsible for a regime which once starved to death two or three million of its people. Instead, a more scientific approach is far more humanitarian.Already food distribution has been cut off in the regions and the people are dependent on the market to get food; we can assume that the residents in those areas already suffer from well embedded regime fatigue. These long abandoned North Korean people are mentally and physically tired from being used for the productivity of the privileged military and elite. They are displayed in the shop window to the outside world so as to receive the last drop of food aid. International aid organizations who visit North Korea confirm that these people really are suffering from food shortages and hunger.Converselt, another factor is the Pyongyang citizens. If they wanted change to the closed system of North Korea then it would be impossible to maintain it. To avoid this, the North Korean authorities have been making the Pyongyang citizenry’s life relatively comfortable. Two extremes are to be found in the lives of the Pyongyang citizenry and the rest of the North Korean people. As such, North Korea is both a country of extreme poverty and a prosperous nation which can afford luxuries from China, South Korea and Europe. Kim Jong Il’s funeral was lined with high-end vehicles. In South Korea, countless people, including myself, have never ridden in a famous German vehicle of this type. Yet there are those who cannot put two meals on the same table per day.And this is the point; this appearance of poverty and affluence cannot be forever continued. Therefore, the Lee administration should be neither alarmed nor encouraged by North Korea’s comment that they will “never” associate with it. In any case, it would take forever to list all the times North Korea has used the word “never” towards South Korea. The important thing is for the South Korean government to develop a strong interventionist policy.First of all, we need to give medical and food support to the people outside Pyongyang, either through international organizations or transparently through private organizations. It would be better to have direct access to these needy people, but because it is not possible we need to consider the next best alternatives. If needed, we can privately transfer funds through defectors to avoid losses to privileged groups.Another touchstone is information. In other words, Pyongyang citizens need a chance to compare the privileges they might enjoy even after a change in regime. The civil rights movement against East Germany’s Erik Honecker came from a similar background of showing the differences between East and West Germany’s standards of living. Systemic competition is essentially only possible if people in both systems know the reality of the other. South Korea must find a way to openly communicate with the North Korean people on this issue.Finally, there is the North Korean Human Rights Act. The Lee administration must do it best to get it passed. Neither the Grand National Party nor the opposition have an interest in the North Korea Human Rights Act, but they both have a common interest in not letting the problem rumble on in the next term. That fact can provide some traction.Overall, the Lee administration should not adhere to the interests of political interest groups. This year is a great opportunity for the Lee administration to boldly carry on activities it could not execute before because it was unsure about the lie of the political land. This year should be used by the South Korean government to build direct channels of communication with the North Korean people, without hindrance by outside influences or the regime itself. Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? center_img By Daily NK – 2012.01.04 3:15pm Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinionlast_img read more

Russell Investments to cap two funds

The caps are aimed at ensuring the two funds are being managed in a manner that achieves tax-efficiency for existing shareholders Although Russell is seeking further clarification regarding the budget measures, it said that transactions in place prior to March 21, 2013 are expected to remain tax-efficient until their expiration dates. The two funds are expected to provide tax-efficient exposure to their underlying portfolios until 2017 when the current forward transactions expire. Sentry reopens corporate class fixed-income funds IE Staff Related news Fidelity completes capital yield fund mergers Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Character conversionCompanies Russell Investment Group Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based Russell Investments Canada Ltd. has decided to close new and additional investments in Russell Fixed Income Class & Russell Global High Income Bond Class at the close of business April 12. Russell said Monday it continues to assess the implications of the 2013 federal budget of that limits the use of forward contracts to effectively convert investment income to capital gains in investment funds, also referred to as “character conversion transactions”. Invesco simplifies product offering read more

Over 40 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK

first_imgOver 40 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK 27 million people have received both doses – the strongest possible protectionpublic urged to come forward for vaccines to help protect against the threat of new variantsOver 40 million people in the UK have received their first dose of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, the latest figures show today, as the UK’s vaccination programme continues at pace.Health services across the UK have now administered a total of 67,287,864 vaccines between 8 December and 5 June, including 40,124,229 people with first doses 76.2% and 27,160,635 people with both doses 51.6% ensuring they have the strongest possible protection against COVID-19 from a second dose.A recent study by Public Health England (PHE) shows that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant first identified in India. Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease from the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant is similar after 2 doses compared to the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variant dominant in the UK, and we expect to see even higher levels of effectiveness against hospitalisation and death.The government met its target of offering a vaccine to the most vulnerable by 15 April and remains on track to offer a first dose to all adults by the end of July. NHS England has extended the offer of a vaccine to everyone over the age of 30.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:It is an astonishing achievement to deliver over 40 million first doses in just 6 months. In all 4 corners of the UK, people are stepping up when their time comes to protect themselves and the people around them.It seems with every day we pass another major milestone on the road back to recovery. Over three-quarters of adults have received a first dose and over half of adults have now been vaccinated with the life-saving second dose.I pay tribute to the tireless work of the NHS and armed forces in building this momentum – but our work is not yet done. I encourage everyone who is eligible to join the millions who have the fullest possible protection from this virus by getting their jab when the time comes.Last week, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that Janssen’s COVID-19 vaccine was authorised for use in the UK. It is expected doses will become available later this year. The single-dose vaccine was shown to be 67% effective overall in preventing COVID-19 infection and 85% effective in preventing severe disease or hospitalisation.To ensure people have the strongest possible protection against COVID-19, appointments for second doses have been brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top 9 priority groups who have yet to receive both doses.The move follows updated advice from the independent experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which has considered the latest available evidence and has recommended reducing the dosing interval to counter the threat of new variants of concern.The government and its scientific experts are monitoring the evolving situation and rates of variants closely, and will not hesitate to take additional action as necessary.Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi said:Our vaccination programme, the biggest and most successful in NHS history, has now delivered over 40 million first doses into arms – a fantastic achievement.I am incredibly proud of everyone involved who have worked tirelessly to help us reach milestone after milestone. It is time to redouble our efforts on the second dose, to ensure everyone has maximum protection.The offer is open to everyone over the age of 30, so when you get the call, get the jab. It could save your life and protect your loved ones.Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and there is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said:It’s fantastic for the vaccine programme to have achieved 3 such important and significant milestones in just one week, and proves we are heading in the right direction.The UK government is supplying vaccines for people in all parts of the United Kingdom and today’s news that 40 million people have now had their first dose underlines the scheme’s success. It’s heartening to see that so many are doing the right thing and getting their jab when eligible.Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said:“Today’s latest milestone highlights the magnificent work being undertaken by all those delivering the largest and most successful vaccination programme in UK history.“We must continue to build momentum in our effort to save lives and ensure that everyone receives maximum protection. I encourage everyone to continue to do the responsible thing, help to protect loved ones and to get their jabs as soon as they can.”Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis said:The rapid pace of our vaccine programme has enabled us to deliver over 40 million first doses, this is an astonishing pace and I thank each of our frontline workers for the success of the rollout.Vaccines are our sure way out of this pandemic, with the UK government supporting each of the nations to ensure the public is vaccinated as quickly as possible. I urge you all to get the jab, as soon as you’re eligible.Data from PHE’s real-world study shows the vaccines are already having a significant impact in the UK, reducing hospitalisations and deaths, saving more than 13,200 lives and preventing 39,700 hospitalisations in England.PHE analysis also shows that individuals who receive a single dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have approximately 80% lower risk of death against the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) coronavirus variant originating in Kent and a second dose of the vaccine can provide 85 to 90% protection against symptomatic disease. Protection against death from the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rises from approximately 80% after one dose to 97% after 2 doses against the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) variant.Data published by YouGov shows the UK continues to top the list of nations where people are willing to have a COVID-19 vaccine or have already been vaccinated.ONS data published on 6 May found that more than 9 in 10 (93%) adults reported positive sentiment towards the vaccine.Approved vaccines are available from thousands of NHS vaccine centres, GP practices and pharmacies. Around 98% of people live within 10 miles of a vaccination centre in England and vaccinations are taking place at sites including mosques, community centres and football stadiums. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Brandon, coronavirus, frontline workers, Government, health, health services, Immunisation, India, Ireland, public health, Scotland, secretary of state, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, vaccinationlast_img read more

The Viziv Adrenaline Concept previews Subaru’s new design approach

first_img advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept The brand teased the PHEV pre-event, saying it would wear the e-boxer badge, but saved the full design reveal for the show. Powertrain and technical details have yet to be revealed, but you can see the Viziv Adrenaline Concept was developed for off-roading, meaning it’s designed to look and feel more rugged feel than what we normally get from Subaru. The concept has been outfitted with a ‘generous’ amount of cladding, gnarly all-terrain tires over flashy tires, large plastic bumpers and LED lights front and rear. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept ‹ Previous Next › Subaru brought a relatively humble offering to the Geneva Motor Show. A compact SUV with a triple tones and shades of what you might call rugged personality. But you know what? Sometimes modesty is just what people want. In the case of smaller SUVS, including this Subaru hybrid Viziv Adrenaline Concept, it’s pretty clear that it’s just what the world wants. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Taking it from two colours up to the rare ‘triple-toner’ status is a unique roof designed to reinforce body structure. Many are comparing the concept to the Crosstrek, and the possibility of it taking on that nameplate when/if it comes to market is on the the table. That could replace the PHEV Crosstrek that was made available in Canada just last year. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” RELATED TAGSSubaruNon-LuxuryGenevaGeneva Motor ShowNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Trending in Canada Derek McNaughton / Driving.ca Derek McNaughton / Driving.ca For now, we can admire this neat piece of design work and ponder the question that remains, as it always does with concepts: will the brand make something that carries its bold aesthetic to market, or will they dilute it until it’s just another run-of-the-mill SUV?Either way, it’ll probably be gobbled up by the masses. So just make something out of it, Subaru. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept  Derek McNaughton / Driving.ca last_img read more

CU-Boulder MBA Student To Volunteer Business Knowledge In Tajikistan

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 29, 2002 A University of Colorado Leeds School of Business MBA student will spend one year as a volunteer business consultant in Tajikistan as part of the MBA Enterprise Corps. Jay Behringer will join the Pragma Corporation’s Small and Medium Enterprise Development Project, a venture designed to assist small- and medium-sized companies in Tajikistan with marketing and business plans, trade opportunities and management practices. Behringer’s expertise will help improve accounting systems in Tajikistan by implementing measures such as the International Accounting Standards and by providing training and support to accounting professionals. “By joining the MBA Enterprise Corps I’ll be able to apply the tools I learned from the Leeds School’s MBA program to a country recently introduced to a market economy,” said Behringer. “I’m looking forward to gaining an international business experience, learning a new language and assisting companies in transforming economies and emerging markets. I’m willing to exchange 15 months of my life for the opportunity of a lifetime.” Starting in July, Behringer will spend three months participating in intensive language training and acculturation in Tajikistan, followed by 12 months of service to the project. The corps will provide airfare, room and board, medical insurance, a re-entry stipend and a living allowance. The MBA Enterprise Corps recruits second-year and recently graduated MBA students from top universities to provide assistance to companies in developing economies. Volunteers broaden their cultural business skills by working with foreign managers and companies experiencing the transition from a struggling to a stable economic environment. The corps was founded in 1990 by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the Consortium for the MBA Enterprise Corps. Funding for the program is provided by corporate and government sponsors.last_img read more

Actress Performs for Jamaica 50

first_imgRelatedActress Performs for Jamaica 50 RelatedActress Performs for Jamaica 50 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail WASHINGTON — Jamaica’s 50th year of independence is still in the spotlight in the United States, as Jamaican born actress, Debra Ehrhardt, staged her outstanding monologue, ‘Jamaica Farewell’, at the Kreeger Theatre, Rockville, Maryland on Saturday, November 3. The play, which traces the early years and experiences of the former Debra Phillips, and which highlights the challenging circumstances of her departure from Jamaica, was  applauded by the appreciative audience made up mainly of Jamaicans in the Washington metropolitan area. Ms. Erhardt, a Jamaican actress based in Los Angeles, is leading ‘Jamaica Farewell’ on tour, before the play is made into a movie. The play is scheduled to debut in Toronto, another city with a substantial Jamaican community.      Last Saturday’s performance of was organised by Ms. Ehrhardt, in association with the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C., and served as part of the Embassy’s ongoing Jamaica 50 activities. Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, and Mrs. Vasciannie and their children, joined the large number Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica who turned out to see the play.  Ambassador Vasciannie said Jamaica Farewell is “a wonderful play, which evokes almost constant laughter, tears, serious reflection and feelings of great relief.” “Ms. Ehrhardt’s performance is stunning; she fills the stage with her versatility, grace and style, and she’s helped by witty, well-structured text that tugs at our nostalgic sensibilities,” he added. The Ambassador said he was delighted that the Embassy was associated with the production.center_img RelatedActress Performs for Jamaica 50 Actress Performs for Jamaica 50 CultureNovember 6, 2012last_img read more

CARICOM Cuba Leaders to Talk Trade in Havana

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail CARICOM Cuba Leaders to Talk Trade in Havana Foreign AffairsDecember 5, 2014Written by: CARICOM Secretariat RelatedMinister Nichoslon Heads Japan Ministerial Delegation Advertisements RelatedUK Diaspora Donates Thermometers for Ebola Preparednesscenter_img Story HighlightsEconomic and Trade Relations will be among the issues discussed at the Fifth Summit of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba which takes place in Havana, Cuba on Monday 8 December.The Summit will be preceded on Sunday by a meeting of the Foreign Ministers.In accordance with the Havana Declaration of December 2002, the Summit is held every three years on the date that the leaders of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago broke a diplomatic embargo and visited Cuba. RelatedImportant Appointment for Jamaican Permanent Rep. to UN (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Economic and Trade Relations will be among the issues discussed at the Fifth Summit of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba which takes place in Havana, Cuba on Monday 8 December. The Summit will be preceded on Sunday by a meeting of the Foreign Ministers.In accordance with the Havana Declaration of December 2002, the Summit is held every three years on the date that the leaders of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago broke a diplomatic embargo and visited Cuba. That date December 8 has been designated CARICOM-Cuba Day.Monday’s meeting will give the Leaders an opportunity to look at the present situation with the Trade and Economic Agreement which the two parties signed in 2000. They will benefit from the result of discussion held last October in Havana by the CARICOM-Cuba Joint Commission which sought ways of making the Agreement more effective.The two sides will also discuss strengthening co-operation in multi-lateral fora. This assumes added importance in light of the on-going global negotiations for a Climate Change Agreement and the upcoming negotiations on the United Nations Post 2015 Development Agenda.Chairman of CARICOM the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Raoul Castro Ruz, president of Cuba and His Excellency Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of CARICOM will address Monday’s Opening Ceremony at the Place of the Revolution. last_img read more

Public registration required for homeowners providing short term rentals

first_imgHomeNewsPublic registration required for homeowners providing short term rentals Jan. 12, 2017 at 8:00 amNewsPublic registration required for homeowners providing short term rentalsGuest Author4 years agoairbnbcity councilcouncil santa monicadaily presshomesharehomeshare rulesSanta MonicaSanta Monica City Councilsanta monica daily press  Homeowners in Santa Monica who wish to rent out a room or backyard cottage on home-booking websites like Airbnb will have to publicly register with the City, according to new language in the ordinance passed by the City Council Tuesday.Up until now, all home-shares had to register with the City but could opt out of publicizing their decision. The public list is part of an effort to track down and cite illegal online vacation rentals. Under a controversial law passed in 2015, the City banned transforming any residential property into a vacation home but allowed home-sharing where the host remains in the house while guests stay.Under the ordinance, the websites themselves are responsible for collecting Transit Occupancy Taxes and can be held accountable for illegal listings. City staff estimate the proposed changes will reduce Transit Occupancy Tax revenue by $1.3 million to $1.8 million dollars as the website come into compliance and eliminate illegal rentals. To put that number in perspective, Santa Monica brought in about $51 million in taxes from hotels last year.After a short discussion with the interim City Attorney, the City Council unanimously voted to keep a provision in the law that requires home-booking websites to hand over a list of home shares and vacation rentals in Santa Monica for cross-reference. Last year, Airbnb sued Santa Monica, arguing the provision is unconstitutional.“In other contexts, courts have ruled that obligating businesses to disclose such information violates the Fourth Amendment, unless you have a subpoena,” Interim City Attorney Joseph Lawrence explained to the Council. “If the City Council doesn’t care, I suppose you could leave it in, but it leaves a section that is vulnerable and a section that Airbnb and HomeAway have focused on.”In the lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, lawyers for Airbnb said Santa Monica’s vacation rental ban violated multiple federal laws because “Airbnb does not manage, operate, lease or own hosts’ accommodations, and it is not a party to the direct agreements between guests and hosts.”A spokeswoman from HomeAway addressed the City Council at Tuesday’s meeting and asked for a redrafting of the entire ordinance, explaining her company wanted a “seat at the table” to come up with a compromise on the law.Councilmember Kevin McKeown balked at the notion the Council might revisit their decision to ban vacation rentals.“We’re not going to let unshared vacation rentals decimate and devastate our neighborhoods,” McKeown said. “We’ve made a good choice. We’re trying to make it a better law.”Internet companies like Craigslist that do not charge for booking services and only publish advertisements for short-term rentals are not subject to the rules.Councilmembers McKeown and Tony Vasquez, Mayor Ted Winterer and Mayor Pro Tempore Gleam Davis unanimously voted in favor of the rules. Councilmember Sue Himmelrich recused herself because her husband’s law firm is representing Airbnb in the lawsuit against the City. The rest of the City Council was absent from Tuesday night’s [email protected] :airbnbcity councilcouncil santa monicadaily presshomesharehomeshare rulesSanta MonicaSanta Monica City Councilsanta monica daily pressshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLetter to EditorLouise B. Gabriel, who founded the Santa Monica Museum, has diedYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agolast_img read more