REFERENDUM CERTIFIED! City Council to decide next steps on Monday October 22 at 12pm. (10/11/18)

On Monday, the San Diego City Clerk presented the notice of sufficiency to the San Diego City Council, stating the referendum has been certified. The Clerk noted the City Council has only two options now:

  1. Rescind their July 16 ordinance or

  2. Place the ordinance before the voters at a future date

They will make their decision on

Monday, October 22 at 12:00pm.
City Administration Building
Council chambers (12th floor)

It is imperative that you set time aside to attend this hearing to show that San Diego will not tolerate the taking away of personal property rights, and devastating our tourism economy.


Over 62,000 San Diegans -- nearly twice the amount needed -- signed the petition to stop the de-facto ban on short-term rentals because they agree there is a better solution than the onerous law that was passed. Short-term rentals are an important property right that help owners, managers and hosts earn valuable extra income, contribute needed tax revenue to the city’s budget, and have long been part of the fabric of San Diego. We believe there’s a better way and look forward to a resolution whether it be by the city or the voters.

After the City Clerk provides a notice of sufficiency to the City Council informing them that our signatures are valid, the Council will have 10 business days to either rescind their whole-home vacation rental ban or send it to the ballot for San Diegan's to decide. Their decision will happen at a public hearing in October. It will be important to attend this hearing and we will keep you posted on the date and time once those details are finalized.

Coverage in the news. SD Union Tribune


With your support and contributions throughout this past month, Share San Diego today joined HomeAway and Airbnb to successfully submit more signatures than needed to the Registrar of Voters to qualify a referendum. We were joined by San Diego Councilmember Scott Sherman, local homeowners, short-term rental hosts, small businesses and community leaders.

Visit to learn more.

Coverage in the news. NBC, UT.


In the coming weeks, the Registrar of Voters will need to validate the signatures in order to qualify the referendum and we will keep you posted as soon as we know more. This was a great first step to overturn this ban and we couldn’t have done it without your help and contributions. But we have a long and expensive road ahead of us and we won’t be able to do it without your continued support!


On July 16, the powerful Hotel Lobby has interjected into San Diego politics once more as it pressured the City Council into taking the unprecedented step of banning short term rentals in San Diego. This included a last minute removal of the Mission Beach exemption by Lorie Zapf, jeopardizing a community built around tourism and affordable beach access for visitors.

In a 6-3 vote, council members

voted to restrict short term rentals to primary residence only with a maximum of 6 months of renting.

This decision represents a massive loss for both property rights and the long history of tourism in Mission Beach. The Council’s decision will negatively impact hundreds of property owners and small businesses that have been the fabric of this community for generations.

Council then proceeded with a second reading on Aug 1 to finalize the ordinance. This will take some time to implement, but they are expected to move quickly to make this ban a reality.

In the meantime we are regrouping to determine which next steps we will take to fight back at the Hotel Lobby and this ban. But we will need your help both financially and in action. For too long we have sat on the sidelines assured that level heads would respect property rights but the City Council has proven that assumption wrong.