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Input to AirBnb discussion

From: domainremoved <Denise>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 23:08:18 +0000 (UTC)

Dear city council members:
Firstly, happy 2017!  And thank you for your work on behalf of the Menlo community.  I am hearing that Menlo Park may move to restrict AirBnB hosting and I would like to give you my two cents as a teacher in the Menlo Park school district who has been hosting.
I am a long-term Menlo Park resident who became a teacher 3 years ago. I am separated and am now a single mother with two children trying to make ends meet and remain in the house my family has been in since 1972.  That has required me to rent out a room or two.  Airbnb has allowed me to make extra income to cover my property taxes and utilities, and because of my location close to SLAC and Stanford, my guests have been of the highest quality and generally walk, bike or take Uber or buses to work so that there has not been any additional cars parked on the street (in my area they have to be in my driveway anyway and cannot park overnight on the street).
As you know, hotels are limited in the area, or they are rather expensive (Rosewood nearby is $600 per night).  I believe I am also providing a service to the community as visitors to Stanford University or SLAC (researchers, students, post-docs from out-of-state or overseas, or young entrepreneurs with VC meetings) can lodge with me at an affordable rate. 
I hope you will take into consideration the quality of the guests, additional income to local restaurants and shops, and the important source of additional income for residents such as teachers who are not working in higher-paid technology careers. 
Warmest regards,Denise Dowsett(650). 233-9692
Received on Mon Jan 09 2017 - 15:14:34 PST

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