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Sharing economy


Purpose of the Task Force: 

The Shared Economy Task Force was convened to assist in the review of policies and impacts regarding Shared Economy businesses operating within West Hollywood, as directed by the West Hollywood City Council on February 18, 2014.

West Hollywood participation in Shared Economy Discussions at the State Level:

Shared Economy Task Force Recommendations:

Short-Term Rentals Policy Recommendations

Education
A. Recommend staff provide sample language to landlords on the City’s website that may be used in lease agreements clarifying that short-term rentals are not allowed in West Hollywood
B. Add an educational piece to the West Hollywood RSO Building Blocks free educational workshops outlining that short-term rentals are not allowed in West Hollywood
C. Direct city staff to work with short-term rental vendors informing them that short-term rentals are not allowed within West Hollywood and requesting they add a disclaimer to their website for those searching for units and interested in listing units within West Hollywood
D. Direct city staff to create an educational campaign to residents and landlords informing them that short-term rentals are not allowed in West Hollywood
Enforcement
A. Recommend a new city ordinance be drafted specifically speaking to the definition of short-term rentals to assist with enforcement and update the municipal code and the zoning ordinance to reflect similar language clarifying that short-term rentals are not allowed in West Hollywood (Updated effective October 21, 2015)
B. Direct Code Enforcement staff to begin tracking noise complaints that are attributable directly to short-term rental listings when applicable

Shared Ride Services Policy Recommendations

Safety
A. Monitor and support State level legislation that would require shared ride service companies to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice Program (EPN) for all drivers
B. Work with the local LA Office of shared ride service companies to communicate safe drop-off and pick-up locations to both passengers and drivers
C. Add information to the City Website about the allowance of shared ride service vehicles in West Hollywood and tips for rider safety
Fairness
A. Propose partnership opportunities with the shared ride service companies to provide a community benefit, social service, or senior discount code similar to the community benefit required of taxis
B. Support the Taxi Needs Assessment Study that will inform the 2016 RFP for taxi franchise operators within West Hollywood
C. Support the evaluation of taxi fees as part of the July 2015 Citywide Fee study and make any appropriate adjustments to the fees as a result
D. Initiate discussions with Westside cities regarding a regional taxi licensing program
E. Continue ongoing engagement and discussions with taxi companies
F. Request trip data from shared ride services similar to the trip data by zip code offered by Uber to the City of Boston for informing visitor travel data to share with Visit West Hollywood
Insurance
A. During the duration of the Task Force meetings AB 2293 was adopted by the California legislature which eliminated the loophole in the insurance requirements for shared ride services and resulted in several changes to insurance requirements effective July 1, 2015.  
Enforcement 
A. Explore partnering with the City of Los Angeles regarding an enforcement option with the CPUC for the greater Los Angeles region
B. Continue enforcement regarding non-authorized vehicles parking in taxi designated loading zones
C. Develop ongoing relationships with the shared ride service companies operating within West Hollywood
D. Explore designating loading zones as approved locations for safe drop-off and pick-up locations for shared ride services

Meetings Regarding Implementation of Task Force Recommendations

  • February 2, 2015 - City Council Meeting to Receive Policy Recommendations
  • June 18, 2015 - Planning Commission Meeting - Zone Text Amendment to clarify the existing prohibition of Short Term Rental
  • July 20, 2015 City Council Meeting - Public Hearing and first reading of ordinance regarding Zone Text Amendment to clarify the existing prohibition of Short Term Rentals in West Hollywood
    • Staff was provided with additional direction at the July 20th meeting to return to Council within 6 months from the effective date of the ordinance with information regarding the following:

      1. possible exceptions allowing short-term rentals during Halloween, Pride, and the Awards Season
      2. track the number of complaints received regarding illegal short-term rentals
      3. recommendations for enforcement
      4. potential transient occupancy tax that could be collected if short-term rentals were instead allowed and regulated in West Hollywood
      5. placing conditions in Development Agreements against rental units being used specifically as short-term rentals 
  • September 21, 2015City Council Meeting - Approval of second reading of ordinance regarding Zone Text Amendment to clarify the existing prohibition of Short Term Rentals in West Hollywood and begin educational campaign
  • October 21, 2015 - The new ordinance went into effect.
  • April / May 2016 - Staff to return to Council with a 6 month update on status since the effective date of October 21, 2015

Task Force Meeting Summaries and Policy Recommendations:   
Upon conclusion of the 7 Task Force meetings, policy recommendations were provided to the West Hollywood City Council for adoption on February 2, 2015.

Task Force Meetings: 
The Task Force met once a month over the course of 7 months. 

  • July 23, 2014 - Kickoff Meeting of Task Force and Introductions
  • August 27, 2014 - Updates from Legal Services and Code Enforcement - West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room
  • September 24, 2014 - Focus on Short Term Rentals - West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room
  • October 22, 2014 - Focus on Shared Ride Services - West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room
  • November 19, 2014 - Policy Recommendations Discussion -  Plummer Park
  • December 17, 2014 - Policy Recommendations Discussion -  Plummer Park
  • January 14, 2015 - Policy Recommendations Final Discussion - Plummer Park
  • February 2, 2015 - City Council Meeting to Receive Policy Recommendations - Council Chambers
Task Force Members: 
  1. Rep from Planning Commission - Roy Huebner
  2. Rep for Transportation Commission - Lindsey Horvath
  3. Rep for Business License Commission – Rob Lo
  4. Chamber of Commerce – Genevieve Morrill
  5. Visit West Hollywood – Bill Hynes

For more information, please contact Maribel Louie (323) 848-6303.