The result of this fear-mongering, (so far), has been the instigation, after a nasty and expensive battle, of a new ordinance governing short-term rentals in Palm Springs: Ordinance 1918, the curious thing about which is that it does virtually nothing new to deal with the issues of noise or traffic that could not have been done before. However it does strip residential property-owners of their rights and imposes intrusive and expensive requirements upon them. This, our City Council told us citizens, we should be thankful for, as the intrusive and expensive requirements they COULD have imposed would have been much, much worse, so we should just shut up and be grateful. For me, personally, that's not an endearing argument.
Nevertheless the fanatics are not happy, not happy at all. Why not? Because the City hasn't instigated an outright ban on short-term rentals and so, despite this draconian new ordinance, they are suing the City of Palm Springs, and calling for a moratorium on the issuing of any new STR permits, presumably meaning, if granted, that no one in Palm Springs will be legally allowed to start renting out a room in their home if they want to.
They told me in school that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and so it seems this fanaticism is giving rise to a new group of home-owners who are starting a new group to campaign FOR property owners' short-term rental rights. Founding members Bruce Hoban, David Feltman, Shon Tomlin and Brian Wilson held an introductory meeting at a home in Palm Springs recently and announced their intent to form a legal entity which they will use to organize their campaign. More info on this can be found in due course via the Share Our Neighborhoods website.
I have no horse in this race as I don't own a VR or rent out a room in my home but I wish these guys every success as I have a natural aversion to fanatics of all types, especially the finger-wagging, tell-you-how-you-ought-to-behave types, and those who loath vacationers.