The PON newsletter, sent out over Independence Day, alarmingly stated that:
The statistic of the evening: "1800"
That's the number of unpermitted STRs the city claims it discovered since January 1, 2017. We were incredulous to hear that 1800 number, and sought---and received---an email confirmation two days later. So with the 2100 permitted plus the 1800 unpermitted, our city has about 30% of its housing stock engaged in the vacation rental business. What the city is doing about these scofflaws is anyone's guess. We continue to seek answers."
SINCE JANUARY - INVESTIGATED OVER 1800 LEADS AND ADVERTISEMENTS FOR POTENTIAL UNREGISTERED VACATION RENTALS*
"What it should have said was that we have investigated over 1800 community leads and advertising websites of properties in the city of Palm Springs, so there is to our knowledge no eighteen hundred unregistered vacation rentals in the city, and I apologize for that but we have clarified it on our Powerpoint and have actually posted it on our website. Believe me, if there was eighteen hundred unregistered vacation rentals we would have wrote eighteen hundred tickets."
Despite PON saying they "sought and received confirmation", they published statements that were factually wrong. The meeting at which they viewed the presentation was held on June 20th. Their newsletter was sent out on July 3rd. They had nearly two weeks to get their facts straight, but they didn't. Perhaps they were too eager to get "confirmation" rather than to get the truth?
The quote above from Mr. Stark is just a small part of an interview I conducted with him recently which will be published here soon as part of an ongoing series of articles about the Vacation Rental "issue" in Palm Springs.