STR’s Threaten Schools

AIRBNB THREATENS OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE

Jennifer Tandy, past SDUSD Mission Bay Cluster Chair explains why, in a unanimous vote, the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education declared “short-term rental properties threaten the stability and sense of community necessary for neighborhoods to be able to support their local public schools.”

Local taxes only account for 25% of funding for public schools. The lottery, only 1%. Almost 70% (60% state, 9% federal) of school funds come from ADA (Average Daily Attendance)…enrollment. There are currently 1677 WHOLE HOME Short Term Vacation Rentals in the Mission Bay Cluster Schools feeder area. Think about that, 1677 whole houses, apartments or condos that families or young people could rent or buy. Absolutely these STVRs drive up the cost of long term rentals and home sales. The MB Cluster of Schools closed an elementary school in Pacific Beach in 2013. A heartbreaking endeavor. We redrew the boundaries down from 4 elementary schools to 3 and invited the Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, a Mandarin Immersion magnet school, with no local boundaries to join our cluster of schools. We are now pulling students from all over San Diego with our extraordinary programs, to help fill our enrollment needs. Our cluster is thriving because of the innovative solutions to our enrollment problems. But make no mistake…..STVRs are a HUGE issue for our schools. Please go to this link to see accurate, up to date numbers of STVRs in our schools’ feeder area. This is only for Airbnb….no other platform. https://www.airdna.co/…/us/califor…/san-diego/92109/overview The numbers are shocking….the increase each year is unsustainable for a balanced community and successful schools. Imagine how robust our school enrollments would be if even half, even a quarter of these homes were available to rent or buy. The entire San Diego Unified School District as a whole has been steadily losing enrollment since 2012. The numbers include charter schools. Loss of enrollment means loss of revenue to the entire district. I realize STVRs are not the only reason for enrollment declines throughout the district, but the impacts to schools in the PB area, in OB, in La Jolla, in Mission Hills cannot be denie

 

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