Organizers for Airbnb, Mission moratorium ballot measures say they’ve met signature gathering goals

Organizers of a ballot initiative for a moratorium on market-rate housing in the Mission are confident they have enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Mike Koozmin, S.F. Examiner, 2015

Organizers behind two potential local ballot measures on some of the most controversial housing issues in The City say they have gathered enough signatures by today’s filing deadline for the November election.

A ballot measure intended to give the Planning Department tools to enforce the law around short-term residential rentals like Airbnb garnered 15,983 signatures for submission today, according to Dale Carlson, co-founder of ShareBetter SF.

The coalition of housing advocates and tenant, landlord and neighborhood associations began their effort in late May.

Getting that amount of signatures for the measure — which would require hosting platforms to submit quarterly reports and set a hard cap of 75 rental nights per year for a unit, among other demands — “was very easy” given residents’ awareness of the housing crisis, Carlson said.

Local initiatives need verified signatures from 9,700 San Francisco voters in order to be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election.

Organizers behind a ballot measure that would put an 18-month moratorium on luxury housing construction in the Mission say they’re confident they’ve received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, said Roberto Hernandez, co-founder of Our Mission No Eviction, part of a coalition of neighborhood organizations pushing the initiative.

Hernandez said his group was still counting signatures late Sunday. “We’re going to make history and we’re going to be the first ones to do it in such a short period of time in the history of San Francisco,” Hernandez said, explaining that the signatures were collected in a mere 26 days.

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