On June 5, 2018, Palm Springs Citizens Voted to Keep Vacation Rentals
70% of the voters said "NO" to Measure C
The 60% turnout was the highest turnout of any non-presidential election year!
Measure C: Prohibition of Vacation Rental of Single Family Residences in the City of Palm Springs
Shall the City of Palm Springs prohibit vacation rentals in single-family residences?
Palm Springs has always relied on tourism as the lifeblood of our economy. Vacation rentals have been a part of this economy since the 1930's. We Love Palm Springs was formed to preserve vacation rentals by informing voters on why to vote "NO".
We Love Palm Springs is a coalition of those who believe that Palm Springs should welcome tourists and appreciate the benefits they bring to our city. We are your neighbors, friends and family. We are homeowners, pool cleaning companies, landscapers and gardeners; we are the hotel industry, small businesses; the owners of your favorite restaurants and community leaders.
We all want to protect both our quality of life and the economy of our city. That’s one reason there’s already a tough ordinance in place to regulate vacation rentals. This law requires owners to be permitted, caps the number of parked cars, restricts noise and limits the number of times a home can be rented for short-term use. This law, along with strict enforcement by a compliance department that ramped up its operations in April 2017. Yet, our opponents filed to BAN vacation rentals the same month.
Palm Springs has become a world-class tourist destination, and tourism is the #1 driver of the economy in our beloved city. Banning short-term rentals will remove nearly half of the rooms in town for visitors, which will drive tourists away and do harm to our economy.
Since the June, 2018 initiative was defeated, We Love Palm Springs continues to integrate the vacation rental community into the fabric of our tourism by participating in monthly meetings of various associations that represent tourism across the city.