“In addition to the tax issue, there are concerns that Airbnb, VRBO.com, and other Internet-based sites that facilitate short-term rentals of San Francisco apartments are increasingly being used to circumvent local tenant protections, often after evicting tenants from the apartments using the Ellis Act. “
Airbnb’s tax and tenant law violations headed for hearings [SFBG]

“Because I’m outside those facts – what the agreement was with the last commission, what the circumstances of what Mr. Alvarez and his wife are saying they’re doing – I’m going to leave it to people on the commission.”
S.F. Housing Authority deep in red [Chron]

“The scope of Lee’s role in the negotiations in unclear, but sources said he is highly regarded by Chinese political leaders and development bank officials. And he’ll have some high-powered traveling companions. Former Mayor Willie Brown is one of 30 fellow travelers, while trip leader Rose Pak, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s omnipresent consultant, is already in China.”
Mayor Ed Lee to seek housing project funds in first trip to China [Ex]

“On Thursday, the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee approved legislation introduced by Chiu and Mayor Ed Lee that would create a new city government job, chief data officer, to be appointed by Lee.”
San Francisco looks to boost open data access after falling behind curve [Ex]

“I am a coffee drinker, and I drink a lot of Diet Coke. I think anyone here in City Hall will tell you that I’m known for drinking Diet Coke. I’m not necessarily proud of it, but I’m definitely a caffeine person.”
Conversation with Campos [ML@L]

“Campos said there was no single incident spurring him to ‘watch what I eat and go to the gym.’ His mother and family didn’t needle him — ‘I think they were being nice.'”
David Campos Adjusting to New, Smaller Role [Weekly]

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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