City Argues STR Lawsuit Tramples Free Speech
By Scott Steepleton, News-Press City Editor
A judge is considering whether a lawsuit challenging Santa Barbara’s short-term vacation rental ban should be tossed out on the grounds that, according to the city attorney, it is a frivolous attempt to stifle free speech.
Attorneys for Theo Kracke, owner of the vacation rental service Paradise Retreats, argue in court papers before Ventura County Superior Court Judge Mark Borrell that the California Coastal Act of 1976 mandates that cities in the coastal zone take steps to ensure low- and moderate-priced visitor accomodations with access to beaches.
See the full article at Newspress.com or in the Friday, March 3, 2017 edition of the Santa Barbara News-Press.