Measure A Facts
Claim: Measure A will ban all short term rentals.
Fact: It’ll simply restrict them to La Quinta’s many commercial tourism areas, rather than in family neighborhoods.
Claim: Measure A will devastate La Quinta’s finances.
Fact: Independent financial studies now show La Quinta will have a surplus of funds for years. Consider Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells. All have enacted short term rental restrictions and all are reporting huge revenues surpluses. Visitors don’t stop visiting, they shift to the accommodations in the tourist commercial zones, like Legacy Villas, the LQ Resort - Tennis Villas and Spa Villas, Embassy Suites Casitas Las Rosas, Puerta Azul, the upcoming SilverRock/Talus complex, etc. There are eleven zones where STVR investments can be focused and developed.
Claim: Measure A will result in the loss of police and fire protection in La Quinta.
Fact: La Quinta has over $163 million to meet obligations and annual excess cash revenue of millions thanks to the 1% sales tax passed in 2016. So our valued police and fire services will be easily maintained.
Claim: Measure A will hurt local small businesses.
Fact: As short term renters are replaced with full-time residents, these families will dine, shop and buy in La Quinta 365 days a year - not just on winter weekends. And not just at entertainment places, but the full gamut of local businesses, from small retailers to big car dealers.
Claim: Measure A will hurt schools and school teachers.
Fact: Just the opposite. School funding comes from the State based on Average Daily Attendance. Replacing short term rentals with full-time families means more students, and more students means more funding. There’ll also be more housing for teachers, too.
Claim: Short term rentals aren’t a problem because the city has ways of policing them.
Fact: Unpaid residents are the first line of defense against short term rental problems. A survey of La Quinta short term rental neighbors shows 5 of the top 9 short term rental problems cannot be cited by code enforcement. The survey also showed that neighbors stopped calling the hotline because they didn’t find it made a difference. There are no guarantees regarding the strangers next-door. If the situation were improving, why did thousands of La Quinta’s registered voters sign the petition to get Measure A on the ballot?
Measure A assures our quality of life. It restores uniform zoning and safety to our neighborhoods and generates money for our economy and city taxes.
These facts have been approved by an forensic accountant: https://www.neighborsforneighborhoodslq.org/fact-check