Americas Society Hosts Caribbean Literary Scholars

first_imgRelatedAmericas Society Hosts Caribbean Literary Scholars FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Literature Department of the Americas Society recently hosted readings by Caribbean literary scholars Lorna Goodison and Caryl Phillips, at its headquarters in Manhattan, New York.Ms. Goodison read from her rich poetry collection, which explores her family history, the splendor of her native Jamaica and the African/European strands of Caribbean society. Among the poems she recited were ‘Controlling the Silver’ and ‘Turn Thanks’.Mr. Phillips, a native of St. Kitts, who now resides in New York, also read excerpts from his works ‘Cambridge’ and ‘Dancing in the Dark’. Mr. Phillips’ writings examine the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its consequences for the African Diaspora.Daniel Shapiro, Director of Literature at the Americas Society, who chaired the event, said that the readings provided a sample of the quality literature being produced in the Caribbean Diaspora.The Consulate General in New York, the Inter-Americas/Society of Arts and Letters of the Americas, and the Research Institute for the Study of Man, collaborated in organizing the event. Americas Society Hosts Caribbean Literary Scholars UncategorizedMay 19, 2007 RelatedAmericas Society Hosts Caribbean Literary Scholarscenter_img RelatedAmericas Society Hosts Caribbean Literary Scholars Advertisementslast_img read more

Airbnb loses latest court battle over Santa Monica’s strict rules

first_img[email protected] on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBeach weather brings annual reminders for summer safetyNOMA neighbors chase, catch alleged cell phone thiefYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours ago HomeNewsAirbnb loses latest court battle over Santa Monica’s strict rules Jun. 18, 2018 at 6:57 amNewsAirbnb loses latest court battle over Santa Monica’s strict rulesadmin3 years agoNo tagsAirbnb  Home sharing sites Airbnb and HomeAway will have to verify hosts are properly registered with the City of Santa Monica before booking guests, after a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a legal challenge to local rules. The judge said the city has a right to keep the international websites from facilitating illegal business transactions here.Santa Monica’s strict home sharing ordinance prohibits the use of apartments, condominiums and houses for short-term rentals unless the host is present during the stay. Hosts must register with the City and obtain a business license. City leaders say the rules maintain the character of local neighborhoods and preserve housing in the midst of a statewide crisis.“The City of Santa Monica has consistently dedicated policies to producing, protecting and preserving housing in our community,” said City Attorney Lane Dilg. “Today’s decision affirms that cities can take reasonable steps to preserve precious housing supply in the face of an ever-expanding vacation rental industry that threatens to convert homes, and particularly affordable rental units, into de facto hotels.”In the case, Airbnb and HomeAway complained the rules violate the Communications Decency Act, the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment and the California Coastal Act. However, the judge ruled the ordinance does not penalize publishing activities, but seeks to prevent illegal business transactions. The Court followed a similar decision in Northern California over San Francisco’s rules.In that city, thousands of listings vanished after Airbnb promised to delete illegal properties. In Santa Monica, a city report estimated there were 950 apartments and homes listed on Airbnb here during peak tourism season, while only 187 were actually registered. Despite the threat of fines, the city estimated Airbnb and its hosts had collected $31 million from illegal and legal rentals since the ordinance began.“For more than two years, Airbnb sought to work with the City of Santa Monica on a solution that ensures middle and lower class families who want to visit the coast can find an affordable place to stay,” said Airbnb spokesman Charlie Urbancic. “Despite our efforts, the city insisted on an approach that violates federal law. We were left with no option but to file suit and appeal the lower court’s prior erroneous ruling, which the court has now extended in this order. We will continue to pursue our pending appeal.”Code enforcement officials complain Santa Monica’s rules have been difficult to enforce without cooperation from the platforms. Hosts use an array of tactics to outwit investigators, including deleting illegal listings during City Hall business hours and manipulating addresses to appear to be in Los Angeles.“We agree with the Court that the Ordinance is a constitutional exercise of the City’s legislative authority to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residential neighborhoods,” said Chief Deputy City Attorney Yibin Shen.The home sharing sites also brought a claim the ordinance violates the California Coastal Act, which the Court declined to evaluate when it dismissed the federal claims. The websites could still pursue those claims in a different court. The City’s current Land Use Plan does not address vacation rentals.In 2017, the Council banned any new guesthouse from being used exclusively for short-term rentals.last_img read more