Mainstream Media: Hotel Industry With friends like these, why pay for advertising?”

NBC LA has just run a hit piece that basically shills for the hotel industry and their front group LAANE, both of which pretend to be against “commercialized” bnbs, but support the proposed ordinance that focuses primarily on hosts renting out their primary residences.
They made no attempt to balance their report with the stories of actual hosts, instead focusing on the bigger multi unit hosts as a front for their attacks on all of us.
You can answer their facebook page here:
And the actual broadcast here:
There are some brilliant comments already posted. If you’re not inclined to comment, you can always like what someone else has said and support home sharing, that way.

Yoga For All Bodies, this Saturday At DragonflyHill Urban Farm

Select Saturdays 9:30-10:30 am

Next Class: May 27, 2017




Location: DragonflyHill Urban Farm, in the Purple Barn Gallery, down the driveway, behind the house)
345 Douglas Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Upcoming Classes: June 10, 17, 24. July 1, 8, 15




It is my greatest pleasure to announce a renewal of Yoga for All Bodies Saturdays.

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

From May 27th on, all proceeds from the class will be donated to WE Empowerment Center. The good people of DragonflyHill Urban Farm Community are donating the space to make this collaboration possible.

Empowerment has been one of the themes that I have always pursued in my professional career, and it is the theme that we often deal with in Yoga for All Bodies classes as well, so I think it is only fitting that we are collaborating.

This week’s theme is Liberation. O.K., liberation is a big word, and maybe too big to tackle in a 60-minute class. Let me explain.

As you know, different emotions get stored in our body. In order to fight with and contain pain, we clench our jaws. We tighten our shoulders. Our bodies become tense and do not know how to release. I think we need to liberate our body and mind every day, and one practice that we can do is yoga and meditation to train your body and mind to relax.

This Saturday we will engage in relaxation exercises to “let go.” We learn ways to unlock our body to liberate our soul so we can feel joy, freedom, and fire that we need to live the most fulfilled life possible.

Please join us this Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am. People of all ages, all body types, all physical abilities are invited to attend. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-15. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
-Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

DragonflyHill Gift Certificates Make Great Gifts

Give the Gift of DragonflyHill and support a community based business

We offer many wonderful services that can also be great gifts any time of the year.

Any of our services can be turned into gift certificates ranging in price from $25 upward.

Consider any of the following gifts:

Reiki with Emma: Starting at 50$ for a one hour session, or gift packages of several sessions.
https://reikiwithemma.wordpress.com/

Overnight accommodations: for a staycation for locals or as a gift to someone coming to Los Angeles, starting at $75 a night  (2 night minimum) to be applied to any reservation with us through AIRBNB.  https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/staying-at-dragonflyhill-urban-farm/

A portrait session:  Starting at 50$ for one sitting and one look. Other services include retouching, multiple looks, head shot packages, etc.
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/dragonflyhill-studios-and-design/

Real Estate photography  & House portraits:  of your home or work place starting at 50$.  https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/dragonflyhill-studios-and-design/

Real Estate Services: Starting at 100$. Repairs, design, staging and photography.
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/dragonflyhill-studios-and-design/

Repairs, maintenance, design: Starting at 50$ for 2 hours work towards any project or repairs. Your gift recipient can decide what project they would like us to work on and we can work with them to find a project within the gift amount, or apply the gift towards a larger project of their choosing.
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/dragonflyhill-studios-and-design/

Tax services: From basic simple forms to more complex reporting. Starting at 50$.
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/dhcts/

House cleaning services: One time or ongoing. Initial deep clean for a one bedroom apartment starts at $125.
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/dragonflyhill-studios-and-design/

Organizational consulting and personal organization of home or office space: Starting at $50. We can work with the gift recipient to determine what we can help with within a particular budget, from closet clean up and organization,rom simple consultations to whole house/office/car organizing and management systems.
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/dragonflyhill-studios-and-design/

 Studio Space Rental: Starting at $50 towards a one time rental in our studio for photography, art, meetings, events, classes, film showings, gallery space, rehearsal, filming. (Requires $100 security deposit or sweat equity by arrangement).
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/the-studios-at-dragonflyhill-urban-farm/

Detailed car wash:  75$ cars, $100 vans and small trucks: Additional travel fees for any in home or work services outside of an 8 mile radius of DragonflyHill Urban Farm. Mobile services also available. Ask for rates based on travel distance and time.
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/dragonflyhill-studios-and-design/

Landscaping: Drip irrigation, installation of water collection systems, raised beds, low water use landscaping, beautification. Starting at $100.
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/services-we-provide/urban-farming-landscaping-irrigation-design/

https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/dragonflyhill-studios-and-design/The WE Empowerment Center: Make a gift donation in someone’s name to  our sister program: The WE Empowerment Center, a 501 c 3 organization providing community and support through collective organizational efforts and collaboration.

Tutoring and proofreading: Two of our team members are retired teachers and writers. We can assist you with academic difficulties in math, writing & language arts. We provide college preparation: writing personal statements & test preparation.  We can also assist with grant writing, proofreading articles, poetry and a variety of writing tasks.
A donation to Visiting Hands and Hearts, A WE Center project,  can provide tutoring to a student who can’t afford tutoring services.
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/words-numbers-tutoring-proofreading/

Beautiful gift certificate envelopes and free shipping

Contact us for an individualized gift that you can afford and be proud of. Delivered with an in house designed, gift certificate in a beautiful gift envelope. FREE SHIPPING WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. (Occupied Turtle Island).

https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/services-we-provide/

March & April Reviews:

We haven’t been posting reviews to our blog recently. Here are our April reviews. You can see all our airbnb reviews on our airbnb profile page:


Yijia
Yijia

From China · April 2017  ·  The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Ashley
Ashley

From Fresno, CA · April 2017  ·  DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Victoria
Victoria

From Cambridge, United Kingdom · April 2017  ·  The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Bee
Bee

From New York, IA · April 2017  ·  DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Jimmy
Jimmy

From Montreal, Canada · April 2017  ·  The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Cindy
Cindy
DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:Cindy our listing clearly states that this listing is 2 private rooms in a shared house with shared bath and kitchen. We recommend that you 1. request a whole house/whole apartment listing, when conducting your search, and 2. read the listing carefully. It is very unfair to hosts who have described the listing accurately, to be judged on unreasonable expectations. We realize you are new to airbnb. Please respect that you will be staying in people’s homes and for more privacy, to stay at a whole house, or a hotel.

From Shanghai, China · April 2017  ·  Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown

Andrea


Fengshi
Fengshi

(Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Andrea
Andrea

DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Bert
Bert

(Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Tina
Tina

DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Lucy
Lucy

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Giles
Giles

Sophie
Sophie

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Kiran
Kiran

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Grace
Grace

 Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown


Tamaya
Tamaya

DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Min-Hsiang
Min-Hsiang

Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown


Kuan Ting
Kuan Ting

(Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Edgar
Edgar

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Gerald
Gerald

Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown


Saraí
Saraí

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Lluvia
Lluvia

 The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Charlie
Charlie

Diandra
Diandra

Lotus (2 room) Suite, Urban Farm: Walk to downtown



Georg
Georg

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA

How Racist is This Map?

Currently we have two students from China who through @homestayin.com have bundled their lodging at DragonflyHill Urban Farm, with ESL lessons. In preparation of the lessons, Dragonfly Team Member, educator, Emma Rosenthal  came across this map. How racist is this? No L.A. neighborhoods east of the river and only Leimert Park and Exposition Park, south of the 10 Freeway?Imagine the uproar if Airbnb’s map looked like this?  This is the same Discover Los Angeles that featured this ad campaign: Everyone’s Welcome, to attract more tourists to a more diverse, Trump free L.A.

This map ignores the Watts Towers, Mariachi Plaza, El Mercado, University of Southern California, Cal State Los Angeles, The entire San Gabriel Valley except Pasadena, but does include beach cities that are not part of the City of Los Angeles.

Colorful image of a rough map of L.A. with Hollywood, Downtown and Westside featured, with no neighborhoods east of the river and only Leimert Park & Exposition Park, south of the 10 Freeway with texthttp://neighborhoods.discoverlosangeles.com/

Yoga For All Bodies (Most) Saturdays At DragonflyHill Urban Farm

Next class: Saturday May 6 2017 9:30 -10:30

Future classes:
May 6 & 27.
June 10, 17 & 24.
July 1st, 8th, & 15th.

Location:
Purple Barn Gallery (Down the driveway behind the house)
DragonflyHill Urban Farm
345 Douglas Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Yoga for Opening Up

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

On Saturday, May 6th, we will be working on “opening up our body.” Our body is actually a spiritual/emotional gateway; when our posture is closed, we will not let good things come in. We are closed off to new people, new ideas, and new opportunites (although you do need sometimes a break to keep things to themselves).

Springtime is time for renewal. This class will be somewhat faster-paced than our usual class. We will go through more movements to really encourage our bodies to be open and flexible.

Don’t be intimidated, though. All movements will be easy, gentle, and fluid. There is no athletic competition here. Let us make it into a meditation in motion. By the end of the class, you will feel joy in your movement and gain clarity of problems and opportunities that you currently face.

Join us this Saturday for YOGA for ALL BODIES. People of any age, body types, physical abilities are invited to attend. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-$15.

IF YOU SUPPORT HOME SHARING, PLEASE SIGN THE LASTRA PETITION

EVERYONE CAN SIGN

Please sign the LASTRA petition.

We recommend the following comment, too, and add a bit about yourself: as a host, as a guest, as a neighbor, as a friend, as a community member, as a local business: 
CUT AND PASTE IN COMMENT AREA OF THE PETITION: No cap, no cap on # of groups. No to the prohibition against any other home based business in a shared home, Allow people to home share in RSO units. Owners and renters of RSO units should be able to home share their primary residence! That clause hurts the poorest home owners and renters in the city.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Sleepingporchlow_5374How The Hotel Industry Got You To Hate Your Neighbor And Love the Multinational Corporation:  Or how Home Sharing is a Housing Rights, Human Rights, Senior Rights, Workers’ Rights, Women’s Rights, DISability Rights Issue…
But not for the reasons you’ve been told! 

IF there’s going to be a “Fair Playing Field”, Where’s my L.A. Times Column?

In response to the column in the L.A. Times which the Chief Executive of the California Hotel & Lodging Assn. claimed that the city wasn’t collecting millions of dollars in taxes from short term rentals,   here’s Emma’s comment, which she also submitted as a letter to the editor. The statement she respond to, was in itself a response to a previous article published by the L.A. Times reporting on the taxes Airbnb has already paid to the city. 

“The writer is president and chief executive of the California Hotel & Lodging Assn.” says it all, but just in case it doesn’t:

What is the writer suggesting? That Airbnb ISN’T  collecting taxes? That the city isn’t receiving taxes? That we can’t verify the taxes collected by checking the publicly available city budget?  This is the same hotel industry that initially complained that Airbnb hosts weren’t paying taxes (Many of us paid taxes directly to the city prior to Airbnb’s agreement to collect taxes from guests up front and pay those taxes directly to the city.)   Each host registered with the city (through the finance office, like all businesses who are licensed) submits information about income and taxes to the city monthly, which can be checked against the money paid by Airbnb. Furthermore the city knows exactly how much in taxes Airbnb. So don’t believe the hotel industry when they complain about Airbnb and home sharing, because the hotel industry isn’t concerned about anything other than their own profit. 

And when it comes to taxes and  a “fair playing field” (as if we could ever be on a fair playing field with multinational billion dollar corporations), It’s the hotel industry that doesn’t pay taxes, the hotel industry that gets huge subsidies whereby the hotels collect taxes from guests, but pay them to developers and not the city. Would that Airbnb hosts could divert taxes to pay our mortgages, rents, student debts, car loans, hospital bills. (If we’re really talking about a fair playing field).  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-la-taxpayer-subsidy-downtown-hotel-20140701-story.html

The New York Times released the internal documents of the hotel industry’s plot to attack hosts and eliminate the Airbnb platform which has facilitated the growth of a this cottage industry. This plan calls for raising many social justice issues related to housing, none of which are address otherwise by the hotel industry (issues of safety, access, affordability, neighborhoods). While the hotel industry insists that mom and pop hosts are a “ploy” or a “hoax”, we are very very real. Each Airbnb host is an autonomous business. Not a franchise, but an independent,  using the Airbnb platform to run our businesses. It’s a unique business model whereby most of the money towards a reservation goes directly to the people providing the service. With the 14% hotel tax, and with Airbnb fees of 9-15% per booking, the city is actually making more money off of Airbnb than Airbnb does. 

 What other corporate model leaves such a huge amount of the income from that industry directly in the hands of the workers,  communities and cities in which they operate? What other business model has facilitated the growth of so many small businesses that the hotel industry needs to put out hit pieces like this, implying that the L.A. Times or the public can’t access public records that prove the claims of huge tax payments to the city?

Why shouldn’t we believe that the taxes from home sharing is significant? More to the point, in the face of an article like this, where the hotel industry basically demands we forgo the social services such taxes could fund, why should be believe the hotel industry cares about communities, safety or access or any other concerns they troll.

If you believe the hotel industry, I am a figment of your imagination.  But in reality, I’m a retired teacher, who by sharing my home and welcoming people to L.A. or providing interim housing to people who live in the city or are relocating to the city, I am able to keep my own home, on my fixed income pension.  We provide a much needed service, because between the $300 a night hotel and the 12 month lease, there are few other housing options in this city.  Some of us hosts have approached the city about using the Airbnb platform to allow us to provide temporary housing to unhoused Angelinos).  I also provide jobs– full time and part time, including benefits, and like many hosts, pay over the proposed 15$ minimum wage, which the hotel industry still does not pay its poorest workers. 

The hotel industry claims that they’re only concerned about the commercial bnbs, but the ordinance they support would limit hosts to renting out only to one group at a time and for a minimum of 180 nights a year. -Again, NOT a fair playing field, no other business model is remotely as restrictive, and the city has and allows many home based businesses that aren’t as residential as home sharing.  (At 180 days a year, at $100 a listing, that’s less than 20,000$ a year– which isn’t even a salary, won’t allow for full time employment or benefits, and is hardly a fair playing field against the mammoth hotel industry.) 

7 new luxury hotels are going up in L.A. and most of them won’t pay taxes for 50 years.  All of these hotels COULD have been affordable housing units, or still could provide some affordable housing. In the “fair playing field” spirit, just as hotels sell million dollar luxury condos in their highest floors, why not provide low income housing in their lower floors? Or is the hotel industry not REALLY concerned about neighborhoods, fair playing fields, housing or communities? Are our hardest working, least paid neighbors only suitable for cleaning up after the people to whom the hotel industry caters?  -Emma Rosenthal

Yoga for All Bodies (Most) Saturdays

Next class: April 22, 2017
Select Saturdays 9:30-10:30

345 Douglas Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Next meeting: Saturday Aprill 22, 2018 9:30-10:30
Due to low attendance, we will be considering how to keep Misako’s yoga classes in our community. Now would be a good time to commit to attending, if this is something important to you.
Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

Future classes:  May 6
(No class April 29. Misako is making a pilgrimage to Manzanar)

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-15.
As always, no one is turned away for lack of funds.

This Week’s Class

This Saturday will be a super-simple exercise to train your core and to work with your digestive systems, and we will do a deep meditation. I just came back from Japan and am realizing how beneficial meditations can be to our physical/psychological/spiritual bodies in the midst of the worst jet lag that I have ever experienced.

Meditations can reduce stress, give you an opportunity to understand yourself better, bring back focus when you are tired, restore calm when your nerves are rattled.

Come and find out what I call “a band-aid for your soul.” This is a class where people of all ages, body types, and physical abilities are invited. There is a suggested donation of $10-$15,  however, no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Welcome to DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Upon Booking A Reservation

When we get a booking from our guests on Airbnb, we send them the following message on the Airbnb platform. It’s come to our attention that Airbnb’s phone app may be truncating the message, so we’re reposting it here, and will be providing guests with the link to this page, at the top of the message:

Welcome to DragonflyHIll Urban Farm We look forward to your visit with us.  If for any reason you cannot read this full message, you can find the full text here:
https://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/day-by-day-a-blog-in-the-life-of-a-community-urban-farm-and-center/
Airbnb isn’t like hotel travel. Each listing is autonomous and in many cases, the private home of your host. When you stay at DragonflyHill Urban Farm you will be staying with us, in our home.

Please review the following suggestions and answer the following questions to avoid any misunderstandings:

1. Review our guidelines, house rules, listing and web page so you are familiar with our home and what we offer and do not offer.

2. PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT TIME YOU PLAN TO ARRIVE so we can make sure we are here to greet you and let you in. Our earliest guaranteed check in is 4 PM though we may be able to make your room available a littler earlier. Letting us know when you will be arriving is very important, as we are not a hotel or motel and do not have around the clock desk staff. Guest check out time is 11 am and we need a few hours to clean and prepare your room after the previous guests leave, so If you need a much earlier check in, you need to reserve the night before. If you do arrive earlier, you are welcome to drop off luggage any time after 9:30 am by appointment, and head out into the city, or relax in the common areas of the house: the living room, kitchen, dining room, gardens and patios. Upon check in, we verify identification of all adults, along with a registration form for our records and provide an orientation/tour of the house and the many amenities we offer.

3. In addition to the name of the person who made the reservation, PLEASE PROVIDE THE NAMES OF ALL THE PEOPLE including children, traveling with you. You may have already provided airbnb with this information but they may not have shared it with us. Please count children, including infants in the total number of guests. While we are child friendly, we cannot provide free accommodations for children. We welcome your children into our home but all fees apply to all guests regardless of age. Thank you for your understanding.

4. ONGOING COMMUNICATION is very important. Please check your airbnb messages and assure that your contact information is up to date. This helps us guarantee you the best possible experience while staying here. If you have any questions or need additional information please ask us. For more information about us: dragonflyhill.wordpress.com. We’re also on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DragonflyhillUrbanFarm We hope you enjoy your stay here. Thank you for choosing to stay with us at DragonflyHill Urban Farm