Hotel Subsidies Divert Hotel Tax Into Corporate Profits.

And you thought they wanted a FAIR Fair Playing Field

We’ve been pointing this our for some time, but here it is in a comprehensive report and not just scattered newspaper articles and city ordinances:

The hotel industry gets huge subsidies from cities. While they collect taxes, they often don’t have to pay the taxes they collect. It’s just one more source of income. They can divert taxes to their loans and other expenses.

When the hotels say they want a fair playing field they don’t really mean they want us all to be equal. What they mean is that no one should be allowed on the field if they don’t already have billions of dollars worth of capital.

Imagine if we could use home sharing to pay off our debts, fair playing field and all? Imagine what that would do for mortgages or student loans. That would really be something.

Taxpayer subsidies for hotel construction and operations
https://www.airbnbcitizen.com/taxpayer-subsidies/

For the full report: For the full report:
Taxpayer ​Subsidies for ​Hotel ​Construction and ​Operations An ​analysis ​of ​big ​hotels’ ​$4.9 ​billion in ​taxpayer ​subsidies ​and ​Airbnb’s commitment ​to ​communities.
https://2sqy5r1jf93u30kwzc1smfqt-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Airbnb_Hotel_Tax_Subsidy_Report_Nov17-1.pdf

These subsidies are part of the public record. Sometimes it even makes the L.A. Times. And it’s not just in our city. It’s everywhere.
 
L.A. council backs $198.5 million in financial aid for downtown hotel project

 

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DragonflyHill For the Holidays

Give the Gift of DragonflyHill and support a community based business

We have beautiful gifts as well as essential services to take care of your holiday needs!

Get your home ready for the holidays with our expert design, repair, cleaning, organizing team.

We provide a variety of services for your home for the holidays, including:

  • installation of Christmas lights  and decorations (We even have a photographyChristmas lights package– we set up your lights and provide you with professional photographs of your home, inside and out, day and night shots.)
  • Time and space management (get your clutter under control for the New Year, and your house beautiful for the holidays)  (Also part of our Each One Teach One, program)
  • House cleaning: Don’t sweat it, we’ll clean your house for you, both before and after holiday events.
  • Repairs and maintenance: Give us your honey do list, or take on a new project. Carlos, with hand saw, cutting a 2x4You can either have us do the project ourselves, or you can work with our experts and learn a new skill in our “Each One Teach One” program.
  • Event Planning: Turn your holiday event over to us for expert planning!
  • Landscaping and Urban Farming: With Southern California’s 12 month growing season, outdoor landscaping, clean up and planting is year round. If your home isn’t beautiful outside, we can help make your home welcoming from the curb, and the back yard.  We can organize your yard to meet your needs, provide some food, lower water usage. We can  design your yard so it is low maintenance and easy to care for. glendaingardenhigh_3911

    All of these programs are eligible for our Each One Teach One option, where you work with us, but get our expert results, while learning new skills and saving money. We work with all abilities and are expert in accommodations for full inclusion. 

Gift Certificates for a Variety of Services!

We offer many wonderful services that can also be great gifts during this giving season, and support us and our tenuous community in our first year of business.

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 sessionsReiki table with blankets in a comfortable reiki room
  • 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. (Refund after reservation has been made).
    Image of the Rose Sage Room: including an armoire, a woman/tree painting, a small refrigerator with a bamboo plant on top of it. The walls are peach and the trim is dark brown. There is a ceiling fan. The bed has gold pillows, a gold duvet cover, with a floral throw pillow and a quilt mounted on the wall. There are two bedside tables, with lamps and an alarm clock. The windows have a lace window treatment with a pull down scalloped shade.
  • A portrait session Starting at $100 for one sitting and one look. Other services include retouching, multiple looks, head shot packages, etc.
  • Real Estate photography of your home or work place starting at $100
    Front porch with craftsman chairs
  • Real Estate Services: Starting at 70$. Repairs, design, staging and photography.
  • Repairs, maintenance, design Starting at 70$ 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.
  • Tax services From basic simple forms to more complex reporting. Starting at 50$.
  • House cleaning services One time or ongoing. Initial deep clean for a one bedroom apartment starts at $125.
    laundry sink
  • 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.
  •  Studio Space Starting at $50 towards a one time rental in our studio for photography, art, meetings, events, classes, film showings, gallery space, rehearsal, filming. (Requires $100 security deposit or sweat equity by arrangement)
  • Classes, Tutoring, Proofreading.  Gift certificates to any of our ongoing programs: Reiki classes (coming soon, starting at 200$), Yoga classes, held every Saturday, starting at $15 for one class, or purchase a series of classes. We also provide tutoring in most academic subjects: all academic subjects through grade 8, and most academic subjects for high school and college.
  • Detailed car wash 50$cars, $75 vans and small trucksAdditional travel fees for any l 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.
  • Landscaping: Drip irrigation, installation of water collection systems, raised beds, low water use landscaping, beautification. Starting at $100.
  • 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.

Emma’s Great Hollywood Tour

Hollywood Walk of Fame: tourists on Hollywood Blvd in front of the Chinese Theater.A self guided Day Trip Through Hollywood

Text and Photographs by Emma Rosenthal of DragonflyHill Urban Farm & Museum House

Practically everyone who comes to L.A., NEEDS to check out the Walk of Fame and The Hollywood Sign. The universal reaction to the Walk of Fame is pretty much the same: “Yup, there it is”.  It’s really nothing very spectacular, just a lot of stars and handprints on the sidewalk. Back in the day, Hollywood Blvd was also pretty dirty and consisted of little more than seedy souvenir stores and dive bars. It’s a bit spruced up now, with the addition of the Hollywood & Highland shopping Mall, the Kodak Theater and other upgrades, but it’s still not a day trip in and of itself.

So may we suggest:

Stop 1: The Griffith Park Observatory, with views of the L.A. Basin, The Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood Sign. There are wonderful day hikes (take plenty of water) from the Observatory.  (Recommended that you make this trek on a weekday. The park is very crowded on the weekend).

Hollywood Sign & Griffith Observatory from Barnsdale Art Park: Image of the Hollywood Hills and Hollywood, from Barnsdale Art Park.

Stop 2. Beachwood Canyon: Take the canyon, north, into Hollywoodland, and loop through Hollyridge Road. There are many great vantage points for seeing and photographing  the Hollywood Sign. You will be driving through residential neighborhoods, so please be quiet and respectful.
Image of the Hollywood Sign from Beachwood Canyon. Hollywood sign with houses, hillsides, plants in the foreground and a very blue sky. Prints available at reduced prices! All proceeds to go The WE Empowerment Center, a 501 c 3 charitable trust https://emmarosenthal.smugmug.com/Emmas-Store/LA-Paradise-Chimera/

Stop 3. Hollywood Walk of Fame: See the famous walk of fame, as well as landmarks such as the Hollywood and Highland Mall, Musso and Frank’s Restaurant, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and many souvenir shops.

 

Stop 4,  Lunch or dinner:  Brothers’ All you can eat Korean BBQ.  or BDC Tofu (which has meat and vegetaraian/vegan options)

Round trip from DragonflyHill Urban Farm is mapped here:
https://goo.gl/maps/j1FygWeADuq

Links on best views of the Hollywood Sign

More Reviews From Our Wonderful Guests! (October Reviews)


Marco
Marco

Rob
Rob

 A Bright New Listing in Our 5 Star Home


Xin
Xin
DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:Thank you for your kind review and for choosing to stay with us. Because this is a residential area in a big city there can be some ambient noise, which is more of a problem for some people than others. We do offer guests, ear plugs and each room is equipped with a sound machine. We wish you had mentioned your discomfort to us so we could have helped you counter the noise.

 A Fine New Listing in Our 5 Star Home


Xinran
Xinran

 Multiple rooms: Up to 5 rooms for your group


Chao
Chao

 Multiple rooms: Up to 5 rooms for your group


Aaron Troy
Aaron Troy

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm



Jeong-In
Jeong-In
DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:It was a pleasure having you stay with us. We understand through Google translate, that you were very happy here, but that the room was a little small. The Frida Room is a small room. If guests need more space, they can check out our other listings (at the same location). We also offer two room suites, with a bedroom and private sitting rooms. We have many options and different rooms depending on the needs of our guests. Guests can make inquiries with us before booking and we’ll make sure we provide the right accommodations for each guest. If you do come back to L.A., message us and we’ll make sure you are in rooms that are big enough for your comfort. It was great having you here. Google translate: 우리와 함께있어 주셔서 감사합니다. 우리는 당신이 여기에서 매우 행복했다는 것을 구글 번역을 통해 이해하지만 그 방은 조금 작았 다. 프리다 룸은 작은 방입니다. 손님이 더 많은 공간을 필요로하면 다른 위치 (동일한 위치)를 체크 아웃 할 수 있습니다. 우리는 침실과 개인 거실이있는 2 개의 스위트 룸을 제공합니다. 우리는 손님의 요구에 따라 다양한 옵션과 객실을 보유하고 있습니다. 손님께서는 예약 전에 문의하실 수 있으며, 각 게스트에 맞는 숙소를 제공 할 수 있도록 최선을 다할 것입니다. L.A.에 다시 오면 우리에게 메시지를 보내십시오. 그러면 우리는 당신이 편안함을 누릴만큼 큰 방에 있는지 확인할 것입니다. 너를 데려 와서 너무 좋았어.

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Michael
Michael

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA



睿文
睿文

 A Fine New Listing in Our 5 Star Home


Xavier
Xavier
DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:We’re very sorry about the difficulties you had with the internet. You sent us one message that you were having problems with it. We checked it and it was working on two of our computers so we suggested you try turning on and off your computer and to contact us if you had further problems. We didn’t hear from you again and you didn’t mention it at breakfast the next morning. We do encourage guests to let us know if there is a problem so we can address it.

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Gabrielle
Gabrielle

Housekeeping 101: How to Clean House Like a PRO!

HOUSECLEANING 101: How to Clean House Like a PRO!
Part of our Each One Teach One Program

Housecleaning is skilled labor.  That’s why so many household arguments are around Image of the Rose Sage Room: including an armoire, a woman/tree painting, a small refrigerator with a bamboo plant on top of it. The walls are peach and the trim is dark brown. There is a ceiling fan. The bed has gold pillows, a gold duvet cover, with a floral throw pillow and a quilt mounted on the wall. There are two bedside tables, with lamps and an alarm clock. The windows have a lace window treatment with a pull down scalloped shade.housecleaning. Without any training, everyone is expected to know how to clean house. The work usually falls on those most marginalized within a household, and those who were taught how to clean, perhaps even when they were very young.  Housework historically has been relegated to devalued workers (women, immigrants, racially marginalized folks); domestic labor is so devalued and unrecognized as skilled labor it is easy to disregard the skill and training that goes into being able to complete ordinary, daily household tasks. Some household have long meetings, and create colorful charts delineating who does dishes on Thursday or cleans the bathroom on Monday, who does the shopping or cooks dinner every night of the week. But by Friday the house is a hot mess, there’s nothing but ingredients in the refrigerator, and everyone is calling for take out.  Everyone is frustrated and no one knows why.

WE CAN HELP!

  • Where to begin?
    • Storage
    • Division of Labor
    • Scheduling
    • Delegating
    • Working together and alone: community and solitude in homecleaning
    • Getting rid of clutter
    • Keeping it Manageable
  • Laundry Room Windows 2Choosing the right products
    • For easy cleaning
    • For health
    • For safety
    • Light weight but effective products
  • Fragrance free products you can afford or make yourself
  • Organization of cleaning products
    • Having what you need where you need it
    • Saving time
  • Housecleaning with disabilities, preventing accidents and injury
    • Working in community
    • Sharing & dividing tasks
    • Choosing the right tools
  • Allergy free housecleaning
    • Preventing allergies
    • Getting rid of allergens in the house
  • Each one according to their abilities
    • Division of labor
    • Household equality
  • Speed cleaning: getting it done so you can do other thingsDragonfly BathroomWe can teach you how to clean one room, or the whole house. We can teach the basics or help with clutter abatement, organization, household management from the ground up.

    We work with you in your home, showing you how to get the job done and do it right.

    Cost: $35 an hour per team member, plus tools and materials. Initial half hour consultation either online, over the phone or in person, is free.

 

Yoga For All Bodies: The next 3 Saturdays in November

 Hosted by Real Life Yogi

Select Saturdays 9:30-10:30 am
Next Class: November 11,  2017
-Yogi Tej Atma (Tsukuru Fors Lauritzen)
Upcoming Class: November 18, November 25, 2017
Brunch (RSVP) to follow class

This Saturday, we will work on a classic kriya (a set of exercises) called “Kriya for Disease

Tsukuru Fors Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

-Yogi Tej Atma (Tsukuru Fors Lauritzen)

Resistance.” As we move into colder days of the winter, we may experience energy changing in/outside of our body. I wanted us to revisit this easy but effective kriya where each of ten movements/postures work on a different part of your body and boost up your immune system.

Please join us to open up your perfect weekend so you can spend it energetically and joyfully!!!

People of all ages, body types, and physical abitilities are invited to attend. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-15. All proceeds are donated to the WE Empowerment Center.

Hope to see you there!!!

-Yogi Tej Atma (Tsukuru Fors Lauritzen)

August & September Reviews of our BnB

Reviews of DragonflyHill Urban FArm From Our Wonderful BnB Guests!

Gabrielle
Gabrielle

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Devana
Devana

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Gail
Gail

 The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA



Joanna
Joanna

 The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Jane
Jane

DragonflyHill

Response from DragonflyHill:洛杉矶的公共交通是困难的。 我们距离巴士站不到一个街区,但地铁站距离酒店还有一段距离。 没有汽车的客人结合使用淋浴或者公共交通工具和公共交通工具,这样会更容易。 如果客人让我们知道他们想去哪里,我们可以帮助他们找到在整个城市旅行的最快最好的时间。

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Marjory
Marjory

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Shantea
Shantea

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Marna
Marna

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


筱懿
筱懿

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Carlos
Carlos

 The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Li
Li

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Don
Don

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Cecilia
Cecilia

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


Hardik
Hardik

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Jordi
Jordi

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Caitlyn
Caitlyn

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Kaythushan
Kaythushan

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Eric
Eric

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Yan Liu
Yan Liu

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Chen
Chen

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Jerry
Jerry

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


Sabina
Sabina

 The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Josh
Josh

 The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


Jasmine
Jasmine

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


禹祺
禹祺

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm




Dani
Dani

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Juan Pablo
Juan Pablo

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


小英
小英

 The Lotus Retreat on our Urban Farm: Walk to DTLA


宇

 Multiple rooms: Up to 5 rooms for your group


Fangwei
Fangwei

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


Sarah
Sarah

 DragonflyHill Urban Farm: Frida Room: Walk to DTLA


Heidi
Heidi

 (Two room)Lavender Suite on our dynamic urban farm


Yoga For All Bodies

Led by Yogi  Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)
When: Saturdays in October from 9:30-10:30
October 28.
Stay for brunch (RSVP)

Suggested donation: $10-15.
All proceeds go to The WE Empowerment Center

This Saturday we will work on getting energy moving.

It sounds easy enough, right? Everyone has their own method of upping their energy

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

level. I love moving my body and have recently got back into spinning.

While I do enjoy exercising, I do think about getting old and occasionally imagine what it would be like to grow old and have a difficulty moving my body.

I believe that there are ways not only to “maintain” our body but also to work with our body’s limitations. It is possible to rejoice in the beauty of our body and movement at no matter what age. Come and explore the “wisdom” of your own body.

People of all ages, body types, and physical abilities are invited. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-15. All proceeds will be donated to The WE Empowerment Center. -Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)

Yoga for All Bodies

Led byYogi  Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)
When: Saturdays in October from 9:30-10:30)
Dates in October: October 21, October 28
Stay for Brunch (RSVP)
Suggested donation: $10-15
All proceeds go to The WE Empowerment Center

We are doing Surya Kriya – The Sun Kriya – this weekend. Surya Kriya has been a kind of the go-to kriya for me, when I am feeling low energy or out of sorts.

Misaku Lauritzen, Yogi, teaching yoga

Yogi Tej Atma (Misako Lauritzen)=

The Surya Kriya is named after the energy of the sun. It is the energy of purification. It makes the mind clear, analytic and action-oriented. The exercised systematically stimulate the positive pranic force and the Kundalini energy itself.

Please join me this Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am. It will be the perfect way to start out your weekend!!!

People of all ages, body types, physical abilities are invited to attend. The class fee is a suggested donation of $10 to 15. All proceeds will be donated to the WE Empowerment Center.  -Yogi  Tej Atma

Introducing the Rose Sage Room

The Rose Sage Room is one of  two rooms that comprise the Lavender Suite– our 2 room downstairs suite that can house up to 4 people.  But for couples or individual travelers Image of the Rose Sage Room: including an armoire, a woman/tree painting, a small refrigerator with a bamboo plant on top of it. The walls are peach and the trim is dark brown. There is a ceiling fan. The bed has gold pillows, a gold duvet cover, with a floral throw pillow and a quilt mounted on the wall. There are two bedside tables, with lamps and an alarm clock. The windows have a lace window treatment with a pull down scalloped shade.it’s often more space than most people need, so we decided to offer our guests the option of the two room suite, or a the two rooms as separate one room listings for up to 2 people: The Lavender Room and the Rose Sage Room. The Rose Sage Room is also known as the Parlour.  Each room in this house is designed by our Dragonfly Team, with Emma Rosenthal our principle designer. It’s an artistic process where the space communicates what it needs to be.  The Parlour never felt right. It just didn’t. It was dark and clunky.  Something needed to change. So Emma undertook restaging the room.  The actual transformation of the room was pretty simple: change out the quilt hanging from the wall behind the futon/bed, and change the window treatment; to something lighter and brighter. The bedding: dark brown, also needed to brighten up.  After some considerations and discussions that were very much like that scene from The Devil Wears Prada, when the design team is trying to make a decision between two apparently identical belts,  we went with the same sheets and duvet covers we use in our upstairs rooms: dark and light gold.  The result is a much more uplifting and inviting room.

Carlos and Emma worked for the better part of a week, comparing different textiles, changing out the artwork, retouching the paint on the walls where the older items had left marks, adding a mini refrigerator, installing an antique, solid door and lock to the Lavender Room’s upstairs entrance, putting in a more private door between the two rooms. (We opted for 2 bifold doors, so the two rooms can also operate as a suite, when needed)  Each new solution offered a few new problems. It is this dynamic of collective problem solving that makes this work so rewarding.

The Lavender Suite previously opened via the Parlour (the Rose Sage Room). Now, the Lavender Room would need a comfortable and attractive entrance. If one does not enter the Lavender Room via the Parlour, one must enter it through the pantry and the rear entrance foyer. So it now becomes essential that we keep these rooms neat and attractive. New paint, and some wall decor is being added to the rear entry foyer.

Here are some images of our final results:

Here’s what it looked like, before: