1989

Many Hotel Landlords Skirt SRO Ordinance, Legally

Laws in place to preserve residential hotels fail to stop their conversion into tourist hotels. The Tenderloins cost per week at residential hotels skyrockets due to their scarcity.

 

1991

S.F. Hotelier Is Barred From Renting to Tourists

SF Judge issues a permanent injunction barring Hotel Owner Adam Sparks from renting rooms to tourists. A win for hotel conversion and zoning laws – showing they can be enforced.

 

 

1992

Mayoral Intervention on Conversion of Hotel Approval

The Cornell Hotel wants to convert 31 units from residential to tourist use. The Planning Dept initially is recommend disapproval of the request but then flips (after Mayor Frank Jordan intervened) to supporting the conversion. The conversion would mean a loss of over $1,000,000 in funds for non-profit housing.