The Other Side of the Story: For Pete’s Sake

Have you noticed Save Historic Jackson Hole’s new ad campaign?
The “ads” are meant to look and read like informational news columns. Columns that tell an alternative side of today’s big issue stories.
We hope the community continues to stay engaged and thirsty for information on matters that concern our valley and its future.
Here is the Other Side of the Story for June 21:

For Pete’s sake

Town explores renter protection laws

Plans to explore some kind of renter’s protection in Jackson Hole are underway. Mayor-elect Pete Muldoon is leading the charge to try to see how the town can get involved through ordinance or other methods of drawing up laws that could cap rents or provide more recourses for tenants when dealing with property-owning landlords. While SHJH is troubled by landlords who abuse their tenants, we believe adequate recourses are available to renters currently under state statute and any additional laws enacted to “protect” renters could actually harm landlords.

 

SHJH recently participated in an article by Planet Jackson Hole. Our quotes are highlighted here:

 

There have been several vocal opponents to perceived expansion of local government. One of the more prominent groups is Save Historic Jackson Hole. However, even SHJH is alarmed by news of some local rental practices.

SHJH’s Jake Nichols stated in an email that the organization is generally opposed to renter protections and they feel state statutes offer enough protection for both owners and renters.

However, SHJH is troubled by isolated incidents of unfair evictions, subpar, unhealthy or unsafe living conditions, or fear of retaliation for repair requests. Nichols reminded that landlords can be “victims of inconsiderate renters who bolt from their agreements or cause damage to property that is ultimately the owner’s responsibility.” A lease is beneficial for all parties, he added, and rental caps are acceptable for government subsidized and government provided housing.

D2: Dirty deal

We aren’t the only ones upset with our elected officials over their change-up in zoning in downtown Jackson where they opted, in the 11th hour, to add millions more square feet of commercial after promising not to. The result of which, by the way, could mean more 50 more hotels in the core of downtown Jackson alone. That’s right…50 more 115-room hotels.

That’s an incredible amount of increased traffic and growth generator. Besides the tourists driving to and from the hotels, each will require staff. Reservations desk, bellboy, valet, concierge, maintenance, housekeepers, laundry, cooks, servers, HVAC repair, and administrators like a GM, assistants, PR, HR, Food & Beverages.

It was a major decision made in AFTER public participation convinced town leaders to stop building hotels and restaurants that worsen our housing and transportation problems. When you’re in a hole, you stop digging, right?

Wrong.

The town council passed out shovels to every condo builder and hotel developer who wants to make a buck in Jackson.

pete muldoon

Mayoral candidate Pete Muldoon wrote this editorial for Planet JH about what he said was a “backroom deal” that came as a “shock to most residents.”

 

Also check out Meg Daly’s coverage.