The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01126

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Albert Antonini
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The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My name is Albert Antonini; I am a resident and constituent of the city of Los Angeles for the past 40 + years and a resident of the Highland Park neighborhood since 1977. Due to two (2) major life changes: 1) Our grown children (daughters) married, left our home and now lead their own lives -- 2) We are now grandparents to 6 children, retired and primarily living off Social Security. The Home Sharing income has been a blessing. I don't think we could have paid our mortgage, utility bills, phone, living expenses, etc. without the additional Home Sharing Income supplementing Social Security. In addition to our financial betterment, we really enjoy hosting people from all over the world and domestically. Our home and grounds are kept up and meticulously maintained for the enjoyment of our guest(s). Our neighbors find our home an asset for the whole neighborhood. There have been no complaints from our neighbors; on the contrary our neighbors go out of their way to welcome our guests to the neighborhood. We have had many positive reviews from our guest(s) describing their experiences while visiting us and the local neighborhood(s). We have shared our home with and receive guest(s) from many U. S. States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Asia (Including China, South Korea and India). We have had over 60 visiting families and/or individuals since we started home sharing last October, 2013. All our guest(s) contribute to the local economy in a big way. Occidental parents comment when visiting their children they greatly appreciate having the Home Sharing alternative. We recommend and our guest(s) spend monies at the neighborhood grocery stores, restaurants, gift shops, gold line (metro) and buses to name a few. Our Guest(s) leave great reviews on the AirBnB website describing their experiences at our home, local neighborhood and of course the city of Los Angeles. York Boulevard has become a favorite shopping and dining experience for many of our guest(s). The entire North East section of Los Angeles is benefitting from having Home Sharing entrepreneurs in the area. Home Sharing has brought the world closer to us and our neighborhood. I do not have enough words to describe the positive experience it has been for everyone. Some of our guest(s) join us and visit our local church(s) for spiritual nurturing as well. No Hotel in the world offers or provides this intimate, culturally diverse and loving L. A. experience. Sincerely, Albert Antonini