Hotel owners have made their concerns public as the Los Angeles City Council prepares for Friday’s vote on a controversial ordinance regarding homelessness.
The council’s vote concerns a voucher program that would house the homeless in hotels alongside guests and workers.
According to city documents, each hotel in Los Angeles must notify the city every day at 2 p.m. about vacant rooms.
Hotels housed the homeless in exchange for vouchers from the government. Many hotel managers and owners felt that the program was a disaster with constant fighting and drug use.
Now, the people who manage their hotels and some of their guests are responding.
Mina Dahya, who owns a hotel in Hollywood with her husband, said she’s against the program.
“I am compassionate of the homeless people. I want to take care of them. But I don’t think my staff and I are ready to do the combination where I have a paid guest staying with a homeless voucher guest next door,” Dahya said.
“This is a bad idea. People are not going to feel safe. My staff is not going to feel safe, so I think this is wrong,”Juan Martinez was appointed as the new hotel manager.
“The hotels are booked full of tourists and the tourists, I don’t know if they go together very well with the homeless people who may have a drug problems and other problems and I think they need another solution for that,”Alice Rienecke, a hotel guest.
KTLA spoke with hoteliers to learn more about the campaign. They said that a labor organization is behind it, in particular one for convention workers, restaurant workers, airport workers, and those working at hotels.
Joe Buscaino, Councilman, said that the hotel workers and other employees will be most affected as they will be forced to be self-employed. “social workers”While causing damage to the tourism industry.
“What the measure does is hurts our tourism industry, which we heavily rely on, in a time when we are getting ready for the … Olympics,”He stated.
It is important to remember that Friday’s council vote will not be for or against the measure. The council could vote it into law, or pass it on to the voters as a referendum measure. This could be possible as early as November.
Buscaino calls the plan “the dumbest measure I’ve seen in my 10 year tenure as a City Council member.”
“It’s the worst of all options as it relates to solving homelessness in the city of LA.,”He added.