Earlier this month, the Los Angeles City Council voted to let Angelenos decide the fate of the Hotel Land Use and Replacement Housing Requirements Ordinance at the next primary election on March 5, 2024. If passed, this ordinance would require hotels to allocate vacant rooms to city residents experiencing homelessness. While AAHOA has tremendous compassion for unsheltered individuals, this ordinance doesn’t solve the City’s homelessness problem and, instead, increases safety concerns for hotel guests and staff.
During an interview with Fox Business’ Kelly O'Grady, AAHOA President & CEO Laura Lee Blake discussed the concern that Los Angeles hoteliers and the industry at large have if voters pass this controversial measure next year.
"What does this mean for the front desk clerk? What does this mean for the housekeepers, for the entire staff at the hotel, where now suddenly they have to be trained to monitor this?” President & CEO Laura Lee Blake said. “There's nothing in the ordinance that talks about what would happen if there was damage to the rooms.”
AAHOA will remain active and engaged on this issue to protect the safety of hotel staff and the betterment of the Los Angeles travel and tourism industry.
Watch AAHOA President & CEO Laura Lee Blake’s full interview