Hotel Property Rejected by Harbor Board
"The Board feels that this particular proposal, in its current form, is not in the best interest of the Port and the San Pedro community," said Harbor Commission President Nick Tonsich. "The hotel sits on prime Port property in a beautiful marina-front location that will benefit tremendously in the coming years from the 'Bridge to Breakwater' waterfront development. This property deserves, and this Board expects, a total commitment of its operators to provide a first-class hotel experience for visitors as well as a solid anchor business and stable employer that benefits the local economy."
The Marina Hotel, located in the Cabrillo Marina area, was formerly a Hilton-affiliated hotel, but lost that affiliation as the performance and condition of the hotel deteriorated. Representatives of Cabrillo Hospitality LLC stated that they intend to invest $4 million in refurbishing the hotel, but that Hilton affiliation will not be re-sought.
Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn brought up additional concerns regarding potential for labor disputes and disruptions in service. Citing the City Council's current consideration of adopting a policy requiring "labor peace" provisions for hotels on public lands, Hahn said, "This agreement does not carry a labor peace clause. Because the hotel is on public Port land, the Port has an obligation to protect itself and the public from the threat of potential decreased revenues caused by labor disputes."
Also speaking on the issue of labor peace provisions at the Board meeting
was Paul Rosenstein, former Santa Monica Councilman who experienced similar
concerns in that city. He cited a letter sent to the Board of Harbor Commissioners
on August 6, 2004 by Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Kevin McKeown which
stated that the labor peace provision between the City of Santa Monica
and the Viceroy Hotel on City lands has proved sensible and led to a true
partnership between the employees and management in upgrading the property.
Port of Los Angeles
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