LA will destroy its tourism industry if it turns its hotels into homeless shelters
By: Chip Rodgers | Published: 10/27/23
If Los Angeles voters approve the March 2024 ballot measure to force hotels to house homeless people next to paying guests, it will put hotel employees in serious danger and eradicate thousands of jobs as LA hotel bookings and tourism grind to a halt.
You don’t need a crystal ball to see this one.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the city experimented with housing homeless people in hotels. Thousands of homeless people checked into hotels on the taxpayers’ dime, and hotel employees were forced to deal with the drugs and violence these guests brought with them.
Aside from putting hotel staff at risk, the program led to extensive property damage — $11.5 million in damage at the Mayfair Hotel alone. The emails that went back and forth at the Mayfair tell the entire story.
Read the full story from The Hill here.