City Hall’s bad faith

first_imgIT’S rare when dishonest public policy is exposed for what it is – so when it does happen, it’s a cause for some celebration. So break out the champagne, because Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe last week concluded that the Los Angeles City Council acted in bad faith when it adopted the second – and infinitely worse – draft of a Century Boulevard corridor living wage law in February. This is not just a victory for those who abhor the abject pandering to special interests at City Hall, which forced this discriminatory ordinance at the behest of union supporters. This is a victory for all Angelenos, who were going to pay for this bad legislation – one way or the other. To review: The first living-wage ordinance appeared last fall and singled out a handful of hotels near Los Angeles International Airport to pay a wage to hotel workers far above the state’s minimum wage. Local unions had been trying to organize these hotels without success for years, in part because the pay and working conditions weren’t that bad. Finally, they gave up and turned to their paid friends on the Los Angeles City Council. The hotel representatives called it discrimination, which it clearly was, and threatened to put the issue before voters. The council – which has mounted a national campaign to boycott these hotels – countered with another version of the ordinance that shifted the burden away from the hotels and to, naturally, the public. The council and the mayor thought that by coming up with taxpayer-funded incentives to boost business for the LAX-adjacent hotels, everyone would swallow this terrible policy. This time the hotels just sued. And luckily at that, for the public’s sake. This was bad policy from the start. Fortunately, the judge said no. And that’s something to drink to.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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