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A rendering of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel proposed for the corner of Colorado Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Santa Monica.
Courtesy Of The City Of Santa Monica
A rendering of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel proposed for the corner of Colorado Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Santa Monica.

News, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Churches Speak Out Against Proposed Hotel At 5th/Colorado

Posted Sep. 1, 2013, 8:58 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Santa Monica hotel workers will join congregants at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCCSM) today, Sept. 1 to speak out about OTO Development

OTO Development proposes the Courtyard by Marriott to be six stories and 74 feet high with 136 rooms and up to 108 parking spaces in a two-level subterranean garage. If built as proposed, the Courtyard by Marriott would take up as much as 78,750 square feet of floor area at the corner of Fifth and Colorado.

A UUCCSM media advisory said Santa Monica is alive with conversations about new development projects in the city, but many churches, including the UUCCSM, are attempting to change the tone of these conversations.

Partnering with CLUE-LA, they are speaking out to remind developers that any new projects must take into account the quality of jobs created.

"The people of this city have worked hard to raise the bar when it comes to the standard of jobs, and this standard must be upheld," a media advisory stated. "In honor of Labor Day, UUCCSM is welcoming a current hotel worker to come and share his experiences of working in this industry here in Santa Monica. Right now, he has a good job with security, fair pay, and health benefits. He knows that he can work hard and provide for his family. But this may all be in jeopardy as an outside development company, OTO Development, puts forth proposals for two new hotels that undermine all of these guarantees. So workers within the hotels in Santa Monica are standing up and speaking out, and many Churches and Faith Groups are standing with them."

The Sunday service featuring the story of a Santa Monica hotel worker will commence at 10 am at 1260 18th Street, Santa Monica.

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Sep. 1, 2013, 11:00:47 am

Charles said...

If the church is against it, then I'm for it. I hope they build it and the church shuts its pie hole.

Sep. 2, 2013, 9:48:39 am

Jim Moliterni said...

Hmmm...Let's see, most cities would relish the opportunities in creating new jobs. Think of the benefits to the local economy via temporary jobs (construction), permanent jobs (hotel), and secondary businesses (suppliers). This one is a "no brainer".

Sep. 2, 2013, 11:42:28 am

Douglas Quillin said...

Please list the many churches.

Sep. 4, 2013, 7:23:54 am

wolflen said...

Douglas Quillin said... Please list the many churches. lets see...The Church of the Holy Union The Union Church of Higher Dues Church of the Rising Wage

Sep. 4, 2013, 9:48:15 pm

Cathie Gentile said...

As someone who actually attends the church where the hotel worker, a Unite Here Representative, and a member of CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) spoke, I can assure the detractors that Santa Monica economy will not be harmed if OTO does not build their Courtyard Marriott. There are only two hotels in Santa Monica where the workers are covered by a collective bargaining agreement: The Fairmont and Loews. Both hotels are successful. Union contracts guarantee the workers a set hourly wage, health benefits, breaks, vacations. Benefits many white collar workers in S.M. enjoy without a union, but if those benefits were removed, those workers would flee like rats from a sinking ship. Go to CLUE-LA's website and view the many churches and synagogues that are members. Go to Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy for facts on the effects of a living wage, facts on safe working conditions for low-wage workers and then see whose pie hole needs to be shut!

Sep. 17, 2013, 5:30:24 am

llaura.dely said...

Thank you UUCCSM and CLUE for bringing attention to a labor issue in your community. I hope you will extend that concern to the construction workers used on the Courtyard Hotel. Often contractors use the threat of hiring undocumented workers to drive down wages on a job. Please work to uphold Project Labor Agreement for the new Courtyard.

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