Incentivizing Injustice: Carmel and the La Playa Hotel

More than 200 protesters, including many long-time Carmel residents rally in front of the La Playa Hotel

OK, we get it. Business is about paying employees the minimum necessary to extract the maximum value from their work. So if you’re selling a hotel for 70-some-odd million dollars and the buyer is willing to give you a few dollars extra if you fix it so he can fire the entire staff, you do it. Never mind that most members of your staff have been working for you for more than 20 years – some more than 30. Never mind that people who dedicated most of their working lives to your hotel, while barely scraping by on the low wages you paid them, will be fired – just before the holidays – in the middle of a recession – without a dime in severance pay – while you, who are already extremely wealthy, walk away with tens of millions more. Don’t let it bother you. You’ve worked hard for what you have, dammit, and if anyone complains about it they’re just engaging in class warfare.

After all, nothing is more important than ensuring that ever more of the nation’s wealth is diverted directly into the pockets of the people, like you, who need it the least. That’s how the system is supposed to work. And if it means that ever less remains available to fix roads, run schools or pay working people a fair wage, well, that’s just the way it goes. We all have to make sacrifices to support the greater good – you excepted, of course.

Yes, it’s all part of the beauty of the free market, where everyone rises or falls on their own merit and no one receives a handout … well … no one poor, anyway.

The wealthy buyers of the La Playa, in contrast, expect the public to subsidize their takeover by giving them a break on their Transient Occupancy Tax. Why not? Being rich means not having to abide by the rules you impose on others.

The Carmel City Council will consider the proposal to give Transient Occupancy Tax breaks to hotels that undergo renovation on Tuesday, November 1, beginning at 4:30. All you complainers out there, who think helping to kick 100 members of the Carmel community to the curb isn’t a good use of scarce public resources, should be sure to attend.

Local NAACP leader, Mel Mason (and 15 others) arrested for blocking the roadway

Picket line

Occupying the Street

Hotel workers, students, professionals, retirees – a cross section of the community turns out to support worker’s rights

Enormous credit is due Carmel City Councilmember, Jason Burnett, who is working hard to ensure that the disgusting behavior of the La Playa hotel’s current and future owners isn’t supported with public funds.

For information on upcoming rallies and events check with Local 483.

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3 Responses to Incentivizing Injustice: Carmel and the La Playa Hotel

  1. Simon Eagar says:

    Sickening. I recently finished an article in the New Yorker (Oct 10) about a man called Arthur Pope who is quietly buying control of elections in North Carolina. No doubt it is happening in other states too.
    Politically this country is rotten to the core.

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks so much, XT, for reporting on this — and for the piss-and-vinegar outrage you express. If I weren’t down in SLO right now (listening to Bill McKibben), I’d be there Nov 1, too.

  3. gayle says:

    Isn’t this area built on the ‘tourism’ industry?? What is wrong with these people?? They have my support!!

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