Los Angeles lodge workers fight for panic buttons amid sexual harassment | California

Sonia Molina Sanchez, worked as housekeeper at the superstar hotspot resort Chateau Marmont for 10 decades. She will in no way forget about the night time she was sexually harassed by a visitor.

“I knocked on a guest’s door and went inside of, and as quickly as I went within anything did not experience proper,” said Molina Sanchez. “The guest was lying in bed as if he was about to go to sleep. I turned around and seemed at him, and when I looked at him he was staring at me although masturbating. I felt violated, truly disturbed, and just entirely in shock.”

She described the incident to her management, but practically nothing was finished. The guest was permitted to carry on staying at the lodge.

Molina Sanchez was laid off through the beginning of the pandemic and is still waiting around to be recalled to her job. She is one particular of a lot of resort employees in Los Angeles advocating for a metropolis-vast ballot petition that would mandate basic safety protections for lodge personnel, restrict workloads, established wage standards, and lengthen worker retention guidelines.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, hotel employees have been battling for motels to present workers with panic buttons to guard them from sexual harassment and assault on the job. The ballot initiative would mandate that all resorts in LA to institute panic buttons and have a stability guard on web page to answer to any calls from staff, similar to ordinances passed in quite a few bordering metropolitan areas.

“Had I had a panic button back again then, I would have been in a position to push it to get the assist that I required. But I didn’t have it, [because] it was not offered to me,” she extra.

Martha Moran, a housekeeper at Chateau Marmont for 33 several years, who is also nonetheless waiting around to be recalled back to her career and has a pending claim towards the hotel in excess of a statewide recall ordinance, also says she experienced sexual harassment at work.

“I had an knowledge exactly

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Activists fight Netanya hotel plan they say will harm nature reserves

Locals say a plan to build a large hotel and shopping complex near the beach on the southern edge of Netanya does not go far enough to protect ecosystems and violates promises made by the city.

The 613 dunam (150 acre) plan for the popular Poleg beach, which was approved by local and district planning authorities in 2013, is slated to include six hotels of eight to 11 stories, as well as room for shopping, parking and a field for beach soccer.

The development will fill in almost all of the remaining open space between the Poleg Nature Reserve and the iris reserve, the latter a municipal tract of land famed for the flowering of the critically endangered coastal iris, which only grows in Israel. The iris reserve is also linked to one of Israel’s only remaining vernal (seasonal) ponds, making the area critically important from an environmental standpoint.

While the plan includes a thin ecological corridor running parallel to the sea, between the development and the public beach, critics say the ribbon of land is not only not wide enough to serve all of the animals that frequent the area, from deer to hedgehogs, but is also not long enough to actually link the nature and iris reserves in one continuous belt.

On Sunday, residents, environmental groups and others will take what they hope is a major step toward sending the entire development back to the drawing board when they appear before Lod’s District Court.

Residents, joined in their petition by Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the environmental law organization Adam Teva V’Din, will argue that the city’s advancement of the project violates a 2002 agreement to completely reconsider, as part of one single, holistic plan, the whole area stretching between the boundaries of the two reserves, to survey the environmental impact of the plans and to provide alternatives from which to choose. The whole plan needs to be completely redone, they

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