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AH&LA Secures Extension for Existing Pool and Spa Lift ADA Compliance Date

American Hotel & Lodging Association

Following months of hard work by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the lodging industry, the Department of Justice (DOJ) last night announced a substantial postponement of the ADA compliance date for existing pools and spas with ADA requirements for accessible entries. The new compliance date – January 31, 2013 – is more than an additional nine months beyond the original date of March 15, 2012.


California Hotel & Lodging Association Elects New Members to Board of Directors

California Hotel & Lodging Association

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) elected new members to its 2012 Board of Directors at its recent meeting in Sacramento. The nominating committee presented six candidates for consideration to the Board of Directors, who subsequently elected all nominees.


CH&LA Legislative Summit Features Governor Brown

CH&LA Legislative Summit Features Governor Brown

The 11th Annual Legislative Action Summit featured Governor Jerry Brown, as well as presentations from legislative leadership, as the California lodging industry gathered in Sacramento to advocate our industry's positions with elected officials. The focus of this year's Summit included ADA laws and lawsuits, saving our parks, proposed regulation of swimming pools, and supporting the CH&LA-sponsored delay of carbon monoxide detectors to align building codes.

During his presentation, Governor Brown discussed the difference in California from his first term as governor. He further highlighted that California is still is a major tourism destination and he plans to...


Court Grants Injunction Against Poster Rule

In a blow to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) efforts to require employers to post notices regarding employees' rights to unionize in the workplace, a South Carolina District Court judge invalidated the NLRB’s proposed notice-posting rule earlier this week.


BREAKING NEWS: California Supreme Court Rules on Meal and Rest Breaks (BRINKER)

California Supreme Court

This morning, in a unanimous decision in the long running case of Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court, the State’s top court ruled that “Employers must relieve employees of all duty during meal periods but NEED NOT ensure that they perform no work”.  Simply put, this is an important clarification in the difference between the obligation to provide the break vs. the obligation to ensure it is taken. 


California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns Launches Free Mobile App Reaching Out to On-The-Go Travelers

CABBI Mobile App for California Inns/B&Bs

The California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) has launched a free mobile app to better assist travelers in finding the perfect California bed & breakfast, inn or boutique hotel.

The new iPhone application features several mapping options, helping visitors search for B&B inns near their current location or within a specific region of the state. Enhanced maps allow users to click on regions within California and pinpoint the properties in that area. Each CABBI inn has a profile page on the app with a photo, description and links to call the inn or visit their reservations page while on-the-go. Users can also get driving directions from their current...


VIDEO: ADA Tips for Small Businesses

The California Chamber of Commerce and several statewide Disability Rights organizations have come together to produce an instructional video for small businesses to come in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act’s requirements. All businesses must be in compliance by May 15, 2012.


White House Responds to Lodging Industry’s Appeals

The White House today issued a 60-day extension that will push the compliance date for the pool lift requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to May 15, 2012.


Pam Richardson, California Hotel & Lodging Association 2011 Chair is Honored with State Leadership Award

Pam Richardson

The American Hotel & Lodging Association announced the winners of the 2011 State Leadership Awards at their annual Legislative Action Summit. California Hotel & Lodging Association’s (CH&LA) immediate past chair, Pam Richardson was honored with the award for the state of California. The State Leadership Awards were created in 1998 to honor standout members within each partner state of AH&LA who help implement and strengthen programs.


CABBI Travel Guide Wins 2011 ISHAE Award of Excellence

La Jolla, CA – The 20th Anniversary California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) Travel Guide was presented with an International Society of Hotel Association Executives (ISHAE) Award of Excellence in the Membership Programs category. The award was presented to CABBI at the annual ISHAE winter conference on December 8, 2011 in La Jolla, CA.

ISHAE presents the annual Awards of Excellence for the best lodging industry association programs and services. The CABBI Travel Guide is the largest resource for bed and breakfast travel information in the state. This 144-page publication features 158 California bed and breakfast inns and was carefully designed with the...


California Hotel & Lodging Association Announces 2012 Board of Directors

Bimal Patel, Concept Hotels

Newport Beach, CA - The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) elected its 2012 Board of Directors at its annual meeting this Wednesday, November 30th at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach. The 2012 chair will be Rick Anderson of the Casa Tropicana Inn, San Clemente.

In addition, the elected officers for 2012 were announced as Allan Farwell, Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa (Vice Chair); Bimal Patel, CHA, Concept Hotels (Secretary/Treasurer); and Pam Richardson, CHA, Barmaper & Associates (Immediate Past Chairperson). Lynn Mohrfeld, CAE is the President & CEO of CH&LA.


USA Today Stars of the Industry Award Winners Announced

The California Hotel & Lodging Association announced their 2011 Stars of the Industry award winners at the Balboa Bay Beach Club & Resort in Newport Beach, CA. The Stars of the Industry awards, presented by USA TODAY, were given out under five property and five individual categories, including a new award this year, the Women In Lodging Leader of the Year award, which recognizes a woman in the lodging industry who has stepped up as a leader and a role model within the hotel community.


SB 432 - Now a Two Year Bill

We are pleased to report that yesterday SB 432 (De León-D, Los Angeles) that requires fitted sheets and long-handled tools for housekeepers, was pulled by the author and sponsors. The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn September 9th and while SB 432 is now a two year bill, CH&LA will remain vigilant over the next couple of weeks should the author/sponsors attempt rule waivers to allow the bill to be considered again prior to adjournment. The bill will however, be eligible for further consideration in 2012.


2012 Federal Per Diem Rates For California

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced the Fiscal Year 2012 Federal Per Diem Rates for California, which will take effect on October 1, 2011 and run through September 30, 2012.


Handerly Foundation Donates $5,000 to the CH&LA Education Foundation

CH&LA Education Foundation

The Handlery Foundation is giving back to the hospitality community through a $5,000 donation to the California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation (CH&LAEF) scholarship program.

The Handlery Foundation has been an essential backer of the CH&LA Education Foundation and its mission to foster the education of our future hospitality industry leaders. For two generations, the Handlery family has been a very active member of California Hotel & Lodging Association for many years with Jon Handlery currently sitting on the board of directors.