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Villaraigosa Wants Waldorf-Astoria If Voters Say No To Hilton On Nov. 4

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has invited the Waldorf-Astoria to his city if Beverly Hills voters reject Measure H on Nov. 4. 

Villaraigosa was asked by The Courier whether L.A. would welcome a Waldorf-Astoria hotel along with luxury condominiums in the city of Los Angeles.

 He replied: “I would welcome the Waldorf-Astoria to Los Angeles. Hotels like this are a critical source of revenue because the bed tax they generate stays in that city’s budget.

 A project like this will bring millions of dollars to Los Angeles and support tourism in the region.”

The Courier has learned that a site contemplated for the project is 10000 Santa Monica Blvd., where the 44 story SunCal tower was just suspended because of the failure of Lehman Bros.  The site is located on the Beverly Hills border and adjoins Beverly Hills High School. 

Building a major luxury hotel just outside Beverly Hills City limits is exactly what the owners of the Four Seasons on Doheny Drive at Burton Way did when City voters rejected its proposed site in the Golden Triangle. One of the arguments of supporters of Measure H is that the Four Seasons was still built but that Los Angeles receives all the revenues while Beverly Hills is impacted just as much as if the hotel were in this City. They say they do not want what they view as a serious mistake by City voters repeated.

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