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Terranea Resort in Ranch Palos Verdes is decked out in signage to celebrate their 10th anniversary. The resort opened in 2009. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes has spent nearly $1 million so far to defeat a Nov. 5 local ballot measure that would require more stringent worker protections at the 102-acre clifftop property.

The resort’s parent company, Long Point Development, contributed $1.01 million toward the political action committee Protect Rancho Palos Verdes & Terranea, No on B, based on campaign filings covering a period this year until Oct. 19.

The committee has so far spent $945,000, according to the latest filings, on items such as campaign literature, consulting and other advertising.

Measure B, sponsored by Unite Here Local 11, would require large hotels and other hospitality establishments in RPV to have a $15 minimum wage, with a $1 per hour increase in salary each year until 2022. (The resort says it already pays workers at least $15.)

The measure also would require hotels to have panic buttons — which they already do at Terranea — as well as keep detailed employment records and obtain written permission from employees before exceeding a cap on hours worked in a day.

The law would apply to resorts with 50 or more employees, which in Rancho Palos Verdes amounts only to Terranea and Trump National Golf Club — and the latter doesn’t have a hotel. Terranea employs roughly 1,200.

Long Beach voters passed a similar ballot measure, also sponsored by Local 11, in November 2018.

A committee formed by the labor union Unite Here Local 11 in support of Measure B called the South Bay Women’s Project took in $145,000 from the union and spent $343,000 as of Oct. 19.

Terranea resort spokeswoman Jessie Burns said the company would make no apologies for its campaign spending, saying it was doing so to save its workers money they would otherwise possibly spend on union dues. Unite Here Local 11 has been actively trying to organize workers at the resort for at least the past two years and resort officials see the ballot measure as another attempt to organize.

“Unite Here Local 11 will say anything and do anything to hide the fact that they have refused to agree to let our team members vote by secret ballot on whether they want union representation,” Burns said. “Instead they did an ‘end run’ with Measure B in order to try to collect $1 million in union dues a year from our employees – forever.”

Earlier this month, Terranea introduced a new type of panic button that allows hotel workers to activate a silent alarm when they feel threatened. The resort has equipped its hotel staff with some sort of emergency device since opening in 2009, according to resort president Terri Haack.

Along with Measure B on the Nov. 5 ballot, five candidates in RPV are vying for three seats on the City Council. Every candidate and current City Council member opposes Measure B.

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