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The West Hollywood City Council has voted to create a Tourism Improvement District to boost the city's marketing efforts, but one member wanted to exclude some hotels. "If we're going to be dedicating an additional $2 million to promote these hotels, we should be insisting that the maids and the busboys and the other employees there are getting a wage of $9, $10, whatever our living wage ordinance requires right now," said John Heilman. He can insist all he wants, but it turns out that would be illegal, since all hotels are required to contribute to the TID. (And the living wage is $13.19 if no benefits are provided.) [Wehoville]