Member & Guest Luncheon
March 28, 2012 at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
What is happening on the waterfront and how will it benefit the rest of San Francisco? Please join us on Wednesday, March 28th
at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf to find out. Guest speakers include Rodney Fong
of the Fisherman's Wharf CBD, Michael Martin
, America's Cup Project Director and Peter Albert
from the SFMTA to update on the America’s Cup Planning Committee. Fisherman's Wharf is on every visitor's list of things to do. Come learn more about this popular visitor destination and the exciting plans underway to improve the area.
Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf
555 North Point Street San Francisco, CA 94133
March 28, 2012
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Please RSVP Today!
$650 for a table of ten
ADA Workshop Update
A note from our presenter, Bonnie Lewkowicz:
ADA Workshop Update
Thanks to everyone that attended the Feb 8th presentation on the ADA changes to reservation policies. A question was asked about how to categorize accessible rooms and at the time I suggested calling them ADA rooms. After further consideration, I want to recant that suggestion and instead offer that you call them wheelchair accessible rooms. I reached this decision for a variety of reasons but most importantly because people, especially international travelers, don't necessarily know what ADA means. Don't forget that you still need to identify these rooms as having either a tub or roll in shower and identify rooms equipped for people that are deaf or hard of hearing. Contact me if you need further assistance bringing your reservation systems into compliance or are interested in diversity staff trainings about accommodating guests with disabilities, (510) 524-2026, email@example.com
Use ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to Benchmark Your Building
of the Curve:
The latest news from the capital is that non-residential buildings in California will be required to disclose their energy use during certain real estate transactions as soon as January 1, 2013, under Assembly Bill 1103
The legislation indicates that ENERGY STAR®’s Portfolio Manager will be the required tool used for rating buildings’ energy use. This free, online tool provides a weather-normalized rating of your building’s energy use on a scale of 1-100. Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) will be hosting several classes that will bring you up to speed with the impending legislation and teach you how to use the benchmarking tool.
For more information, please click here
Congratulations to our 2012
Hotel Hero Award Winners!
On February 28, 2012, the San Francisco Hotel Industry honored and celebrated the achievements of San Francisco’s hotel employees – our Hotel Heroes. Over 65 San Francisco hotels participated in this Annual Hotel Hero Awards Program with almost 100 nominations of employees who have made outstanding contributions to customer service. Five judges representing respective partner communities - tourism, business, restaurants, education, and media/press – reviewed and rated each of the nominations independent of each other – then met as a group to vote for the five finalists in each category. For a list of finalists, please click here
The Hotel Hero Awards Ceremony is San Francisco’s opportunity to publicly salute the dedicated hospitality professionals whose generosity of spirit and commitment to their hotels and guests continue to make San Francisco the #1 destination in the United States.
to this year's winners:
Please go to www.hotelheroes.com
to see this year’s list of finalists and winners and view photos from this special event.
Hotel Hero Night at AT&T Park
On Monday, May 14th at 7:15PM at AT&T Park, all 2012 San Francisco Hotel Hero winners will be recognized for their achievements! The Giants are happy to offer a specially priced ticket for all Hotel Industry employees, families and friends. Come enjoy the amazing experience of Giants baseball and show your support for the annual awards event, nominees, finalists and winners. Special events planned for Hotel Heroes Night include a pre-game on field ceremony recognizing the 2012 winners, and scoreboard recognition for all the finalists. You won't want to miss this special night! Please click here
for more information or to purchase tickets.
AIDS Walk 2012
Is your hotel organizing an AIDS Walk 2012 Team? If so, please let us know. The Hotel Council of San Francisco's Marketing Committee is considering bringing together all participating member hotels into one large team. Please let us know your interest level by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
today. The event takes place on July 15, 2012 and more information is available here: http://www.aidswalk.net/sanfran.
Tuesday, Sept 18th 2012
The Hotel Council of San Francisco's Annual Golf Tournament will now take place on Tuesday, September 18th at the Presidio Golf Course. Please mark your calendar now. More information will be available soon.
Emergency Preparedness Seminar
On April 18th 1906, San Francisco was hit by one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the US. The earthquake destroyed 80% of the city. Some 3,000 lives were lost. And the estimated cost of the damage, in today’s money, would work out at $8.2 billion. But how ready is
your business to deal with a similar event if it happens tomorrow?
On the eve of the quake’s 106th anniversary we’re hosting an Emergency Planning Seminar to help your organization work out what to do when a disaster strikes again. The Hotel Council of San Francisco is partnering with the British American Business Council (BABC) to bring together a panel of experts including speakers from the US Geological Survey, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, and the San Francisco Health Department.
This could be the most important meeting you attend all year.
The event is being held at the Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street, which played a historic role in helping San Francisco get back on its feet in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake – serving as a temporary City Hall for several years.
What are the chances of a quake hitting us? How will the City respond to a major event? What should your business be doing? How can your business prepare for health related situations? What resources are available for non-US citizens?
Jack Boatwright, USGS Geophysicist and co-chair of the Bay Area Earthquake Alliance; Jim Turner - Private Sector Liaison, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management; Dr. Karen Holbrook - Acting Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Section Deputy Health Officer, San Francisco Department of Public Health; and Sheldon M. Lew, REHS - Senior Environmental Health Inspector, Food Borne Outbreak Program Manager, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Join us for short presentations from our expert panelists followed by Q&A and networking. Space is limited.
COMMUTER BENEFITS ORDINANCE ANNUAL COMPLIANCE FORM
DUE APRIL 30TH
Effective January, 2009 the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance requires employers with 20 or more employees nationwide to offer their employees a Commuter Benefit. For more information and to complete your Annual Compliance Form (due April 30, 2012)
Commuter benefits improve employee morale and productivity, and make our city a better place to live and work by relieving congestion and improving air quality. Furthermore, by taking advantage of the federally approved commuter benefit incentives, businesses can save up to 9% on payroll taxes
and employees can save up to 40%
on transit and vanpool expenses.
Commute Smart, an initiative of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, offers FREE
resources to help employers implement a Commuter Benefits program. To request materials, sign up for e-mail updates, or schedule a one-on-one consultation please call (415) 355-3727 or email CommuteSmart@sfgov.org
. Learn more about our free Commuter Benefits, Emergency Ride Home, and Rideshare Match services at SFEnvironment.org/CommuteSmart
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Hotel Council of San Francisco's Newsletter?
The Hotel Council of San Francisco's Newsletter provides a wonderful platform to display services and products to potential purchasers in the Hotel Council of San Francisco family.
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for more information
Epic Seminar Series
Workers' Compensation Cost Control & Avoiding Allegations of Discrimination Under Labor Code Section 132a and FEHA.
Managing Worker's Compensation costs and the implications regarding leave of absence and return to work issues continue to be among the most problematic, time consuming and resource intense issues for California employers. The quagmire of rules and regulations implemented by the Labor Code generated QME, AME, PTP, UR and/or MPN medical alphabet increasingly results in ineffective medical decisions regarding treatment and disability. The process too often drives delay, duration, and severity without accountability.
Allied Member, EPIC Insurance, invites you to join Bill Armstrong, Esq. for an informative discussion of Workers’ Compensation laws and regulations, including the Guzman and Ogilvie decisions. Bill will also provide practical strategies and solutions for employers to manage the AME/QME and Workers’ Compensation process in ways which mitigate and eliminate the potential claims for disability under Labor Code Section 132a and FEHA.
Street, San Francisco
March 20, 2012
8:30 – 9:00 AM
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Please RSVP Today!
or contact Matt Minae at 650-295-4602.
Reporting issues of importance to City & County of San Francisco Agencies can be done by dialing 311 or visiting www.sf311.org
. As always, the Transportation Management Association of San Francisco (TMASF) truly appreciates ideas and suggestions from their members. Throughout www.tmasfconnects.org there are links provided for commuter assistance and the site is being updated to explain how easy it is to register complaints, concerns or compliments about City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) provided services.
In San Francisco, dialing 311
will guide a caller through a roster of CCSF services. After selecting the appropriate department, the caller can register a complaint, express concern, ask for additional information and assistance or offer a compliment on a job well done!
Registering your feelings about CCSF services – public transportation, building codes, traffic issues, garbage collection, etc…. is free and can be done by dialing 311
. Check out their website at www.sf311.org where you can pay for services, access key State and Federal government services, submit service requests and a host of other activities.
The US Government reserves the right to use phone numbers throughout the country:
will provide a caller with social services assistance;
will provide phone contact information;
provides traveler/road/public transportation information; and,
will connect a person to emergency assistance.
Using San Francisco’s 311
service will help you understand your community services; voice complaints and concerns; and encourage local government to keep providing the services that are deemed valuable by the citizens of the City.