A measure on the November general election Long Beach ballot would limit the number of rooms a hotel worker would be required to clean and would provide these workers with "panic buttons" to help prevent assault.
Victor Sanchez, who is promoting Measure WW, said the momentum of the #MeToo movement is helping gain support for the proposal. He said listening to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault accuser in this week's Senate hearings resonated with some.
"I think that feeling of being terrified, of being fearful, right, is a feeling that a lot of victims feel with regards to these experiences, whether on the job or personally," he said.
An alliance of Long Beach hotels opposes the measure, saying it would raise costs that would force hotels to hike room rates.