Weekly Update: Election 2016 – Fill Out Your Ballot, Mail It In and Make Your Voice Heard

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Election 2016: Fill Out Your Ballot, Mail It In and Make Your Voice Heard

Your general election ballot should have arrived by now. In this election that can profoundly affect the hospitality industry, it is essential that you fill out your ballot promptly and mail it in before Nov. 8, so your vote will be counted. For more information on the candidates and ballot measures, check the Washington Hospitality Association’s list of endorsements.


Tacoma Minimum Wage Law Begins Jan. 1: Are You in Compliance?

Tacoma’s minimum wage will increase to $11.15 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2017. The new rate is part of the voter-approved initiative that phases in a $12 per hour minimum wage over two years. To help you get prepared long before New Year’s Eve approaches, the 2017 Minimum Wage Workplace Notice is available now. The notice includes all six language translations provided by the city, helping you meet the requirements of the Minimum Wage Rules. The Paid Leave Workplace Notice remains up to date and will not need to be changed for 2017. For more information, contact Samantha Louderback.


Vancouver, Tri-Cities and Seattle Members: RSVP for Regional Government Affairs Meetings

Your Government Affairs Team is holding regional meetings across the state to get your input on topics that impact you, and provide you with statewide updates. Vancouver: Nov. 1, 2-4 p.m., Sportsman Steakhouse & Saloon, 121 N Main Ave., Ridgefield. RSVP to Emily Williams. Tri-Cities: Nov. 2, 2-4 p.m., Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 4525 Convention Place, Pasco. RSVP to Suleima Guzman. Seattle: Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Canlis, 2576 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle (free self-parking in the Canlis parking lot). RSVP here.


Seattle Members: Make Your Voices Heard in Health Department Survey

Since 2014, the Seattle & King County Health Department has been looking to implement a new restaurant grading system that will incorporate placards. It is crucial that you take this survey and let the health department know your thoughts on different placard designs.


Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Proposes Fee Increases for 2017

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is proposing a 2017 fee increase of 6-8 percent for many food and community safety fees. The Board of Health votes on the proposed 2017 fee schedule, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 3 – 5 p.m., at its regular meeting, Health Department Auditorium, 3629 S. D St, Tacoma. For more information, contact food@tpchd.org or 253.798.6460 (press 0).


Don’t Miss Washington Hospitality’s 2-Minute Update

For a great recap of the news that affects the hospitality industry, be sure and tune into Washington Hospitality’s 2-Minute Update.


Washington Lodging Convention, Spokane, Nov. 6-8 – Register Now!

Join fellow hoteliers and lodging professionals at Washington’s premier lodging event. Click here for more information and to register.


Help El Gaucho Help Our Military Families through USO

Help El Gaucho celebrate its 20th anniversary by donating to USO Northwest. Your donation will fund the opening of the new Camp Lewis USO Center at Joint Base Lewis McChord, which is projected to assist over 50,000 military and their families every year. The goal is to raise $160,000 to cover costs to build this facility and sustain it for a year. It’s a lofty goal, and it can be done with your help. Donate today—every dollar counts and 100 percent will go directly to build the Camp Lewis Hospitality Center at JBLM for USO Northwest.


Ravenleaf Public House and Shelburne Inn on DineNW Radio Show – Listen Online!

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz interview Matt Swain, executive chef at Seattle’s Ravenleaf Public House. Andy and Paul then chat with Laurie Anderson, co-owner of the Shelburne Inn, in Seaview, on the beautiful Long Beach Peninsula.


Eye on Hospitality: Lifting People Up and Building Careers

On Oct. 6, the Washington Hospitality Association hosted a hiring event at Motif Seattle. In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services Employment Pipeline Region 2 and Motif, Washington Hospitality was able to provide community members with valuable employment opportunities. In just one day, more than 65 deserving individuals were given new jobs. Read more….