City Hall News: Lawsuit over wage law settled for $1.35 million 

A lawsuit filed by employees of three Marriott hotels in San Francisco against Marriott International — alleging violations to the San Francisco Minimum Wage Act — has been settled for $1.35 million.

Filed in October 2005, the lawsuit alleged that the firm did not adhere to the wage act, which was passed in 2003 by city voters. When the employees demanded to be paid the legal wage, the lawsuit stated that they were denied their request for a year and a half, while Marriott said their employees were paid "significantly" more than the minimum wage anyway, because of tips.

Homeland security

DHS gives S.F. poor grades in emergency response

In a Department of Homeland Security report Wednesday grading the nation’s disaster communications systems, San Francisco’s scorecard indicated there was much room for improvement.

The scorecard rates a city’s ability to communicate through different bandwidths and command chains. Much of The City’s problems, said city Department of Emergency Management Executive Director Laura Phillips, have to do with geography: Radio frequencies don’t travel well through hills. Another problem is funding, Phillips said, adding the agency has had a tough time affording new technologies.


New board to be celebrated at installation ceremony

The three newly elected members of San Francisco’s school board are scheduled to be officially installed at a ceremony Friday. Youth program head Jane Kim; Hydra Mendoza, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s education adviser; and Kim-Shree Maufas, a city policy analyst; will participate in their first board meeting Tuesday. The ceremony will be held at the Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk St., at 6 p.m.

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