UCLA Faces Lawsuit Over Proposed Hotel on Westwood Campus

A lawsuit filed on Wednesday against the University of California at Los Angeles says that a proposed campus hotel and conference center would be a waste of public dollars if it paid all the taxes that the law required, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Existing UCLA guesthouses already violate rules by not forcing guests to pay occupancy taxes, giving the university an unfair advantage over private hotels, says the lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by a neighborhood group called Save Westwood Village. UCLA said in a statement on Thursday that it was not required to collect occupancy taxes from guests because they were visiting for educational purposes.

Construction is scheduled to start this summer on the $162-million Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference and Guest Center, which would be located on UCLA’s Westwood campus.

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