Costa Mesa's "Rule of Law" proclamation against illegal immigration nearly cost a local hotel about $10,000 after members with the California State Employees Assn.'s Retiree Inc. almost canceled reservations for an upcoming conference, three sources with knowledge of the transaction said.
A representative from the retiree board called the hotel's reservation department last week and asked about the financial ramifications should the board yank its room reservations for a two-day meeting there in mid-August, the sources said.
Contacted Friday, Dan Fitzgerald, the director of sales for cost the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa on Bristol Street, confirmed that a group planning a conference inquired about canceling its August reservation over concerns about the city's public stance. Though he declined to name the party on the record, state and city sources confirmed it was the retiree association.