Tuesday Nov 11 2008
Hotel guest book ordinance approved
By: Megan Wood The Press-Tribune
The Roseville City Council passed an ordinance last Wednesday requiring Roseville hotels to maintain a guest registry available for inspection by police. “This provides officers with another tool to help them during investigations and locate individuals who use hotels while participating in criminal activity,” said Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair. Hotel guests will be expected to provide their name, address, length of stay, number of guests, room numbers and vehicle information including license plate numbers. Hotel managers are required to keep guest records on file for at least 18 months. According to Blair, Rose-ville officers maintain a good working relationship with hotels and most already provide the information that would be required. Orchid Suites general manager Merlyn Landaker said they already maintain a guest registry and that it is available to police. Other Roseville hotels refused to comment. “This gives the police department an additional tool to keep our city safe,” said Roseville Mayor Jim Gray. The ordinance in Roseville goes into effect Dec. 5; failure to comply will result in a misdemeanor or infraction. Roseville joins cities like San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento that currently have similar ordinances in place.