California officials urge Taylor Swift to 'Speak Now' and postpone L.A. concerts over hotels strike

LOS ANGELES In the midst of a Southern California hotel workers' strike on Tuesday

 dozens of California government officials sent Taylor Swift a message: postpone your Los Angeles gigs.

In support of Unite Here Local 11, a union that represents over 32,000 hospitality workers throughout Southern California and Arizona,

 the officials signed an open letter to Swift pleading with the pop singer to postpone her next performances in

Los Angeles out of sympathy with the striking employees. Beginning on Thursday, Swift will play six sold-out performances in Los Angeles County.

The letter argues that given the impasse in contract negotiations between hotel companies and employees and the region's 

deteriorating cost-of-living problem, Swift's performances are raising demand and, consequently, local hotel earnings.

Indeed, that Ilkay Gundogan embraced the spotlight once again is of little surprise. 

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