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- IN Tas UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 1 I N D s x
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_`5TONE HOTEL INVESTORS, LP., l 12 Exhibit No. Page Marked
1={i._;-*11,* l 13 1: 4-page document, Re-Notice of
_ Defendants. J Taking Videotape Deposition
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pages 1 through 11,1, inclusive 1B Apfll 15, ZDD5 . . . . .......... . . , . , .... 34
· Volume 1 19 4: 2-page document, Mechanical >
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Fil- 2 Q A p p E A R A N C E 5 1 E X H I B I T S, Continued
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I * STEVEN W` DAVIS' ESQ' Ean Marcos Fact'Sheet, dated
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1 KUNZ, PLITT. HYLAND, DEMLONG s 1o..sIF1sx_.D 10 ;—¤=a11a._f1ra¤ frgm Jeff
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osition of Jeff Hammermeister Sapiro vs. Sunstone Hotel Investors, et ai.
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Q. LIh·hum. 1 Q. I'll represent to you that he‘S speaking of
- A. Pretty much a daily -- a daily walk-through 2 this manual that we*ve marked as Exhibit Number 2. no
that I would do. 3 you have any information that would contradict
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J - O. Did you have a Eormal review process for 4 Mr. Stougaardwa declaration that this manual set the
S Mr. Marrs'? 09:25 :44 5 standards for engineering and maintenance at Eunetone 09:29:43
' A. Did I -- did I personally have a ·- 6 Hotels?
` T Q. Uh-hum. ~ 7 MR. KLEIPIELD: Vague and ambiguous. Form.
· A . No. B Founda t ion.
5 Q. No. How was Mr. Marrs compensated? 5 WITNESS: I*ve never seen this document -- i `
i A. Same as I, through the payroll system of 09:26:57 10 BY MR. ECHMIDT: ¤9:29:55
{ gm--» Sunstone Hotels. ll Q. Okay.
1 Q. Did he have a bonus or just a base salary? 12 A. -- in three hotels with sunstone. So that's
- A. I believe just a base. There —· there could 13 all, that's my basis for it. I*ve never seen it. `
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5 - Q. okay. Do you know whether Marrs kept current 09 :27:09 _ 15 let's look at it, since you've never seen it. It will 09:30:12
_ `-with- the industry through any training? 15 be interesting.
Q .` A. I don't know. 17 The second page, it says, Sunstone Hotels
i - * Q'. Did Sunstone pay for training for continuing 18 Engineering Procedures. Would those refer to the way
'VE education for its engineers? 19 that the hotel's supposed to be run?
I A. I don't know. 09:27:25 20 MR. KLEIFIELD: Hold on. Objection. Form and 09:30:33
_ IQ. Let's put this aside for one moment. I would 21 foundation.
I- like-to show you something else. - 22 ‘:'ou're asking him to speculate what a document
‘ . {Pause-) 23 refers to when he's never seen it? If tha.t's what you
` Mh'. SCHMIDT: 24 are —- I mean, objection. Foundation. Calls for
. 0._ . Do you know who Gary Stewart is? 05:27:45 25 speculation. Vague and ambiguous. Overbroad. 09:30:45
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A. ·Yes, I do. 1 r THE WI'I‘NE2.9.9: I -- I don*t know.
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I "-7-MR. SCI-IMIDT: Mr. Stougaard was deposed in B THE WITNESS: I can't answer ··s I don't know.
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D0 you see that? 24 MR. KLEIFIELD: Same objection. `
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` DE general managers goals and objectives, no. 1 are safe from Legionnaires pneumophilia organism. `
i_ BY MR. SCHMIDT: ` 2 Do you have any idea why that•s something n
= -. Q. what are your -- what are your top five goals 3 Sunstone would want? `
` and objectives? , 4 MR. l¤..EIFIELD¤ Objection. Foundation. i
ni: A. Guest satisfaction, number one. 10:00:54 5 Assumea facts not in evidence. vague and ambiguous. lD:D3:2B
, I Q. Uh-hum. — 5 THE WITNESS: No.
;` _ A. Revenues. _ 7 BY MR. SCHMIDT:
y l" Q. Uh-hum. S Q. Why didn'I:. -— why wasn't the San Marcos tested ` `
U A. Accounting standards. Internal controls. 9 ·£or Legionnaires before August 2D¤3? I
l 0. Uh-hum. 10:01:02 10 A. I don't know. lD:D3:4B l i
_ . A. Employee atisfaction. And profits. _ 11 Q. If there. had been a policy that required the `
- Q. What goes into guest satisfaction? l2 ISan Marcos test for Legionnaires before 2003, would ` 1, i
A. The guest survey scores that they fill out and l3 that policy have been Eollnwed? Q
`iireturn to the -- a third party` that tabulates them. 14 MR. KLEIFIELD: Objection. Foundation. -
· Q. Uh-hum. 10:01:24 15 Dverbroad. Vague and ambiguous. Irrelevant. 10:04:05 I N
‘ A. And they give you a numeric score. 16 'IHE WITNESS: I don't know. I've -- 1*ve
Q. And whatls included, what -— what·s evaluated 17 never received -— received, in 24 years, a directive to
{gin those scores? 18 do that anywhere. Or -- or a policy that would reflect
. A. How was your room, how clean were things, how 19 that. `-ry
your food. 10:01:37 20 BY MR. SCHMIDT: 10:0q:20 _` -`
.Q. Uh-hum. ` 21 Q. Okay. But if there was a policy that required
A. Did everything work. How was the service. 22 it »— letls move cm.
§j\nybody stand out positively or negatively during your 23 Do you know what temperature water should be
I ilgstay. That -- that's definitely not on there. 24 kept in boiler to prevent the growth of Legionella?
" Q. Okay. So maintaining the health of your 10:01:55 25 A. No. 10:04:4H
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. ;-guests was not one ot the tive goals on your five -- 1 Q. Do you know whether Mr. Marrs kept boilers at _ T.;
five goals oE the general manager? l 2 a temperature that would prevent the growth of I
That, you know -- that -- that que tion is not 3 Legionella? · ii;
I gjélkéd on any guest survey I've ever seen. 4 A. I don't know. i
I I understand, 10:02:09 5 Q. Do you remember whether, - in August 2003, the 10:04:56 ;._g
`- A. So, no. 6 San Marcos hired somebody to test for Legionella?
- ` `Q. Does it -- hut you do have a concern for the 7 MH. KLEIFIELD: Dhj action. Irrelevant. Go
.. iliealth of your guests, donlt you? S ahead and answer. Subsequent remedial measures, as `·*.{l
I :A. Absolutely. 9 well. .
I l It·s just not one of your top five concerns? 10 :02 :1B 10 THE WITNESS: Specifically August, I don’t 10:05:32
- _ 3* ` A-- Preventing biological hazards is -- is not. 11 recall August. {if
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I That's not -- that·s not laid out like that. 13 Q. In the fall of 2¤03.
Do you know whether people can die of 14 MR. KLEIFIELD: Same objection. V ·
‘ l lisionnaires Disease? 10:02 :36 15 MR. SCHMIDT: Uh—hum. 1¤:DS :3B - V
N; I don*t know. 16 THE WITNESS: I don't know. I mean, I don't `-gi
` Do you know that Mrs. Sapiro spent weeks in a 17 recall the -- I if
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- I don’t, 19 THE WITNESS: -· August date. .
Y MR. KLEIFIELD: Objection. Argurnentative. 10:02:44 2D MR. SCHMIDT: I'm sorry. 10:05:45 -1
Q_ ` ms wrmsss. 1 aaau; know that. 21 sv Ma. somzor: ` _Q
~ __ , ¥‘|R. SCHMIDT; 22 Q. Do you remember the Eunetone -— the San Marcos ‘l
` All right. - IE you turn your attention, again, _ 23 shutting down for a couple of weeks? ·
- `. "' EBEE. referring you to document Sun, Sunstone 500. 24 A. Yes. `
_` _ benefit of the standard says to insure buildings 10:03:10 25 MR. ICLEIPIELD: Same objection. I 1D:D5:5D ;
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