The Inglewood city attorney's office has filed a criminal complaint against Joshua's, an upscale nightspot that has caused a furor among its neighbors since it opened in December. Residents have complained that the bar, restaurant and nightclub has generated noise, traffic and parking problems. Mayor Edward Vincent has promised the city would take whatever action necessary against Joshua's, which shut earlier this month to correct various city code violations. Joshua's reopened several days later, its attorney saying that the violations had been corrected.
City Atty. Howard Rosten on Friday filed a five-count criminal complaint against Elmo Joshua Sr., who owns the business with his son, Aaron. The complaint charges the elder Joshua with misdemeanor violations, including operating without a special-use permit, failing to obtain a certificate of occupancy, having a dance floor larger than permitted by law and violating several fire safety regulations. Rosten said Joshua must appear March 7 for arraignment.