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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989
Criminal charges were filed Monday against a Northridge man whose 25-unit apartment complex in East Los Angeles was named in a recent racketeering lawsuit against a "cartel" of slum property owners in the city, officials said. Timothy Michael Preis, 39, was charged with 15 violations of health, fire and building and safety codes for conditions at 2616 Idell St., Los Angeles City Atty. James Hahn said. Prosecutors said the apartments have holes in the walls, cracked and peeling paint, broken windows, exposed electrical wiring and defective plumbing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2000 | Andrew Glazer, (949) 574-4275
The City Council committed to boosting code enforcement with additional staff Monday when it unanimously approved a $86.7-million budget for 2000-01. The new budget, discussed at several community meetings last week, does not include many changes from last year's. The first draft of the budget did not account for the three additional officers, who will make sure houses are built and maintained properly.
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December 13, 1985
A couple who own a four-story apartment building near downtown Los Angeles were charged with 21 misdemeanors for alleged dangerous conditions there. Rudolph Staback, 55, and his wife, Grace, 48, were charged with violations of city health, fire and building and safety codes. "The tenants of this building are living in deplorable conditions," said City Atty. James K. Hahn. The Stabacks are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2000 | SUE FOX
Eight months after he bought a rundown motel and promised to repair it, a Burbank man was charged Thursday with 17 misdemeanors for allegedly failing to fix up the Magnolia Boulevard property. Manji Vaghashia, 46, violated an array of health and building and safety codes by leaving the 25-unit Econo Inn & Suites in an unsafe condition, Los Angeles Deputy City Atty. Michael R. Wilkinson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1995
A property owner convicted two years ago of slum violations at a Highland Park apartment building has again pleaded no contest to slum charges, this time for a residential hotel in the Westlake area, authorities said. Rami K. Grinwald, 38, of Encino was charged with 10 violations of various fire, health and building and safety codes in a two-story, 37-room residential hotel he owns in the 700 block of South Columbia Avenue, said Deputy City Atty. Lawrence Punter.
NEWS
July 17, 1986
A Los Angeles Municipal Court commissioner has ordered a Culver City man to pay $6,150 in fines and restitution fees for slum conditions at an apartment complex he owns. Commissioner John Rafferty convicted Larry Nitta, 65, of six counts of violating various fire, health, building and safety codes at Nitta's three-story building at 2709 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Nitta also was placed on 24 months' probation and ordered to return to court Sept.
NEWS
November 2, 1986
A Woodland Hills man has been ordered to pay more than $9,000 in fines and restitution and to contribute $5,000 to a Skid Row charity after he was convicted for the second time in five years of failing to correct slum conditions at a central Los Angeles apartment house he owns, authorities said. Rudolph Staback, 56, pleaded no contest in Los Angeles Municipal Court to 10 violations of fire, health and building and safety codes at the four-story, 48-unit building at 681 S. Burlington Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2000 | SUE FOX
Eight months after he bought a rundown motel and promised to repair it, a Burbank man was charged Thursday with 17 misdemeanors for allegedly failing to fix up the Magnolia Boulevard property. Manji Vaghashia, 46, violated an array of health and building and safety codes by leaving the 25-unit Econo Inn & Suites in an unsafe condition, Los Angeles Deputy City Atty. Michael R. Wilkinson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1989 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The landlord of a run-down Hollywood building has been sentenced to live 28 days in one of his own rat-infested apartments. The order came after he failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to make repairs, the Los Angeles city attorney's office announced Thursday. Paul D. Tolbert of Montecito, a wealthy enclave near Santa Barbara, was sentenced by Los Angeles Municipal Judge Lois Anderson-Smaltz to serve time, starting Nov.
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May 14, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
A convicted slumlord has been sentenced to contribute $5,000 to School on Wheels Inc., a nonprofit program that provides mobile educational services to children of homeless familes. The contribution is part of more than $9,000 in fines and costs that Raymond Garcen, 48, will have to pay after being convicted on eight violations of housing, building and safety codes at the two-story, 16-unit apartment building he owns at 1674 W. 12th St. in Pico-Union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1999 | JULIE HA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a restaurateur, he earned a reputation for presenting the best in fine dining, featuring crystal stemware and white-gloved waiters. Now, as an apartment building owner, Ben Dimsdale is accused of running one of the worst slums in Los Angeles. An attorney entered a plea of not guilty Thursday on behalf of Dimsdale, the owner of the former Windsor restaurant, a mid-Wilshire landmark for 40 years before closing in 1990.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1995
A property owner convicted two years ago of slum violations at a Highland Park apartment building has again pleaded no contest to slum charges, this time for a residential hotel in the Westlake area, authorities said. Rami K. Grinwald, 38, of Encino was charged with 10 violations of various fire, health and building and safety codes in a two-story, 37-room residential hotel he owns in the 700 block of South Columbia Avenue, said Deputy City Atty. Lawrence Punter.
NEWS
May 14, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
A convicted slumlord has been sentenced to contribute $5,000 to School on Wheels Inc., a nonprofit program that provides mobile educational services to children of homeless familes. The contribution is part of more than $9,000 in fines and costs that Raymond Garcen, 48, will have to pay after being convicted on eight violations of housing, building and safety codes at the two-story, 16-unit apartment building he owns at 1674 W. 12th St. in Pico-Union.
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March 12, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
A Las Vegas resident must pay $13,032 in fines and costs after pleading no contest to slum violations at the now-closed Hotel Californian, a 201-unit apartment building at 1907 W. 6th Street. Syed Ali, 55, was charged with five violations of fire, health, building and safety codes in the five-story, 1920s brick structure. Still more costs to be billed to Ali are pending. The hotel was severely damaged in an apparent arson fire last November and is currently being demolished by the city.
NEWS
October 2, 1994 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
A landlord was recently convicted of slum violations for the third time in eight years after pleading no contest to 12 violations of fire, health, and building and safety codes at 840 S. Hobart Blvd., an aging 103-unit apartment complex. Joseph Tabello, 62, of La Habra was fined $15,136, ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and placed on three years' probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1992 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a boisterous, often contentious public hearing attended by hundreds of people, the city's Building and Safety Commission on Tuesday ordered the El Faro swap meet in South-Central Los Angeles closed, concluding that it has operated for years in violation of building and safety codes.
NEWS
March 12, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
A Las Vegas resident must pay $13,032 in fines and costs after pleading no contest to slum violations at the now-closed Hotel Californian, a 201-unit apartment building at 1907 W. 6th Street. Syed Ali, 55, was charged with five violations of fire, health, building and safety codes in the five-story, 1920s brick structure. Still more costs to be billed to Ali are pending. The hotel was severely damaged in an apparent arson fire last November and is currently being demolished by the city.
NEWS
October 2, 1994 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
A landlord was recently convicted of slum violations for the third time in eight years after pleading no contest to 12 violations of fire, health, and building and safety codes at 840 S. Hobart Blvd., an aging 103-unit apartment complex. Joseph Tabello, 62, of La Habra was fined $15,136, ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and placed on three years' probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1989 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The landlord of a run-down Hollywood building has been sentenced to live 28 days in one of his own rat-infested apartments. The order came after he failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to make repairs, the Los Angeles city attorney's office announced Thursday. Paul D. Tolbert of Montecito, a wealthy enclave near Santa Barbara, was sentenced by Los Angeles Municipal Judge Lois Anderson-Smaltz to serve time, starting Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989
Criminal charges were filed Monday against a Northridge man whose 25-unit apartment complex in East Los Angeles was named in a recent racketeering lawsuit against a "cartel" of slum property owners in the city, officials said. Timothy Michael Preis, 39, was charged with 15 violations of health, fire and building and safety codes for conditions at 2616 Idell St., Los Angeles City Atty. James Hahn said. Prosecutors said the apartments have holes in the walls, cracked and peeling paint, broken windows, exposed electrical wiring and defective plumbing.
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