CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1995 |
After living on the grimy streets of Downtown Los Angeles, Herman Lewis thought that moving into the Hayward Manor hotel at 6th and Spring streets would bring more safety and comfort. Within days, he realized he was wrong. "You might as well be on the street," said Lewis, who lived at the Hayward from August, 1994, through May, 1995. "Drugs are everywhere. You don't even have to go outside of the place. You can get anything you want inside."
November 26, 1999 |
Two men who police suspect were shot in a drug deal gone bad have won a $1.7-million jury verdict against Ramada Inn for failing to provide security that the men claim would have prevented the shooting. Jerry Woods, 53, of Detroit and Eddie Talley, 58, of Columbus, Ga., sued Ramada for negligence after the December 1995 shooting at a Ramada parking lot in Hialeah, Fla. The hotel's attorney and police say the verdict was preposterous but not surprising.
November 8, 1994 |
A former maid at the Las Vegas Hilton has charged that shortly after Paula Coughlin was assaulted, she too was dragged through a gantlet of drunken aviators and later raped by the man who lured her there. According to a lawsuit set for trial in May, the maid--identified only as "Jane Doe"--became pregnant as a result of the attack and had an abortion rather than give birth to a child conceived "in such an awful, violent way."
May 10, 1987 |
Thermal imaging cameras that see through smoke, use of biometric fingerprint and retina identifications, credit card/electronic access room-locking systems, and wireless transmission of in-room smoke detectors to a central point are among the newest technological developments in providing better hotel security and fire-safety programs. But the cost of some of these devices is slowing down their implementation.
May 29, 1994 |
The Radisson Bel-Air Hotel has won permission to continue hosting social functions and business conventions, despite a local neighborhood association's complaints about noise and traffic tie-ups in the area. The city of Los Angeles' Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a conditional use permit to hotel owner Efrem Harkham provided that the hotel meet certain city conditions.
September 6, 1987 |
How safe is your hotel room from theft? It's not an easy question to answer. On one hand, hotels don't freely provide security information, and most police departments don't keep individual theft statistics for hotels in their cities. But certain facts are known.