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June 2, 1987
Los Angeles fire officials today determined that careless smoking caused a fire at a 14-story residential hotel late Monday night that caused minor injuries to two firefighters and five tenants. The blaze, which broke out in a third-floor room at the downtown Hayward Hotel, sent 100 people fleeing. Eleven companies of firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes. Two firefighters were treated for minor burns to their ears and necks, according to city fire spokesman Jim Williamson.
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October 15, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin II
When investor Izek Shomof and his family bought the faded Hayward Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, it was home to hundreds of low-income residents, many living alone in single-room units. He decided to keep the building as a residential hotel, so the city didn't require him to perform seismic retrofitting to make it better able to withstand a major earthquake. The story was different for an office building the Shomofs bought down the block on Spring Street, which they converted into upscale lofts for artists and professionals.
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August 11, 1990
A transient shot and wounded a security guard Thursday at a residential hotel on Skid Row, police said. The guard, Miguel Martinez, 19, was in the lobby when the gunman fired four shots from the doorway of the Weingart Center hotel about 10 a.m., authorities said. The suspect, whom police said may have been a former resident of the 600-bed nonprofit hotel, fled and was being sought. Martinez was hit several times in the left shoulder and right thigh, Lt. Dee Moulin said.
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January 30, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council opted not to vote Wednesday on a controversial proposal aimed at cracking down on boardinghouses and group homes, an issue City Hall has grappled with for years. After more than two hours of public comment and discussion, the council instead agreed to form a committee that will revise the Community Care Facilities Ordinance over the next three months. "This ordinance is not ready for prime time," Councilman Richard Alarcon told a standing-room-only crowd gathered in the council chambers.
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March 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
An early morning fire at a four-story residential hotel in Highland Park, Mich., injured more than a dozen people. There were conflicting reports on whether there were any fatalities. Fourteen people were treated at two Detroit hospitals; seven of them remained hospitalized. At least two were injured when they jumped from windows, while others suffered from burns and smoke inhalation.
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August 12, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
The City Council this week abandoned any further study of a proposed residential hotel on city-owned property near the Civic Center, saying the land should be used for a park as originally intended. The unanimous decision marks a victory for residents of the Westpark village, who have opposed bringing a single-room-occupancy hotel to the neighborhood.
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November 21, 1985 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to stem the growing tide of homeless people on downtown streets, a San Diego City Council committee Wednesday called for an emergency ordinance to make sure that no more residential hotels are lost to parking lots or office buildings. The call for the emergency ordinance by the council's Public Services and Safety Committee focuses on some of the social implications of downtown redevelopment, which has inspired new office towers and the Horton Plaza Shopping Center.
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February 17, 1989 | From Times wire service s
A fire ripped through a residential hotel early today, killing four people and injuring nearly 60 others, authorities said. Fire officials said it appears the four-alarm blaze started at 3:12 a.m. in an apartment on the first floor of the Billinghurst Hotel. As the fire spread through the building, people began jumping from upper-story windows to escape the smoke and flames. Some of them jumped onto mattresses dragged from the burning building.
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May 31, 2008 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
It looked like trouble. Or maybe it looked like the stuff that dreams were made of. The street was dark and the lighting was eerie as the hard-boiled book publishers from New York gathered outside an old factory building in downtown Los Angeles. They eyed the crowd that had massed inside. Some of the dames looked like femme fatales; some of the guys looked like saps.
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May 11, 2006 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
Acknowledging that the rapid gentrification of downtown, Hollywood and other parts of Los Angeles is making it harder for the poor to afford housing, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a moratorium on the conversion or demolition of low-cost residential hotels across the city.
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January 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge sentenced the owners of the Morrison Hotel to five years probation Wednesday after they were convicted of 21 counts involving slum conditions at the property. The judge ordered Sauli and Henry Danpour to control a vermin infestation in the four-story, residential hotel or face 120 days in jail.
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July 1, 2004 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Long before they discovered the decaying body of a woman, the handful of residents at the Orchid Hotel at 8th and Flower streets had other complaints. With no manager on site, their concerns about leaking pipes and uncollected trash went unanswered, tenants said. So too did their complaints about the strong odor wafting from the second floor. The new owners of the Orchid had complaints as well.
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June 30, 2003 | Imran Vittachi and Monte Morin, Special to The Times
A shooting rampage that left four dead and one critically wounded at a San Francisco residential hotel was apparently triggered when a victim bumped into the gunman by accident, police and witnesses said Sunday. Gunman John Bravard, 53, whom fellow residents described as short-tempered and intense, opened fire in the lobby of the Dalt Hotel Saturday evening, just hours after he had quarreled with another resident at the hotel's elevator.
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June 29, 2003 | Imran Vittachi, Special to The Times
A tenant in a residential hotel in the rough Tenderloin District opened fire in the hotel lobby Saturday, killing three other residents and critically injuring a fourth, police said. The suspected gunman fled, but was found dead in his room at the Dalt Hotel about an hour after the 5 p.m. shooting. Police said it appeared John Bravard, 53, had shot himself in the head. Two victims died at the scene, and the third died at a local hospital.
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December 29, 2002 | Cara Mia DiMassa and Stephanie Chavez, Times Staff Writers
An early morning fire in a downtown San Bernardino residential hotel Saturday killed four men, including the building manager, who armed himself with a fire extinguisher and rode the elevator up into the center of the third-floor inferno. Firefighters responding to a 12:55 a.m. call from the Sunset Hotel said they witnessed their "worst nightmare" as about 20 people, one dangling a baby, screamed for help from third-story windows on all sides of the U-shaped building.
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June 3, 2002
At least 100 people were left homeless early Sunday after a fire ripped through a residential hotel. No one was seriously hurt in the blaze, but 25 to 30 residents had to be rescued from fire escapes and the roof. Three people suffered minor smoke inhalation and were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, said San Francisco Fire Capt. Pete Howes. Fire officials were unsure what caused the three-alarm fire at the Baldwin Hotel just before 4 a.m.
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