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December 30, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Case files bulge with the bureaucratic legacy of Sam Menlo's life as a landlord: code violations, thousands of them, at rental units beset with everything from vermin and mold to wretched plumbing. With a real estate empire spanning Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties, Menlo has a 30-year track record of skirmishes with city and state agencies, capped last fall with a sentence to live for a time in his own filthy Anaheim complex.
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January 20, 2002
Re "Tenants Responsible for Living Conditions," Letters, Jan. 5: Let us not forget that a judge weighing all the evidence convicted Sam Menlo of a misdemeanor criminal offense of being a slum landlord in Anaheim. Menlo's actions were so abhorrent that he was sentenced to live in his complex for many months instead of going to jail. It costs money for a landlord to keep up apartments. I know, because I own and manage two buildings. If the bad conditions are caused by the tenant, a landlord should get rid of them or at least charge them for damage.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Case files bulge with the bureaucratic legacy of Sam Menlo's life as a landlord: code violations, thousands of them, at rental units beset with everything from vermin and mold to wretched plumbing. With a real-estate empire spanning Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties, Menlo has a 30-year track record of skirmishes with city and state agencies, capped last fall with a sentence to live for a time in his own filthy Anaheim complex.
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December 30, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a significant move for the Persian Gulf region, the government of this tiny island nation pledged Saturday to send its best warship to assist the U.S.-led coalition against terrorism in Afghanistan and provide humanitarian assistance there. Although Bahrain has long been an ally of the United States, the repercussions from Sept. 11 have brought the two countries even closer. In October, President Bush named Bahrain a major non-NATO ally. For its part, the government here has suggested that its neighbors also become more cooperative with Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001
Re "Judge Suspends Landlord's Stay in Run-Down Unit," April 11: Orange County Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes is quoted as saying, "Mr. Menlo owes me 37 days, and I intend to get them." It is precisely this sort of stupefying pomposity that breeds contempt for the courts and the officials who populate them. Mr. Menlo, of course, is Sam Menlo, whose failure to maintain decent living conditions for tenants in apartments he owns resulted, according to your story, in 34 criminal counts being levied against him, including charges of numerous fire, health and safety code violations.
NEWS
January 20, 2002
Re "Tenants Responsible for Living Conditions," Letters, Jan. 5: Let us not forget that a judge weighing all the evidence convicted Sam Menlo of a misdemeanor criminal offense of being a slum landlord in Anaheim. Menlo's actions were so abhorrent that he was sentenced to live in his complex for many months instead of going to jail. It costs money for a landlord to keep up apartments. I know, because I own and manage two buildings. If the bad conditions are caused by the tenant, a landlord should get rid of them or at least charge them for damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1985 | Maria L. LaGanga
Eight low-income residents from Santa Ana and two from Anaheim filed suit against their landlords Monday, marking the most recent legal skirmish in a bitter Orange County rent strike that has been raging for the past several months. The 10 plaintiffs contend that the owners of their apartments have failed to maintain the buildings and are exploiting the tenants' poverty and inability to find decent, affordable housing in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1985 | Roxana Kopetman
About 200 tenants of an Anaheim complex met Thursday night to protest conditions at their apartments. Residents of the Royal Gardens Apartments, 1700 N. Temple St., complained of cockroaches, dirty pools and plumbing problems, among other things. The Anaheim Code Enforcement Department received six complaints this year from the 350-apartment complex, said Richard LaRochelle, a senior code enforcement officer. Last year, he said, the city received three complaints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time during months of criminal court hearings, Anaheim city officials agreed Thursday that landlord Sam Menlo has satisfactorily repaired three buildings at his run-down apartment complex in the city. Menlo, who owns the Ridgewood Gardens apartments, was cited with 34 criminal violations in 1997 after a four-alarm fire revealed numerous unsafe conditions. Deputy City Atty. Michael Burke later filed a probation violation after years of trying to force Menlo to make repairs.
NEWS
December 30, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a significant move for the Persian Gulf region, the government of this tiny island nation pledged Saturday to send its best warship to assist the U.S.-led coalition against terrorism in Afghanistan and provide humanitarian assistance there. Although Bahrain has long been an ally of the United States, the repercussions from Sept. 11 have brought the two countries even closer. In October, President Bush named Bahrain a major non-NATO ally. For its part, the government here has suggested that its neighbors also become more cooperative with Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Case files bulge with the bureaucratic legacy of Sam Menlo's life as a landlord: code violations, thousands of them, at rental units beset with everything from vermin and mold to wretched plumbing. With a real-estate empire spanning Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties, Menlo has a 30-year track record of skirmishes with city and state agencies, capped last fall with a sentence to live for a time in his own filthy Anaheim complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Case files bulge with the bureaucratic legacy of Sam Menlo's life as a landlord: code violations, thousands of them, at rental units beset with everything from vermin and mold to wretched plumbing. With a real estate empire spanning Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties, Menlo has a 30-year track record of skirmishes with city and state agencies, capped last fall with a sentence to live for a time in his own filthy Anaheim complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time during months of criminal court hearings, Anaheim city officials agreed Thursday that landlord Sam Menlo has satisfactorily repaired three buildings at his run-down apartment complex in the city. Menlo, who owns the Ridgewood Gardens apartments, was cited with 34 criminal violations in 1997 after a four-alarm fire revealed numerous unsafe conditions. Deputy City Atty. Michael Burke later filed a probation violation after years of trying to force Menlo to make repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2001
Re "Judge Suspends Landlord's Stay in Run-Down Unit," April 11: Orange County Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes is quoted as saying, "Mr. Menlo owes me 37 days, and I intend to get them." It is precisely this sort of stupefying pomposity that breeds contempt for the courts and the officials who populate them. Mr. Menlo, of course, is Sam Menlo, whose failure to maintain decent living conditions for tenants in apartments he owns resulted, according to your story, in 34 criminal counts being levied against him, including charges of numerous fire, health and safety code violations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2000 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 30 tenants in a run-down Anaheim apartment complex plan to fight eviction notices from their landlord, who is serving a 60-day home detainment sentence at the complex for repeatedly failing to make improvements. Some of the tenants say they are being kicked out by landlord Sam Menlo in retaliation for their constant complaints to city code enforcement officials. Menlo has a long history of public health and building code violations throughout Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Landlord Sam Menlo began a 60-day sentence Sunday at his run-down Anaheim complex, which residents say is infested with rats almost the size of cats as well as cockroaches and fleas. Residents at the 368-unit Ridgewood Gardens who knew about Menlo's sentence said his accommodations at the complex were nowhere near as bad as what they have endured for years. "He's living like a king. They repaired and cleaned the apartment where he's at," said Rose Benitez, a tenant for 18 months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2000 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 30 tenants in a run-down Anaheim apartment complex plan to fight eviction notices from their landlord, who is serving a 60-day home detainment sentence at the complex for repeatedly failing to make improvements. Some of the tenants say they are being kicked out by landlord Sam Menlo in retaliation for their constant complaints to city code enforcement officials. Menlo has a long history of public health and building code violations throughout Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Landlord Sam Menlo began a 60-day sentence Sunday at his run-down Anaheim complex, which residents say is infested with rats almost the size of cats as well as cockroaches and fleas. Residents at the 368-unit Ridgewood Gardens who knew about Menlo's sentence said his accommodations at the complex were nowhere near as bad as what they have endured for years. "He's living like a king. They repaired and cleaned the apartment where he's at," said Rose Benitez, a tenant for 18 months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1985 | Maria L. LaGanga
Eight low-income residents from Santa Ana and two from Anaheim filed suit against their landlords Monday, marking the most recent legal skirmish in a bitter Orange County rent strike that has been raging for the past several months. The 10 plaintiffs contend that the owners of their apartments have failed to maintain the buildings and are exploiting the tenants' poverty and inability to find decent, affordable housing in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1985 | Roxana Kopetman
About 200 tenants of an Anaheim complex met Thursday night to protest conditions at their apartments. Residents of the Royal Gardens Apartments, 1700 N. Temple St., complained of cockroaches, dirty pools and plumbing problems, among other things. The Anaheim Code Enforcement Department received six complaints this year from the 350-apartment complex, said Richard LaRochelle, a senior code enforcement officer. Last year, he said, the city received three complaints.
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