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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Developers are proposing that the Costa Mesa Motor Inn be converted to housing for the working poor or senior citizens. The motel's owner, the federal Resolution Trust Corp., will consider a recommendation from the City Council in deciding to whom the land should be sold, City Manager Allan L. Roeder said. Developers Merrill Butler III and John Whelan of Whelan Development Co. presented their plans to convert the building at a City Council study session Monday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2004 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
A mission for the homeless, a legal aid group and the Los Angeles Police Department have each received a portion of the $250,000 that owners of a troubled skid row hotel paid to settle the city's lawsuit against it. The money was paid by the Frontier Hotel, a single-room-occupancy hotel that, according to police, had long been the site of drug activity. In 2002, the city filed a lawsuit against the owners, attempting to encourage them to curb drug-related activity at the hotel.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1991 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
Citing delays and neighborhood opposition, county transportation officials on Monday abandoned plans for 240 single-room-occupancy housing units above a proposed Orange County Transit District bus terminal in Huntington Beach. Referring to several "hateful, spiteful" letters sent by residents opposed to having both bus traffic and low-income people nearby, Dana W. Reed, board member of the Orange County Transportation Authority, said he hoped that his agency wasn't "buckling" under pressure.
BUSINESS
January 21, 1998 | MELINDA FULMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Shifting employment patterns are driving a boom in extended-stay hotel construction throughout Southern California as skilled workers travel to meet short-term needs in such growing fields as entertainment and technology. Demand for these so-called knowledge workers is behind the development of hotels catering to business travelers who need to hunker down for weeks at a time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1992 | By GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blame it on bureaucratic delays or on pocketbooks and patience worn thin. Whatever the reason, the proposed sale of the landmark YMCA building in downtown Santa Ana is in limbo. A year ago, when it shut its operation on Civic Center Drive, the YMCA of Orange County had hoped that by now, its 68-year-old building would be in the hands of the city's Redevelopment Agency and on its way to becoming a single-room occupancy hotel for the working poor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sharon Thadeus was in a bind that many low-paid workers face. Forced to leave her Garden Grove apartment when her rent doubled, the part-time telemarketer couldn't find affordable housing in a safe neighborhood--until she came across Costa Mesa Village, Orange County's first single-room-occupancy hotel. "This place is just great," Thadeus said. "It's clean and really, really safe."
NEWS
February 4, 1996 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its glory days, the Ventura Inn was the diva of downtown hotels, a graceful 93-room manor that catered to movie stars and oil barons. Its splendid arched entryway welcomed visitors through the Depression and a world war. But then boxy motels cropped up along the nearby Ventura Freeway, diverting tourists and beginning the inn's slow decline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1991 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
The City Council has paved the way for the development of single-room-occupancy hotels that are being touted as one solution to a lack of affordable housing for the poor. By issuing a negative declaration, the council decided the SROs would not have an adverse effect on the city if certain conditions are met. The city's new policy, drafted in response to proposals to convert a motel owned by the Resolution Trust Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apartments and residential hotels in Los Angeles' poorest and most densely populated inner-city neighborhoods receive less frequent fire safety inspections than similar buildings in more affluent parts of the city, a Fire Department study has found.
NEWS
February 4, 1996 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its glory days, the Ventura Inn was the diva of downtown hotels, a graceful 93-room manor that catered to movie stars and oil barons. Its splendid arched entryway welcomed visitors through the Depression and a world war. But then boxy motels cropped up along the nearby Ventura Freeway, diverting tourists and beginning the inn's slow decline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sharon Thadeus was in a bind that many low-paid workers face. Forced to leave her Garden Grove apartment when her rent doubled, the part-time telemarketer couldn't find affordable housing in a safe neighborhood--until she came across Costa Mesa Village, Orange County's first single-room-occupancy hotel. "This place is just great," Thadeus said. "It's clean and really, really safe."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1995
The Los Angeles City Council has extended for another year the moratorium on the demolition of Skid Row hotels, preserving the most inexpensive of the city's housing stock. The council enacted the moratorium in 1987 to prevent developers from tearing down the single-room occupancy hotels standing on prime real estate in the Downtown area. Planning officials are working on permanent preservation regulations, as part of an updated Downtown community plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1994 | BILL BILLITER
To create a framework for a new kind of affordable housing, the City Council has enacted a single-room-occupancy ordinance. SROs are a type of low-cost housing that was pioneered in San Diego County. The concept allows an apartment building-like structure consisting solely of single-room dwellings. Each single room contains a small kitchen and bathroom. "The city adopted this as part of its housing plan," said City Manager Darrell Essex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
Capping a year of debate, the City Council early Wednesday approved plans to build a single-room-occupancy hotel in an industrial area off Jamboree Road. The Irvine Inn would be the city's first residential hotel--a landmark structure that affordable housing advocates see as an ideal home for people who work in Irvine but can't afford to live there. The council's 3-2 vote came after five hours of emotional testimony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1994
The YWCA has received a $2.1-million federal grant to run a planned hotel for low-income women, a spokeswoman said Monday. The YWCA won the grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to operate a 75-unit single-room-occupancy hotel, which could be built by 1996, said YWCA executive director Mary Douglas. Receiving the grant "is a wonderful step forward for the county. It's literally verifying that we do have people in need," Douglas said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1992 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County supervisors agreed Tuesday to loan $1.7 million for what could be Orange County's first single-room-occupancy hotel for the working poor, an idea that has been dogged locally in recent years by financial problems and public resistance. The action is a key financial victory for Costa Mesa Village, a $4.5-million project that is to combine public and private money to provide affordable housing for people who have found it increasingly tough to meet the county's rising rents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1991 | TERRY SPENCER
An ordinance that would allow construction of single-room occupancy apartments by reducing the city's current requirement for minimum living space will be considered tonight by the City Council. The ordinance would require that each single-room occupancy, or SRO, complex have a minimum of 100 rooms, set minimum rents on 49% of the rooms in each SRO complex and allow the rooms to be as small as 160 square feet. The city's current minimum living space per apartment is 550 square feet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apartments and residential hotels in Los Angeles' poorest and most densely populated inner-city neighborhoods receive less frequent fire safety inspections than similar buildings in more affluent parts of the city, a Fire Department study has found.
NEWS
October 7, 1993 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The vast majority of apartments and residential hotels in Los Angeles were in violation of fire safety codes, and the Fire Department's enforcement system has been plagued by late inspections and shoddy record keeping, according to two city audits launched after a fatal fire last spring.
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