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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
November 1, 2005 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
While the pace of development in downtown Los Angeles is generating excitement and momentum, the fortunes of two stately early 20th century hotels symbolize the political challenges of melding the old and the new. The renovated St. George Hotel, with its ocher and beige modernist exterior, could pass as a smart new hostelry catering to the trendy and the famous.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2004 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
In a cramped room of the Ford Hotel the Arburtha children one by one rouse themselves for another day of school. At 5:45 a.m., 16-year-old Jamaica is escorted through the dawn darkness by her mother, Grace, past the barred and gated lobby to a bus stop a block away. Later, sister Ankara, 14, sleepy-eyed brother Franklin, 13, and sister Egypt, 11, take the small elevator from the family's fifth-floor quarters.
NEWS
January 2, 1994 | IRIS YOKOI
The Community Redevelopment Agency board recently withdrew its support for a low-rent hotel on Skid Row and decided to provide only the minimum funding for two other projects in an effort to stem a glut of single-room occupancy housing. The action came after an agency-commissioned study found a 14% vacancy rate in existing publicly funded SRO hotels.
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
November 1, 2005 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
While the pace of development in downtown Los Angeles is generating excitement and momentum, the fortunes of two stately early 20th century hotels symbolize the political challenges of melding the old and the new. The renovated St. George Hotel, with its ocher and beige modernist exterior, could pass as a smart new hostelry catering to the trendy and the famous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2002 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even in the surreal world of downtown's skid row, where people sleep in boxes or tents or huddled on the sidewalk, the policy made no sense to Jerome Wiggins. Once every 28 days, at the request of hotel management, he and his girlfriend left their room in the Rosslyn Hotel and searched for another place to spend the night. The next day they trekked back to the Rosslyn--the same room, the same hotel--and resumed their lives.
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.
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
September 7, 2004 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
In a cramped room of the Ford Hotel the Arburtha children one by one rouse themselves for another day of school. At 5:45 a.m., 16-year-old Jamaica is escorted through the dawn darkness by her mother, Grace, past the barred and gated lobby to a bus stop a block away. Later, sister Ankara, 14, sleepy-eyed brother Franklin, 13, and sister Egypt, 11, take the small elevator from the family's fifth-floor quarters.
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.
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.
NEWS
July 3, 1994 | LUCILLE RENWICK
The Hotel Californian, a single-room-occupancy hotel chronically cited for dozens of housing and safety code violations, suffered $90,000 in damage last weekend after a fire destroyed the building's top floor, fire officials said. No one was injured in the blaze, contained by 100 firefighters in about 35 minutes. Deborah Foley, the building's manager, said the fire may have started about 11 p.m. June 25 in one of the rooms of the five-story 1920s hotel.
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