CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1998 |
After hearing complaints about slum conditions, top city housing officials promised tenants Saturday that the Housing Department will turn the heat up on owners of blighted apartment buildings. Tenants cited problems such as apartments infested with rodents and roaches and buildings without working utilities during the meeting held in downtown Los Angeles and sponsored by the Inquilinos Unidos' Organizing Committee, a nonprofit group that assists tenants with housing complaints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1991 |
The Brandon Hotel is the kind of building where some people go to live when they're down on their luck, and others when they want to hide. "I would never tell my mother that I live here," one resident said in a near whisper, displaying a bathroom shared by several tenants on one hall. The room stank, and a three-inch cockroach lay dead in the shower stall.
February 6, 1994 |
The owner of a nonprofit corporation formed to help house the homeless has been sentenced to perform 500 hours of community service after pleading no contest to charges of slum conditions at his 67-room residence hotel. Los Angeles Municipal Judge Glenette Blackwell also placed Dondald Joseph Nall, 54, and his company, Peace House Inc., on three years' probation and ordered that the Beverly Hotel at 1330 S. Olive St. remain closed.
July 18, 1993 |
Owners of the Hollenbeck View residential hotel who were convicted of city code violations were sentenced last week to two years' probation and fined $500 each, plus court penalties. Municipal Judge Ronald Schoenberg also ordered James V. and Gwendolyn G. Carone of Mission Viejo to pay $1,700 in court penalties in their July 7 sentencing. "I wish we could quadruple this, but we have to go after them a building at a time," said Deputy City Atty. Richard M. Bobb of the Slum Housing Task Force.
August 22, 1993 |
An apartment building owner is serving 45 days of house arrest at the building, monitored by an electronic device fitted to his ankle, after his conviction of building and safety violations last month. Los Angeles Municipal Judge Leland Harris sentenced Ronald J. Olenczuk, 62, of Palos Verdes Estates, to live in a room on the fifth floor of the six-story, 96-unit building at 744 S. Beacon Ave. Olenczuk, who began his sentence July 28, pleaded no contest to 10 violations, said Deputy City Atty.
March 12, 1995 |
A Las Vegas resident must pay $13,032 in fines and costs after pleading no contest to slum violations at the now-closed Hotel Californian, a 201-unit apartment building at 1907 W. 6th Street. Syed Ali, 55, was charged with five violations of fire, health, building and safety codes in the five-story, 1920s brick structure. Still more costs to be billed to Ali are pending. The hotel was severely damaged in an apparent arson fire last November and is currently being demolished by the city.