The LA Times points out two race-related lawsuits against Sterling, who owns several apartment buildings in LA. In one lawsuit, he was accused of saying “black tenants smell and attract vermin.” He also made derogatory remarks about Latinos saying he didn't like to rent to them because "Hispanics smoke, drink and just hang around the building.”
Today, we realized that Sterling also owns a hotel on the edge of Beverly Hills called The Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel. (Actually, it's about a half a mile from where Bev Hills proper begins.) The hotel (which bears Sterling's signature gold lettering at the entrance) looks to have updated amenities as far as technology is concerned (flat-screen TVs) but the room decor looks straight out of 1994. It's clear Sterling has not invested money into this property in quite some time.
The TripAdvisor reviews are fairly positive but we did find one review that says the hotel charges $10 for WiFi...per device Of course, Sterling would charge for WiFi. We wonder what excuse he would give about it too.
Needless to say, if this hotel's so-so decor and WiFi charges aren't enough to deter you from booking a night here, we hope the fact that it's owned by Donald Sterling will.
[Photo: Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel]