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Alex Spanos Gets SUED

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,126708.shtml

    National Builder and Developer Accused of Housing Discrimination

    Posted : Thu, 21 Jun 2007 17:36:00 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Fair Housing Alliance and four of its member fair housing organizations today filed a housing discrimination lawsuit against AG Spanos Companies, a builder and developer of multifamily housing and commercial properties in at least 16 states.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070420/NFHALOGO )

    In their lawsuit, the National Fair Housing Alliance, Fair Housing of Marin, Fair Housing Napa Valley, Metro Fair Housing Services, and the Fair Housing Continuum allege that Spanos failed to comply with federal accessibility standards in the design and construction of their properties. AG Spanos Companies is headquartered in Stockton, CA with regional division offices across the country. The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court of San Francisco.

    The fair housing organizations investigated 35 apartment complexes in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Kansas, Georgia and Florida, all of which failed to meet the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. These 35 properties, totaling more than 10,000 individual apartment dwelling units, represent only a sample of the at least 84 Spanos properties that are covered by the federal Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status.

    Since 1991, AG Spanos has engaged in a continuous pattern and practice of discrimination against people with disabilities by designing and/or constructing multifamily dwellings with significant design flaws that render them inaccessible to people with disabilities. Examples of accessibility barriers include no handicap parking spaces, steep slopes, steps instead of ramps, narrow door widths and passageways, insurmountable thresholds, and inaccessible bathrooms and kitchens. Still others place environmental controls and electrical sockets beyond the reach of wheelchair users, and have constructed leasing offices, common restrooms, recreational and entertainment facilities in such a way to make them inaccessible to wheelchair users.

    "It is outrageous that more than 16 years after the effective date of the Fair Housing Act's accessibility requirements, and more than 14 years after the effective date of the ADA, people with disabilities continue to face discrimination because of a building's inaccessible design. Those in violation must be held accountable." Shanna Smith -- President & CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance

    "It can be hard for an able-bodied person to understand the many barriers that a person with a disability faces. A raised threshold, a series of steps or a narrow passageway can make a difference between who can and can't enjoy a home to its fullest extent." Nancy Kenyon -- Executive Director, Fair Housing of Marin

    "Building apartments that exclude people with disabilities is a violation of the trust of the Napa community. This exclusion impacts every resident in the community because we all have friends or relatives that are disabled or may become disabled." Kathryn Winter -- Executive Director, Fair Housing Napa Valley

    "There is not a single valid reason for architects, developers, and builders to continue designing and building inaccessible multi-family housing. Over 16 years after the Fair Housing Act was amended to provide accessible multi-family housing, people with disabilities housing rights continue to be violated on a daily basis." David Baade -- Executive Director, Fair Housing Continuum in Cocoa, Florida

    "The Fair Housing Act recognizes that people with disabilities can face discrimination because of a building's inaccessible design. Builders and developers are required by law to construct housing units that are accessible for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, AG Spanos did not abide by this standard." Foster Corbin -- Executive Director, Metro Fair Housing Services in East Point, Georgia

    National Fair Housing Alliance (http://www.nationalfairhousing.org/) -- Founded in 1988, the National Fair Housing Alliance is a consortium of more than 220 private, non-profit fair housing organizations, state and local civil rights groups, and individuals from 37 states and the District of Columbia. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NFHA, through comprehensive education, advocacy and enforcement programs, provides equal access to housing for millions of people.

    Fair Housing of Marin (http://www.fairhousingmarin.com/) -- Fair Housing of Marin, located in San Rafael, CA, provides comprehensive fair housing services in Marin County with collaborative services in Sonoma and Contra Costa County Counties.

    Fair Housing Napa Valley (http://www.napafairhousing.org/) -- Fair Housing Napa Valley, located in Napa, CA, is dedicated to fair and equal housing opportunity for all Napa County residents through extensive education and enforcement activities including intake of discrimination complaints, testing, investigation, and referrals for litigation and/or administrative enforcement.

    Metro Fair Housing Services -- Metro Fair Housing Services, located in East Point, GA, has as its mission to promote social justice and eliminate housing and lending inequities for all people, including those with disabilities, through leadership, education and outreach, public policy advocacy and enforcement.

    Fair Housing Continuum -- The Fair Housing Continuum, Inc. (FHC), located in Cocoa, FL is dedicated to the elimination of housing discrimination in Florida, serving Brevard, Indian River, Seminole, and Volusia Counties. http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070420/NFHALOGO" mime-type="application/octet-stream"/> Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070420/NFHALOGO
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    PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com National Fair Housing Alliance
     
  2. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    And Alex wants to build a stadium ? :icon_eek:
     
  3. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a bullshit money grab to me. We just went through something very similar recently.
     
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  4. Boltdiehard

    Boltdiehard Well-Known Member

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    Doing rental business in the Bay Area. *shakes head*

    Alameda is safe and the Amador Valley but that's about it. Everything else is under communist control.

    T is right tho how do you NOT comply with the ADA in today's world? :icon_huh: :lol:
     
  5. StocktonBoltFan

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    Couldn't have said it better myself. apartments don't just get built without local planning commissions and building inspectors signing off on them.
     
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  6. Buttmunch

    Buttmunch Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, that's weird. Doesn't make sense.
     
  7. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

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    only for walk in customers...(apparently)

    so, did you find the Spanos response to the suit...
     
  8. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

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    I don't think Spanos was like, "Yeah, I don't like people with disabilities, so screw 'em," when he was having these places built.
     
  9. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Here's their response:
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  10. SanDiegoRon

    SanDiegoRon BoltTalker

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    :lol: :lol:
     

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