City Attorney Mike Feuer announcing settlement with Motel 6, with area Councilmember Monica Rodriguez.
LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured a settlement with the owner of Motel 6 in Sylmar requiring new security and managerial conditions for three years in an effort to curb rampant drug sales, gang activity and prostitution that allegedly occurred there. G6 Hospitality Property LLC (G6), which owns the Motel 6 chain, will also pay $250,000, which Feuer’s office will devote to a new program targeting human trafficking.
The settlement is part of a sustained and concentrated effort by Feuer and law enforcement to target properties that are magnets for gangs, guns, narcotics and other criminal activity, including recent abatement lawsuits filed against property owners in Canoga Park, Studio City, Hollywood, South Los Angeles and Venice.
"This comprehensive settlement—negotiated after we intervened to stop what we alleged was rampant criminal activity—requires Motel 6 to live up to its responsibilities to guests and neighbors alike," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "Our agreement commits Motel 6 to concrete action, from maintaining strong management and security to funding new efforts by our office to combat human trafficking. Whether it’s an iconic American brand or a sole proprietor, we will hold owners accountable to keep their properties safe."
"This settlement is a victory for Sylmar and residents who deserve to feel safe in their community," said Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. "We will not tolerate dangerous and illegal activity in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Thanks to the dedication of our City Attorney and local law enforcement, we have secured a win that cracks down and curbs future criminal activity at this facility. I look forward to our continued partnership with neighborhood leaders, local businesses, and LAPD to safeguard our communities against heinous crime."
G6, the owner of Motel 6 at 12775 Encinitas Avenue in Sylmar, has committed to maintain a broad array of physical and managerial improvements for public safety, including: strict guest registration requirements, enforcement of a ‘do not rent’ list of known criminals, restrictions on stays of less than 24 hours and cash payments for rental of rooms; a 48-camera video monitoring system and trained security guards; secure access to the parking lot for guests; posting notices about human trafficking; and implementing new policies prohibiting known criminals – including human traffickers, pimps, prostitutes and gang members – from accessing the property. Motel 6 will also block access to Backpage.com, a website known for arranging prostitution through Wi-Fi and LAN networks provided to guests and visitors.
The settlement also mandates that Motel 6 have a General Manager, Assistant General Manager or Guest Services Representative on-site at all times and to train all employees in human trafficking detection and prevention. Additionally, an executive member of Motel 6 must conduct quarterly inspections of the property and provide a monthly report of any criminal activity or actions taken.
Motel 6 has also agreed to pay $250,000 to fund a new City Attorney program to detect, deter and prevent human trafficking in and around Los Angeles County.
The original complaint filed in November, 2016 alleged the Sylmar Motel 6 was used as a base from which known gang members and narcotics dealers would operate, recruiting pimps and prostitutes, trafficking stolen goods and distributing narcotics including methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana. At the time the lawsuit was filed, a G6 executive was not physically present at Motel 6 to properly oversee management, but instead delegated to managers allegedly complicit in the criminal activity. Stolen vehicles were regularly recovered in the parking lot and theft of personal property was often reported. Since 2013, LAPD has made multiple arrests at the property including 10 arrests for prostitution, 22 arrests for narcotics and 34 additional arrests for criminal activity including battery, burglary and felons in possession of firearms.
Deputy City Attorneys Suzanne Spillane and Christian Commelin of the City Attorney’s Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program managed the negotiations.
Since taking office, City Attorney Feuer has filed 94 nuisance abatement lawsuits, securing 94 injunctions and collected more than $1 million. He has established an easy-to-use online method through which residents may report properties with gang and/or narcotics activity in their neighborhoods. He's asking residents to report these properties by calling his office at (213) 978-8340 or visiting this page. All reports may be made anonymously.