City ordinances prohibit motels from renting out rooms to customers for more than 28 consecutive days. Once that time is exceeded, guests must relocate. Wang said he had trouble with guests who stayed beyond the 28-day limit. “Some people were long-term customers, and that kind of customer gave me a headache. We don’t need that,” he said. “After the upgrade, we’re renting it only for in-and-out \.” City code enforcement officials have cited him for health-code violations, including mildew in some of the units, the owner said. Officials urged him to renovate the rooms, or face losing his operating license. “Certainly people have recognized that there have been ongoing issues there for some time,” Spencer said. “The conditions there have not been good, and I think that’s recognized by everyone there, including the owner.” PICO RIVERA – Officials have cracked down on a motel where inspectors discovered numerous code violations, forcing the owner to make repairs – and quickly. “The city is saying that this motel is too old-fashioned,” said Jack Wang, 53, the owner of the Lancer Motel, 4335 Rosemead Blvd. “They’re riding my back, and we’re kind of hurrying to do the remodeling.” Wang said workers have spent the past few weeks ripping out walls and flooring, eliminating kitchenettes and otherwise restoring the 57-unit complex to its original purpose as an overnight inn. “There are people there that have been using the motel as a place of residence,” said Bob Spencer, spokesman for Pico Rivera. Capt. Mike Rothans, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Pico Rivera Station, said Wang has been cooperative with officials in remedying the problems. Officials became aware of the conditions after deputies paid visits there over the past year. “It’s been gradually a progression of working with \ on some other issues, and then these code issues came up,” Rothans said. “That’s when they started discovering some of these problems.” Wang said most of his units are vacant now that renovations are under way. City inspectors are due to visit again on Wednesday, officials said. But Irene Trujillo, 58, who does not live at the Lancer, said she was upset that Wang had evicted some families to make way for the renovation work. “These families can’t be thrown out onto the street; they have children,” she said. “I know housing has gotten expensive, but they need to help these people.” Wang said he gave guests sufficient notice to move out. Liz Rivas, 44, who said she has stayed on and off at the motel for the past five years, blamed most of the problems there on untidy tenants. “The families that moved out destroyed those rooms,” Rivas said. “That’s the tenants’ fault because they wouldn’t let the maids go in and clean. If you’re going to be staying here, you need to keep the place clean. It’s business. You screw up, you’re out.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A 16-year-old girl was killed when the car she was riding in collided head-on with another vehicle in Lancaster, authorities said Saturday. Marchessa Vickers of Lancaster was riding in a 1994 Plymouth with two other girls, ages 16 and 17, traveling northbound on 110th Street West near Avenue K about 11 p.m. Friday, said California Highway Patrol Officer R. Rockafellow. The Plymouth crossed the center line and hit an oncoming Jeep Cherokee, Rockafellow said. Vickers was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries, Rockafellow said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The driver and other passenger in the Plymouth, whose names were not immediately available, were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. A female passenger in the Jeep also suffered minor injuries, Rockafellow said. The teen’s death marks the Antelope Valley’s 83rd traffic fatality of 2005. Last year, 74 people died on valley streets, highways and roads. The record for traffic fatalities is 87, set in 2003.