Landlords Who Prohibited Children From Playing Outside Pay $50,000

1020 N. Fair Oaks
Pasadena CA 91103

Contact:  Gary Rhoades, Director of Litigation

July 27, 2001

The owners and an on-site manager of a Baldwin Park, California apartment complex have agreed to pay $50,000, rescind eviction notices, and then participate in a comprehensive fair housing program to resolve complaints filed with the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley in Pasadena.

Three families filed fair housing complaints with the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley against owners Ray Pelligrino and Robert Ward, and their on-site manager, Hector Gomez. Pelligrino and Ward owned and operated an apartment complex in Baldwin Park. The families alleged that for at least a year their children were not allowed to play outside, that Gomez harassed children who did venture outside, and that two of the families were given Thirty Day Termination notices when they violated the rules in the complex. In settlement of the families claims, Ward, Pelligrino and Gomez agreed to rescind the termination notices. They also paid the families and the Fair Housing Council a total of $50,000. Under the Settlement Agreement, they also agreed to pay for and participate in a comprehensive community fair housing training, use affirmative advertising and display Fair Housing posters.

The families were represented by Gary Rhoades and Danielle Jones, lawyers with the Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley.

The owners were represented by Bradley Bush and Turan Williams from the Los Angeles law firm of Even, Crandall, Wade, Lowe & Gates.