City Attorney James Sanchez today announced that his office has settled a public nuisance lawsuit against several defendants involved with the “Sacramento Inn and Suites” formerly known as “Clarion Inn” located at 1401 Arden Way. As part of the settlement, the operator of the hotel has ceased operations, secured and vacated the premises, and paid delinquent taxes.
“The closure of this nuisance hotel removes a serious threat to the safety of the public,” said City Attorney James Sanchez. “This hotel’s problems included not only excessive criminal activity involving the illegal use and sales of controlled substances, armed robbery, prostitution, and human trafficking, but also egregious fire and building code violations.”
The settlement is a culmination of several enforcement investigations against the hotel by the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento Fire Department, and the Community Development Department’s Housing and Dangerous Buildings Division. In May 2014, the hotel’s 167 calls for police services coupled with the excessive number of neighborhood complaints prompted a comprehensive legal action that included a separate lawsuit for payment of delinquent taxes, by the City’s Justice for Neighbors Program. In all, over 100 serious fire code violations were found in the hotel’s buildings.
The case is part of the City’s Justice for Neighbors Program. The program is a task force of City departments organized and dedicated to resolving the worst physical and criminal public nuisances present in Sacramento neighborhoods.