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daily 04/28/2014

    • At the Towers, Sterling’s staff issued applications for garage-door remote controls that required residents to disclose their birthplace and national origin. Darren Schield, controller at Beverly Hills Properties, later denied that Sterling wanted the information to screen tenants by race. Instead, he said, “sometime after Sept. 11, 2001,” an FBI special agent warned that several tenants who were “foreign, I mean as Muslim, or, you know,” were targets of Bureau investigations. Even more bizarre but just as effective at driving away African-Americans and Hispanics, Beverly Hills Properties changed the name of the Wilshire Towers complex to Korean World Towers. A huge banner printed entirely in Korean was hung on the building, and the doormen were replaced by armed, Korean-born guards who were hostile to non-Koreans, again according to testimony given by multiple residents. In August 2003, during the Housing Rights Center lawsuit, a federal judge ordered Sterling to stop using the word “Korean” in the names of his buildings, but the damage had been done. “Even to this day, I still feel leery that at any given point we could be evicted,” testified tenant Aubrey Franklin. “[It’s] not pleasant to live in a community [where] the spirit and the camaraderie [are] gone.”

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