Donald Sterling was born Donald Tokowitz April 26, 1934 in Chicago to Jewish immigrant parents Susan and Mickey Tokowitz. Demonstrating that he is the Jewish equivalent of an oreo (Black on the outside white on the inside), a coconut (Brown on the outside white on the inside), Banana (Yellow on the outside white on the inside) or an Apple (Red on the outside white on the inside), he changed his name to Donald Sterling apparently so that he could pass for a white gentile by not having an obviously Ashkenazic Jewish name. BTW, my last name “Tucker” was involuntarily changed at Ellis Island by the immigration clerks from the Slavic “Tokar,” not something my family did of its own accord.
People like Donald Tokowitz Sterling disgust me. Not only does he have some kind of self-hate complex to gentilize his name he forgets that his parents were immigrants and the Jewish commandments of Leviticus:
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.
You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
In August 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Sterling for housing discrimination in using race as a factor in filling some of his apartment buildings. The suit charged that Sterling refused to rent to non-Koreans in the Koreatown neighborhood and to African Americans in Beverly Hills. The suit alleges Sterling once said he did not like to rent to Hispanics because they “smoke, drink and just hang around the building,” and that “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.” In November 2009, ESPN reported that Sterling agreed to pay a fine of $2.73 million to settle claims brought by the Justice Department and Davin Day of Newport Beach that he engaged in discriminatory rental practices against Hispanics, blacks, and families with children. In addition, Sterling was also ordered to pay attorneys’ fees and costs in that action of $4,923,554.75. [Order Granting Motion for Prevailing Party’s Attorneys’ Fees and Costs, dated November 2, 2005, C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:03-cv-00859-DSF-E Dkt No. 454]. In granting the attorney’s fees and costs Judge Dale S. Fischer noted “Sterling’s’ scorched earth’ litigation tactics, some of which are described by the Plaintiffs’ counsel and some of which were observed by the Court. The Court has no difficulty accepting Plaintiffs’ counsel’s representations that the time required to be spent on this case was increased by defendant’s counsel’s often unacceptable, and sometimes outrageous conduct.”
I’ve seen Judge Dale S. Fischer in action and she is a no-nonsense judge whether I agree or disagree with her rulings (on occasion I’ve been on both sides). Given that Donald Sterling is himself a member of the Bar (California License 31124 issued 1/11/61) and is perfectly capable of supervising attorneys representing him you’d think that maybe, just maybe, the State Bar might consider some kind of disciplinary action against him for his legal behavior. If you think that’s appropriate, go ahead and write the State Bar (but don’t hold your breath…the State Bar won’t do anything about his bad behavior is my prediction). In addition to what Judge Fischer wrote about, also ask them whether they’ll take any action against him for admitting under oath in a deposition that he engaged in prostitution:
“The woman wanted sex everywhere,” Sterling said. “In the alley, in her car, in the elevator, in the upstairs seventh floor, in the bathroom.” And he paid her for it. “Every time she provided sex she got $500,” he testified in 2003. “At the end of every week or at the end of two weeks, we would figure [it] out, and I would, perhaps, pay her then.” “When you pay a woman for sex, you are not together with her,” he further testified. “You’re paying her for a few moments to use her body for sex. Is it clear? Is it clear?” [http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=4187729&lang=ES&cc=3888]
Write the State Bar at:
State Bar of California
845 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles CA 90017-2515
The sickest thing about Sterling’s sordid record on race relations is that the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP was just about to honor him with a second lifetime achievement award on May 15, 2014 (they gave him one in 2009 while he was being sued by Elgin Baylor). As Wikipedia explains the Baylor lawsuit:
In February 2009, Sterling was sued by former longtime Clippers executive Elgin Baylor for employment discrimination on the basis of age and race. The lawsuit alleges Sterling told Baylor that he wanted to fill his team with “poor black boys from the South and a white head coach”. The suit alleges that during negotiations for Danny Manning, Sterling said “I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid.” The suit noted those comments while alleging “the Caucasian head coach was given a four-year, $22-million contract”, but Baylor’s salary had “been frozen at a comparatively paltry $350,000 since 2003”.
There is a long tradition (not a time honored one but a quietly carried out and usually unspoken of one) of shaking down racists by so-called civil rights movement organizational poverty pimps when they get into public trouble for their depraved behavior. I saw the Anti-Defamation League do this when they accepted a huge contribution from Marriott Corporation to give them their organizational seal of approval when an Ethiopian Jew stood up to Host International’s refusal to allow him to wear his Yarmulke at work. ADL accepted Marriott’s word that the guy was delusional without any semblance of a legitimate investigation. So carrying on that sordid tradition, NAACP was prepared to honor Sterling and whitewash his longtime pattern of discriminatory behavior, but apparently with his statements on tape and being made public for once, it’s too embarrassing. These Negroes are not just embarrassed, they’re apparently afraid that honoring him will so discredit them that it will interfere with their further poverty pimping in the name of civil rights, so the estimated $10,000-$15,000 he gave Los Angeles NAACP in the past year alone is no longer enough to buy the organization’s loyalty.
ESPN Deportes tells the details of Sterling’s slum-lording at http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=4187729&lang=ES&cc=3888
The article, which came out as a birthday present yesterday for Sterling contains such choice details as:
Jones had repeatedly walked to the apartment manager’s office to plead for assistance, according to sworn testimony given by her daughter Ebony Jones in the Housing Rights Center case. Kandynce Jones’ refrigerator dripped, her dishwasher was broken, and her apartment was always cold. Now it had flooded. Davenport reported what she saw to Sterling, and according to her testimony, he asked: “Is she one of those black people that stink?” When Davenport told Sterling that Jones wanted to be reimbursed for the water damage and compensated for her ruined property, he replied: “I am not going to do that. Just evict the bitch.”
A personal glimpse of the business practices of Beverly Hills Properties, one of Sterling’s businesses, can be found at: http://www.yelp.com/biz/beverly-hills-properties-santa-monica-2. This account contains such tantalizing tidbits as:
Beverly Hills Properties is part of the west coast Donald Trump’s Donald T. Sterling & Assoc. empire. Mr. Sterling was a practicing lawyer before he figured out a much easier way to become wealthy. Why count on billable hours or cashing in on lucrative ambulance chasing lawsuits when you can buy real estate instead?
When Mr. Sterling took over the property, I was immediately served with a letter that “ended” my tenancy illegally. A lawyer was hired, and by the time I knew it, the City of Santa Monica was conducting an investigation into the illegal tenant harassment practices perpetrated on behalf of this company.
It took over a year, but the company finally cashed in over a year’s worth of rent checks that I had been dutifully paying from a separate bank account that I’d started when I became aware that they were not, in fact cashing the rent checks. I’m sure this was done in hopes that I would stupidly spend the money, whereupon there would be insufficient funds for a year’s worth of rent and he could proceed to throw me out as he had originally planned.
Once the lawsuit was settled and Mr. S was sufficiently chastised for attempting to illegally kick out long term tenants in numerous buildings around Santa Monica, things began to settle down. But it is hard to describe what it is like to live under such terror.
The first manager that was installed by this company had to be a first cousin of Hitler. No matter that he was either Israeli or Russian. This man was the absolute most hateful apartment manager that I have ever experienced in my entire life. Living near him was nearly unbearable.
Another testimonial from a former tenant talks about the alleged ripoff by Beverly Hills Properties of his deposit http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Beverly-Hills-Properties-Inc/Beverly-Hills-California-90212/Beverly-Hills-Properties-Inc-Atum-Manager-Stole-part-of-my-security-deposit-for-no-reas-988293 not to mention a rat infestation:
Lastly, I will say while I liked this apartment I had RATS the whole time I was there. I complained and I think traps or rat poison was placed under the apartments, but I had them up until the day I moved out. DO NOT RENT from these people. They will screw you out of your money.
So is there anything that you can do about this which will hurt anything more than Donald Sterling’s ego? We didn’t end Apartheid in South Africa by resolutions (like a proposed City Council “condemnation”). We hit South Africa in the pocket book, by divestiture and boycott.
In the past, Beverly Hills Properties made $1,000 campaign contributions to then City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Why? Because, as Saul Alinsky taught us, “Power goes to two poles: to those who’ve got the money and to those who’ve got the people.” Sterling has the money so he keeps politicians happy who control the City Attorney’s office and the Mayor’s office which in turn controls the Department of Building and Safety and the Housing Department.
Write to Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Attorney Mike Feuer and demand a task force to inspect every single rental unit in Los Angeles managed by Beverly Hills Properties and all other Sterling associated businesses. Demand that they go door to door and deliver leaflets to all of his tenants asking them to blow the whistle on unlawful rental practices. Demand that they commit to sue on behalf of every tenant who’s getting shafted by Donald Sterling and Beverly Hills Properties.
If we’ve got the people on our side this is possible no matter how much money Sterling can throw around.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Hall 200 N Spring Street Los Angeles CA 90012
City Attorney Mike Feuer, 800 City Hall East 200 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Now as an “oh by the way,” a real heartfelt HAPPY BIRTHDAY to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver (DOB: 4/25/62) who today banned Donald Sterling for life from NBA activity. Ironic that he was born the day before Sterling’s birthday!