SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The owners of the Travelodge motel in Mission Valley have agreed to increase security measures to thwart prostitution activity, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Monday.
Mission Valley Travelodge Joint Venture and WW Lodging Ltd. are to hire onsite security guards and reimburse the city of San Diego more than $18,000 in investigative costs, according to the deal reached last week.
The partnership that owns and manages the motel at 1201 Hotel Circle S. already have installed more security cameras, posted signs to deter criminal activity and improved registration policies to include the photocopying of all guest and visitor identification cards and registering of all guest and visitor vehicles, the City Attorney's Office said.
"Tourism is one of San Diego's largest industries, guests to our city should feel safe and secure during their stay," said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. "Our office will continue to combat illegal activity such as prostitution and will work diligently to hold business owners accountable and clean up neighborhoods."
Legal documents show that San Diego police detectives found numerous females advertising themselves for sex on websites who directed them to the motel between November 2011 and early February last year, resulting in 20 arrests for prostitution-related crimes, including pimping and human trafficking.
One arrested pimp had $20,000 in cash in his car, according to the complaint.
Another 93 calls for to the SDPD for service were logged during that period, consuming more than 222 hours of personnel time. Officers didn't see security guards or surveillance cameras at the hotel, the complaint said.
The complaint said hotel management placed the name of each arrested person on a "do not rent" list, but failed to make structural or management changes. However, the City Attorney's Office said motel management has been responsive and cooperative since the legal process started.
In an agreement signed by Superior Court Judge Lisa Schall, the motel operators will also have to increase the required deposit for all rooms rented with cash and limit visitor hours to 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
The goal of the Buy Nothing Project is that nothing goes to waste. From leftover food to cleaning out your closet, someone's trash can become someone else's treasure using a Facebook page.
It's time for a taste of the old west... Ramona style! The Ramona Rodeo is a tradition that has been going on for nearly four decades.
San Diego voters should brace themselves for a high-dollar contest this November when they’ll be asked to decide between two competing stadium measures to transform prime city-owned real estate in Mission Valley.
Spring and summer are the months many households purge old items and also shop for new things. CBS News 8’s Ashley Jacobs heads to the Rock Thrift Store to show off some surprising finds from wedding dresses to nearly new sporting goods.
San Diego county taxpayers spend tens of millions of dollars every year to pay for the health care of jail inmates.
Acorn and Clover were transferred in from the Chula Vista shelter with their mom and two other litter mates.
Mass shootings at schools across the country have claimed the lives of dozens of students over the past few years.
Community and business leaders to hold ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for San Diego International Airport’s new Terminal 2 Parking Plaza ahead of its public opening.
It's called "No Rules…Except" and it's a reimagined version of the same installation from when The New Children's Museum opened 10 years ago in May 2008.