Editor's Note: This is a response from AZ Shores regarding
Tuesday's announcement from the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office,
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), and law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher regarding a tenant harassment settlement at the 49-unit complex located at 1305 2nd Street in Santa Monica.
Wilshire Skyline is a family-run business that manages apartment buildings.
Wilshire Skyline prides itself on providing high quality property
management services and has done so to the satisfaction of tenants for
approximately 40 years.
Wilshire Skyline began managing AZ Shores, a historic apartment
building in Downtown Santa Monica, upon acquisition of the property by
related entities on October 30, 2012.
The property required some updating to improve its condition,
including repairs from a major fire. Additionally, new laundry
facilities were installed, a security system was put in place to protect
tenants and various upgrades have been made to individual units at the
Despite Wilshire Skyline’s best intentions, four tenants expressed
concerns about Wilshire Skyline’s efforts and actions during these first
It was never Wilshire Skyline’s intent to inconvenience these tenants
or otherwise give them the impression that they are not welcome to stay
in their homes.
To the contrary, Wilshire Skyline was attempting to improve conditions at a building which had not been upgraded in many years.
Wilshire Skyline was also attempting to institute a more professional property management structure.
While Wilshire Skyline denies all of the allegations made by these
four tenants, it voluntarily elected to work cooperatively with the City
Attorney’s office, LAFLA and Gibson Dunn in order to reach an amicable
While Wilshire Skyline’s confident it would have prevailed in any
legal action commenced by the City, LAFLA and/or Gibson Dunn, settlement
was more prudent from a business standpoint than potential protracted
and expensive litigation could have been.
Finally and most importantly, Wilshire Skyline has enjoyed working
with the City, LAFLA and Gibson Dunn in a cooperative manner to
establish a set of procedures to accommodate the needs of the tenants of
the building. Wilshire Skyline appreciates the professionalism of the
City Attorney’s office, Legal Aid and Gibson Dunn in amicably resolving
this matter and looks forward to continuing to work with these parties
in the future.
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