Redding Inn, District Attorney Reach Agreement on a Civil Suit; Strict Security Measures Put in Place

Anand "Lucky" Jersani, left, Stephanie Bridgett and Stephen Carlton at Friday's press conference. Photo by Jon Lewis.

Anand “Lucky” Jersani, left, Stephanie Bridgett and Stephen Carlton at Friday’s press conference. Photo by Jon Lewis.

Owners of the crime-infested Redding Inn reached a settlement with Shasta County prosecutors and have agreed to a lengthy list of security measures in order for the Pine Street motel to remain in business, the District Attorney’s office announced Friday afternoon.

Terms of the agreement include a $35,000 judgment that defendants GNDJ, Inc. and Maninderjit Singh Bath will pay to cover the costs of investigation and prosecution incurred by the county and the Redding Police Department. Some $12,500 of that penalty will fund RPD’s new neighborhood policing unit.

Lucky Jesrani.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Anand “Lucky” Jersani.

The civil suit, brought in November by Senior Deputy District Attorney Anand “Lucky” Jersani, is the first in recent history and represents a policy shift as Redding continues to crack down on problem motels in the downtown area.

News of the settlement was announced by Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett, who was flanked by Jersani and District Attorney Stephen Carlton. Redding police officers, including Sgt. Walt Bullington, also were present.

Settlement terms call for a host of improved security measures at the Redding Inn. Photo by Jon Lewis.

Settlement terms call for a host of improved security measures at the Redding Inn. Photo by Jon Lewis.

Bullington, who supervised the investigation, said he was satisfied with terms of the agreement “as long as it remains cleaned up.” A recent analysis of police calls revealed that the Redding Inn was the city’s top trouble spot with some 1,239 calls over a four-year period. Calls typically involved drug sales, fighting, prostitution and disturbing the peace.

Calls for service dropped by 60 percent since the civil case began in November, Bridgett said. Some $10,000 of the financial penalty has been suspended and will only be imposed if the Redding Inn fails to meet its security measure obligations within the designated time frame.

Bridgett thanked Redding police for their work and the motel owner for agreeing to the stipulated judgment; the judgment was filed Friday for review and approval by a judge.

Under terms of the judgment, the motel’s owners have agreed to the following conditions:

–Hire an armed security guard to patrol the property from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays to enforce motel rules and provide written reports of any problems. If criminal and nuisance activity is reduced during the following four months, the defendant may reduce the patrol to a drive-by level with a minimum of seven inspections in a 24-hour period. The guard is required to send security logs and incident reports to Jersani on a weekly basis.

–Install high-resolution security cameras and provide video footage to law enforcement officers upon demand.

–Establish and enforce a “Do Not Rent” list of people known to have created significant problems at the Redding Inn in the past.

–Install high-intensity lighting throughout the exterior of the motel and along its perimeter.

–Report any suspicious criminal activity, including excessive pedestrian traffic to certain rooms without reasonable explanation and loitering in the hallways or parking lot.

–Maintain thorough guest registration logs, including the full names of all adults occupying a room, and the address of the person paying for the room.

–Record information on every vehicle parked at the motel; all guests and visitors are required to register their vehicles with the front desk and display a motel-issued placard in clear view.

–Take reasonable steps to now allow unregistered visitors on motel property between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

–Require that all guests present a credit card as a guaranty upon registration; if a guest prefers to pay in cash, a $100 security deposit per room is required.

–No renting of rooms on an hourly or short-term basis. Additionally, no renting of rooms to anyone under 18 years of age.

–Allow the DA’s office or Redding code enforcement officers to randomly inspect up to eight rooms for the presence of bed bugs and other vermin; if any vermin is detected, the motel owner is required to correct the violation before the rooms can be rented.

–Conduct thorough background checks on all employees prior to hiring.

Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis is a freelance writer living in Redding. He has more than 30 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. Contact him at jonpaullewis@gmail.com.

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