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Legal papers dropped on Sen. Isadore Hall at election party

Process server crashes election party to serve Sen. Isadore Hall with legal papers related to debacle at Alameda Court condominiums in Compton SAN PEDRO — Declining poll numbers can sour an election celebration, but apparently even

Process server crashes election party to serve Sen. Isadore Hall with legal papers related to debacle at Alameda Court condominiums in Compton

SAN PEDRO — Declining poll numbers can sour an election celebration, but apparently even a victory celebration is not exempt. Democratic congressional aspirant (CA-44) Sen. Isadore Hall, learned that when he was served with legal papers Tuesday night at his own election party in San Pedro.

CBS2 News reported the following brief exchange between Sen. Hall and a process server.

“Sir, I’m serving you, sir,” said the process server to Hall as he tried to dodge the man.

CBS2 News reported in its 11 p.m. newscast that Hall is being subpoenaed for a deposition in a lawsuit in which the plaintiffs are trying to determine if Hall was involved with a real estate deal involving the Alameda Court condominium complex in Compton.

A CBS2 reporter attempted to interview Hall, but the lawmaker balked.

“We’re going to go in and talk to the community and then we’ll take reports about the election thereafter. Just give me one second,” he said.

Hall’s neighbors went to the polls Tuesday night but Hall wasn’t the name they checked off, according to CBS2.

“Oh no! No. I overlooked his name, because when I see that name, I see the wrongness,” said neighbor Manuia Logoai.

Court papers say nine families at Alameda Court, a project Hall helped to get developed with a nice subsidy from the City of Compton when he was a councilman — are suing the landlord.

The dispute is over a rent-to-buy arrangement that’s being contested. The tenants’ suit complain of violations of their supposed “rent-to-own” provisions by the property owner who claims there was never any intention to let the tenants buy their condos.

The tenants claim Hall received special treatment and was exempt from the harassment they received because of his relationship with the landlord. Shortly after approval to build Alameda Court, the developers contributed $10,000 to Hall’s political ambitions and he was allowed to live rent-free at the complex. Hall was also served with eviction papers.

Last August, the landlord Doug Baker signed a declaration, under penalty of perjury, that Hall had not paid rent since March 2015. He was $4,800 behind in his rent at the time and owed $5,000 in unpaid utilities.

While the plaintiffs continued to pay rent, their payments were rejected and they were served with eviction papers.

“[Hall] can pay his rent,” Ianna Dumas-Smith, another neighbor, said. “He probably don’t want to pay his rent, he’s probably getting passes, but it’s not fair.”

CBS2 asked Hall and his staff multiple times if he’d talk but their cameras were turned away.

“He’s more than happy to speak with you but you have to give us a little bit of time. Is that OK?” the news station quoted a member of Hall’s staff.

The case in question is scheduled to begin in late October, one month ahead of the general election in November.

Hall is the democratic frontrunner for the 44th District congressional seat that represents, San Pedro, Wilmington, Carson, Compton, North Long Beach, Willowbrook, Lynwood, Watts, South Gate, and West Rancho Dominguez. The district is more than 70 percent Latino.

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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