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Property owner pleas to public nuisance charges

District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that property owner and general partner of the E/H First Family Limited Partnership, Emily Chen, pled no contest to allowing a public nuisance to exist at the Villa Capri and Arden Villa Apartments.   

With the lack of adequate security and no on-site manager as required by the California Code of Regulations, the Villa Capri and Arden Villa apartments attracted frequent loiterers who intimidated neighbors and committed crime. The apartments had long been plagued by disproportionately high calls to the Sheriff’s Department due to violence committed by tenants and visitors. In January 2010, two innocent bystanders were shot and killed while standing on the grounds of the Villa Capri Apartments.   

As part of the plea agreement, Chen is required to continue implementing property management practices deemed necessary by the D.A.’s Office for a period of three years. These practices include proper tenant screening, creating and enforcing codes of conduct for tenants and guests, and hiring professional security. There will be periodic site inspections and progress reports made to the court.  If Chen is in compliance for the three year period, the charges will be dismissed. 

Deputy D.A. Susan Nelsen said, “It is the responsibility of property owners to provide a safe living environment for residents and neighbors.  This is a case where had there been proper supervision and safety measures in place, the violence that occurred at the property may have been prevented.”  

The first progress report hearing is set for December 6, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 3 of the Sacramento Superior Court. 

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