Ebony Jones had her tissues ready and her high profile media savvy attorney Gloria Allred by her side as she faced the cameras and reporters. Her late mother had been a ''fighter for civil rights'' in a lawsuit she and 18 others filed against Donald Sterling some 12 years ago when Mrs. Jones, then 66 , lived in the Wilshire Ardmore Towers near Koreatown.
Seems Mrs. Jones claims that after Sterling bought the building, as part of his growing real estate empire, he tried to force her and the other minorities out by refusing repairs. "First the stove.. the dishwasher, the toilet, still Mr. Sterling did nothing.'' Mrs Jones would pass away before the lawsuit was settled, terms not released, but her daughter is speaking out all these years later because the daughter (and of course Allred ) want to make sure the other NBA owners have the background and the full story about Donald Sterling as they ready a historical vote to possibly oust Sterling from the Association , a move that will almost certainly be met by a vigorous lawsuit.
Allred talked about how ''pathetic'' Sterling is, and how others have to learn from the fight Ebony Jones's mother put up, and how this was essentially a pattern of behavior repeated by Sterling years later in that widely publicized federal housing discrimination suit that he settled for millions and s often cited in the ongoing Sterling coverage as evident of his history of racism. After her news conference , Allured and I talked about Shelly Sterling , who she knows well, and she said if she represented Shelly she'd adviser her to fight for her rights, just as she's planning on doing. For now. Meantime,across town new Clipper CEO Dick Parsons was saying all the P.C. things about how he's ''keeping the ship afloat, and perhaps even picking up a little steam. '' A few miles away at the Wilshire Ardmore Towers, with it's bue and white and yellow banners blowing in the breeze, palm trees, roses, the whole deal, I'm told i'ts now almost all Korean, a transition over the years. One tenant who was there 12 years ago , Emerson Quevedo, who I interviewed for part of my story, is still renting there now said he's one of about four Latino families left, thinks there's one black family, and he was well aware of Sterling then and now, but figures he's getting the last laugh.
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