A large team of inspectors with the City of Santa Barbara handed out inspection warrants targeting more than 160 apartments and motel units owned by Dario Pini.
Building and Safety Inspectors, Zoning Enforcement staff, Fire Enforcement Officials, Environmental Services staff, Police Officers, and the City Attorney’s Office were among those involved.
In a media release, City Attorney Ariel Calonne and Deputy City Attorney John Doimas said the inspections were an effort at “remediating unlawful and dangerous housing conditions” and to “identify hazardous health and safety conditions which impact the well-being and safety of both tenants and the surrounding neighborhoods.”
City officials say Mr. Pini “will be responsible for paying relocation expenses to any residents dislocated as a result of unsafe conditions that are discovered. The City will advance temporary accommodation funds to dislocated residents in the event Mr. Pini does not to meet his statutory obligations.”
The City will also seek reimbursement for those funds if necessary, “to the maximum extent allowed by law.”
The City will not release addresses where inspectors are investigating. Calonne says there is a safety concern for people executing the warrants. Our calls to Pini’s office were not returned.