SALINAS, Calif.- Drugs, violence, and prostitution. It's all getting to be "too much" for one business in Salinas, and it isn't waiting for the city to do something about it. Now, they're taking a fellow business to court.
A hotel on John street, in an area notorious for crime, is suing another motel for ruining it's reputation.
The hotel owner filed the lawsuit, claiming the motel owner across the street isn't following the terms of his lease, and allowing too much crime to happen.
The man who owns the Howard Johnson, also owns the Country Inn across the street. The man leasing the Country Inn wants to buy it and could by the terms of his lease.
Now the current owner is suing to stop that from happening because of all the police calls.
"No police action, nothing. No report for police anything," said Country Inn manager Ashwin Patel, who says his family member Jagdish Patel, is trying to intimidate him by filing this lawsuit to keep him from buying it.
And it's written into the lease agreement that he should have the option to buy.
Jagdish, the property owner, wasn't available to speak on camera but his lawyer says Ashwin broke the terms of his lease because of all the police activity customers see across the street.
The hotel's attorney was able to find out there's been more than 100 different police reports filed right outside the Country Inn.
That attorney says she's still trying to look through the reports to see exactly what they're for, but the owner says he's heard that drug deals and use as well as prostitution are the main problems.
Ashwin says he only calls the police for one reason, "...Because somebody's sick, like every year like 3 or 4 times people are sick I have to call 911 and police come, that's why they come."
Ashwin says he's been running the Country Inn for 20 years now and he lives on-site to make sure nothing bad happens.
Some people Central Coast News spoke with say they've seen prostituion, while others say it doesn't happen at all.
Ashwin says his family member is just trying to make more money and is casting a bad light on his business.
"Then he can give it to somebody else, that way he can sell it to nobody else. That's why he's harassing me, he wants to take it back."