Donald T. Sterling is what they call a real estate mogul, and an attorney (personal injury, divorce), and is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers (formerly the Buffalo Braves and then the San Diego Clippers) – he bought the Clippers in 1981 for twelve and a half million and now the team is valued at more than two hundred forty million by Forbes magazine. He was born Donald Tokowit. He liked the name Sterling better.
On November 15, 2005, the Associated Press reported that Sterling had been ordered by District Judge Dale Fisher to pay five million in fees to plaintiff's attorneys in a case accusing him of trying to drive out non-Korean tenants, particularly blacks and Latinos, at apartments he owned in Los Angeles' Koreatown. He's not charming.
The building is cool – in the late fifties Ray Bradbury had an office here, where he wrote movie scripts. The building was once filled with Hollywood offices. See Item 165 from this 2005 auction:
MARILYN MONROE SCRIPT - A mimeographed 124 page script titled "Horns for the Devil," having red paper covers noting "Famous Artists Corporation / 9441 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills," punched and bound with two brass braids, no date. 8 ½ X 11 inches
The winning bid was $1,140.00 – and as for the neighborhood, it's not Marilyn Monroe any longer. There's an art gallery across the street, and just one more car dealer.