We thought Los Angeles was the only place where Donald T. Sterling, the infamous owner of the L.A. Clippers and landlord of so-called “luxury” apartment buildings, showcases his questionable graphic design skills in those wacky advertisements in the L.A. Times.

Guess we were wrong…

On December 26, when we were back on the East Coast and enjoying the sports section of the New York Times, we gasped when Sterling's smiling mug was suddenly staring at us on page 30, underneath a story about a Ohio State basketball player.

Apparently, Sterling has now gone national — or, at the very least, trying to reach out to folks in the Tri-state area — with his seemingly homemade ads that promote, one way or another, the Sterling mystique.

If you remember, L.A. Weekly once took Sterling to task for advertising a completely bogus claim that he was building a homeless center in L.A.'s Skid Row. The cover story, “Donald T. Sterling's Skid Row Mirage,” rocked some boats in the sports world.

The article also showed, despite what his most recent ad states in the New York Times, that there have been a number of very UNSATISFIED tenants during Sterling's time as landlord — one group sued Sterling and won a settlement in a housing discrimination dispute in 2005.

Additionally, the real estate mogul settled a housing discrimination case with the federal government in 2009.

So much for those claims he makes in the New York Times about being a “very trusted” and “respected for over forty years.”

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

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