One of disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling's quirks is his penchant for running full-page ads — which he is said to design himself — in the Los Angeles Times, advertising various properties he owns and touting his supposed philanthropic achievements. One such ad touted a homeless center to be built in the heart of Skid Row – even though it never even came close to being built. A promised “Farm & Horse” free summer camp for poor kids similarly failed to materialize.
For years, the L.A. Times advertising department (which is kept completely separate from the news department) had no problem running any of these ads. In fact, some have suggested that Sterling got some sort of a discount from the Times.
L.A. City Council recently called on the Times to reject all future ads by Sterling – a plea that seems to have been heard. The L.A. Weekly has obtained an exclusive copy of a recent Sterling ad that's been rejected by the paper.
EDITOR'S NOTE: We recently heard from L.A. Times spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan, who emailed to say our information was “absolutely incorrect.” She writes, “It was not submitted to The Times. Therefore, it could not have been rejected. We are requesting a correction.” We have declined the Times' request.