In an interesting development, someone purporting to be Maguire Properties has left two threatening comments on the US Bank Tower video on YouTube. The first said: “Please remove these photos of our employees, they were on duty and given instructions. Kindly remove this video or action will be taken.”
While there is no fathomable way one can take “action” for a posted YouTube video of this sort, it might have been considered legit had a second poster not left this semi-literate comment: “Take my damn face off this page or when I see your on the streets, will be flying, shit happens and things will be a blurr.”
Now it’s obvious that the person who created this “Maguire Properties” YouTube account is not the real Maguire Properties. But we also can’t say if the person who opened this account and left these threatening comments is one of the guards, someone affiliated with Maguire Properties, or just somebody trying to escalate the situation.
Either way, this matter needed to be addressed for a number of reasons. So after contacting City Council members Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti and executives at Maguire Properties, US Bank and Universal Protective Services regarding these threats, I got a phone call from Peggy Moretti, Senior Vice President, Investor and Public Relations. I won’t go into what was said because it will end up being a “she said, he said” thing, however I do recall Ms. Moretti stating that Maguire Properties policies aren’t illegal.
I’m not sure if she has watched the video or listened to the longer audio portion, but I don’t understand how it’s not illegal for US Bank Tower guards to leave private property to confront photographers that are on public property, call them idiots and threaten them with arrest for doing something that is completely legal.
I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t know.
But I do know if we were really on private property like the guards stated, that means we were trespassing, however, we were never cited for trespassing or threatened with arrest for trespassing – only for taking photos of the US Bank Tower from public property.
Contact Maguire Properties to voice your concerns:
355 South Grand Ave., Suite 3300
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 626-3300
Fax: (213) 687-4758
And since City Council members Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti have not responded to two separate emails sent to their offices, please contact them as well and let them know how you feel about this ongoing issue.
Jan Perry, Council District 9
200 N. Spring Street, Room 420
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7009
Fax: (213) 473-5946
Eric Garcetti, Council President
200 North Spring Street, Room 470
Los Angeles, California 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7013
Fax: (213) 613 0819