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The Block Hotel’s Liko Smith Arrested

by The Editors on September 6, 2008

TheblockLooks like things at The Block Hotel are getting interesting for fall. Eneliko Smith, 37, the manager of the hotel was apparently arrested on Thursday September 4, 2008 by the Las Vegas Metropolitian Police after charges were filed by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office, according to a story in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

The complaint, filed Aug. 29, charges Smith – a Las Vegas resident – with one felony count of misappropriating public funds, seven misdemeanor counts of failure to furnish tax-return data and seven misdemeanor counts of failure to pay transient occupancy taxes, according to a statement from South Lake Tahoe police. Transient occupancy tax is levied on hotels and motels.

If you sleep he’ll tax your sheets. He’s the tax man, ooh yeah. . . the tax maaaan.

[Link: Tahoe Daily Tribune]

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Sleeping With The Big Brands

by The Editors on November 3, 2009

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Ever since the Marc Frank Montoya’s The Block Hotels shut their doors in December of 2008 action sports fans have been missing out on any really good places to sleep with their favorite brands in a themed hotel room. A Laguna Beach hotel is changing that with some help from SoCal’s Riviera Magazine and eight action sports fashion brands.

Through a collaboration between the La Casa del Camino Hotel, Riviera hooked up Roxy, Billabong, Billabong Women, Rip Curl, etnies, Lost, Quiksilver, and L*Space with some of Orange County’s top interior designers to create branded rooms in 10 of the boutique hotel’s 38 rooms. The resulting spaces run the gamut from beautifully modern (complete with Nelson Swag Leg desk and platform bench) to what can only be described as ASR trade show booths with beds and bathrooms.

Our favorite was the etnies eco suite (shown above with etnies vice president of marketing Don Brown). Using a skateboard theme (the only one in the hotel) etines worked with designer Eve Lowey of Studio Chameleon in Newport Beach to come up with a cool, environmentally friendly space. “The inspiration for the etines room was all about taking the skate eco design and bringing it together,” said Don Brown. [click to continue…]

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The Block’s Liko Smith To Face Charges

by The Editors on May 13, 2009

Block-SsEarlier this morning (May 13, 2009) an El Dorado County, California judge ruled that The Block Hotel’s managing partner Liko Smith will be tried on “a felony count of misappropriation of public funds” related to the hotel’s failure to pay close to $200,000 in taxes, according to a story in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Judge James Dawson made the decision during preliminary hearing that wrapped up on Wednesday morning. . . Conviction of misappropriating public funds carries a maximum penalty of four years in state prison under California law. . . Smith also faces more than a dozen misdemeanor counts for failing to pay the taxes.

The story says that while Smith agrees that back taxes are owed he “contends the criminal charges are unfounded.” It seems there are those who disagree. The next hearing is on June 29, 2009.

[Link: Tahoe Daily Tribune]

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Big Bear Block Hotel In Foreclosure

by The Editors on January 9, 2009

Block BbEneliko Smith and The Block Hotel chain have been having nothing but problems lately. First, Smith was arrested in September for not paying TOT taxes in South Lake Tahoe, then in December the City of South Lake Tahoe shut the hotel down because payments were not made. Now, according to a story in the Big Bear Grizzly the Big Bear Block Hotel is up for auction for an “an unpaid mortgage of $2.748 million.”

On Jan. 20, The Block Hotel at Big Bear LLC faces foreclosure sale for an unpaid mortgage of $2.748 million. But that’s not all owner Eneliko Smith owes.

Looks like Marc Frank Montoya, Travis Wood, and all their snowboarding friends are going to lose everything they put into this business. But hey, it was a good idea.

[Link: Big Bear Grizzly]

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Tahoe Gets Its Block Knocked Off

by The Editors on December 15, 2008

Block 1City of South Lake Tahoe officials swarmed Marc Frank Montoya’s The Block Hotel last Thursday (December 11, 2008) and shut the place down until the hotel can pay up on more than $100,000 in back taxes it owes the city.

Customers who occupied the hotel (Thursday) were allowed to stay, but the hotels will remain closed until the TOT is paid,” City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo said Friday. . . . The Block failed to pay TOT between January 2007 and January 2008, and owed penalties and interest from September and December 2006, according to the police statement. . . . Managing partner of the hotels — 37-year-old Las Vegas resident Eneliko Smith — appealed Vuletich’s decision to City Manager David Jinkens, who upheld the finance director’s decision on Nov. 21.

Smith said that the back taxes had not been paid because “financial records detailing the unpaid takes were lost.” Nice of the city to close the hotel right before the holidays, but it shouldn’t have been a surprise to Smith as he was arrested in September over the same issue.

The biggest bummer is for all the shreds who invested in this place and trusted Smith to run the business.

[Link: Tahoe Daily Tribune]

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