"An appeals judge found that short-term rentals were allowed at the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) building because the owners had proven it had been a hotel for at least 70 years and was thus grandfathered in."
The lawsuit document is about 106 pages, but only the first 25 pages are the lawsuit argument -- the rest is supporting documentation.
So as I read this, this man actually owns a "hotel", and yet is being told by the city that he cannot operate a hotel, and is being massively fined by the city for operating his hotel as a hotel. This is pure insanity. I hope he wins his lawsuit mega-big time.