Communications with city employees

Updated May 18, 2017

2017-5-18 Fork Parking Lot to Injure BM

HATE CRIME. Allegedly bent fork used at 1522 Hi Point St to threaten a Black tenant who complained about racism. As reported to the Los Angeles Police department on May 18, 2017.

[A white tenant tried to kick in the door of a Black who complained about racism. Police called out said next time call us at the exact moment it happens and refused to speak with the white tenant. Health and safety at risk at Hi Point Apartments.] 

Protests Against Racism Break Out All Across Los Angeles

Subject: How many city employees do I have to talk to before my intercom can be repaired? At 1522 Hi Point Street Apartments 

From: [tenant name and email redacted]

To: welcomehome@williamsrea.com; walter.barratt@gmail.com; 1ccanary@gmail.com; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; amozannar@gmail.com; robert.galardi@lacity.org; presiliano.sandoval@lacity.org; lee.smith@lacity.org; daniel.williams@lacity.org; bryan.kirkness@lacity.org; james.blythe@lacity.org; naacpla@sbcglobal.net;

DATE: MAY 16 2017

This is a rent controlled building under authority of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rushmore Cervantes, Frank Bush 

Dear HCIDLA code enforcement, Mayor, property owner Walter Barratt, Williams Real Estate Advisors, Abady Holdings, designated owner Cynthia Ogan, Ali Mozannar, LADBS et al:

1. This email shall further memorialize that I was visited yesterday by three code enforcement employees at about 1:30 p.m.

2. After the visit, the city employees exited the building and were seen talking with a older Caucasian gentleman outside. I presume that person was one of the owners or an employee of Williams Real Estate Advisors.

3. During the visit, none of those present [including Ali Mozannar] indicated when the intercom in my unit will be repaired or replaced.

4. One inspector indicated that he had not issued his final report yet and that the issues were still being reviewed.

5. It is now 54 days from the time of the March 23 2017 inspection. It does not take 54 days to fix or replace an intercom, and it does not take 54 days to order intercom repair.

6. None of the inspectors yesterday indicated they had cited the owner or talked with the owner about any of the issues of the March 23 inspection which was based on previous code enforcement complaints submitted by myself.

2017-5-10 Sign Protest Fed Bldg

Protesting Racism in Los Angeles. At the federal building 300 North Los Angeles Street on May 10, 2017.

7. City employees have failed to tell me how many code enforcement complaints I need to file in order to have my intercom repaired. [SCEP regulations, etc.]

8. State of California law states that 35 days is a reasonable amount of time for the intercom repair to occur. The city employees thus act in an unreasonable manner.

“…Two of the three inspectors present were PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR, LADBS, BRYAN KIRKNESS at 213-473-3231 [reported salary $94,078.00] and LADBS senior inspector JAMES BLYTHE [reported salary $84,869.28] at 213-473-3231….”

9. I remind you that there is a pending damage claim against HCIDLA dated February 13, 2017; there is a pending DFEH complaint dated May 11, 2017 against HCIDLA, et al.

10. Due to the fact the intercom remains unaddressed and unrepaired, the city employees etc. have failed to exert the “diligent effort” required under state H & S code 17920 (e) [below].

11. Two of the three inspectors present were PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR, LADBS, BRYAN KIRKNESS at 213-473-3231 [reported salary $94,078.00] and LADBS senior inspector JAMES BLYTHE [reported salary $84,869.28] at 213-473-3231.

12. Everything in the unit for the use of the tenant should be in working order. I wonder why Jim and Bryan, were not able to say that yesterday?

13. The three city employees failed to state their duty under state law to enforce the Building and Safety code over all portions of the building including the intercom system; that they failed to cite the building as substandard housing because part of the intercom system is inoperable, i.e units 9, 8, 5.

14. There are intercom systems in building all across Los Angles so I am sure city employees know what they are.

15. LADBS and general manager Frank Bush is added to all claims/complaints for damages.

“…None of the inspectors mentioned the sewer checkout valve at the rear of the building that empties into the walkway. …”

16. None of the inspectors inquired about the tenant #1 running the unlawful dog boarding out of unit 1.

17. None of the inspectors mentioned the sewer checkout valve at the rear of the building that empties into the walkway. The checkout valve in documents to the city show that the valve was installed after the permit had expired for repairs to unit 6.

18. None of the inspectors addressed the inoperable vehicle at stall #13 and the debris underneath it. Also, the striping for stall #13 differs from the CFO and the striping was extended without a permit or approved adjustment to the CFO.

19. The inspectors failed to give the property owner a date as to when the bathroom sink repairs should be completed.

20. Was the second floor hallway window fixed?

This is not a joke or game here. Fair housing is real and the LAW OF THE LAND. Yesterday, including but not limited to, I incurred expense of $45.00 placing an ad seeking a repair estimate for the intercom. That $45.00 is added to the damage claims against all parties.

All rights reserved.

[Tenant name, address, phone redacted]

cc: NAACP

2017-5-10 Sign Protest City Hall

Protesting racism in Los Angeles. Outside City Hall East on May 10, 2017.

[March 23 2017] AREAS OF INSPECTION INCLUDED BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Unmaintained, unusable, and not operating housing service intercom for units 9,8,5
Substandard building conditions ;Debris under inoperable vehicle at parking stall #13 Debris in front of vehicle at stall #13; Inoperable vehicle at stall #4; Inoperable vehicle at stall #13 ; Sewer checkout valve emptying into tenant walkway; Sewer checkout valve needs permit on file; Parking stall striping stall #13 extended from original CFO without permit on file; Dog Kennell/animal facility operating without dog kennel/facility license Miscellaneous articles stored on premises; Trash, debris on premises ; Premises not maintained in safe and sanitary conditions; Unsafe work practices during bathroom sink repair unit 9 lead dust contamination into bedroom area with tenants area unprotected Bathroom sink remodeling needs further repair; Second floor hallway common area stick holding window open; examine window not properly staying open; stick in window creates hazard

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE – HSC 

DIVISION 13. HOUSING [17000 – 19997] ( Division 13 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )
PART 1.5. REGULATION OF BUILDINGS USED FOR HUMAN HABITATION [17910 – 17998.3] 

( Part 1.5 added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1844. )
CHAPTER 2. Rules and Regulations [17920 – 17928] ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1844. )

17920. As used in this part:
(a) “Approved” means acceptable to the department.
(b) “Building” means a structure subject to this part.
(c) “Building standard” means building standard as defined in Section 18909.
(d) “Department” means the Department of Housing and Community Development.

(e) “Enforcement” means diligent effort to secure compliance, including review of plans and permit applications, response to complaints, citation of violations, and other legal process. Except as otherwise provided in this part, “enforcement” may, but need not, include inspections of existing buildings on which no complaint or permit application has been filed, and effort to secure compliance as to these existing buildings.

This is a rent controlled building under authority of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rushmore Cervantes, Frank Bush

[Editor note: The tenant Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black has been without a working intercom for over three years while the owner spent about $86,000 to provide working intercoms to other mostly white tenants. The owner allegedly told the state DFEH that the Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black would not get a working intercom until he vacates the unit.]

2017-5-10 Sign Protest Fed Civil Bldg

Outside Central District Courthouse, Los Angeles.

“…Two of the three inspectors present were PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR, LADBS, BRYAN KIRKNESS at 213-473-3231 [reported salary $94,078.00] and LADBS senior inspector JAMES BLYTHE [reported salary $84,869.28] at 213-473-3231….” 

[The crowd chants, “The power of racism! The power of racism! The power of racism! ]

Updated May 11, 2017

Resident Manager Ogan Under Fire at Rent Control Building

SUBJECT: Memorialization of today’s harassment, violation peaceful and quiet enjoyment, intent to commit illegal trespass– at 9:50 a.m.

FROM: [Tenant name and email redacted]

TO: welcomehome@williamsrea.com; walter.barratt@gmail.com; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; 1ccanary@gmail.com; thefirstjew@yahoo.com; amozannar@gmail.com; robert.galardi@lacity.org; presiliano.sandoval@lacity.org; lee.smith@lacity.org; daniel.williams@lacity.org;

Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:34 PM

This is a rent control building under the corrupt Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Department

Dear owner Hi Point Apts, LLC et al:

1. In today’s conversation with owner Ogan* and Mozannar, I reiterated that my intercom is unusable and needs repair. 

2. I told Ogan and Mozannar that by attempting to enter the unit, they were unlawfully disregarding the provisions of California Civil code that the CC 1954 notice must state “approximate time” that entry will be attempted. I did not in any way waive that part of CC 1954, or orally agree otherwise, and I should not have had to waste my time on something she could have handled PROPERLY.

3. Excerpt CC 1954 clearly states, “the landlord shall give the tenant reasonable notice in writing of his or her intent to enter and enter only during normal business hours. The notice shall include the date, approximate time, and purpose of the entry.”

4. Ogan maintained that she had complied with the CC 1954 by stating on the notice “normal business” hours; I stated that she had not stated the “approximate time”. She maintained that we had already talked about the need for maintenance to return to the sink repair. But I state here there was no conversation about day or time or proper notice if there was an oral agreement, which there was not.

5. Ogan maintained that she could not state an approximate time because the sink refinisher could not give her a time. I told her she should put that in the CC 1954 notice.

6. Ali maintained he was there because he needed to remove the faucet, which was never discussed before today. I remind you that Mozannar Construction has the same duty to comply with CC 1954 provisions.

7. Obviously if Ali was here at almost 10 o’clock am, then that is a time that could have been put in the CC 1954 notice.

8. I consider the actions of Ogan and Ali as harassment and retaliation as well as violation CC 1954 and intent to commit illegal trespass.

9. Owner Ogan is of course insincere. It is Ogan who signed previous recent CC 1954 notices where an approximate time of 12 noon or 12-3 pm was stated, so she cannot all of a sudden claim ignorance of the law and its consequences for non- compliance.

10. Neither Ogan nor Mozannar had any excuse not to comply with CC 1954 today.

11. By Mozannar and Ogan intentionally refusing to comply with CC 1954,
it violations my right to quiet enjoyment of the premises. First of all, I am always prepared with a BUTCHER KNIFE if someone appears at my door unannounced or without an appointment or for unlawful purposes. Second, I am always prepared with a BUTCHER KNIFE if I am cutting up a squirrel/chicken/sausage for breakfast, as I was this morning. Since I had not been given an approximate time for entry, I was caught off guard (“WTF”) and was forced to come to the door with the BUTCHER KNIFE in my hand. Could not see shit thru the old style peephole. I just don’t know what happened to that BUTCHER KNIFE once I opened the door.

12. Ogan said she will prepare another CC 1954 notice, I trust with the approximate times.

13. Ogan said, “We’re trying to help you and you won’t let us.” If she wants to help me, she can repair my intercom and give me some $$$$$$ for rent reimbursement; if she wants to help me, she can comply with CC 1954 and not try to get me to follow her illegal shenanigans. I am not the one responsible for owner Ogan engaging in unlawful activity. I am not physically stopping Ogan, or anyone, as I told them today, from repairing the sink and the intercom.

14. I understand that Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc., as the management company*, is responsible for Ogan’s lack of training in this regard.

2017-5-10 Sign Protest Police Headquarters

Protests break out all across Los Angeles. Pictured outside Los Angeles Police Headquarters May 10 2017.

15. I don’t care much what happened to that BUTCHER KNIFE. However, I do care about the deprivation of housing services and deprivation of rent reduction/reimbursement by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Nazi storm troopers. Or has Garcetti’s Klan only reserved those housing privileges for Asians and Latinos?

16. As I said today, REPEATEDLY, the door is open and I am not stopping you from entering the unit.

17. Ogan made the decision on her own that Ali and her should come another day because she thought I would charge her with trespassing even if I let them enter the unit today.

18. In a way, Garcetti’s Goons are like little kids: you warn them NOT to do something, and they go ahead and do it anyway.

19. Ogan said “I don’t want there to be a problem between you and I.” Too late for that and I know Ogan is not blind; she passes by the partly operating building intercom multiple EVERY DAY, EVERY DAMN DAY. The INTERCOM is the PROBLEM between us: in broad daylight.

20. In know some people may feel bothered by these emails—which I personally would pay attention to—but I am 100 times more “bothered” by not having a working intercom because my guests and visitors suffer the same humiliation and lack of security housing privileges that I suffer.

All rights reserved.

[TENANT NAME AND ADDRESS REDACTED]

To: Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc via email; HCIDLA; Cynthia Ogan via email, etc.

The housing department has determined this building to be substandard per section and 24436.5 of the State Revenue and Taxation Code. When a building is determined to be substandard as defined under Section 17920.3 of the Health and Safety Code, a notice of non-compliance is recorded at the Los Angeles County Recorders Office (Health and Safety Code section 17985).” September 22, 2014. Issuing inspector Richard Brinson, city of Los  Angeles. “Notice and Order to Comply.”

* From my rent agreement, Designation of parties. “The term owner includes a “manager” “agent of the owner” “management company”.

This is a rent control building under the corrupt Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Department

[Editor note: The right to complain about fair housing and racial discrimination is a federally “protected” activity.” The tenant herein is a Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black. ]

2017-5-17 Sign Dog Boarding 1522 Closeup

Resident Manager and Dog Boarder at 1522 Hi Point Street cited by City Animal Control for having an unlicensed pit bull and over three dogs on the premises. Numerous witnesses described six dogs on the premises, an “illegal activity” according to city employees. [Based on public documents].

Updated May 8, 2017

Supporting racism and standing in the way of fair housing

SUBJECT: The faces of ugly segregation under Mayor Eric Garcetti— Racists stand their ground against entitlement of Black Tenant to Civil Rights

FROM: [tenant name and email redacted]

TO: walter.barratt@gmail.com; welcomehome@williamsrea.com; 1ccanary@gmail.com; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; amozannar@gmail.com; robert.galardi@lacity.org; presiliano.sandoval@lacity.org; lee.smith@lacity.org; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; daniel.williams@lacity.org;

CC:  info@da.lacounty.gov;
Date: Monday, May 8, 2017 2:21 PM

This is a rent control building under Mayor Eric Garcetti 

Dear Parties:

This shall memorialize today’s entry into the unit 9 by resident manager Cynthia Ogan, Maintenance Ali Mozannar of Mozannar Construction Inc., at about 12 noon. Both were accompanied by another gentleman, Caucasian with eyeglasses, currently unidentified.

1. The unit is identified as being under surveillance by the posting of the Police Commission Permit right inside the unit door.

2. The bathroom sink was inspected and Mozannar said he will schedule further repair to the resurfacing of the sink as it was not sealed properly behind the faucet. Mozannar did not indicate why no one had verified the repairs in the first place and checked the work for correctness. Ogan asked did I have the receipt for the repairs and I told her I was not given a receipt. [I trust I am not going to be charged for routine maintenance as I was not responsible for the damage to the bathroom sink nor did I contract for repair to the sink.]

3. I asked all three was the intercom repair going to be addressed. Ogan said she did not know anything about it and Mozannar said he was only told to address the sink area.

“…This does not excuse Ogan or Mozannar from the fact that they prior to today have actual and constructive knowledge that the intercom unit 9 is unusable, such knowledge over the last two to three years…”

4. Both Ogan and Mozannar appeared ignorant of the fact I have emailed them  because that is what I have been told to do, that they should be contacted at their emails (same emails above).

5. Today is evidence that I have told Hi Point Apts LLC’s agents Ogan and Mozannar in person that the intercom needs repair. This does not excuse Ogan or Mozannar from the fact that they prior to today have actual and constructive knowledge that the intercom unit 9 is unusable, such knowledge over the last two to three years.

6. None of the three in the unit today offered me a rent reduction because the intercom is unusable. The intercom damages include but are not limited to $57.00 per month continuing plus double and treble damages, and any other damages entitled to me under federal, state, and local law for illegal discrimination.

7. Today’s visitors to unit 9 are the faces of ugly segregation under Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department. The denial of intercom maintenance today is the continuing wanton, willful, deliberate, and intentional attack on the fair housing rights, civil rights, peaceful and quiet enjoyment of this Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black, tenant Geary Johnson.

8. Today’s three visitors are committing illegal criminal activity against this Ham- Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black senior citizen, of which I am authorized under law to document.

9. It is not good enough to ask these Racist Whites (and many other racists) for fair housing and maintenance; it is not good enough to confront these RACISTS face to face in person.

10. I am treated like a second class citizen by the likes of Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“…Today’s three visitors are committing illegal criminal activity against this Ham- Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black senior citizen, of which I am authorized under law to document…”

11. It is illegal criminal activity for the owner and agents to continue to take my rent money and not repair the unusable intercom.

12. Today I stood face to face with the three faces of ugly segregation and housing discrimination under Mayor Eric Garcetti.

13. Again I ask: when will the intercom be repaired or replaced and when will I receive a rent reimbursement for the non-working intercom?

14. The rental agreement and fair housing laws obligate me to report the non- working housing service intercom.

15. Under separate cover I will forward you video documentation of today’s failure to repair the intercom.

16. The city is directed to make sure this email is preserved for a Public Open Records Act Request.

All rights reserved. [Tenant name, address, phone redacted]

[The office of the LA Country District Attorney is copied on this because the DA’s office is full of shit.] 

This is a rent control building under Mayor Eric Garcetti 

Racists Among Us: names and phones to ask about the KKK, Holocaust, and Black Lynchings

Eric Garcetti 213-978-0600  , Walter Barratt 310-895-6693 , Williams Real Estate Advisors            310-987-7978, Cynthia Ogan 310-406-4075 , Ali Mozannar   818-335-8175 , Robert Galardi  213-252-2849, Presiliano Sandoval 213-252-2849 , Lee Smith 213-252-2849, HCIDLA  213-252-2849 , Daniel Williams 213-252-2849.

“…The faces of ugly segregation under Mayor Eric Garcetti— Racists stand their ground against entitlement of Black Tenant to Civil Rights …”

Updated May 6, 2017

Again Mayor and Owner Told of Non-Working Intercom

SUBJECT: Your notice of today’s date “Intent to Enter Premises” for apt 9 at 1522 Hi Point St

FROM: [tenant name and email redacted]

TO: walter.barratt@gmail.com; welcomehome@williamsrea.com; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; amozannar@gmail.com;

CC: thefirstjew@yahoo.com; 1ccanary@gmail.com; robert.galardi@lacity.org; presiliano.sandoval@lacity.org; lee.smith@lacity.org; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; daniel.williams@lacity.org;

DATE: Saturday, May 6 2017 at 7:17 p.m.

 This is a rent control building under authority of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Dear Manager Cynthia Ogan/Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc. et al: 

1. The Intercom unit 9 is not in useful/unusable condition. [I understand intercoms in units 5 and 8 are also unusable and would be connected to the same electrical wiring system as the rest of the building, lighting, etc.]

2. I have received your Intent to Enter Premises [pdf copy attached] dated May 6, 2017.

3. Please identify the first and last name of the first person who signed the May 6 notice [and please indicate is this person a government employee]. This is my second time noting this information has not been provided.

“…This puts me in an uncomfortable position because I would have to call a dog boarding service I do not want to call…”

4. The phone number listed on your notice is 310-406-4075. That is the same
phone number for the dog boarding service that the city Animal Control/code enforcement employees have told me is engaged in illegal activity [pet boarding] at this location [since pet boarding is not allowed in this zone and Ogan has been witnessed to have control of four dogs or more on the property at various times, so says Animal Control]. Also, it is my understanding from the state Labor Commission’s office that the property owner is responsible for providing a phone to the resident manager and that the phone should be strictly for resident manager business; it presents a conflict of interest in that if I have 1522 Hi Point St business that I am forced to call “Doggone Cindy’s Dog Walking Service” since the phone number is the same, and it appears from the phone number that Hi Point Apts LLC dba 1522 Hi Point Apartments and the pet boarding service at this address are one and the same. This puts me in an uncomfortable position because I would have to call a dog boarding service I do not want to call.

“…is this May 6 notice another one of those times when the intercom repair will be ignored? “

5. While the CC 1954 may not state that the owner must “specify” the “necessary or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations or improvements” the owner will address, the owner is still under a duty to act in a reasonable and good faith manner, which means considering the numerous over 25 times maintenance has been in unit 9 or in the building over the past three years for other issues and NOT addressed the unit 9 intercom repair, these circumstances qualify me to ask is this May 6 notice another one of those times when the intercom repair will be ignored? It only takes a few seconds to provide the good faith reasonable specifics I have requested for months.

All rights reserved. I reserve the right to modify, revoke, or amend this email at any time. It is not intended as a remedy or resolution of any claims against any of the persons named herein or agents or employees of.

[TENANT NAME ADDRESS PHONE REDACTED]

c: code enforcement/HCIDLA Robert Galardi, Presiliano Sandoval, Lee Smith, Daniel Williams; Al Mozannar, maintenance

This is a rent control building under authority of Mayor Eric Garcetti 

CC section 1954 [full copy]

HEADNOTES CALIFORNIA OFFICIAL REPORTS HEADNOTES

(1a) (1b) Landlord and Tenant–Eviction–Landlord’s Failure to Repair. — –In a lessee’s action to recover a security deposit paid defendants, as lessor, at the inception of a lease, and for damages for breach of the lessor’s covenant to maintain the leased premises in useful condition, the evidence was sufficient to support a finding of constructive eviction…. KARL R. GROH et al., Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. KOVER’S
BULL PEN, INC., 221 Cal. App. 2d 611; 34 Cal. Rptr. 637; 1963 Cal. App. LEXIS 2194.

[Editor: this email has been redacted]

 

Email Questions Mayor Eric Garcetti on Housing Racism and Corruption

Subject: INTRACTABLE WHITE PRIVILEGE– WHERE IS THE THP FOR UNIT #11 — Hi Point Apts 1522 Hi Point St

From: [tenant name and email redacted]

To: robert.galardi@lacity.org; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; presiliano.sandoval@lacity.org; walter.barratt@gmail.com; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; lee.smith@lacity.org; daniel.williams@lacity.org; welcomehome@williamsrea.com; amozannar@gmail.com;

cc: info@da.lacounty.gov

Date: Monday, May 1, 2017 8:27 AM

THIS IS A RENT CONTROLLED BUILDING

Dear Parties:

You have not answered my concerns about the lack of THP’s, for example the lack of  THP for apt 11, formerly held by tenant [name redacted].

According to city ordinance and rent control regulations, so says Mayor Eric Garcetti, [the tenant] should have received over $7,000 if she chose to permanently end her tenancy. [The tenant] did end her tenancy. She did not receive the THP application nor did she receive the $7,000. [The former tenant] is an African American. If she chose to temporarily relocate and move into a renovated apartment #11, which it appears she may have, the owner was required to file an application for rent increase of 10%. No THP was filed with the city according to various city employees, and no application was filed for the rent increase. These all should have been publicly accessible documents in the Public Interest. I assume Garcetti knows who the Public is. For the sake of the District attorney, all names in the “to” line above should be questioned about the THP’s. By not getting the THP, [the tenant]  was denied due process by the property owner and government officials.

The District attorney and the Police are asked to investigate which city employees profited from the money that did not got to [the tenant] ? Or where did the money go that was supposed to go to [another] tenant [in unit #15]?

The city employees and the property owner/agents are asked the same question: why was the THP not filed and served since units #11 and #15 were occupied sixty days before the primary renovations started on those units?

I question why for the last three years the Police and District Attorneys office have been unable to investigate the criminal activity of government employees regarding this property and the illegal diversion of  THP monies into the pockets of city employees and the city authorized contractors.

Let the District Attorney forward this matter to the Los Angeles Police so they can investigate and forward it to the District Attorney. Over the years I have given the DA enough names and sufficient evidence for them to take efforts to protect the rights of the tenants from criminal fraud; they should be questioning the city employees and not trying to harass me for reporting this crime.

[Tenant name and address redacted]

c: Williams Real Estate Advisors via email; State Bar of California; Mayor Eric Garcetti via email above; Mozannar Construction;

Mozannar Construction Inc. is a California Domestic Corporation filed on October 17, 2016 . The company’s filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is C3955208.

The Registered Agent on file for this company is Ali Mozannar and is located at 10721 Bloomfield Street Ste1, North Hollywood, CA 91602. The company’s mailing address is 10721 Bloomfield Street Ste 1, North Hollywood, CA 91602.

THIS IS A RENT CONTROLLED BUILDING

[Editor note: in a March 6, 2017 letter from city employee Robert Galardi, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and others, Galardi admitted that numerous tenants across the city may not have been provided due process THP applications before vacating their units in face of primary renovations. Galardi has refused to reveal how many tenants were effected and how much money was involved. Galardi claimed the units were vacant but the facts show many units were NOT vacant at least 60 days before primary renovations started. Galardi did not explain why there is no record of these transactions being that primary renovations are supposed to be a matter of Public Record. Portions of this email have been redacted.]

Hiding Corruption Under the Rug

 

Inside Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Idea                   of “Fair Housing”

Under Mayor Eric Garcetti, why is there a Housing Inspector who doesn’t know the hours of primary renovations in a rent control building? 

“When a tenant makes a complaint that there has been a reduction in housing services in violation of housing codes related to habitability of a dwelling under California Health & Safety Code 17920.3 or 17920.10, the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investments Department will determine a corresponding reduction in rent under the Rent Escrow Account Program regulations (RAC Regulations 1200.00 et . seq).” City Los Angeles LAMC claimed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Director Rushmore Cervantes.

For example, the city has declared that in a densely populated area like Koreatown or Faircrest Heights, the value of parking will require the apartment owner to reduce/reimburse the renter at $200 per parking space per month. That is what the regulations say on paper of course.

Updated April 10, 2017

Garcetti’s Whitehurst Adds Employees Lee Smith and Presiliano Sandoval to List of Corruptors with Robert Galardi

Subject: April 10 2017 Amendment to Claim for Damages dated February 13, 2017 against HCIDLA and employees; against City government of Los Angeles 

From: [Tenant name and email redacted]

Mon 4/10/2017 4:40 PM

To:RSO Contact ; David Whitehurst ; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org ;

Cc: Julie Cross ; Robert Galardi ; Ian Yeom ; Da Lacounty Info ; Lee Smith ; Presi Sandoval ;

HCIDLA Regulatory and Compliance & Code Bureau

3550 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1500

Los Angeles California 90010 Eric Garcetti, Mayor Rushmore D. Cervantes, General Manager

Dear HCIDLA:

Klan Imperial Wizard David Whitehurst Retaliates Against Black Tenant Who Complained of Racism 

Mr. Whitehurst:  Your email of 9:59 a.m. today is unintelligible as regards the failure of Kristine Ritzke to comply with her mandatory duty under state law regarding the animal shelter that operates in an area not zoned for an animal shelter, etc. You state in your email, “Any further attempts to reach inspector Ritzke may be considered harassment.” I was contacting her in response to her phone calls to me telling me to contact her. Your email of 9:59 am is further violation of my rights [see below] to petition the government for a redress of my grievances.  Kristine Ritzke has information that I requested as part of a complaint, and she needs to supply that information to me, Pronto. If you like, without waiving any rights, I will address you as “Kristine Ritzke” so you can answer the questions posed to her. Your email is not acceptable as a resolution to the illegal animal shelter, unuseable intercoms, and other issues at Hi Point Apts. I have a legitimate purpose in contacting Kristine Ritzke and I will continue to do so, your claims of “harassment” are unfounded and constitute illegal retaliation, racism, because I complained of housing discrimination, and complained of uninhabitable conditions. This amended claim for damages is against each individual city employee, as individuals, without limitation.

 Get the intercom fixed today, Whitehurst, and stop your bullshit. 

Let Ritzke do her job and answer my questions. Both of you should consider resigning your positions rather than continue your abuse of tax dollars. Within the past thirty days I have received emails and voicemails from city Los Angeles employees. Those communications are not acceptable as a resolution to the code enforcement complaints and issues before the HCIDLA including the zoning complaint against the animal facility operating on the property. I reserve the right to supply further responses to all communications from the City. This does not constitute an acceptable resolution of claims against contractor Ali Mozannar Contractors/Construction for conspiracy to commit unlawful retaliation against myself. This claim concerns a rent control building owned by Hi Point Apts LLC. I received voicemails from Kristine Ritske, code inspector, on Jan. 4 at 4:12 p.m., Jan. 5 at 1:23 pm, February 17 at 1007 am, March 8 at 7:30 a.m., Mar 20 at 8:48 a.m., and April 4 at 7:19 am. I left voicemails for Ritske on January 4, January 9, January 19, Feb. 16, March 7, March 19, April 3. The animal kennel/pet boarding operating out of unit 1 still is not in the correct zoned area and a license is not posted on the front of the building. The phone calls from Kristine Ritske are not acceptable as a resolution. Under GC 815.6, you have failed to exercise reasonable diligence to discharge your duty; your mandatory duty is spelled out in the California Constitution: “Under CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SEC. 31. (a) The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. (f) For the purposes of  this section, “State” shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the State itself, any city, county, city and county, public university system, including the University of California, community college district, school district, special district, or any other political subdivision or governmental instrumentality of or within the State. (g) The remedies available for violations of this section shall be the same, regardless of the injured party’s race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, as are otherwise available for violations of then- existing California anti-discrimination law.”  Under CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SEC. 26. The provisions of this Constitution are mandatory and prohibitory, unless by express words they are declared to be otherwise.”  Code enforcement inspection March 23, 2017 for the following at Hi Point Apts, 1522 Hi Point St: “This shall memorialize the inspection today at about 10:45 a.m. I gave the inspector a full copy of the six page 617730 code numbered complaint. AREAS OF INSPECTION INCLUDED BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Unmaintained, unusable, and not operating housing service intercom for units 9,8,5 Substandard building conditions Debris under inoperable vehicle at parking stall #13 Debris in front of vehicle at stall #13 Inoperable vehicle at stall #4 Inoperable vehicle at stall #13 Sewer checkout valve emptying into tenant walkway                                                         Sewer checkout valve needs permit on file Parking stall striping stall #13 extended from original CFO without permit on file Dog Kennell/animal facility operating without dog kennel/facility license Miscellaneous articles stored on premises Trash, debris on premises Premises not maintained in safe and sanitary conditions Unsafe work practices during bathroom sink repair unit 9 lead dust contamination into bedroom area with tenants area unprotected Bathroom sink remodeling needs further repair Second floor hallway common area stick holding window open; examine window not properly staying open; stick in window creates hazard City code enforcement has jurisdiction under [over] all portions of the building under the state Building Code ” Emails to HCIDLA dated March 23, 2017, at 4:21 p.m., March 16, 2017 at 4:46 pm, March 23, 2017 at 9:17 am, are hereby incorporated by reference, indicating unresolved issues for this amended claim, and shall constitute date of continuing injuries and damages. Location of injuries is 1522 Hi Point St Los Angeles CA 90035. The intercom at apt 9 remains unusable, and unrepaired as of today’s date, rent reductions, and reimbursements, and failure to provide unit 9 tenants a tandem parking stall. In addition, the conditions cited at the March 23 2017 inspection by HCIDLA by code enforcement cited above, remain uncorrected. Damages:  [amounts redacted] against HCIDLA, Rushmore Cervantes, Director, City Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti [amounts redacted] against David Whitehurst, as individual and city employee [amounts redacted] against Kristine Ritsky, as individual and city employee [amounts redacted] against Robert Galardi, as individual and city employee [amounts redacted] against Lee Smith, as an individual [amounts redacted] against Presiliano Sandoval, as an individual This amendment may also be sent to HCIDLA by first class mail. This amended claim shall be a response to all phone calls and emails received from HCIDLA and its employees to date, without waiving any rights to make a modified response to any such voicemails and emails received. All rights reserved.  [Tenant name address phone redacted] c: Office of Los Angeles County District Attorney; Julie Cross of LB Property Management

Klan Imperial Wizard David Whitehurst Retaliates Against Black Tenant Who Complained of Racism 

CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 1  DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SEC. 3.  (a) The people have the right to instruct their representatives, petition government for redress of grievances, and assemble freely to consult for the common good. In the United States the right to petition is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which specifically prohibits Congress from abridging “the right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. Although often overlooked in favor of other more famous freedoms, and sometimes taken for granted,[1] many other civil liberties are enforceable against the government only by exercising this basic right.[2] The right to  petition is regarded as fundamental in some republics, such as the United States, as a means of protecting public participation in government.

Update March 21 2017

Garcetti’s David Whitehurst Retaliates  Against Black due to redress of grievances  

[Editor: this email has been redacted] SUBJECT: Garcetti’s Whitehurst Retaliates Against Black due to redress of grievances – Response to your March 20 2017 Email FROM: [Tenant Name and email redacted]

TO: david.whitehurst@lacity.org; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; jcross@lbpm.com;

CC: thefirstjew@yahoo.com; robert.galardi@lacity.org; ian.yeom@lacity.org; walter.barratt@gmail.com; info@da.lacounty.gov;

Monday, March 20, 2017 7:51 PM

Garcetti’s Whitehurst Retaliates  Against Black due to redress of grievances

Garcetti’s Whitehurst admits his English comprehension problem 

To whom it may concern: 1. You state in your email below: “Hopefully the future communications that you send forward for my reading will be brief and to the point.” Mr. Whitehurst, you don’t have the authority to tell me to do that, and neither does Director Rushmore Cervantes. My emails have been brief and to the point from my standpoint. 2. Unless someone asks me to write them [as you asked me to file a complaint], I write for my own benefit. I don’t need your approval one way or the other.

“If you don’t want to read my complaints then I suggest you resign your position…”

3. I consider your classification of my complaint as a “missive” as retaliatory because I complained about fair housing and because I sought redress of my grievances to government officials. Your retaliation is unlawful under federal laws and the United States Constitution.

In Turner v. Safley, #85-1384, 482 U.S. 78 (1987), the U.S. Supreme Court stated that ―Prison walls do not form a barrier separating prison inmates from the protections of the Constitution. Hence, for example, prisoners retain the constitutional right to petition the government for the redress of grievances. Prisoner‘s protected First Amendment rights include the ability to have access to the courts, to file lawsuits and prison grievances, to write letters to public officials, agencies, and the media, to practice their chosen religion, to read newspapers and books, and to exercise their right of free speech. “ http://www.aele.org/law/2010all03/2010-03MLJ301.pdf 4. Mr. Whitehurst, your duties towards me are MANDATORY under the California Constitution which states: Under the CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 1. “All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.” [Emphasis added] Under CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SEC. 31. (a) The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. (f) For the purposes of this section, “State” shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the State itself, any city, county, city and county, public university system, including the University of California, community college district, school district, special district, or any other political subdivision or governmental instrumentality of or within the State. (g) The remedies available for violations of this section shall be the same, regardless of the injured party’s race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin, as are otherwise available for violations of then-existing California anti-discrimination law.” Under CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SEC. 26. The provisions of this Constitution are mandatory and prohibitory, unless by express words they are declared to be otherwise.

“I don’t know how many email complaints it would take to make a Klansman like yourself enforce my rights to fair housing and my rights to health and safety.”

5. I would copy and paste to you the Bible —- over 1200 pages —- and the Los Angeles Municipal Code if I thought it would get you to comply with THP/LAMC/SCEP regulations and order Housing Services restored to me. I don’t know how many email complaints it would take to make a Klansman like yourself enforce my rights to fair housing and my rights to health and safety. 6. My record of my contact with city employee Hector does not support your version alleging that he called me to reschedule the March 17 inspection. Hector called me on March 14 at 7:25 am and 12:48 pm. The first call was where he set the inspection for March 17 and asked me to confirm.

7. I emailed Hector at 10:04 am on March 14 2017 to confirm. I called Hector three times on the evening of the 14th confirming the inspection as March 17. I received no phone calls or other communication from Hector after the 14th and nor before the 17th.

8. The conspiracy to commit criminal retaliation on your part to call my legitimate housing complaints a “missive” while benefitting financially from rent payments is not acceptable.

9. If you don’t want to read my complaints then I suggest you resign your position or go to Google on the internet and see what comes up after you Google your name.

10. I should not have to do the job of the owner and maintenance and the resident manager because it interrupts my quiet and peaceful enjoyment of the premises. There may be many areas of inspection that I should not have to be present, as I told Hector, when you have a property owner, maintenance company, and Resident manager who are PAID to address many if not all of these issues I have raised.

11. According to your own city RAC regulations, the intercom is a housing service, and authorized by the city provided code enforcement CFO in 1973. Do you agree with that, Mr. Whitehurst?

12. The new replaced intercoms has further been authorized by code enforcement finals to all units in the building except for units 5, 8, and 9, and a certificate of occupancy FOR THE BUILDING that covers all wiring and plumbing. Do you agree with that Mr. Whitehurst that the CFO covers all “portions” of the building?

13. The Animal Facility vehicles of tenant #1 have been spotted here and the common area around 7 a.m. 9:45 a.m. overnight 2 o’clock p.m. and around 6:15 p.m. the Animal Facility Vehicles can be seen from the street. 14. Proposed Order #1: “We order the owner to repair or replace the intercom by date and RSD we order the owner to provide a rent reduction/reimbursement to tenant number 9” 15. Proposed Order #2: “We order the owner to provide tenant number 9 with a tandem parking stall without extra rental charge and provide a rent reduction or reimbursement and or the owner shall extend the striping on stall number 8 to a tandem stall” 16. Chemical reaction. Action and reaction I’m sure you learned about this in high school. Would there be a need for me to make the complaints/emails if you [HCIDLA] did your job and issued the Orders 1 and 2 above? 17. Summary of complaints: unsafe work practices bathroom sink at unit 9; two inoperative vehicles creating hazard; miscellaneous article stored on premises; animal facility operating on the property without license, no dog boarding license posted, non permitted in this zoned area; parking stall #13 no permit to extend striping [continuing complaint]; the sewer check valve empties into the walkway at rear building door creating a slip and fall hazard [continuing]; no construction site notice at the property during renovations to unit #15 ; unmaintained intercom unit #9, the intercom is a housing service that is unusable [continuing] ; as code enforcement has authority over the striping of parking stalls, code enforcement is requested to order my stall #8 striped into a tandem parking stall [continuing]. 18. Am I as a Black American entitled to housing services? The white plantation owner et al says “no”; as a Black American I say “yes” I am entitled to  “full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments.” 19. Everybody and their mother knows what an intercom system is. You can look up and down the street and you will see numerous apartments/condos that have a working intercom system.

20. Other than racial discrimination, retaliation because I complained, and corruption, Mr. Whitehurst aka Eric Garcetti, are you able to say:

Order #1: “We and RSD order the owner to repair or replace the intercom by [date ] and we order the owner to provide a rent reduction/reimbursement to tenant number 9” Order #2: “We order the owner to provide tenant number 9 with a tandem parking stall without extra rental charge and provide a rent reduction or reimbursement and or the owner shall extend the striping on stall number 8 to a tandem stall”.

23. Mr. Whitehurst, it took me 30 seconds to dictate proposed orders 1 and 2. So if you would just use those 30 seconds as your “action”, then the “reaction” from me would be minimal. Don’t you agree, Mr. Whitehurst?

24. At the inspection, the first word out of my mouth Thursday will be “Intercom”. I hope that will be the first word from the Inspector(s). I hope.

25. To LB Property Management: which tenant was assigned to and parking in stall #8 from April 2010 thru March 2014?

26. Mr. Whitehurst: I asked you a question in my March 17, 2017 at 8:03 a.m. email: "How many hours would it take a White person to repair or replace an intercom?" Please answer the question.

All rights reserved. [Tenant name, address, phone redacted] c: Hi Point Apts LLC Walter Barratt at walter.barratt@gmail.com; LB Property Management Inc.; Los Angeles County District Attorney [full of bull]

Redacted From email dated March 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm

[To Tenant] Thanks for getting back to me with the information for the case numbers that you were expecting us to investigate on 3/17/2017. I was able to speak to Hector this morning and he stated he regrets that you did not receive his voicemail that he left for you before 3/17/2017 explaining that the date and time of the inspections for the two cases was changed from 3/17/2017 to 3/23/2017 at 10:45 am. We will also attempt to schedule your latest complaint (once it receives a case number) for 3/23/2017 at 10:45 am to address the rest of your concerns. If possible, please advise me once you receive the latest complaint case number. Please note that your claims for damages will have to be handled at the City Attorney level and that I can make no comment about them. Please also be aware that I will no longer attempt to read in entirety the very lengthy missives you write. Hopefully the future communications that you send forward for my reading will be brief and to the point. Thanks.

David Whitehurst, Principal Inspector

Systematic Code Enforcement Program [SCEP] Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department - HCIDLA Central Regional Office 3550 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1500 Los Angeles, CA 90010 (213) 252-2882 - desk / (213) 252-2801 - fax

[Editor note: City Code enforcement/LADBS employees include David Whitehurst, Richard Brinson, Robert Galardi, Rushmore Cervantes, Ian Yeom, Kristine Ritzke, Raymond. Chan,  Frank Bush, Steve Davey, Ifa Kashefi, Steve Ongle, Ken Gill, John Weight, Richard Garcia, Manuel Hernandez, Alan Yochelson. [Some of these inspectors make over $100,000 dollars per year to sit on their ass.] [LB Property management employees who act for building owner Hi Point Apts LLC/Abady Holding LTD. include Walter Barratt, Julie Cross, Robert Lopata, Gregg Bernstein, Brandon Stein, Brian Theobald, Ccam, Salle Yerumyan, Greg De Rubeis.]

Update March 19, 2017

"Boy, this is Klan Territory" 

[Editor: do you think the hours of renovation for a vacant lot should be the same as a tenant occupied building with children and senior citizens? The mayor thinks they should be the same. Shame on KKK Mayor Eric Garcetti. Below what follows is an exchange with the management company who doesn't mind tenants being exposed to untenantable conditions that violate health and safety.]

Julie Cross, Robert Lopata, Gregg Bernstein, Brandon Stein, Brian Theobald, Ccam, Salle Yerumyan, Greg De Rubeis

[Editor: this is an email chain. Start at February 4 at the bottom *]

SUBJECT: Re: Workers on property illegally doing primary Renovations on a Saturday- 1522 Hi Point St Apartments

FROM:  [Tenant name and email address redacted]

TO:        jcross@lbpm.com; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; info@da.lacounty.gov; david.whitehurst@lacity.org; ian.yeom@lacity.org; robert.galardi@lacity.org;

CC:       walter.barratt@gmail.com; thefirstjew@yahoo.com; 1ccanary@gmail.com; Sunday, March 19, 2017 6:44 PM

This is a city rent controlled building

Dear LBPM Julie Cross, Robert Lopata, Gregg Bernstein, Brandon Stein, Brian Theobald, Ccam, Salle Yerumyan, Greg De Rubeis, et al : I have been over this issue a million times with the City. Catherine Gaba was/is an employee with the LADBS. The hours you quote, JULIE, are from the city "noise" ordinance, not a construction ordinance. I suggest you read the ordinance and the city clerk notice of the ordinance and you will clearly see it is a noise ordinance. You will also see that the hours you are quoting are not stated as such in the ordinance. I believe I already forwarded Catherine Gaba's email to you. I have also quoted Charles Garcia to you who is also a city employee who appeared at a city hearing along with Cliff Renfrew in 2015 where Garcia said the hours are 8:00-5:00 pm Mon-Friday in a rent control building primary renovations; this was agreed to by the hearing officer and by Renfrew at the PUBLIC hearing. No Saturdays are allowed for primary renovations. Again Caherine Gaba at the time talked to manager [previous manager]  at the time [which I verified with the manager just the other day] and maintenance and all were told they would be fined if they did not comply with Gaba stated hours of renovations. I am sure the city can forward you the CD from the 2015 hearing as well as the written documentation from the hearing officer and Charles Garcia. If you happen to read a THP application, you will also see the hours of primary renovations [8-5 M-F]  Are you calling Charles Garcia a liar? 

"Or why don't you ask the WHITE tenants if they like being treated like TRASH?"

I am sure you would agree that the WHITE tenants at the building should not be treated like they live in a vacant lot and their right to private enjoyment of the premises should be respected. Or why don't you ask the WHITE tenants if they like being treated like TRASH? Are you calling the white tenants in the building WHITE TRASH? Further, as already shared with you, Richard Brinson, on September 22, 2014, city case 491005, ISSUED a Notice and Order to Comply against 1522 S HI POINT due to Apartment 1 and Apartment 10. Both units were occupied at the time I believe. The citation was for unapproved plumbing and as a result Brinson stated "the housing department has determined this building to be substandard"; "the entire premises must be in full compliance with the Los Angeles Municipal Code"; as in full compliance with the THP hours of primary renovations. At least two Orders to Stop Work were issued against this building---all PUBLIC documents---and the owner was ordered to comply with the THP requirements by filing and serving the application and complying with the hours of primary renovation as 8-5pm Mon-Friday. Last, and these are PUBLIC documents, HI POINT APTS LLC presented a THP application September 15, 2015, approved by the City, in which the hours of primary renovation are stated as 8-5 M-F and any work outside of those hours will make the building untenantable. Are you calling BRINSON a liar? Are you calling Catherine GABA a liar? Are you calling me a LIAR?

"...you weren't born in a vacant trash lot, were you?..."

I am sure the people at 311 did not know this is a rent control building and that you were speaking of primary renovations, not demolition in a vacant lot. I assume you know what a vacant lot is presumably because you weren't born in a vacant trash lot, were you? Your email is not acceptable as a resolution. I AM SICK OF THE BULLSHIT FROM YOU LBPM. Do you comprehend English?I AM SICK OF THE BULLSHIT!

This is a city rent controlled building

All rights reserved. [Editor: Tenant name and address redacted] From: Julie Cross Sent: Monday, February 6, 2017 11:15 AM To:   [Tenant name redacted] CC: Hi LLC; Charles Floyd; Hi Point Resident Manager Cynthia Ogan Subject: Re: Workers on property illegally doing primary Renovations on a Saturday- 1522 Hi Point St Apartments

Mr. [Tenant #9]:

I just called 311 information to confirm my understanding of the hours renovation work is allowed on the property. They confirmed that the hours are actually Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The hours are regulated by LAPD Noise Enforcement.

This has been my understanding of renovation hours for some time now. Where are you getting your information about said hours? Thank you. Julie Cross, Portfolio Supervisor  Cal BRE# 01904769  Direct: (818) 793-2033 Main: (818) 981-1802 x240 Concierge: (855) 800-LBPM (5276) Fax: (818) 986-1214 After Hours Emergency: (818) 832-6201 pastedGraphic.png Website | Service | Feedback | Referrals For immediate assistance, if I'm unavailable, please call our Concierge Line at (855) 800-5276, during regular business hours. 

* On Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 11:33 AM, the Black tenant wrote:

Dear LBPM:

Workers are on the property again today working on apt 15, loud banging. Primary renovations work is not allowed on a Saturday. Please instruct the maintenance immediately that the hours of primary renovation work are Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. -5:00 pm and this does not include Saturdays or Sundays. This comes from Catherine Gaba of the Building and Safety department which I have already informed you of. In Oct 2015 Cliff Renfrew testified in a city hearing that primary renovation work is not allowed on Saturdays. I called and left a message with the operator for your emergency line a few minutes ago. I understand that tenant apt 6 was given a rent reduction because the renovations are disturbing his quiet enjoyment of the premises. I would also like a rent reduction for any work occurring after the permitted hours and days of primary renovations. Also you continue to spell my name incorrectly on the invoice for rent.  All rights reserved. [Editor: Tenant contact information redacted] c: Resident Manager Cynthia Ogan

Julie Cross, Robert Lopata, Gregg Bernstein, Brandon Stein, Brian Theobald, Ccam, Salle Yerumyan, Greg De Rubeis

Update March 17, 2017

Racism and Corruption: City Inspector Says He Will Not Perform His Job Duties

Subject: Re: Mayor Eric Garcetti told of Housing Services Conditions at Hi Point Apts- The Intercom unit 9 remains not useable- A city rent control building  From: [Tenant name and email redacted] To: david.whitehurst@lacity.org; cc: robert.galardi@lacity.org; ian.yeom@lacity.org; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; jcross@LBPM.com; thefirstjew@yahoo.com; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; info@da.lacounty.gov; Friday, March 17, 2017 8:03 AM  Mr. Whitehurst: The emails and voicemails and letters I have received within the last three weeks from any and all city and county employees are not acceptable as a resolution to the damages that have occurred due to lack of useable intercom, denial of tandem parking stall, and denial of the corresponding rent reductions/reimbursements entitlements. Your signature on your email says "Systematic Code Enforcement Program". First, that means you DO have authority to assist with the concerns I have raised. Second, you don't have authority to extricate yourself from this building since every year tenants like myself pay/reimburse the SCEP fee as part of the rent which I currently pay as part of the rent $3.61 per month. What is the SCEP and why is it important? I will quote from your own city website and the full copy is below*:  "A tenant does not need to wait for the regularly scheduled inspection if a unit or common area needs repairs that the property owner is aware of, and fails to make. In such cases, a complaint may be filed with the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department. Tenants cannot be evicted for filing complaints, and there is no fee for filing a complaint." Thus you have authority to assist with the concerns I raise. You are benefitting from my rent money every month [which also pays for the renovation permit fees] , and the fees I reimburse as well as the yearly registration, that clearly also establishes the liability of the city government for criminal fraud for taking my rent monies under SCEP and not ordering the owner to make the intercom repairs, etc. Further, your authority includes, "The Hearing Officer may also determine that the case be recommended for criminal prosecution. [I hope the District Attorney can read that.] Other enforcement measures include Rent Reduction, Rent Escrow Account Program, and Property Management Training classes."

If your email is alleging you have no ability to perform your duties under the SCEP program, I suggest you resign your position immediately. 

"A tenant does not need to wait for the regularly scheduled inspection if a unit or common area needs repairs that the property owner is aware of, and fails to make. In such cases, a complaint may be filed with the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department. Tenants cannot be evicted for filing complaints, and there is no fee for filing a complaint." [I repeat this is case you don't comprehend English]. Mr. Whitehurst, you obviously are intelligent enough to write an email; answer me this: how many hours should it take a White person to repair or replace an intercom?  I am in a unit that needs repairs that the property owner is aware of, and has failed to make.

The intercom/parking stalls is a code enforcement ,RSD, and SCEP issue. Please order the intercom unit 9 repaired or replaced, without further bullshit.

All rights reserved. [Tenant name address phone redacted] c: Los Angeles County office of District Attorney * SCEP (pronounced "skep"), requires that multi-family rental properties with two or more occupied units be inspected on a scheduled basis (current schedule is once every five years). Inspections are done to ensure that the units are safe and habitable. Inspectors from the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department schedule each property for a thorough inspection and those properties that do not meet City and State codes are cited. Inspectors identify habitability problems which fall under Section 1941.1 of the California Civil Code, the Uniform Housing Code of the State of California, or the Los Angeles Municipal Code. The Department attempts to provide a 30-day notice for scheduled inspections. Shorter time frames may be imposed for properties referred by an inspector or other enforcement agency. If the inspector finds that a property does not meet City and State codes, a "Notice to Comply" is issued. Property owners are given 30 days (or less depending on severity of the violations) to have the needed repairs completed. A re-inspection is done to verify that the corrective work was done. If deficiencies are not corrected in the time specified on the Notice to Comply, the owner will be summoned to an administrative hearing (known as a "General Manager's Hearing") to determine the reason for non-compliance. Based on the determination and the Los Angeles Municipal Code, the owner may be required to refund the Department for all inspection and administrative costs after the first re-inspection. The Hearing Officer may also determine that the case be recommended for criminal prosecution. Other enforcement measures include Rent Reduction, Rent Escrow Account Program, and Property Management Training classes. A tenant does not need to wait for the regularly scheduled inspection if a unit or common area needs repairs that the property owner is aware of, and fails to make. In such cases, a complaint may be filed with the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department. Tenants cannot be evicted for filing complaints, and there is no fee for filing a complaint. Property owners are charged $35.52 per unit, per year whether or not the units are inspected during that year. The fee is paid to the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department once every year. The fee covers a rental housing habitability inspection and one re- inspection if a Notice to Comply is issued. Additional fees may be charged for owners who fail to comply and cause the Housing and Community Investment Department to incur additional staff time and costs for services. For information on preparing property for inspection, please read Preparing Residential Property for Housing Habitability Inspection (.pdf). For more information about the Systematic Code Enforcement Program, call the Housing and Community Investment Department's Information and Complaint Line at (866) 557-RENT or send an email to the ceuemail@lahd.ci.la.ca.us, our Code Enforcement Unit. http://hcidapp.lacity.org/cris/informationcenter/code/scep.htm Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP) routinely inspects the City's residential rental units to verify compliance with State health and safety codes and building codes. http://hcidla.lacity.org/regulatory-compliance-and-code Regulatory Compliance and Code | HCIDLA hcidla.lacity.org “The Regulatory Compliance and Code Bureau serves as a resource to landlords and tenants, to provide information on their rights and responsibilities under the Rent ... “ From: David Whitehurst Sent:   Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:29 PM To:       [Tenant Unit #9 name redacted] Cc:      Robert Galardi; Ian Yeom Subject: Re: Mayor Eric Garcetti told of Housing Services Conditions at Hi Point Apts- The Intercom unit 9 remains not useable- A city rent control building Thanks for you email. However, I am unable to assist you the concerns you raise. Please continue to honor the resolve of the stated issues with our RSO unit. Thanks.

David Whitehurst, Principal Inspector Systematic Code Enforcement Program [SCEP] Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department - HCIDLA Central Regional Office 3550 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1500 Los Angeles, CA 90010 (213) 252-2882 - desk / (213) 252-2801 - fax

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 12:31 PM, [from tenant name redacted] [Editor: This email has been redacted. Mr. Whitehurst responds on March 14 to the email written to him on March 14 below]

Update March 15 2017

From: [tenant name and email redacted]                                                                                              To: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; jcross@LBPM.com; david.whitehurst@lacity.org; Cc: thefirstjew@yahoo.com; info@da.lacounty.gov; Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 12:31 PM

Subject: Mayor Eric Garcetti told of Housing Services Conditions at Hi Point Apts- The Intercom unit 9 remains not useable- A city rent control building 

This is a city rent control building.

To whom it may concern: Mayor Eric Garcetti, HCIDLA, David Whitehurst, LB Property Management, LA County District Attorney et al: “Every tenant in Los Angeles should understand their rights, especially in a tight housing market, and landlords should know their responsibilities,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The RSO is the most powerful tool we have to keep families and neighborhoods together, and this ordinance will help protect vulnerable populations — like senior citizens and immigrants — from displacement. As we work to build new affordable housing, we also must make sure that residents know about protections that are already in place.” December 15 2016 [Editor: from City of Los Angeles website article]As Chair of the Housing Committee, I am proud to add another layer of protection for tenants with the Tenant Buyout Notification Program amendment to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance,” said Housing Committee Chair Councilmember Gil Cedillo, who was key in ensuring the ordinance’s passage. “This program requires landlords to inform tenants of their RSO rights before executing a buyout agreement, giving them full disclosure of their rights and protections under the RSO.” December 15 2016 [Editor: from City of Los Angeles website article] “Los Angeles municipal code section 151.02 defines Housing Services as services connected with the use or occupancy of a rental unit including, but not limited to, utilities (including light heat water and telephone) , ordinary repairs or replacement, and maintenance, including painting. This term shall also include the probation of elevator service, laundry facilities and privileges, common recreational facilities, janitor service, resident manager, Refuse removal, furnishings, food-service, parking and other benefits privileges or facilities. Chapter XV of the Los Angeles municipal code Rent Stabilization ordnance, effective in the city of Los Angeles, requires that where there is a reduction in housing services there must be a corresponding decrease and equal to the reduction in the monthly cost to the landlord of the service, divided by the number of units deprived of that service.” I attach a copy of the December 11, 2015 email exchange with LA County Alan Chen inspector where he orders the intercom repair for unit 9 at Hi Points Apts: "The compliance deadline was 3 weeks. However, after speaking with the management, I have granted a time extension. The new compliance deadline is January 13, 2015. "As a reminder, the management has 3 options to remedy the problem: repair, replace, remove. Provide a minimum 24 hour notice to the tenant before performing the work." My rental agreement states "parking space #1" and "parking space #2".  The emails and voicemails and letters I have received within the last three weeks from any and all city and county employees are not acceptable as a resolution to the damages that have occurred due to lack of useable intercom, denial of tandem parking stall, and denial of the corresponding rent reductions/reimbursements entitlements.

This is a city rent control building.

All rights reserved. [Tenant name address phone redacted] Note: The LA County District Attorney is contacted because the Los Angeles election Voter Pamphlet sent to thousands of residents said that the LA Times said the DA is investigating the criminal fraud and corruption surrounding the city Ellis Act and THP Programs and criminal actions of city employees. Attachments  2015-12-11 Email from Chen and My Response re Intercom.pdf (120.52KB)  [Editor: This email has been redacted]

Update March 10, 2017

[Editor: We just received word of a letter from city Code Enforcement re "Alleged THP Violations at 1522 Hi Point St #15". We don't know what the word "alleged" means since you are aware in December 2016 the city issued additional rent control regulations re THP and Ellis act voluntary evictions.  Such new ordinances indicated that for years property owners and city employees were not following/enforcing rent control regulations.  It was in 2015 that city employee Code Enforcement Charles Garcia said that for eleven tenants at 1522 Hi Point St, that no THP application was ever filed or served. This was also reported to the county office of the District Attorney charging criminal fraud because tenants also did not receive the required permanent relocation monies. It was also reported that code enforcement issued finals to repairs where no repair work had ever occurred. City code enforcement Richard Brinson and others issued numerous written "Notice to Comply" to Hi Point Apts ordering THP applications to be filed [none were ever filed for the eleven tenants and units]. Thus far after speaking to at least three city employees there is no THP application for tenant at unit 15 and the tenant moved out without receiving the THP application and the required permanent relocation monies. In a recent Public Records Act release there is no indication that the owner filed the THP or that the tenant received the THP. In 2015 October the city recognized an appeal of the THP served on the tenant apt 9; the tenant is still in possession of the apartment but no primary renovations have occurred. So the city is aware of what a THP is.

In a few days we will share with you the contents of this letter from Mayor Eric Garcetti's city employees so you can figure out why the THP regulations hours of work and THP applications are still not being enforced by city employees.

Interestingly, based on information and belief, the city and the LA County District Attorney were told that various city employees have told property owners they can cheat tenants out of relocation monies by circumventing the THP regulations and making tenants sign agreements that do not comply with the THP application process. But this is what the city LAMC and rent control regulations says about those agreements : “Ordinance 176544 Chapter XV Sec 152.07 F. Any agreement, whether written or oral, waiving any of the provisions of this article shall be void as contrary to public policy.” 

So what will Mayor Garcetti say about that?

Is Mayor Eric Garcetti calling his own employees liars and thieves?

Stay tuned.] "Urban planners in Los Angeles do not have renters' best interests at heart. By pitting "new renters" against "old renters," collectives like Abundant Housing and the armchair planners found in local media embrace gentrification and ignore the systemic issues of race, history, and displacement in urban development."  L.A. Tenants Union

2017-3-7 Cropped Poster Racism Hi Point

Update March 8, 2017

Subject:  Voicemail to Hi Point Apts LLC LB Property Management re Bathroom Sink and Intercom and Where is THP for Apt 15 since Unit was Occupied when Permits were Applied for 

From: [Tenant named redacted] To: jcross@LBPM.com; CC: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; thefirstjew@yahoo.com; david.whitehurst@lacity.org; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; walter.barratt@gmail.com; lee.smith@lacity.org; robert.galardi@lacity.org; Wednesday, March 8, 2017 1:08 PM "Voicemail to Hi Point Apts LLC LB Property Management re Bathroom Sink and Intercom and Where is THP for Apt 15 since Unit was Occupied when Permits were Applied for" *  Via email and Facsimile

Dear LBPM Julie Cross, Robert Lopata, Gregg Bernstein, Brandon Stein, Brian Theobald, Ccam, Salle Yerumyan, Greg De Rubeis, et al: 

March 7, 2017- Call to LB Property Management and extension 240 for Julie Cross Voicemail: "Your call has been forwarded to an automated voice messaging system. 818-438-1637 is not available. At the tone, please record your message. When you finish recording you may hang up or press 1 for more options.” Me: “Hi, this message is for Julie Cross. This is tenant #9 at 1522 Hi Point St and today’s date is March 7, 2017 about 11:00 pm. Number one, you seem to be very confused about the laws in the State of California regarding tenant rights. I have the right under law to not have to be in the apartment for any inspection or repairs by the property owner, the right not to be present, that is my right under law not to be present for any inspection by the property owner or repairs by the property owner or his agents or employees. I am just trying to figure out why LB Property Management has a real estate license and is not able to comply with that state law. Second, there is an animal facility being run out of this property, it is an animal facility, advertised on Thumbtack, Yelp, Facebook, as a boarding service for dogs. They need an animal facility license. As far as I know, no one has told me they have one. And I have talked to the code enforcement numerous times, and I assume they do not have an animal facility license. They have two vehicles on the property, [signs on the vehicles] clearly advertising the business, and the business phone number is the same phone number as the resident manager who lives here. So it is not hard to figure out what is going on here. If not for discrimination and corruption, the code enforcement would be requiring them to have an animal facilities license. Again, this area is also not zoned for an animal facility. So you are responsible for them because you’re the management company working with the owner. You need to take some action. And your property people have been on the site for two months now and more and the bathroom sink is still not repaired. I am sure it only takes maybe a half hour to fix it so what is the reason for your excuse in this regard? Are you a Klan member, Ku Klux Klan member, what’s your reason, who are you, what’s going on that this cannot be taken care of? Again, this is tenant #9 at 1522 Hi Point St. Today is March 7, 2017 at 11:03 p.m. I’ll be calling you again Julie Cross to see what is actually going on there.” Recording: “Thank you. Your message has been sent” A response in writing by first class mail is requested. All rights reserved. [Tenant name and phone redacted]

Ku Klux Klan Members:

Julie Cross, Robert Lopata, Gregg Bernstein, Brandon Stein, Brian Theobald, Ccam, Salle Yerumyan, Greg De Rubeis, David Whitehurst, Kristine Ritzke, lee.smith@lacity.org; robert.galardi@lacity.org, Richard Brinson, Robert Moore, John Wolhof, Charles Garcia, Norman Koplin, Robert Gugajew, Arshak Melik-Jahanian, Aydin Akbarut, et al  * A THP is required under LAMC. No permit clearance can be granted by RSD unless a THP has been filed and served on the tenant. Out of 18 units, at least twelve units were occupied with tenants when the owner applied to the City for permits and announced in writing that the work would begin; the owner never filed THP's for those units. Units 15 and 18 were occupied at the time permits had been applied for the primary renovations. In compliance with THP regulations, after the owner files and serves the THP, only then can he proceed with the primary renovations after the tenant chooses permanent relocation or chooses temporary relocation. There is no provision in the LAMC that corrupt city employees under Mayor Eric Garcetti can advise owners to circumvent the THP regulations; there is no provision in the LAMC or RAC regulations that property owners can circumvent the RAC and THP regulations under authority of Mayor Eric Garcetti. The THP is supposed to be served, and permits cleared, before RENOVATIONS can begin. The THP application process is the mandatory duty of the owner, city HCIDLA RSD, and tenant.  CC: Mayor Eric Garcetti via email 

"There is no provision in the LAMC that corrupt city employees under Mayor Eric Garcetti can advise owners to circumvent the THP regulations"

[Editor: this email has been redacted] [Editor: March 13, 2017. The bathroom sink at apt 9 was resurfaced at 9:30 am today. No effort was made to repair the non-working intercom]

Update March 5 2017

Subject:   HCIDLA : please order the intercom in my apt 9 repaired or replaced without further excuses

From: [Tenant name redacted]

To:  david.whitehurst@lacity.org; lee.smith@lacity.org; robert.galardi@lacity.org;

cc: thefirstjew@yahoo.com; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org;

Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017 2:59 PM

Dear City Los Angeles HCIDLA/Code enforcement: 1. This is a rent control building. 2. I reimburse the owner yearly for the registration fee for my apartment. 3. I reimburse the owner monthly for the SCEP fee. 4. The hearing decision re capital improvements to the building is indicative of problems in the building that should be subject to review. The city case number 50505 and decision dated May 8, 2015. In part, the decision indicates that as of May 8, 2015, seven apartments were occupied at 1522 Hi Point St, and on a separate matter of the THP, then seven apartments were required to have THP's since they were occupied at the time the owner started construction/renovations and applied for permits. 5. At the May 8, 2015 hearing decision, it was decided that I should reimburse the owner for $17.08 per 72 months, for timber clad, such timber clad that does not benefit me as tenant, a clear violation of LAMC regulations in this regard.  6. In addition, the hearing officer decided that the intercom and keypad entry were NOT one and the same, however photographic evidence shows that the keypad and intercom at the front of the building were installed in 2014 at the same time as ONE unit. The keypad and the intercom serve the same function: to allow tenants and guests to open the front door remotely for tenants/guests and without using a key. So I pay part of $17.08 per month increase for an intercom that is not available to me since mine has not been repaired or replaced. The owner also removed one of my two parking stalls, so I cannot park my car on the property, thus I pay part of the $17.08 for a security gate that I do not use. 7. Based on information and belief, tenant #1 operates an animal facility on the property, without an animal facility license, clearly advertises it on the internet, clearly has two cars on the lot with the business advertising, clearly operates in an area not zoned for an animal facility. The customers and the customer's dogs of the animal facility get to use the security gate and parking lot and intercom, but such housing services are denied to me. Code enforcement Kristine Ritzke has declared they cannot find photo evidence of the dogs on the property; code enforcement has failed to verify the animal license permits and whether there is a zoning violation; the code enforcement has failed to verify with the owner and the tenant #1 and other tenants that they indeed have over five dogs on the property. Code enforcement has failed to diligently search the web or call the owner for  evidence of the animal facility. Code enforcement is complicent in the violations, as is typical. [Editor note: it appears the code enforcement inspector called the dog facility owner ahead  of time, told them what time to "disappear", came out to the property but no one was home, reported back and said no evidence of dogs. They never called other tenants, never called the property owner, never looked at the ads on the internet. That is Eric Garcetti 's corruption.] 8. On November 13, 2015, in another decision re THP appeal, issued by city employee Andre L. Brown, in part, the city ruled that the owner would move me apt 9 temporarily into apt 18 or 15, due to primary renovation of apt 9. I have been damaged because both apts 15 and 18 have been renovated, but such renovated apartments is not available to me temporarily, or after renovation, because the owner has not proceeded with the temporary relocation of apt 9 tenants as a result of the THP, which the owner said he had no intention of following anyway. 9. If the owner proceeded with the primary renovations to apt 9 as scheduled, I would have benefitted from a renovated apartment "with all new fixtures" at a temporary rent increase of 10% possibly. 10. Parking stall #13 was changed to a tandem stall by the owner. The tandem stall is a single stall in the original CFO. I am not aware the owner applied for a permit to change the striping for stall #13. 11. The owner, authorized by the city, failed to offer me the opportunity to have my parking stall extended into a tandem parking stall. 12. A sewer check valve was installed near the back door of the building. I am not aware the owner secured a permit for the check valve. The valve also presents a safety hazard in that it has emptied into the walkway exposing tenants to a slip and fall hazard. There should be some type of basin installed to catch the sewer wastes. 13. My rent agreement, as well as the city RAC regulations, state that housing services are "including but not limited to" meaning that the intercom is a housing service and the parking stalls are housing services. [Editor note: Housing services, according to the city LAMC and RAC regulations, ARE under the jurisdiction of the city government. But numerous code employees claim the city government does NOT have jurisdiction over all "portions" of a building and over the electrical wiring for the intercom system. Stupid is as Stupid Does.] 14. Lack of THP's for select units can cause the entire building to be declared "substandard"; this was the case on September 22 2014 by inspector Richard Brinson Case number 491005. There were no THP applications for twelve units occupied at the time primary renovations permits were secured. Where is the CFO for this building?  15. "the city has consistently shown bias for developers, landlords and management companies". LA Tenant's Union  16. The code enforcement jurisdiction, HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE - HSC DIVISION 13. HOUSING [17000 - 19997] ( Division 13 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )  PART 1.5. REGULATION OF BUILDINGS USED FOR HUMAN HABITATION [17910 - 17998.3] ( Part 1.5 added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1844. ) CHAPTER 2. Rules and Regulations [17920 - 17928] (Chapter2addedbyStats.1961,Ch.1844.)  17920.3. Any building or portion thereof including any dwelling unit, guestroom or suite of rooms, or the premises on which the same is located, in which there exists any of  the following listed conditions to an extent that endangers the life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public or the occupants thereof shall be deemed and hereby is declared to be a substandard building..." 17. The city code enforcement/RSD has jurisdiction over the non-working intercom in my apartment. The city granted a CFO to the 1522 Hi Point St in 1973, such CFO that included the working intercom and wiring. Since that time, particularly 2014-2017, the city code enforcement has continued to give final approval to "new" electrical wiring and plumbing in fifteen units at 1522 Hi Point St, such units that have new intercoms. The city code enforcement, and RSD, have continued to give final approval to the keypad entry system which is wiring connected to the intercom system. The city Los Angeles code enforcement has jurisdiction over the intercom in apt 9. 18. Please investigate the possible unlicensed animal facility on the property apt 1 that may operate in violation of zoning ordinances. One ad they say "boarding" [kennel] the dogs. Here is websites for them:  “Doggone Cindy's Dog Walking Service - Los Angeles, CA"

 19. Please order the intercom in my apt 9 repaired or replaced, without further excuses. 

All rights reserved.  [Tenant name and address redacted] [Editor note: The requirements for an animal facility are Los Angeles County Code Sec. 10.20.038 "Up to three licensed and altered dogs may be kept at any residence. Keeping animals in excess of these amounts requires an animal facility license." The facility owner claims to be housing five dogs on the property. City housing and community investment inspector Kristine Ritsky (sic)/co-worker  claims she came out to the property and could not find evidence of the animal facility even though she has the phone number of the property owner and the animal facility. The animal facility, called a "dog walking service" by the owner,  is listed on Facebook, Thumbtack, and Yelp  with the address and phone number but I guess the city inspector is not capable of reading and comprehending the internet. In addition, the property for the Animal/Boarding Facility is zoned for R3. Animal facilities are not allowed in Zone R3. Apparently, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Mike Feuer's code enforcement are not going to enforce the zoning codes. Business as usual.]

c: Mayor Eric Garcetti via email

[Editor: this email has been redacted from the original]

Update March 5 2017

REPLY Re: Property Watch at 1522 Hi Point St Apartments- Intercom and Sink Still Not Repaired Apt 9 [tenant name and phone redacted] Sun 3/5/2017 5:37 PM To:Julie Cross ; Cc:Charles Floyd ; RSO Contact ; david.whitehurst@lacity.org ; lee.smith@lacity.org ; robert.galardi@lacity.org ;

Dear LBPM: I have replied to this in an email sent to you today at 12:55 p.m.

I take this opportunity to quote Civil Code 1954 which addresses your request to have a "vendor look" at the bathroom sink. The owner has a key to the apartment, the resident manager has a key, and you have a key. I do not need to be present for you to have a vendor look at the sink; it is your responsibility to coordinate that with the vendor and post the 24 hour WRITTEN notice to us; I do not orally or otherwise agree to any other procedure. You ask: "Could you please let me know some times that would be good for you to have a vendor take a look at it?"; there is nothing in CC section 1954 below that requires me to do that. "California law does not authorize landlords to enter rental premises purely for the purpose of inspecting them. Civil Code Section 1954 does not list "general inspections" as one of the reasons for entry, and Section 1953 specifically prohibits any lease provision in which a tenant agrees to modify or waive any right or remedy under Section 1954. A landlord may, however, enter the unit for the purpose of an inspection if it is connected to an improvement, repair, decoration, or some other service agreed to by the tenant for entry. Inspections of occupied units by code enforcement officials may also be required by local rental housing inspection programs. Two recent court decisions confirm that while the owner cannot be required to open the unit for code enforcement or any other type of law enforcement official in the absence of the tenant’s consent (or a warrant/court order), the owner can be required to ask for the tenant’s consent to a code inspection, as long as the owner is not penalized if the tenant does not consent. (Griffith v. City of Santa Cruz (2012); Rental Housing Owners Association of Southern Alameda County v. City of Hayward (2011)". I request you comply with section (d)(1) below. However, if you feel that you operate under section(a)(2) below, it may appear that you do not need to give the 24 hour written notice if you engage in "necessary or agreed repairs". However, there is nothing I have said to you that should be interpreted that the repairs to the sink or intercom are "necessary or agreed" from my standpoint because I do not know specifically what needs to be done nor am I paying for it. I think I am "entitled" to a bathroom sink that is not in disrepair, and I am "entitled" to a working intercom, but whether that constitutes "necessary" is a matter of interpretation because "necessary" implies somewhat of an urgency. For example, the sink and intercom, since the time frame of "reasonableness" has long passed, constitute to me more of a housing service denied and nuisance issue, without waiver to any other claims including but not limited to reimbursement/rent reduction etc. That the owner has a legal "obligation" to repair the bathroom sink and the intercom, does not in any way obligate me to define what is "necessary" and does not obligate me to agree/disagree with the repairs or services in order for you to make the "repairs, decorations, alterations, or improvements". Therefore, I neither agree nor disagree with your request to have a vendor look at the bathroom sink, and make repairs; and I do not agree to a mutual appointment time for the vendor to enter or for maintenance to enter, and I do not agree to a mutual time to be available to unlock the door for a vendor or maintenance. I request that you comply with the intent of civil code section 1954. And as I have said numerous times before, unless the law requires it, I will do nothing to prevent the vendor or maintenance from entering the unit as permitted under CC 1954.

CC section 1954 (a) A landlord may enter the dwelling unit only in the following cases: (1) In case of emergency. (2) To make necessary or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations or improvements, supply necessary or agreed services, or exhibit the dwelling unit to prospective or actual purchasers, mortgagees, tenants, workers, or contractors or to make an inspection pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 1950.5. (3) When the tenant has abandoned or surrendered the premises. (4) Pursuant to court order. (b) Except in cases of emergency or when the tenant has abandoned or surrendered the premises, entry may not be made during other than normal business hours unless the tenant consents to an entry during other than normal business hours at the time of entry. (c) The landlord may not abuse the right of access or use it to harass the tenant. (d)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (e), or as provided in paragraph (2) or (3), the landlord shall give the tenant reasonable notice in writing of his or her intent to enter and enter only during normal business hours. The notice shall include the date, approximate time, and purpose of the entry. The notice may be personally delivered to the tenant, left with someone of a suitable age and discretion at the premises, or, left on, near, or under the usual entry door of the premises in a manner in which a reasonable person would discover the notice. Twenty-four hours shall be presumed to be reasonable notice in absence of evidence to the contrary. The notice may be mailed to the tenant. Mailing of the notice at least six days prior to an intended entry is presumed reasonable notice in the absence of evidence to the contrary. (2) If the purpose of the entry is to exhibit the dwelling unit to prospective or actual purchasers, the notice may be given orally, in person or by telephone, if the landlord or his or her agent has notified the tenant in writing within 120 days of the oral notice that the property is for sale and that the landlord or agent may contact the tenant orally for the purpose described above. Twenty-four hours is presumed reasonable notice in the absence of evidence to the contrary. The notice shall include the date, approximate time, and purpose of the entry. At the time of entry, the landlord or agent shall leave written evidence of the entry inside the unit. (3) The tenant and the landlord may agree orally to an entry to make agreed repairs or supply agreed services. The agreement shall include the date and approximate time of the entry, which shall be within one week of the agreement. In this case, the landlord is not required to provide the tenant a written notice. (e) No notice of entry is required under this section: (1) To respond to an emergency. (2) If the tenant is present and consents to the entry at the time of entry. (3) After the tenant has abandoned or surrendered the unit.

[Tenant name and address redacted]

From: Julie Cross Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:56 PM To:[Tenant named redacted] Subject: Re: Property Watch at 1522 Hi Point St Apartments- Intercom and Sink Still Not Repaired Apt 9

Mr. [Tenant]: We would like to repair your sink as soon as possible. Could you please let me know some times that would be good for you to have a vendor take a look at it? We can then serve you your 24 hour notice to enter for that time. Julie Cross, Portfolio Supervisor Cal BRE# 01904769 Direct: (818) 793-2033 Main: (818) 981-1802 x240 Concierge: (855) 800-LBPM (5276) Fax: (818) 986-1214 After Hours Emergency: (818) 832-6201 For immediate assistance, if I'm unavailable, please call our Concierge Line at (855) 800-5276, during regular business hours. [Editor Note: In the email from Julie Cross, agent of Hi Point Apts LLC and Abady Holdings, notice that she does NOT mention repair to the intercom. As for the sink, it was reported in November 2016 but maintenance had first looked at in November 2015.]

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:36 PM, [tenant] wrote:

Dear LBPM/Hi Point Apts LLC/HCIDLA: In passing, I noticed either renovation workers/LBPM management/code enforcement on the property about 10:45 a.m. 1. My bathroom sink remains unmaintained. 2. My intercom remains unmaintained or replaced. It was in 1973 that the city code enforcement issued a CFO for this building that authorized the installation of the wiring and the intercom system. Since 2014, the city has again presumably given final permits to this building for installation of wiring for an intercom system, such system that must be installed by state licensed contractors, installed in about fifteen apartments.

On September 22, 2014, code enforcement inspector Richard Brinson issued a "Notice and Order to Comply". In such notice he declared that the entire building was substandard due to unapproved plumbing for units 1 and unit 10.

It is my conclusion that this entire building is substandard due to the lack of repair/replacement of the intercom in unit 9.

I remind you that I am not only a tenant in the building that lives about 50 feet from apt 15 (Apt 15 that is currently under primary renovation) ; I am also the tenant who the city hearing officer Andre L. Brown declared in November 13, 2015 ["THP appeal hearing"] that I would be moving temporarily into apt 15, according to the THP application submitted by Hi Point Apts, LLC.

Please order the bathroom sick and intercom repaired without further delay; both housing services are required to be in working order, and the intercom is NOT in working order.

All rights reserved.

[Tenant name, address, phone redacted]

Update March 5, 2017

Inside Mayor Eric Garcetti's Idea                   of "Fair Housing"

Subject: Re: My Opinion on Rent Payment Location at Hi Point Apts, etc.  From:  [tenant name redacted] To: jcross@lbpm.com;  Cc: hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; thefirstjew@yahoo.com; david.whitehurst@lacity.org; 1ccanary@gmail.com; lee.smith@lacity.org; robert.galardi@lacity.org; hcidla.rso@lacity.org; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org;  Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017 12:55 PM  This is a rent control building. I reimburse the owner every year and every month for the CITY OF LOS ANGELES "special relationship" yearly registration fee and monthly SCEP inspection fee and I still cannot get maintenance. I have been a tenant here since February 2010.

"I remind you that between approximately January 1 and March 1 2017, your maintenance crew have been on the property nearly every day Monday thru Saturday working on apt 15"

I remind you that between approximately January 1 and March 1 2017, your maintenance crew have been on the property nearly every day Monday thru Saturday working on apt 15, and other maintenance duties; that was ample time to put a 24 hour notice on my door and enter the next day to repair the bathroom sink. That is well over 35 days since I reported it and a reasonable amount of time of which LBPM and the owner do not have an excuse. This bathroom sink was reported to you by email on November 18, 2016 and that maintenance was aware of the sink in 2015. I don't know if I can adequately express my frustration and anger in this regard in this email but I have repeatedly in writing and by voice mail asked you to comply with government code 1954. Your maintenance people have key access to the apt 9, and so does the resident manager. You don't have an excuse that the bathroom sink has not been addressed. I do not have to be present nor do I have to orally agree to be present for you to address the sink. Does LBPM have a comprehension of the law in this regard? It is harassment because you don't have a f-----g g-d d--n reason to ask me to make an appointment when I have repeatedly asked you to comply with Civil Code 1954 and give me the 24 hour written notice; the civil code does not require me to give you an appointment nor do I waive my rights under civil code 1954. I am not agreeing orally to an entry/repair nor am I agreeing to compensate the owner for repairs or inspection to his own property (civil code 1954).  I am sure you know what Civil Code 1954 is because you gave us a "Notice to Enter Dwelling (Civil Code section 1954)" on February 12 2017 for "insect spraying". That was ample opportunity for you to address the sink and the intercom. And your agent did enter the apt 9 and the sink was not repaired, etc.

" I have repeatedly asked you to comply with Civil Code 1954 and give me the 24 hour written notice; the civil code does not require me to give you an appointment nor do I waive my rights under civil code 1954"

Do you comprehend English? Other than discrimination and corruption, why do you keep insisting on an appointment when I have clearly asked you to comply with Civil Code 1954 and give us 24 hour written notice? If I come to your office face to face, and ask to speak to your supervisor, would that help you to comprehend English? All rights reserved.  [tenant name, address, phone redacted] c: City government inspector David Whitehurst, et al. 

Does Julie Cross comprehend English?

On Thursday, March 2, 2017 9:18 AM, Julie Cross wrote: Mr. [Tenant]: Thank you for letting us know about the doors. I'll put in maintenance requests to adjust them right away. Regarding your sink, I did email you last week regarding making an appointment to fix same, but I have not heard back from you. Thanks. On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 10:42 PM, [tenant]  wrote: Dear LBPM/Hi Point Apts LLC:  [this portion as regards tenant security has been redacted] This is a RENT CONTROL building. Thank you for your time. (The city and the owner maintain that the owner has installed NEW wiring in fifteen apartment units out of 18, at a cost the owner says of about $17,000 per unit (total $255,000), yet the city and the owner maintain in writing that the wiring to the replaced hallway and exterior lights is the SAME wiring from 1973 and was NOT replaced with new wiring.) All rights reserved, i.e. needed repairs to the intercom, repairs to the bathroom sink peeling lead based paint emptying into the sewer, rent reimbursements/reductions, tandem parking stall availability per the rental agreement, and rent reductions due to denial of tandem parking and denial of working intercom/maintenance privileges. I remind you that the intercom system and wiring, and parking stall striping, was approved by the city Los Angeles code enforcement issued CFO in year 1973. [from tenant name redacted]

c: HCIDLA David Whitehurst

[city employee] ; Mayor Eric Garcetti

As Los Angeles Garcetti runs for re-election under new tenant buyout regulations, his corrupt employees still will not enforce the regulations

The fight over city lack of accountability and  where why Eric Garcetti needs to go

Updated February 18, 2017

Mayor Eric Garcetti Named in Damage Claim

Los Angeles- A damage claim has been filed against HCIDLA and naming Mayor Eric Garcetti. The damage claim details the City involvement in rent control owner Hi Point Apts LLC refusal to comply with rent control regulations and refusal to comply with hours of primary renovations. The complaint is based on communications with various employees of HCIDLA and code enforcement and Housing Inspector Christopher Ewing. Also named in the claim is Ali Mozannar and Phoenician Contractors/Construction. The claim details how the owner failed to file THP applications for numerous units while the city inspectors granted permits anyway, a violation of the rent control ordinance. The complaint names LB Property Management and was dated February 13, 2017 and received by the city February 14 2017. The property owner and other city employees defy a directive from city employees Charles Garcia and Catherine Gaba that the property owner will be fined if workers are on the property outside the hours of Monday thru Friday 8:00 -5:00 pm. More details later....

Updated February 16, 2017

From: [Tenant name and email address redacted] To: christopher.ewing@lacity.org; Cc: hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; jcross@lbpm.com; Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:52 PM

Subject: Re: Your case HCIDLA 611735- Mayor Eric Garcetti Says Owner Does Not Have to Follow Rent Control Regulations 

Re: Your Authority at 1522 Hi Point St Mr. Ewing: I wonder if you realize that the RSO and the Code enforcement are in the same department: HCIDLA? I also wonder if you realize that as a code enforcement inspector, you have the authority to issue an "Order to Stop Work" on the grounds that work has generated "health and safety hazards that impact the continued habitability of the unit(s) within the building, at the above address." You also have the authority that if there is no tenant habitability plan, then you can order it submitted, which was the essence of my code enforcement complaint regarding apt 15, etc. In an "order to stop work", YOU, CHRISTOPHER EWING, not the RSO, has the authority to stop all work until a THP "is submitted and approved by the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA)".

Are you aware that the HCIDLA is the department that YOU work in? 

Please issue the "Order to Stop Work" as there does not appear to be a THP for apt 15. Attached is an example of the "Order to Stop Work" that was issued for this building in August 2014, to give you an idea of what one looks like. I am copying the RSO department on this at the email above. All rights reserved. [tenant name address phone redacted] c: via email to LB Property management Inc.

On Thursday, February 16, 2017 2:46 PM, Christopher Ewing wrote:

Mr. [tenant name redacted]: For any further questions the RSO hotline is 213-275-3493.

[Editor: Confusion or Corruption? You be the Judge]

Updated February 16, 2017

From: [tenant name redacted]

To: christopher.ewing@lacity.org; Cc: jcross@lbpm.com; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org;

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:57 AM

Subject: Your case HCIDLA 611735- Mayor Eric Garcetti Says Owner Does Not Have to Follow Rent Control Regulations 

Christopher Ewing Housing Inspector Code Enforcement Division                                                                                                                     3550 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1500                                                                                                                   Los Angeles CA 90010 [via email above] Re: 1522 Hi Point St Apartments  This email shall further review our talk of yesterday about 3:30 p.m. inside the address common area hallway. While you appeared to be courteous and cordial, you expressed lack of awareness of the hours of primary renovations relating to the THP application and the rent control ordinance and the LAMC. It seems you should have researched that before coming out to the property. You indicated that while at the building you talked to one of the contractors who indicated that they were only on the property 8:00 am. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. You indicated, however, that primary renovations were allowed on Saturdays and I replied that the ordinance on primary renovations and related work does not allow such renovations on Saturdays. I believe the manager apt 1 indicated to you yesterday about 3:40 p.m. that primary renovation workers have been on the property apt 15 until 7 pm at night; this is a clear violation of the rent control THP regulations. I have observed and reported them on the property apt 15 past 9 p.m. at night.

"...this building ...is not a vacant lot..."

This is a building under the jurisdiction of the city rent stabilization department. It is not a vacant lot; this is a box building with seventeen units occupied with tenants during the primary renovations. It is not a construction site. I am attaching documents already in the possession of the City: 10-5-2015 email exchange with Catherine Gaba; 10-20-2015 email from Charles Garcia where he states no THP's were filed for numerous apartments at 1522 Hi Point St; 10-28-2015 letter from Charles Garcia where he quotes the hours of primary renovations as 8-5 M-F. "no Saturdays or Sundays". Gaba also says the hours are M-F 8-5 and No Saturdays or Sundays. She says the owner/contractor will be fined if they are on the property outside those hours. I realize the documents are from 2015 but I am not aware the regulations have changed. I realize that the owner has unnecessarily dragged out the primary renovations over an almost three year period, and other routine and emergency maintenance issues do arise, and three other units may be subject to primary renovations, but that in no way waives the requirements under primary renovations to only conduct primary renovations under certain hours and days. My complaint is not about maintenance/emergency repairs that occur during authorized hours.

...The THP, in part, verifies "hazardous material abatement", "untenantable conditions" "exposure to hazardous materials at any time" "mitigation measures" "mitigation of impact on individual or similar rental units"...

I am not aware there is a THP application on file for apt 15, that is the subject of the primary renovations. The THP [form] , in part, verifies "hazardous material abatement", "untenantable conditions" "exposure to hazardous materials at any time" "mitigation measures" "mitigation of impact on individual or similar rental units" (emphasis added). No THP for apt 15 means no permit clearance means no renovations can proceed and no CFO can be issued.  "Similar rental units" such as mine, and myself as tenant, are being impacted by the primary renovations. The owner of the property is Hi Point Apts LLC. Abady Holdings Ltd. may also be an owner. The property is managed by LB Property Management of which they are cc'd above to Julie Cross. As indicated to you, previous email, mail, and phone communications with the owner and management company have not resulted in the matter being resolved. Please take steps to enforce the THP regulations as requested in my code enforcement complaint, as Mayor Eric Garcetti has said the THP regulations WILL be enforced, and let me know the required actions have been taken. All rights reserved. [Editor: Tenant name address phone redacted] attachments: 2015-10-20 Email from Garcia re No THP's.pdf (105.82KB) 2015-10-28 Garcia THP Recommendations.pdf (1009.30KB) 2015-10-5 Email Gaba Verifies Hours Renovations.pdf (100.19KB) ATTORNEY FOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, AND ALAN CHEN Renee E Jensen lduarte@fwhb.com, rjensen@fwhb.com ATTORNEY FOR WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE ADVISORS, Inc. Thomas L Watters twatters@hartwattersandcarter.com ATTORNEY FOR STATE OF CALIFORNIA Martin Ageson martin.ageson@doj.ca.gov, marsha.petty@doj.ca.gov ATTORNEY FOR CITY OF LOS ANGELES, CHARLES GARCIA, BARBARA BRASCIA, RICHARD BRINSON, ARMIDA-OLGUIN FLORES Robert P Moore robert.p.moore@lacity.org, julie.martinez@lacity.org ATTORNEY FOR HI POINT APTS, LLC, WALTER BARRATT, CLIFF RENFREW Jared A Barry jared@barrylawgroup.com [Editor: in every rental agreement, there is the duty of all parties to act in a reasonable, good faith manner. City employees have mandatory duties as well under the law. This email has been redacted and is subject to a Open Records Act request.]

Updated February 15, 2017

[Editor: This email is to Los Angeles City Housing Inspector Code Enforcement Division of the Housing and Community Investment Department Christopher Ewing. Ewing can be reached at 213-252-2849. Portions have been redacted]

"I told Chris there should be some consideration of other tenant's habitability since this 1522 Hi Point property is not a vacant lot"

Subject: Your Case number 611735- Talk with city employee Christopher Ewing, Housing Inspector

From: [Tenant name and address redacted] To: hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; jcross@lbpm.com; walter.barratt@gmail.com;

 Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:19 PM

To whom it may concern: I spoke with city employee Chris today briefly around 3:30 p.m. about Mayor Eric Garcetti's vowed greater enforcement of primary renovation regulations. I mentioned the required need for THP applications and rent control department clearance for all permits. Chris said he was here to inspect 3-4 apartments, but when he asked me about renovations, I told him I was only aware of apt 15 and related repairs to apt 6, and that there had been numerous water shuts offs to the whole building.

"I spoke with city employee Chris today briefly around 3:30 p.m. about Mayor Eric Garcetti's vowed greater enforcement of primary renovation regulations"

He said he talked with the renovation contractor in the building and that the worker said they were working Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 p.m. only. Chris asked me was that my experience and I said "no", that the contractors have been here numerous times until 9 p.m. at night and also on Saturdays. I quoted to Chris the hours of 8 am - 5 pm Monday thru Friday that were emailed/letter to me from Catherine Gaba and Charles Garcia. I told him I was told by Gaba that workers would be fined if they were on the property doing primary renovations outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday. This was also told to the resident Manager who was [name redacted]  at the time. I told Chris there should be some consideration of other tenant's habitability since this 1522 Hi Point property is not a vacant lot.

"...the contractors have been here numerous times until 9 p.m. at night and also on Saturdays..."

Chris said he was not aware of the exact hours that govern primary renovations in the building, but he would check on it. He was not aware of who Catherine Gaba or Charles Garcia are. All rights reserved. [Tenant name and address redacted]

[Editor: Under Mayor Eric Garcetti, why is there a Housing Inspector who doesn't know the hours of primary renovations in a rent control building? Do not re-elect Garcetti]

[Editor: This email was sent to property owner Walter Barratt of Hi Point Apts , LLC, LB Property Management's Julie Cross, and the rent stabilization department. ]

Updated Feb. 8, 2017

[text of voicemail left for city employee Hector at HCIDLA Los Angeles]

"This call is for Hector at Los Angeles HCID your phone number is 213-252-2807 and I'm returning your call of February 6 at 10:21 a.m. . This is [tenant #9] at 1522 Hi Point Street 90035 and my phone number is [redacted] . The history of Los Angeles code enforcement is a history of racism." "You did not say in your voicemail but I assume you're calling about code enforcement complaint 611735. My question to you and since you did not leave it on your voicemail to me is , is there a CFO certificate of occupancy for 1522 Hi Point Street Apartments 90035? There were 18 Apartments five of them were vacant that left 13 Apartments - 3 so that's about 10 Apartments minus one = nine apartments that were renovated in this building, about 2 years ago, the permits were applied for while the tenants were still living here, but there were no THPs I assume your know that THP means tenant habitability plan. Now apartment 15  is being renovated. Is there a thp for apartment 15 I will be seeking a public records act request but until I do so I need to know from you does this building have a certificate of occupancy , number 1,  and number 2 is there a THP for the tenant and for the apartment number 15 thank you. I'm pretty sure I have this other information correct but I need you to also verify are the hours of primary renovation 8 o'clock to 5 o'clock p.m. Monday through Friday 8 o'clock a.m. to 5 o'clock p.m. Monday through Friday  in this  tenant occupied building per the instructions of Catherine Gaba of the Los Angeles building and safety department , I need you to verify are those the hours that the primary renovation crew has been told they are to adhere to in this building thank you and in apt 15. This message is being left February 8th 2017 at about 10:35 p.m. thank you."

Updated December 24 2016

Certainly tenants who are white at the property, and the non-Blacks, have the use and benefit of intercom and parking stall, and certainly those tenants reasonably and justifiably place significant and substantial importance on such housing services since they signed the lease and pay over $1700 per month for such housing services. I can hear the voices of those now long dead Blacks in Alabama, ‘Oh, Mister Charlie, I just want me an Intercom boss, and some maintenance, and maybe a parking spot for my car, I am on my knees begging you boss.’ And the white plantation owner smiles down on the Darky and whips him for daring to ask a question. Well what year was that? 2015? The plantation owner continues, ‘And don’t even think of going to court, Boy, cause we gonna lynch you before you get there!’ Taken from "How does a Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite Black American qualify for intercom?"  Click here to see page

Update June 14 2016

More questions about practices of Hi Point Apts LLC et al. in the conspiracy and retaliation against Civil Rights 

[from tenant name redacted] Tue 6/14/2016 11:04 PM Inbox To:Alan Chen ; Ali Maintenance ; Karina Arabolaza ; Colin Kumabe ; RSO Contact ; contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov ; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org ; Hi Point Resident Manager Cynthia Ogan ; Da Lacounty Info ; fair housing doj ; George Cerda ; Harmon, Debbie L ; Agent Walter Barratt Hi Point Apts LLC ; Justice Department ; Leila Ajalova ; Hi Point Apts LLC agent C Renfrew ; Rangi, Ravi@DFEH ; reyes@reyescontractor.com ; Richard Brinson ; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org ; Cc:  Charles Garcia ; David Greene ; raymond.chan@lacity.org ; Rep. Karen Bass ; Rep. Karen Bass ; deron.williams@lacity.org ; Larry Galstian ; Lincoln Lee ; sylvia.lacy@lacity.org ; Ifa Kashefi ; Steve Ongele ; Karen Penera ; Jeff Paxton ; steve.davey@lacity.org ; Rodney Arias ; LAHD RSO ; giovani.dacumos@lacity.org ; The Torture Chamber at Hi Point Apts Los Angeles Rent Control Building  To Whom It May Concern and Mayor Eric Garcetti, Governor Jerry Brown, Kevin Kish, and Rushmore Cervantes:

As a Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black, I continue to be denied housing services of a working intercom and tandem parking stall.

"Government Code 12927. As used in this part in connection with housing accommodations,  unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context: (c) (1) "Discrimination" includes refusal to sell, rent, or lease housing accommodations....includes refusal to negotiate for the sale, rental, or lease of housing accommodations...."  [emphasis added] Civil code section "3483. Every successive owner of property who neglects to abate a continuing nuisance upon, or in the use of, such property, created by a former owner, is liable therefor in the same manner as the one who first created it."  Civil Code 3484. The abatement of a nuisance does not prejudice the right of any person to recover damages for its past existence. Federal law Sec. 804. [42 U.S.C. 3604] Discrimination in sale or rental of housing and other prohibited practices As made applicable by section 803 of this title and except as exempted by sections 803(b) and 807 of this title, it shall be unlawful-- (b) To discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection therewith, because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.  I will quote what the DFEH said on May 18 2016 that Hi Point Apts LLC said. I ask that Hi Point Apts LLC immediately notify me in writing by non-electronic means if any part of what the DFEH said Hi Point Apts LLC said is incorrect. The alleged words of Hi Point Apts LLC are not authenticated. 1. WHAT THE DFEH SAID MAY 18 [Note that the DFEH made its decision May 18 2016 without giving me fair due process opportunity to review the position of Hi Point Apts LLC.]  “The Respondents asserted none of the intercoms in the building were working when they took over management, but they began installing working intercoms as tenants vacated the premises and they had a chance to renovate the empty units.” [My position: denial of full and equal accommodations, terms, conditions, privileges and advantages due to race, Black, and age. Denial of a housing service of repairs due to race, Black, and age. 42 U.S.C. 3604(b). Refusal to negotiate for rental. Retaliation because I complained.]  “They [Respondents] stated the four units with non-working intercoms, including your apartment, are occupied by long term tenants, which is why those units continue to have intercoms that do not work.” [My position: denial of full and equal accommodations, terms, conditions, privileges and advantages due to race, Black, and age. Denial of a housing service of repairs due to race, Black, and age. 42 U.S.C. 3604(b). Refusal to negotiate for rental. Retaliation because I complained.]  3. There are 18 apartments in the building. There are 20 parking stalls. Who are the extra two parking stalls assigned to and what was the qualifications for assigning tenants to the extra stalls? 4. SCEP specific mission..... "To identify and facilitate the abatement of physical conditions and characteristics of substandard and unsanitary residential buildings and dwelling units which render them unfit or unsafe for human occupancy and habitation, and which conditions and characteristics are such as to be detrimental to or jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of their occupants and of the public"...... Why hasn't the SCEP inspection cited the owner for the non-working intercoms? Why are tenants forced to reimburse for the SCEP fee when parts of the intercom system are non- operational? Why has the city given the owner SCEP approval and ignored the non-working intercoms?

5. One of the purposes of the intercom system is for security and safety. Why does the owner, city, county, and state government entities continue to allow and create unsafe conditions at 1522 Hi Point Street Apartments due to the lack of fully operational intercom system? 

6. Please verify. On or about November 26 2014, tenants [apt 9] occupied apartment 9. On or around that date the apt 9 tenants experienced a kitchen sink blockage of which the owner maintenance agent came out and repaired. On that date of November 26, 2014, the apartment 9 was occupied; maintenance crews had a chance to make repairs. 7. Please verify. On or about May 26 2015, tenants [apt 9] occupied apartment 9. On or around that date the apt 9 tenant [apt 9]  witnessed an electrician at the front of the building working on the intercom system. On that date of May 26 2015, the apartment 9 was occupied; maintenance crews had a chance to make repairs. 8. The owner of the property has failed in his duty to act in a reasonable manner. 9. It is recognized under state civil code 1942.4 (a) (3) an owner generally has about 35 days to "abate the nuisance or repair the substandard conditions."  10. That the owner has had well over 35 days to abate the nuisance or repair or replace the non- working intercoms. 11. The owner has failed in his duty to act in good faith. 12. The owner of the property has failed to offer to apt 9 tenants an additional services contract for the intercom and tandem parking that complies with all applicable laws and is not an illegal and unilateral rent increase. 13. Please list any members of the Los Angeles city council who are Ku Klux Klan members. 14. Please list any members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who are Ku Klux Klan members.

15. Please list any members of the cabinet of Governor Edmund G. Brown who are Ku Klux Klan members.

16. Will there be any objection to Rev. Al Sharpton visiting 1522 Hi Point St 90035? 17. Will there be any objection to "Black Lives Matters" members visiting 1522 Hi Point St 90035? 18. "410.04 Housing services are services that are connected with the use or occupancy of a rental unit including, but not limited to, utilities (including light, heat, water and telephone), ordinary repairs or replacement, and maintenance including painting. The term also includes the provision of elevator service, laundry facilities and privileges, common recreational facilities, janitor service, resident manager, refuse removal, furnishings, food service, parking and any other benefits, privileges or facilities. (LAMC Sec. 151.02, Definition of Housing Services). " 19. Do all of you understand quoted RAC regulation 410.04 definition of Housing Services? 20. Which persons disagree with RAC regulation 410.04?

21. Please list on what dates tenants who are white moved into apartments, by number, between April 2014 and June 2016.

22. What is the relationship of Hi Point Apts LLC to Abady Holdings LLC? 23. Does Walter Barratt, as manager of Hi Point Apts LLC, have an ownership stake in Hi Point Apts LLC? 24. Please provide dates as to when apt 9 will be (1) provided with a working intercom/repair and (2) a tandem parking stall.

 25. Please provide an estimate of how many hours would it take to repair/replace the intercom in apartment 9.

26. Please indicate where it says in the rental agreement with apt 9 tenants and/or any city, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation, that Black "long term tenants" are not entitled to housing services in America. 27. Please indicate where it says in the rental agreement with apt 9 tenants and/or any city, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation, that Black tenants in America are not entitled to receive "working intercoms" until tenants vacate "the premises and" the owner has a "chance to renovate the empty units".  28. What state contractor permit or certification is needed to install an intercom system at 1522 Hi Point St? 29. How are the owner rules on the intercom installation and receiving parking stalls applied to all tenants in a fair manner? 30. How are rules made for the purpose of the owner complying with his legal obligations? A response from all parties, in writing by non-electronic means, is requested. All rights reserved. [tenant name, address, phone redacted] Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black c: Department of Fair Employment and Housing [re English Comprehension Unit]

Youtube Video "The Torture Chamber at Hi Point Apts Los Angeles Rent Control Building "

Update March 19 2016

Hi Point Apts is Unsanitary, Substandard, and Unsafe

LA county Public Health Feb 10 2016 have said they have no authority over the wiring in the 1522 Hi Point St 90035 building. Health and Safety code 17920.3 sections(a)(13) and (d) and (i) give the city and county employees jurisdiction, but as of March 16 talk with city code enforcement, and after over two years of defective security system intercom wiring, government employees maintain they have no jurisdiction under H & S code 17920.3. City employee Richard Brinson, Le Taun J. Cotton, Veronica Bauchman, David Burkhead, Richard Jackson, and Udo O. Nwachuku all claim the city and county employees have no jurisdiction to enforce defective and improperly maintained wiring. click here to read "Tenant News" Since there is general dilapidation abandoned vehicle and improper maintenance of the wiring and construction materials, the Health and Safety code 17920.3 declares the building to be "unsanitary" and "substandard" and "unsafe". Tenant security is at risk.

Click for Youtube Video on Hi Point Apts

Update March 16 2016

Talk with Los Angeles Code Enforcement

Call to HCIDLA Lateesha and John at 11:11 a.m. city Los Angeles employees. March 16 2016. Seven minutes and fifteen seconds call. HCID: Code enforcement. How may I help you? TENANT #9: Good morning. [Tenant] calling. I am trying to reach Lateesha. HCID: Speaking. How can I help you? TENANT #9: Uh, this is in reference to code enforcement complaint 562623. And you are not rent control. You are code enforcement? HCID: Correct. TENANT #9: Ok, well I have been trying to get an inspector out to the property. We do have a manager that is available ; she has the keys to get in. That is what I am calling about. I gave you the code [complaint] number. HCID: Is this regarding the intercom system? TENANT #9: It is regarding the wiring system to the building, yes.
HCID: That is not something we would address. You have to speak with rent stabilization in regards to that. TENANT #9: Are you saying code enforcement does not have jurisdiction over wiring under the [state] Health and Safety code? HCID: What I am going to do is transfer you to the senior inspector and you can speak with him. Hold on. TENANT #9: Ok. Thank you. HCID: Good morning. This is John. How can I help you? TENANT #9: John, I understand you are the senior inspector. JOHN: I am one of them. TENANT #9: Ok. This is [tenant name and phone redacted] and I just talked to Lateesha, she referred me to you, and I guess we are having a little dispute here because she said that she was going to refer me to you and you were going to tell me that your department does not have jurisdiction over the [state] Health and Safety code in terms of wiring in the building. JOHN: That is all gonna depend on what we are talking about as far as the wiring goes. Do you have an address or case number? TENANT #9: Well, we are actually talking about wiring to the intercom system to cut to the chase here so I can give you the code enforcement case number yes.... JOHN: Okay.
TENANT #9: The code enforcement case number is 562623. JOHN: Ok. Hold on just a second. It is not coming up under that number. Let me try a different way. Is it on Hi Point? TENANT #9: Yes sir. JOHN: 1522? TENANT #9: Yes sir. JOHN: Ok. TENANT #9: I might just tell you that I did have an inspector come out from the county and he said the wiring was under the jurisdiction of the city and he did witness that the intercom to certain apartments does not work. It is not an intercom for the apartment itself [room to room]; its an intercom that connects to the front of the building, connected to the wiring, it is not battery operated or anything, connected to the wiring for the entire building..... JOHN: I am reading notes here. I am not ignoring you. TENANT #9: That is ok. JOHN: Have you been talking to Mr. [Richard] Brinson, Mr. Vane, Mr. Escobar? TENANT #9: I have been in touch with them [Brinson] in the past but I have not talked to them directly. They have been out to the building for other apartments, other repairs, but I have not talked to them directly myself.
JOHN: I kinda remember this. This complaint came past our desk not too long ago. Our chief inspector said we do not enforce the intercom system. TENANT #9: Ok, but you do enforce the wiring. I am just disagreeing with you here because I am going to put in a complaint every month that the intercom is not addressed because it is the wiring to our apartment and the intercom is at the front of the building, other apartments have a working intercom so, I have read the Health and Safety code backwards and forwards and it does not say that you guys do not have jurisdiction. JOHN: It doesn't say we have jurisdiction? TENANT #9: No, I said it doesn't say you don't have jurisdiction over all wiring. JOHN: Uh, huh. TENANT #9: I know you are saying to me that you don't have jurisdiction but I don't see that in the Health and Safety code. JOHN: ...when our principal inspectors and our chief inspectors and they tell us we are not going to enforce the intercom system then no matter how many complaints you put in, they are just going to close the case, they are not going to be enforcing it..... TENANT #9: Do you enforce the wiring to the building would be the question? JOHN: That would more than likely be the wiring in the building for the outlets, lights, and things like that. TENANT #9: Right, but I am saying to you--- JOHN: ---we are not going to enforce that----- your intercom system is going to be a low voltage system and we are not going to enforce that--- TENANT #9:
It is the same wiring sir. It is not separate wiring that goes outside the building, goes across the street, its the same wiring system going to the lights and the electrical outlets--- JOHN: Well, the intercom system is going to be a low voltage system, not a wired system---- TENANT #9: Yes, I understand that you are making that up, but that is not in the Health and Safety Code. JOHN: Well, I am just telling you too what was talked about here in the office and we have even went and talked to rent investigators on the other side of the office and we have been told we are not going to enforce the intercom system on this building. TENANT #9: Well, I am just clarifying that you are saying you are not enforcing the Health and Safety code. I just need to clarify that--- JOHN: I am not saying the Health and Safety code. I am saying the intercom wiring system for this property. TENANT #9: I know that sir but when I read the Health and Safety code, it specifically mentions that you have jurisdiction---- JOHN: What is your name? TENANT #9: My name is [name and phone redacted], its on the complaint sir. So I am just clarifying, I mean you are telling me that you guys are not going to come out and inspect the wiring because you feel you don't have jurisdiction under the health and safety code--- JOHN: ---we are not going to inspect the intercom system---- TENANT #9: ---yes, and I am disagreeing with that. Just documenting what you are saying. JOHN: Ok. TENANT #9:
As long as I pay my rent, and as long as the intercom system is there, I am going to put in a complaint if it is not working. JOHN: That is your choice and we will just keep closing the complaint because I already told you that we are not going to inspect that. TENANT #9: I have talked to you and I have put you on notice. Have a good day.

Update August 2 2015

as emailed and posted to the internet: “My question to [Los Angeles] Mayor Eric Garcetti, Raymond Cervantes, Agassi Topchian* and Ian Yeom*, et al, is in these times of racial strife across this country of the United States, should any Black American be denied a housing service?”...in these times of racial strife across this country of the United States, should any Black American be denied a housing service?”

Update July 15 2015

"City of Los Angeles Housing Admits Role in Discriminatory Parking Assignments"

[Redacted Email]

"Request for Info to LAHCID and Property Owner- Supplement to HUD Case Number 25453FW- Internet Complaint & Derivative Complaint"

 [Tenant name redacted] Wed 7/15/15 11:32 PM Hi LLC (walter.barratt@gmail.com); RSO Contact (hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org); LAHD RSO (hcidla.rso@lacity.org); Cliff Renfrew (cliffrenfrew@gmail.com); Ali Maintenance (amozannar@gmail.com); Marilyn London (marilynlondonml@gmail.com) Debbie L. Harmon (debbie.l.harmon@hud.gov); councilmember.wesson@lacity.org (councilmember.wesson@lacity.org); Charles Floyd (thefirstjew@yahoo.com); Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd (thekushite@gmail.com); Justice Department (askdoj@usdoj.gov); contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov (contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov); HRC Info (info@housingrightscenter.org) To: Cc:

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Dear Parties: These sections are listed on the Rent Adjustment Commission regulations website: "410.04 Housing services are services that are connected with the use or occupancy of a rental unit including, but not limited to, utilities (including light, heat, water and telephone), ordinary repairs or replacement, and maintenance including painting. The term also includes the provision of elevator service, laundry facilities and privileges, common recreational facilities, janitor service, resident manager, refuse removal, furnishings, food service, parking and any other benefits, privileges or facilities. (LAMC Sec. 151.02, Definition of Housing Services)." "411.01 When a tenant makes a complaint that there has been a reduction in housing services in violation of housing codes related to habitability of a dwelling under California Health & Safety Code 17920.3 or 17920.10, the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investments Department will determine a corresponding reduction in rent under the Rent Escrow Account Program regulations (RAC Regulations 1200.00 et . seq)."  "411.02 When a tenant makes a complaint that there has been a reduction in housing services and those services do not correspond to the habitability of a dwelling under California Health & Safety Code 17920.3 or 17920.10, the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department will determine a corresponding reduction in rent under regulations 413.00 et seq. and 414.00 et. seq. below." [Emphasis Added] Your decision also proves the city government's admitted jurisdiction over the discriminatory assignment of parking lot stalls.

"I consider your statement as racial discrimination...."

The June 30 2015 notice of case closure from Raymond Chan's Armida Olguin-Flores states "habitability issues are outside the scope of the RSO". This is untrue according to your own RAC regulations 411.01 above. Why would you lie  to the Public? I consider your statement as racial discrimination as well as abuse of authority; abuse of discretion and non-compliance with RSO regulations, and making you liable under government code 815.6. 

"...you don't care who you hurt, do you?"

I remind you that the habitability complaint regarding the intercom, and intercom rent reduction complaint, also affects tenants in units 5, 8, 15, 18, 10, as well as myself #9. It is a crime that your decision to harm tenants includes the welfare of a child and a senior citizen; you don't care who you hurt, do you?

"...notice of case closure from Raymond Chan's Armida Olguin-Flores..."

The June 30 2015 notice of case closure from Raymond Chan's Armida Olguin-Flores states as your jurisdiction over discriminatory allocation of parking stalls, and your concerted directive to the owner: "The Landlord may opt to contract the "tandem" housing service as an additional housing service a rate determined by the landlord." I would like the owner of the property and Armida to post at the common area of the property a list of all parking stall assignments by apartment number. I also request that Armida and the property owner provide to me within 10 days a notarized declaration under penalty of perjury that provides the following: 1. What are the qualifications for a tenant to be assigned a tandem parking stall? 2. Which tenants by apartment number do not qualify for a tandem parking stall? 3. Which tenants by apartment number had their rent reduced because only single parking stalls were available? 4. How much was the rent reduced for tenants who did not receive a tandem parking stall? 5. Specify the fee for parking in the 1522 Hi Point lot and detail by corresponding apartment number, i.e apartment unit and fee for parking for that unit.

"...Are there any other qualifications for parking in the lot, i.e race, color, sex, source of income, etc.?"

6. Are there any other qualifications for parking in the lot, i.e race, color, sex, source of income, etc.? 7. What is Cliff Renfrew's employment title? 8. What employee is responsible for the assignment of parking stalls? 9. List any tenant(s)  whose assigned parking stalls were changed at the tenant's request and the date of that change. 10. How is first come first served applied to the assignment of parking stalls? 11. Why does the LAHCID call the "tandem"an "additional housing service"? Additional to what? 12. Is LAHCID aware that parking enforcement has already established a definition for the "tandem" stall? 13. Which tenants qualify for an additional housing service and which tenants do not qualify for an additional housing service?

"...What are the specific rates for this "additional" housing service?

14. What are the specific rates for this "additional" housing service? 15. What city regulation authorizes the city LAHCID to bestow such authority on the owner stating  that he can establish rates that are not authorized under the 3% and 1% and 1% annual rent increases? 16. When, where, and what date has the owner posted the additional housing service tandem stall rates for all tenants to see? 17. Which parking stall(s) by number at 1522 Hi Point is the "additional" housing stall? All rights reserved.  Due to the June 30 intentional acts of LAHCID to cause harm to tenants, I am adding additional damages to the claim against the city government of Los Angeles.  /s/ [Tenant Name redacted] 1522 Hi Point St ref: "City Los Angeles Housing Admits Role in Discriminatory Parking Assignments" c: Karen Bass, Lois Wolk [Editor Note: Even President Barack Obama speaks of increased racial discrimination in America. Talk is cheap. What is the President going to do to end discrimination at 1522 Hi Point St [Hi Point Apts LLC? The President should put his money where his mouth is.]

Update June 25 2015

"If Not for Racism-"

Complaints Against LAHCID and Hi Point Apts LLC

From: [Tenant] Sent: Thu 6/25/15 1:07 PM To: RSO Contact (hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org); LAHD RSO (hcidla.rso@lacity.org); councilmember.wesson@lacity.org (councilmember.wesson@lacity.org); Marilyn London (marilynlondonml@gmail.com) Cc: Charles Floyd (thefirstjew@yahoo.com); Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd (thekushite@gmail.com); Noah DFEH (noah.frigault@dfeh.ca.gov); Ali Maintenance (amozannar@gmail.com)

Dear LAHCID/Code enforcement/City government of Los Angeles:

Raymond Chan, Director. If Not for Racism. 1. I am still denied a housing service/privilege tandem parking stall. 2. I have still not received a reduction in rent due to loss of parking stall from stall #14 to stall #8, a tandem stall to a single stall 3. I am still denied a housing service and habitability working intercom 4. The owner miscalculated the annual 3% rent increase for June 1 and I have notified him and LAHCID. I will forward you a copy of the rent check cashed June 1 2015. The owner has not made the correction or provided a rent reduction. 5. I am still denied a rent reduction due to loss of working intercom. 6. Each month I pay rent on the 1st is an illegal rent increase 7. I have not received a rent reduction due to shared utilities. 8. I have not received treble damages due [to] the rent stabilization ordinance violations stated herein. 9. I have also been damaged by illegal cumulative rent increases 10. A lack of response from all parties to these issues has violated my quiet enjoyment of the apartment unit

I believe the reason why the owner has refused to comply with  the above and the reason why the LAHCID has refused to protect me from the risk of injury in this regard above is because I am Black, and because I have complained that the RAC and property owner/agents are racist towards me.

I have written LAHCID numerous times over the past 13 months, as well as left voicemails, and first class mail. There still has been no good faith response/resolve. How do you suggest we resolve this matter? If I call you every hour, will that help resolve this? If I come to LAHCID headquarters every hour, will that help resolve this matter? If I come down to LAHCID and picket in front with a poster that states "LAHCID Racist Against Blacks", will that help resolve this matter?

If not for racism, what is the reason why the LAHCID has refused to enforce the city rent stabilization regulations as regards the above complaints?

Please respond in writing by first class mail today. All rights reserved. [Tenant- name and address redacted] c: Mike Feuer, City attorney; State Bar Complaint; Site manager Marilyn London, via email above Mayor and City Council via email to council president Wesson above; California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Update June 17 2015

[Via Email June 11; Via voicemail June 17; Via voicemail on assorted other dates] "This is tenant apt 9 on June 18 2015 to Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council, Hi Point Apts LLC, and LAHCID. Under 42 USC 1983, the Ku Klux Klan Act, “Every person who, … subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress”. Under the California Unruh Act, “all persons are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments, including both private and public entities. The Unruh Civil Rights Act protects all persons against arbitrary and unreasonable discrimination by a business establishment.” I am a person that is "entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments.” As a person, I have been denied, and continue to be denied, "full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services” due to the arbitrary and unreasonable denial of a tandem parking stall, denial of working intercom, and denial of rent reduction due to loss of housing services, and due to illegal rent increases by Hi Point Apts LLC in conspiracy with the LAHCID. My quiet enjoyment and habitability of the premises, which habitability is under the jurisdiction of LAHCID, has also been damaged. I need the intercom to be fixed today and rent reductions today. T-O-D-A-Y. Today is June 18 and this is tenant Apt 9 at 1522 Hi Point St 90035. All rights reserved. Please respond by first class mail." [There has been no written response after numerous communications like the above one over the last 12 months. "None Dare Call It Conspiracy."] Try this voicemail link of the message left at Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department. Voice message June 17 -18 to LAHCID

Update May 20 2015

[The following redacted letter was received by the city Housing and Community Investment Department ("HCID"), Mayor and Council, and code enforcement Inspector Green. There has been no written response from the City government.] MAY 20 2015 Code Enforcement Inspector Green LAHCID 1200 West 7th Street 8th Floor Los Angeles,  CA   90017 VIA USPS PRIORITY MAIL _________________________________________________________ 42 U.S.C. § 1983, commonly referred to as "section 1983" provides:

The Ku Klux Klan Act

"Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia." Inspector Green: I received your voicemail of May 12, 2015 left at about 10:13 a.m. You referenced the inspection that was set for May 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. and you said that inspecting the intercom wiring is outside of your jurisdiction. You referred me to your supervisor Garcia and gave the phone number 310-996-1725. I disagree with your position. I hope to have some news media out here Tuesday May 26 and I will be videotaping so I hope you can attend. The keypad intercom is your jurisdiction because it is a housing service that needs to be maintained. An HCID hearing officer has established that HCID does have jurisdiction over the intercom wiring. HCID case 050505. I have also asked HCID to investigate is the wiring for the hallway lighting common area and the outside lighting existing wiring or new wiring. Further: If you come out to the property on May 26, and not for the purpose of inspection but harassment and retaliation because as a Black tenant I complained of housing discrimination, I will consider calling the police to charge trespassing.

"...landlords cannot circumvent their obligations under the RSO..."

Someone has been calling various tenants saying that they represent the city of Los Angeles and that they are trying to get tenants to accept a buyout, such buyout I believe to be void under the LAMC. “Generally, landlords cannot circumvent their obligations under the RSO through the tenant's acquiescence or agreement.” (Gombiner v. Swartz (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 1365, 1372 [85 Cal.Rptr.3d 83].). If said person does represent the city of Los Angeles government I consider such action to be conspiracy to violate tenant’s rights prohibited under 42 USC section 1983. LAMC SEC. 151.10.  REMEDIES. [re Rent Stabilization Ordinance] D.   Any agreement, whether written or oral, waiving any of the provisions contained in this Article shall be void as contrary to public policy.  (Added by Ord. No. 181,744, Eff. 7/15/11.) I quote below your department’s mission statement. Your voicemail indicates that such mission statement does not apply to me as a Black Kushite male, but it should apply to my tenancy.

Your department has jurisdiction over  “all wiring”

Your department has jurisdiction over “all wiring”;   H&S code “17920.3 (d) All wiring, except that which conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation if it is currently in good and safe condition and working properly.” Thus, your statement that you do not have jurisdiction is incorrect. If you have a city, county, state or federal law or regulation that supports your position, Mr. Green, please supply it to me. California Code of Regulations Title 19 Public Safety I believe mentions intercoms and cites as authority the Health and Safety Codes of California. The Los Angeles County Code mentions that a “permit shall be obtained for the power supplies required” for intercoms; it also states that all electrical “materials, devices, appliances” shall be in conformity. Sections 82-3 and 83-2. As well as wiring, an intercom is considered a housing services essential to habitability; your website LAHCID lists a habitability complaints under the code enforcement section; thus you do have authority to investigate and inspect the intercom under a habitability complaint. Your voicemail is not acceptable as a resolution. All rights are reserved. Sincerely, [Tenant- name redacted] May 20 2015 "It is the mission of the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department Code Enforcement Division to identify and facilitate the abatement of physical conditions and characteristics of substandard and unsanitary residential buildings and dwelling units which render them unfit or unsafe for human occupancy and habitation, and which conditions and characteristics are such as to be detrimental to or jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of their occupants and of the public."       "The existence of such substandard buildings and dwelling units threatens the physical, social and economic stability of sound residential buildings and areas, and of their supporting neighborhood facilities and institutions; necessitates disproportionate expenditures of public funds for remedial action; impairs the efficient and economical exercise of governmental powers and functions; and destroys the amenity of residential areas and neighborhoods and of the community as a whole." "For these reasons it is the policy of the Code Enforcement Division to protect and promote the existence of sound and wholesome residential buildings, dwelling units and neighborhoods by enforcement of such standards, regulations and procedures that will remedy the existence or prevent the development or creation of dangerous, substandard, or unsanitary and deficient residential buildings and dwelling units."

The Ku Klux Klan Act

Update May 9 2015

Police Called After Tenant

Claims "Racism" at Hi Point Apts

May 9 2015 Via email: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council c/o City Clerk The Office of the City Attorney 800 City Hall East Claims section 200 N. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 Via Email Address and US Mail Via LAHD RSO (hcidla.rso@lacity.org); RSO Contact (hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org) Los Angeles Housing Department Rent Stabilization Division-Case Analysis Rushmore D. Cervantes, General Manager Javier Nunez Raymond D. Chan Frank Bush Jeffery J. Daar, Chairperson Tai Glenn, Vice Chairperson Jose Oliva Carole Brogdon Leonora Gershman PittsPaula Leftwich Jane Paul Armida Olguin-Flores, Investigator Araceli Sophia Gonzalez, Supervisor HCIDLA PO Box 57398 Los Angeles CA 90057-0398 Via email: teri.houston@dfeh.ca.gov Via email: contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov Department of Fair Employment and Housing 2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100 Elk Grove, CA 95758

Hi Point Apts LLC Retaliates 

Against Tenant Who Claimed Racism

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council at al.: On Friday, May 8, 2015,  about 10:30 a.m. Los Angeles Police were called to 1522 Hi Point Street after a tenant fell victim to the effects of racial discrimination. Cliff Renfrew, a white,  called the police after an African American tenant made repeated claims of racism that Hi Point Apts LLC had refused to respond to. Renfrew’s action is viewed as retaliation because the African American tenant complained to the city government housing department of racial discrimination. No charges were filed by the Police. Renfrew is an employee of Hi Point Apts LLC’s Gianni Capaldi and Walter Barratt. Do you live at 1522 Hi Point Street? Vous habitez à 1522 Salut Point de rue ? Sincerely, [Name redacted] Tenant c: Select tenants, Housing Rights Center

Update April 28 2015

The Whites Only Intercom*

 at 1522 Hi Point St 90035

2014-7-16 Intercom and Keypad

*Based on the fact that 80% of tenants that are white have a working intercom while 80% of Blacks have been denied a working intercom. The owner of the property Hi Point Apts LLC Walter Barratt and Cliff Renfrew can be reached at 310-895-6693 or walter.barratt@gmail.com or 310-339-4475 or cliffrenfrew@gmail.com.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and all council members have also been asked for assistance to fight racism at the property. What do you think Mayor Garcetti has done to combat gentrification discrimination in Los Angeles?

Walter Barratt and Cliff Renfrew et al. seem very proud of the fact they can deny housing benefits and inflict so much pain on Blacks at the property. Racism seems fun to them.

The owners and agents and maintenance have been aware since April 2014 that all intercoms are not in working order. See elsewhere on this site a review of today's inspection by Los Angeles code enforcement LADBS of the property. Lawyers anticipate that across the country in a few short years riots over housing discrimination will become as commonplace as riots over police brutality. It seems that government agencies are unable to adequately address housing discrimination.  "Bought and Paid for".

Secretary of State California ID for Hi Point Apts is 201406410177.

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April 27, 2015

[redacted]

Illegal Rent Increase

[The Slum Lord is Unresponsive]

Hi Point Apts LLC                                                                                                                                   Walter Barratt and Cliff Renfrew                                                                                                            226 Carroll Canal                                                                                                                                Venice CA  90291-4578                                                                                                                       Via Email Address and US Mail Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council                                                                                                           c/o City Clerk                                                                                                                                       200 N. Main Street                                                                                                                                   Los Angeles, CA 90012 Via Email Address and US Mail Los Angeles Housing Department Rent Stabilization Division-Case Analysis Rushmore D. Cervantes, General Manager Javier Nunez Raymond D. Chan Frank Bush Jeffery J. Daar, Chairperson Tai Glenn, Vice Chairperson Jose Oliva Carole Brogdon Leonora Gershman PittsPaula Leftwich Jane Paul Armida Olguin-Flores, InvestigatorAraceli Sophia Gonzalez, Supervisor HCIDLA PO Box 57398 Los Angeles  CA   90057-0398

Re: HCIDLA case CE 128 134 re Illegal Rent Increase

All rights and remedies are reserved. I reserve the right to modify, revoke, or amend this email at any time. This email is not intended as a remedy or resolution of any claims against the parties named. Pending Claims against this property Hi Point Apts include but are not limited to, as of April 1, 2015:

        1. Owed rent reduction due to non-working intercom
      • Owed rent reduction due to reduction in parking stalls
      • Illegal rent increase that occurs less than 12 months from the last rent increase
      • Owed rent reduction due to payment of common area electric outside apartment to hallways and outside of building. CC 1940.9

THE INTERCOM As of April 1, 2015, this lack of repaired housing service has not been    resolved. Code enforcement has been to the property numerous times over the last year, made inspections, issued at least two work stop orders, yet the intercom wiring remains un repaired.* Code enforcement has been in the apartment #9 at least two to three times in the last year. It is anticipated that code enforcement complaints will continue to be filed until the  repair is  completed. The owner and his agents have been repeatedly contacted and made no response; some courts have determined a lack of response on the owner’s part as violation of the tenant’s right to quiet enjoyment of the apartment; that the landlord’s lack of   response creates an unreasonable interference with the tenant’s comfort, safety, or enjoyment of the rental unit. ILLEGAL RENT INCREASE The owner served a rent increase dated April 24 2014 for $1193.96, as copied to HCIDLA. On Feb 19, 2015, less than 12 months from the 2014 rent increase, the owner agent served a “30 day notice  change of terms in tenancy”, demanding rent of  $1211.04, about a 1/2 percent increase in rent; an increase less than 12 months from the last rent increase is prohibited     under rent stabilization regulations. On April 21, 2015, the owner served another rent increase notice for 5% to bring the rent to $1274.35.  The April 21 rent increase is further illegal because it raises the rent over the  allowed 5% since the rent had already been raised on February 19, 2015. The owner is requested to make the proper refund or reduction in rent, not withstanding the illegal rent     increase regarding the parking stalls and lack of working intercom. A March 31, 2015 city government response to public records act request does not show that the owner acquired the rent control certificate renewal prior to the February 28 2015 deadline, nor has he served such certificate on Apt 9 prior to the April 21, 2015 demand for rent increase due June 1, 2015. Municipal Code section 151.05.A. Further the owner’s calculation of the rent is incorrect. The attached   notice, without waiver of any other objections herein,  demands $1274.35. The correct calculation, without waiver of any other objections herein, should be $1270.56. Even if the owner corrects the calculation to $1270.56, it will still be an illegal rent increase based on the objections stated herein.  California Civil Code Section 1940.9   [Shared Utilities ] As of rent demanded and paid April 1, 2015, Hi Point Apts LLC still is not in compliance with civil code section 1940.9. A local government like HCIDLA does not have the authority to deny Apt 9 tenants the protection of state law in this regard herein. A local government like HCIDLA does not have the authority to take any actions that violate state law civil code 1940.9. “If the landlord pays all the costs of electricity and/or gas services for a rental unit” then he can increase the rent an additional 1% for each service. RAC 151.06.  Written evidence was previously provided to HCID that the owner advertised that “all units are master metered. However, a $100 per month fee applies.” This was enough evidence previously     provided to RAC that someone other than the landlord was paying the utility bills. I note that this notice was never given to me, I only saw it on the internet. It is also clear under CC 1940.9 that the state law does not intend for me as a tenant to pay for any electric and gas service outside of my dwelling unit and that the owner has to make “mutually agreed in writing” arrangements, yet the owner has made no attempt to reimburse me or reduce the rent in view of the requirements of state civil code  section 1940.9. The owner is requested  to make the rent reduction in accordance with state civil code section 1940.9. All rights and remedies are reserved. I reserve the right to modify, revoke, or amend this email at any time. This email is not intended as a remedy or resolution of any claims against the parties named. Sincerely yours, Tenant 1522 HI POINT STREET LOS ANGELES   CA   90035 attached: Notice of Change in  Terms of Tenancy dated April 21, 2105 from Hi Point Apts LLC. * Excerpt California Health and Safety Code: 17920.3.  Any building or portion thereof including any dwelling unit, guestroom or suite of rooms, or the premises on which the same is located, in which there  exists any of the following listed conditions to an extent that endangers the life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public or the occupants thereof shall be deemed and hereby is declared to be a substandard building: (a) Inadequate sanitation shall include, but not be limited to,the following: (10) Lack of required electrical lighting.  (b) Structural hazards shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (c) Any nuisance. (d) All wiring, except that which conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation if it is currently in good and safe condition and working properly.[emphasis added]

[City Code Enforcement inspectors Green and Garcia claimed circa May 20 2015 that LAHCID has no authority over "all wiring", a non-compliance with their obligations under the Health and Safety Code.]

Update April 19 2015

Tenants Call Rent Increase "Discrimination"

Tenants appeared April 15 2015 at a Public Hearing to protest rent increases at 1522 Hi Point Apts 90035. Key issues concerning the rent increase are door entry system keypads, exterior building paint, automatic security gate, timber clad, and exterior and interior lighting. Hi Point Apts LLC agent Walter Barratt thru Cliff Renfrew testified the door entry system is not connected to the intercom, that the exterior of the building is about 11,000 square feet, that the owner did not need a permit to install an electric automatic security gate, that timber clad was installed to highlight the building address, and that the owner installed new light fixtures inside and out. Tenants objected saying  that the owner claimed the keypad-intercom system is only for select tenants providing photo evidence that the intercom is not connected to all of the eighteen apartments and that the keypad code was only provided to select tenants 10 months after the alleged repairs, that the exterior of the building is only 7316 square feet per the CFO, that the owner did not get a permit for the brick wall or security gate motor before the repairs were completed, that the timber clad does not primarily benefit the tenants, and that the installation of light bulbs is routine maintenance and not entitled to capital improvement increase. City regulations provide that the owner provide "evidence of the actual purchase price of the improvement." Tenants complained that the owner did not supply documentation of the actual purchase price of materials for any of the improvements, and that the building already had light fixtures in and out.  The city government housing analyst Scott Matsunaga failed to determine the average cost in the designated zip code for repairs,  excluding the exterior painting of the building. The appeal hearing officer decision is pending. This was an administrative hearing. Tenants called the actions of the owner and the actions of the city government "discrimination" , presumably under the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

UPDATE APRIL 18 2015

Dated: April 18, 2015 via email to HCIDLA

City Govt Denial of Equal Protection

To Araceli Sophia Gonzalez:

I understand you are the supervisor of Armida Olguin-Flores, and also work under Raymond Chan.

I have not received anything further from you regarding complaints against Hi Point Apts LLC:

1. Illegal rent increase due to rent increase less than 12 months from last increase

2. Rent reduction due to removal of parking stall

3. Rent reduction due to lack of repaired intercom

In addition, select tenants in apartments 10, 18, 8, 15, 5, and 6 complain:

1. Illegal rent increase due to failure of owner to provide refund due to lack of resident manager

2. Illegal rent increase due to non-working intercom

3. Lack of working intercom

These issues have been brought to your attention repeatedly.

Your failure to act on behalf of the tenant complaints constitute [actionable] violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution which states:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

It is clear that this matter needs federal intervention.

Is there some part of this email that you do not understand?

The tenants at this building want immediate relief without further delay and unlawful discrimination from your department.

Please contact me by mail today. A phone call is not acceptable as a resolution.

From Tenant at 1522 Hi Point

Update March 25, 2015

 Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles- told of Racism at Hi Point Apts 

[The property owner and Mayor and Council have been unresponsive.

Code enforcement unable to get the intercom fixed. ]

March 25, 2015 Board of Building and Safety Commissioners Department of Building and Safety Javier Nunez Raymond D. Chan Frank Bush HCIDLA Rent Adjustment Commission Jeffery J. Daar, Chairperson Tai Glenn, Vice Chairperson Jose Oliva Carole Brogdon Leonora Gershman Pitts Paula Leftwich Jane Paul Armida Olguin-Flores, Investigator Araceli Sophia Gonzalezso P.O. Box 17340, Los Angeles, CA 90017-0340 Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council at al.:

Failure by Property Owner to Maintain and Repair Intercom System

Request for Court Injunction and Rent Reduction

This issue has been previously brought to the attention of the Mayor and Council, the rent control department HCID, and to the attention of the property owner Walter Barratt of Hi Point Apts LLC. There has not been a resolution. Taken from an email to you HCID RSO August 24, 2014, “Based on a notice received April 25 2014 by tenants in apartment number nine, engineers were inspecting the door entry system at 1522 Hi Point Street. According to the complaint of the tenant, the door entry system has not been maintained and has not been fixed.” “Pursuant to the RAC (Regulations Adjustment Commission) section 413.01,  in evaluating the amount of rent reduction that may be reasonable only compensated for the loss of the specific housing services,  HCID will consider the extent to which the rent and housing service affects the tenant given rent and rent paid.” “Los Angeles municipal code section 151.02 defines  Housing Services as services connected with the use of occupancy of a rental unit including, but not limited to, utilities (including light heat water and telephone) , ordinary repairs or replacement,  and maintenance, including painting. This term shall also include the probation of elevator service, laundry facilities and privileges, common recreational facilities, janitor service, resident manager, Refuse removal, furnishings, food-service, parking and other benefits privileges or facilities. Chapter XV of the Los Angeles municipal code Rent Stabilization ordnance, effective in the city of Los Angeles, requires that where there is a reduction in housing services there must be a corresponding decrease and equal to the reduction in the monthly cost to the landlord of the service, divided by the number of units deprived of that service.” Key points: * This is a racially motivated situation. * The City is requested to pay the effected tenants and seek a court lien against the 1522 Hi Point Street property for reimbursement treble damages. The municipal code permits the city to make payment to the tenants and seek a lien against the property. * Effected tenants are entitled to treble damages and a rent reduction from April 2014 forward * The intercom for apartments #9, 8, 6, 10, 15, 5, 18 remains un repaired even though city code enforcement has inspected the property numerous times since April 2014 * Rents paid by tenants with the un repaired intercom represent an illegal rent increase that has been sanctioned by city government officials under HCID and the Mayor’s office The last illegal rent increase collected from affected tenants occurred on March 1, 2015. Please make restitution today to the affected tenants and take legal action against the owner Walter Barratt and HI Point Apts LLC. All rights reserved. I reserve the right to pursue this issue in a claim for damages against the city of Los Angeles based on new evidence of the illegal rent paid on March 1, 2015. Sincerely, [name redacted] Tenant c: Select tenants, Housing Rights Center, employee Norman Koplin, HCIDLA, Code enforcement [emphasis added]

UPDATE March 24, 2015

Faircrest Heights Graffiti and Million Dollar Homes Next to McDonalds

Graffiti on Hi Point

Lingering Problems at Hi Point Apts in Faircrest Heights

Owner Walter Barratt still refuses a rent refund for tenants who were without a resident manager for about four months last spring at the 1522 Hi Point Street property (90035). Even though rent control ruled tenants were entitled to a refund, the owner still have not given the refund to six tenants. The Legal Aid Foundation and the Housing Rights Center seem unable to help the tenants, many of whom are African American. When the HCIDLA’s Armida Olguin-Flores was contacted, she said tenants must put in individual complaints and explain what happened. She ignored two tenant complaints previously filed with her. She refused to explain why she herself has not paid the tenants, and under rent control authority put a lein against the property for the amount paid to the tenants. It was Olguin-Flores who made the written ruling that tenants were entitled to the refund, but now she refuses to assist six other tenants in getting the refund. Her supervisor is Araceli Sophia Gonzalez. Her phone: 213-252-1425.

Black Tenants Object to Rent Increase

The city Gestapo HCIDLA granted a rent increase to the owner. Black tenants continue to protest the increase while the city government refused to hold the required hearing within 30 days. The city housing department granted a rent increase that included an exorbitant $2,575 for a piece of timber clad siding, and $1780 for replacing about twelve light bulbs on the property. The city government granted $480 for replacing key pads that were clearly for the benefit of primarily WHITES ONLY.  The gestapo housing department has refused to say why the hearing was not being held in 30 days even though it accepted the $35.00 fee for the hearing. The hearing officer at Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) is Norman Koplin. His phone is: 213-808-8681.

Rent Increase Complaint Filed Against Hi Point Apts

Another complaint was filed around February 28 2015 citing an illegal rent increase by the owner in that he is seeking a rent increase before twelve months has elapsed before the last increase, and the premature increase is cumulative. So far rent control and Housing Rights Center have refused to address the issues.

I asked that all Angelenos join me and contact Armida and her supervisor Araceli Sophia Gonzalezso at phone number 213-252-1425 and demand that she perform her duty to enforce rent control regulations against Hi Point Apartments LLC and demand that she assist all tenants without regard to race, color, creed, sex,national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. If Armida and her supervisor Araceli Sophia Gonzalezso cannot immediately comply with this demand and cease their Gestapo tactics on behalf of the Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council, then they should immediately resign from their positions with the city government of Los Angeles.

UPDATE News November 29, 2014 Applications for permit copies still Not Released Around September 26 2014 an open records act request was made for applications for permits that appeared on the LADBS website. After numerous requests to the Mayor and Council, LADBS, and Los Angeles Housing Department, still have not been supplied to the requestor. What is the City hiding about certificate of occupancy at 1522 Hi Point? What inspectors have been paid off? There are the application numbers in case you want to view them on line: No THP has been issued for the applications and the owner failed to attach primary renovation checklists to each application. LADBS refuses to say how the permits were approved without a primary renovation checklist. This is a long list of complaints against rent control and code enforcement regarding substandard conditions and rent control violations and retaliation at the property apparently at the direction of Mayor Eric Garcetti and council members. These are LADBS website numbers for applications for permits: 14042 30000 08909, 14041 30000 23841, 14042 30000 16615; a synopsis of each application appears on the city website but numerous city officials including the city council and city attorney Mike Feuer refuse to release copies? Why? Where is the Certificate of Occupancy? Apparently for some units at the property no certificate of occupancy was approved prior to the tenants moving in. Health and Safety violations have been reported at the property as well as numerous robberies. New Claim for Damages Names LADBS Employees All LADBS employees are named in a new damage claim against the city government dated November 25, 2014. Gentrification and Racism:  Targeted for Racism at 1522 Hi Point Street At least four African American  tenants have reported charges of housing discrimination to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council in communications Nov. 23 thru Nov. 29. The owner of the property and his employees continue to pit white tenants against African American tenants in escalating retaliation at the property. City Housing Officials Accused of “Gestapo” Tactics Tenant Says He Should Have Called for Employees' Arrest In terse letters to the to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and council members and attorney Mike Feuer, November 18-21, a local resident at Hi Point Apts LLC told the mayor that city employees improperly engaged in “gestapo” tactics by saying they would enter and did enter his apartment without complying with state civil code 1954. The code 1954 details the only reasons a landlord can enter a dwelling. “If they do it again,” said the tenant, “I will call the police and have them arrested for trespassing.” One of two tenants was not home at the time of the illegal entry. Yet to be named city employees of the Los Angeles Housing Department claimed in a notice from Hi Point Apts Cliff Renfrew and Walter Barratt that the city LAHD would be entering the apartment for a “cursory survey”. Before the illegal entry occurred, the tenant told the owner and city attorney that the state code 1954 did not authorize a “cursory survey”. The tenant also told the city employees 30 days prior that he would not be home that day. Mayor Garcetti's Storm Troopers The mayor Garcetti's storm troopers entered the apartment anyway, didn't ask any questions, and did not make any statements, or identity themselves.  A neighbor said they were just trying to “cover their ass” after numerous housing complaints have been lodged against the 1522 Hi Point Street 90035 property and against code enforcement. Yet another tenant in a different apartment refused to let the LAHD employees enter so the owner retaliated and served the tenant with a three day notice. The Mayor and Council and LAHD will face a continued claim for damages against the city attorney's office and LAHD for not taking steps to protect tenants rights at the property and for engaging in conspiracy to violate rights under state code section 1954, and conspiracy to commit consumer fraud. The Los Angeles Legal Aid foundation has been asked to mount a class action against the owner of the property. The city government still refuses to release permit application documents pursuant to an open records act request. Employees of LADBS who may have been in the apartment unlawfully include Raymond D. Chan, Lincoln Lee, Steve Ongele, Larry Galstian, Giovani Dacumos, Karen Penera, Steve Davey, Frank Bush, Andy Yung, Ifa Kashefi, Colin Kumabe, Choi Yan, Tanny Svetich, Ken Gill, Bob Steinbach, Todd Borzi, Mark casey, Rickey Jackson, David Tsau, Rick Horn, Larry Isidro, Peter Calas, Jon Biezins, Dean Staron, martin Weight, Craig Davis, David Lara, Sam Portillo. There have been reports from Cliff Renfrew of substandard plumbing and tenants have complained of substandard unrepaired wiring and health and safety violations. City documents show the maintenance person as Ali Mozannar. Ali is reported as being responsible for the unrepaired substandard unconnected wiring intercom systems known to the owner Walter Barratt since April of 2014. LAHD has refused to enforce a rent rebate to affected tenants. "The city government still refuses to release permit application documents pursuant to an open records act request." News Oct 27 2014 Housing Discrimination Charges Filed Against Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti's City Rent Control and Code Enforcement Agencies The Los Angeles government agencies are accused of refusing to supply documents requested under the Open Records Act including applications for permits; refusal to enforce rent control complaints, refusal to enforce code enforcement regulations affecting the health and safety of tenants. The city attorney Mike Feuer is named after refusing to file a complaint for injunction, civil penalties, and equitable relief to protect tenants at the property. The mayor and council members are named as co-defendants for refusing to process a REAP complaint against the property. Also named in the damage claim is RAC employee Armida Olguin-Flores, code enforcement inspector David James, RAC members Jeffrey J. Daar, Tai Glenn, Jose Oliva, Carole Brogdon, and Leonora Gershman Pitts. The claim seeks damages, special damages, treble damages, injunctive relief, and jury trial. The claim asks for damages for “failure by city employees/public entity to enforce reduction in rent due to removal tenants ... from tandem to single [parking[ stall; Failure by city employees/public entity to enforce required rent reduction due to no separate utility meters and shared utilities at 1522 Hi Point Street per city LAMC and state law. Substandard housing.” Failure by LADBS and/or building and safety inspectors, Richard Brinson, David James, Charles Garcia, and as named employees in the department records release circa October 2014, and as named in code enforcement or building and safety complaints, to comply with HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE  SECTION 17920. (e) "Enforcement" means diligent effort to secure compliance, including review of plans and permit applications, response to complaints, citation of violations, and other legal process. Except as otherwise provided in this part, "enforcement" may, but need not, include inspections of existing buildings on which no complaint or permit application has been filed, and effort to secure compliance as to these existing buildings.” “HCIDLA and its named employees have failed to discharge their duties (GC 815.6) and failed to exert a diligent effort to secure compliance with the rent control ordinance and any and all applicable code enforcement regulations and ordinances. (Health and Safety Code section 17920(e).” Claim #C15-1634. [Please pass onto anyone residing at 1522 Hi Point Street at zip 90035.] October 19 2014. Rent Reduction due to un repaired door entry system From: [Redacted] To: LAHD.RSO@lacity.org; hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; hcidla.rso@lacity.org; Cc: walter.barratt@gmail.com; cliffrenfrew@gmail.com; Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014 9:43 PM Rent Adjustment Commission LAHCID Jeffery J. Daar, Chairperson Tai Glenn, Vice Chairperson Jose Oliva Carole Brogdon Leonora Gershman Pitts Paula Leftwich Jane Paul Armida Olguin-Flores, Investigator P.O. Box 17340, Los Angeles, CA 90017-0340 Email LAHD.RSO@lacity.org Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council [Via Facsimile] Dear Parties: [Redacted] I want to address here the lack of repaired door entry system. We are entitled to a rent reduction because the door entry intercom system has not been repaired to our apt 9. Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code sections "substandard housing" 17920.3(a)(13) and17920.3(d). This also affects about six other apartments in the building who also have defective wiring re the intercom door entry. Door entry “un repaired electrical wiring disconnected and/or abandoned and electrical service requires maintenance.” [Redacted] The current owner of the building Walter Barratt and employees around April 28 2014 disconnected the door entry system and installed new entry systems in select apartments. Our apt #9 did not receive repairs or upgrade. We have been denied a housing service freely afforded to others. We have continued to pay the full rent May, June, July, August, September, October 2014 without receiving a rent reduction from the owner. As the owner has not complied with the RSO, we are entitled to treble damages. The door entry system and intercom is also for the purpose of health and safety, such health and safety we are denied. It is quite bad faith for the owner to claim in the Jul 23 email “our maintenance manager has not received any requests to repair the system” while at the same time he knew that his employees were installing new units, proving they were aware a housing service was being denied. [Redacted] It is true he started refurbishing the building without the proper permits and numerous tenants complained that routine repairs were not being done. Stop work orders were issued April 14 and August 6 after the owner had proceeded with repairs without the proper permits; this occurred because tenants made complaints to code enforcement.... Thus damages are owed from April 2014 to current, with such damages and treble owed to all tenants similarly situation (about 6 other tenants)....[“Where a public entity is under a mandatory duty imposed by an enactment that is designed to protect against the risk of particular kind of injury, the public entity is liable for an injury of that kind proximately caused by its failure to discharge the duty unless the public entity establishes that it exercised reasonable diligence to discharge the duty.” GC 815.6.]. /s/ Tenant * HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 17920-17928 17920.3 (a)(13) General dilapidation or improper maintenance. 17920.3 (d) (d) All wiring, except that which conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation if it is currently in good and safe condition and working properly. 17920.3 (i) All materials of construction, except those that are specifically allowed or approved by this code, and that have been adequately maintained in good and safe condition. 17920.3(k) Any building or portion thereof that is determined to be an unsafe building due to inadequate maintenance, in accordance with the latest edition of the Uniform Building Code. un repaired electrical wiring disconnected and/or abandoned and electrical service requires maintenance.”

Substandard Housing Conditions

Subject: Illegal Rent Increase Oct 1 2014 by Hi Point Apts-                Complaint to RAC and HCIDLA From: [tenant and email redacted] To: hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org; hcidla.rso@lacity.org; Cc: walter.barratt@gmail.com; cliffrenfrew@gmail.com; Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014 2:12 PM

Dear HCIDLA and RAC [rent adjustment commission]: 

Hi Point Apts LLC [Walter Barratt and Cliff Renfrew et al.] [1522 Hi Point St 90035] collected rent October 1 of $ [redacted] for apt [redacted].

This amount represents an illegal rent increase under the jurisdiction of the RAC.

It is an illegal rent increase due to:

1. We are entitled to a rent reduction because the visitor parking stall is not available to us. Another tenant is currently parking in the stall.

2. We are entitled to a rent reduction because we have not been compensated for the reduction of the tandem parking stall; RSO regulations say we are entitled to $200 per month rent reduction.

3. We are entitled to a rent reduction because the door entry intercom system has not been repaired to our apt 9. [pursuant to California Health and Safety Code sections "substandard housing" 17920.3(a)(13) and 17920.3(d).]

4. We are entitled to a rent reduction because shared utilities are being paid by other tenants according to the owner ads on the internet. [Civil Code Section 1940.9.]

In addition, the owner of the property has in bad faith not sent any notices to all tenants explaining: (1) use of the housing service visitor parking stall (2) use of the housing service of the door entry intercom system (3) shared utilities [civil code section 1940.9] (4) use of the housing service of owner installed outside window air conditioning.

The LAHD is requested to process this complaint. This complaint is pursuant to California government code sections 815.2(a), 815.3(a), 815.3(b), and 815.6; herein also that the LAHD and RAC and LAHD employees, and LADBS code enforcement employees, are required to exercise reasonable diligence to discharge their duties as regards these housing complaints.

This is being emailed "CC" above to the email addresses provided by the owner Walter Barratt and Cliff Renfrew at Hi Point Apts LLC. Hi Point Apts LLC is requested to respond in writing by first class mail only. This will also be mailed to the owner at the state of California declared address of record.

All rights reserved.

[tenant name address and phone redacted] Los Angeles, California

c: City Attorney Mike Feuer; Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council; RAC members Jeffery J. Daar, Chairperson; Tai Glenn, Vice Chairperson, Jose Oliva, Carole Brogdon Leonora Gershman Pitts, Paula Leftwich, Jane Paul.

Corruption as told to city Attorney Mike Feuer

Fax to Los Angeles Mayor and Council* and City Attorney Mike Feuer on September 18, 2014: Corruption. Today code enforcement manager said do not inspect [at 1522 Hi Point Street 90035].  (1) Tenants apt 10 are affected by repairs in Apt One having their (Apt 10) wall knocked out and pipes replaced without a THP anywhere for Apt 10 (2) The city ordinance is 60 days must pass after service Notice of Primary Renovation before repairs can start (3) inspect non working door entry system (4) inspect lead paint hazard and cut hazard to common areas (5) inspect for termites (6) inspect tandem parking stalls (7) inspect parking stall striping (8) inspect brick wall to right of motorized gate (9) provide lead paint hazard mitigation steps by bldg owner (10) see where lead paint dust has accumulated (11) proof of permitted hours for construction. P.S. I understand the THP served on Apt 9 and filed Sept 10 2014 states there are 17 occupied units. This is proof that 17 units should receive written notification of renovations , which are taking an excessive amount of time to complete.” From tenant [name redacted]. * City Council members are:  Gilbert Cedillo, Paul Krekorian , Bob Blumenfield, Tom LaBonge, Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez, Felipe Fuentes, Bernard Parks, Curren D. Price, Jr., Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Mike Bonin, Mitchell Englander, Mitch O’Farrell, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino.

Updated October 17 2015

New Letter Again Accuses City Agency of Housing Discrimination

[Assemblyperson Karen Bass is asked to seek restriction of federal funding to city government of Los Angeles based on the Los Angeles government practice of illegal separate and unequal housing facilities.] [As seen on Facebook Karen Bass.] [Redacted email]

Demand for Payment of Damages re reduction in housing services intercom and parking, Housing Discrimination etc re 1522 Hi Point St Apt 9”

"Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department LAHCID /RSD Rushmore Cervantes/Director 1200 W. 7th St., 1st Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017  [via email above and US Mail ] Board of Building and Safety Commissioners Department of Building and Safety Javier Nunez Raymond D. Chan Frank Bush 201 N. Figueroa St.  Los Angeles, CA 90012  [via email above and US Mail ] HCIDLA Rent Adjustment Commission   Jeffery J. Daar, Chairperson Tai Glenn, Vice Chairperson   Carole Brogdon Leonora Gershman Pitts Paula Leftwich Jane Paul Dash Stolarz Armida Olguin-Flores, Investigator/Barbara Araceli Sophia Gonzalezso P.O. Box 17340, Los Angeles, CA 90017-0340  [via email above and US Mail ] Mr. Walter Barratt Mr. Cliff Renfrew Marilyn London Hi Point Apts, LLC 226 Carroll Canal Venice   CA   90291-4578  [via email above and US Mail ] LAHCID admits discriminatory role in denial of  housing services at 1522 Hi Point Street As regards continuing violations and continuing damages, and the renewal of the rental agreement apt 9 on October 1 2015, please remit within 10 days from the date of this email damages as calculated: (1) parking stall reduced from tandem stall to single stall from May 2014 thru October 2015 @$200 per month x 15 months = $3000; (2) intercom housing service not provided 15 months @60/month from May 2014 thru October 2015 = $900.  Please add treble damages. Please issue a letter reducing the monthly rent by $260 until such time the tandem parking stall/additional single stall is provided and working intercom is provided. Pursuant to LAMC 151.02 and RAC regulations 410 thru 415.03. GC 815.6.  JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY. The city government has actual and constructive knowledge, due to the visits and code inspections/permits of this property by LADBS and LAHCID personnel over the past 15 months or so, that the parking stalls and apartment door entry intercom systems are housing services at 1522 Hi Point St. But the city government has sanctioned and practices unlawful separate and unequal housing facilities, making the city government liable. The city government is well aware of the actual injuries/damages that are occurring to tenants of apt 9, and other tenants,  due to the reduction in parking and reduction in intercom door entry system, and failure by the owner to provide, and city government to order, rent reductions. FURTHER UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. PLEASE RESPOND SUBJECT TO GC 815.6, ET AL. 1. What are the qualifications for a tenant to be assigned an intercom/tandem parking stall? 2. Which tenants by apartment number do not qualify for an intercom/tandem parking stall? 3. Which tenants by apartment number had their rent reduced because their intercom is not working or parking reduced? 4. How much was the rent reduced for tenants who did not receive a working intercom or tandem parking stall? 5. Specify the fee for intercom/tandem parking at the 1522 Hi Point and detail by corresponding apartment number, i.e apartment unit and fee for intercom service. 6. Are there any other qualifications for having an intercom/tandem parking stall at 1522, i.e race, color, sex, source of income, etc.? 7. What is Cliff Renfrew's employment title? 8. What employee is responsible for the assignment of intercoms/tandem stalls? 9. List any tenant(s) whose apartments do not have working intercoms/tandem stalls. 10. How is "first come first served" applied to the assignment of intercoms/tandem stalls? 11. What state government training/certification/license have you [Hi Point Apts LLC] received to be hired as a resident manager? 12. Have you received sensitivity training on the civil rights laws that govern the rights of tenants?  Please respond in writing by first class mail. All rights reserved to bring suit for damages due to violations the Ku Klux Klan Act [42 U.S.C. 1983], Executive Order 11063, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VIII Civil Rights Act of 1968; declarative, injunctive, and punitive damages; California GC 12900 et seq, California GC 51, 51.2, 53, consumer fraud act, Equal Protection Act. [Tenant name redacted] [Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black] 1522 Hi Point St #9 Los Angeles  CA   90035 [Phone Redacted] October 17, 2015 c: Senator Lois Wolk Assembly person Karen Bass [Facebook page] Fair Housing Department of Justice David Greene, code enforcement via email DFEH Byron L. Wilson Federal HUD complaint against LAHCID DFEH complaint against LAHCID City Attorney Michael Feuer State Bar of California City Prosecutor's office State Labor Commissioner State Immigration Office Reference p. 10, October 1-14, 2015 issue, "Random Lengths" newspaper; Reference continuing rental agreement " [This letter has been redacted from the original.]

Updated October 19 2015

City Sets Hearing on "Slum Landlord"

LOS ANGELES.

Hi Point Apts LLC and Abady Holdings are set to be questioned at a Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department hearing. The purpose is to examine an appeal of a tenant habitability plan [primary renovations] submitted by Hi Point Apts LLC . Part of the 27 page tenant appeal of the THP received by city officials questions is the owner renting apartments illegally due to no previous THP's, charges of racism against the LAHCID and the property owner, failure to provide fair and impartial treatment to Blacks at a previous hearing April 15 2015, repairs taking over 16 months but failure to inspect by the code enforcement, corruption, request for dust extractor and air locks, and describing the owner as a "slum landlord". Recently the LAHCID ruled that the owner had engaged in illegal rent increases for certain tenants. According to a notice from the city agency under Rushmore D. Cervantes, topics at the Oct 26 hearing will also include hours of primary renovation 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Friday, precautions to secure a safe environment; loss/transfer/reduction of services of phone, internet, alarm, parking, intercom; concerns about lead, asbestos, and mold; and the legality of the THP Notice. The hearing is open to the public and concerns the property at 1522 Hi Point Street 90035. The hearing is set for October 26 2015, Monday, at 2:00 pm at 1200 W 7th Street, first floor hearing room, Los Angeles CA 90017. To verify any changes in the hearing time, call 213-808-8681 city employee Norman Koplin. [Editor note: date has been changed to October 28 Wed at 2:00 p.m.]

Update November 22 2015

Continued request for Rent Reductions re Reduction of Tandem Parking Stall and Loss of Intercom service at 1522 Hi Point St From: [Tenant] Sent: Sun 11/22/15 3:08 PM To: Hi LLC (walter.barratt@gmail.com); Cliff Renfrew (cliffrenfrew@gmail.com); Lorrie Manager Sakauchi (misswholefoods@aol.com); LAHD RSO (hcidla.rso@lacity.org) Cc: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org (councilmember.wesson@lacity.org); RSO Contact (hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org); Charles Floyd (thefirstjew@yahoo.com); Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd (thekushite@gmail.com); Fair Housing Doj (fairhousing@usdoj.gov); Debbie L. Harmon (debbie.l.harmon@hud.gov); contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov (contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov); Justice Department (askdoj@usdoj.gov); complaints_office_00@hud.gov (complaints_office_00@hud.gov); David Greene (david.greene@lacity.org); Leila Ajalova (lajalova@ph.lacounty.gov); fairhousing@usdoj.gov (fairhousing@usdoj.gov); Ali Maintenance (amozannar@gmail.com) To Hi Point Apts LLC Walter, Cliff, Lorrie et al: These sections are listed on the Rent Adjustment Commission regulations website: "410.04 Housing services are services that are connected with the use or occupancy of a rental unit including, but not limited to, utilities (including light, heat, water and telephone), ordinary repairs or replacement, and maintenance including painting. The term also includes the provision of elevator service, laundry facilities and privileges, common recreational facilities, janitor service, resident manager, refuse removal, furnishings, food service, parking and any other benefits, privileges or facilities. (LAMC Sec. 151.02, Definition of Housing Services)." "411.01 When a tenant makes a complaint that there has been a reduction in housing services in violation of housing codes related to habitability of a dwelling under California Health & Safety Code 17920.3 or 17920.10, the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investments Department will determine a corresponding reduction in rent under the Rent Escrow Account Program regulations (RAC Regulations 1200.00 et . seq)." "411.02 When a tenant makes a complaint that there has reduction in housing services in violation of housing codes related to habitability of a dwelling under California Health & Safety Code 17920.3 or 17920.10, the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investments Department will determine a corresponding reduction in rent under the Rent Escrow Account Program regulations (RAC Regulations 1200.00 et . seq)."

Please answer the following questions in writing by first class mail within the next three days:

1. What are the qualifications for a tenant to be assigned an intercom/tandem parking stall? 2. Which tenants by apartment number do not qualify for an intercom/tandem parking stall? 3. Which tenants by apartment number had their rent reduced because their intercom is not working/ did not receive a tandem parking stall? 4. How much was the rent reduced for tenants who did not receive a working intercom/tandem parking stall? 5. Specify the fee for intercom/tandem parking stall at the 1522 Hi Point St and detail by corresponding apartment number, i.e apartment unit and fee paid for intercom service/parking stall. 6. Are there any other qualifications for having an intercom/tandem stall at 1522, i.e race, color, sex, source of income, etc.? 7. What is Cliff Renfrew's employment title? 8. What employee is responsible for the assignment of intercoms? 9. List any tenant(s) whose apartments do not have working intercoms. 10. How is first come first served applied to the assignment of intercoms/tandem parking stalls? 11. What state government training/certification/license have you received to be hired as a resident manager? 12. Do you have a real estate broker's license? Does your employer who hired you to manage this property have a real estate broker's license and if so provide the license number. 13. Have you received sensitivity training on the civil rights laws that govern the rights of tenants? In the past month, I believe Cliff Renfrew, agent of Hi Point Apts LLC, as well as maintenance persons, have been in the Apt 9, at least three or four times. Still the intercom is not repaired and my requests to secure a tandem parking stall are not answered. Renfrew et al actions are intentional to cause harm to me.

Code enforcement employees have also as a habitability complaint and health and safety complaint not issued an order that the intercom should be repaired, [apts 9, 5, 8, 15] although code enforcement has been to the property numerous times and in the apt 9 numerous times over the past 6 months. In all due respect, I imagine that if any of you had parents living at this location and their intercom was not working, I imagine you would treat them in the same discriminatory and callous manner that I am being treated. I would imagine since Michael Feuer's Robert P. Moore said an intercom is not a housing service, that Moore's parents if they lived here would also be denied a working intercom.

The owner and with the actual and constructive knowledge of the LAHCID/RSD, has switched tenants who are White who asked for their parking stall to be switched; he has supplied two car stall to those white tenants who requested them. He has ignored my request for a tandem parking stall. To help resolve this matter, all the owner/city government has to  say is “We will fix your intercom on November 26. It should take us no longer than two hours. We will also switch you to a tandem parking stall on November 26. We will reimburse you 18 x 60 for the loss of intercom $1080 and for loss of parking stall 18 x 200 = $3600, by check payable to you November 26 2015” : other than for reasons of racial discrimination and retaliation against me, why is it so hard for the owner/city LAHCID to say this? 26 seconds to say it. One minute and 33 seconds to write it. Rental agreements involving units that were constructed without building permits or lack a certificate of occupancy are ordinarily regarded as unlawful and void. (Espinoza v. Calva (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 1393, 1400; Salazar v. Maradeaga (1992) 10 Cal.App.4th Supp. 1, 4 (Salazar ).) This is because “[t]he object of a contract must be lawful [citation]; i.e., it must not be in conflict either with express statutes or public policy. [Accordingly, i]f the contract has a single object, and that object is unlawful (whether in whole or in part), the entire contract is void.” (1 Witkin, Summary of Cal. Law (10th ed. 2005) Contracts, § 420, p. 461.) “- Carter v Cohen. Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 4, California. - 2010Generally, section 12.21 prohibits the use of any structure or building in the absence of “all permits and licenses required by all laws and ordinances.” Section 12.26(E)(1) further provides that “no building erected or structurally altered shall be occupied or used until a certificate of occupancy shall have been issued.” A certificate of occupancy is issued only when a structure is completed in conformity with the Los Angeles Municipal Code. (Pope v. State Bd. of Equalization (1983) 146 Cal.App.3d 1132, 1139.) - Carter v Cohen. Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 4, California. - 2010. In this instant case, no permit for the brick wall and for extending striping stall 13 prohibits owner from collecting rents on any renovated units at 1522 Hi Point St. A plaintiff fair housing organization seeking punitive damages in a fair housing case must show that the Defendants acted with "reckless or callous indifference" for the fair housing rights of others. See Fair Housing of Marin, 285 F.3d at 906-07 (citing Smith v. Wade, 461 U.S. 30, 56, 103 S.Ct. 1625, 75 L.Ed.2d 632 (1983)); Szwast v. Carlton Apartments, 102 F.Supp.2d 777, 780 (E.D.Mich.2000) (standard used for punitive damages for 1983 violations is the same for FHA violations). In determining whether to impose punitive damages, the fact finder will consider "an evaluation of the nature of the conduct in question, the wisdom of some form of pecuniary punishment, and the advisability of a deterrent" to future illegal conduct. Gore v. Turner, 563 F.2d 159, 164 (5th Cir.1977). The owner's direct participation in the discriminatory practice is not necessary; punitive damages may be awarded where the owner ignored its duties under the law or otherwise engaged in "knowledgeable inaction." See Miller v. Apartments and Homes of New Jersey, Inc., 646 F.2d 101, 111 (3d Cir.1981); Badami v. Flood,  214 F.3d 994 (8th Cir.2000); see also Pacific Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Haslip, 499 U.S. 1, 111 S.Ct. 1032, 113 L.Ed.2d 1 (1991). Nor must the conduct be outrageous to warrant punitive damages. Preferred Properties v. Indian River Estates, Inc., 276 F.3d 790, 799-801 (6th Cir.2002). SCHRC v Krug I am simply following my obligations under the rental agreement to report when something is not working in the apartment unit. As was said by Cliff in a letter dated Nov 4 2015: "Lorrie...is the first point of call if you have general concern or need help." My emails and voicemails have noted my general concern over the non-working intercom and my need for help in getting the owners to respond to my requests  for a tandem parking stall. If I feel the best way to resolve this is to contact you every month, every week, or every day, I will continue to do so. As new evidence, my rent was paid current November 1, 2015. I demand that the intercom for apt 9 be fixed today. I demand that apt 9 be provided a tandem parking stall today, with no additional rent charge. I demand an immediate rent reduction of $260 per month for every month forward that apt 9 is without a working intercom or tandem parking stall. I demand reimbursement since May 2014 for the loss of parking stall, and loss of working intercom, of $260 per month for total of $4680, plus applicable double or treble damages. Hope you can comprehend English. All rights reserved. Tenant ref: Google "Futility of Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies" c: DFEH, via email above DFEH 2218 Kausen Drive Suite 100 Elk Grove CA 95758-7178 Housing and Urban Development, federal government agency via email above Los Angeles City Council and Mayor by President Herb Wesson, email above Walter Barratt, Hi Point Apts by email above ; Cliff Renfrew, Hi Point Apts by email above Ali Mozannar, Hi Point Apts by email above HCIDLA by email above Justice Department United States by email above U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 Los Angeles County Public Health Assemblyperson Karen Bass, Senator Lois Wolk bcc: LADBS LAMC 41.33 Peaceful Enjoyment SEC. 41.33. LANDLORDS – DISTURBING TENANTS. No person, except a duly authorized officer pursuant to the authority of legal process, shall interfere with the peaceful enjoyment, use, possession or occupancy of any premises by the lawful lessee or tenant of such premises either by threat, fraud, intimidation, coercion, duress, or by the maintenance or toleration of a public nuisance, or by cutting off heat, light, water, fuel or free communication by anyone by mail, telephone or otherwise, or by restricting trade or tradesmen from or to any such tenant. [To the Justice Department: Like it was done in the sixties civil rights era, please send federal marshals to assist me to stop the deprivation of my civil rights at the 1522 Hi Point Street address 90035, by named government officials and private parties.]  [Editor note: as this is quoting a document to public officials, the original document is subject to the California Public Records Act.]

Update November 24 2015

[redacted Response to November 20 Postmarked Discriminatory Letter of Yeom-Garcetti-Cervantes re 1522 Hi Point Apts LLC From: [tenant name redacted] Sent: Tue 11/24/15 10:46 PM To: RSO Contact (hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org); LAHD RSO (hcidla.rso@lacity.org); Hi LLC (walter.barratt@gmail.com); Cliff Renfrew (cliffrenfrew@gmail.com); Lorrie Manager Sakauchi (misswholefoods@aol.com); councilmember.wesson@lacity.org (councilmember.wesson@lacity.org) Cc: Charles Floyd (thefirstjew@yahoo.com); Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd (thekushite@gmail.com); Ali Maintenance (amozannar@gmail.com); Fair Housing Doj (fairhousing@usdoj.gov); Debbie L. Harmon (debbie.l.harmon@hud.gov); contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov (contact.center@dfeh.ca.gov); Justice Department (askdoj@usdoj.gov); David Greene (david.greene@lacity.org); Leila Ajalova (lajalova@ph.lacounty.gov); Larry Galstian (larry.galstian@lacity.org); Da Lacounty Info (info@da.lacounty.gov); sylvia.lacy@lacity.org (sylvia.lacy@lacity.org); Rodney Arias (rodney.arias@lacity.org); steve.davey@lacity.org (steve.davey@lacity.org); giovani.dacumos@lacity.org (giovani.dacumos@lacity.org); Ifa Kashefi (ifa.kashefi@lacity.org); Rep. Karen Bass (113-ca37kb.inbox@mail.house.gov) November 24 2015 Via Email and US First Class Mail

Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department  LAHCID /RSD  Ian Yeom Rushmore Cervantes/Director

1200 W. 7th St., 1st Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017 [via email above and US Mail ] Board of Building and Safety Commissioners Department of Building and Safety Javier Nunez Raymond D. Chan Frank Bush 201 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 [via email above and US Mail ] HCIDL A Rent Adjustment Commission

        • Jeffery J. Daar, Chairperson Tai Glenn, Vice Chairperson Carole Brogdon Leonora Gershman Pitts Paula Leftwich Jane Paul Dash Stolarz Armida Olguin-Flores, Investigator/Barbara Araceli Sophia Gonzalezso P.O. Box 17340, Los Angeles, CA 90017-0340 [via email above and US Mail ] Mr. Walter Barratt Mr. Cliff Renfrew Lorrie Sakauchi Hi Point Apts, LLC 226 Carroll Canal Venice CA 90291-4578 [via email above and US Mail ]

Re: LAHCID admits discriminatory role in denial of housing services at 1522 Hi Point Street ; Violation of state and federal civil rights and equal protection and under color of law; joint and several liability; violation LAMC 41.33 by government officials; health and safety and habitability violations by government officials and property owner; denial due process I have received the letter of Ian Yeom, Manager of Investigation and Enforcement, such letter postmarked November 20 2015 from Eric Garcetti Mayor and Rushmore D. Cervantes, General Manager, LAHCID. I received the letter today November 24. Attached as PDF is a copy of your letter. This letter is being forwarded to the News Media as a matter of urgent public interest. I am a Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black. Your letter is not acceptable as a resolution to the issues of tandem parking stall and intercom rent reductions for apt 9 at the 1522 Hi Point St location. Your letter references your city case numbers CE203006 and CE212259. Thru this letter, the United States Justice Department is asked to suspend federal funding from the city government of Los Angeles for sixty days based on the November 20 postmarked discrimination letter of Ian Yeom as attached as PDF. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that[n]o person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 42 U.S.C. § 2000d. Title VI is the model for several subsequent statutes that prohibit discrimination on other grounds in federally assisted programs or activities, including Title IX (discrimination in education programs prohibited on the basis of sex) and Section 504 (discrimination prohibited on the basis of disability).” “The clearest example of Federal financial assistance is the award or grant of money. Federal financial assistance, however, also may be in nonmonetary form. See Department of Transportation v. Paralyzed Veterans, 477 U.S. 597, 607 n.11 (1986).” The November 20 postmarked letter of Ian Yeom [Eric Garcetti, Rushmore D. Cervantes, et al.] is not in compliance with the Rent Adjustment Commission regulations 410.04, 411.01, 411.02, and is also a violation of my civil rights. "410.04 Housing services are services that are connected with the use or occupancy of a rental unit including, but not limited to, utilities (including light, heat, water and telephone), ordinary repairs or replacement, and maintenance including painting. The term also includes the provision of elevator service, laundry facilities and privileges, common recreational facilities, janitor service, resident manager, refuse removal, furnishings, food service, parking and any other benefits, privileges or facilities. (LAMC Sec. 151.02, Definition of Housing Services)." "411.01 When a tenant makes a complaint that there has been a reduction in housing services in violation of housing codes related to habitability of a dwelling under California Health & Safety Code 17920.3 or 17920.10, the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investments Department will determine a corresponding reduction in rent under the Rent Escrow Account Program regulations (RAC Regulations 1200.00 et . seq)." "411.02 When a tenant makes a complaint that there has been a reduction in housing services and those services do not correspond to the habitability of a dwelling under California Health & Safety Code 17920.3 or 17920.10, the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department will determine a corresponding reduction in rent under regulations 413.00 et seq. and 414.00 et. seq. below." [emphasis added]. Yeom in his letter appears to be engaged in some type of discriminatory retaliatory deranged mind masochistic fit of fantasy that is not in compliance with the RAC regulations above.

The Parking Tandem Stall Issue

THE PARKING TANDEM STALL ISSUE I reserve the right to modify, revoke, or amend this email at any time. It is not intended as a remedy or resolution of any claims against the parties named. The rental agreement which the city admits to receiving indicates that apt 9 had two cars at the inception of the tenancy [“parking spaces...2]”. By conduct of the parties, which the city admits to receiving a declaration under penalty of perjury re the parking oral agreement, the previous owner and apt 9 tenants agreed that apt 9 could park in a tandem two car stall. Photographic evidence supplied to LAHCID [and for purposes of the federal jury and/or grand jury] evidence shows apt 9 cars parked in stall #14, a two car stall, thus proving, much to the LAHCID dismay, that apt 9 was receiving services of a two car stall. There is no evidence that prior to the new owner that any tenant at 1522 other than apt 9 was assigned to stall #14; there is no rental agreement for any other tenant that might have been assigned to stall #14 prior to May 2014. So for the LAHCID to say we did not present written evidence is false. Further written evidence received by the LAHCID [also available for a grand jury] is that I provided the owner 30 day notice circa April 2014 where the owner agent Cliff Renfrew writes that apt 9 was parked in stall #14; irrefutable written evidence that apt 9 was receiving the housing service stall #14. Under RAC section 411.02 or 411.01, apt 9 suffered a housing reduction entitling us to a rent reduction when the owner unilaterally and arbitrarily moved apt 9 to parking stall #8 under threat of eviction. Alternatively, after the May 2014 reduction in housing parking stall, even if that argument is not accepted, the address still had tandem stalls available i.e. stalls 1-12 were single stalls and 13-19 were tandem; apt 9 tenants in still not having a tandem stall at the property still suffer a housing reduction in that apt 9 has been repeatedly denied a tandem parking stall, i.e. in May 2014 six tandem stalls were empty. If the city argues apt 9 did not suffer a reduction in housing services prior to May 2014, apt 9 has still suffered a reduction in housing service after May 2014, entitling apt 9 to a reduction in rent.

The Intercom Issue

THE INTERCOM ISSUE I reserve the right to modify, revoke, or amend this email at any time. It is not intended as a remedy or resolution of any claims against the parties named. The intercom is a health and safety as well as habitability issue, as well may be the intercom since the intercom is viewed as a safety device, which after 15 months the LAHCID code enforcement has yet to address. Typical corruption. If Yeom-Garcetti-Cervantes’ mothers lived in this building, I suppose Yeom-Garcetti-Cervantes would deny such mothers, in all due respect, a working intercom. Other than for purposes of racial discrimination and corruption, why is the owner and the government employees allowed to take this practice? I do not understand or agree with the November 20 postmarked case decision of LAHCID. The city claims that it has “written declarations from other long term residents in the property” and that “the intercom has been inoperable since 2006”. First, the city has no such declarations, so that is false; what the city turned over to me were “letters” of residents Tyler and Marilyn. Neither letter was verified under penalty of perjury, neither was notarized. Neither Tyler or Marilyn lived in apt 9 so they were not witness to the condition of apt 9’s intercom. Apt 9 tenants were actually tenants in 2010 BEFORE Marilyn became a tenant around 2012. Yeom-Garcetti-Cervantes triplets claim “the intercom was not a service provided to you at inception of tenancy.” As for the city’s claim that the intercom was “inoperable”, the rental agreement attests to the fact that there was nothing in the apartment that was not working at the time of inception of tenancy, that all appliances were in working order; the city’s claim that the intercom was not provided at the inception of tenancy [presumably because it is not specifically listed in the rental agreement] is false because many things may not be listed in the rental agreement like kitchen sink, bathroom cabinet, closet, but they are still provided for the use of the tenant. The RAC 410.04 overrides this argument of the city by stating the city obligation as Housing services are services that are connected with the use or occupancy of a rental unit including, but not limited to, utilities (including light, heat, water and telephone), ordinary repairs or replacement, and maintenance including painting.” The owner Hi Point Apts LLC (Abady Holdings) has admitted in letters to the city that the building had an intercom system when he purchased the building. RAC 410.04 defines that the intercom is “connected with the use or occupancy” and that the intercom under city regulation is subject to “ordinary repairs or replacement, and maintenance”, such that whether in the rental agreement or not, it is in the apartment and if not maintained or repaired, apts 9, 5, 15, and 8 are entitled to a rent reduction. Code enforcement is also a witness to the intercoms in the apartment and the city authorized a prior $17.08 rent increase partially based on the intercom-door entry system. Finally, the owner’s conduct, and such building interior witnessed by code enforcement, is that every apartment comes with an intercom; that is what he has stated in writing, and as to what he inherited by purchasing the building. I remind you that on a civil rights level, the majority of tenants who are whites in the 1522 Hi Point St building have a working intercom, and received one immediately upon moving in and did not have to beg for one for over 15 months. "Unanswered Questions About Parking Posed to City Government: what does it take in Los Angeles County for a Black Tenant to Get Fair Housing?" The city government has assumed responsibility for this property thru the rent control ordinance and thru LAHCID. FURTHER UNANSWERED QUESTIONS TO ALL PARTIES ABOVE. PLEASE RESPOND. SUBJECT TO GC 815.6, ET AL. 1. What are the qualifications for a tenant to be assigned an intercom/tandem parking stall? 2. Which tenants by apartment number do not qualify for an intercom/tandem parking stall? 3. Which tenants by apartment number had their rent reduced because their intercom is not working or parking reduced? 4. How much was the rent reduced for tenants who did not receive a working intercom or tandem parking stall? 5. Specify the fee for intercom/tandem parking at the 1522 Hi Point and detail by corresponding apartment number, i.e apartment unit and fee for intercom service. 6. Are there any other qualifications for having an intercom/tandem parking stall at 1522, i.e race, color, sex, source of income, etc.? 7. What is Cliff Renfrew's employment title? 8. What employee is responsible for the assignment of intercoms/tandem stalls? 9. List any tenant(s) whose apartments do not have working intercoms/tandem stalls. 10. How is "first come first served" applied to the assignment of intercoms/tandem stalls? 11. What state government training/certification/license have you [Hi Point Apts LLC] received to be hired as a resident manager? 12. Have you received sensitivity training on the civil rights laws that govern the rights of tenants?

"The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1983"

The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1983 Please respond in writing by first class mail. All rights reserved to bring suit for damages due to violations the Ku Klux Klan Act [42 U.S.C. 1983], Executive Order 11063, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VIII Civil Rights Act of 1968; declarative, injunctive, and punitive damages; California GC 12900 et seq, California GC 51, 51.2, 53, consumer fraud act, Equal Protection Act. Govt Code 815.6. Please provide immediate rent reductions for the intercom and tandem parking stall without further delay, in accordance with my email of 11/22/2015 and applicable RAC regulations stated herein. Again, the discriminatory and retaliatory letter of Yeom-Garcetti-Cervantes is not acceptable as a resolution of the damage claims against the city government or property owner. Sincerely [Tenant] [Ham-Jew-DNA-Kushite/Black] November 24, 2015 c: Senator Lois Wolk Assembly person Karen Bass [Facebook page] Fair Housing Department of Justice David Greene, code enforcement via email DFEH Federal HUD complaint against LAHCID DFEH complaint against LAHCID City Attorney Michael Feuer State Bar of California City Prosecutor/District Attorney’s office State Labor Commissioner State Immigration Office LADBS ref: Emails Oct 17 2015 at 8:18 am and Email 11/22/15 at 3:08 pm to property owner and city government, demands for payment of damages. LAMC 41.33 Peaceful Enjoyment SEC. 41.33. LANDLORDS – DISTURBING TENANTS. No person, except a duly authorized officer pursuant to the authority of legal process, shall interfere with the peaceful enjoyment, use, possession or occupancy of any premises by the lawful lessee or tenant of such premises either by threat, fraud, intimidation, coercion, duress, or by the maintenance or toleration of a public nuisance, or by cutting off heat, light, water, fuel or free communication by anyone by mail, telephone or otherwise, or by restricting trade or tradesmen from or to any such tenant.

Update December 4 2015

Mayor Eric Garcetti Asked to Fire Employees Garcia and Brown                                        Complaint alleges tenants cheated                             out of thousands $$

 "Request for Investigation re LAHCID and Hi Point Apts LLC"
From: [tenant name redacted] Sent: Sun 11/29/15 5:08 PM To: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org (mayor.garcetti@lacity.org) Cc: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org (councilmember.wesson@lacity.org); Fair Housing Doj (fairhousing@usdoj.gov); Charles Floyd (thefirstjew@yahoo.com); Ambassa  dor Charles Linder Floyd (thekushite@gmail.com); Debbie L. Harmon (debbie.l.harmon@hud.gov); David Greene (david.greene@lacity.org); Leila Ajalova (lajalova@ph.lacounty.gov); Rep. Karen Bass (113- ca37kb.inbox@mail.house.gov); Rep. Karen Bass (web-112-ca33@mail.house.gov); Hi Point Apts LLC agent (cliffrenfrew@gmail.com); Lorrie Sakauchi Hi Point Apts LLC Manager (misswholefoods@aol.com); Walter Barratt Hi Point Apts LLC (walter.barratt@gmail.com)
November 29 2015 Mayor Eric Garcetti 200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 978-0600 mayor.garcetti@lacity.org
  This letter is to the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and council requesting that you bring civil charges against LAHCID city employee Charles Garcia for entering into a conspiracy with Hi Point Apts LLC to cheat various tenants out of entitled to relocation monies over the past year since April 2014.

  The owner and with the actual and constructive knowledge of the LAHCID/RSD, has switched tenants who are White who asked for their parking stall to be switched; he has supplied two car stall to those white tenants who requested them. He has ignored my request for a tandem parking stall. To help resolve this matter, all the owner/city government has to say is “We will fix your intercom on November 26. It should take us no longer than two hours. We will also switch you to a tandem parking stall on November 26. We will reimburse you 18 x 60 for the loss of intercom $1080 and for loss of parking stall 18 x 200 = $3600, by check payable to you November 26 2015” : other than for reasons of racial discrimination and retaliation against me, why is it so hard for the owner/city LAHCID to say this? 26 seconds to say it. One minute and 33 seconds to write it.

The building should not have a certificate of occupancy since there are non-working intercoms in apartments 9,8,5 ,15 , making the building uninhabitable. Intercoms are considered to be a habitability issue. Non-working intercoms means that the building is not habitable. Therefore no rent can be charged.

Complaints have been made to the local, county, state, and federal government officials but the intercom after 17 months is still not fixed in apartment nine for one. Inaction by the owner and others is intentional to cause harm to tenants apartments nine, eight, five, fifteen. The same problem occurs with the tandem parking stall issue at Apartment 9: white tenant have been moved to new apartments, whites have been given two car stalls or two stalls, I am the Black Kushite male who is ignored. The mayor is requested to file a civil complaint against Charles Garcia as well as Hi Point Apartments LLC for money owed to previous tenants. That money has been used to do illegal repairs to the building. This is a conspiracy by Garcia and the Los Angeles housing with the owner to defraud tenants at 1522 Hi Point St. Contractors listed on the permits from LADBS, as well as LADBS, also are part of the conspiracy against tenants rights. Monies that were earmarked for tenant permanent relocation were illegally diverted to the primary renovation and capital improvement monies, repairs that were approved by and sanctioned by city government officials LAHCID code enforcement and LADBS. LAHCID and LADBS were made aware by me in 2014 there were no THP’s for certain apartments and that such tenants were essentially deprived of their civil rights to receive permanent relocation monies. "The October 28 hearing was a Ku Klux Klan hearing"

I ask that the LAHCID hearing officer Andre Brown be terminated from his position on the grounds that he did not on Oct 28 2015 address the corruption in the LAHCID and LADBS departments, he did not address the habitability issues , and did not address the illegal occupancy for 1522 Hi Point St.

I request that the hearing officer Andre Brown be terminated from employment because he denied me as a Black African- American equal protection under the law, and denied me a fair hearing. The October 28 hearing was a “done deal” with denial of equal protection to me as a tenant by government officials. Please stop all primary renovation at this property until a federal investigation of Los Angeles housing and Los Angeles Department of building and safety. LADBS should not have granted permits to this property knowing that certain apartment were uninhabitable due to non-working intercoms since April 2014, and that at least eight tenants did not receive the required THP before moving out of the building. LADBS and LAHCID had actual and constructive knowledge that the intercoms are not working but ignored this habitability concern and kept handing out permits even for apts where there were current tenants but no THP. LADBS has constructive knowledge that there were no THP's for numerous apartments at this building thus making the permit clearance process illegal and permits should not have been cleared nor CFO [sic] issued for this building. Charles Garcia admitted this to me privately by email and also at the Oct 28 2015 hearing that many THP’s were never filed or served for about eight out of eighteen apartments. Only one apartment #9 has ever been served with a THP; and five apartments out of eighteen were vacant at the time this new owner purchased the building and announced that primary renovations were starting. The intercom at apartment nine is still not fixed, a rent reduction still has not been granted to tenants apt 9. The city LAHCID government has participated in a criminal kick back and bribery conspiracy to breach the warranty of habitability  at the 1522 Hi Point St. particularly as regards apartment 5, 8,15 and 9 who do not have working intercoms. Damages due to loss of intercom can also be brought under a state law claim of negligence and breach of the warranty of habitability.

I ask that the mayor’s office also bring civil charges against city attorney Robert Moore for telling the LAHD that an intercom is not a housing service, thus helping deprive tenants of monies they are entitled to under the LAMC RAC regulation section re loss of housing services.

http://www.leagle.com/decision/20071702564FSupp2d1138_11598/SOUTHERN%20CALIFORNIA%20HOUSING%20RI

SHRC v Krug A plaintiff fair housing organization seeking punitive damages in a fair housing case must show that the Defendants acted with "reckless or callous indifference" for the fair housing rights of others. See Fair Housing of Marin, 285 F.3d at 906-07 (citing Smith v. Wade, 461 U.S. 30, 56, 103 S.Ct. 1625, 75 L.Ed.2d 632 (1983)); Szwast v. Carlton Apartments, 102 F.Supp.2d 777, 780 (E.D.Mich.2000) (standard used for punitive damages for 1983 violations is the same for FHA violations). The LAHCID, Robert Moore, Charles Garcia, Andre Brown, and the property owner have acted with reckless and callous indifference to my fair housing rights. In determining whether to impose punitive damages, the fact finder will consider "an evaluation of the nature of the conduct in question, the wisdom of some form of pecuniary punishment, and the advisability of a deterrent" to future illegal conduct. Gore v. Turner, 563 F.2d 159, 164 (5th Cir.1977). The owner's direct participation in the discriminatory practice is not necessary; punitive damages may be awarded where the owner ignored its duties under the law or otherwise engaged in "knowledgeable inaction." See Miller v. Apartments and Homes of New Jersey, Inc., 646 F.2d 101, 111 (3d Cir.1981); Badami v. Flood, 214 F.3d 994 (8th Cir.2000); see also Pacific Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Haslip, 499 U.S. 1, 111 S.Ct. 1032, 113 L.Ed.2d 1 (1991). Nor must the conduct be outrageous to warrant punitive damages. Preferred Properties v. Indian River Estates, Inc., 276 F.3d 790, 799-801 (6th Cir.2002). The property owner, along with the conspirators of the city government named herein, has ignored his duties under the law and otherwise engaged in knowledgeable action along with Sol Asttuu to deprive myself as tenant of a tandem parking stall, deprive myself of a working door entry building intercom, and deprive other tenants of required relocation monies. The Mayor and Council having been made aware of such illegal transgressions, need to face scrutiny from the Congress of the United States in a public hearing on housing discrimination. Rental agreements involving units that were constructed without building permits or lack a certificate of occupancy are ordinarily regarded as unlawful and void. (Espinoza v. Calva (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 1393, 1400; Salazar v. Maradeaga (1992) 10 Cal.App.4th Supp. 1, 4 (Salazar ).) This is because “[t]he object of a contract must be lawful [citation]; i.e., it must not be in conflict either with express statutes or public policy. [Accordingly, i]f the contract has a single object, and that object is unlawful (whether in whole or in part), the entire contract is void.” (1 Witkin, Summary of Cal. Law (10th ed. 2005) Contracts, § 420, p. 461.) “- Carter v Cohen. Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 4, California. - 2010 “Generally, section 12.21 prohibits the use of any structure or building in the absence of “all permits and licenses required by all laws and ordinances.” Section 12.26(E)(1) further provides that “no building erected or structurally altered shall be occupied or used until a certificate of occupancy shall have been issued.” A certificate of occupancy is issued only when a structure is completed in conformity with the Los Angeles Municipal Code. (Pope v. State Bd. of Equalization (1983) 146 Cal.App.3d 1132, 1139.) - Carter v Cohen. Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 4, California. - 2010. In this instant case, no permit for the brick wall and for extending striping stall 13 prohibits owner from collecting rents on any renovated units at 1522 Hi Point St; failure to comply with LAMC as regards the required THP for applicable units; those units do not conform with the LAMC. At the Oct 28 hearing I was prevented from presenting evidence to show that the THP application approved by city employee Charles Garcia was an attempt to illegally extort illegal rent from apt 9 in that the rent amount stated in the application was incorrect. Garcia would not make the correction nor did the hearing officer Andre Brown make the correction. The owner has since corrected the rent amount [without waiving the loss of parking stall and loss of intercom reductions owed] but the LAHCID THP extortion attempt documentation remains.

The owner and with the actual and constructive knowledge of the LAHCID/RSD, has switched tenants who are White who asked for their parking stall to be switched; he has supplied two car stall to those white tenants who requested them. He has ignored my request for a tandem parking stall. To help resolve this matter, all the owner/city government has to say is “We will fix your intercom on November 26. It should take us no longer than two hours. We will also switch you to a tandem parking stall on November 26. We will reimburse you 18 x 60 for the loss of intercom $1080 and for loss of parking stall 18 x 200 = $3600, by check payable to you November 26 2015” : other than for reasons of racial discrimination and retaliation against me, why is it so hard for the owner/city LAHCID to say this? 26 seconds to say it. One minute and 33 seconds to write it. Please let me know the results of your investigation. All rights reserved. [Tenant name redacted]

Ref : Google “Futility of Administrative Remedies”

Update December 13 2015

Re 1522 Hi Point St New Code Enforcement Complaint and Request for Criminal Charges

From: [tenant named redacted] Sent: Sun 12/13/15 4:41 PM To: LAHD RSO (hcidla.rso@lacity.org); councilmember.wesson@lacity.org (councilmember.wesson@lacity.org) Cc: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org (councilmember.wesson@lacity.org); RSO Contact (hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org); Larry Galstian (larry.galstian@lacity.org); Da Lacounty Info (info@da.lacounty.gov); Karen Penera (karen.penera@lacity.org); raymond.chan@lacity.org (raymond.chan@lacity.org); mayor.garcetti@lacity.org (mayor.garcetti@lacity.org); Malika Ibrahim (malika.ibrahim@lacity.org); Michelle Wilson (michelle.wilson@lacity.org); kimani.black@lacity.org (kimani.black@lacity.org)

Denied a Fair Hearing

To Whom It May Concern/Rushmore Cervantes:

On October 28 2015 before a hearing of the LAHCID regarding appeal of a THP, I was denied a fair hearing in that Andre L. Brown limited my presentation and my exhibits. Brown did not advise me at any time before the hearing or at the hearing as to how much time I might have for my presentation. He did not place similar shackles on Cliff Renfrew, the white plantation property owner.

LA County District Attorney Asked to File Criminal Charges

Prior and at the hearing Charles Garcia, city employee, admitted that many of the apartments at 1522 Hi Point St never received the THP application before apartments were renovated. I believe this means that such apartments did not have the required permit clearance before permits were issued; I believe this policy and practice effected hundreds of tenants over the years across the city who were unjustly cheated out of required relocation monies due to the lack of THP. Accordingly I have asked the Mayor's office to order the termination from employment of Charles Garcia and Andre L. Brown. In addition, I have also asked the District Attorney's office/Prosecutor to bring criminal charges against Garcia and Hi Point Apts LLC. With no THP, the owner would be prohibited from raising the rent on those units past the previous rent before the renovations.

Owner Cannot Collect Rents if Proper Permits Not Issued

Please see the attached code enforcement complaint dated December 12 2015 as linked, city number 555278. The LAHCID has previously said that those at Hi Point Apts who are without a working intercom, apts 9, 8, 5, and 15, are not entitled to rent reductions due to loss of housing services, the intercom. However, around December 9, 2015, by email the Los Angeles County Public Health

[see link in the code complaint] Alan Chen effectively overrode the LAHCID and ordered the property owner to repair, replace, or remove the intercom system as regards apt 9, by January 13, 2016. I believe that is a very generous amount of time being that over 17 months has passed since the intercom was without repair, i.e. health and safety and habitability codes. The owner takes in about $30,000 per month in rents for this building so that is plenty of money to buy time to fix an intercom, which should not take more than an hour to repair.
I ask that the LADBS and all city employees comply with the intent and directive of the county Public Health December 9 2015 email re the intercom system at 1522 Hi Point St. Rent reimbursements are in order due to the lack of working intercom as has been verified by the County Public Health Department. All rights reserved.

[Tenant named redacted] [Editor note: The latest is that the Public Health Inspector Alan Chen reversed himself by email December 17 and said he now does not have jurisdiction over the state Health and Safety Code and apparently will not order the intercoms repaired. How many white inspectors are required in Los Angeles county before a Black man can get one inspector to enforce the Health and Safety code? Is it any wonder why Blacks riot against racist Police?]

Update December 20 2015

Housing Corruption told to Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti

No CFO Fax: 323-345-5070 Fax To: Mike Feuer From: [Tenant name redacted] Fax: 2139788312 Pages: 1 Re: Permit at 1522 Date: December 20, 2015 Dear Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council: In order for there to exist certificate of occupancy at this address, there have to be on file all required permits. Out of 18 units, it appears there is no permit on file for some of the smoke detectors, no permit for call outs, no permit for a sprinkler control box, no permits for new windows for four apts, no THP for seven apartments or more. Also Richard Schindler on June 22 2015 issued a final for permit 15041-30000-13969 which applies to apts 1-18; however, the permit is corrupt because apts 5, 8, 9, 15 have not undergone any renovations; please revoke the permit and order the other permits needed. /s [Tenant] 1522 Hi Point Street #9, Los Angeles, CA 90035 Your transmission has completed. DOC Identifier : 61280250 Fax Number : 2139788312 Recipient : Mike Feuer Status Classification : "Success" Status Outcome : "Success" Last Attempt Date : 12/20/2015 Last Attempt Time : 13:47:51 Pages Scheduled : 1 Pages Sent : 1 Baud Rate : 28800 Duration (in seconds) : 18 Number of Retries : 1 Remote CSID : ""

City Inspector Richard Shindler falsified the permit where he said all apartments underwent repairs.  But four apartments have not been renovated. Why does Shindler still have a job?

Update January 8 2016

Summary of Topics for discussion in the following email:

Mayor Eric Garcetti: how long does it take for a city employee who is white to ask slum landlord plantation owner Walter Barratt is the intercom apt 9 working?

Why does it take over 18 months for your white employees to ask the question does the intercom work?

Is intercom security safety just for the privileged few?

How many white people does it take to get an intercom fixed?

City and Los Angeles County Officials Garcetti, Wesson, Rent Control, Justice Department, Raymond Chan, LADBS, Alan Chen Told of Housing Discrimination

[Editor note: below is redacted from an email that was also posted on Facebook.] From: [Tenant at 1522 Hi Point name redacted] Sent: Thu 1/07/16 9:36 PM To: Lorrie Sakauchi Hi Point Apts LLC Manager (misswholefoods@aol.com); Hi Point Apts LLC agent C Renfrew (cliffrenfrew@gmail.com); Agent Walter Barratt Hi Point Apts LLC (walter.barratt@gmail.com); mayor.garcetti@lacity.org (mayor.garcetti@lacity.org) Cc: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org (councilmember.wesson@lacity.org); Charles Floyd (thefirstjew@yahoo.com); Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd (thekushite@gmail.com); RSO Contact (hcidla.rso.central@lacity.org); Fair Housing Doj (fairhousing@usdoj.gov); Charles Garcia (charles.v.garcia@lacity.org); David Greene (david.greene@lacity.org); Justice Department (askdoj@usdoj.gov); Debbie L. Harmon (debbie.l.harmon@hud.gov); Jeff Paxton (jeff.paxton@lacity.org); Da Lacounty Info (info@da.lacounty.gov); sylvia.lacy@lacity.org (sylvia.lacy@lacity.org); raymond.chan@lacity.org (raymond.chan@lacity.org); Alan Chen (alchen@ph.lacounty.gov); Larry Galstian (larry.galstian@lacity.org); deron.williams@lacity.org (deron.williams@lacity.org); Lincoln Lee (lincoln.lee@lacity.org); Steve Ongele (steve.ongele@lacity.org); steve.davey@lacity.org (steve.davey@lacity.org); Ifa Kashefi (ifa.kashefi@lacity.org); David Casian (david.casian@lacity.org); Rodney Arias (rodney.arias@lacity.org); Karen Penera (karen.penera@lacity.org); Leila Ajalova (lajalova@ph.lacounty.gov); Michelle Wilson (michelle.wilson@lacity.org); Malika Ibrahim (malika.ibrahim@lacity.org); vincent.burditt@lacity.org (vincent.burditt@lacity.org); Alan Chen (AlChen@ph.lacounty.gov); AlChen@ph.lacounty.gov (AlChen@ph.lacounty.gov)

Intercom Still Needs Repair at 1522 Hi Point St- joint and several liability of city government

Dear Manager Lorrie, Cliff Renfrew, Walter Barratt, Abady Holdings et al:

First, please fix the intercom
Apt 9 *
Second, what race do I have to be to get a tandem parking stall?

Please respond in writing by non-electronic means. All rights reserved. [Tenant name redacted] 1522 Hi Point St Los Angeles CA 90035 January 7 2016

Tenant rights. 

I thought about Emmett Till, and I could not go back. My legs and feet were not hurting, that is a stereotype.  I paid the same fare as others, and I felt violated. I was not going back.”  Rosa Parks The question shouldn't be "Why are you, a Christian, here in a death camp, condemned for trying to save Jews?' The real question is "Why aren't all the Christians here?” Joel C. Rosenberg, The Auschwitz Escape The intercom apt 9 has been non-operational since April 2014, over eighteen months, without a corresponding reduction in rent. Mayor Eric Garcetti: How long does it take for a city employee who is white to ask slum landlord plantation owner Walter Barratt is the intercom apt 9 working? Why does it take over 18 months for your white employees to ask the question does the intercom work? Is intercom security safety just for the privileged few? How many white people does it take to get an intercom fixed? As seen on Facebook under Congressperson Karen Bass.  Vote the next Los Angeles election to remove Los Angeles Eric Garcetti as mayor due to his racial bias.   Addressed above to: misswholefoods@aol.com (Manager Lorrie Sakauchi), cliffrenfrew@gmail.com (Hi Point Apts LLC Cliff Renfrew, walter.barratt@gmail.com [Hi Point Apts LLC agent), Mayor Eric Garcetti (mayor.garcetti@lacity.org), City Council, HCIDLA, Charles Garcia, David Greene, Justice Department, HUD, LADBS, Los Angeles County Public Health, and others. *with the required 24 hour written notice.  [The media is directed to view the website updates.] [Editor note: these sections below did not appear in the email above]

Tenant rights.

Upcoming elections: April 12 2016 Arcadia; April 12 2016 Long Beach; June 7 2016 Presidential Primary. This is a political sign and may be posted on door or window under California code section 1940.4 (a) and (b). 1940.4. (a) Except as provided in subdivision (c), a landlord shall not prohibit a tenant from posting or displaying political signs relating to any of the following: (1) An election or legislative vote, including an election of a candidate to public office. (2) The initiative, referendum, or recall process. (3) Issues that are before a public commission, public board, or elected local body for a vote. (b) Political signs may be posted or displayed in the window or on the door of the premises leased by the tenant in a multifamily dwelling, or from the yard, window, door, balcony, or outside wall of the premises leased by a tenant of a single-family dwelling. CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION : ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SECTION 1. All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy. CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION: ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS SEC.  3. (a) The people have the right to instruct their representatives, petition government for redress of grievances, andassemble freely to consult for the common good. “California Civil code 1942.5 (c) t is unlawful for a lessor to increase rent, decrease services, cause a lessee to quit involuntarily, bring an action to recover possession, or threaten to do any of those acts, for the purpose of retaliating against the lessee because he or she has lawfully organized or participated in a lessees' association or an organization advocating lessees' rights or has lawfully and peaceably exercised any rights under the law. “

Update February 7 2016

City and Los Angeles County Officials Garcetti, Wesson, Rent Control, Justice Department, Raymond Chan, LADBS, Alan Chen Told of Housing Discrimination

[Editor: Redacted from email sent]

"Is anyone available to cite owner for non-working intercom? re 1522 Hi Point St- Security is for all tenants not just the privileged few"

from tenant at Hi Point Apts Tue 2/2/2016 10:38 PM To:David Greene ; Charles Garcia ; LAHD RSO ; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org ; Cc:Charles Floyd ; Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd ; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org ; Fair Housing Doj ; Hi LLC ; Hi Point Apts LLC agent C Renfrew ; Lorrie Sakauchi Hi Point Apts LLC Manager ; Justice Department ; Da Lacounty Info ; Alan Chen ; sylvia.lacy@lacity.org ; Jeff Paxton ; raymond.chan@lacity.org ; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org ; Larry Galstian ; deron.williams@lacity.org ; Debbie L. Harmon ; Steve Ongele ; Lincoln Lee ; David Casian ; Ifa Kashefi ; Karen Penera ; Leila Ajalova ; steve.davey@lacity.org ; giovani.dacumos@lacity.org ; Harmon, Debbie L ; George Cerda ; Rep. Karen Bass ; Rep. Karen Bass ; Dear Inspector Greene/LAHCID et al. Intercom for my apt 9 remains un maintained and not working. I believe apt 5, 8, and 15 also have non-working intercoms. I believe the city SCEP inspector would have noted this if the city government did an SCEP inspection in 2014 of the property. Lack of health and safety. In my interest as well as that of the Public, I filed city code enforcement case number HCIDLA 555278 around December 12 2015. The intercom has still not been repaired. City Los Angeles code enforcement inspectors have no excuse for not inspecting the intercom. State law takes precedent and makes it clear that I do not have to be present for any apartment inspection. However I have made the resident manager and Cliff and Walter available if code enforcement needs to inspect the apartment 9, other than the fact I believe the entire city government is aware the intercom does not work for select apartments. No one has used force to prevent the city employees or owner from entering the apartment at any time from April 2014 forward. The city admitted to having in their possession statements from residents London and Ruggieri that select intercoms do not work. The owner's maintenance crews can testify that they are the ones who removed the intercoms from most of the apartments. The city government approved a capital improvement rent increase of $17.08 and based on pictures that showed the door entry intercom system from the outside of the building. Who has the city government decided that intercoms are for? How many whites, Asians, Blacks, Latinos, females [inspectors], are required to have these intercoms fixed? Or don't you know? The owner and the city government employees acts are intentional to cause harm. The acts herein are the proximate cause of the damages that have occurred to me. If not for racism and retaliation because I opposed unlawful discrimination, what is your reason for not taking reasonable steps to have the intercom repaired or replaced? Mr. Green and Mr. Chen et al: I ask: if the Public included your Mother, and she wanted to become a tenant, or became a tenant and lived here at 1522 Hi Point St, would you also deny her a working intercom? All rights reserved. Tenant Ham-Kushite-DNA-Black 1522 Hi Point St Los Angeles CA 90035 Home 323-319-4280 c: To owner, Cliff, and resident manager at supplied emails P.S. This email is subject to a government open records act request. It may be used as evidence to seek injunctive and declarative relief. ref: Government code 815.6. The Unruh Act. The Ku Klux Klan Act The Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution Pre-discovery

CA B & P code 6128.  Every attorney is guilty of a misdemeanor who either:
   (a) Is guilty of any deceit or collusion, or consents to any
deceit or collusion, with intent to deceive the court or any party.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE
SECTION 17200-17210
17200.  As used in this chapter, unfair competition shall mean and
include any unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business act or practice
and unfair, deceptive, untrue or misleading advertising and any act
prohibited by Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 17500) of Part 3 of
Division 7 of the Business and Professions Code.
[as seen on Facebook Karen Bass:]

"Los Angeles- FairCrest Heights. re 1522 Hi Point St 90035. In the past month there were reported twenty two assaults with deadly weapons in the area. There has been lack of security and safety at the building due to non-working intercoms, mold and asbestos, and allegations of terrorist activity. While state law civil code 1940.4 gives tenants the right to post and display flyers, the property owner Hi Point Apts LLC has vowed to evict those tenants who try to do that. He even has a section in the rental agreement asking tenants to report other tenants who try to exercise their rights under state law. This property owner is the subject of criminal fraud complaints filed with the County Los Angeles Office of the District Attorney. So far Congressperson Karen Bass has refused to support tenant rights at the property. Of course you will hear none of this from realtor Williams  Real Estate Advisors. You can reach the realtor Rance at 424-354-9239. You might want to ask him must you give up your rights in order to live at this property."

Update April 3 2016

As told to

Los Angeles Rent Control

Council man Herb Wesson

Inspector Charles Garcia

Inspector David Greene

Fair Housing department of Justice

LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Deron Williams

Jeff Paxton

Lincoln Lee

Alan Chen

HUD

George Cerda

Congressperson Karen Bass

General Concerns to the New Resident Manager at Hi Point Apts 

from tenant

Sun 4/3/2016

To:Hi Point Resident Manager Cynthia Ogan ;

Cc:RSO Contact ; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org ; Charles Floyd

; Ambassador Charles Linder Floyd

; Charles Garcia ; David Greene ; Fair Housing Doj ; raymond.chan@lacity.org ; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org ; Da Lacounty Info ; Larry Galstian ; sylvia.lacy@lacity.org ; deron.williams@lacity.org ; LAHD RSO ; Jeff Paxton ; Alan Chen ; Lincoln Lee ; Justice Department ; Debbie L. Harmon ; Ifa Kashefi ; Steve Ongele ; George Cerda ; Rep. Karen Bass ; Karen Penera ; Rodney Arias ; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org ; Da Lacounty Info ;

Hi Point Apts is substandard, unsanitary, unsafe 

Dear Resident Manager Cynthia Ogan:

On April 1, 2016, sometime between the hours of 9-5, Hi point Apts LLC employee Cliff Renfrew entered the building at 1522 Hi Point St and left a notice at my door. The notice indicates that you are the new resident manager and your phone number is 310-406-4075 and your email 1ccanary@gmail.com.I understand that from a previous communication from Renfrew, that your duties are "the first point of call if you have a general concern or need help." So I enter into a review here of my general concerns that I need help with. I also have cc'd various public officials and employees who either have a concern about this building or who have jurisdiction, i.e LA County District Attorney, LA County Public Health Department, city Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Department, and city Los Angeles code enforcement inspectors. I also have gotten little response from the owner on these issues so my second reason for contacting you as resident manager since the owner is substantially unresponsive.

1. As resident manager, the state Labor Commissioner governs certain requirements that would apply to yourself or anyone in the building who becomes resident manager. I speak here for information purposes, not legal advice. Is your resident manager agreement with Walter in writing? If it was, you probably want to show it to the labor commissioner to see if it was legal. Did the agreement state your hours of work and hours of pay? If the owner does NOT pay you a check for hours worked, the maximum he could charge you in rent 2016 is around $564.81 per month. Maximum. Will the owner charge you a reduced rent as manager or give you a deduction? Will the owner give you a check for the hours you work each month? Is the paycheck he gives you itemized for taxes, etc.? Do you keep a time card? If the owner did reduce your rent, was the amount reduced by 1/3 off your current rent? Example if your rent was $1750 did he agree to reduce it to around $1172.00 for the months you are manager? The labor commissioner indicated to me that the "ordinary rental value" could be your current rent amount, or the amount it was when you became manager. So I estimated $1750 as your current rent. The owner should provide the tools to do your job which includes cleaning supplies, vacuum, etc. If the owner has asked you to use your cell phone for manager business, will he reimburse you a percentage for your phone?

2. Re front door safety. As you know, you and I both live in apts that are at the front door of the building. Many tenants use the front door, while some prefer to enter the building using their key to get in the back door of the building which is in the parking lot. I continue to express my general concern that we should have a peephole in the front door of the building. If you look up and down the street, you will see many buildings that have some type of front door intercom system or even security system....... I myself have [a security system]. As density in this area increases, so does the potential for crime. I am sure you have experienced as I have near physical misses at the front door as it is opened from either side without being able to see who is outside the door. It only costs a few dollars to replace a peephole. The owner Walter Barratt as well as Cliff Renfrew have been unresponsive on this issue. I realize also that the peephole to your apt door allows you to see the entire hallway; our apt peephole does not. I am sure you hear the police helicopters in this area frequently so there is crime and as last as October 2015, a few months ago, it was reported to city officials and the owner [as seen on the internet also] that an Air Force employee claimed there were terrorists in this building. So safety should be a concern for everyone and for everyone in the building, not safety just for those of a certain race, sex, age, or nationality. 

3. House rules. I understand that the owner passed out house rules that say in part that tenants cannot post flyers on the door or window or they will face eviction, and also other tenants should report other tenants who violate that rule. Under state civil code section 1940.4, however, tenants have the right to post flyers on their door or window under certain circumstances. I consider that sections of the house rules to be void and a violation of my rights under state law. As the owner is collecting rent having misrepresented the state law, I consider him to be involved in a criminal act under the penal code, as reported to LA District Attorney Jackey Lacey. If I see anyone taking anything off my door that I put there, I will file a police complaint for theft. 

4. Trash. I frequently see the trash overflowing and tenants have placed trash on the ground outside the dumpster. Maybe we need a second dumpster. This creates unsanitary, unsafe, and substandard conditions that affect all tenants. Thank you for your attention to this.

5. Parking stalls. City rent control regulations state that if a housing service is removed, or not maintained, and the tenant is not given a rent reduction, then the tenant is paying illegal rent, and must be given a rent reduction. Previous to this current owner, our apt had the tandem two car stall. The owner threatened us with eviction if we did not move to a one car stall, which we did. Since that time I have seen tenants come and go and receive the two car stall while we still only have a single stall. The owner once said the tandem stalls were first come first served but that has not applied to myself as a Black tenant so I still do not have the privilege of a tandem parking stall, while I see other tenants request to be moved, or tenants who request a two car stall but only have one car. My complaints about this unfair discriminatory system, and my requests for a copy of the parking availability rules that apply to all tenants, have been ignored by Walter and Cliff for almost two years. By the way, the city government HCIDLA Barbara Brascia recently said that the owner can charge a fee for the extra tandem stall, I guess admitting that there are not enough tandem stall for all 18 tenants, and admitting that there are 21 stalls but 18 tenants, but was not communicated to all tenants and appeared to single me out for unfair treatment. However my questions as to what are the qualifications to get a tandem stall i.e. race, sex, age, and what is the fee, and what is the application process, have been ignored by the owner and the city government Brascia and others. If you Cynthia, know of the application process, please forward me a copy of the form. I also believe , however, that any fee for parking would be an illegal rent increase. 

6. Intercoms. The intercom is a safety and security feature. Every apartment should have a working intercom to assure that the building is not substandard, unsafe, and unsanitary. My apt and I believe three others do not have a working intercom in this 18 unit building. I have reported this repeatedly over the past two years to the city employees as well as to the owner, which is my duty under state law and under the rent agreement to report such conditions; the city government and the owner remain unresponsive over the last two years. As a Black tenant, by the conduct of the parties, apparently I am not entitled to a working intercom, such practice I feel is a violation of my civil rights under federal, state, and local law. 

As I have filed numerous complaints with rent stabilization and code enforcement, and the owner has been found liable on a few other occasions for illegal rent, and being that code enforcement and public health inspectors have been in the building numerous times over the past year but my intercom remains not maintained and un repaired, I hereby give permission to the resident manager Cynthia to let the code enforcement into my apartment for inspection, not waiving the fact my roommate may be available. State law does not require me to be present for any inspections.

So I have brought these general concerns and areas I need help with, to your attention, Cynthia. 

All rights reserved.

[tenant name and phone redacted]

Hi Point Apts is substandard, unsanitary, unsafe

c: via email: Council President Herb Wesson, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Inspector David Green, Inspector Richard Brinson, Inspector Alan Chen, District Attorney LA County, HUD Debbie Harmon, etc.

[Editor Note: This letter has been redacted. Neither the manager or anyone of the other government employees has responded to the complaints about the intercom and the parking stalls and the owner's violation of civil code 1940.4. The complaining tenant is Black, the resident manager is White, the owners are white, and most of the government employees are non-Black. There have been reports to the owner and manager of inadequate asbestos removal. Out of 14 apartments renovated, with four remaining, all apartments had a popcorn ceiling. The ceiling was removed in all 14 apartments but the owner failed to notify the city of any contractor qualified to perform asbestos removal. As a result, tenants who live in the building and those coming to look at apartments and move in may be exposed to asbestos contamination. While the owner may be telling tenants the asbestos removal was done, the government already ruled that the asbestos inspection itself was not adequate. Asbestos contamination is a long term ailment so tenants, children, or seniors in the building who may be infected will not see the effects of the ailment until years from now. Here is a link to an article on asbestos:]

A popcorn ceiling that may contain asbestos

Updated September 19 2016

Los Angeles, California officials say Black tenant treated as "Nigger" not entitled to full and equal housing privileges. Select tenants are named. United States Central District Court case CV16-03236 JLS. Filed May 11, 2016. Johnson v. City of Los Angeles, et al.

Attorneys for the defendants are ATTORNEY FOR COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, AND ALAN CHEN Renee E Jensen     lduarte@fwhb.com, rjensen@fwhb.com; ATTORNEY FOR WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE ADVISORS, Inc. Thomas L Watters     twatters@hartwattersandcarter.com;  ATTORNEY FOR STATE OF CALIFORNIA Martin Ageson     martin.ageson@doj.ca.gov, marsha.petty@doj.ca.gov; ATTORNEY FOR CITY OF LOS ANGELES, CHARLES GARCIA, BARBARA BRASCIA, RICHARD BRINSON, ARMIDA-OLGUIN FLORES Robert P Moore     robert.p.moore@lacity.org, julie.martinez@lacity.org; ATTORNEY FOR HI POINT APTS, LLC, WALTER BARRATT, CLIFF RENFREW Jared A Barry     jared@barrylawgroup.com   [UPDATED SEPT. 19, 2016]

Click below link for more information on the lawsuit:

Lawsuit Against Hi Point Apts, LLC et al.

Racism Hi Point Apts

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LA Rent: Has rent control been successful in Los Angeles? Evictions from rent-controlled units on the rise in L.A. LA Rent Control The Rent Adjustment Commission (RAC) Rent Control Los Angeles rent-controlled Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions – Landlord/Tenant http://www.hrc-la.org/doc.asp?id=36 http://dcba.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dca/main/home/yourhome Department of Consumer and Business Affairs https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CFQQFjAIahUKEwi43cPqk5bHAhUBz4AKHWGyBr4&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yourlegalcorner.com%2Farticles.asp%3Fid%3D160%26cat%3Dland&ei=zzbEVfi5A4GegwTh5JrwCw&usg=AFQjCNHHNxsUjrdRfV8Z-63nDIl0C1O9ig LA Rent Control The Rent Adjustment Commission (RAC) Rent Control Los Angeles

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12 Responses to Communications with city employees

  1. How do we take these bastards down?

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    • A very astute question. It takes hard work, dedication, long hours, and time is money. I am not quite sure I have the answer. Documentation that you asked them for a response is the first step; administrative agencies are the next step but they can take months and do nothing and in the meantime the statute of limitation is running. Sometimes certain civil laws have criminal penalties that can be researched. Seeking lawyer assistance is an option but no more guaranteed than the rest. Try to get press coverage or start your own community grassroots group of people with similar concerns. Call a meeting of the tenants. This is not legal advice. When it comes to civil rights, nothing is handed to you on a platter. Publicize, publicize, publicize! Document everything! Small claims court is a do-it-yourself option. Study guerrilla tactics. Remember that the people you are up against have probably been doing this for years and their plan to screw you is well practiced and well funded. What is your goal? Are you satisfied with the victory of bringing the injustice to light on a daily basis or is your goal big money damages? Each goal has its different requirements as far as time and money. These “bastards” as you say depend on you giving in or doing nothing. How much is your time worth? How much are your values worth? Take pictures and video and post to social media.

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      • Hello sir– My fiancee (Nidia Escobedo who commented “How can we take these bastards down”) and I came across your website after we found ourselves dealing with this department regarding our unit and the lack of cooperation from Code Enforcement.

        For six months we have engaged this department, and have gone elsewhere: Building and Safety, Zoning, City Ethics Department, Jose Huizar’s Office, Department of Water and Power, even Housing Specialists out of The Mayor’s Office. And for six months we have experience a sort of game they all play–where even when you provide proof and the answers, they act aloof–or refer the matter to the very swine who are lying. And yes, time gets wasted. Time gets wasted and in the meantime things get worse.

        In our efforts we utilized every division of HCIDLA, put in a reduction case, had an RSO Determination done, of course code complaints, etc–and HCIDLA botched every single case. The RSO Determination cited permits for a unit that wasn’t even on the same lot.. Essentially, our unit is not even legal–there are no CofO’s for it, nor any permits. Furthermore when we moved in a REAP hearing was pending–as for six months the previous tenant endured code violations with no compliance. REAP was accepted, Landlord appealed, and so it was in REAP pending the GM Hearing–but 20 days prior to the hearing a senior inspector closed the case citing compliance…

        A week later we move in… A week after that notice of public hearing goes up… We call Code and Compliance Hearing Section and find that compliance could not have been achieved–many of the code violations in the previous complaint WERE STILL IN THE APARTMENT. When we asked the inspector who closed the case he said to us “Look, I’m not going to talk about past cases I already closed…” Furthermore Hearings section told us NOT to attend the Hearing–NOT to appeal, as it would be A WASTE OF TIME, and A WASTE OF MONEY. All we could do was file a complaint…

        Unfortunately we listened, and so we filed a complaint and what followed was a joke. Inspectors wouldn’t cite code violations, lied, and basically told us we were out of luck.

        We have received letters from Principal Inspectors and Director of Code Enforcement Jeff Paxton… This letter is quite interesting, as Jeff repeatedly says our complaints have no grounds or basis in reality, and in this same letter gets some 10 facts wrong–as proven by HCIDLA’s own paperwork… He’s got inspectors at inspections they were not present for, he’s got dates wrong, he’s even said A member of Jose Huizar’s office was present for a Health Department inspection in March, when she was in fact present for a HCIDLA SCEP Reinspection in APRIL. You would think this would seriously damage Code Enforcement credibility, but no–nothing..

        Also I put in a CPRA request for emails amongst the department employees regarding our case–and not only do Principal Inspectors and the Director LIE about circumstances, inspections, and their contacting us when they haven’t, but also DISCREDIT us by portraying us as pig headed, bratty children who refuse to accept their answers, and are too stupid to understand.

        We still have yet to speak to Jeff Paxton, nor the Principal Inspector out of the responsible office–though they repeatedly told superiors (Rushmore, Roberto, Laura, even the district attorney’s office Robert Moore, Michael Duran) that they spoke to us and handled each and every complaint ethically…

        This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

        Would you be interested in collaboration? Could we combine our efforts to bring this situation to light? Could we start organizing tenants? Could we combine our evidence to show to media? Would you be interested in litigation against the city/HCIDLA? Attendance at Council Meetings? RAC Meetings? General Manager’s Hearings?

        Your site inspired us early on, and gave us strength when we felt the whole world was against us…. as it sure seems that way.

        Let me know…

        We have an abundance of evidence… Video of inspections, audio, etc. You can check out our youtube–which apparently had an RSO investigator transferred to a different office due to his laughing off the importance of RSO posting.. Search Interaction with HCID RSO Investagator or Spare my children spare my wife; HCID + Huizar ruined my life…

        WHAT DO YOU EXPECT, WHEN YOU DON’T INSPECT.

        Regards

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      • Here is a site you might like to follow. http://wp.me/P6ztbL-K

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  2. First I wish I could do much more to help, and I am glad this site inspired you, but you must primarily pat yourselves on the back for having the determination and conscience to do the right thing. Having worked for the government in a number of capacities, I do not have good things to say. You are up against a well oiled corrupt machinery that has been doing this shell game for many years. Unfortunately everything you have experienced I have experienced almost the same things. I will take a look at your youtube site and that is a step in the right direction because the corruption of public officials must be made public and photographed if necessary. Yes, even though under government code 815.6 the agencies are required to make a diligent effort to protect you from risk of injury, they rarely do and that may be a code section you must frequently quote. I cannot give you legal advice, and you seem like you have covered all the agencies including legal aid foundation who all receive government funds to screw the little guy [would you be better off moving to another apartment but that may not be financially feasible and its admirable to fight for tenant rights], but you must do your legal research and visit the free law library; look up department of fair employment and housing cases [the DFEH is just as crooked as the rest of the agencies]; court litigation is an option but may be costly and of course is no more guaranteed than the next option. Sometimes when you don’t seem to see the light ahead, you just have to keep going, and your momentum will help you find the answers you need, and sometimes you will get unexpected help. Try media contact David Goldstein? Yes, I would be interested in collaboration. If you plan on litigation, you must first file a claim against the city agency of which I have numerous ones; such claim if rejected may not be subject to res judicata because a lease/rent agreement is an ongoing obligation between two parties. So a denial of what happened to you last month under the rent agreement may not act as a precedent to stop complaints of new evidence against your apt owner. Do your research. We are snowballs up against a giant brick wall and I don’t expect the fight to be easy. Documentation is your best friend. Give me the weekend and I will do some research.

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  3. Try to get newspaper coverage. Smaller papers on college campuses or papers in the San Pedro area may be eager to publish your story. Two to three paragraphs and a link to your youtube should do it. Remember no more than two to three paragraphs.

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  4. LA – pumping out 13,000 new homeless a week!

    No one loves YOU more than Jesus! Homeless 5 plus yr’s; Google me: jeffreydavidmorris, http://www.jeffreydavidmorris.com

    GET A CLUE! I NO care what / who’s stats’s – number’s THEY say. And OH, I JUST DID!

    THEY (power?) < NOT! THEY wouldn't know power if it starred THEM in the face (GOD / Jesus / Heaven), and I wouldn't be surprised if it (GOD / Jesus / Heaven) hasn't, THEY just wouldn't know it!

    The DAY is COMING! THEY ain't done NOTHING in 20 year's / 2 decade's, Local – National! HUD is CORRUPT!

    I’m just a LA local laborer, whom previously 5 – 6 year’s ago had what I thought was a down to earth, simple, easy, clean, normal residential home life (before realizing a) just whom I was doing rental business with (local corrupt housing authority and further more, HUD as a Whole), and b) just what I was involved with ie: badly, corrupt run non-human HUD Section 8 housing program);

    Please stop the stigmatization of us homeless out there

    HUD’s leadership? UGH!

    Alphonso Jackson – former head of HUD, before Shaun Donovan, AJ – federal embezzlement of given annual fund’s by congress to budget and properly disperse downward throughout HUD and down unto local level;

    INSTEAD, AJ – those $$$, unto friends/family, thus, NO federal prosecution, NO federal imprisonment and NO federal restitution < ($ payback) by Alphonso Jackson AND those he paid, NOTHING! But (a slap on hand?) and sent into shadows, misc. I mean, what’s that say about Congress as a Whole?!?

    Then Shaun Donovan (formerly of SBA – Small Business Administration) to then head of HUD, thus, NOTHING enough done right, you KNOW what I mean, loosely said.

    Now Shaun Donovan heading up “Office of Personnel Management” < WHICH I hear was hacked recently. I mean what a F- – – k up! He, nor any of them can run ANYTHING right.

    Then – now Julian Castro / was formerly mayor of San Antonio, Texas heading of HUD and note: has the audacity to go downtown LA and (-) unto those affected, huh, who’s that fool kidding?!? UGH! Thus, same B/S just goes on and on.

    Take your pick, re: (local?) corruption, for which even FBI has had to be called in to (babysit?) do their thing with these foul asses amidst us in public office.

    But take your pick, re: (local?) corruption – LAHD (LA Housing Dept), LADBS (LA Building and Safety), LA Environment Health (=) code violations (enforcement? – ain’t that a HOOT) agencies – (kiss up?), misc re: $ slumlord’s, while they (slumlord’s) still laugh it up all the way to the bank, punking down tenant’s, even amidst small claim’s court’s, as if to say: “Who you think a Black robe is gonna believe, YOU tenant or I? HUH!”

    And there’s also pathetic, misc local housing authority’s inspection dept (before a tenant can move in), but more so the owner’s dept thereof amidst a housing authority.

    And why? Because NO system thereof has been set up ie: a blacklist – locally unto federal level, being a slumlord or them trying to trick system by having a family member apply, you know, all the B/S game’s thereof they play, ugh!

    And I know thereof, misc: “Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities”: http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf

    $ slumlord’s still laughing it up all the way to the bank and allowed to keep getting monthly share of $ per / via local housing authority, per / via local HUD office (downtown LA on 6th, AT&T building, hence, misc from HUD D.C., which annually comes from Congress).

    Then there’s the various throughout LA County corrupt housing authorities, NOT just HACLA on Wilshire, but also Hawthorne – past busted, and misc other’s.

    Word being: Section 8 housing program voucher’s = frozen v.s. while other’s apparently seem to be getting them (ie: from ? thereof locally unto individual’s).

    And then there’s fool’s coming outta prison – to local jail’s OR from local jail’s alone UNTO getting a voucher, side tracking / before those on 8 – 10 year or MORE waiting list.

    Instead of these fool’s being shown / pointed unto homeless shelter’s, misc to begin anew and start again.

    So yeah, I’ve witnessed – seen / heard it all = loosely said. Even with, separately Today’s Roman Soldier’s (ie: 5-0, cops, police) though they no pack sword’s anymore. THINK I’m B/S-ing, think again!

    I just never GOT – who I was really doing business with (as I minimally care enough to admit that I have a deep, keen, misc respect for business itself), nor just what I was involved with, thus, with my back up against wall;

    Ok, sure, I made a choice to walk away, give up voucher, regardless of paying 30 percent of my monthly income – apt rent: $253 example.

    AGAIN, I have a deep, keen, misc respect for business itself, PERIOD. We (???) either do it right (in writing, legal bound, notarized) OR we NO do nothing at all, period! That make me a dam fool, ETC under the sun? Huh, in Jesus name, I think NOT!

    I should be homeless (even as some odd job clientele of mine have shared with me).

    My back was up against the wall, so to speak, knew sort of that per / via some small claims court, what? THEY slumlord’s against a tenant, huh.

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  5. No one loves YOU more than Jesus! Homeless 5 plus yr’s; Google me: jeffreydavidmorris, http://www.jeffreydavidmorris.com

    Huh, sad and unfortunate of my fellow homeless brother’s / sister’s out there, WHOM kindly need more ‘care’, misc than me; I AM EASY to assist and help get off the street’s and become housed.

    PLUS, there’s (below); huh, come people, please, I’d kindly like to NOT die homeless. I have been trying to network unto local – national human’s, homeless (related?) agencies, non-profit’s, organization’s, misc and ETC across the board. I’ve been trying to ‘reason’ kindly with you all for over 5 plus year’s, with no thus far housing securement discussion, misc. Sigh, please?

    I’m kindly asking, if your offering, for your help, hence, we can do this, let’s just try and have a discussion and see how we can make this happen. A nice little studio apt in a decent, safe neighborhood would be nice, and I do have my ie: studio apt size belonging’s safely secured in a Hermosa Beach 5′ x 9′ storage unit;

    And note, I don’t do bed’s, what I got is a personally, long time self bought Cot < 7' long x 3' wide x 2' high, my own little TV, 3' high little refrig and small microwave, misc belonging's. I'd need though assistance with move-in cost's and time available to find a a apt and doing the 'move' per driving, misc per a "UHaul' as I do have a driver's license. Thank you kindly and sincerely in advance, God bless and good day.

    No one loves YOU more than Jesus! Google me: jeffreydavidmorris

    Re: homelessness, me 5 plus yr's – to date homeless and not why anyone thinks; I DID step / stand up, voluntarily involved with local residential, community neighborhood improvement per / via my own personal, individual spare time, energy AND $ money, and where'd that get me: Ruined, blacklisted and retaliated against.

    There's vast, discussable deal's 'out there to be had' per / via barter and housing in exchange for doing (?)'. Even walked (as I've done in the past and know the place well) – "Lake Hollywood Reservoir", 3.2 mile walk around; anyway, my point is, I've walked through and down some of those street's throughout Hollywood Hills / 90068, HUH, the neglect and lack of upkeep on some of these home's which (?) spent so much money $ for. Geez, I'd love to do a 'room', misc housing arrangement in exchange for low rent AND doing work around home, misc. SIGH . . . ya just don't know enough. Wow.

    Past / Previous Accomplishments / Achievements;

    Homeless are NOT human financial commodities! Stop demonizing the homeless (generally speaking).

    Left HUD’s Section 8 housing program (8/2004 – 4/30/10), via civil code: 1942.5, besides all the stuff I did via voluntary tenant advocacy & the 'Martin Luther King Jr" thing – on a smaller scale =

    Ruined to homelessness (4/30/10 – current / present), though past voluntary, misc achievement's and misc, though not even any – informed local 'legal' cared, misc to do anything, nothing; ME:

    Tenant advocacy on behalf of (22) plus low income tenant's (some Section 8, some non) – whom, more less, imagined me doing the ‘Martin Luther King Jr’ thing but on a much, much smaller scale.

    I've past shown and exhibited – being involved with local community neighborhood, such as sole, self financially and voluntarily exercised physical labor with NO desired 'lime light', NOR financial reimbursement – from anyone. I deemed I, as a residential civilian, had a fellow responsibility to 'step up' and be involved, hence, my choice and of my own free will, thus, safer, clean, misc area.

    Networking with the normal community neighborhood standard of first point of contact with the local senior lead assigned community neighborhood "L.A.P.D." Rampart officer: Matthew Zeigler, Basic Car 2A1, 34208@lapd.lacity.org, on whatever local community neighborhood concern’s, misc, you know, generally speaking.

    Then there’s (what I was involved with) – As I just got tired of it being too dark, as I know same for other’s, even ill potential for night crime, but I covered & voluntarily paid for (7) night time light's ie: additional residential community neighborhood outdoor lighting, via/per a civilian contract with “LADWP”– invoiced / billed $254 / bi monthly, on various wooden pole's in (8/2004 – mid 2010). Post / after being 'ousted' from residential area, I simply returned local residential community neighborhood area back unto 'The Darkness' for which I found it, misc – (8/2004).

    Then there’s- "Tru-Green" landscape services, (Tree and shrub as well as grass/lawn spray treatment’s every 4 – 6/wk's), under $50/mo I voluntarily covered – unto/atop of the old rental properties front yard landscape (which should have never been an issue, since owner lived off site and I was paying for it voluntarily and self $ financially).

    And additionally, I had a separate landscaper sole guy / man (John Winberry – seanberry04@yahoo.com) come by every (3) month's – ($80 each time) to do 'weed trimming', while I was behind the landscaper – sweeping and picking up freshly cut / trimmed landscape debris, hence, me – involved.

    And even then, in the rental building itself, during normal day time hour’s, periodically say, vacuuming each of the (3) floor’s – hallway’s, water/rag – wiping down hand rail’s, cleaning of window’s; huh, I should have been a manager, but I’m a loner, sole guy.

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