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.
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.
Update August 2 2015-
[ Faircrest Heights ]
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 13 2015- voicemail to code enforcement citing ‘racism’
Transcribed from Voicemail. Here the Voicemail at the Link below.* Regarding 1522 Hi Point Street aka “Hi Point Apts” and “Hi Point Apts LLC” Voicemail 7-9-2015 at 22:20 and 22:24.
“You have reached the desk of inspector Richard Brinson with the Los Angeles City Housing and Community Investment Department, tenant habitability program, primary renovations. Please leave a message at the beep and I will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you.”
“Hi, today’s date is July 9, 2015, and this call is to Raymond Chan thru the phone number of Richard Brinson, and the number that I am calling is 213-252-2883, that is the City of Los Angeles government number.
I have received voicemails from Mr. Brinson and others the last two months but they are not acceptable as a resolution to the Complaints herein. To Raymond Chan, Director, If Not for Racism. Your recent voicemails have been received and they are not acceptable as a resolution.
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; this is a habitability complaint
3. I am still denied a housing service and habitability working intercom
4. The owner miscalculated the annual 3% rent increase for June1 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. This is also a habitability complaint
5. I am still denied a rent reduction due to loss of working intercom [rent reduction as required by LAMC section 151 et seq.]
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 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 and conduct reasonable diligence 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? This call is from tenant apt 9, July 9, 2015.”
“Recording has stopped…Message left.”
[Previously sent by email and first class mail and also to Code enforcement. c: Mike Feuer, City attorney; State Bar Complaint; Site manager Marilyn London, via email ; Mayor and City Council via email to council president Wesson; California Department of Fair Employment and Housing .The Mayor of Los Angeles is Eric Garcetti. The Governor of California is Edmund “Jerry” Brown. Raymond Chan is the director of city LAHCID. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has refused to process this as a discrimination complaint.]
Voicemail audio file – call to LAHCID code inspector Richard Brinson July 9. Note that this is one of many calls over the past 12 months to code enforcement. Various inspectors have been inside the buildings at least fifteen times over the past 12 months. The intercoms for select tenants remain unrepaired.
Update April 20 2015
Welcome to Los Angeles.
Won’t you please join us for tea
[Redacted from an email dated April 19 2015 to Department Fair Employment and Housing and the Housing Rights Center.]
“NO RENT REBATE DUE TO NO RESIDENT MANAGER
From approximately March 2014 to August 2014 the building was without a resident manager.
This affected about seven tenants. The RAC ordered a rent rebate and I was the only one who received the check. The remaining tenants Apts 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, and 18 did not receive a rent refund from the owner.
Of those tenants, two are white and seven are minorities.
NON WORKING INTERCOM
Ten tenants of the Causasian race have working intercoms.
Two tenants of the Caucasian race have no working intercoms.
Over 80% Caucasian tenants have working intercoms.
Three Asians have working intercoms.
One Asian does not have a working intercom.
Three tenants Black race have working intercoms.
Ten tenants Black/Hispanic do not have working intercoms.
Over 80% Black tenants do not have working intercoms.
[Figures are approximate]
NO RENT REDUCTION FOR NON-WORKING INTERCOM [for those entitled to one]
2 Caucasian tenants have not received a rent reduction for non-working intercom
10 Black/Hispanic tenants have not received a rent reduction for non-working intercom
80% of Black/Hispanic have not received a rent reduction due to non-working intercoms.”
from a tenant at Hi Point Apts.
[Based on documents forwarded to the Mayor Eric Garcetti and Council and Rent Adjustment Board members.]
Gentrification discrimination occurs because it has the help of government officials and government funding.
Should white tenants have a working intercom solely because they are white?
Is the money of Black tenants not good enough for them to have working intercoms?
Can you say ‘Racism’ ?
Black Tenants Protest Rent Increase at Gentrification Neighborhood [Jan 4 2015]
Hi Point Apts is the subject of a protest by African American tenants against a proposed rent increase by the owner. [December 2014]. There is some indication that tenants want the cost of repairs to a recent door keypad passed onto the newer more affluent tenants. Most of the newer tenants are non-African American. If you are a tenant who wishes to oppose the rent increase, reference Case CA050505 and please contact Los Angeles Housing Department Scott Matsunaga at 213-928-9063 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1522 Hi Point
These are the pending issues that have been turned over to the Rent Adjustment Commission’s Armida Olguin-Flores and Aracely Gonzalez; city attorney Mike Feuer; code enforcement inspector David James; Hi Point Apts LLC owner Walter Barratt, and employees Gianni Capaldi, Cliff Renfrew, et al.:
REDUCTION OF RENT due to un repaired door entry system. Pending since April 2014. Owner has arbitrarily installed entry systems for some tenants while denying the repair of entry system to others. RAC regulations says tenants are entitled to a rent reduction but the order has yet to be issued.
REDUCTION OF RENT due to reduction in parking. Pending since April 2014. Owner arbitrarily reduced parking for certain tenants who had tandem stalls; they were threatened with eviction notices. Some tenants clearly received a housing service of parking two cars in the building lot for years. The city government has refused to acknowledge the parking code which clearly defines “tandem” parking stalls in residential apartments. RAC regulations says select tenants are entitled to a rent reduction of $200 per month but the order has yet to be issued.
LACK OF DOUBLE STRIPING parking stalls. Another example where code enforcement refuses to follow their own regulations.
TANDEM STALLS not in compliance with the parking code. Another example where code enforcement refuses to follow their own regulations.
NO PERMIT FOR construction of brick wall. Another example where code enforcement refuses to follow their own regulations.
RENT REDUCTIONS due to lack of resident manager. In this rent control building there had been no resident manager since around March to August 2014. The owner had refused to provide a rent reduction to tenants. Finally after one tenant persisted, rent control on August 11, 2014 ordered the owner to provide [an extremely small] rent reduction refund checks to many tenants. As of today September 28, 2014, only one tenant out of 18 has received the refund check. The owner also waited past the 10 day deadline to tender the check. RAC and the owner refuse to verify did other eligible tenants receive the rent control check. [The owner had protested paying the rent reduction saying there were less than 16 units occupied at the time; the owner was mistaken because the city fire code regarding resident managers applies to number of units and not number of tenants.]
[ The HI POINT APTS LLC state ID is 201406410177]
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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
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