Code enforcement complaints to LAHCID and LADBS Los Angeles

Update June 20, 2017

Garcetti’s Racist Housing Inspectors Refuse to Order Intercom Repair

LOS ANGELES- After numerous continuing damage claims against the City of Los Angeles, and March and May inspections by code enforcement, city employees still refuse to order the repair of intercoms to Black tenants at 1522 Hi Point St Apts 90035. A Black asked another Black why he was calling them “Racists”. The Black answered: “What other word do you use if someone is denying a Black a federally protected housing service?”

See the web article

“The Monsters are due on Hi Point Street. See pink?” Will the Culver City developers of the Pinks bring more of the same racism to Hi Point Street?

http://wp.me/P57D2C-lf

See the Youtube video

Youtube Channel Juan Valldez. “Standing in the Apt House Door Part I of II “     https://youtu.be/cf6fMLA2vB0

“Standing in the Apt House Door Part II of II “

[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.]

“Hi Point Apts 90035 is unsanitary, substandard, and unsafe”

Cervantes and Garcetti racist employees again refuse to assist Black tenants

Update April 2 2016

[Editor: Below we will combine related RSO complaint, city code enforcement and county public health complaints. These are excerpts from the original complaints that are subject to a state California Public Records Act request. It is anticipated all claims will wind up in lawsuit to be filed against of the city government for discriminatory enforcement.  All complaints filed are against Hi Point Apts at 1522 Hi Point St 90035.]

RSO Ordinance Complaint January 14 2016 complaint- damages continuing [Redacted]

[From the The January 14 Complaint, city case number CE 214203, from the tenant at Hi Point Apts]

In summary, this complaint as forwarded is for:

  1. Illegal eviction*
  2. Illegal rent increase due to failure to compensate rent for loss of parking and unrepaired intercom
  3. Reduction of services due to reduction of parking stall and failure to maintain the intercom

REDUCTION IN HOUSING SERVICES AUTHORITY OF COMMISSION TO REGULATE

The Rent Adjustment Commission (the Commission) promulgates these regulations on reduction in housing services so that a corresponding reduction in rent can be determined to avoid an increase in rent in violation of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (LAMC Sec. 151.02, Definition of Rent Increase).

A tenant rents an apartment with the appurtenant housing services available at the time of renting the apartment. Landlords who reduce housing services without a corresponding reduction in rent effectuate an increase in rent. The purpose of these regulations is to guide the Los Angeles Housing Department in its evaluation of a corresponding reasonable reduction in rent.

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).  [Emphasis added.]

The rental agreement shows that tenants #9 had two vehicles because the manager has placed their stall assignment in the two car location on the rental agreement.

There is no indication on the rental agreement that there is a charge for parking.

There is no indication on the rental agreement that there is a distinction between single and tandem parking stalls.

By conduct of the parties, previous manager to April 2014, tenants were relocated to parking stall #14 [tandem stall] by mutual agreement with tenant and manager/owner.

 It is undisputed that when Hi Point Apts LLC purchased the building in 2014, tenants apt 9 were receiving a housing service of a tandem parking stall #14. This has been verified by written documents from Power Property Management prior to the new owner assuming ownership and by photographic evidence.

The only way a tenant could assume a parking stall was at the direction of management. Tenants #9 did  not have the authority to self-park.

If tenants #9 were not assigned to stall #14, then the city government and the current owner has not presented any evidence of any other tenant assigned to stall #14 prior to April 2014.

 A fee for parking is not allowed in the rental agreement.

Any fee for parking represents an illegal rent increase under rent stabilization ordinance L.A.M.C.

Any fee for parking would result in an illegal unilateral change in terms of tenancy.

Between October 28 2015 and November 13, 2015, according to city government documents, Hi Point Apts LLC agreed to either provide tenants #9 with relocation monies at last count about $19,000 or alternatively renovate the apt 9 with tenants temporarily moved to apt 15 or 18. At the time of that decision records show that for various reasons neither apt 15 or 18 were available for move in by tenants #9. The city agreement with the owner further ruled that the owner would give tenants #9 three weeks notice of the actual move date and written notice of which apartment for temporarily relocation. There has been no withdrawal of the THP nor was there any other decision allowed or occurring outside of the THP process, nor have any other options been decided regarding the THP.

According to city government documents, the renovated apartment 9 would be valued at over $17,000.

All tenants are at risk of being injured and/or are injured by house rule 10 section that the owner quotes.

*This is a complaint in addition for Notice to Quit based on false and deceptive grounds. The owners grounds are false and deceptive because they contradict and misrepresent obligations and rights under state law civil code 1940.4 and because the owner has offered no evidence that links the tenants apt 9 to the acts that the owner complains of.

The city government LAHCID has an obligation to comply with state law in this regard. California government code 815.6.

The RAC regulations are authorized by the Los Angeles Mayor and Council and the rent adjustment commission members who include or did include Jeffrey Daar.

Owner notice further states, “flyers were displayed on your front door and common area of the building contravening house rule no. 10.”

Owner provides no evidence of what flyers he alleged to exist, or were they letters to the Mayor and Council or rent control board.  He gives no proof that the flyers were put there or authored by tenants #9, one or both, only  that Barratt, Renfew, and Mozannar allegedly observed the flyers to be there.

20. There is no proof offered that tenants #9 violated any “lawful obligation”.

from the Tenant.

[Editor Note. The decision of housing LAHCID Barbara Brascia of March 24 2016 –the words have not been posted  here— denied Black tenants a rent adjustment reduction, denied the Black tenants a rent rebate, denied the Black tenants any protection under the rent control ordinance regulations, and failed to protect tenant rights to post flyers on the door or windows. The decision of Barbara Brascia under Rushmore Cervantes and Mayor Eric Garcetti, fails to take reasonable steps to protect the Black tenants from the risk of injury. Government code 815.6. Barbara  Brascia should face termination of employment for her pattern and practice of intractable and institutionalized racism, and failure to provide services to Black tenants under RAC regulations 411.01 and 411.02. The city HCIDLA, after a complaint from a Black that parking stalls were being denied based on race, Brascia said that the owner can charge for any extra tandem parking stall. Brascia was asked what is the charge for parking, which stall is the extra stall, and what is the application process to get a tandem parking stall. Brascia under the authority of Rushmore Cervantes and Mayor Eric Garcetti has refused to respond. ]

Editor Note: Los Angeles Rent Adjustment Commission Regulations:

“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.]

Call to Barbara Brascia, city government of Los Angeles, April 1 2016:

Barbara Brascia, Housing Investigator: 

“Hello,  you have reached investigator Brascia with the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Corporation.  Please leave a message including your case number and reason for your call. Should you wish to send documentation, you may do so to fax number 213-252-1422. Thank you. [Spanish]”

[Beep]

Tenant:

“Hi today is April 1, 2016. This is the tenant at apt 9, at 1522 Hi Point St,  this is for Barbara Brascia. You are with the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department.  I am looking for the Ku Klux Klan headquarters. The Ku Klux Klan Headquarters., I understand they are at this location. I would like you to see doe an application today so I can get a tandem parking stall. I would like you to send me an application today so I can get a tandem parking stall at 1522 Hi point St. It is your department who made the ruling, the recent ruling,  saying that we have to pay $50.00 or, excuse me, you did not say $50.00, but you said there was a fee involved  — you did not indicate what that fee would be—- and you also did not indicate which of the 13, 14, 15, 16 stalls are actually tandem. So again I need you to send me a written application today so I can get a tandem parking stall at 1522 Hi Point St. Do—you—comprehend English? Again, to Barbara Brascia, Ku Klux Klan headquarters, do you comprehend English? This is April 1 , 2016 from the tenant at apt 9 [at] 1522 Hi Point St, your case number CE 214203. Again, I’d appreciate a response from you in writing. Thank you.”

“Recording stopped.”

“Message left”

Click here for voicemail to Brascia

City Los Angeles Code Enforcement Complaint filed March 20 2016- city case number 567378

[Editor note: The C0unty of Los Angeles Public Environmental Health states on their website that the public can “report a problem or notify us about public health conditions such as rental properties that are not maintained.” Water leaks, mold, and unmaintained intercom service was previously reported to the agency. This complaint herein is a continuing complaint regarding non-working security intercoms at the property. The state Health and Safety code authorizes the County Public Health to investigate “all” buildings and “portion thereof”. The complaint is over 2745 pages long. The racial element here is that the complainant, a Black tenant, has complained about a non-working intercom for two years while predominately white tenants get a working intercom and parking privileges immediately upon move in and without having to complain. The property owners are White. The attachment excerpts below appeared in both the city complaint and the county complaint as both have jurisdiction over the state Health and Safety code. H & S code 17920. (e) Enforcement.]

 “Making racism work in Los Angeles; City and County employees who stand in the way of a Black Citizen getting fair housing”

As told to and based on communications with: Congressperson Karen Bass, Cynthia A. Harding, Jeffrey D. Gunzenhauser, Angelo J. Bellomo, Terri S. Williams, Hilda L. Solis, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, Don Knabe, Michael D. Antonovich, Le Taun J. Cotton, Veronica Bauchman, David Burkhead, Jackie Lacey, Richard Jackson, Udo O. Nwachuku.

“Don’t those tenants who are white and Asian deserve to live in a building where the entire building is secure, not just part of the building? That is the simplicity of racism; it only takes one word or action to be racist.”

Health and safety code section 17920.3 “Any building or portion thereof…”

“life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public or the occupants thereof”

“substandard building:”

“(a) Inadequate sanitation shall include but not be limited to the following” “(a)(14) general dilapidation or improper maintenance”

“(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.”

“(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.”

Nuisance defined Civil Code 3479. Anything which is injurious to health, including, but not limited to….”

“Civil Code 1941.1. (a) A dwelling shall be deemed untenantable for purposes of Section 1941 if…or is a residential unit described in Section 17920.3 or 17920.10 of the Health and Safety Code….”

“(6) Building, grounds, and appurtenances….* …kept in every part clean, sanitary…”

Rushmore Cervantes, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, councilperson Herb Wesson, Congressperson Karen Bass, county Public Health Alan Chen, Hi Point Apts LLC Walter Barratt, Hi Point Apts LLC Cliff Renfrew, Hi Point Apts LLC Resident Manager Lorrie Sakauchi, HCIDLA, Raymond Chan, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Charles Garcia, Lincoln Lee, David Casian, Karen Penera, Rodney Arias, David Green, Richard Brinson, Veronica Bauchman, David Burkhead, Richard Jackson, Udo O. Nwachuku, CEHS, office of the Los Angeles County district attorney for criminal prosecution of government employees

The apartment door entry intercom is not working apts 9, 15, 5, 8.

This is a nuisance complaint. H& S code 17920.3, 17920.3 (c). As defined civil code 3479.
This is an electrical complaint. H& S code 17920.3, 17920.3 (e), 17920.3(a), 17920.3(a)(14), 17920.3(d), 17920.3(i).

Lack of safe work practices re asbestos inspection and removal. IGNORED.

I hold the city government Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment [“HCID”]and the Los Angeles county government Los Angeles County Public Health and Environmental Health jointly and severally liable for damages due to the illegal rents collected by the owner, in such amounts to be determined thru discovery and trial of evidence of the true amounts of all tenant rents that should be reimbursed to the tenants due to the untenantability of the building 1522 Hi Point Apts. Civil Code 1941.1(a).

The city and county employees addressed herein have conspired with the property owner to expose tenants to the risk of injury at this property as a result of the non-working intercom system and intercom system wiring.

City employees Lateesha and John, and Richard Brinson, falsely represented that the city HCID does not have jurisdiction to inspect low voltage intercom wiring. Those statements are not true.

Said city and county employees have not responded to my complaints about the intercom, have acted in a racially discriminatory manner towards my rights as a Black male, and have not conducted a diligent effort to secure compliance and abatement of the non-working intercoms and their improper maintenance, and failed to take action against an abandoned vehicle on the property, stall 4, as previously reported. Such abandoned vehicle has been on the property for over 12 months.

That the city Los Angeles code enforcement and/or building and safety and Los Angeles County Public Health and environmental health have jurisdiction over unsanitary conditions at 1522 Hi Point St. “Health and Safety code 17920.3. (a) Inadequate sanitation shall include, but not be limited to, the following…”.

 

That the city and county governments noted herein have the authority to respond to “nuisance” complaints, H &S code section 17920.3(c). The Civil code 3479 defines nuisance as . “Anything which is injurious to health, including, but not limited to, the illegal sale of controlled substances, or is indecent or offensive to the senses, or an obstruction to the free use of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, of any navigable lake, or river, bay, stream, canal, or basin, or any public park, square, street, or highway, is a nuisance”

The non-working intercom is an obstruction to my free use of property, so as to interfere with my comfortable enjoyment of life or property, and since an intercom is known as a safety and security feature, it is injurious to my health to be without the working intercom, and such non-working intercom is a nuisance.

The Los Angeles County department of health website states: “DSE ensures that residential housing within Los Angeles County is safe, sanitary, and fit for human habitation. DSE inspects more than 60,000 multifamily dwellings…”. Yet somehow DSE cannot respond to the intercom wiring and nuisance complaint of this Black-DNA Jew Kushite tenant; the DSE does not intent that I as a Black- DNA Jew Kushite should be provided with safe, sanitary, and fit for human habitation housing.

“electrical service requires maintenance”

“electrical wiring disconnected and/or abandoned”

“defective, deteriorated, or bare electrical wiring”

Have any of you ever seen a Black man lynched?

The actions and inactions of both public entities make them liable under GC 815.6.

The property owner advertises apartments come with a working intercom in this building, I maintain the intercom wiring is not working. Either way, the code above gives you the authority to investigate the “including but not limited to” intercom system that is in each apartment and for the use of the tenant.

Have you ever read the Health and Safety code?

Do you comprehend English?

A non- working intercom is also considered a “nuisance” as defined under state law. City and county employees should be fired for non-compliance with the state code and for their abuse of authority.

The majority of the applicable tenants in this building that were subject to a THP application, never received a THP before vacating the building; the city and county government have refused to answer why. The city and county governments have refused to answer where did the monies go that were earmarked for the THP tenant relocations. The State Bar has been asked to revoke the licenses to practice law of

Michael Feuer and Robert P. Moore after Moore said that owner installed and advertised intercoms are not a housing service.

Civil code 1942.6. Any person entering onto residential real property, upon the invitation of an occupant, during reasonable hours or because of emergency circumstances, for the purpose of providing information regarding tenants’ rights or to participate in a lessees’ association or association of tenants or an association that advocates tenants’ rights shall not be liable in any criminal or civil action for
trespass.

Civil code 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. [Redacted]

County Los Angeles Health Department Complaint filed March 20 2016- separate complaint

[see same copy above to City Los Angeles]

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.

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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 October 17 2015

New Letter Demands City Pay for Lost Housing Services

[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]

Via email to:

Walter Barratt, HCIDLA, RSO, Cliff Renfrew, David Casian, Councilperson Herb Wesson, David Greene, Ali Mozanrar, Reyes Contractor Inc., Charles Garcia, Raymond Chan, Steve Ongele, Jeff Paxton, Rodney Arias, Giovani Dacumos, Deron Williams, Ifa Kashefi, et al.

“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.]

Update October 3 2015

Code Complaint city number 545433

[Redacted here and filed with the city September 22 2015]

[Text] LAHCID Code Complaint 545433. WORDS 3400.September 22 2015 TO LAHCID via website submission and first class mail.

WORKERS ON SITE BUT INTERCOM NOT REPAIRED

The lack of working intercom is considered a habitability complaint as well as electrical complaint under Health and Safety codes applicable to LAHCID. The intercom located inside my apartment is still not been maintained and does not work. IT HAS NOT BEEN WORKING SINCE BEFORE APRIL 2014 of which the LAHCID is aware, yet no letter has been issued to the owner by LAHCID ordering him to fix the intercom as it is a habitability issue. About four other tenants in the building are affected by the lack of working intercom, and are also entitled to a rent reduction as well, including the disabled, children, and senior citizen. The intercom is supposed to connect to the outside of the property to the fixture that can be seen from the walkway located on the front of the building; pictures of the intercom have been previously supplied to the LAHCID. Apparently out of 18 units, about five remain including mine that do not have a working intercom. I was here on the property May 26 2015 but no inspector showed up to inspect my unit. I did see another inspector outside but he did not say he was here to inspect my apartment after I asked him if he needed to get in. I provide a link to that video of that inspector on May 26 2015. The LAHCID issued a decision July 28 2015 about the intercom, parking, as regards rent reductions; that decision did not address the habitability issue. I provide a link here also to the decisions and my August 1 2015 rebuttal since the rebuttal is addressed to LAHCID and mentions the problems with code enforcement regarding the intercom; as such they are made part of this complaint. The LAHCID has set the monetary value of loss of the intercom at $120.00 per month.

The keypad code to get into the building is pretty much public knowledge by contacting the owner, manager, or agent Cliff Renfrew. Workers are now and will be onsite for about 45 days primary renovation to apartment 18, so that is additional access to the building for code enforcement.

Possible permit violations may have occurred to other apartments in this 18 unit building as structural changes may be occurring to the bathroom-bedroom areas and kitchen areas: new drywall being installed in both locations changing the size of the bathroom, bedroom, and the kitchen. Code enforcement has been aware of this for months since they do the final inspection before issuing the CFO (sic).

In an extreme case, there have been fires in apartments where the room count had been changed with partitions and the firemen became disoriented because the actual floor plan was different from the layout they had been given.” http://cooperator.com/article/qa-structural-vs-non-structural-changes

Voicemail received from Inspector Green dated August 31, 2015 at 1:06 pm.: “Yes, good afternoon. This is inspector Green calling from the LA Housing Department trying to reach Geary Johnson. There was an inspection scheduled for today. Nobody appears to be here. Can’t get access. I guess if there is a further complaint, please call it in. Thank you.”

I called and left voice messages around September 1- 4 for Inspector Green asking him to inspect the apartment without me having to be there on an emergency basis.

I did not agree to an appointment for August 31.

A previous code enforcement complaint was filed with the city August 8 2015 at 10:41 pm, number 537579. The 1182 word complaint stated, in part, “The LAHCID already has on file the contact information for the manager and the owner.” Inspector Greene apparently failed to contact the manage or owner per government code 815.6 to gain access on August 31, 2015. I am not taking off work for another inspection until the city government pays me for time already taken off work, damages, etc., when the intercom was not addressed or repaired and code enforcement was on the property or had access. REAP. GC 815.6.

Previous times the LAHCID code enforcement was in my apartment and/or the building/or had opportunity to enter the building include but are not limited to September 4 2014, September 10, 2014, April 28, 2015, May 26 2015. Damages against LAHCID inspector Green: an additional $20 million dollars general, compensatory, injunctive, declarative, specific, exemplary, punitive for violation government code section 815.6, including but not limited to. The use of federal funds for purpose of discrimination. LAMC section 153.03; a HEP complaint form is requested if the city has one; enforcement agency includes, but is not limited to, the Health Department, the Department of Building and Safety, Housing and Community Investment Department Code Enforcement Unit, and the Fire Department [Ordinance 182,718]. The HEP complaint form has been previously requested but not received.

What does inspector Green need to do now that he did not do on April 28 and May 26? Before you enter my apartment again in my presence, unless it is an emergency, you need to compensate me for the damages that have already occurred. Please remit a check today for any and all damages stated herein. I value the intercom at $57 per month x 14 months = $798 plus treble damages.

On an emergency basis, and I do consider this an emergency since the intercom has not been repaired in over sixteen (16) months and is subject to a city REAP and HEP complaint, you may conduct a habitability inspection of the apartment #9 and the indoor to outdoor intercom, by contacting the manager

Marilyn London 818-813-2204/310-350-7454,

agent Cliff Renfrew 310-339-4475, or

owner Walter Barratt 310-895-6693 at Hi Point Apts LLC;

those persons can give you access to the apartment and can verify that the intercom is not working in apartment 9. There is no waiver that I have incurred considerable other costs having the intercom inspected by other parties. Thus, no one in your department [or any other city government agency] has no excuse not to inspect my intercom.

Background:

To Inspector Greene [LAHCID code enforcement]

[Excerpts] Aug 1 2015 letter to:

Garcetti, Cervantes, Topchian, and Yeom’s Admit Illegal Use of Federal Funds to Discriminate Against Blacks

City of Los Angeles Admits Role in Discriminatory Parking Assignments

What kind of uncivilized animals do we exist with who cannot even respond to simple phone messages, emails, and letters over a twelve month period as [Hi Point Apts LLC] Walter, Cliff, London, and his clan Eric Garcetti do?”

LAHCID RENT STABILIZATION DIVISION INVESTIGATION AND ENFORCEMENT

3550 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1500, Los Angeles CA 90010

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Gilbert Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield, David E. Ryu, Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez, Felipe Fuentes, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren D. Price, Jr., Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Mike Bonin, Mitchell Englander, Mitch O’Farrell, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino.

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
[Redacted here and filed with the city September 22 2015]

Update October 3 2015

Why LAMC 41.40 is not a construction ordinance

Many government officials and lawyers quote LAMC 41.40 as stating hours of construction. But is that what the code says?

SEC. 41.40. NOISE DUE TO CONSTRUCTION, EXCAVATION WORK – WHEN PROHIBITED. (a) No person shall, between the hours of 9:00 P.M. and 7:00 A.M. of the following day, perform any construction or repair work of any kind upon, or any excavating for, any building or structure, where any of the foregoing entails the use of any power driven drill, riveting machine excavator or any other machine, tool, device or equipment which makes loud noises to the disturbance of persons occupying sleeping quarters in any dwelling hotel or apartment or other place of residence. In addition, the operation, repair or servicing of construction equipment and the job-site delivering of construction materials in such areas shall be prohibited during the hours herein specified. Any person who knowingly and wilfully violates the foregoing provision shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as elsewhere provided in this Code. (Amended by Ord. No. 158,587, Eff. 1/29/84.)

You can see that the code is a “Noise” Ordinance. It does not address hours of permitted construction, it only addresses “Noise”. The LADBS has interpreted that the code says hours of construction as 7 a.m. – 9 pm Monday thru Friday and Saturday. But since the code and ordinance is a “noise ” ordinance, and does not say permitted hours of construction as 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., I guess all these government officials have got it wrong. What do you feel? I can give you a list of government officials who have even said that the LADBS does not have jurisdiction over a multifamily rent control buildings. Corruption under Mayor Eric Garcetti. I have quoted the code to you. So why do you think government officials and the property owner and city attorney Robert Moore feel that the code says something it does not say? See the LADBS notice below. I have asked LADBS to remove the notice since that is not what LAMC section 41.40 says nor is it what ordinance 158587 says. Reyes Contractor Inc and Ali Mozannar are the contractors on the renovations. LADBS officials says that the building is under LAHCID which says that hours of primary renovation are Mon-Fri 8:00 -5:00 p.m. only and that any renovations outside those hours are considered to make the apartments uninhabitable. The owner of the property has refused to respond to numerous inquiries.

Update September 9, 2015 :

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Code Inspector Green Named in City Complaint

[This has been redacted]

[Text] LAHCID Code Complaint 544041.

WORDS 2312. TO LAHCID via website submission and first class mail.

WORKERS ON SITE BUT INTERCOM NOT REPAIRED

The lack of working intercom is considered a habitability complaint as well as electrical complaint under Health and Safety codes applicable to LAHCID. The intercom located inside my apartment is still not been maintained and does not work. IT HAS NOT BEEN WORKING SINCE BEFORE APRIL 2014 of which the LAHCID is aware, yet no letter has been issued to the owner by LAHCID ordering him to fix the intercom as it is a habitability issue. About four other tenants in the building are affected by the lack of working intercom, and are also entitled to a rent reduction as well, including the disabled, children, and senior citizen. The intercom is supposed to connect to the outside of the property to the fixture that can be seen from the walkway located on the front of the building; pictures of the intercom have been previously supplied to the LAHCID. Apparently out of 18 units, about five remain including mine that do not have a working intercom. I was here on the property May 26 2015 but no inspector showed up to inspect my unit. I did see another inspector outside but he did not say he was here to inspect my apartment after I asked him if he needed to get in. I provide a link to that video of that inspector on May 26 2015. The LAHCID issued a decision July 28 2015 about the intercom, parking, as regards rent reductions; that decision did not address the habitability issue. I provide a link here also to the decisions and my August 1 2015 rebuttal since the rebuttal is addressed to LAHCID and mentions the problems with code enforcement regarding the intercom; as such they are made part of this complaint. The LAHCID has set the monetary value of loss of the intercom at $120.00 per month.

The keypad code to get into the building is pretty much public knowledge by contacting the owner, manager, or agent Cliff Renfrew. Workers are now and will be onsite for about 45 days primary renovation to apartment 18, so that is additional access to the building. 

In an extreme case, there have been fires in apartments where the room count had been changed with partitions and the firemen became disoriented because the actual floor plan was different from the layout they had been given.” http://cooperator.com/article/qa-structural-vs-non-structural-changes

Voicemail received from Inspector Green dated August 31, 2015 at 1:06 pm.: “Yes, good afternoon. This is inspector Green calling from the LA Housing Department trying to reach [tenant name redacted]. There was an inspection scheduled for today. Nobody appears to be here. Can’t get access. I guess if there is a further complaint, please call it in. Thank you.”

I did not agree to an appointment for August 31. A previous code enforcement complaint was filed with the city August 8 2015 at 10:41 pm, number 537579. The 1182 word complaint stated, in part, “The LAHCID already has on file the contact information for the manager and the owner.” Inspector Green apparently failed to contact the manager or owner per government code 815.6 to gain access on August 31, 2015. I am not taking off work for another inspection until the city government pays me for time already taken off work, damages, etc., when the intercom was not addressed or repaired and code enforcement was on the property or had access. REAP. GC 815.6. 

Previous times the LAHCID code enforcement was in my apartment and/or the building/or had opportunity to enter the building include but are not limited to September 4 2014, September 10, 2014, April 28, 2015, May 26 2015. ….[HEP] enforcement agency includes, but is not limited to, the Health Department, the Department of Building and Safety, Housing and Community Investment Department Code Enforcement Unit, and the Fire Department [Ordinance 182,718]. 

What does inspector Green need to do now that he did not do on April 28 and May 26? Before you enter my apartment again, unless it is an emergency, you need to compensate me for the damages that have already occurred. Please remit a check today.

On an emergency basis, and I do consider this an emergency since the intercom has not been repaired in over sixteen (16) months and is subject to a city REAP and HEP complaint, you may conduct a habitability inspection of the apartment ….and the indoor to outdoor intercom, by contacting the manager Marilyn London 818-813-2204/310-350-7454, agent Cliff Renfrew 310-339-4475, or owner Walter Barratt 310-895-6693 at Hi Point Apts LLC; those persons can give you access to the apartment and can verify that the intercom is not working ….. There is no waiver that I have incurred considerable other costs having the intercom inspected by other parties. Thus, no one in your department [or any other city government agency] has [any] excuse not to inspect my intercom.

Please respond in writing by first class mail. 

Garcetti, Cervantes, Topchian, and Yeom’s Admit Illegal Use of Federal Funds to Discriminate Against Blacks; City of Los Angeles Admits Role in Discriminatory Parking Assignments; “What kind of uncivilized animals do we exist with who cannot even respond to simple phone messages, emails, and letters over a twelve month period as [Hi Point Apts LLC] Walter, Cliff, and his clan Eric Garcetti do?”

Gentrification discrimination occurs because it has the help of government officials and government funding.

September 9, 2015. LAHCID Code Complaint number 544041 re 1522 Hi Point St aka Hi Point Apts LLC.http://www.lahousingrentcontrol.com

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Update September 7 2015

September 7 2015 voicemail:

This call is for : the Rent Adjustment Commission; Mayor and Council of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department; Hi Point Apts LLC

Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety . Unresolved issues and pursuant to Govt Code 815.6:

What are the parking rules and rates for 1522 Hi Point Street? Around August 12 2015 I posted a series of 12 questions to you and I have not received your written answers as regards the intercom and the tandem parking stall. Please respond in writing today.

I am entitled to about…month rent reduction due to the loss of one parking stall since May 2014 that totals about… so please remit a check to me today for that amount.

I am entitled to about… month rent reduction due to the loss of intercom housing service since May 2014 that totals about … so please remit a check today to me for that amount.

Without waiving those rent reduction amounts above, the owner miscalculated the June 1, 2015 rent increase in an additional amount of $3.61 per month. That totals $14.44.

All amounts above are subject to treble damages so please remit those amounts today also, particularly under the city REAP and HEP regulations.

In addition, the intercom remains unrepaired and while others have received a tandem parking stall, I as a Black Kushite male, I have been skipped over for a tandem parking stall.

Please respond in writing. Today is September 7, 2015 and this call is from tenant …at 1522 Hi Point St 90035 to various city Los Angeles government officials regarding Hi Point Apts LLC.

[This voicemail transcription has been redacted] .

Update August 8 2015

[Text] Code Complaint 537579.

WORDS 1182. August 8 2015 TO LAHCID via website submission; email, and first class mail.

To: LAHCID, RENT STABILIZATION DIVISION, INVESTIGATION AND ENFORCEMENT, 3550 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1500, Los Angeles CA 90010 Mayor Eric Garcetti, Gilbert Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield, David E. Ryu, Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez, Felipe Fuentes, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren D. Price, Jr., Herb J. Wesson, Jr., Mike Bonin, Mitchell Englander, Mitch O’Farrell, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino. RAC members: 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; Rushmore D. Cervantes, Agassi Topchian, Ian Yeom.

Hi Point Apts LLC,Cliff Renfrew,Marilyn London,Ali Mozannar,226 Carroll Canal, Venice California 90291

LAHCID
RENT STABILIZATION DIVISION
INVESTIGATION AND ENFORCEMENT
3550 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1500
Los Angeles CA 90010

[Under Los Angeles Municipal Code, when a landlord does not perform required maintenance, the city government has the authority to make the repairs and bill the property owner, and, if necessary, place a lien against his property for the cost of the repairs.]

HOURS OF PRIMARY RENOVATION ARE NOT BEING ADHERED TO:

Today primary renovation contractors were on the 1522 Hi Point 90035 site much of the day. I witnessed them about 9:00 a.m. and into the rest of the day I heard the noise of renovation tools and machinery coming from apartment #10 which is above me and across the hallway. It disturbed my quiet enjoyment of the premises.

Under city ordinance 176, 544, hours of primary renovation in this rent control building are 8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Friday; this is verified on the city government website 7/1/2005 http://www.caltenantlaw.com/TenHabPlanInfo.pdf; Notice of Primary Renovation Work from from city website states page 3 “Construction work may be done Monday thru Friday 8 am to 5 pm”-

Primary Renovation RAC 220 – city website updated 7/22/2015 and showing the Primary Renovation Program city regulations.*

Primary Renovation Facts Bulletin– “The landlord is permitted to do construction work from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.”*

I have been damaged due to the contractor and owner and city LAHCID failure to comply with/or enforce the primary renovation work hours; damages in accordance with the damage amounts below. The city government has the authority to access damages against the owner and pay me damages I am entitled to; then the city can go after the owner for reimbursement.

This complaint is a continuing damages claim caused by this property owner, his contractors/agents, and the City government. Parking enforcement is requested to tow the contractor(s) vehicle, license 4SZ4095; 82124N1.

WORKERS ON SITE BUT INTERCOM NOT REPAIRED

The lack of working intercom is considered a habitability complaint as well as electrical complaint under Health and Safety codes applicable to LAHCID. The intercom located inside my apartment is still not been maintained and does not work. IT HAS NOT BEEN WORKING SINCE BEFORE APRIL 2014 of which the LAHCID is aware, yet no letter has been issued to the owner by LAHCID ordering him to fix the intercom as it is a habitability issue. About four other tenants in the building are affected by the lack of working intercom, and are also entitled to a rent reduction as well, including the disabled, children, and senior citizen. The intercom is supposed to connect to the outside of the property to the fixture that can be seen from the walkway located on the front of the building; pictures of the intercom have been previously supplied to the LAHCID. Apparently out of 18 units, about five remain including mine that do not have a working intercom. I was here on the property May 26 2015 but no inspector showed up to inspect my unit. I did see another inspector outside but he did not say he was here to inspect my apartment after I asked him if he needed to get in. I provide a link to that video of that inspector on May 26 2015. The LAHCID issued a decision July 28 2015 about the intercom, parking, as regards rent reductions; that decision did not address the habitability issue. …redacted….. The LAHCID has set the monetary value of loss of the intercom at $120.00 per month.

This complaint is being forwarded to the State Contractor License Board for the complaint to revoke the license of all contractors working on the 1522 Hi Point St site who [are] in violation of ordinance 176, 544, and as interpreted by the city government websites; contractors include Reyes Contractors and Rory Senter; License No 903245-C36. LADBS Inspectors conspiring here are Noel Ramirez, Gregory Pomish, David Burkhead, and Arthur Belis according to LADBS records. A number of LADBS permit applications for apt 10 [ten] fail to identify a licensed contractor, only listing “Owner-Builder.” The owner-builder is not a contractor. Misc damages and postage costs: Intercom inspection July 18, 2015, $25.00; July 27 2015, postage $3.43; August 1 2015, prorated at 25% of Brother ink $22.99 and Canon ink $18.47 for copies to property owner and city government officials; August 3, 2015, postage envelopes $4.53.

PROHIBITED RENT INCREASE  

The owner is prohibited from raising the rent on apt 10 due to owner’s numerous violations of the rent stabilization ordinance, and since the evidence will show that tenant #10 was being harassed by the owner and agents and he did not vacate apt 10 voluntarily. If the owner raises the rent on apt 10 past what the previous tenant was paying, it may result in a claim against the city government.

The links:

http://1drv.ms/1fv37f6 and voicemail left for inspector Brinson on July 9 [redacted]

General, compensatory, and punitive damages against …[redacted] for violation of 42 USC section 1983 the “Ku Klux Klan Act”; Equal Protection Clause; The Unruh Act [the acts herein of city public entity are intentional to cause harm to myself and others]; any and all other applicable state and federal civil rights laws; Government Code 815.6, and city ordinance 176,544. The LAHCID employees herein act under color of law. The actions of LAHCID, et al, are the proximate cause of the damages that I have suffered. The LAHCID already has on file the contact information for the Manager and the owner. General damages submitting this code enforcement complaint $200 for legal research. Such documents that are provided in the links are provided as evidence for this complaint. A phone call, voicemail, or email is not acceptable as a resolution. Please respond in writing by first class mail. …[tenant name redacted] August 8 2015. All rights reserved. C: State Contractor License Board and Alex Padillo.

[Redacted]

* [Note from Editor: When citing government programs, always check the government websites for laws or links that may have changed.]

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. 

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]

Lawsuit Against Hi Point Apts, LLC et al.

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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