TWO EXAMPLES OF SENIOR HARASSMENT and EXPLOITATION BY the CITY.
DEAR CITY OF LA. BUILDING AND SAFETY- You have cited my rented cottage for front yard orchard overgrowth. I have a question. It's my FOOD. Why would you cite it? I guess you don't like my forest of apples, grapefruit, mulberries, peaches, walnuts and pomegranates and arugula but hey, I'm 75, live on 800$ a month total income, can barely walk, need open heart surgery and I thought fruit, nuts and salad would aid me in staying alive. But you guys seem to be bent on seeing me dead. Not only taking away my food trees, you now want me to get up on a ladder and PRUNE and you tell me that if I don't you'll send city workers do the job for a mere $2,000?????? My landlord would have a heart attack and die if you hit him with this bill.
After your first notice to me and the landlord with these bargain gardening rates, I begged you to send that city inspector and tell me what planting was not good enough for you. A Mr. Mike arrived and told me that ALL TREES must be 3 !/2 feet from another tree (trunk to trunk) to confirm to code. Well, we measured and THEY WERE twice or three times that space so it really was a gratuitous BUST! There was not a single tree closer to a neighbor than the 3 1/2 foot rule. It's just that there are quite a few trees as it is a front yard orchard! But still, eager to accommodate, we cut trees way back, then called you back and you sent Angel who likewise said the place was fine. Up to code!
A few days later, the desk jockies on North Figueroa sent a notice 'ignore that,' and put us back into CODE violation territory with a new COMPLAINT. Confess it, guys, you really are sniffing after that big Two thousand dollar pinata money, aren't you? well, I don't have it. I don't own this shack. My 90 year old landlord in Van Nuys does. And he's freaking out and ready to evict me for all the trees that I planted here hoping I one day could escape 2$ an lb for apples, 5$ an lb for nuts. (You probably didn't know Seniors on. Social Security Disability aren't allowed to get food stamps. Wait til it's your mother's turn in the barrel! You'll find out quick enough!)
What bugs this particular, starving senior is that no sooner does one of your junior field agents clear us than the boss downtown (who never came and eyeballed anything,) sends another "ORDER TO COMPLY" and PRUNE your BUTT off or PAY OFF notices to me and my landlord ... perhaps hoping that he will get up on a ladder and prune, fall, die so that you can collect this very property! See, that's how the smartest man who ever lived, George Bernard Shaw, died at age 96. Pruning on a ladder. Remembering him, neither of us is much inclined to get on a stairway to heaven. even though you have sent us a half dozen notices threatening us if we don't. We've pruned from the ground level, two seniors, arms upraised, clipping away, sweating bullets, and after each week or so of pruning, we ask for an inspector and a junior agent comes and gives us the high sign, okays the entire thing, then we get another ORDER TO COMPLY from the MAIN MAN at your BLDG AND SAFETY OFFICE with a new deadline and even more huge FINES mentioned.
What can we do? I have no car, couldn't drive to HOME DEPOT and find a Mexican with a chain saw and pruning shears on my life! My landlord is NINETY and walks around in pajama bottoms when he's not driving his creaky, ancient car and not hiring Latinos is his religion!
Do you guys have an office pool on which one of us croaks first? Or is this a VILLARAIGOSA scheme to get moola out of turnips? Cuz I hear the rumor that your CITY is broke. It's the COUNTY of LOS ANGELES which has the deep pocket jingle from all those house taxes and that sure isn't you. So are you doing what so many cities (Bell, Irwindale) do these days? Rooking the turkeys? Senior can't pay the GAS or HEAT, falls into arrears and then the CITY GARNISHES THE HOME and sells it? Is this one of those SENIOR SWINDLES? It is, isn't it. You don't clear enough with those CheckPoint Charlies where you impound our cars for expired reg, driver's license, tags or no insurance so now you want to take our homes for PRUNING VIOLATIONS! City of Bell and Irwindale don't stand alone in stealing everything that isn't firmly glued down, huh? Tell you what --- How would you fellows on North Figueroa like a big fat tort case with triple Indemnity for psychic damages to SENIORS which you're trying to accomplish with AN ILLEGAL ENTERPRISE for PROFIT meaning you guys qualify for and are now looking at a FEDERAL RICO RACKETEERING AMENDMENT VIOLATION. GO back to your BUILDING INSPECTORS taking BRIBES! It was a much better way to fund your slimy butts.
Sign me GERIATRIC perhaps --but Mad as Hell and Planning on DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT soon as I get a postage stamp!. Anita S. in the County of Los Angeles
SECOND LETTER TO CITY AGENCY H.E.A.P which supposedly distributes HEAP FUNDS from Federal Gov. i.e. aid with electricity/ heat, air conditioning, water utiity bills. Only poor qualify for a once a year "one bill only" payment.
DEAR H.E.A.P, You are an agency, federally funded, one supposedly deputized to give the crippled, poor, jobless or aged a heap of help. H.E.A.P are your initials, right? This supposedly means help GETTING HEAT, or help paying for natural gas to cook with, hot water to bathe with. You got a huge FEDERAL GRANT which pays your salaries and it's supposedly so that you can HELP seniors A WHOLE HEAP, right? But DO YOU REALLY? No. Instead, you HEAP MISERY ON THEM! I AM ready to WIKI-LEAK the truth to the local newspapers as I'm a basketcase from your WORKERS who continually reject my paperwork! You have denied me assistance with my HUGE utility bills, denied me a halving of that 400$ a month Department Water and Power bill. (My entire social security and Disability combined is 620$ and no surprise, I must pay rent and food. No food stamps are given to either social security or disabled recipients.) So I qualify for a heap of help from HEAP yet every time I send in my forms, you turn me down, demanding that I send in papers which I don't have. Another time you'll demand that I go and hire a notary and swear that I am senior and jobless. I sent you my only copy of my SOCIAL SECURITY records, you return nothing. Then disqualify me as I no longer have it! You demand I go to post offices two miles off, notaries, five miles away, xerox machines ten miles away. I live in LA a sprawling city. There is no notary near me and if I had ten dollars or whatever these 'functionaries' charge, I'd use it for food, -- not a notary. Do you consider when you demand that a seventy year old senior find a xerox, post office, notary that we have no cars? I qualified for DISABLED VAN ACCESS only to learn that if I want a RIDE it costs 5$ a trip however may I point out that if I had a fiver I'd just buy food!
Last, You demand that I scout down hardcopy bills for utilities in a new paperless internet universe of utility bills that exist only on monitor SCREENS! I print them out from THE GAS COMPANY WEBSITE and you do not believe me! You demand paper bills I no longer get! You demand an annual W2 which I sent you and you enver returned, one that proves my meager $7,400 annual income is FOR REAL.... suspecting that at age seventy I hide some dynamic fountain of income which might lurk on a W2. You don't understand that I sent that single W2 for $7400 annual income to my daughter the tax preparer who lives 3000 miles away in the Bronx to get me my refund. She never sent it back. She couldn't imagine her ole Ma would ever need it. Besides, what could the IRS ever want with her ole Mom that would require records be filed or saved? Yet you demand that to get not a HEAP OF HELP but ONE utility bill paid annually... I wander all over tarnation on foot then send you a TON of PROOF. You demand what I could not POSSIBLY have, hard copy gas bills when I went PAPERLESS --not at the utility company's request but because POSTAGE STAMPS were too dear and the walk to the POST OFFICE 2 miles too far for my ancient legs! (Seniors don't have registration fees or cars. )
My quite legit SCREEN PRINT OUT of ONE SOLID YEAR of gas tariffs/ bills proving all amounts paid -- was not good enough for you! Say, guys, do you really even want to HELP or are you here to torture us into madness so that we end up like the MUMMY in the MERCURY MARQUIS. (A homeless SENIOR gal living in a borrowed car, who died there, body found yesterday in Costa Mesa.). Is this Eskimo squaws out on to the ice time? Are you making us jump thru HOOPS because you hate your own mother or are you the LOCAL ABU GRAHIB that gets off torturing INFIDEL Seniors who can't find gas bills, find W2s, walk to the Post office or afford stamps when we went paperless and now have no copies of bills to send you! And you consider your office to be HELPING US? What planet are you from? I failed this Apache Gauntlet of requests so now I facing a 400$ DWP bill thanks to your HELP?? I supplied you with the last SOCIAL SECURITY notice of ANNUAL payment stating clearly that this senior gets 620$ a month, period! (340 Social Security 280 Totally disabled). WHAT PART OF 620$ A MONTH INCOME DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?
Signed, Anita S. in Reseda, in the County of Los Angeles.
COPIES SENT TO PRES. OBAMA. the FBI. & JUSTICE DEPT. MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA. and BOARD OF BUILDING AND SAFETY ROBERT "BUD" OVROM GENERAL MANAGER, RAYMOND CHAN EXECUTIVE OFFICER. In my dreams! Cuz who has postage? No car to even get to post office, either.
MY NEW YORK CITY GALPAL just reminded me other cities have their CHOKE POINT CHARITIES. "Pounds and pounds of forms forced on victims, homeless, foodless, by a federally funded 'charity' and nobody gets anything. and the cash is
gobbled up by the employees you say? You mean the contractor that got
the NO BID contract?
One such vicious animal is NYC's Victims Services. Is in the whole 9 million
person 5 boroughs of NY and it's a no bid contract-- I understand that
just keeps getting renewed though victims are reporting NOT getting
service and there's one lady ready to explode verbally over it because
her ex-husband has been left free to be a horror to her and her
children. The Safe Horizon organization gets funding enough to give all
victims a free limited MetroCard to use the subway to get to services
like counseling and legal help, and I know they are funded to give some
kind of food aid to all, also. But that has never been afforded to Ms.
Deborah Hicks and she would like to know where all that money
went. Hundreds of thousands for transportation cards. Hundreds of
thousands for food assistance. All she wanted was a lunch for her
children she had in tow, on the run from their own apartment due to a
raging ex. Well. she looks into it online and found that it would be provided.
When she GOT THERE & was told that was not their policy she, hungry, angry, broke,
informed them of their contract with (The City? who gave them all that
money?) for domestic violence victims including food and subway, they cut her off from any
food, vouchers or protection from the attacker harming her and her children again.
Where does all that money go?
Why doesn't a beat up wife wish to be the public whistle-blower on a
corrupt contract that HARMS instead of helps so many, and pockets the
monies clearly designated to help poor people get to court? Why does she
think speaking out will be futile, and just make the org change its name
and get the contract back? Why does she think it's dangerous to speak
out against those who got away with all that money in the contract as
profit, instead of using it to help those they contracted to help?
Why aren't more people coming forward to share their experiences with
Safe Horizon ?
"BUILD IT BACK" a federal grant to HURRICANE SANDY victims in NY/ CT
--to help them rebuild, but 3 yrs later, nobody got any money. STATE/CITY TAXES ON the destroyed PROPERTY continues though there's no house there.
Nobody gets cut any slack on taxes. Heard of BUILD IT BACK? Google it.
Sucha monster exists. Giving a HEAP OF HELP to the poor. Well, a heap of SOMETHING.
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