Update January 23, 3018
Santa Monica “Racist” Threatens to Evict Blacks who made housing and dog complaints
WREA Claims Whites Are Moving Out of Hi Point Apts due to racism
[Editor: this is redacted from a document sent to Los Angeles Public Officials. This is a response by a tenant to an email from property management company Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc. of Santa Monica.[“WREA”]. The WREA email follows at the end of this response. WREA is a member of the AAGLA Apartment Association of Los Angeles. Walter Barratt is the owner of Hi Point Apts LLC]
SUBJECT: Smoke Detector and Intercom Not Repaired- My response to your Retaliatory January 12 2018 email written at 3:51 pm
FROM: [Tenant name and email redacted]
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DATE: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 9:58 PM
Santa Monica Racist Threatens to Evict Blacks
who made housing and dog complaints
To whom it may concern Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc c/o Walter Barratt Hi Point Apts LLC:
Your email is not acceptable as a reasonable, good faith resolution of any of the issues at hand.
I witnessed electricians on the property today around 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. I witnessed they entered unit 1 [tenant Ogan]. Whoever they were, they also worked on the electric gate motor outside, they made no attempt to repair or replace the defective smoke alarm and defective intercom in my unit. I believe the defective smoke alarm and defective intercom are code enforcement as well as housing services issues. I smelled what appeared to be smoke in the hallway but it could have been dog shit or marijuana for all I know. I remind you that on September 22, 2014, city code enforcement issued a “Notice and Order to Comply” case number 491005; in that notice they reminded Hi Point Apts LLC and yourselves that retaliation because of a code complaint is unlawful. I quote from the notice: “No lessor [that is you Williams Real Estate Advisors, Inc. et al] may retaliate against a lessee because of his complaint to an appropriate agency as to the tenantability of a dwelling pursuant to section 1942.5 of the Civil Code.”
The City of Los Angeles Code Enforcement Had Previously in 2014 Warned Hi Point Apts LLC Not to Retaliate Against Tenants Who Complain
Thus the city has already cited you and stated that your actions and now your January 12 2018 email , are indeed unlawful retaliation against me. Your Jan 12 email is copied below and I respond. Somehow as you state in your email, you call me a “very poor sport” and so I now call you a white Klan racist. You have your freedom of speech and I have mine.
“…It is like you want me to bow down and kiss your ass…”
Matt, as you speak on behalf of AAGLA Apartment Association and WREA and the City government of Los Angeles, your emails do not make a lot of sense. It is like you want me to bow down and kiss your ass, suck your nuts or something, and I just will not do that.
[Councilperson Herb Wesson is requested to place this letter onto the agenda of the next city council meeting under “Communications from the Public”.]
Matt Williams Claims Whites Harassed by Faxes and Emails
I hate to copy and paste your words and then reply but I guess that is the best way. You state: “This is our second formal notice to immediately stop harassing us.”
My response: I do not consider it as any notice—first or second—because your emails are retaliation because I complained of racism and code enforcement problems and housing complaints. I am NOT engaged in “harassing” you, therefore your claim is without validity as well as vague and lacking in specificity.
Before I proceed further here, I want to define harassment for you because you seem to have a lot of retaliation issues which seem to arise from the fact I have made legitimate complaints of denial of housing services, code enforcement complaints, and discrimination complaints. BOTH MYSELF AND MY ROOMMATE HAVE ACTED IN compliance with the rent agreement at all times. It is really a waste of my time because you have an institutionalized racism against me as a Black American that blinds you to my rights under the rent agreement and federal and state housing laws. [I am going to delay my dinner just to teach a white MF about the law.] Much of what you say in your letter is not in my rent agreement, therefore I am not in violation of it.
“CCP 527.6. [REDACTED]
(b) For the purposes of this section:
(1) “Course of conduct” is a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose, including following or stalking an individual, making harassing telephone calls to an individual, or sending harassing correspondence to an individual by any means, including, but not limited to, the use of public or private mails, interofficemail, facsimile, or computer email. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of “course of conduct.”
(2) “Credible threat of violence” is a knowing and willful statement or course of conduct that would place a reasonable person in fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family, and that serves no legitimate purpose.
(3) “Harassment” is unlawful violence, a credible threat of violence, or a knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that seriously alarms, annoys, or harasses the person, and that serves no legitimate purpose. The course of conduct must be such as would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, and must actually cause substantial emotional distress to the petitioner.”
”…Indeed, all of the communication with you is due to the rent agreement obligations and because your letters told me to contact you…’
I remind you from the CCP above that “Constitutionally protected activity ” is not harassment. I have not followed, or stalked an individual, I have not made harassing telephone calls, etc. Indeed, all of the communication with you is due to the rent agreement obligations and because your letters told me to contact you. In all your emails where you allege “harassment” [your false claim is intentional to injure me and deny me housing services] , you have never and can never allege a “credible threat of violence” nor do your emails allege that your white employees “fear for their safety”; none of your emails allege that my contacts serve no legitimate purpose. Finally, your false claims emails, never allege that my conduct “alarms, annoys, or harasses” anyone, nor do you allege that any of your whites have suffered “substantial emotional distress”. In short, Matt Williams, you are a no good, low down, yankee liar.
As you can see from the legal definition of harassment above, nothing in your emails or statements constitutes “harassment” by me. But I am willing to consider that if the white women at your office feel afraid when a Black man like myself asks a question, then maybe they should not be working there.
“You have already lost in small claims court with prejudice for the following items: discrimination, retaliation, parking and rent increases. The date of the case was July 25, 2014. On May 31, 2016, the Department of Fair Employment & Housing notified you that they were closing your case for insufficient evidence based on allegations you made about discrimination and retaliation. On November 22, 2017, the Federal Court case brought against us was dismissed with prejudice in which you claimed discrimination and tried to sue for over $500,000. Mr. [TENANT], you are not being discriminated or retaliated against. Rather than facing the truth, you continue to to maliciously harass us.”
My response: You have a duty to me to provide fair housing. You have a duty to make repairs in all instances where I did not cause the equipment breakdown. You have a duty to act in good faith and reasonable manner. You seem to believe, erroneously, that some court has relieved you of that duty. No court has.
“…the court cases you quote have no validity because they do not constitute “res judicata”…”
I will repeat this again for you because I realize it it hard for you to comprehend English, since there is a continuing rental agreement and continuing damages in that I continue to pay my rent, the court cases you quote have no validity because they do not constitute “res judicata”. You quote the DFEH case —-which I already explained to you a new complaint is pending —but a finding of “insufficient evidence” does not mean they ruled in your favor. As to the federal case, which again is not res judicata, I believe the court did not assume jurisdiction on the state law claims, which means I can sue you again on the same facts under state laws, and do it tomorrow morning at eleven a.m. if I should choose. [That is not a violation of the rent agreement]. I would disagree that I “tried to sue” for over $500,000; I DID SUE YOU FOR OVER $500,000. Mr. Williams, you claim that yourself , as a bona fide Klan member, that I am not being discriminated or retaliated against; well, I don’t agree but what else would you call it? I remind you that when you and your attorney were faced with a first amended complaint, they had the opportunity to but never filed any court documents to “answer” the complaint; thus you and all the defendants never denied that indeed you are practicing illegal racism and retaliation against me.
Again, despite your fantasy as a racist, I am not maliciously harassing you, nor am I harassing you or anyone in your office.
You state: “Concerning parking and your intercom, LAHD has found on June 30, 2015 and repeatedly asserted on November 19, 2015 and March 24, 2016 that the intercom “was not a service provided to you at the inception of your tenancy” and you admitted to receiving single spot at the inception of your lease. When they asked for written documentation from the previous owner concerning your parking issue, non was provided. Just a statement in writing you put together saying you were given “oral” permission.”
My response: I have a right to seek parking at this location because parking is a housing service. None of what you claim the city says is in my rent agreement, therefore as a government body who has not denied it practices housing discrimination, its decisions have no validity to me as regards the rent agreement provisions. Contrary to what the city says, the intercom was a service “available” at the inception of tenancy as tenant Tyler Ruggieri and my roommate stated; “maintenance” was a service at the inception of my tenancy which the city has not denied and maintenance to the intercom I am being denied over and over again; even the county government ordered the intercom to be repaired or replaced. As you know, but your bigotry refuses to admit it, the property owner submitted the THP twice for unit 9, and the city and code enforcement authorized the repairs, which includes the installation of a replacement intercom. I am only asking for something that has already been approved, yet you call that harassment. I have asked how do I apply and qualify for a tandem parking stall—a right which white tenants have exercised without you claiming they are harassing you— no doubt the parking, intercom, and maintenance are housing services covered by the rent agreement and city, state, and federal law. THE RENT AGREEMENT ENTITLES US TO MAINTENANCE OF THE INTERCOM; THE RENT AGREEMENT ENTITLES US TO FAIR HOUSING AND “full and equal housing services and privileges”, the same as White tenants at this location. The parking issue, as continuing damages and due to rent agreement that renews itself on the 1st of each month, is not the same issue it was in 2010, as the parking stalls frequently change assignments.
I am not going to repeat your last contradictory email because at one moment you said I am harassing you then in the same email you told me to continue contacting you.
You claim: “,,,you have decided to punish anyone and everyone that does not agree with you.”
And who by name are you saying does not agree to follow the state and federal civil rights laws and those rights that I as Black American is entitled to? What is it you feel I am asking someone to agree with that they are not obligated to do under law? I remind you that you already charged me with harassment before two federal Judges and you lost that motion. Remember? Res Judicata.
The remainder of your letter is just more bullshit. You claim the issues I am bringing up are now over three years old; I remind you that the statute of limitations for breach of contract is four years and personal injury is three years. As you say about yourself, “Your rhetoric and actions have became more concerning.” Yes, I have exercised my freedom of speech and called DFEH employees and three Judges “racist”. You claim I have “chased vendors around with cameras”, a statement vague and lacking in specificity, which “vendors” specifically are you speaking of by name, what were the dates, what camera did I have in my hand, the word “chase” is not necessarily negative so what damages were claimed by all this chasing like was the “chasing” for a legitimate purpose? You state, “Youtube just removed one of your videos of me”; again, vague and lacking in specificity, I have seen videos of you on hundreds of sites other than Youtube. You claim I have “threatened to damage property” and “even mace other tenants dogs”. I did not illegally threaten to damage any property, I simply cited my legal rights to remove a nuisance; If a dog is illegally on the property and is threatening my physical safety and is not on a leash, I have the right to protect myself, the same right a white person has if an animal is physically blocking their way or jumping on them. You claim I have hindered your “ability to lease units and have caused tenants to leave”; this claim is vague and lacking in specificity and furthermore I deny it. OBVIOUSLY YOUR RACISM IS WHAT IS CAUSING TENANTS TO LEAVE. You have failed to allege what specific part of the rent agreement you feel is violated. Since it has not happened, it is not in violation of the rental agreement. You claim, “You have threatened to start reading emails in your voicemails”; that is not illegal. I am sorry you feel you have to retaliate and illegally threaten to evict me when no violation has occurred. Seems to me you should be going after the whites in the building who have dogs on the property that are not on their rental agreement and not on a leash and disturbing tenants quiet enjoyment. I guess it is frustrating that all your acts of racism and retaliation are a matter of court and public record, all of which you never denied.
I sent you on January 19 2018 about fourteen more faxes; all were for legitimate non-harassing purposes.
“…No court or admin agency has told you not to repair or replace the intercom, without waiving the THP and rent agreement; no court or admin agency has told you not to assign me a tandem parking stall, and as they are available [present]…”
Like I said, It is like you want me to bow down and kiss your ass, suck your nuts or something, and I just will not do that. No court or admin agency has told you not to repair or replace the intercom, without waiving the THP and rent agreement; no court or admin agency has told you not to assign me a tandem parking stall, and as they are available [present], of which there are extra stalls unassigned. If you have such an order, give me a copy which I know you do not have. You have some type of white trash nerve calling me a “poor sport” when I am sure if your family lived here, you would want them to have the same housing services you deny me, that you make me make out my rent check to you when your name is not on my rent agreement [criminal fraud] and you are in a superior position to take my rent money and not supply me the housing services I am entitled to as a Ham-Jew-DNA- Kushite/Black American.
I will continue to make code enforcement complaints, fair housing complaints, maintenance complaints because that is my rights and duty under the law and the rent agreement. I think you missed the point that no matter how much you tried to bribe a federal Judge, he still sent you the message that he wants me to take this matter before the State Court. I would like an amicable resolve of this matter, but your emails indicate that is not your agenda. I am prepared to take this all the way to the Supreme Court if needed.
As far as I know, current DFEH, RSD, and Code enforcement complaints are still pending based on new evidence and continuing damages. If you want to threaten me with eviction, this email is what I will show the Judge.
Matt Williams: “Oh! Your phone calls are harassing me, but here is my phone number (sic).”
Your email is not acceptable as a reasonable, good faith resolution of any of the issues at hand.
The truth is, Klan master Matt Williams et al, your retaliation against me —-as evidenced by your emails— needs to stop immediately.
All rights reserved.
[Tenant name redacted]
1522 Hi Point St 9
Los Angeles CA 90035
c: Santa Monica Police Department AAGLA fax 888-384-4131
AAGLA Klan Member Says Blacks Not Entitled to Fair Housing
Re: New code complaint filed re Hi Point Apts your case number 657732 FROM: Matt Williams (email@example.com)
TO: [Tenant name and email redacted]
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DATE: Friday, January 12, 2018 3:51 PM
Hi [tenant name redacted]
This is our second formal notice to immediately stop harassing us.
You have already lost in small claims court with prejudice for the following items: discrimination, retaliation, parking and rent increases. The date of the case was July 25, 2014. On May 31, 2016, the Department of Fair Employment & Housing notified you that they were closing your case for insufficient evidence based on allegations you made about discrimination and retaliation. On November 22, 2017, the Federal Court case brought against us was dismissed with prejudice in which you claimed discrimination and tried to sue for over $500,000. Mr. [TENANT], you are not being discriminated or retaliated against. Rather than facing the truth, you continue to to maliciously harass us.
Concerning parking and your intercom, LAHD has found on June 30, 2015 and repeatedly asserted on November 19, 2015 and March 24, 2016 that the intercom “was not a service provided to you at the inception of your tenancy” and you admitted to receiving single spot at the inception of your lease. When they asked for written documentation from the previous owner concerning your parking issue, non was provided. Just a statement in writing you put together saying you were given “oral” permission.
These issues that you keep bringing up are know over three years old. To date your rhetoric and actions have become more concerning. You have started to sue LAHD and their employees, called DFEH employees and Judges racist. You have chased vendors around with cameras. Youtube just removed one of your videos of me. You have posted the owners number online on yelp which was taken down. Threatened to damage property and even mace other tenants dogs. You sent over 14 faxes last week and have now called my office over four times last night leaving messages on almost everyline. You even threatened to start reading emails in your voicemails. You have hindered our ability to lease units and have caused tenants to leave; both of these are in violation of your lease.
The truth is Mr. [unit 9] ; you have become a very poor sport and have decided to punish anyone and everyone that does not agree with you. This needs to stop.
Matt Williams 310-987-7978
[Editor: this is redacted from a document sent to Los Angeles Public Officials]
Walter Barratt, Owner Hi Point Apts LLC 226 Carroll Canal Venice CA 90291-4578 Phone (310)895-6693
LAMC 41.33 “Peaceful Enjoyment”. 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.”
EDITOR COMMENTARY: The owner’s phone number is a matter of Public Record. Do whites in this Santa Monica office feel harassed by all emails and faxes, or just those from Black tenants who complain about denial of fair housing? Notice how white Matt Williams has repeatedly denied the existence of the THP, a city document in which the property owner and city approved the installation of new intercoms. Notice how he ignores the fact intercoms were approved by code enforcement for White tenants. It is contradictory that Williams claimed that the city says no intercom and yet the city THP says yes intercom. Williams wants the war between whites and Blacks to start here and now.
Check out two other great sites on city rent control issues:
Los Angeles Affordable Housing and Rent Control
LA Rent Control (RAC) and Permits (LADBS)
Walter Barratt, Owner Hi Point Apts LLC 226 Carroll Canal Venice CA 90291-4578 Phone (310)895-6693