Unconstitutional Personal and Real Property Grab By US CitiesSubmitted by jjll4jc2 on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 13:23
By: *Louis J. Jean-Louis, a freelance writer
THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE UNCONSTITUTIONAL PERSONAL & REAL PROPERTY GRAB UNDER COLOR OF LAW
The City of Riverside, along with its elected officials and attorneys Gregory Priamos, James E. Brown and Rahman N. Gerren — much like other cities across the US and their attorneys — has devolved its governance into a quasi-criminal operation, thereby perpetrating a scheme on thousands of its homeowners since the mortgage meltdown of 2008.
The fraudulent scheme clusters around the use of its Code Enforcement Department to target homeowners whose houses are in foreclosure, a segment of the population that happens to be disproportionately African-American, Minority, Elderly, Residents who lack proficiency in the English language and are unable to afford the high cost of litigation.
Through its Code Enforcement Department Officers, the City tags the target property owners' homes with recurring citations, retroactive fines and excessive administrative fees amounting to $1,000.00 a day and a maximum of $100,000.00 per occurrence for minor violations.
These minor violations, which include, "dry grass, overgrown vegetation, outdoor storage, unpermitted home use and parking vehicles in their driveways," are prima facie unconstitutional because of their vagueness, overreaching nature and their selective prosecution to the herein enumerated property owners.
The Code Enforcement Department further uses other purported administrative remedies, such as citing the target homeowners for nuisance abatement, conducting warrantless searches to gain access to their homes to drum up additional charges and ostensibly build a claim against their homes and invoking its illegal receivership power, which amounts to illegal takings of personal and real property without due process and procedural due process.
The City further establishes a kangaroo court system in which its employees serve as prosecutor, judge, and jury in violation of the separation of powers doctrine, to extort millions of dollars from its residents pursuant to a criminal enterprise that may be the subject of federal prosecution under the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations, known as the Federal RICO statutes of the United States of America.
Some of the City’s victims, who are elderly, foreign residents and therefore lack proficiency in the English language, are unaware that anything is wrong until the sheriff shows up at their door with an eviction notice. And, under this scenario, their belongings end up on the city sidewalks while their elderly parents and young children are forced into the homeless shelters of the city that are already overcrowded. Although not reported in the main-stream media, some of the victims of this criminal scheme have chosen suicide over the loss of the greatest investment of their lifetime: their piece of the American Dream.
The City’s bureaucracy then turns its recurring citations, retroactive fines and excessive administrative fees into a lien on the target properties. And the lien, in turn, gives the city a significant ownership interest in the target property owners' homes, thus clouding the title of the said homes.
That cloud or slander of title then causes the homeowners' respective banks to raise their monthly mortgage payments exponentially, and in one particular case to $14,000.00 a month, making it impossible for those struggling homeowners, either to afford their mortgages, sell their properties, refinance their loans or negotiate modification or short-sale options with their respective banks, leaving them with only one alternative: foreclosure.
After foreclosure, which in effect removes the target property owners from the chain of title, the City of Riverside negotiates with the respective property owners' banks to buy those foreclosed homes for a fraction of their value. The City then renovates and resells those homes to other co-conspirators of the scheme at a substantial profit. Or, alternatively, the City, in concert with the County of Riverside, attaches to, and collects its outstanding liens from, the target property owners' tax bill or from the proceeds of the foreclosure sales.
Listed on the Code Enforcement website is a file, entitled “Open Cases”, that contains approximately 2,500 similarly-situated property owners who are being targeted by the City of Riverside’s ongoing criminal scheme.
Moreover, I have obtained other documents that prove rather inclusively that the primary purpose of the City of Riverside’s criminal scheme is to use fiat code ordinances, which are trumped or preempted by the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitutional, The California Constitution and other State laws and statutes, to extort millions of dollars from some of the most indigent and financially-strapped citizens of the community.
Even more frightening, in the view of some, the selective prosecution of these unconstitutional municipal ordinances predominantly against African-Americans, citizens of Hispanic descent and other Minorities under color of law and official right is tantamount to a form of modern-day ethnic cleansing.
I, an investigative reporter, am one of tens of thousands present and past similarly-situated victims of this rampant corruption by Riverside elected officials and public servants. One such case against Riverside for civil rights violation, styled Louis J. Jean-Louis v. City Of Riverside, et al, Case No. ED CV 13-01059-MMM (ASx), has been filed in federal court on my behalf.
As its financial woes worsen, the City of Riverside, aided by its attorney Priamos, assistant attorneys Brown and Gerren, and complicit network law firms … who are aiding and abetting the municipal bureaucracy in its criminal scheme, is even more determined than ever to continue perpetrating their fraud under the guise of enforcing fiat municipal ordinances: a criminal fraud that has thus far netted the City and its accomplices millions of dollars in ill-gotten wealth. The unfair, deceptive and illegal activities of Riverside, its attorneys, elected officials and public officials and network law firms have been carried out heretofore with impunity.
If you are a class action attorney or a firm that is interested in pursuing a class action lawsuit against the City of Riverside, please contact me at your earliest convenience. Or if you are a victim of a similar fraud by Riverside or any other US city and would like to start a support group to combat this public corruption, please contact me either by telephone @ (951) 897-1691 or via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also file a complaint against Riverside City attorneys Gregory Priamos, James E. Brown and Rahman N. Gerren with the State Bar of California, which is located at 845 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90017-2515 (213) 765-1000; or against the city officials themselves with the following agencies: The US Attorney General Eric H. Holder, US Department of Justice, Criminal Division, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 20530-0001; State Attorney General Ms. Kamala D. Harris, California Department of Justice, Attn.: Public Inquiry Unit, P.O. Box 944255, Sacramento, CA 94244-2550; Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814; Chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights Martin R. Castro, 624 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20425; and the Local Office of the FBI, Los Angeles, Suite 1700, FOB, 11000 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024-3672.
In times of public corruption, the greatest threat to liberty is for the majority of the citizenry to remain silent in the face of tyranny: when others' constitutional rights are being systematically violated. Therefore, let's continue to speak up and expose this systemic fraud by elected officials and public servants. And let the chips fall wherever they may!
*Louis J. Jean-Louis has a BS Degree in Journalism, with emphasis in Reporting and Editing.