The building they were working on dismantling–demolishing–this morning and most of the after-
noon was like a modular home. It had sheet me-
tal on the outside, then pink insulation,sep-
arated with 2 x 4 studs,and then drywall. There
was some paneling from somewhere that they put
in the truck, but lots of drywall too, so I
don’t know if the paneling was on top of drywall
or some rooms were paneled and some drywalled.
The entire outside was clad in corrugated sheet
metal, and it seemed mostly like a tall rec-
tangle with a flat metal roof, with an indenta-
tion in the front on the left for the front door.
I had never noticed much about it b/4 they start-
ed demolishing it, so I’m glad Peter has pictures.

The noise, dust, and fumes this afternoon after
the police left were sickening the workers and
him, Peter said. Once the manager thought he
had won–the police said they had a demolition
permit–he really pushed them. No need to even
pretend to protect the air or not make as much
noise as you wanted to get done as fast as

Thank goodness these people are all alike–stupid.
Think every little “victory” means it’s all over.

Brenda Barnes F


To All Whom It May Concern and as Those Recip-
ients Have Duties to Inform Others Unknown to
the Undersigned:

This is from my posting at

This morning I made citizen’s arrests of three
workers cutting a building apart and putting
it in pieces into a Gardena company’s waste
disposal and hauling truck. We have video and
still pictures, plus audio recordings, we will
put on youtube after they are taken off our
recording equipment showing the same noxious
fumes, dust, and noise while demolishing a

building as shown in the attached videos and
still photos from Wed. I also wrote down in
detail on an arrest form I signed the acts
violating the SMMC that were committed in my
presence before I made each arrest. Then I
called the SMPD. Two officers came out and
after I told them all the details were on
the forms I gave them copies of, and we also
had video, still photos, and audio showing
demolition without a demolition permit. I also
told them doing demolition with a demolition
permit requires 10 days written notice be-
fore work begins to each tenant of a tenant-
occupied property where it is happening, which
did not occur here and has never occurred.
Without reading the forms they said it was
not a valid arrest because they had seen the
permit in the manager’s office. I told them
that permit was for “removing appendages
attached to trailers” here, which is not a
valid permit under SMMC anyway, but nonethe-
less, does not constitute a demo permit.
They THEN called for backup and started try-
ing to find warrants so they could arrest
me–after they already told me they were
not going to follow through by booking the
criminals when I had taken all the respons-
ibility for the arrest. Too bad I’m clean
and always have been. My fingerprints are
in the system several times–I have a life-
time K-12 teaching credential, I have an
expired junior college teaching credential
(I don’t think they use those anymore),
and I was a licensed attorney for almost
20 years.

This is why my friend who got a ticket for
jaywalking on Main Street and was arrested
for refusing to identify himself when he
gave them his name, his Bar card, his address,
and his telephone number (all of which I gave
them, too, except I don’t have a Bar card
anymore), laughs every time he and friends
are all hanging out in the hot tub he bought
with the money the City of Santa Monica
paid him to settle his case for damages for
requiring a DL when he wasn’t driving.
Amazing. We have it on viseo, of course.
They didn’t ask me for any info other than
confirming I was the person who called them
until after I told them they had a conflict
of interest b/c they worked for the same
City that issued the invalid permit, so I
would go to a higher level of gov’t.

These are videos and stills of demolition
such as happened this morning in my presence
leading to the arrests.

What happened this morning was even worse
b/c the building they were breaking and
cutting into pieces was a building, not a
trailer. It is made out of the same material
as Frank Gehry’s house on Washington. I can’t
tell yet if it was a trailer at onetime
and was built onto a frame instead–as I
think Gehry’s house was, not demoed com-
pletely first–but either way there is no
question it is a building, not a trailer,
which is why in order to get it out of here
it had to be demoed first. At a tenant-
occupied property without the notice to
any tenants, when the SMMC requires indi-
vidual notice 10 days before work begins–
with appeal rights–after a permit is granted.

Very truly yours,

Brenda Barnes


To All Whom It May Concern and as Those Recip-
ients Have Duties to Inform Others Unknown to
the Undersigned:

Attached are videos and still pictures confirm-
ing demolition of Trailer D4 took place yester-
day without a demolition permit. This follows
up what I wrote to you on 8/27/13, that the
City knows there is no such thing as a permit
for “removing appendages to trailers” in SMMC
Chapter VIII or anywhere else in the law. Issu-
ing a permit for that is nothing less than par-
ticipating in a conspiracy under color of law
to violate constitutional and statutory rights
here. That the entire chapter in SMMC Chapter
VIII about tenants’ rights during demolition
is being sidestepped by this conspiracy—which
must involve several City officials—is astound-
ing. It is so even to me, after all the illeg-
ality I have seen City officials participate
in since 2006 regarding allowing removal from
rent control and housing use of a 62-year old
non-blighted property so developers can make
money and the City can take a cut.

This is the link to some of the voluminous
video residents filmed documenting this dem-
olition without a demolition permit yesterday:
watch?v=YiSd-BfRdhY& Here
is the link to some still pictures document-
ing this demolition without a demolition

Once again, as I wrote to you regarding 8/26
and 8/27, yesterday on 8/28/13 residents were
disturbed by noise and dust emanating from
workers doing this demolition and hauling
work at 2930 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica,
CA 90404, commonly known as VTP. This further
confirms the fraudulence of the two permit
papers dated 8/9/13 for permit number 13STP1448
–one issued to the Luzzatto Company at 3110
Main St., Ste. 200, SM, and the other issued
to Alexander Demolition and Hauling at 14000
Halldale, Gardena, CA 90249–both stating
they are a “Single Trade Permit” for “removal
of ancillary appendages to trailers located
at A7, A17, B12, B19, B21, B23, C10, C11, D4,
D7, and D18” at 2930 Colorado Ave., Santa
Monica, APN # 4268-002-006. As such, this
permit(s) is covered by the criminal penal-
ties in SMMC § 8.04.010(a) because the work
being done clearly violates the provision(s)
of SMMC Chapter VIII I wrote to you about
on 8/27/13. That is because—however carefully
it may have been worded to attempt to appear
not to be so—it is in fact a permit to alter,
. . . move, remove, convert, demolish, . . .
use or maintain any . . .mobile home or trail-
er, or fixture attached thereto, as used in
that section. That demolition was done yes-
terday—removing “appendages” that required
building permits to be put on trailers—can-
not be argued with a straight face once one
looks at the videos and photos.

Therefore, again yesterday as in the two prev-
ious days, I and the other human residents
of VTP along with birds, squirrels, semi-dom
estic cats, possums, and the landscaping cut
down and hauled away by workers have had our
tenancy here disturbed by workers employed
by our landlord represented by Luzzatto
Company. Noise, dust, and disturbance of our
quiet enjoyment of tenancy were significant.
Those workers’ “removal of ancillary appen-
dages to trailers” yesterday created numer-
ous piles of debris around, under, and in-
side trailer D4, as they previously had at
trailers A7, B12, and B19, and in large trash
cans, as we had observed and documented on
July 24, 2013 as to trailers D12 and B19.

As I mentioned on 8/27/13, on July 24, 2013
when such demolition occurred and the evid-
ence was put in VTP dumpsters—which we photo-
graphed and videoed–the only permit the City
had issued was to cap utilities and sewers.
At that time we were told by Chief Code En-
forcement Officer Warren on June 23, 2013
that Building Department Manager (?) Ron
Yamaguchi had stated no permit was required
for Luzzatto to move trailers he owned here.

We knew at the time and I have already con-
firmed to you in writing so there could be
no claim later that the City did not know at
the time, of course it is not true that trail-
ers at VTP can be or ever could be moved with-
out a demolition permit and all the SMMC safe-
guards for a tenant-occupied property I have
written to you about earlier. SMMC § 8.08.
050(a) requires a demolition permit to do
this work. It reads in relevant part as
follows: “(a) General. No person shall.
.alter, . . .move, . . .remove, convert or
demolish any building, structure or building
service equipment regulated by this Chapter
and the Technical Codes without first obtain-
ing an appropriate permit for each building,
structure or building service equipment
from the Building Officer except as speci-
fied in this Section.” Nothing in the section
exempts anything here. In fact, section
8.08.030(b) specifically requires the same
Building Officer referred to in § 8.08.
050(a) to govern mobilehome and/or trailer
parks in Santa Monica.

What happened since then I have already doc-
umented to you. Three different crews of work-
ers tried to move trailers in such a way as
to pretend demolition was not going on around
and as to the trailers. Removing “appendages”
was necessary even as to trailers that did
not have add-ons for which the owners had had
to obtain City building permits. Even those
trailers are still here. Then yesterday for
the first time one of the trailers on the
list with actual buildings attached to it
was demolished. That was pursuant to the
City permit issued 8/9/13 “to remove an-
cillary appendages.” This is a permit that
does not exist in SMMC Chapter VIII.

Once again, video and photos referred to
above show Code sections being violated by
conspiracy of the City with the Luzzatto
project, are SMMC §§ 8.08.050(a) (work not
exempted by provisions of § 8.08.050(c);
8.08.060(a); 8.08.070(a); 8.08.090(a),
(c), (d), (f), and (g); 8.08.150(a) and
(f); 8.08.180(a); 8.100.010(a), (b)((5)-(8),
(c) and (d); 8.100.020(a)-(e); 8.100.
030(a)-(d); 8.100.040(a)-(c); 8.100.050;
8.100.060(a) and (b); and numerous pro-
visions of section 8.108.

I could not take time yesterday to arrest
workers as I indicated on 8/27/13 I would
if they did exactly what they did yester-
day—removed buildings from this address with-
out the required demolition permit and the
requisite Means and Methods Plan, a Waste
Disposal Plan, written individual notice
to tenants, a relocation plan, posting
security for performance in accordance
with approved plans, public inspection of
plans, and a plan for replanting 65% of
landscaping disturbed and recycling 65%
of other debris produced, plus appeal rights
as to all of this, as discussed further here-
in that all go along with having such a demo-
lition permit. I also might add the loss in
City permit fees for not requiring such a
permit is thousands of dollars.

Today I am not too busy, so the citizens’
arrests of workers will be done as I indi-
cated in my email of 8/26/13 unless the
appropriate City officials post a Stop
Work notice at this address by 2:00 PM and
demolition work stops. I will be calling
the SM Police Department to follow through
with the citizens’ arrests I shall make
of any workers continuing to proceed with-
out the required permits, a Means and
Method Plan, and a Waste Management Plan,
preceded by the proper written notice to
each resident 10 days before work commences,
so that we may appeal the granting of
those permits and/or approval of those
plans as provided in the Code if the docu-
ments submitted are untrue or incomplete
or otherwise inadequate.

I am also forwarding copies of this email
with the video and photo links documenting
illegal demolition here to the state at-
torney general Victims of Crime Unit, the
federal attorney general criminal divisions,
and the California Department of Health and
Safety, Criminal Division; James Muramatsu
the President of Village Trailer Park, Inc.,
an alleged tenant-in-common or general part-
ner, depending on which litigation papers
one reads, of Luzzatto in this scheme to
violate tenants’ and nature’s rights at VTP;
Felipe and Elias Davila, owners of Alexander
Demolition and Hauling, and the Investiga-
tive Fraud Team of the California Contrac-
tors’ State Licensing Board.

Very truly yours,

Brenda Barnes

cc: James S. Muramatsu, 2617 Westridge Rd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049, Assistant U.S. Attor-
ney André Birotte Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney
Robert Dugdale, Criminal Division, Assistant
U.S. Attorney Lawrence Middleton, Criminal
Division Public Corruption and Civil Rights
Section, 312 N. Spring Street, Suite 1200,
Los Angeles, CA 90012, California Attorney
General Victims of Crime Unit,

* California Attorney General’s Office,
P.O. Box 944255 Sacramento, CA 94244-2550,
Felipe and Elias Davila, Alexander Demolition
and Hauling, 14000 Halldale, Gardena, CA 90249


Santa Monica Repertory Theater, the critically
acclaimed Westside theater company, which has
consistently staged classic and contemporary
plays in fresh and original ways, will present
a fresh take on a theater festival, WaveFest,
September 7– October 13 at the Church in Ocean

It will be comprised of three “waves” of short
plays over six weekends. All the plays focus on
the theme, “Go West,” and explore stories of
the Westside and Southern California through
the lens of history, neighborhood, cultural
group, class status, age, myths, and the enter-
tainment industry.

The plays to be done during Wavefest include
pieces by contemporary Los Angeles and Santa
Monica playwrights, as well as staged snippets
of fiction and poetry by well-known writers
with deep local connections, ranging from
Bertolt Brecht and Raymond Chandler. The
plays themselves will be interspersed with
other live entertainment, including music,
poetry and dance. The performances will
utilize the entire historic church, with
audience moving from piece to piece in the
large, beautiful space.

WAVE ONE (September 7–15), will present six

“Oh! Santa Monica” by Tanya White. A solo
performance with music, it provides a poetic
snapshot of Santa Monica, and is alive with
images and impressions of a prosperous and
less-than-perfect community by the sea.

White is a writer/performer who lives in
Santa Monica and is a frequent contributor
in storytelling events throughout Los Ang-
eles. An NEA grant recipient and a published
essayist, she is currently at work on sev-
eral theater pieces including a play based
on her adventures riding public transpor-
tation in Los Angeles.

“Don Gaspar de Portola Meets the Indians”
by Jefferson Byrd is Santa Monica, 1769.
The Spanish conquistador and his crew meet
the local Tongva Indians for the first time
in this culture-clash satire.

Mr. Byrd is a writer/ producer and an ensem-
ble member in the Brimmer Street Theatre
Company. He has also served as a dramaturge
and writing consultant.

“Last Christmas” by Jamison Newlander is
a bad holiday commute on the 405…plus a
baked chicken. George and Lisa were des-
tined to fight tonight.

Mr. Newlander is an actor best known for
his role in the movie “The Lost Boys.”
He co-founded and was co-director of the
playwrights group at the Company of Angels
Theater in Los Angeles.

“Indivisible” by Ann-Giselle Spiegler.
Patriotism is more than just a word for
a homeless Santa Monica veteran. It’s a
call to action.

Ms. Spiegler is an award-winning director
in theater and film as well as an emerging
playwright. Her plays “eggs,” and “Leaving
Vero” have been read at Will Geer’s Theat-
ricum Botanicum, Syzygy, and Moving Arts.
Her short plays have been performed at the
New York One-Minute Play Festival, Play-
Ground LA and Seedlings.

“A Water Story” by Isabella Russell-Ides.
As the coastline erodes and 10,000 bees
disappear, WaterWoman and BeeLady debate
the fate of our natural world in this fan-
tastical, poetic reverie.

Ms. Russell-Ides is a critically acclaimed
and award-winning playwright, as well as
a published poet. Earlier this summer,
Russell-Ides’ “Lydie Marland in the After-
life” premiered to waves of critical ac-
claim in Dallas. 2012 saw the world prem-
iere of “The Early Education of Conrad
Eppler,” winner of Echo Theatre’s national
Big Shout Out.

“Watering Hole” by Stephen Serpas combines
magical realism with history as a troubled
Westside history teacher gets an “instruc-
tional” visit from a 19th-century Spanish

Mr. Serpas is an award-winning playwright
whose web series “Before We Go To Sleep”
was an official selection in the 2013 Los
Angeles Web Series Festival and the New
Media Film Festival. West Coast credits
include “Xenogenesis” (1998 Garland Award
for Best Play from Backstage West) and
“Smoke The Baby,” semi-finalist, 2012 Ash-
land New Play Festival.

Six more plays will be staged in WAVE TWO
September 21-29).

“Advice From a Santa Monica 6th Lifer” by
Lisa Kenner. Welcome to Santa Monica—where
you never live just one life. A cautionary
tale about farmers’ markets, NPR, PCH and
the “Santa Monica dream.”

Ms. Kenner is an award-winning and publ-
ished playwright whose plays have been
produced nationally, including in Wash-
ington, D.C., Boston, New York and Los
Angeles. Her work has been presented and
/or developed at The Clurman Theater,
Manhattan Theatre Source, SWAN Day Boston,
and locally at the Blank Theatre, Road
Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, and
Theatricum Botanicum.

“The Battle for Santa Monica Bay!” by
Carey Upton. Professor Hill and a crew
of clowns lecture on one of the most
important, most forgotten and surpris-
ing moments of Santa Monica history:
the Battle of Santa Monica Bay. Gangsters
and gun molls compete against the saintly
state’s attorney and the good people of
Santa Monica for the morality of the City
by the Bay.

Carey Upton is a theater director, teacher,
writer and clown. His adaptations of clas-
sics and Shakespeare have been performed
and toured nationally. He is also the Di-
rector of Facility Use for the Santa Mon-
ica-Malibu Unified School District.

“Weekend Getaway” by Vasanti Saxena. When
silver screen icons, Chase and Ana, meet
for a glamorous West Hollywood getaway,
will their marriage unravel under the
weight of the illusion they’ve created for
their adoring fans?

Vasanti Saxena is a playwright who gives
voice to those who are typically unheard-
—or not heard enough—in theater. Her plays
have been produced/developed in New York,
Chicago and Los Angeles. Her play “Sun
Sisters” was the winner of EWP’s Pacific
Century Playwriting Competition and semi-
-finalist for the O’Neill National Play-
wrights Conference and Princess Grace Award.

“The Reaper” by Raegan Payne. Four West-
side nursing home residents face death
in all its terrifying fluffiness.

Raegan Payne is an award-winning, publish-
ed playwright whose plays have been per-
formed by celebrated actors to sold-out
crowds across the US. She’s also a much-
lauded blogger for her volunteering blog

“The Historian” by Rachel Kann. Can love
blossom for two awkward outcasts touched
with the gift of second sight in a Santa
Monica Kinko’s after midnight?

Rachel Kann is a writer, performer, DJ
and dancer. Her novella, “The Bent,” is
forthcoming from Black Hill Press, October
2013. Her collection of poetry and fic-
tion, “10 For Everything,” is available
from Orange Ocean Press. She teaches poetry
and fiction through the UCLA Extension
Writers’ Program.

“The LineUp” by Kevin Walsh. For the last
43 years, geeks of the world have made
the annual pilgrimage to San Diego for
the pop culture nerd-quake known as Comic-
-Con. And for the last 42 years, they’ve
been complaining about how it has all
gone to hell.

Kevin Walsh has written comedy for National
Lampoon and not-comedy for Warner Bros;
comic books about witches and zombies; and
several comedy shorts. He co-produced an
absolutely- not-comedy documentary called
Marwencol, which won an Independent Spirit

WAVE THREE (October 4-13) spotlights six

“The Santa Monica Musical Extravaganza” by
Andrea Schell. Three women sit at the Star-
bucks on 7th and Montana, trying to decide
what to do for the day.Musical hilarity

Andrea Schell is a writer, producer and
performer. She was most recently Associate
Producer for the indie film “Where We
Belong.” She created, produced and hosted
the web show “What Would Men Say?” and
wrote and performed in the one-woman show
“From Seven Layers to a Bikini Top in
Less Than Five Hours.”

“See You at Skater’s Ballroom” by Susan
Bullington Katz. In the fall of 1959, two
girls’ transition from childhood to ado-
lescence while the Santa Monica Pier re-
flects similar changes — moving from ma-
rathon dancing to skating to rock and roll.

Susan Bullington Katz has written books,
plays, TV shows, magazine and newspaper
articles, and hundreds of celebrity inter-
views for Showtime, CNN, and the Assoc-
iated Press. Her book “Conversations with
Screenwriters” debuted at #3 on the L.A.
Times bestseller list. Her plays have been
done by the Met Theatre, the Actors Studio,
Company of Angels, and the North Carolina
Writers Network.

“Favorite Cousins” by Lindsey Haley. A
family rift forces two cousins to confront
issues related to gang violence, social
class, and brain drain in Chicano com-
munities. Set in present day Santa Monica,
the play questions Chicano culture’s stru-
ggle to survive in an old-school neighbor-
hood experiencing gentrification.

Lindsey Haley is an 8th-grade dropout, GED
recipient, teenage mom, formercommunity
activist and Homegirl hailing from the
Westside. Her poetry, short stories and
news articles have been published over the
span of thirty years.

“5:15 am Ocean Ave” by Mary Steelsmith.
Moments after the 1994 Northridge earth-
quake hits, elderly Evelyn and HIV-posi
tive David find themselves tossed together
as unwilling partners, trying to find
their balance and make sense of what just
happened. Believing the quake only occur-
red in Santa Monica, they decide to “face
the music and dance.”

Ms. Steelsmith’s award-winning plays have
been produced internationally.”Isaac, I
Am,” her sordid tale, of love, life death
and AOL, won the Helford Prize and has
been produced at universities nationwide,
including USC.

“It’s Not About Race” by Jennie Webb. A
black comedy about racism and acceptance.
A visit to Santa Monica’s Ink Well beach
gives two friends an unexpected perspe
ctive on what it means to belong, and to
be “the other.”

Ms. Webb is an independent Los Angeles
playwright, currently in residence at Rogue
Machine and Theatricum Botanicum, where
she runs workshops and “Botanicum Seedl
ings: A Development Series for Playwrights.”
She’s been produced nationwide and inter-
nationally, worked with programs including
The Playwright Center’s PlayLabs and the
Virginia Avenue Project, and is published
by Heinemann Press and ICWP.

“The Alienation Effect” by Bill Mesnik.
A sun-drenched fantasia, in which the ce-
lebrated German playwright, Bert Brecht,
gets a taste of his own dark theatrical
cuisine – California style! A hilarious
exploration of Brecht’s years in Santa

Mr. Mesnik is a writer-performer with
many original music-theater pieces to his
credit. His drama about folksingers dur-
ing the blacklist, “Three Songs” was
Critic’s Choice in the Los Angeles Times
and was nominated for Best Ensemble in
the LA Weekly. His latest piece, a musical
adaptation of William Blake’s “Songs of
Innocence” and “Songs of Experience” pre-
mieres in November 2013 at The Loft En-

Santa Monica Rep was founded in 2010
by Santa Monica residents Eric Bloom,
Jen Bloom, and Sarah Gurfield. Its
inaugural offering was a series of
highly popular staged play readings at
the Santa Monica Main Library. The
company has gone on to produce a series
of well-received fully staged produc-
tions: an inventive adaptation of
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Annen-
berg Beach House; David Auburn’s “Proof”
at the Church in Ocean Park; “How I
Learned to Drive” at The Santa Monica
Little Theater; and a recent sold-out
run of the riotous comedy, “The Comp-
lete Works of William Shakespeare,
Abridged” at The Promenade Playhouse.

Santa Monica Rep’s mission is to estab-
lish and sustain a professional, regional
theater in Santa Monica. They produce
classic and contemporary plays by great
storytellers and present them in fresh,
dynamic ways. The company utilizes the
unique capabilities of theater to engage
their audience in an on-going conversation
about relevant themes. They aim to serve
the community by providing outreach and
education, and through enriching cultural

WaveFest will be performed according to
the following schedule:
Wave 1: Saturdays and Sundays 9/7 & 8 and
9/14 &15.
Wave 2: Saturday and Sunday 9/21 &22 and
9/28 & 29.
Wave 3: Friday and Sunday 10/4 & 6;
Saturday and Sunday 10/12 & 13.
Performance times are: Saturdays at 7pm
and 9pm; Sundays at 7pm; Friday, October 4
at 7pm and 9pm.
For more information, including a full
schedule of plays and performers, please visit are $20. They
may be purchased in advance at or by calling


The Summer Group Show at the Lora Schlesinger
Gallery will close Saturday. It features paint-
ings, drawings and wall sculptures by nine-
teen distinguished artists from across the na-
tion, includes both abstract and figurative
art works.

The show closes at 5:30 pm Saturday. The gal-
lery’s first fall show will open next Saturday,
September 7. The gallery is located in the
Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan
Avenue, T3, Santa Monica. Gallery hours are
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 5:30 p.m. Saturday:
11:00 – 5:30.

For additional information please call (310)
828-1133, view our website at www.loraschle- or e-mail gallery@loraschlesinger.