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Attorney Threatens Members Of Redwood Gardens Resident Council With Eviction
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Wednesday Nov 11th, 2015 12:20 AM
The residents of Redwood Gardens, especially the Redwood Gardens Resident Council have been very active during the past year. During June 2015, they had a meeting with officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and around 30 residents showed up at the meeting to complain about a massive renovation project that has been taking place at Redwood Gardens, located at 2951 Derby St., in Berkeley.
Attorney Threatens Members Of Redwood Gardens Resident Council With Eviction

By Lynda Carson - November 11, 2015

Berkeley - The residents at Redwood Gardens are under assault for exercising their protected rights as provided for in the Bill of Rights, and the US Constitution, and members of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council have been threatened with eviction.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, over 30 residents of Redwood Gardens senior residential complex in Berkeley, appeared at a meeting to support the “Redwood Gardens Resident Council”, and it’s member that are being threatened with eviction for their organizing activities at the 169 unit senior and disabled, residential housing complex.

Former Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner, Eleanor Walden, a resident and member of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council said: “We had a good meeting today to discuss the situation in regards to the assault against the Redwood Gardens Resident Council, and some of it’s members by attorney Lyra Myers, of the law firm Kimball, Tirey & St. John. Attorney Lyra Myers, is threatening a number of us in the Redwood Gardens Resident Council with eviction, because of our on-going organizing efforts at Redwood Gardens. The majority of the residents that appeared at today's meeting support the efforts of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council, and we voted to continue with our organizing efforts at Redwood Gardens, in accordance with our protected 1st amendment rights.”

During early November, around five members of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council received notices threatening them with eviction if they did not “cease and desist” their activities, in regards to their on-going organizing activities at Redwood Gardens.

In the letters sent out by attorney Lyra Myers, of Kimball, Tirey, and St. John, the tenants were accused of upsetting their neighbors, and interfering with management, as a result of their organizing activities.

Additionally, Eleanor Walden said: “A courier delivering letters for Kimball, Tirey & St. John came by early in the morning recently to pound on our doors, and a number of us in the “Redwood Gardens Resident Council” were served letters threatening us with eviction for exercising our rights under the Bill of Rights, and the US Constitution.” The letters were from Lyra Myers, of the pro-landlord law firm Kimball, Tirey & St. John.”

Lyra Myers of Kimball, Tirey & St. John did not reply to my request to answer a few questions, that included asking her exactly what does she want from the Redwood Gardens Resident Council, and the tenants that she is threatening with eviction.

Kimball, Tirey & St. John is a pro-landlord, anti-tenant law firm, that specializes in evictions, and threatening tenants that landlords feel are trouble makers. Often their advertisements can be found on the California Apartment Association website, and the law firm is also a consultant to landlords in regards to landlord, tenant issues.

Public records for attorney Lyra Meyers, reveal that her license is active, that she was admitted to the State Bar of California on 10/27/2012, and that she may be residing in Claremont, CA.

In part, the hopelessly vague threatening letter from Lyra Meyers sent to members of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council said: “Although, you have the right to operate and be a member of a tenant organization, and our client fully supports your right to do so, the organization is subject to the limitation of acting for the purpose of addressing living issues as well as housing and community development. Your rights as an organization do not include acting for the purposes of disparaging staff, calling into question managements hiring decisions, accusing the owners of illegally firing other staff members, and/or any conduct which interferes with the management of the premises other than a legitimate grievance related to your housing, or the community as a whole. Your organization may not be used as a forum to defame our client and/or any and all of its agents and/or representatives, including management and staff. Management has received complaints from other residents that they are not in agreement with your conduct, nor with the disparaging views or actions espoused by your organization, and therefore, such misconduct disrupts the livability of the project, interferes with management, disturbs the peace and quiet of other residents, and is in violation of the provisions of your lease.”

“This letter is intended as a formal warning to CEASE AND DESIST engaging in conduct which creates a nuisance and engaging in lease violations which disturb the right of other residents to peacefully enjoy the Property, harass staff, and interfere with the productive management of the community. Please be advised that should Management receive further complaints of your behavior, Management will consider its legal options, which can include the termination of your tenancy.”

It appears that the new property manager for Redwood Gardens, Liana Bates-Hall, a temp from Renoir Staffing, LLC, which is an entity that does not legally exist in California, or Nevada (where it was originally incorporated), hired Kimball, Tirey & St. John to threaten the elderly and disabled members of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council with eviction, if they do not stop their organizing activities at the senior housing complex. The tenants at Redwood Gardens became alarmed recently when they realized that Liana Bates-Hall was hired as a temp from Renoir Staffing, LLC, an entity that does not legally exist in California, or Nevada.

Click on links below for more about Renoir Staffing, LLC.

http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=A%252bDV53K0aGt1lOEP7hke%252bQ%253d%253d&nt7=0

http://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=frimrwx9EqicT8irf9LWQw%253d%253d&nt7=0

The residents of Redwood Gardens, especially the Redwood Gardens Resident Council have been very active during the past year. During June 2015, they had a meeting with officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and around 30 residents showed up at the meeting to complain about a massive renovation project that has been taking place at Redwood Gardens, located at 2951 Derby St., in Berkeley. According to Walden: “We had to organize just to have our voices heard at Redwood Gardens, because management kept ignoring us during the massive renovation project that disrupted our lives.”

During the same month of June, several members of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council, including Eleanor Walden, went to Washington D.C., for a conference with the National Alliance of Hud Tenants. The members of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council were there as speakers to lobby Congress, in an effort to support full funding for HUD’s subsidized housing programs.

During January of 2015, at a housing panel sponsored by the Gray Panthers that included Berkeley City Councilmember Max Anderson, members of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council appeared and urged around 50 seniors to join them in the effort to organize for better housing conditions for low-income seniors, and disabled persons.

Additionally, during the past year the Redwood Gardens Resident Council organized several protests at Redwood Gardens to complain about poor communication between residents and management, which included complaints in regards to the loss of a beloved garden at the housing complex.

According to tenants, recently Liana Bates-Hall, the new manager at Redwood Gardens, has been threatening to call animal control because some of the resident’s cats have been hanging out in the court yard of the 169 unit housing complex.

Members of the Redwood Gardens Resident Council are urging all tenants to unite together to promote affordable housing for everyone.

Click on link below for more about the Redwood Gardens Resident Council…

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Redwood+Gardens+Resident+Council

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenanttsrule [at] yahoo.com


Residents of Redwood Gardens are alarmed about Renoir Staffing property manager

by Lynda Carson
Monday Oct 12th, 2015 10:19 PM

Click below for full story…

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/10/12/18778782.php

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