Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mary Cummins - Real Estate Appraiser - Animal Advocates

Mary K. Cummins

Cummins Real Estate Appraisals

Mary Cummins of Cummins Real Estate Services has been in real estate since 1984, over 25 years. She is licensed by the California Office of Real Estate Appraisers. She was an agent and broker licensed with the California Department of Real Estate selling residential income, commercial buildings, raw land and homes for Merrill Lynch Realty in Beverly Hills and Westside Properties in Los Angeles before forming her own business and concentrating on appraisals.

Cummins currently provides real estate appraisals, expert witness testimony, historical research, legal real estate research for mortgage brokers, banks, lawyers, insurance companies, financial consultants and private individuals.

Cummins was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology.

Cummins started a non-profit organization in 2002 by the name of Animal Advocates. Animal Advocates rescues ill, injured and orphaned wildlife for release back to the wild. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, was licensed with the USDA and is licensed with the city of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous other articles on wildlife.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Mary Cummins gives expert witness testimony in legal case

"As events unfolded, though, it became questionable if Jimmy was actually living on Union Pacific property. The LAPD, for example, was unsure if the homeless man lives on railroad land, and L.A. City Councilman Greig Smith's office, which represents Northridge, told the Weekly that Jimmy lives on "county property."  Longtime real estate expert Mary Cummins, in fact, said that she had no doubt Jimmy resides on county land.

Since two of the three charges against Jimmy involve trespassing on Union Pacific land, the findings were a major blow to the city attorney's case. Incredibly, the private/county property question came as a surprise to Atteukenian, whose boss is Carmen Trutanich.

When Atteukenian was confronted with Cummins' findings during one of Jimmy's court hearings this summer, the prosecutor was caught off guard, said he would make some calls, and asked for a continuance. Atteukenian obviously hadn't done the basic homework of finding out if Jimmy lived on private or county property -- if justice, in fact, was being properly applied to the homeless man's case.

Atteukenian's less than exemplary work as a prosecutor only got worse from there.

At another court hearing on August 3, Atteukenian started to realize the impact of Cummins' and City Councilman Smith's findings. Before the hearing started, the prosecutor approached Jimmy and his friend, Edward Muzika, holding out a business card. With his fingers purposefully obscuring most of the card, Atteukenian used it as proof that he had a contact with the county's Department of Public Works, and said that the unnamed official wanted Jimmy off county land."



http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2009/09/is_la_city_attorney_carmen_tru.php

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


Mary Cummins gives expert testimony in legal real estate case

LA Weekly. "Jimmy on the edge of town."


"Mary Cummins, a longtime real estate assessor, has independently deduced that he is, indeed, on county-owned land. But she questions whether or not Union Pacific issued a valid citation for trespassing. If Jimmy is living on county-owned property edging the railroad spur, Cummins’ logic goes, then the railroad company may not be able to charge him with “trespassing” on the railroad’s “private property” or of “lodging without [their] permission.”

As an expert real estate assessor for more than 25 years in the Los Angeles area, Cummins knows how to read tract maps. Just recently, for example, she was hired to testify in court over a major real estate dispute at the Ambassador Hotel. Feral-cat activist Muzika started looking into Jimmy’s case, and he asked Cummins, a friend from animal-rights circles, to help.

Cummins, who normally charges $100 per hour for her expertise, took up Jimmy’s cause for free. She looked up Jimmy’s location on Google Earth, found an L.A. County Assessor’s map, and placed the Google map on top of the county’s map. “You can clearly see Jimmy’s on the L.A. County flood-control channel” land, Cummins says. She is also “absolutely certain,” and would testify in court, that Jimmy is on county-owned property, not the railroad’s.

Cummins sent her findings to Muzika, who e-mailed the maps information to Councilman Smith’s office, and alerted the city attorney at Jimmy’s court hearing on July 1 in the Los Angeles Superior Court in the small town of San Fernando, in the far northeast Valley.

In court that day, the prosecutor handling the case, Apraham Atteukenian, looked surprised when Muzika, with Jimmy near his side, offered up the disputed land-ownership evidence. It’s clearly very basic land-ownership homework that Los Angeles city prosecutors should have done before hauling a man into court for trespassing on railroad property. The prosecutor promised to “make some calls.” Jimmy is defending himself pro per, having dumped a Los Angeles County public defender who advised him to plead guilty to trespassing against Union Pacific. Jimmy is now facing trial August 3, yet, Cummins says, even now, the city attorney and Smith’s office have not responded to her finding that Jimmy is not on railroad land."


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mary Cummins gives real estate testimony in legal case

"So Jimmy, along with his animal rights friends Edward Muzika and Mary Cummins, took a trip to the Los Angeles Superior Court courthouse in the city of San Fernando to fight back. It had been an interesting few days for Jimmy, whose story was featured in last Thursday's issue of L.A. Weekly, titled "Jimmy on the Edge of Town."

After the article came out, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department came by his tent for a quick visit and several new friends, who apparently read the piece, dropped in and offered him food and money.

"They offered me financial help and I refused," said Jimmy, taking a break from the courtroom. "I said they could give me cat food."

On Monday, the City Attorney's Office wasn't so charitable.

In the courtroom, a prosecutor named Apraham Atteukenian appeared now and then, suggesting to Jimmy and Muzika, who was acting as a kind of advisor to his friend, that the city had a slam dunk case.

Attenukenian refused to back down from his stance that Jimmy was trespassing on the private property of the Union Pacific railroad, even though Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith and longtime real estate assessor Cummins had independently concluded that Jimmy lives on county property -- a finding that would seem to hurt the City Attorney's case."

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2009/08/jimmy_nasralla_city_attorney.php

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mary Cummins campaign contributions Los Angeles

Mary Cummins
Campaign Contributions
City of Los Angeles Candidates


05/14/09Mary Cummins  
(Real Estate, Mary Cummins)
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Carmen Trutanich 
City Attorney

1316351 - TRUTANICH FOR CITY ATTORNEY - GENERAL 2009
A - Monetary Contribution Received 
(IND - Individual) 


[Period:05/14/09 to 06/30/09]
$100.00
[Election:05/19/09]
02/19/05Mary Katherine Cummins Cobb  
(Real Estate, Mary Cummins)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Antonio Villaraigosa 

1267602 - Villaraigosa for Mayor 2005
A - Monetary Contribution Received 
(IND - Individual) 


[Period:01/23/05 to 02/19/05]
$100.00
[Election:03/08/05]
04/10/05Mary Katherine Cummins Cobb  
(Real Estate, Mary Cummins)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Antonio Villaraigosa 

1275257 - Villaraigosa for Mayor 2005 - GENERAL
A - Monetary Contribution Received 
(IND - Individual) 


[Period:04/03/05 to 04/30/05]
$250.00
[Election:05/17/05]
07/10/08Mary Katherine Cummins-Cobb  
(Real Estate, Mary Katherine Cummins-Cobb)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Dennis Zine 
Council Member - District 3

1305620 - Zine 2009
A - Monetary Contribution Received 
(IND - Individual) 


[Period:07/01/08 to 09/30/08]
$500.00


Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.