Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates, Real Estate, Wildlife Rehabilitation


User:Mary Cummins

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Mary K. Cummins
Mary Cummins.jpg
BornDecember 17, 1965 (age 47)
Long Beach, California
ResidenceLos AngelesCA
NationalityUnited States
Alma materBeverly Hills High School
University of Southern California
OccupationReal Estate
ReligionCatholic
Mary Cummins is a real estate appraiser and wildlife rehabilitator in Los AngelesCalifornia. She is President of non-profit Animal Advocates which rescues ill, injured and orphaned native wildlife for release back to the wild. She is also a real estate appraiser and expert with Cummins Real Estate Services.

Early life and education[edit]

Cummins was born in Long BeachCalifornia December 17, 1965. The family soon after moved to Beverly Hills, California. She was raised mainly by her grandmother Mary R. Cummins also known as Maria Rivera. Her grandmother was born in Tacubaya in the Federal District of Mexico in 1899. Her grandfather is Robert Cummins who died in WWII. She has an older sister who is an actress named Juliette Cummins who is most well known for acting in horror movies.
She attended St. Victor's Catholic School then Beverly Hills Catholic School now called Good Shepherd Catholic School in Beverly Hills. She then attended El Rodeo public school in Beverly Hills for 7th and 8th grades andBeverly Hills High School. She later attended the University of Southern California on scholarship as a biology/psychology major. She was on the Dean's list in high school and college.
Growing up she was on the Beverly Hills YMCA swim team, Culver City Roadrunners Swim Team, Beverly Hills High School swim and water polo teams and University of Southern California swim team. She was a top ten swimmer in the United States.

Real Estate[edit]

Cummins received her California real estate sales license in 1984. She became a full broker in 1986. She received her California real estate appraiser license in 1994 when they were first mandatory. Cummins has been a real estate expert in both civil and criminal trial cases in California. She was one of the appraisers of the Ambassador Hotel in the eminent domain case in the 1990's. She's also done appraisals for eminent domain cases for the Los Angeles Metro and pro bono work for local non-profits. Besides teaching real estate appraisal theory classes she's also written many articles on all aspects of real estate appraisal and sales. To date she has done over 20,000 real estate appraisals for AMC's, brokers, lawyers, accountants, government agencies and private individuals. She has worked for Merrill Lynch, Westside Properties, the Apartment Owners Association (AOA) and Forensis Group.

Freedom of Speech[edit]

Cummins is an advocate on freedom of speech issues. In the past 20 years she has written reports on securities fraud and animal cruelty cases. In two of these cases she was sued for defamation in retaliation for posting her reports on the Internet and filing complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and authorities.
"Fredric Rittereiser, Ashton Technology vs Mary Cummins", 2000. In this case the CEO of Ashton Technology Fredric Rittereiser and the company sued Cummins for defamation and tortious interference. Cummins represented herself pro se and won this case in November 2001.
"Kathy Knight-McConnell vs Mary Cummins", July 2003. In this case company paid stock promoter Kathy Knight-McConnell sued Cummins for defamation, trademark infringement and securities claims. Cummins represented herself pro se and won in 2004. This case set case law precedence as this was the beginning of internet law.

Animal Activism[edit]

Cummins has always been a strong proponent for animal rights. She has rescued animals since she was a small child rescue a fawn, bunny and squirrels at the age of six. Cummins started her own non-profit Animal Advocates in 2002. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game and the USDA to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife including coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, all the way down to bats. Mary Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. Mary Cummins is also a Wildlife Control Operator. Mary Cummins has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles.
Cummins also lobbies and speaks out for animal rights. She worked with other animal rights groups to help pass the West Hollywood fur ban. She also worked with Dr. Jennifer Conrad of the Paw Project to help ban the declawing of domestic cats, large cats and wild animals. In 2004 she was able to change the wildlife policy for the City of Los Angeles. She also made an amendment to zoning in Los Angeles County to allow wildlife rehabilitation. She's also lobbied for many new bills such as SB 1229. Cummins went through the Rio Hondo Police Academy and the Humane Academy to become a Humane Officer. Cummins also worked for American Humane and the Found Animals Foundation. She was also outspoken about the tainted and rancid puppy and kitten formulas made by Petag.

Selected Articles[edit]

  • 2002 "What to do when you find a baby squirrel"
  • 2002 "What to do when you find an injured squirrel"
  • 2003 "How to reunite squirrels babies with their mothers"
  • 2003 "How to trim trees with wildlife in mind"
  • 2003 "How to properly care for un-releasable squirrels"
  • 2003 "How to build proper caging for wildlife"
  • 2003 Cat Fancy Magazine, "Mama Mia"
  • 2003 "How to humanely deal with coyotes"
  • 2004 "Rehabilitation of tree squirrels" manual.
  • 2004 "Rehabilitation of ground squirrels" manual.
  • 2004 "Rehabilitation of skunks" manual.
  • 2004 "Treatment of Malocclusion in Squirrels," Co-author Dr. Bill Ridgeway
  • 2004 "How to trim rodent teeth"
  • 2004 "How to make pet squirrels wild again"
  • 2004 "How to set up a wildlife referral system in animal shelters"
  • 2005 IWRC, "Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation," "Raising baby tree squirrels from weaning to release"

Media[edit]

Animals
  • 2003 Animal Planet "Beverly Hills Vet, Squirrel Rehabilitation"
  • 2003 CADFG "Scrawl of the Wild"
  • 2003 LA Times "Rodent poisoning project angers animal activists"
  • 2004 Cable television show "Wildlife Rescue," six episodes, Doggy TV
  • 2004 Gardena Valley News "Helping furry friends survive urban jungle"
  • 2004 KROQ radio interview with Scott Mason
  • 2005 Discovery Channel "The Undetectables, Squirrel Care"
  • 2005 LA Weekly "A Billionaire's Bark"
  • 2005 KROQ radio interview with Scott Mason
  • 2005 Thousand Oaks Acorn "Public outcry over slain tiger loud but not universal"
  • 2005 LA Times "Urban remedies: Dealing with new arrivals"
  • 2005 Thousand Oaks Acorn "Public outcry over slain tiger loud but not universal"
  • 2005 LA City Beat "Welcome to the jungle"
  • 2006 Daily News "Stuckey stays on as $50,000 City consultant"
  • 2006 Book "Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide"
  • 2006 Daily News "County relaxes restrictions on llamas, animal rehab"
  • 2006 Daily News "Council hears Stuckey critics"
  • 2006 LA Times "Fired City Official's appeal in limbo"
  • 2007 LA Times "Opossums: your garden's evening clean-up crew"
  • 2009 LA Times "Your morning adorable, baby skunks and the handstand dance"
  • 2010 Martha Stewart "A gopher named Charlie"
  • 2010 Martha Stewart "A second chance for Charlie"
  • 2010 LA Times "Your morning adorable: rescued rabbit enjoys a meal"
  • 2010 LA Times "Your morning adorable: rub a dub dub, raccoons in a tub"
  • 2010 Top YouTube pets video channel in March
  • 2011 Ventura County Star "City says bats remain at Moorpark home"
  • 2011 CBS Los Angeles "Moorpark Says Homeowners Not Doing Enough To Fight Bats"
  • 2011 NBC "WeHo one step closer to fur ban"
  • 2012 Santa Monica Patch "Wild Animal in Town? Call on Us, Vet Says"
  • 2012 Santa Monica Daily Press "Groups want policy change after mountain lion death"
  • 2012 ABC "IDA Rally held in Santa Monica in protest of fatal shooting of mountain lion"
  • 2012 NBC "Animal-Rights Group Protests Santa Monica Mountain Lion Shooting"

Real Estate[edit]

  • 1985 LA Times "People in Westside Real Estate" Cummins joins Merrill Lynch
  • 1990 LA Times "People in Westside Real Estate" Cummins joins Westside Properties
  • 2002 LA Times "Suggestions for the bidder whose offers are rejected"
  • 2007 LA Times "Historical homes, not for everyone"
  • 2009 LA Weekly "Jimmy Nasralla finds a lawyer"
  • 2009 LA Weekly "Is LA City Attorney Trutanich screwing over the little guy?"
  • 2009 LA Weekly "Jimmy on the edge of town"
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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.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tom Cruise is delusional, offensive and has lost touch with reality

I'm sure everyone has heard about Tom Cruise's statements about how his job as an actor is harder than fighting in the war or being an Olympic athlete. Below is the link to the statements which came from his deposition in his defamation lawsuit against some gossip rag. I'm pretty sure he is going to lose that defamation lawsuit.

First, the Middle East -- Tom says his location shoots are just like serving a tour in Afghanistan, "That's what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie, it was brutal. It was brutal."

This is an insult to anyone who has served in the military or been at war. Being an actor and being paid to pretend to do things is in no way similar to going to war where you could be killed.

As for his physical training, Tom said, "There is difficult physical stamina and preparation. Sometimes I've spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film." But the kicker, he adds, "A sprinter for the Olympics, they only have to run two races a day. When I'm shooting, I could potentially have to run 30, 40 races a day, day after day."

He forgets that Olympic athletes generally train for at least ten years straight. Athletes train many hours a day. When I was a swimmer I worked out from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m., went to school, then worked out again from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. We competed maybe twice a month. On competition day I generally had eight to ten events. Olympic athletes train even harder.

Cruise's statement about Olympic athletes is clueless and insulting. He really thinks his job is as tough as being in war? I'm sure there are a lot of soldiers who'd rather act in a movie than fight in a war.

Tom Cruise is suing a gossip rag for defamation over this statement "Tom Cruise abandoned his daughter Suri." Tom Cruise admits that he hadn't seen her for over 100 days because he was shooting movies and "couldn't get away." He's the star of the movie. He could have made time or invited him kid to the set. That could legally be considered temporary abandonment. He said because he would Skype with her, that proves he didn't abandon her.

Another thing which is truly crazy is why wasn't his deposition and discovery under seal? He's suing the rag for $50,000,000. He's giving them gold nuggets of his insane foolery to print in their rag and sell for money. This really makes no sense at all. He has lost touch with reality and should take a couple of years off or something.

Here is Dlisted's Michael K's take on this foolery.
http://dlisted.com/2013/11/09/qotd-tommy-girls-job-is-just-as-hard-as-being-a-soldier-in-afghanistan/

http://www.tmz.com/2013/11/08/tom-cruise-suri-lawsuit-deposition-afghanistan-war-olympics



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.