Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Would tighter gun laws have prevented Elliot Rodger's massacre? Mary Cummins, Real Estate Appraiser, Los Angeles, California

Richard Martinez, Elliot Rodger, Peter Rodger, gun laws, Califoria, not one more
By now everyone has seen the video of Richard Martinez father of a victim killed by Elliot Rodger wailing and begging for tougher gun laws. Who could not be moved by the plight of a grieving parent. Everyone wishes there were a way to prevent people from shooting and killing each other. Even Elliot Rodger's father Peter wants to do everything he can to prevent this from ever happening again. Martinez is begging people to tell politicians "not one more." He wants California to have even stricter gun laws.

Perhaps people just do not realize that California already has the strictest gun laws in the nation. Fewer people are killed by guns per capita in California than in any other state. California is rated number one for strict gun laws. (Map courtesy of http://smartgunlaws.org )

Elliot Rodger massacre. California gun laws, legislation
I have a gun and a gun permit in California. In order to get a gun in California you must show proper ID, take a class, pass a written test and pass a background check. I don't remember if they checked my finger prints or not. My finger print is on my driver's license. The background check takes a few weeks. Then you go back and pick up your gun.

The background checks looks for any criminal convictions, current restraining orders and any involuntary holds for psychiatric evaluation. Here are the specific laws for California. http://smartgunlaws.org/california-state-law-summary/

I feel really bad for the victims and families that were hurt in Elliot Rodger's killing spree. I wish I could have prevented or stopped it. But, Elliot Rodger had his guns and ammunition legally. He passed the background check because he had no criminal record, no outstanding restraining orders and had never been held involuntarily for a psychiatric evaluation. He can buy ammo stating he's going to go to the target range. I do this myself. I have one box of rhino bullets and two boxes of practice bullets. Yes, rhino bullets are legal here. I need them in case someone approaches me with the intent to kill me. I need to be able to drop someone instantly.

I understand that his mom called his psychiatrist in April when she saw his videos. The psychiatrist called the police who did a welfare check. The police didn't think at that time that Elliot was a threat to himself or others. They had no search warrant or good cause to search his room. Even if they did and they found his guns, they legally could not take his guns without good cause or a warrant. I also went through the police academy to become a Humane Officer.

Elliot Rodger was an intelligent functional person with autism and asperger's syndrome. In his manifesto he even admits he's a good liar and actor. The police are not psychiatrists. They would not be able to tell if he was mentally ill unless it was extremely obvious like Amanda Bynes or Brittany Spears when they had their melt downs. He's an adult so his parents could not force him to take his meds, seek care or admit him to a psychiatric ward. The system did what it was supposed to do.

I used to be against guns. I thought they should all be banned. Then a client told me if they are banned, then law abiding citizens won't have guns. Only criminals and the police would have guns. People who want to commit crimes would find a way to get a gun by stealing, making one or any other means. Insane people and criminals don't care about the law. Then law abiding citizens would not have guns. We would not be able to protect ourselves from criminals.

There is no way you can stop an insane person or criminal from killing people. They can kill people with a car. Should we ban cars? They can kill with thier bare hands. Should we ban our hands? They can kill with a knife. Should we ban all knives? Elliot killed three people with a knife and ran into people with his car with intent to kill them. Even if he had no guns, even if there were not one gun in the entire state of California he would have killed people.

I wish I knew of a way to keep people from killing each other with any type of weapon or no weapon.  This is not an easy issue. If someone can come up with legislation that can prevent murder, I'm all for it. We just must carefully weigh any new legislation against our rights and freedoms. It wouldn't be fair to lock up everyone who said on a video that they hated people and wished they were dead. There'd be a lot of people in jail if that were the case. Until we can make new legislation that will accomplish these goals without limiting our rights and freedoms, we should be happy that California was rated the safest state in the nation when it comes to death by guns.



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, May 24, 2014

Who was Elliot Rodger? Peter Rodger, Chin Rodger, Family tree, biography - Mary Cummins, Real Estate Appraiser, Los Angeles, California

Elliot Rodger, Elliot Rodger's Retribution, Peter Rodger, Lichin Rodger, Georgian Rodger
UPDATE: I just read the article below. I think all of these websites are what sent Elliot in the wrong direction. The websites are for men who have never had sex with women, men who don't like women, bodybuilding, how to pick up women... Elliot parrots what the misogynist sites state, i.e. women have inferior brains, women only want hunky looking guys, women are evil... A member of one group describes the amplification effect which spurs people on in that direction. I believe that is what happened here. A man with mental illness goes to a hate site then takes these thoughts seriously. The other men were probably just there to vent. Rodger was spurred on to do something about it. They even talk about a man who went on a killing spree of women for this same reason, George Sodini. These sites encouraged these thoughts and rage in Elliot. Because he was mentally unstable he actually acted on these thoughts and feelings.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/30/elliot-rodger-puahate-forever-alone-reddit-forums

UPDATE: I finished his manifesto. It was very sad and disturbing. Elliot Rodger was an intelligent man who was very mentally ill and miserable with his life. He believed if he looked "cool," wore expensive clothes, was good looking, had a nice car...women should automatically throw themselves at him. He believed if he had sex with a woman, that would mean he would be respectable. He thought being a virgin was the worst thing in the world.

He really wanted to be liked by the "popular" people. For this reason he would mimic what they did and how they dressed. He didn't understand that just having a nice car, clothes, being good looking will not automatically get you laid. You need to have a personality and be able to relate to people. Because of his Asperger's syndrome he was very socially awkward. He did not know how to socialize with people. He was mad that women and popular men didn't want to be his friends. He expected people to just come up to him and offer to be his friend. He never seems to have ever gone up to a woman and asked her out. He talks about being rejected but he wasn't actually rejected because he never asked them out.

It appears his parents really tried to help him. He had been seeing  psychiatrists since he was nine. His parents even got him life coaches. I don't think there was anything they could have done to "cure" his mental illness. He needed to be living in a totally supervised environment to protect others and himself. I feel very bad for everyone. This is definitely a tragedy.

UPDATE: He now has a wiki page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Rodger#Perpetrator

He killed three of his roommates. They just removed three dead bodies from where he lived.

A news office just received a 137 pg manifesto written by Elliot Rodger. If you read this, you will understand that he was mentally ill probably since birth. His Asperger's syndrome caused many huge social issues for him. In his mind he thought if he looked and acted "cool," i.e. perfect hair, in shape, expensive clothes, car...girls would instantly flock to him. He intentionally tried to look and act "cool" then felt it was not fair that girls did not flock to him. He was mad at the world because it was not fair. He was not just a spoiled rich kid suffering from "affluenza." This was true mental illness. I think the family really tried to make him happy and well but it just was not possible. Maybe if he lived at home with supervision, this might not have happened.

Here it is as a pdf.
http://marycummins.com/twisted_world.pdf
Here it is as .epub which is a lot easier to read.
http://www.marycummins.com/Elliot_Rodger_My_Twisted_World.epub
Here it is zipped for those of you without readers on your computer
http://marycummins.com/Elliot_Rodger_My_Twisted_World.epub.zip

If anyone has seen the news they will know that 22 year old Elliot Rodger made some videos stating he was going to kill people. Then he went on a killing spree near Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California. I saw the original video earlier today which has since been removed. There are many copies online though I have a copy.

Seems we have a few friends in common on Facebook. I've always wondered why someone would go and mass murder complete strangers. It was interesting to see a small glimpse into his mind. Still, questions linger. What was his state of mind? Was he in counseling, taking psychotropic drugs? How was his upbringing? Some of these questions have already been answered. Some will never be answered.

Elliot Oliver Robertson Rodger was born in the UK July 21, 1991. His father is Peter A Rodger born April 6, 1965 in Kent, England of British descent. His mother is Lichin "Chin" Rodger nee Ong Li Chin born 1961 in Malaysian of Malaysian descent. His father Peter was an assistant director of "The Hunger Games." His mother was a nurse who used to work on movie sets. Elliot has a full sister Georgia Rodger born 1995. He has a half-brother named Jazz born 2007 to his step mother Soumaya Akaaboune. Soumaya was born in Morocco and is a French actress known for being on French version of "The Real Housewives." Peter Rodger's father is George Rodger acclaimed photographer born 1908 in England, died 1995. His mother is Lois "Jinx" Witherspoon born 1925 and still alive. All of this is in ancestry.com I left this one tree public because journalists asked me to do so. There are birth, death, marriage documents from the UK but I have a free account and can't afford to pay for an International account. I see the records.

Elliot Rodger, Peter Rodger, Lichin Rodger, Georgia Rodger, George Rodger, Jinx Rodger
I updated the tree. I will leave the old tree up so links won't be broken. Only slight modifications. The full tree is much, much larger.I go back another generation but that generation is not really relevant.

Elliot Roger, Peter Roger, Ong Li Chin, Chin Rodger, mass murderer, sad


He lived in the UK until he was five. Then his family moved to Beverly Hills, Topanga Canyon, Woodland Hills and Canoga Park. They divorced and Peter Rodger hooked up with the Morrocan French actress and moved to Calabasas.

I see no photos of his mother Lichin with Elliot though I do see pics of her with her daughter Georgia. The daughter is pretty, happy and well adjusted. I see no pics of Georgia with Elliot. I only see one pic of Peter Rodger with Elliot and Jazz.

Elliot did post his photos as a child online. He stated he originally was the shortest kid in  his class which bothered him. I saved all his profiles and pics in case they go down. Here are the original links.

Here is his YouTube page. They have removed the main video but the rest are there.
https://www.youtube.com/user/ElliotRodger

His Google+ page
https://plus.google.com/u/0/112420115103149734170/posts

His Facebook page. Update. It's now gone. Peter Rodger and Georgia Rodger also removed their pages. I saved copies of all but I won't post them.
https://www.facebook.com/elliot.rodger.3?fref=ts

The family saw his videos on his YouTube and Google page three weeks. He was talking about how lonely he was. He said he had no friends and girls didn't like him. He said he hated "girls" for not liking him. He hated men for having a better life than him. He stated he would make them "pay" for that. He said he hated everyone.

The family worried about the videos called the police who investigated. Police said he had no history of gun use. Family admitted he was seeing a few therapists. The police could do nothing more. Elliot took down the videos for three weeks then put them back up right before he started his killing spree.

In his pages he takes many selfies on himself in mirrors and driving. He then oddly enough "likes" his own photos and videos. He's not bad looking. If you compare his pics to those when he was a kid, he hasn't had plastic surgery. That is the way he looks. He is Eurasian.

While he talked about being lonely I still wonder what was the final straw on the camels back that he could not take. What set this off? I can only imagine it was rejection by "girls" or friends. Still he seems to like talking about himself and his loneliness. He likes filming himself talking about this.

If you look at his pages, he gets a few "likes." He doesn't get many comments until he kills those people then himself. He probably should have not enabled comments before he died. Then again maybe this is what he wanted. Then yet again he obviously thought of himself in a very different light than the rest of the world. Everyone is calling him a "worthless sack of shit" and far, far worse.It'll be interesting to see the results of the final investigation.

UPDATE: Family said he had Asperger's syndrome, had trouble making friends and was seeing therapists. Based on all I've seen and read I agree. Asperger's is on the autism scale. People with Asperger's are clumsy, have difficulty making eye contact, can't pick up on non-verbal communication cues, can be obsessive, have repetitive behaviors... Elliot had all those problems. The symptoms lessen a little as the person becomes an adult. See link above.

Based on what's I've read he never tried to talk to people, men or women. People did not reject him. He just would not talk or interact with people. This reminds me of the guy who shot up another college. He wrote about not having friends but if people reached out to him, he would reject them. In letters he said he was rejected. Obviously mental illness.
Georgia Rodger, Chin Rodger, Elliot Rodger

Elliot Rodger, Peter Rodger, Georgia Rodger

Elliot Rodger fifth grade with dyed hair
Peter Rodger, Jazz Rodger, Elliot Rodger

Elliot Rodger fifth grade Topanga Canyon school fifth grade, smallest kid in class
First part of the video. I copied the entire video but I'm sure anyone can find it online.

video

Transcript of the video "Elliot Rodger's Retribution.

"Hi, Elliot Rodger here. Well, this is my last video. It all has to come to this. Tomorrow is the day of retribution, the day I will have my revenge against humanity, against all of you.

"For the last eight years of my life, since I hit puberty, I've been forced to endure an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires, all because girls have never been attracted to me. Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men, never to me.

"I'm 22 years old and still a virgin, never even kissed a girl. And through college, 2 1/2 years, more than that actually, I'm still a virgin. It has been very torturous.

"College is the time when everyone experiences those things such as sex and fun and pleasure. In those years I've had to rot in loneliness, it's not fair.

"You girls have never been attracted to me. I don't know why you girls aren't attracted to me but I will punish you all for it. It's an injustice, a crime because I don't know what you don't see in me, I'm the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman. I will punish all of you for it. [laughs]

"On the day of retribution, I am going to enter the hottest sorority house at UCSB and I will slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see inside there. All those girls I've desired so much. They have all rejected me and looked down on me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance toward them, while they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes.

"I take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you., You will finally see that I am, in truth, the superior one, the true alpha male. [laughs] Yes, after I have annihilated every single girl in the sorority house, I'll take to the streets of Isla Vista and slay every single person I see there. All those popular kids who live such lives of hedonistic pleasure while I've had to rot in loneliness all these years. They all look down upon me every time I tried to join them, they've all treated me like a mouse.

"Well, now I will be a god compared to you, you will all be animals, you are animals and I will slaughter you like animals. I'll be a god exacting my retribution on all those who deserve it and you do deserve it just for the crime of living a better life than me.

"The popular kids, you never accepted me and now you will all pay for it. Girls, all I ever wanted was to love you, be loved by you. I wanted a girlfriend. I wanted sex, love, affection, adoration.

"You think I'm unworthy of you. That's I crime I can never get over. If I can't have you girls, I will destroy you. [laughs] You denied me a happy life and in turn I will deny all of you life, it's only fair. I hate all of you.

"Humanity is a disgusting, wretched, depraved species. If I had it in my power I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood and rightfully so. You deserve to be annihilated and I will give that to you. You never showed me any mercy so I will show you none. [laughs]

"You forced me to suffer all my life, now I will make you all suffer. I waited a long time for this. I'll give you exactly what you deserve, all of you. All you girls who rejected me, looked down upon me, you know, treated me like scum while you gave yourselves to other men. And all of you men for living a better life than me, all of you sexually active men. I hate you. I hate all of you. I can't wait to give you exactly what you deserve, annihilation."


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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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Loma Vista fatal auto crashes in Beverly Hills - Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser

By now most people in Los Angeles have heard about two fatal auto accidents on the same street in the same location within the two months. Two LAPD officers were killed in two separate incidents. They were both killed when large trucks lost control going down the steep street and crashed into the cars. From LA Weekly,

"This is the third accident on Loma Vista involving a heavy haul truck in the past two months. On Friday, March 7, a Los Angeles Police officer was killed and his partner injured when a runaway truck collided with a patrol car. On Friday, May 2, 2014, a cement truck was traveling southbound Loma Vista Drive when it struck several parked cars along Loma Vista Drive. The truck driver sustained non - life threatening injuries."

A car and a regular truck were hit head on by the large, heavy trucks which had lost their brakes because of the weight of their vehicles and the steep grade. The car and regular truck were crushed by the trucks. More from the LA Weekly below.

http://www.laweekly.com/informer/2014/05/09/off-duty-officer-is-2nd-lapd-cop-to-die-on-same-beverly-hills-street

Crushed car, Loma Vista, Beverly Hills, Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates
Crushed car, Loma Vista, Beverly Hills, Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

Crushed car, Loma Vista, Beverly Hills, Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates
Crushed car, Loma Vista, Beverly Hills, Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates
Here is a terrain, topographical map of the area. I grew up in this area. There are some steep, narrow streets. Loma Vista is actually a wider street. Both cops were killed at the bottom of the hill.

Loma Vis
Below is an article that describes what happens when a large, heavy vehicle goes down a steep grade.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/runaway-truck-ramps-explained-feature

I believe this street has a runaway ramp on the west side near the bottom. It is not big enough for a truck but it might stop a regular car. I personally feel they shouldn't allow large heavy vehicles down this street. They can go up but not down. Obviously if they can't go down this street, they will have to go down a street which is not as steep which will be a longer route. I believe there are already signs in the area that says "no vehicles over ... tons." Perhaps they can make steep streets one way only going up.

Beverly Hills released this statement,

"The City of Beverly Hills is aware of the concerns from the community regarding commercial vehicles traveling along Loma Vista Drive and surrounding streets. This is a critical public safety issue, which the Beverly Hills Police Department and other City departments are aggressively working together to mitigate future accidents. The police department has significantly stepped up traffic enforcement and commercial vehicle enforcement efforts in the Trousdale area since the beginning of the year. They have also deployed two speed radar trailers on Loma Vista."

Having speed radar trailers will not help at all. When a big truck is careening down a steep street totally out of control knowing how fast he is going won't stop his truck. I think the cement truck tried to slow down by hitting parked cars. That probably slowed him a little. But when he got to the curve at the bottom his truck tipped over and landed on the regular truck crushing it. He tipped because of his speed, weight, center of mass and the curve. I personally don't take that street because it's so steep. I also never drive on La Cienega to Sunset because that street is also very steep.

The first accident was a Beverly Hills trash truck. Obviously they must pick up trash on both sides of the street so they have to go down the street. Perhaps they should go down the street before they go up so they will have less weight. Or they could make everyone put their trash cans on only the up side of the street. They will have to do something now because you know the first officer killed by the trash truck is going to sue the City. Below are some ideas.


1. Don't allow heavy trucks, RVs, large moving vans... to go DOWN the very steep streets in the City. They can only go UP those streets. It would be one way only for large trucks. Trucks don't lose control going up, only going down. This would mean residents on those very steep streets should put their trash cans on the up side of the street.This way trash trucks only have to go up and not down. There should be a "no parking on (whatever day is trash day for that street)" sign on the up side of the street so there's more room for trash cans. This should be based on the angle of the incline and curves in the road besides the distance. The longer you are in a steep decline, the more likely you are to lose control. Plus the greater the speed you will be going at the end of the decline.

2. Don't allow heavy trucks on any steep streets in the City. This might be easier for truckers to understand than just not allowing them to go down. Post signs.

3. Make the super steep streets one way only going up. Offer residents and their contractors other routes on less steep streets. Not all truckers would see a sign that says up only for trucks especially if they don't speak English. If you made it one way for everyone, they would see that sign and understand. Of course it'd be a hassle for some residents.

4. Add parking signs which instruct people to angle their tires into the curb if they park on steep streets. Common sense says one should do this but most people don't. Trucks and cars have gone out of control down steep streets while unoccupied especially if it rains or floods.


Homes located on steep hills are generally worth less unless they have a killer view. People do not like living on steep hills. Runaway cars is an issue even for a parked car. Plus, you will get more rain run off, possible landslides, flooding, mud.


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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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mary Cummins receives "Women Making a Difference" award - Los Angeles, California



Mary Cummins of Cummins Real Estate Appraisals receives the Los Angeles Business Journal 2014 Los Angeles Women Making a Difference award.

Mary Cummins of Cummins Real Estate Appraisals receives the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2014 Los Angeles Women Making a Difference Award for being a Volunteer of the Year.


Mary Cummins receives Los Angeles Business Journal "Women Making a Difference" award for volunteer of the year.
The Los Angeles Business Journal is excited to host the Inaugural Los Angeles Women’s Conference and Awards. Building off of the success and popularity of the Women Making a Difference Awards held for the past 21 years, this year the Business Journal will introduce a half-day conference that will begin with breakfast and progress through a series of nine guest speakers. Our attendees will have an opportunity to be inspired by local women executives sharing their expertise on wealth creation, wellness and wisdom. The afternoon portion of the event will be highlighted by the Women Making a Difference Awards luncheon, where we will be honoring the outstanding achievements in business by women throughout Los Angeles County.

Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, Calformia
Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser, Animal Advocates, Los Angeles, Calformia
Mary Cummins receives Los Angeles Business Journal Women Making a Difference award.

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Mary Cummins receives Los Angeles Business Journal Women Making a Difference award.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live – Platinum Ballroom
900 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015


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, Mary K. Cummins, Mary Katherine Cummins, Mary Cummins-Cobb, Mary, Cummins, Cobb, real estate, appraiser, appraisal, instructor, teacher, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Brentwood, Bel Air, California, licensed, permitted, single family, condo, pud, hud, fannie mae, freddie mac, uspap, certified, residential, certified resident, apartment building, multi-family, commercial, industrial, expert witness, civil, criminal, orea, dre, insurance, bonded, experienced, bilingual, spanish, english, form, 1004, 2055, land, raw, acreage, vacant, insurance, cost, income approach, market analysis, comparative, theory, appraisal theory, cost approach, sales, matched pairs, plot, plat, map, diagram, photo, photographs, photography, rear, front, street, subject, comparable, sold, listed, active, pending, expired, cancelled, listing, mls, multiple listing service, claw, themls,

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Home of Walt Disney chairman Alan Horn 401 St. Cloud, Bel Air - Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser

Home where the President Obama fund raiser took place May 7, 2014. The Horns have hosted many public events at this public location. Cindy Horn hosted a USC Women's Series in the home in the 1980's which I attended.

1929 Spanish home built on a 36,000 sf lot. Seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, swimming pool and tennis court on block to block lot. Completely private with tall shrubs and trees. Alan and Cindy Horn his wife have lived there since 1985 when Alan bought it for $3.5M. The current auto-appraise states it's worth $6M-$13M.
Alan Horn, 402 St. Cloud, Bel Air, CA 90077. Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser
President Barack Obama's limo in front of Alan Horn's home

Alan Horn, 402 St. Cloud, Bel Air, CA 90077. Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser

Alan Horn, 402 St. Cloud, Bel Air, CA 90077. Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser
This house has not been listed on the MLS since 1985 so no other information or photos are available.


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, Mary K. Cummins, Mary Katherine Cummins, Mary Cummins-Cobb, Mary, Cummins, Cobb, real estate, appraiser, appraisal, instructor, teacher, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Brentwood, Bel Air, California, licensed, permitted, single family, condo, pud, hud, fannie mae, freddie mac, uspap, certified, residential, certified resident, apartment building, multi-family, commercial, industrial, expert witness, civil, criminal, orea, dre, insurance, bonded, experienced, bilingual, spanish, english, form, 1004, 2055, land, raw, acreage, vacant, insurance, cost, income approach, market analysis, comparative, theory, appraisal theory, cost approach, sales, matched pairs, plot, plat, map, diagram, photo, photographs, photography, rear, front, street, subject, comparable, sold, listed, active, pending, expired, cancelled, listing, mls, multiple listing service, claw, themls,

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

USGS updates Los Angeles earthquake fault lines map - Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates

Article today in the LA Times about USGS updated the earthquake fault line map for Los Angeles County. I think this is the most recent one. It's not finalized yet.
Los Angeles earthquake fault line map, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser


This second map only shows Hollywood. The fault lines continue in either direction but they are not in Hollywood which is why they are not on this map. Earthquake faults exist where the flats meet the mountains. That is how mountains are formed. The flat land is pushed under the mountain causing it to rise.This is Sunset Blvd. Original roads are generally made in the flats and go around the base of mountains as is the case with Sunset. This was the easiest route. Over time these dirt roads became paved streets. Anyone with any common sense would have realized Sunset Blvd or any place flats meet a mountain would be an earthquake fault line. I don't know why they are acting surprised.
Hollywood fault zone, Mary Cummins, real estate appraiser
Even if you don't live on a fault line you will still feel earthquakes and have damage depending upon how close you are to the fault, depth of quake and magnitude not to mention the type of structure you are in. I think these developers knew they were probably located over a fault line. I've seen unscrupulous developers knowingly build right on top of fault lines. I saw one developer who saw quartz rock coming up from a fissure on the property. That indicates a fault line and high pressure movement. He built right over it.

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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