Thursday, April 15, 2010



I am not eligble for any of the "Rehousing" money in San Bernardino County because I am not a "drug addict or alcolholic coming out of a transitional housing program, or menatlly ill, or a victim of domestic violence." RATHER, I am "cast off and forgotten in a maze of government bureaucracy."

I am a 69 year old handicapped woman sleeping in my car -- for over a year now -- due to a provable retaliatory illegal eviction, and a victim of a bogus restraining order that I am fighting in court now in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court.

Opposing Council: Attorney Linda Hollenbeck for Briarwood Partners a.k.a. Ameriland Group.

Retalitory Evcitions and Retalitory Restraining Orders are too often used to ruin the lives of others by unethical attorneys who will do anything to win - and often times they do. I refuse to let that happen to me and have chosen to legally challenge them.

When I complained about "unsafe fire safety conditions" and "criminal behavior on the property" at Briarwood Manor, Montclair, California to owner Jules Auther -- I was evicted. I have police reports, letters to the owners [slum lords] who have an MO of evicting elderly and handicapped people when they complain, and letters to HUD who did nothing to help the Section/8 elderly residents of this building.

I have always paid my rent.

I have documented everything.

The owners, Briarwood Partners, a.k.a. Amerland Group are "slum lords," and have evicted others from off their other properties in retaliation for complaining as well. It is part of a news story in the LA Times. When I began to complain regarding fire safety issues I didn't know these owners were in a million dollar lawsuit over the Alexandria Hotel in L.A. where they had "39 criminal fire code violations and five people died in a fire due to their lack of care and concern." When I began to complain I am sure I must have looked like "another law suit on the way," and they got rid of me -- but not without a fight that has now turned very ugly on their part.

[Those tenants who complained and were made homeless finally won a million dollars for "relocation" etc.] In another recent fire on Ameriland Group property, another three people died in a fire.

The City of Montclair has been informed of these slum lords, and seems to not be concerned, continuing to do business with Jules Arthur, and ignoreing code violations such as no fire drills, heat and air-conditioning improperly connected, and flooded apartments with standing water -- and more.

These slum lords have private contracts to rent apartments through HUD. HUD knew the problems and did nothing to protect me, or other tenants who had valid complaints.

When I challenged my eviction the owners and attorney took out two bogus restraining orders against me and they had me arrested five times with "no cause." The orders were for alleged work place violence [C.C.P. 527.8] that makes a claim for an employee being the victim of violence.

The law [criteria] to obtain such an order under C.C.P. 527.8 is that there must have been "acts of violence, and/or a credible threat of violence against an employee." Both charges must be proved by facts and law to the judge if he is to
issue a viable order.

The first judge dismissed the first case because such things never happened and could not be proved. The second judge either didn't know, or ignored the law and issued an order anyway -- even though the employees stated loud and clear in
court that I was "never violent, and never made any violent threats." And so I am now in court, Tuesday, 19, 2010 in Rancho Cucamonga, Superior Court, CA to begin to rectify this order as "void on the face" -- for, "one cannot violate or be punished on a void order."

Restraining Orders are the most abused document in the courts, and are used too often by unethical attorneys to win a case against the opposition when they know they can't win any other way. (The owner's attorney, Linda Hollenbeck has
presented provable perjured documents in court in an effort to win against me, and there is an County Sheriff's report filed against her and the managers to go to the DA next week. There is also a State Bar complaint in which Hollenbeck may
[ought to] lose her license.)

In California "void cases never die" and can be brought to court even twenty years after a case has closed. I am not waiting.

Unfortunately not many attorneys know how to fight a "void case" and this makes for a lot of people being sent to prisons who are in fact innocent.

The US Department of Justice believed in 1999 " least 10% of all who are incarcerated are innocent." With "one out of every one-hundred Americans incarcerated, that means thousands are innocent." (When called to serve this is one of the reasons I give for not sitting on a jury.)

I am writing a book, and have a BLOG.

The City of Montclair needs services for the homeless -- whom I meet on the street every day.

I am hoping to also attend the Washington D.C. National Alliance to End Homelessness in July.

Please will you consider helping me to find a reporter?

Most sincerely,
~Sharon Stephens