Mr. Mike Martin:I am writing to request your immediate and effective action on several issues.Bank of America and Chase continue to have business licenses despite being in violationof Burien Municipal Code (BMC) 5.05.130 (2) and (5) prior to receiving their currentbusiness license. This part of the BMC was put in to stop businesses who had priorconsent decrees for fraudulent actions from receiving a business license for a minimumof two years after the decree so that it could be determined if they were fit to operate abusiness in Burien.Both of these banks have demonstrated they are unfit for licenses under BMC 5.05.130(2) , (5) by causing tens of millions of dollars in loss of property value over the lasteighteen months, since the first annexation of North Highline. A couple of examplesfrom my neighborhood that are depressing house prices for a one mile radius are:The City of Burien spent property tax money because Chase Bank refused to cleanupgarbage that was being dumped at one of their foreclosed properties located at 11416 26thAve. South. Chase ignored Burien’s phone calls for seven months before it signed asweetheart deal with the City of Burien’s attorney. I see no evidence that a lien was everfiled to recover this money. Additionally, records on file at King County show Chasereceiving money in the amount of $367,163.84 from Fannie Mae for losses it alleges itwas owed while Chase was in custody of this house for Fannie Mae. Chase’s refusal tomaintain the property caused a dramatic drop in neighborhood house prices.Subsequently this $400,000 house sold for $89,000. It would appear they defraudedFannie Mae by willfully refusing to maintain this house. Fortunately, this house was notbought by a slumlord. It is now being rehabilitated.I would have thought that after the Chase house, Burien would have been prepared for thehouse down the street,, located at 11037 26th Ave S owned by Bank of America. I doubtBurien even knows of its existence, or that Bank of America hasn’t bothered to maintainit to the detriment of the neighborhood and Fannie Mae. Additionally, Bank of Americahad the electricity cut to save money. After years of sitting empty and unheated, it islikely to have a mold and mildew problem that will dramatically reduce its value and thatof the neighborhood. Additionally, it will be a potential source of respiratory infections.The picture of the door shows that Bank of America is “visiting” this house yet they arenot maintaining it.Up one block, at 11045 Roseberg Ave S, is another Bank of America house that is notbeing maintained. Through the initial legal proceedings, the house was maintained. Yetthe day the actual foreclosure sign was put in the window, all maintenance ceased. Bankof America is “visiting” this overgrown abandoned house (see the door picture for thishouse). It is blighting the neighborhood and they are defaulting on their obligation toFannie Mae.
The City of Burien, by its lack of code enforcement is pushing homeowners underwater.How many people have lost their homes through devaluation caused by Bank of Americaand Chase so that these banks could defraud Fannie Mae while Burien sat idly by? Whydid your city attorney choose to not enforce the BMC with Chase by not withholdingtheir business license while the matter festered with this house?Homeowners in Burien are trying to upgrade their properties yet despite our best effortsour city government is stabbing us in the back so city politicians can appease the banks.The City of Burien chose to allow tens of millions of dollars in property valuation lossesin my neighborhood so that Chase and Bank of America could save $750 per year in lawnmowing expenses that are required by code.The BMC provides a contract between homeowners and the City on what is reasonablyexpected of all parties and penalties for failure to comply.I am demanding the following:1. Bank of America and Chase have their business license revoked immediately under BMC 5.05.130 (2) , (5). for no less than 2 years due to prior consent decrees and current violations of the BMC 5.05 140 (2).2. Burien immediately levies fines of $125.00 per day against any bank owned house that is not in compliance with all BMC requirements using BMC 5.05 (140 (2). Liens are too be filed and foreclosed upon as soon as allowed by law. If any of these houses are in bankruptcy, Burien should point out the obligation of both Banks and mortgagee is too be in compliance with all BMC regulations to have any standing before the Court.You will either be the first City Manager in the United States to stand up and terminatebusiness licenses of banks that are engaged in illegal actions and lead the City of Burienforward, or you will be fired for refusing to do so.Sincerely,BCPS: Photos of these foreclosed houses and other safety issues that the City of Burienallows to occur in my neighborhood can be seen at my slide share site. If you take alook outside my neighborhood, you will notice a pervasive lack of enforcement on a widevariety code issues confronting neighborhoods throughout Burien.www.slideshare.net/burien_citizen
October 12, 2012Mr. Chuck DuffyWashington State Fire MarshallP.O. Box 42600Olympia, WA 98504Dear Mr. Duffy:There are many foreclosed houses in Burien, Washington that are being allowed tobecome fire hazards by the banks. The City of Burien is choosing to ignore theseforeclosed properties and putting neighboring residents and firefighters at risk.If you view my slide share site you will see pictures of these houses and the dry brushthat is being allowed to consume them. I believe that the banks (Bank of America ownstwo of these foreclosed houses in my neighborhood) should be cited and the King CountyProsecuting Attorneys office should be notified so that if there are injuries or fatalitiesthen the appropriate charges can be filed against the City of Burien’s City Manager, CityCouncil and the CEO of the banks.I would appreciate you reviewing the City of Burien’s list of foreclosed houses, assumingthey have such, to see why this is being allowed to happen and direct them to takeimmediate and lasting action to remedy this problem.www.slideshare.net/burien_citizen
October 12, 2012King County Prosecuting Attorneys OfficeKing County CourthouseRoom W554516 Third AveSeattle, WA 98104Dear Mr. Satterberg:I have attached copies of letters to the Washington State Fire Marshall and WashingtonState Patrol on unsafe conditions being allowed to exist in Burien, Washington.The Washington State Patrol is being asked to review why unsafe conditions are beingallowed to exist for both pedestrians and drivers alike in Burien.The Washington State Fire Marshall’s office is being asked to cite the Banks that haveabandoned their obligation to maintain the foreclosed houses in Burien.In the event of injury or death in the above mentioned letters I believe it would beprudent to review extenuating circumstances that may include charges against the CityManager of Burien and its City Council for willful non-enforcement of Burien‘sMunicipal Code, and Bank CEO’s who are involved in an unlawful for profit enterprisewhose sole purpose is to defraud the United States Government out of Fannie Maeinsurance.Mike Martin, City Manager of Burien, was quoted eloquently in the West Seattle Heraldon the matter of code enforcement and “Burien’s Policy” in the July 13, 2012 WestSeattle Herald. I believe safety is the first and foremost obligation of Burien. Its refusalto enforce the Burien Municipal Code is putting people at risk.Whatever assistance your office can provide in clarifying the obligations of both Burien’scity government and Bank of America, etc. would be helpful in avoiding tragedy.Please see my Slide Share site for pictures and more information.www.slideshare.net/burien_citizen
All members of the Washington State Legislature weremailed hard copies of this letter on October 12, 2012I believe the $5,000,000 per year the State of Washington has promised Burien,Washington if it succeeds in annexing North Highline would be a waste of State money.The annexation in April of 2011 by Burien of my neighborhood has resulted in a dramaticdrop in home values in the annexed area due to negligence and gross incompetence onthe part of the City of Burien.Non-enforcement of Burien Municipal Code (BMC) is the primary problem. MikeMartin (Burien City Manager) was quoted in the July 13th 2012, West Seattle Heraldabout Burien’s policy of “reactively” dealing with code enforcement. The results of thispolicy can be seen throughout Burien. I would invite you to tour Burien. Specifically,look at the 2% of the homes that are non-compliant with the BMC and Burien’s lack ofeffort to clean these homes up. Some of non compliant issues are:Ÿ Foreclosed homes that are not being maintained by the banks.Ÿ Rental homes with countless parked cars on the lawn. Many of these vehicles are not licensed or are inoperable.Ÿ Homes with trash spread about the yard.Ÿ Sidewalks that are overgrown with blackberries and other invasive vegetation.Ÿ Hedges that block visibility at intersections.Every day Burien employees and administrators drive by these homes, yet they donothing. Mr. Martin may want you to believe that Burien has had a positive impact onthe neighborhoods that it serves. Google can take you on a curbside tour to witness whatthings Burien may not want you to see. Take a Google tour of my neighborhood and seethe “good” things Burien has brought us.Less than one month after Burien took control of my neighborhood, an empty foreclosedhouse owned by Chase, at 11416 26th Ave. S., started having garbage dumped there.Chase ignored Burien’s phone calls for seven months before it signed a sweetheart dealwith the City of Burien’s attorney so that the City could clean up the garbage at the City‘sexpense. At what cost?
I see no evidence that a lien was ever filed to recover the money.Down the street at 11037 26th Ave S is another abandoned foreclosed house owned byBank of America. I doubt Mr. Martin or Burien even knows of its existence or that Bankof America hasn’t bothered to maintain it, to the detriment of Burien and theneighborhood. Bank of America had the electricity cut to save money. After severalyears of sitting empty and unheated, it is likely to have a mold and mildew problem thatwill dramatically reduce its value and that of the neighborhood.Up one block at 11045 Roseberg Ave. S. is another Bank of America house that is notbeing maintained. Through the initial legal proceedings the house was maintained. Yetthe day the actual foreclosure sign was put in the window all maintenance ceased. Bankof America is “inspecting” this house (see the door picture for this house), yet it isblighting the neighborhood.The City of Burien by its lack of enforcement of code violations is pushing homeownersunderwater. How many people have lost their homes through devaluation caused byBank of America and Chase so that these banks could defraud Fannie Mae while Buriendid nothing?Burien has been blessed with many great things:Ÿ Many properties have great viewsŸ Neighborhoods were built a few houses at a time. Not a lot of subdivisions here.Ÿ Ethnically well mixedŸ And sadly cheap home prices.Burien has chosen to spend its time on the downtown business section while ignoring theefforts of 98% of its homeowners who are trying to upgrade their homes. The 2% (banks,slumlords, and those that don’t care), are driving the value of our housing inventory intothe ground. The effects are not only visible in the neighborhood, but also can be seen inthe high vacancy rate in the downtown corridor. Without a vibrant housing market, theretailers are one by one going out of business for lack of customers.Banks such as Bank of America and Chase look for lazy city governments like Burienthat are willing to turn a blind eye on code enforcement. The City of Burien chose toallow tens of millions of dollars in property valuation losses in my neighborhood’s onemile radius so that Chase and Bank of America could save $750 per year per property inlawn mowing expenses required by code.Significant safety issues can be seen on my slide share site that shows Burien’s lack ofcode enforcement is making it dangerous for both pedestrians and drivers alike.In fairness to Mike Martin and the banks, the State of Washington should invite them toOlympia to testify before the Legislature on the above mentioned matters plus otherBMC infractions that are found on your tour of Burien that are not being addressed.What is the cost in lost revenue to Burien caused by the 2% in my neighborhood and how
many dollars would it take for Burien to cite the 2% for the various infractions listed onmy Slide Share site?In conclusion, Burien is a city that takes money for services that it won’t perform.Without a fundamental change in Burien’s approach to code enforcement, the upcomingannexation will result in more financial losses for homeowners and the State ofWashington.P.S. Many of these houses have or are in Bankruptcy proceedings. I would invite you toexamine the various legal documents to see if either the Banks or Burien has notified thecourts that these houses are non compliant with the BMC.www.slideshare.net/burien_citizen
October 12, 2012Chief John R. BatisteWashington State PatrolP.O. Box 42600Olympia, WA 98504Dear Mr. Batiste:Dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cars are being allowed to exist in Burien,Washington. These conditions are in direct violation of the Burien Municipal CodeSection 12.38.040 (2).These violations fall into three categories:Ÿ Vegetation (blackberry bushes, ivy, and hedges) that encroaches onto the sidewalks such that pedestrians have to enter the roadway to get around the blockage.Ÿ Hedges that block drivers visibility at stop signs.Ÿ Vegetation that encroaches onto the roadway.If you examine the pictures at my slide share site you will note that Burien has chosen toprune some of these infractions. Unfortunately, this does not provide an acceptableresolution to this issue. The only resolution is that the owner of the property be requiredto remedy the infraction by either removing or maintaining the vegetation such thatsidewalks are usable at all times and intersections and roadways are free fromobstructions as specified in BMC 12.38.40 (2).I would appreciate a Washington State Trooper visiting Mike Martin (City Manager) andthe City Council to work out a prompt and continuous resolution to these safety hazardsthat exist throughout Burien.Additionally, whatever statistics the Washington State Patrol has on crime rates and rundown neighborhoods would be beneficial for Burien to see so that public safety in generalwould improve in Burien.www.slideshare.net/burien_citizen
All United States Senators on the Senate Committee onBanking, Housing, & Urban Affairs were mailed hardcopies of this letter on October 12, 2012.Fraudulent activities on the part of the banking industry are occurring in Burien,Washington a suburb of Seattle. Bank of America and Chase are the two banks in myneighborhood who are defrauding Fannie Mae and the United States government throughwillful non maintenance of foreclosed properties.These two banks have stripped tens of millions of dollars in property values in mycommunity alone so that they can save $750 a year in lawn mowing expenses on eachhouse. With a reduction in personal net worth, the average person has less money tospend, and thus the economy continues to struggle.These banks require the acquiescence of local municipal governments to perpetrate theseactivities. Burien, like most communities have municipal codes to effectively deal withthese non compliant issues yet they do nothing. The bankruptcy courts also do nothingand the value of the estate plummets along with the neighborhood that surrounds thesecancerous properties that blight our landscape from coast to coast.Burien’s City Manager Mike Martin was quoted eloquently in the in the West SeattleHerald (07-13-2012) in describing Burien’s policy on code enforcement as “reactive“.Below are a couple of examples of major code violations that have occurred from thesetwo banks and Burien’s reactive response:The City of Burien spent property tax money because Chase Bank refused to cleanupgarbage that was being dumped at one of their foreclosed properties located at 11416 26thAve. South, that they failed to adequately secure. Chase ignored Burien’s phone callsfor seven months before it signed a sweetheart deal that allowed Burien to cleanupthe house at the City’s expense. At what cost? I see no evidence that a lien was everfiled to recover this money. Additionally, records on file at King County show Chasereceiving money in the amount of $367,163.84 from Fannie Mae for losses it alleges itwas owed while Chase was in custody of this house for Fannie Mae. Chase’s refusal tomaintain the property caused a dramatic drop in neighborhood house prices.Subsequently this $400,000 house sold for $89,000. It would appear they defraudedFannie Mae by willfully refusing to maintain this houseI would have thought that after the Chase house, Burien would have been prepared for thehouse down the street at 11037 26th Ave S owned by Bank of America. I doubt Burieneven knows of its existence or that Bank of America hasn’t bothered to maintain it, to thedetriment of the neighborhood and Fannie Mae. Additionally, Bank of America had theelectricity cut to save money. After several years of sitting empty and unheated it islikely to have a mold and mildew problem that will dramatically reduce its value and thatof the neighborhood. It will be a potential source of respiratory infections. The pictureof the door shows that Bank of America is “inspecting” this house yet they are not
maintaining it. This house appears to be in bankruptcy. Has Bank of America notifiedthe Court of its condition?Up one block at 11045 Roseberg Ave. S, is another Bank of America house that is notbeing maintained. Through the initial legal proceedings the house was maintained. Yet,the day the foreclosure sign was put in the window all maintenance ceased. Bank ofAmerica is “inspecting” this house (see the door picture for this house), yet it is blightingthe neighborhood and they are defaulting on their obligation to Fannie Mae and Burien.This house appears to be in bankruptcy. Has Bank of America notified the Court of itscondition?I would propose that Congress subpoena all documents (pictures, emails, letters, phonelogs, and legal filings / motions) and individuals from the City of Burien, the banks andthe Courts who oversaw these houses. Furthermore, there should be an inspection of allFannie Mae properties for proper maintenance. This will allow the housing market toknow exactly how many houses are waiting to enter the market. This will stabilize pricesby weeding out the non-maintained houses that are depressing house prices.Additionally, by eliminating this fraudulent activity, Fannie Mae will have more moneyto underwrite the housing recovery.Most peoples biggest asset is their home. Until the assault on its value ceases, peoples’hard work to improve their lives, their neighborhood and the economy will be in vain.Thank you in advance for taking the time to consider this important financial matteraffecting our Nation.www.slideshare.net/burien_citizen