Defective and/or Incompetent Smoke Detectors at Diamond Apartments / Embassy Apartments

Yep, my smoke alarm is inefficient.

And that jeopardizes my life and personal possessions. It also compromises the life and property of any tenant who lives directly near my apartment unit.

And since my alarm is incompetent then there’s a chance that your smoke alarm might be incompetent.

Management needs to provide each and every tenant with what a fire marshal would call a ‘competent’ smoke alarm, and that would be an alarm that does not gamble with a tenant’s life. And then the defective and/or incompetent smoke alarm needs to be destroyed. As soon as Management furnishes me with a new alarm I’m going to smash the old one to bits with my favorite hammer.

Some apartment managers in the U.S. (and I imagine around the world) like to save money by not upgrading certain items like smoke alarms.

Other apartment managers are a little ‘clumsy’ because they are, for whatever reason, uninformed on important subject matters like smoke alarms. I sent Diamond Apartment / Embassy Apartment Management an email requesting a new smoke alarm. I am waiting for their response.

This post will be updated sometime between October 8 and October 20. It will be revised and overhauled with relevant information as to why some of the smoke alarms in various Diamond Apartment / Embassy Apartment units, and other apartment complexes in the U.S., might be declared defective and/or incompetent and/or pose as a significant risk to a tenants life, property and digital data.

in·com·pe·tent
1.Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application.
2.Devoid of those qualities requisite for effective conduct or action.

Until this post is updated with said relevant information, it’s Management’s duty to know why a smoke alarm like the one in my apartment and the one in my 93 year old neighbor’s apartment would be considered inadequate.

The future update will include proof that is beyond reasonable doubt that will show that my smoke alarm, the senior citizen’s smoke alarm who lives in the apartment unit next door, and, potentially, other smoke alarms in other Diamond Apartment / Embassy Apartment units are either defective and/or inadequate.

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UPDATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012

I sent Management an email informing them that my smoke alarm needs to be replaced. They sent me an email that included a copy of Section 18 of the Rental Agreement. They did so in order to bring Section 18 to my attention. In response to Section 18 or the Rental Agreement, and in order to inform Embassy Apartments / Diamond Apartments of an unsafe policy that Management has in place regarding the use of incompetent smoke alarms, I sent them an email. Here is a copy of the email I sent them:

Embassy Apartment / Diamond Apartment Management forwarded me Section #18 of the Lease Agreement and that section says:

“The premises are equipped with a smoke detection device(s), and resident shall be responsible for reporting any problems, maintenance or repairs to owner. Owner shall have a right to enter the premises to check and maintain the smoke detection device as provided by law.”

1) Based on my first Embassy Apartment smoke alarm experience of great distinction, I would like to inform Embassy Apartment / Diamond Apartment Management that section 18 appears to be incomplete. It also appears to be intrinsically wrong. Intrinsically wrong because it omits critically important safety information: It does not inform the tenant that, much like a condom, a smoke alarm has an official recommended expiration date and/or a 10 year lifespan. Section 18 fails to inform the tenant that a smoke alarm should be destroyed and then replaced with a new one at the 10 year mark. That is a significant omission that can have a negative impact if a fire should ever start in an apartment building. In the interest of common sense and safety, I suggest that section 18 needs to be amended to inform the tenant of said official recommended expiration date/lifespan.

2) The smoke alarm in my apartment has been on my ceiling for 15 years. A consumer branch of the federal government declared it, the CodeOne2000, defective several years ago. That’s a serious problem. But that type of Section 18 ‘problem’, in this case a product recall notification, would not involve a tenant in that a tenant is least likely to be notified by the government or the manufacturer of the smoke alarm during the recall process. The recall process would start with the federal government, who would officially notify the manufacturer of the smoke alarm (Jameson Home Products) who would then, hopefully, officially notify the owner of the defective alarms (Embassy Apartments / Diamond Apartments). I would assume that Jameson Home Products does not know that I exist. I would assume that they do not know that Embassy Apartments / Diamond Apartments is loaning me a CodeOne2000. I would assume that Jameson Home Products does not know my name or have my contact information nor do they have the names and contact information of any tenant because tenants do not own the smoke alarm that is in their apartment unit. Management should have officially notified me, and fellow tenants, of the recall years ago, when the government mandated the recall. I’ll note that in the October 10, 2012 edition of USA Today that there is an article titled ‘Toyota Recalls 7.43M Vehicles for Fire Risk.’ One of the last sentences in that article states ‘Owners will get official notification of the recall by mail later this month.’ As stated, tenants do not appear to own the smoke alarm that Management provides to the tenant, it appears to be loaned out to the tenant.

3) I’ll note that Management has, on occasion, closely inspected my smoke alarm and on those occasions it should have been clear to them that, at the time of inspection, the CodeOne2000 smoke alarm was not only defective but older than 10 years of age. At the time of inspection Management said nothing/did nothing/acted as if the unit was a good unit when it fact the unit should have been destroyed due to being an inadequate safety device.

The question is: Was Management uninformed about the official recommended expiration date of a smoke alarm or did they fail to destroy it and then replace it with a new one for some other reason, for example, in order to save money? Either way, Embassy Apartment / Diamond Apartment Management compromised my safety, the safety of other tenants, and the safety of the building by not destroying and replacing my old smoke alarm.

4) It is possible that my CodeOne2000 was not one of the defective units in the batch, or on the list that was subject to recall. If that is the case, I think it would be wise, when discussing the recall of a life saving device like a smoke alarm, that one must take into account human error.

Human error on the part of a person and/or the government who may have declared my CodeOne2000 a good unit when in fact it may have been defective. But since a certain batch of CodeOne2000’s were declared officially defective I think the responsible thing to do would be to seize all CodeOne2000’s that are currently in place at 959 Felspar Street and then destroy them and replace each one with a new smoke alarm that has not been recalled by the federal government. Because it is a life saving device. Because of human error. Because in the event of a fire in an apartment unit it is better to be safe than sorry.

5) I took a look at Ms. Hanak’s smoke alarm in Apartment 2E and a) from the looks of it and b) from what Ms. Hanak said, she too needs a new smoke alarm. Keep in mind that as a senior citizen if her alarm fails to perform as it should her life and personal property would be in more jeopardy than you or I as she, being a 93 year old senior citizen, is not as fast on her feet as we are should she be in bed sound asleep when a fire breaks out. I’m not positive if Ms. Hanak’s alarm is a CodeOne2000. Ms. Hanak stated that her smoke alarm is probably the same smoke alarm that was in place when she moved in to her apartment unit in approximately 1998. That would make her smoke alarm a) approximately 14 years old and perhaps older than that and b) subject to being an inadequate/incompetent smoke alarm.

6) Management is gambling with the lives, personal property and digital data of tenants when they use and rely on a smoke alarm that is older than 10 years of age.

If management is not aware of the official recommended expiration date of a smoke alarm then Management is clearly uninformed and/or uneducated. It has been estimated that a smoke alarm that is older than 10 years of age may incur certain degradation, upwards of 30% degradation. On 10.09.2012 I destroyed my potentially defective CodeOne2000 smoke alarm with a hammer and had a new one put in place.

7) I would hope that Embassy Apartment / Diamond Apartment Management acts responsibly by taking action to a) make sure that each apartment unit does not have a CodeOne2000 smoke alarm in place and b) that each apartment unit does not have a smoke alarm that is older than 10 years of age in place. To not do so would be irresponsible and hazardous to tenants and their possessions.

8) I find it incomprehensible that, in this day of instant access to information thanks to computers, that Management did not inform tenant(s) of a recall mandated by the federal government for the CodeOne2000 smoke alarm.

I find it wrong and irresponsible of Management, and hazardous to tenants, to not keep track of all smoke alarms and to not seize and destroy any smoke alarm that is 10 years of age when spreadsheets are available for free on the Internet.

9) This Embassy Apartment smoke alarm experience of great distinction, regarding my expired and potentially defective CodeOne2000 smoke alarm, resembles another incident of similar distinction that took place in my apartment in late February 2009. It was then that I dodged the proverbial bullet: A fire almost started in my apartment that morning due to an electric short that took place outside on the patio. It was raining that day and the rain appeared to contribute to the near-fire. Out of the blue I heard a LOUD boom that shook me. My computer monitor went black. And then a large volume of smoke came pouring out of an area near the southwest side of my apartment unit. Afterwards, Management / Inga Nardone, acted in a way that was, on that day, very odd and inappropriate. If a fire marshal had been on the scene that day I believe that he, or she, would have approved of the quick-action that I took in order to stop a potential fire from spreading to nearby units and throughout the rest of the building. It is clear to me that some members of Management are not educated in certain principals of fire safety. Principals that would include the use of hardware like smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and fire hoses.

10) I would hope Management acts mature and perhaps learns a lesson from this email and that they do what’s right for the community, and what is safe for tenants, by implementing changes in policy, as opposed to acting vindictive by seeking to retaliate against me by using sleaze tactics in order to garner revenge. Management’s policy of using smoke alarms that are older than 10 years of age is a procedure that needs to be changed as soon as possible. And Management should not discourage tenants to grab a fire extinguisher and a fire hose when a tenant sees and hears signs that are indicative of a fire that, potentially, is about ready to start.

11) To tenants on Felspar Street and around the world: Of course there are tenants who do not like smoke alarms. Some of them consider smoke alarms to be a nuisance. Some of them remove the batteries permanently to avoid false alarms. And then they may go out to drink and frolic in an attempt to find an attractive mate on a Friday night. Other tenants who choose to be sober may go to a 12 Step Meeting at the local Alano Club on a Friday night.

When both parties leave their apartment there’s a good chance they don’t stop and pause to think that when they come home their apartment and possessions may have gone to hell for having been lost in a fire. Because at that moment in time on a Friday night they take life for granted. There’s nothing wrong with drinking and frolicking or going to a 12 Step Meeting on a Friday night. And it’s natural to take life for granted when you’re preoccupied with a certain endeavor. Many tenants realize that a renters insurance policy obtained from an insurance company is a paper document that would be considered a highly valuable asset that provides peace of mind. Those same tenants should realize that a small piece of hardware, hardware like a smoke alarm that is under 10 years of age, is hardware that can be thought of as a secondary form of renters insurance that provides additional peace of mind.

The picture below is my old CodeOne2000 that I smashed with a hammer.

Peter Mack
Unit 2D

Crime Does Pay: How My Friend TenantX Makes Money Selling Stolen iPhones

The title of this post is fake. Neither I, Peter Mack, or TenantX, sells stolen cell phones.

But I will tell you that when you hold an iPhone up to your ear it can be, depending on your physical location, just like holding up a fistful of dollars for someone to come along and snatch out of your hand.

The fake title of this post is meant to mock the stupendous lies and slander that Embassy Apartment/Diamond Apartment management, including San Diego apartment managers Ray and Inga Nardone of 959 Felspar Street, use against tenants they are biased against.

mock
1.to attack or treat with ridicule, contempt, or derision.
2.to ridicule by mimicry of action or speech; mimic derisively.

In some cases their gang (a gang that includes their favorite tenants) use deceit and ploys in order to usurp San Diego’s Just Cause Eviction law. And in other cases, I surmise, being at complete ease with having an unethical and deceitful mindset is the type of devious ease that, I suspect, flows freely through Ray and Inga Nardone’s bloodstream.

ploy
Noun: A cunning plan or action designed to turn a situation to one’s own advantage.

The Nardone’s are fond of telling people and fellow tenant’s on Felspar Street that TenantX and I are “a threat” to people. If you’re a San Diego cop who works out of Northern Division you should know this:

A Ray or an Inga Nardone will look you straight in the eye and accuse people, including tenants who live in their building at 959 Feslpar Street, of bad things that are not true. And in some cases a cop will take the word of a Nardone for any number of reasons that include the Nardone’s age (they’re senior citizens), the Nardone’s authoritative job title as that of an apartment manager, which is of course, a higher rank than that of a tenant. If that doesn’t convince the average cop then the Nardone’s sweet, endearing, convincing, double-talking personality will.

From what I’ve read on the Internet, if you ask 10 people if you can make any money by selling stolen iPhones you’ll get answers like:

1) Of course not!

2) Yes you can!

3) Oh I don’t know…

The correct answer is yes you can.

Several weeks ago I watched a few videos that really opened my eyes. The videos showed several men and women, at various locations around the U.S., who had their cell phone snatched right out of their hands by a thief. One victim was a woman who was actually put in a headlock by a man. The thefts were captured on video with a surveillance camera.

In a recent news report given by FOX News San Diego reporter Sherri Palmeri, she stated:

‘These items (the iPhone) are a hot item for thieves not only here on campus but across the nation.’

Ms. Palmeri gave her report from San Diego State University. A FOX News anchor stated that SDSU receives a report of a stolen iPhone on an ‘almost weekly’ basis.

Captain Lamine Secka, he of the SDSU police force, stated that most of the robberies

‘…have been strong arm robberies that involve force where they just basically grab the device from the students or community members.’

Captain Secka went on to say that one cell phone robbery incident involved the use of a gun on campus.

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) states that 30-40% of robberies in several major cities involve cell phones. Thieves sell the phones online, on Ebay or Craigslist for example. Thieves are also known to cash in the phones at recycling websites and kiosks.

Even more dangerous, the theft of personal information stored in most iPhones. But there are ways to safeguard your information. One safeguard is an application that tracks your stolen iPhone.

The FCC states that the theft of stolen iPhones is rampant and that they intend to launch a website that will allow a victim to report the theft of their phone and then the carrier will in turn block the phone from being used.

I came across one story of a cell phone thief who used a bold ruse in order to steal cell phones. He posed as a cop in uniform. He would then ask a victim for their cell phone in order to, as he claimed, to check the phones serial number. And then he would take off with the phone or trick the victim into thinking that he was a good cop who was keeping the phone as evidence.

The following is an update as to what transpired when Tenant-X found an iPhone on Embassy Apartment/Diamond Apartment property:

Tenant-X handed the once moist but now dry cell phone over to the San Diego Police Department. Officer Erich D. Bennet, badge #6133, accepted it. It appears as if Officer Bennet then took it to a Verizon store where they charged it up. It was then that the rightful owner was contacted. The incident number generated by SDPD for the recovery of the iPhone is incident number P120 200 260 67. The phone did not appear to be brand new as it was loaded with a lot of files.

For the record, the landlords team of lawyers sent Tenant-X a notice several weeks after the iPhone was found. In that letter TenantX was falsely accused of a bad thing he did not do. Tenant-X will fight their lies and slander in court. And, depending on circumstances, the outcome of the fight might be decided by a jury.

Next week TenantX will be filing a restraining order against a tenant in his building who, accompanied by two of his friends one early morning on Labor Day weekend, caused trouble for TenantX. It was a bad deed that clearly indicates that he, a drunk, bellicose goon, sympathizes with and/or aids and abets Management in their quest to target TenantX. TenantX does not know the identity of the troublemaker.

Advice to those who sympathize with Management and who fall on every word that comes out of the mouth of a Nardone:

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

goon (gn)
1. A thug hired to intimidate or harm opponents.
2. A stupid or oafish person.

Decades ago labor management used goons to injure, harass, intimidate and perhaps kill certain employees. Employees who acted as activists by trying to organize a labor union that would benefit employees and hold management accountable for wrongdoing. I’m not sure, but I tend to think that you’ll see goons in action in the movie HOFFA. In that movie Jack Nicholson plays Jimmy Hoffa. As of today, with over 11,000 votes, HOFFA has a 6.5 rating at IMDb dot com.

I’ll end this post with a few words of wisdom: The words that come out of the mouth of Ray and Inga Nardone (and some of their fellow employees and close, favorite tenants) are not words that you can always believe in, especially when they talk bad about a tenant.

Their words, their slander, are not believable because some of the words they choose to use are smear words that are designed to make a good tenant look like a sinner who is going straight to hell on Judgement Day. And, in Tenant-X’s case, they are smear words that management uses when they converse with tenants as, Ray Nardone once said, to help Management create ‘loopholes’ in San Diego’s Just Cause Eviction law.

There’s lots of info on the Internet that’ll provide you with more information about cell phone thieves. If you wish to obtain more information about cell phone users who have had their cell phone stolen out of their hand do what I did just type the keywords ‘snatch and grab cell phone‘ into your favorite search engine and you’ll find relevant videos and text about thieves like the one shown pedaling his bicycle ready and poised to strike in the photo above. Google is not my favorite search engine…

P.S. TenantX wants me to add that he does not like me (Pete Mack) having to represent him by posting about any incident that involves a deed that he’s done in the community that might be interpreted as an act of goodwill towards man, woman or child. Or anything he’s done that benefits humanity or constitutes a random act of kindness. Not only does he not like this type of representation…he’s repulsed by it. He, as mentioned in previous posts, only feels compelled to post about some of the good things he’s done for various reasons. Reasons that include a desire to help other tenants who live in states in the U.S that have a Just Cause Eviction law in place; to combat the nefarious slander, lies, ruses and ploys that Management, certain tenants, and Ray ‘Slander King’ Nardone and Inga ‘Slander Queen’ Nardone create in order to target TenantX with hate and mean spirit; to prevent the destruction of a 15 year record of good rental history. And because, before this blog was launched, he had no voice on Felspar Street, no voice in the community.

re·pulse 
1. to cause feelings of repulsion / for example: The scenes of violence in the film may repulse some viewers.