Report: #1493227

Complaint Review: Ron Kidwell Department of Building and Safety Los Angeles - Los Angeles CA

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  • Reported By: Kevin — Los Angeles CA United States
  • Ron Kidwell Department of Building and Safety Los Angeles 221 N Figueroa street Los Angeles, CA United States

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There is a definite pattern that goes on with Ron Kidwell, Building Inspector for the city of Los Angeles. He cites violations that he could not have possibly ever seen or know about which goes above and beyond what any neighbor could ever call in and complain about, he makes up code violations which don't even make sense, they seem to be random assumptions of what he feels "may" be going on.

Some of his random code violations I have to believe are because I have in the past complained about his behavior and lack of ethics to his boss, Paul Chopp and have complained numerous times about the multiple inspection fees I have been charged when I know he never once stepped on my property since I have cameras all over my property viewing every angle of my yard and that I keep my back yard locked up like Fort Knox, not allowing anyone on the property unless they physically jump the fence which Ron is far too old to do such a thing and I would have caught that on camera somewhere along the line if he did. 

I have also caught Ron Kidwell in several lies over the years, asking him the specifics of his inspections he said he has done on my property and he has either lied to me because I have the video tapes of that entire day and he is nowhwere in sight ever, or he just hangs up on me and then when I call back his line is always busy. 

I have been pushed to the brink with this Department of Building and Safety and will not tolerate being bullied by them anymore. I have paid them enough fines, thousands of dollars over the years, but never knew exactly how to "fight the city" and still don't but exposing them for what they are and hopefully finding other homeowners or business owners that are in the same predicament is a start. I am hoping this forum will help me find those other people so justice can be served to those corrupt individuals. 

I have looked up Ron Kidwells pay over the last several years since he is a government employee and I know that all government employees salaries are posted publicy online.  Through "Transparent California" his job title is "Building Mechanical Inspector" with a base pay of $94,722.40 for the year of 2018. 2018 is the latest year that is published online so far. He received $1,184.68 in overtime and $43,275 in benefits.

In addition to what I have mentioned he already earns, he received an additional $10,018.07 which is labeled "Other Pay". What is "Other Pay"?  Is it all the fines he charges to the homeowners and business owners and he get's some kind of cut from it or a commission? Should the employees of the Building and Safety Department be "pressured" into making "sales" for the department and do they do this willingly because they are getting a "cut" from those fees.

That "Other Pay" category seems very "fishy" to me and what other reason would his boss not ever deal with me and just throw the complaint back onto Ron Kidwells desk, only for him to be more angry with me and charge me more heinous fees because I tried to "rat him out". There is definitely something wrong with this Department of Building and Safety in Los Angeles. 




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#4 Author of original report

Family Pool Fun stole my money too. Now i have no pool or money to buy another one.

AUTHOR: Kevin - (United States)

POSTED: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Why does this world have such people in it like Jay and Jeff Backer. They run a business like its Chicago 1920 mafia owned , ripping people off and never making good. History does repeat itself. I'm just regretting I chose them for my pool purchase. And whats that Bible Banger crap they talk about on their website. It leads unsuspecting customers in a false sense of security. I'm just waiting for God, Karma or Black Magic to wipe those two off the face of this earth. The corona virus is coming to get you and your family Jay and Jeff Backer. You will see. 

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#3 Author of original report

Example of Ron Kidwells destruction of someones home in Los Angeles

AUTHOR: Kevin - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The "Non Compliance" crap you see in these court case letters is exactly what he is starting to do to me. I'm letting you know that he probably never once went to that property and did an inspection to see if something was non compliant. He has done that to me numerous times already and I confronted him about it and he cuts me off the phone line like there's a break in the line and never calls back. He is using his power to make money and i'm assuming a commission or bonus of some sort each time he gets away taking out another homeowner in Los Angeles. He is a disgusting example of our corrupt government in Los Angeles. 

I'm begging anyone who is having the same problems like me and this example I posted from Ron Kidwell or any other building inspector in that group to comment on this post so we can form a team to correct this department and get them back to doing the job they were supposed to be doing. 

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#2 Author of original report

Ron Kidwells son following his lead...Los Angeles BEWARE!

AUTHOR: Kevin - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

I just wanted to note that Ron Kidwells son is now a building inspector and he must be watched. He comes into their department Pre-Programmed for Corruption. He will follow the lead of his God forsaken father and torment Los Angeles homeowners and business for decades to come.

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#1 Author of original report

What does "Other" mean on a city employees pay (see attachment)

AUTHOR: Kevin - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Where does this "other" money come from? It's not overtime and it's not benefits. Do these inspectors make a commission off code violations like the police do off traffic tickets? If anyone is informed out there to help me understand, by all means hel-p me understand. Thank you.

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