How To Claim an Abandoned Property for the Purpose of Homesteading

Our New Book On This Topic:

New American Dream book cover

A Message from The Author:

I just finished writing this book on The Fourth of July, 2016, however it didn’t turn out as originally planned!  We began writing it after moving into 2232 Commercial Ave. in Lake Isabella, California on August 31st, 2015- after learning that a person “can claim a physically abandoned & neglected property” using a legal process called “adverse possession”.

Adverse possession laws exists in all 50 States, as it is embedded under “Common Law” in The Constitution.  Adverse possession laws in California are governed under the CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE sections 315-330.  Whereas there are over 18 million physically abandoned & neglected properties throughout the U.S., we wrote this in order to present the possibility that these homes could be fixed up by people who want to homestead using “permaculture techniques from around the world”, because if used in this manner, society will benefit greatly instead of “having these homes scooped up by real estate industries- & then rented back out to us”.

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Background:

    We’d been developing Kern River Wildharvesting Cooperative, The Wild Living Skills Database & Smartphone App, & several publications to help convey, spread the word, & make possible the national plan we’d been putting together for years.   We’d also been producing publications & the website for Richard Lonewolf Survival School via documenting alongside Cherokee elder & former U.S. Army Ethnobotany & Wilderness Survival Expert Richard “Lonewolf” Legan.
    A series of unexpected setbacks including the deaths of some close loved ones & supporters had left us with nowhere to call home while carrying sensitive data on the computer in our backpacks– then we learned about the legal process of adverse possession from several local friends, so we began researching it & looking for a nearby property from where to create our “home base” to move the projects forward.  After learning 2232 Commercial Ave. had been “sitting there” for ~7 years, & that the previous occupants had left it in very damaged conditions- we moved in & began documenting as we fixed up the property with plans to use the documentation to write this book.

How The Book Turn Out “Differently Than Planned”:

On 5-11-2016,- after over 7 months living there, making daily improvements, & gardening a very large food supply– approximately 5 Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies, accompanied by a housing health inspector, trespassed past the NO TRESPASSING sign we had displayed on our closed front gate, & came onto the property without a warrant or a complaint from the title holder, & then proceeded to arrest us for “trespassing”.  

Kevin had filed with the State over 7 months earlier to begin our claim, & we had just received the first property tax bill in the mail & were about to secure our first payment, but officers refused to acknowledge our right to perform such claim- denying that “such process could exist”; after directing me to “stop filming”, DEPUTY Hector Ruiz then took Kevin’s smartphone- claiming he was taking it “as evidence”, thus violating CALIFORNIA STATE PENAL CODE 141 (“taking digital footage from a civilian in order to fraudulently represent such footage as ‘evidence’ against them”) & our First Amendment Right to film public officials.  Mr. Ruiz continually referred to me as “he”- calling me “Alexander” several times.  Mr. Ruiz had run my I.D. in the past, & it was apparent he was prejudice against transgender persons.

After arresting us, the housing inspector condemned our home- claiming we were “surfacing sewage”- which was an outright lie.  We were told if we returned home we’d be arrested again, thus being prevented from gathering most of our belongings by way of threat– we lost almost everything we owned.  We’d also invested over 7 months of labor into the property & lost all the survival crops we’d planted, & were suddenly put out onto the streets & made homeless without our phone- robbed of nearly everything.  We went to the Sheriff’s department to speak with Sergeant Enrique Bravo about what happened so we could return home, however the Secretaries at the office told us that he “didn’t have time” to speak with us.  After several instances of suspicious & threatening behavior by several officers following the event, we fled the county for our safety, & about a week later were informed by our neighbor that our other neighbors (Rudy & Liz Hemminger) had “contacted the title holder after we were arrested in order to perform a title deed transfer”, & were “currently hauling all our belongings off the property” (thus violating sections 1983-1984 of the CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE- “Unlawful Removal of Property”).  About a week after this happened, our other neighbors- Tristan Valencia & Steff Garrison- who lived across the street & were renting from the Hemmingers- contacted us- claiming that “they had left for 2 days to go to a funeral in Bakersfield, & when they returned home they were locked out, & all their possessions were stolen & given away by the Hemmingers as well- apparently “because they were a couple days late on rent”.  In both instances, Kern Sheriffs sided with the Hemmingers, thus leaving our neighbors (with their 4 year old son!) and ourselves “homeless & robbed” (see photographic evidence of the Hemmingers hauling our belongings away in the book).

We were never evicted; there was no complaint filed against us by the title holder, nor were we doing anything against the law.  Since the day we got out of jail on May 12th (for the false trespassing charge), we’ve been writing this “free online book” which can be downloaded just below, as it is being broadcast for First Amendment purposes.  This book is a collection of evidence & testimony as part of a Citizen’s Arrest on the officers & on the Hemmingers.  We’ve filed with the Internal Affairs Department of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and also a more than $1.2 million Tort with the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

After amending some final sections of the PDFs below (to be uploaded soon), we will also be filing a lawsuit at the Eastern Federal District Courthouse, as well as both a Federal and State Notice of Constitutional Challenge on:

Statutes Violated By Officers:

Hector Ruiz:

Among our Redress of Grievances we’re seeking:

  • new protocol for officers facing similar situations so that they provide “equal protection of the laws” (14th Amendment) to title holders and to persons seeking to perfect adverse possession claims.
  • camcorders on officers in order to deter officers from performing civil rights violations & then ‘taking camcorders from victims’ in order to hide evidence” as happened to us.
  • Increased penalties for Color of Law Crimes.

This book is being broadcast for First Amendment purposes: here are the PDFs you can download to stay tuned in to the case:

  1. Forward & List of Charges & Names of Criminals
  2. 1-7 Introduction
  3. Pages 8-32: initial conditions as we discovered 2232 Commercial
  4. Pages 33-41: we  cleaned & sanitized the property
  5. 42-47 filing claim: Kevin filed with the State to begin paying taxes on the property & to declare the beginning of the process to our claim
  6. 48-61 Initial improvements we performed before winter
  7. 62-93 public works  & community services performed throughout winter
  8. Pages 94-117:  we performed months of labor making improvements & being gifted resources & work trading to move our organizations forward
  9. Pages 118-160: we cultivated the land to create a food supply which aligns with our personal religious beliefs (vegan, package-free, heirloom) & according to the years of research in ethnobotany & permaculture we’d performed. 
  10. Pages 161-185: local lifetime resident & longtime friend Rachel Smith moved into the neglected property next door at 2233 Angler Ave.; then the neighbors complained
  11. 186-230 officers arrive: after 7 Months living there, ~5 Deputies & a housing health inspector trespassed onto the property without a SEARCH WARRANT, illegally seized Kevin’s smartphone (again violating The 4th Amendment), & arrested us for “trespassing & refusing to leave” (from our home) then prevented us from being able to collect our property under threat of “being arrested”- causing us to lose thousands of dollars worth of property & causing undue suffering in our lives.  We fled for our safety in order to write this testimony & seek to find legal representation.
  12. Pages 231-243: Read the CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE sections 315-330 within context of the case which proves we were in lawful possession of the property & had a Right to be there at the time we were removed.
  13. 244-270 How Rights Were Violatedan in-depth legal analysis with exact codes violated.
  14. 271-290 Redress of Grievances; “list of reasonable demands” including “camcorders on officers”, “new protocol & training for handling similar cases”, & restitution for damages.
  15. 291-298 Letters from Concerned Citizens
  16. 299-313 Before & After Pics of the property.
  17. 314-315 Justice for Everyonewe’re seeking restitution & justice on behalf of Ms. Rachel Smith, & also are reporting on behalf of Mr. Tristan Valencia & Ms. Steff Garrison as well.
  18. 316-328 Lawyers Contacted & related Notice of Constitutional Challenge

Here’s the book cover:

New American Dream book cover

Lastly, doesn’t this story remind you of the moral & ending of Revenge of the Nerds?  Yea- us too!

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New American Dream became broadcast on 7/2/2016, & began being written a couple days after the incidents on 5-10-2016 & 5-11-2016  (Pages 186-230 above).  All content Fair Use.

Last updated July 4th, 2016 at 1:00 a.m.

 

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