This whole story gets even sleazier– we’ve been tipped off about what’s happening here.
The way this licensing agency has been entrapping these victims is by trolling the well-regarded, customer-vetted Angie’s List. In other words, it’s the better craftsman they’re going after and not just some guy off the street. And it’s not like these repair people are approaching the sting, either. The sting’s approaching them.
The way it works is that this enforcement agency contacts these guys from out of the blue to get them to solicit bids. And when they finally do they spring into action. But in order to make it bullet-proof in their minds they’ve also got to lure them directly out to the work sites.
Which– they unashamedly boast– might soon be turning into the locations for a fun, reality-based TV show, and which is apparently what happened the other day in “Media City.” We know this for sure because they’ve finally had to fess up about the actual timeline this week after they conferred with their BPD friends to get the stories straight.
We found this listing for the suicide victim:
Golden West Handyman Services; Simi Valley, Burbank, Pasadena, CA 93063
Business Description: If you’re looking for quality and value, then look no further! With over 25 years of Construction and Handyman experience, you can rest assured that your home’s repairs and projects will be completed, with the highest of standards. Quality and Value is our secret. Our family has been serving LA since 1946 We have many satisfied clients and references, and we will be more than happy to supply them upon request. Call now for a free written estimate at: 818-XXX-XXXX. Or visit us on the web at: http://www.GoldenWestHandymanServices.com We provide service from Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley to Arcadia, including Alhambra, Agoura, Agoura Hills, Altadena, Arcadia, Arleta, Atwater Village, Azusa, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Burbank, Calabasas, Calabasas Hilands, Canoga Park, Canyon Country, Century City, Chatsworth, Culver City, Eagle Rock, Encino, Gassell Park, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hancock Park, Hidden Hills, Highland Park, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, La Canada, La Crescenta, Los Angeles, Los Feliz, Lake Sherwood, Lakeview Terrace, Los Angeles, La Canada, La Cresenta, Los Feliz, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Mission Hills, Monrovia, Montrose, Mount Olympus, Mount Washignton Moorpark, Newbury Park, Newhall, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Oak Park, Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Panorama City, Park La Brea, Pasadena, Playa Del Rey, Porter Ranch, Rancho Park, Reseda, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Mission Hills, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Newhall Ranch, Sherman Oaks, Silverlake, Simi Valley, South Pasadena, Studio City, Sunland, Sylmar, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Toluca Lake, Topanga, Tujunga, Universal City, Valencia, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Venice, West Hills, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Westlake Village, Westwood, Woodland Hills, Warner Center, Winnetka and everywhere.
Notice that many of these services do not require a formal license. And most of these jobs will also involve amounts of money below the statutory $500 maximum:
Services: Awnings, Cabinet Makers, Cabinet Refinishing, Cabinet Refinishing, Ceramic Tile, Closet Remodeling, Closet Remodeling, Concrete Repair, Decks & Porches, Dock Building, Repair, Doors, Drain Pipe Installation, Dryer Vent Cleaning, Drywall, Electrical, Epoxy Flooring, Exterior Painting, Flooring Sales, Installation, Repair, Furniture Refinishing, Garage Builders, Garage Doors, General Remodeling, General Remodeling, Glass & Mirrors, Glass Block, Gutter Repair, Replacement, Handyman Service, Hardware Stores, Holiday Decorating, Home Inspection, Insulation, Interior Painting, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Lamp Repair, Lighting, Mailbox Repair, Picture Framing, Plumbing, Pressure Washing, Screen Repair, Skylights, Stereo & Home Theater Systems, Stereo & Home Theater Systems, Stone & Gravel, Stucco, Sunroom & Patio Remodeling, Unfinished Carpentry, Unfinished Carpentry, Wallpaper Removal, Water & Smoke Damage, Water Heaters, Windows, Woodworking
About half of them you don’t need a license for; and of the ones you do he’s actively advertising small handyman versions. Just look at the pictures on his web page and the work described. They’re small jobs. Mostly labor. He doesn’t say he can do every job big or small and he even admits he’s unlicensed.
Know what it seems like now? That the state had to dummy up a big solicitation bid in order to nail this particular guy, and this when he normally doesn’t do large jobs. Or the female shill “homeowner” tried to add on more work to build it up way beyond the legal $500, and then wanted it done ASAP and all at the same time.
Oh, what sweethearts they are, no? And just know they were oh-so-charming and flirty to their marks too, or dingy and confused, or both; at least until the whip came down and the cops and the cameras came rolling in. Then it was all smiles and high-fives.
So if it were us, we wouldn’t be mouthing off any more to outside people about such contradictory versions of the same event. Instead, we’d now be passing everything through our agency’s legal counsel instead of the loose cannons. That’s because we know we’d be needing them from this point forward.
The counsel, not the cannons. That time is past.
After seeing the list, someone pointed out this afternoon that all of the state’s sting operations– every single damn one of them– were either in Hispanic-majority towns or right directly adjacent.
Just check the list– they’re correct. There wasn’t a Brentwood or a Beverly Hills in the mix. So who were these agents really targeting here?
That’s easy. It was unlicensed minorities, mostly Hispanic.
Ought-oh! Did you have to be so obvious guys?