Dog trainer must payrent in DWP dispute

Dog trainer must payrent in DWP dispute

There are 22 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Mar 28, 2009, titled Dog trainer must payrent in DWP dispute. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Burmeister watches Chris Silva walk Mutz across a plank. A retired dog trainer can continue using vacant Department of Water and Power property, city officials have said - but only if he pays $1,000 in rent a month to the agency.

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AKC

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Mar 29, 2009
DWP is one agency that needs to be dismantled, from the top down.
billy the builder

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Mar 29, 2009
Keeping this property will only benefit everyone. It isn't like DWP couldn't afford to accept the smaller amount of rent offered. Here is a man that has done nothing but good for our community as well as our police force. His knowledge with animals is just amazing. Why don't we all have a picnic and fund raiser over at his place? Stop by and see for yourselves how well maintained and beautiful he has built this place up. Travel down the freeway and check out other properties that the DWP owns. Most of it is trashed beyond your imagination. I only wish that my own property was kept as nice. Any takers on the fund raiser speak up. If you love dogs as much as myself and others you will want to visit this fine example of what a good citizen should be.
Aqua Velva

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#3 Mar 29, 2009
AKC wrote:
DWP is one agency that needs to be dismantled, from the top down.
This guy is a commercial business. Are you in favor of giving all the self storage and nursery businesses that occupy other stretches of powerline real estate as well? Let's not lose sight of the fact that he's had free rent forever already. You must be one of the Eastview LL parents who demanded a free ballfield......
no free ride

Pacific Palisades, CA

#4 Mar 29, 2009
Aqua Velva wrote:
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This guy is a commercial business. Are you in favor of giving all the self storage and nursery businesses that occupy other stretches of powerline real estate as well? Let's not lose sight of the fact that he's had free rent forever already. You must be one of the Eastview LL parents who demanded a free ballfield......
I agree with you. I find it hard to believe that this guy only makes $350 a year on this 'business'.
If he can only afford $100-$150 a month rent than he needs to start charging more for his services.
Christine

United States

#5 Mar 29, 2009
Free rent for the trianer is what I say!!!!!!
Polly Pedran

United States

#6 Mar 29, 2009
If the trainer is maintaining the area, then DWP should lower the rent based on what they'd pay one of their crew to do it! That is probably more than $1000/month, considering DWP salaries! Seriously, there can be some sort of deal reached, and perhaps the trainer can increase the income by outreach to additional people who can afford a small fee for dog training -- many people need this service!!
Hiya

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Mar 29, 2009
I do agree with DWP this guy has been earning a income for a number of years and finally caught is crying he unable to make payment on the land. This is crap he a freeloading opportunitest.If you can pay you must leave and find another establishment to earn a possible income for his dog service.
PG from SP

Mexico

#10 Mar 29, 2009
He does good deeds; but... no good deeds go unpunished.
Cultural Art

Tucson, AZ

#11 Mar 29, 2009
Hell kick him out and let it become a center of cultural art, aka graffiti. That way more people can appreciate the new era of trash painting.

Maybe, gangs could meet there and have shootouts against each other.

Perhaps, this could become a rap center.

I say, pay the man for his good deeds and his maintenance of the acre !

Life is full of choices. All choices have consequences.
sp resident

United States

#12 Mar 29, 2009
Maybe some DWP workers can donate an hour or two of thier overtime. Thats all it will take to pay a months rent.
IRS

San Dimas, CA

#13 Mar 29, 2009
If he'd care to post his tax return here then perhaps we'd all know what he's reporting as income as well as expenses! oops! If it is a business, then let's see his business license as well, including his city tax receipt. Whatcha say now? Kinda like the roach coach businesses. They make money, but rarely pay rent, huh?
IRS

San Dimas, CA

#14 Mar 29, 2009
Hey, wait a minute here. He's been using this land for 20 years, but has only been retired since 1998?? That means he was using this land for 9 years while fully employed, and 11 years while retired. I say he's had a lucrative side job, and hitting the media now with this sob story makes him look kinda like the guy that refused to give his house back to the bank and wrote a message on the rooftop. It was later revealed that he was a drug user, served time in jail, and consequently didn't make his payments. This guy seems to be looking for sympathy from animal lovers and DWP haters, of which there certainly are a lot!
IRS

San Dimas, CA

#15 Mar 29, 2009
I searched the attorney general's website for non-profits (as was claimed at a neighborhood council meeting) and West Coast Canine nor Peter Burmeister are registered. What's the explanation? Is this a for-profit business or a non-profit business? I smell doody.
no free ride

Pacific Palisades, CA

#16 Mar 29, 2009
IRS wrote:
Hey, wait a minute here. He's been using this land for 20 years, but has only been retired since 1998?? That means he was using this land for 9 years while fully employed, and 11 years while retired. I say he's had a lucrative side job, and hitting the media now with this sob story makes him look kinda like the guy that refused to give his house back to the bank and wrote a message on the rooftop. It was later revealed that he was a drug user, served time in jail, and consequently didn't make his payments. This guy seems to be looking for sympathy from animal lovers and DWP haters, of which there certainly are a lot!
Sounds like his gravy train has come to a stop!
IRS

San Dimas, CA

#17 Mar 29, 2009
no free ride wrote:
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Sounds like his gravy train has come to a stop!
Gravy Train...good one!
Patricia

United States

#18 Mar 29, 2009
Unfortunatley hardly anything is free now days. Most people pay rent, have a lease or make a house payment. Why should this guy get a free ride?
Hiya

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Mar 29, 2009
Hey, he was training the police department K-( unit. He needs to stop complaining and pay the 1000 dollars per month for land usage.
L A County Crooner

AOL

#20 Mar 29, 2009
This guy should have been paying from day one. No one rides fo free. Who does he think he is getting anyhing like rent for free? What a schmoe he is. I hope he moves out.
sasha

Buena Park, CA

#21 Mar 30, 2009
IRS wrote:
Hey, wait a minute here. He's been using this land for 20 years, but has only been retired since 1998?? That means he was using this land for 9 years while fully employed, and 11 years while retired. I say he's had a lucrative side job, and hitting the media now with this sob story makes him look kinda like the guy that refused to give his house back to the bank and wrote a message on the rooftop. It was later revealed that he was a drug user, served time in jail, and consequently didn't make his payments. This guy seems to be looking for sympathy from animal lovers and DWP haters, of which there certainly are a lot!


why are you people talking trash about the dog trainer
have you even seen his field ITS BEAUTIFUL sympathy should be given to this man for all the years of hard work he has done.If it wasn't for his hard work the field would be a place for drug users, and people who are out of jail.
sasha

Buena Park, CA

#22 Mar 30, 2009
why do people think its a business when all the money he gets goes into the field itself what are you guys thinking seriously the trees have to be trimmed, the grass cut, the light has a bill, and he has bathrooms which have to be clean after and not all the members of this club are paying members and the ones that pay, only pay 350 a year what would that come out to a day nothing compared to the price of other trainers charge a year.

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