Category Archives: Whodunit

Whodunit, Chapter 16: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood?

Crime and Punishment: The Repentance of Nadya Mahdavi and Nasir Shaikh Judgment Day was finally here It had taken 18 months to get to this moment. A lot had happened since city inspectors first cited Nadya Mahdavi for construction without … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter 15: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood

Justice delayed due to faulty machinery, mechanical — bureaucratic Chelsea CodyOurLA.org Writer “There will be no more continuances. This is the last one.” said Commissioner Thomas Grodin before dismissing Nasir Shaikh, his new attorney Monica Romallo and ex-wife Nadya Mahdavi’s … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter 14: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood

A plea of poverty: “I’m saying is there is no money” Finally, the Day of Reckoning for the people accused of killing my neighborhood — April Fool’s! Thirteen months after Nadya Mahdavi was first cited for construction without a permit … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter 13: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood

A “ridiculously reasonable” plea bargain proposal Trying to solve the mystery of who’s killing my neighborhood has consumed a lot of my time and energy for the past eight months but I’m realizing that a detective’s lot is not the … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter Twelve: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood

American Justice: Smokers, the con man and the quality of our lives Once again Wednesday, I found myself sitting in Department 101 of the Van Nuys Municipal Court to observe the case of the People of Los Angeles vs. Nadya … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter Eleven: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood

Dumb cops and dumb reporters have a lot in common. They plod along gathering the facts, just the facts M’am, and they hope that sooner or later that they’ll stumble across something or get a tip and it will become … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter Ten: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood?

A Day in Court (continued): Meeting the Judge Pleading indigence and ignorance, Nadya Mahdavi stood before the court Wednesday afternoon and declared: “I don’t even know why I’m here.” Mahdavi (on the right in her Facebook picture at a Halloween … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter Nine: Who’s Killing My Neighborhood?

A Day in Court: The Suspect Nadya Madhavi arrived at Van Nuys Municipal Court shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday to face charges growing out of the illegal conversion of a single-family house into a tenement with three apartments. Her husband … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter Eight: Who’s killing my neighborhood?

It seems fitting somehow that Nadya Mahdavi, the landlord at the heart of the mystery about who’s killing my neighborhood, surrendered to police a month to the day after she failed to show up in court. Mahdavii faces several charges … Continue reading

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Whodunit Chapter Seven: Who’s killing my neighborhood?

The wheels of justice turn slowly and awkwardly at best and that’s little consolation to the victims of lawless behavior. It all seemed so simple those many months ago when when my neighbors found out the foreclosed home nearby was … Continue reading

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