Mad Martha’s Illegal Motel, 200 Aurora Drive

toilet clogged

The reason why the toilet clogged?   It has a Rube Goldberg pump to get solid waste up to the sewer line which is 10 ft. higher than the crapper.  This is the kind of mess you get into when you violate the building code and go ahead and do major construction work on a house without applying for a building permit — violation of which is a crime in NC.

But then I have already established that she commits a crime every day that she rents this fleabag motel by the night.  While sleazebag city manager, Gary Jackson, does nothing she is violating an ordinance with a $500 per day fine.

Mad Martha says she keeps a toilet plunger just outside the exit door.  If I were renting a motel room from the amoral old hag like Mad Martha, wouldn’t that be a red flag to see a toilet plunger in such an obtrusive place, sticking out like a sore thumb?  And a sign that says:  “Just in case the toilet runs over and shit spills out all over the bathroom and kitchen floor.”

Back before Martha Grist installed the “shit pump” on the toilet, she was running the sewer from that commode into a creek behind her house.  I saw the pipe.  I saw Dale Owen Shaffer watch as Martha Grist flushed the commode, to see that the pipe was working.

Shortly I made photos of  sewerage, tampons, toilet paper, used Kotex, and other hazardous materials draining down toward Kenilworth Rd. and showed the pictures of all this odious mess to MSD.  They did nothing but try to lay it on a homeless person camping in the woods.    Only, nobody ever camps back there in that hellhole.

____________________ “So nice.   I can flip my cigarette butts into the neighbors’s yards.”

—- latest illegal tenant, B Gross, from Michigan in a grey Chevy with vanity plate ‘B GROSS.’  10:30 a. m., 4/25/2017

Here is Martha’s illegal stove in the apartment she rents by the night as a homestay:

martha kitchenNow she has removed this photo from the pictures at her AirBnB site and substituted a photo without the stove.  You can surmise that the stove was either temporarily moved from the kitchen to a storage area in the basement by her houseboy John Kisiah and then put right back where it was, or it’s in a basement storage area near Martha’s furnace.   Two weeks ago, the stove was still on Martha’s AirBnB site.

Which brings me to an email I just recently received from Diane Darcy Meek, the temporary director of Development Services [i. e., Diane Darcy is in charge of zoning (non)enforcement]  —

Diane Meek

[salutation redacted]

I am following up on your complaint about the use of the property at 200 Aurora Drive.  You are correct that the Owner is in possession on an active Homestay permit for the property.


Our staff reviewed the advertisement and the operation appears to be in compliance with the homestay regulations under which her permit was issued. The advertisement shows a private area that seems to (judging from the pictures) match the approved floorplan on file with the Permit.  The original permit application provided fully sufficient proof that Ms. Grist is a full time resident of the property (more forms of proof of residency were submitted than even required).  We don’t have any reason to doubt her residency in the home.


Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Diane Meek

828-259-5670  [end]

Isn’t it cute how Diane twists and tortures the facts and ordinance to put Ms. Martha Grist in compliance with the Homestay Ordinance?

I have furnished the city with irrefutable evidence she has a separate apartment with separate entrance, and a security code keylock.  The apartment has a full kitchen, which until recently she has been advertising as such.  Martha often has tenants in the apartment while she is off in her black Prius traveling.  This is NOT a homestay.  The old red Kia Spectra in the yard is a prop, a fraud. Martha keeps an “AIRBNB” with arrow sign in the yard so that when tenants arrive at the premises when she is off on one of her jaunts, the tenants know the twists and turns to get to their STR.  In Martha’s amoral mind, (and in Diane Meeks’s defective mind as well) rules are meant to be broken.

Is Esther Manheimer a Crook?

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Looks like she didn’t approve of my suggestion that she’s a shyster, what with all that shifty pettifoggery and gobbledygook she’s been handing us on the short-term rental controversy and our zoning (un)enforcement here in Asheville.

Meanwhile the snowflake is obsessed with turning public restrooms into places of assignation, and threatening  Ashevillians with prosecution for uttering “hate speech,” whatever that is.  Here are more tweets that gave her a rush of black bile:

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Mar 9
Replying to @news_BPR @EstherManheimer

The face of betrayal.

I bought the right to use the brilliant shark lawyers from John Pritchett in Honolulu, HI.  In case someone accuses me again of stealing it.

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Apr 4

Snowflake Asheville Mayor has banned me from her Twitter:  Another man heimed by Esther Manheimer.  So corrupt, transparency horrifies her.

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Apr 3

teecrafter Retweeted City of Asheville

Too Funny!  How long did you keep Jason Nortz and his predecessor? While hiring for this position, why don’t you fire scoundrel Gary Jackson?

Time to dump corrupt mayor, Esther Manheimer, in pink with her lawyers, all female and one token male, & her fave judge standing behind her.

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Mar 17

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Mar 9

@CityofAsheville How’s your axe job on Asheville neighborhoods going?  How’s it feel to betray folks who don’t want hotels on their streets?

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Mar 5
Replying to @news_BPR @EstherManheimer

I can’t wait to organize a huge effort to get this charlatan Manheimer out of the Asheville city building.  She’s walking malware.

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Mar 4
Replying to @news_BPR @EstherManheimer

I can’t wait to organize and support opposition and votes against Manheimer next election.

Replying to @cecilbothwell [He hasn’t blocked me yet.]

WDY publish more about it instead of inciting lawbreakers to violate the STR ordinances?  Can’t wait til you run again so can support opposn

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Mar 4
Replying to @NancyMcFarlane @EstherManheimer

Rots of ruck.  Ur gonna need it and at next CC election too.

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Mar 4

@EstherManheimer Glad 2 see VM Wisler give you a thumbs down on your despic proposal to reopen discuss about str ords u don’t even enforce.😡

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Mar 3  To Vice-Mayor Gwen C. Wisler:

@ashevillegcw Thanks 4 thumbs down on revisiting the Homestay Ordinance.  Now if we can just get the city 2 enforce the rules against str’s.

teecrafter‏ @teecrafter Feb 6
Replying to @CityofAsheville

COA blog website invites comments, then refuses to publish them.  Such hypocrisy! Such deceit!

Asheville Crime Perpetrator Marty Grist, Also Known as Martha Tackitt-Grist

Here is Marty’s ad which proves she is committing a fraud by publishing her license for a HOMESTAY in her photos, while she is peddling SHORT-TERM-RENTALS of a separate apartment with  keycode entrance behind the house and full kitchen, in violation of the Asheville City Ordinances.  She’s really kind of wacky-comical because when she leaves and the new tenants later come in, as they did this past weekend, she has taken off in a black Prius and leaves her old car, a red Kia, parked in the driveway to create the false impression she is in the house, even though she is away.  Such a dishonest person.  She even has her next-door neighbor, Vanessa, move her red Kia around in the yard to give the false impression that she is home.  Below is more evidence — photos which incriminate her:


These particular tenants stayed the past weekend thru Sunday.  Their temporary tag number, C272326, New Ford Explorer, indicated they were from Tennessee.  Unlike some of her tenants, these weekend renters were well-behaved.

Here is a photo of the mailbox knocked down the previous weekend, about two weeks ago, when she had rowdy tenants that looked like they got good and drunk:


And here is a photo of the sign I have placed where our mailbox stood.  We are having to pick up our mail on London Rd. in Biltmore:IMG_0411

No, the teeth are not hers and she wears skin-tight yoga pants which frighten children.  Yes, she’s pushing 70.  She was born in the ’40’s.

Here is an appropriate photo of Mad Martha Grist:     madmadmartha

Is Andrea Dray Honest?


I have no experience with her so I don’t know.  I do know that the fat sow, Susan Dotson-Smith, is NOT.  Neither is Julie Kepple, or Patty Kauffmann-Young.


Here’s a little more at another site:

One reason why I posted Andrea’s photo is that she appears to believe she can copyright it so that fair use is impossible.  She is, after all, a public figure.   So many aloof insolent judges who become narcissists the moment they don that black silk robe.  And people are scared shitless of them when they should be keeping them under surveillance.  Remember Lord Acton’s warning about power?

Another judge, an ex-judge (thankfully), Sharon Tracey Barrett, thinks she has a copyright lock on her photo.  She will soon learn that she does NOT.  This crooked old hag was propitiously removed from the bench by the NC legislature.

Let’s just go ahead and show the old crook now:


Women, how about sticking with the gender studies, nursing, sociology, veterinary degrees, home economics, journalism, elementary education, and culinary science.

Please, no more female doctors, dentists, or lawyers.  I’ve had my fill ad nauseam of them. And I have to be frank with you women and warn you that men are not going to tolerate you crazy bitches fucking with the law or donning black robes and tampering with the judiciary as so many like Susan “man-hater” Renfer, Julie “blinking spoliator” Kepple, Victoria “debtors’ prisons” Roemer, Patty “Seize him and feel of his balls!” Kaufmann-Young, Sharon Tracey “crooked sphere” Barrett, Zoe “You can’t cross-examine her in my courtroom” Bush, Nancy “Bind and gag him!” Sivilli, Aletha “chicanery and man-hating are fun!” Fields, Ana “I’m fucking the prosecutor” Gardiner, Cynthia “I’m drunk” Imperato, Lynn “I’m drunk too” Rosenthal, Kelly S. “I Fix Cases and my Tickets” Ballentine, and Jacqueline “Wacky Jackie” Schwartz. (to name just a few)

Photo of Brother, Sister, and Me


This photo in memory of my dear brother, David Leonard Smith, who would this year have been seventy-eight years old.  The photo was made circa 1946. I am in the middle.

Leonard died in a car wreck in 1966.  He was a wonderful big brother, and a day does not go by that I don’t think of him and miss him.  Some anonymous person puts beautiful flowers on his grave every year, year after year after year.    Rest in peace, my beloved brother!

My sister and I have reconciled and (I hope) forgiven one another.  She has been lately very kind to me.

Coming soon.  More family photos.

Development Services Director, Jason Nortz, Quits

Hold your horses, folks. Jason Nortz hasn’t been here a year and now he’s leaving. Do you suppose he figured out the running of the city is an ongoing scandal of dishonesty and low morale? I just got an email from him saying he is leaving employment with the city as of Dec. 19. Well, that was quick, wasn’t it?  jn

Here’s the email:

Jason Nortz

As of December 19 I know longer work for the City of Asheville. If you need immediate assistance please contact DSD Interim Director, Diane Meek at (828) 259-5670.

For specific inquiries please refer to the contact below:

planning/zoning: Ricky Hurley – 828-259-5674
building safety: Mark Matheny- 828-259-5667
stormwater: Sonya Dawson- 828-259-5569
permit center: Russell Roe – 828-259-5671

Try calling Diane Meek.  You won’t get her.   All you’ll get is the voicemail of an underling who doesn’t care whether you live or die and would make a good death panelist.  Someone like Shannon Morgan, for example, who is an incarnation of fraud, deceit, and sloth.

Try calling any of the rest of these numbers listed above.  You will not get a human being.  And if you leave a number, they will not call back.  I remember the time when I could call City Hall and get my neighbor, Roy Trantham, on the phone.  He was the mayor, and a good one.

What I wanted to do was ask Diane Meek if the email City Manager Gary Jackson sent her was what he really wanted her to do, or if, off the record, he advised her to do nothing, which is what Jason Nortz suggested to me is a sleazy practice of Gary Jackson.  Here is the email, and I just received a copy of it today.

Gary Jackson

12:27 PM (4 hours ago)
to Diane, councilgroup, me, Cathy
Please assign for appropriate inspection and enforcement action.

Sent from my iPhone

The email is in response to my email to City Council and the City Manager Gary Jackson and others bringing to their attention that my neighbor, Martha Grist, is operating an illegal short-term rental, i. e., a motel, under a homestay permit.  She runs her AirBnB ads for $89 per night, then puts up a sign (which you can see on my blawg) in her yard with an arrow pointing to her separate apartment with a hidden rear entrance, a jerry-built mess she cobbled up in her basement without a building permit.

Now not all of the time but with many of her rentals, she has relied on that sign to direct her new “motel” customers to the key-coded apartment with locked separate rear entrance while she has been gone for days, usually on the weekend.  She tries to make it look as though she’s there inside the house by having her old red Kia parked in front with the rear hidden, when she is off traveling in a late-model black Prius.  This she has often done.  The woman is a rollicking example of wanderlust.  And fraud.  And mendacity.  And larceny.   She even has someone like her neighbor, Vanessa Bell, or one of her daughters, April or Rose, come and move the Kia to make it look like she’s there.  These amusing shenanigans of deviousness are easy for me across the street to watch and see.

Now I am tired of having to replace the mailbox here on this side of Aurora Drive, after her customers knock it down.  And we have had drunks come crashing into her premises in the middle of the night singing vulgar songs, yelling and hollering, pretending to brawl, throwing cans and bottles, and waking all of us up.  I’m 72 and Jean Oakes is in her late sixties, so we are too old for this.  And I can assure you the elderly Chalnicks at 198 Aurora get in on the din of noise and commotion too.  What about OUR quality of life?  Isn’t that what zoning laws are for?  The mayor thinks they are there to protect your investment.  Well, that too, but we deserve the quiet enjoyment of this home and a neighborhood of people who are not stressed by the commercial hubbub of noisy transients in and out who don’t give a damn for the neighborhood.

Here is the email I sent City Council, et al.:

to Esther, gwenwisler, cecilbothwell, Julie, gordonsmith, Keith, rcurrin, cball, pfetherston, gjackson, smorgan

CHETC Is Baaaaaaaack!  CHETC — vanity tag on car of short-term renter

These are previous scofflaw tenants at the illegal AirBnB flophouse of Martha Grist.  Creeps like these and the jerks at AirBnB are the reason why the city’s laws against this violation of community zoning *must* also incriminate the customers and AirBnB as violators.  All three have conspired to violate Asheville’s zoning laws, as well as its recent ordinance with $500-per-day fine.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

That’s the best way to stop these unconscionable lawbreakers.
That’s right, CHETC.  Now that you’re on notice that the premises you and your shackup are renting by the night are violations of Asheville’s city ordinances, you are doubly accountable for violation of our criminal laws.

Did Martha Grist tell you she has a permit?  Well, she does but it’s for homestay.  So if you can google and you can read, she is not doing “homestay” with you; she’s perpetrating an illegal short-term rental.  Are you too stupid to know the difference?

Mark my word.  If these nuisances are not abated, there will be some very vigorous litigation by multiple parties, probably a class action.   We’re working on it right now.  Projected litigation includes mandamus to require Asheville to get its head out of the sand and enforce its ordinances.

tags:  Martha Grist, Marty Grist, Martha Elizabeth Tackitt-Grist, AirBnB, $500 fine per night for violation of Asheville’s city ordinances, 200 Aurora Drive, Asheville, illegal motel,, homestay, short-term rental, city council, city manager Gary Jackson, Mayor Esther Manheimer

A Few of the Hundreds of Illegal Motels in Asheville

Eric and Sara are running an illegal motel in the area of Wyoming Rd. and Norfolk St.
Jennifer is running an illegal motel on Warwick Rd.

Jan is running an illegal motel on Warwick Rd.
Bryan and Amy are running an illegal motel in the Unadilla/Kenilworth area

Don is running an illegal motel in the area of Hillendale/Kirkman Rds. in Kenilworth
Don is running an illegal motel on Cummins Rd./Wayside area in Kenilworth

Dorothy is running an illegal motel on Beaucatcher Rd. in Kenilworth

David is running an illegal motel on top of Beaucatcher Mountain, on Windswept Dr.

Valorie is running an illegal motel in the area of Vance Gap Rd. in Kenilworth
Michael and Tami are outsiders living in Fletcher, who run an illegal motel in the MLK, Jr. Blvd./Miller St. area, and yes you do need a burglar alarm in this area of Asheville.  Pack heat too.
Check out scofflaw, Mike Smith, running an illegal motel on Town Mountain Rd. at $362 per night.
Here is another illegal motel run by creepy Mike Smith from San Francisco.  Bring loads of money, this one is costly like the other one:    $435 per night.
Pack heat if you crash here. Host Sarah is an obvious outsider looking for quick illegal bucks. Maxwell St. is a high-crime area.  $150/night and enjoy the mini frig.  Oh, and the $5.00 ipa beers (POUR it back in the horse!), when you can drink high-quality Heineken lager beer (yum tasty!) for $1 apiece, compliments of the local grocery store.  (Well, I do enjoy IPA beer but not for $5 for a 12-oz. glass- plus tip)
Pack heat while staying here at $128/night, another high-crime area

Sly owner who won’t name herself is operating an illegal motel inside the Asheville’s city limits in a nice neighborhood.

And take a look at conversation between anonymous female owner and tenant:

This property should be rated as EXTREMELY POOR, and it was not up standards we have experienced from VRBO in the past. The house was in an abominable condition upon our arrival. All the carpets were dirty and spotted. All HVAC vents needed cleaning. There was trash behind beds in bedrooms. The refrigerator water filter needed replacing. The rear porch had to be cleaned before using. The upstairs bath did not have wash cloths and there was no shower soap in any bathroom. This situation was disappointing to us and has created reluctance to use VRBO in the future.

Submitted: Jun 17, 2016 Stayed: Jun 2016 Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Owner’s Response: What a sad review. It is interesting that all of the other reviews on this house are 5 stars over the last year. I was never informed of any problems during this stay. We have had VRBO’s in 5 properties for over 5 yrs all with 5 star reviews. Sorry the property did not meet your standards.

Party down!  At the illegal flophouse motel of Shawn Hicks in West Asheville, better known as Worst Asheville.
Scofflaw Monica Tilhou wants you to flop at $406 per night at her illegal flophouse in Beaucatcher/Chunns Cove area

Kathryn Is a Criminal

Heeeere’s Kathryn, the criminal, posing with her son:

Kathryn lives in Black Mountain so she’s not really concerned about ruining a nice family neighborhood in N. Asheville.  Kathryn, be prepared to receive shortly your notice of violation of the laws of Asheville, NC, for which you have little or no respect.

The city says it is proactively enforcing the laws against illegal motels in the city.  Do you really believe that bullshit?