Ron Billing, a city building inspector, testified that the exits were blocked by chairs stacked in a hallway. Additionally, he said, the fire alarm system needed replacement batteries. In an earlier declaration used to support the temporary restraining order that resulted in the school's closure, he said the problems were more severe, claiming, in part, that there was no fire system at all.
Billing, who has been in Glendale for 10 years, “did not display the level of knowledge, expertise, objectivity or veracity expected from a government official,” Milton wrote, noting Billing acknowledged that the 2010 declaration was partially false.
The judge added that some witnesses, including Fuentes, were “not candid during all court proceedings due to fear of retaliation” by the city.