Newpaper Article

    Published in the Orange Country Register, Costa Mesa Daily Breeze section, August 21, 1997, written by Yomi S. Wronge

    They say they want a revolution

    Piecemakers say anti-government crusade begins right here in Costa Mesa. Fire Department tries to enforce city codes.

    They work with their hands the way Jesus did.

    The men tile floors and construct buildings. The women sew and teach. Their craft store on Adams is a thriving $3 million enterprise with clients as far away as China.

    But the Piecemakers are not just about needlepoint and knitting doilies -- they're about revolution.

    Right here in Costa Mesa.

    "I feel God wants Costa Mesa as the city to turn the country back to Him," said Marie Kolasinski, 76, head of the 30-member group living in the Mesa Verde neighborhood.

    Kolasinski, who alternately rants about the government and extends invitations to tea, said God called the Piecemakers to expose the imposters of the country and bring America back under His ruling.

    Change will be brought about by defiance of laws.

    "The laws and codes and all the crap man has invented are more harmful to God than anything," she said.

    The group has a history of clashing with city and county officials. Last week, the Costa Mesa Fire Department had to get a court order to inspect the Piecemakers' warehouse on Logan Avenue.

    Fire Marshal Tom Macduff and city code inspectors searched the warehouse with backup from Costa Mesa police officers.

    "I took some verbal abuse the whole time I was doing the inspection." Macduff said.

    A list of misdemeanor violations -- from un-permitted construction work to hazardous electrical wiring -- will be forwarded to the group. The warehouse will be subject to another inspection down the road to make sure it complies with building regulations.

    "It's not going to blow over," Macduff said.

    He's right.

    Kolasinski said firefighters have harassed the Piecemakers for years using their position to assert authority over God-loving people. Group members say they will not comply with a list of expensive repairs and have plans to go a step further.

    "We're not going to back down from Macduff," Kolasinski said, "Under my Constitution and the God I serve he had no right to set foot on our property with those policemen. We're going to sue Macduff for infringing on our constitutional rights."

    But the Piecemakers' wrath toward Macduff could be substituted for any government official.

    After inspectors said they needed a permit to operate a candy counter in 1995, the group wrote a profanity-laced letter to the county Health Department with made vague references to the Oklahoma bombing.

    Kolasinski contends her group is not dangerous, but she believes in the right to bear arms.

    She said she never threatened the Health Department or Macduff, but sees revolt as the only way to restore the country to God's command.

    "I'm willing to lose my life to get the country back under the U.S. Constitution and God," the mother of four said, crying.