Code enforcement officers reintroduced to neighborhood associations

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 Posted 11/3/2013 4:49:02 AM
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Code enforcement officers reintroduced to neighborhood associations
Code enforcement officers reintroduced to neighborhood associations
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 Posted 11/3/2013 4:52:37 AM
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I guess us peasants must be getting to uppity so the mayor decided to bring out some bureaucratic thugs the threaten us just to remind us who is in charge.

Must be taking some lessons from the feds.

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 Posted 11/3/2013 5:59:06 AM
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These positions need to be re-imagined.

It would seem possible to have these folks "embedded" more in the community just like the Police have been doing - through training learned overseas.

What you would have is a Code Officer who intimately knows the neighbors, neighborhood and can rally stakeholders to work together to improve conditions neighborhood by neighborhood.

LaCasa's Rock the Block party has re-imagined how to accomplish goals and results here that frankly the traditional Code Enforecement Officer operating in the same city in the same way would never have been able to accomplish with the same resource costs.

LaCasa has showed you the way to accomplish the goals intended by this work, so as a result, the Mayor should learn from their approach and think about how to evolve these positions to use new ideas that work.

Something along the lines of -"Forgivable" penalties for non-compliance - based on community service would make a good premise.



Edited: 11/3/2013 5:59:27 AM by TomButler1
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 Posted 11/4/2013 6:57:11 AM
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Code enforcement is a joke.

They pick out certain properties to harass and leave others alone even if they're falling apart.

Code enforcement complained about another guy's garage roof having a few shingles missing, when the place next door had whole sections gone on their 'garage' - but it was owned by someone with a relative in city government.
The jerk that retired a while back used to harass people all the time - he cited a neighbor for grass too long - they mowed and he cited them for grass TOO SHORT! Complaints were ignored.

Instead of measuring people's grass, code enforcement should start citing people for putting leaves out in the street. The ordinance says "at the curb or on the tree lawn." At the curb does NOT mean IN THE STREET!!! Piles of leaves in the street are DANGEROUS - slick like ice. I almost went throug a stop sign the other day when my anti-lock brakes seized and slid on a pile of leaves. And one of the WORST offenders (on Stevens St) works for the city.

The banks and mortgage companies need their feet held to the fire on this. The house next door sat unkempt and falling apart for as couple of years and the city just harassed the former owner, not the mortgage company that changed the locks on him. He lost personal property and the pipes froze and broke because he couldn't get in the house. They are so blasted greedy. They foreclose, then sell the property at a loss - so they can take the 'loss' off their taxes and get over - rather than giving the buyer a break.

The city need to police itself, too.

The next time my mower breaks, I'm going to put a sign in my yard "GROWING NOT MOWING!" That's how the city does it.
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