Santa Cruz City Council to weigh rental inspection checklist: Critics worried about ambiguities, ...

There are 20 comments on the Nov 23, 2010, Santa Cruz Sentinel story titled Santa Cruz City Council to weigh rental inspection checklist: Critics worried about ambiguities, .... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Three months after passing the county's first rental inspection ordinance, the City Council is expected to vote tonight on a proposed checklist for evaluating properties.

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LARDO

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Nov 23, 2010
I can almost still hear that chorus from Woodstock , Richie Havens, starts Wiling on his acoustic guitar freedom freedom freedom try it sheeple, i's not just for teabaggers it's for everybody, unless your enslaved by the disease of progressivism, then you actually willing vote to remove civil liberties and restrict freedom.
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wildman

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Nov 23, 2010
Ambiguous and arbitrary is how the City does business. Don't expect them to stray.
Carla Bjurman

AOL

#3 Nov 23, 2010
Thank you, Mr. Griffith for representing the people of Santa Cruz against the intrusion of a Stalinist home inspection regement that is necessarily stanted towards those compliant with leftist politicians. For a history of this slant check out the pleas for years from Beach Flats whites for protection from the Mexican Mafia. Who is JOhn Galt? Harold Griffith.
1cookiesmart

Napa, CA

#4 Nov 23, 2010
This stupid ordinance is an excuse for the fact that a complaint system was always in place but the cases numbering some 500 were not resolved by an underfunded and undermanned city code enforcement department. Those cases and subsequent fines could have funded public information messages and the hiring of more inspectors.

Initially, the over-bloated building and planning should have laid off or loaned their inspectors who have been slowed tremendously by the economic downturn, to code enforcement and helped resolve the backlog of cases.

The mayor has stated that he thinks there are 1,000-2,000 illegal and unsafe structures. As I recall if your housing sucks.......you move because the cost is likely the same. Now, the city has impressed an unwanted tax. Should and will the Government wonder who these renters are and where they came from?
Ambrose Bierce

Newark, CA

#5 Nov 23, 2010
Just wait. If this proves to be a money maker for the goons in the planning department-and it surely will- the city council will start requiring inspections on all residences next.
confused

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Nov 23, 2010
is this a county thing or just a city of santa cruz thing
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Nov 23, 2010
Now that election day is over, the city coucil can do their little gestapo program and not have to worry about losing votes.
'Course you people just keep voting the morons in, so you must like having your privacy violated and everything else misused and abused.
Tiger

Danville, CA

#9 Nov 23, 2010
They should be required to have a complaint and a search warrant if the homeowner doesn't want them on their land!!!!!!!!!!
lower ocean heights

United States

#10 Nov 23, 2010
Oh great, a quote from slumlord Dave McClure. As a contractor I would think he'd understand the importance of maintaining a property. Maybe just not in my neighborhood. I've had to deal w/ rat infestations from his adjoining rental property as well as a tweaker gardener that tried to steal right outta my yard. But as long as Karon Properties keeps the checks coming, it's all good, huh Dave? From where I sit this seems like a good ordinance!
Steve

Modesto, CA

#11 Nov 23, 2010
WHAT ABOUT,OF THE PEOPLE,BY THE PEOPLE & FOR THE PEOPLE? GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE GRADED ON THEIR GOVERNENCE AS IT RELATES TO THE "BILL OF RIGHTS' AND THE CONSTITUTION. IF THEY FAIL THEY SHOULD BE FIRED, ESPECIALLY THE LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES OF THE "SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SANTA CRUZ".
Polly Gon

Watsonville, CA

#12 Nov 23, 2010
Let's see if the Ordinance helps to clean up Lower Ocean, especially the Sleeptight Motel. Those units
should be the barometer by which we measure the
Ordinance's success.
sc local

United States

#13 Nov 23, 2010
the owners of the thousands of suspected illegal units aren't going to register,
this ordinance is a joke, invasion of privacy, and just a way to generate tax money to be spent foolishly, as usual
Robert

San Jose, CA

#14 Nov 23, 2010
Illegal and unsafe rental units are a safety issue and need to be brought to code or removed from the rental pool. Lack of inspections or permits leads to fire hazards, waste removal issues and degrade the quality of life for all in close proximity. As for the owners complaining about a $45 / yr fee...."Wow!$4/month per unit! It's gonna be hard to make ends meet....!"
Eco-logic

Sonora, CA

#15 Nov 23, 2010
Concerned about rentals? Stop illegal immigration and let regular folks deal with their own rental issues (with only broad law protection & enforcement, present laws adequate)

The Planning Department is already way to intrusive. If California (and Santa Cruz) truly wants to make sure all rentals are nice but affordable -- ease the restrictions on granny units and ease all restrictions on small building and remodel projects.

Yes protecting the environment and safety requires building codes -- but we're bearing that burden now, no need for new intrusions.

I think too many laws and fees for citizens and residents are unfair when California lets 500,000 illegals in yearly. The number fell somewhat due to the economy, but we still allow too many illegals to come here and crowd rentals, require housing and water and sewer and trash and cars and take wilderness away from wildlife.

Does anyone have a number -- how many illegals in Santa Cruz county? City? How many illegals come yearly into our county, requiring rental units? Is the influx still growin? Are illegals leaving due to the economy?

Deal with illegals .. let citizens& legal residens solve their own problems without additional fees to be paid.
clint

United States

#16 Nov 23, 2010
a city thing
confused wrote:
is this a county thing or just a city of santa cruz thing

Since: Jun 10

San Jose, CA

#17 Nov 23, 2010
"We expect this to be a living document as the program grows," said Alex Khoury, assistant planning director. "I expect we will make changes to improve it."

It is alive!!

Yes, if the city gets money from it, it will "improve" with more fees, and and more properties being covered.

They won't enter my rental without a court order.
Yeah But

San Rafael, CA

#18 Nov 23, 2010
Robert wrote:
Illegal and unsafe rental units are a safety issue and need to be brought to code or removed from the rental pool. Lack of inspections or permits leads to fire hazards, waste removal issues and degrade the quality of life for all in close proximity. As for the owners complaining about a $45 / yr fee...."Wow!$4/month per unit! It's gonna be hard to make ends meet....!"
After the elections I take it you realize a large percentage of people are not interested in your facts and common sense. Because of mostly their own decisions that didn't turn out well (stocks and homes) they need someone to blame. Easiest target; Gubment.
Robert

San Jose, CA

#19 Nov 23, 2010
Eco-logic wrote:
Concerned about rentals? Stop illegal immigration and let regular folks deal with their own rental issues (with only broad law protection & enforcement, present laws adequate)
The Planning Department is already way to intrusive. If California (and Santa Cruz) truly wants to make sure all rentals are nice but affordable -- ease the restrictions on granny units and ease all restrictions on small building and remodel projects.
Yes protecting the environment and safety requires building codes -- but we're bearing that burden now, no need for new intrusions.
I think too many laws and fees for citizens and residents are unfair when California lets 500,000 illegals in yearly. The number fell somewhat due to the economy, but we still allow too many illegals to come here and crowd rentals, require housing and water and sewer and trash and cars and take wilderness away from wildlife.
Does anyone have a number -- how many illegals in Santa Cruz county? City? How many illegals come yearly into our county, requiring rental units? Is the influx still growin? Are illegals leaving due to the economy?
Deal with illegals .. let citizens& legal residens solve their own problems without additional fees to be paid.
This isn't about affordable housing. It is a safety and quality of life issue. If you are concerned that illegal immigrants are renting in your facility you can ICE and file a report.
Know it all

United States

#20 Nov 23, 2010
Wouldn't it be appropriate for the Sentinel to post a copy of this new ordinance? How can we comment without knowing?
Good

Santa Cruz, CA

#21 Nov 23, 2010
If there weren't so many slumlords in this town it wouldn't be a problem! As a long time renter I am happy this passed & if you are a landlord and take care of your property you have nothing to worry about.
Landlords are providing a service & receiving money, so just like a restaurant, they have to be inspected for public safety.

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