Vallejo CM to squatters: 'We're not l...

Vallejo CM to squatters: 'We're not letting these houses take over our city'

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Feb 15, 2013
Vallejo City Manager to squatters:'We're not letting these houses take over our city'
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2259...

From the outside, the cottage nestled Thursday behind a neat front yard white picket fence at 318 Kentucky St. appeared to be an unassuming part of the neighborhood.

Not so, say those who know it best. It has habitually provided shelter for a string of illegal tenants, some rowdy and others quiet, neighbors say.

On Thursday, with the help of several police officers, the city took action to oust the home's tenants, in what may prove to be a model case for future illegal tenant or so-called squatter evictions, city officials said.

The home is now tagged "uninhabitable," with warnings that to re-enter the property is a misdemeanor offense, officials said.

"There have been a lot of different people living here -- it's been some kind of transference from one squatter to another," said onlooking neighbor Tambi Talib. "(But now) all the demons are leaving."

It remained unclear Thursday whether the Kentucky house's residents, who were notified by the city more than two weeks ago that they would have to pay to have the water turned on or vacate the site, were illegal "squatters" or victim of a rental scam, officials said.

City officials were working to find shelter for one man at home at the time of the court-ordered property inspection Thursday morning, and a city-hired contractor was due to secure the property. Bank of America officials also changed door locks, officials said.

City Manager Dan Keen said the crackdown on the Kentucky Street home came after neighbors attending a Vallejo City Council meeting last month shared "terrible" stories of how the home's residents were "terrorizing" the neighborhood. The property's former owner, Todd Bishop. now a southern California resident, also spoke out at a meeting Tuesday. Bishop lost the home in 2010 when he filed for bankruptcy, however, his name remained on the deed -- making Bishop the target for angry neighbors, he said.

"It was an emergency situation that the city ignored," Bishop said in an interview of his eight months of work to draw the city's attention to the property. "It's too late for the neighbors. They've been put in danger."

Thursday's effort, which earned praise from several passing drivers and neighbors, drew together police, city attorneys, code enforcement, fire inspection and building officials.

"This is our first coordinated effort with the Neighborhood Law Program -- you're seeing really the first real fruits of that (program)," Keen said Thursday afternoon. "What you saw us do today is flex our muscles, but it's certainly not the last time. We're not letting these houses take over our city."

Keen acknowledged that Vallejo has a "long and growing list" of illegally occupied homes, in part due to a past lack of a coordinated response from the city to the issue, he said.

Moving forward, banks will be an important partner in resolving this issue, Keen said.

"(The banks) now have to follow through. We've done some of the dirty work, getting squatters out of the houses; it's up to the banks to sustain them," Keen said. "We wouldn't have this problem if we had better stewardship of these properties by these banks."
Im Talking Now

Vallejo, CA

#2 Feb 15, 2013
"long and growing list". This is what you get when you focus on growing affordable housing instead of an economy and jobs. Keen is a carpetbagger who gets to leave at the end of the day, along with Nestlerode and most other department heads. But there will always be the police and other employee groups to haircut and make ends meet, and these carpetbaggers will get paid either way.
Tony Pearsall

United States

#3 Feb 15, 2013
It's Nimat's fault.
Im Talking Now

Vallejo, CA

#4 Feb 15, 2013
These coordinated efforts are an added cost as well for our police department. Instead of being on patrol, they will be standing by watching plywood window coverings being installed, and what about the appearance of blight from all that anyway? Just another canvas for taggers. This city is lost, but keep dreaming of a better day.

“Here's a interesting thought..”

Since: May 12

Vallejo

#5 Feb 15, 2013
Im Talking Now wrote:
they will be standing by watching plywood window coverings being installed, and what about the appearance of blight from all that anyway? Just another canvas for taggers.
HEY, maybe DuHrick can get a job? Guess not, they city would want someone with talent to paint all that plywood canvas.
see how tony do

Vallejo, CA

#6 Feb 15, 2013
pearsall is motivated to attack both sam and derrick. sam is openly critical of gomes and derrick's wife has never been shy about criticizing gomes' role in the mural project a few years ago.
so there's the ingredients for a disgraced and now criminal multi-count loser to post these endless stupid comments about them both.
Factoid

Vacaville, CA

#7 Feb 15, 2013
Sam is irrelevant. His presence is not felt outside of his own mind and this board.
better than broadway

Vallejo, CA

#8 Feb 15, 2013
Factoid wrote:
Sam is irrelevant. His presence is not felt outside of his own mind and this board.
he is relevant to you. you just proved it. next!
Jim in SF

Benicia, CA

#9 Feb 15, 2013
Factoid wrote:
Sam is irrelevant. His presence is not felt outside of his own mind and this board.
Are you kidding or simply impaired? The fools who follow Sam around in cyberspace are obsessed with him. Sam has put a serious dent in the productivity of these dimwits.
Sam Is Sick

South San Francisco, CA

#10 Feb 15, 2013
Jim in SF wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you kidding or simply impaired? The fools who follow Sam around in cyberspace are obsessed with him. Sam has put a serious dent in the productivity of these dimwits.
And you Jim are just as sick as sam using him as your poster child. now prod on the fat boy to make the vile attacks you want to make "Jim"
GEE

Lafayette, CA

#11 Feb 15, 2013
The moral of the story is that if you complain and scream the loudest, you will eventually be heard and get service.
But in all fairness, why did it take so long to do something about this issue at all?

Very similar scenarios have plagued other neighborhoods for years and yet the outrage coming from the Historic District neighbors broke the camel's back?

I am pleased and grateful that action against illegally occupied properties finally have been acknowledged and acted on. A combined effort by city departments was executed and that is exactly what I as a resident would expect!
What is disturbing is that good neighbors did file suit against a party that unbeknownst to them still had their name on the books. Not very neighborly, isn't it?

Despite all Codes, Rules and Regulations the City of Vallejo has on their books, the majority of them understandable to the regular Joe, much dolly dancing and wasting of time occurred ….and that is what is inexcusable.

Vallejo has a reputation that things falling flat in other communities can and will be allowed to prosper here. Is that why people say they are proud, due to the fact they are left to their devices and free of rules and pressure of having to adhere to lawful behaviour?

Let's break the chain of everything goes, a good start was made with 318 Kentucky Street and hopefully the will to take action city wide will not peter out prematurely…...
Can Of Worms

Vallejo, CA

#12 Feb 15, 2013
It's like 9/11, the gov was able to spend Trillions without a single complaint from the taxpayers. Crisis management works best for spending because the problem is highly visible in the headlines. It demands action, it demands results, but no accountability.
only work here

Vallejo, CA

#13 Feb 15, 2013
GEE wrote:
The moral of the story is that if you complain and scream the loudest, you will eventually be heard and get service.
But in all fairness, why did it take so long to do something about this issue at all?
Very similar scenarios have plagued other neighborhoods for years and yet the outrage coming from the Historic District neighbors broke the camel's back?
I am pleased and grateful that action against illegally occupied properties finally have been acknowledged and acted on. A combined effort by city departments was executed and that is exactly what I as a resident would expect!
What is disturbing is that good neighbors did file suit against a party that unbeknownst to them still had their name on the books. Not very neighborly, isn't it?
Despite all Codes, Rules and Regulations the City of Vallejo has on their books, the majority of them understandable to the regular Joe, much dolly dancing and wasting of time occurred ….and that is what is inexcusable.
Vallejo has a reputation that things falling flat in other communities can and will be allowed to prosper here. Is that why people say they are proud, due to the fact they are left to their devices and free of rules and pressure of having to adhere to lawful behaviour?
Let's break the chain of everything goes, a good start was made with 318 Kentucky Street and hopefully the will to take action city wide will not peter out prematurely…...
this action in the historic district was inspired by the council majority. the rest of you can suck an egg.
What a Bunch Buffoons

San Francisco, CA

#14 Feb 15, 2013
only work here wrote:
<quoted text>this action in the historic district was inspired by the council majority. the rest of you can suck an egg.
You gotta be smoking some of that stuff the majority does, if you believe this lie. Bunch of hypocritical liars is what they are.
GEE

Lafayette, CA

#15 Feb 15, 2013
only work here wrote:
<quoted text>this action in the historic district was inspired by the council majority. the rest of you can suck an egg.
Political suicide! One "termers" comes to mind should the squatter issue die for the rest of Vallejo. Inspiration did not move the council, but political survival for those that have an eye towards future and higher office, did.

Should this issue only be addressed for specific parts of Vallejo, the rest of the residents who are left hanging in the wind will mobilize like never before. If you believe that you are priviledged because of your location, I have a whole basket of eggs you can suck.
Wise Guy

Vallejo, CA

#16 Feb 15, 2013
GEE wrote:
<quoted text>
Political suicide! One "termers" comes to mind should the squatter issue die for the rest of Vallejo. Inspiration did not move the council, but political survival for those that have an eye towards future and higher office, did.
Should this issue only be addressed for specific parts of Vallejo, the rest of the residents who are left hanging in the wind will mobilize like never before. If you believe that you are priviledged because of your location, I have a whole basket of eggs you can suck.
They have mobilized, and come to realize the error of their ways by not participating in the voting process. They have observed the absence and purposeful rejecting of jobs growth best suited for the demographics and income levels of the city, they have observed economic progress stalled from ideological conflicts (North Mare Island for instance), they have observed their homes and their neighborhoods terrorized by criminals as funds are stolen for an experiment, they have observed the enduring focus on the downtown and historic district as some panacea to "community" vitality while they wait to be noticed in East, North, and South Vallejo. They have observed council members enriching themselves in the affordable housing market while they experience their own property values plummet. I could go on, but fact is, they are now engaged in the electoral process. They demonstrated it beginning with the trouncing of Joanne "This Means War" Schivley, and followed that by sending a message to the man who chose housing programs development over jobs development, Tony "The Last GOB" Intintoli, not to mention shaking hands with Lennar, no need to refresh anyone's memory there. We have been told to "hunker down" by a council member possibly looking to be re-elected in November as crime spirals upward in the face of rapidly depleting public safety presence.
And yes, our politicians are like all the others, looking towards higher office and considering every move to get there, no matter who becomes collateral damage in their quest, even if it is their friends and neighbors.
GEE

Lafayette, CA

#17 Feb 15, 2013
There is nothing I can add to your comments, well done.
Dont work here

Vacaville, CA

#18 Feb 15, 2013
GEE wrote:
There is nothing I can add to your comments, well done.
So does that mean you are willing to put yourself where your comments are and become a candiate? No guts, no gloy.

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