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Lots of garbage and debris (including a bed boxspring and mattress) on the sidewalk and street.
Watching Out, you have pictures and license plate numbers?
And neither the police nor Code Enforcement was interested in following up?
I know a number of people have reported this mess, but they might have given different addresses. That big empty lot is, I think, 3-4 properties. Some have an Ohio Street address and some have a Trinity Street address.
Apparently (see postings above) this matter was reported to Code Enforcement, and Fire Prevention (see assignments above) and to the Police Department. Since then (September 4th, 2017) we have had four months of continuous dumping at the western ends of Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana Streets, Mare Island Way, and the connecting section of Trinity Street. There is trash, toxic waste, and abandoned vehicles there today.
None of the assigned agencies have reported back here, and there has been no visible sign of increased patrols, nor remote surveillance equipment (a capability discussed by Code Enforcement personnel more than a year ago). May we ask these agencies to report here (or to provide links to where they have reported) what new efforts they have made in the past four months, and what results have been achieved?
I for one am getting sick and tired of being told that: "the City is not allowed", "we will investigate this complaint"', "a case file has been opened", "your concern has been noted", and all of the other bureaucratic doublespeak that boils down to nothing. If you are old enough, you'll remember that Vallejo used to have district Council Members. If you had a neighborhood problem that wasn't getting fixed, then you went downtown and spoke to your neighborhood council member.
Then some genius in city staff proposed that an open place council would be more democratic. A democratic measure was proposed and, with massive support from public employee unions, it passed. Now every Council Member represents everyone in the city, or in other words - nobody, or in yet more words - they represent the biggest campaign contributors: public employee unions, realtors, and car dealers.
Now decisions are made by un-elected, job-secure city staff, and implemented by best-paid, best-enefit'ed unionized public employees. Our City Council is pure rubber: they are a rubber stamp for staff decisions, and a rubber bumper protecting staff from public scrutiny, and from the need to explain or take responsibility for their actions.
Ironically any city employee with a halfway decent idea about how to run a city for the benefit of it's citizens has quit Vallejo, and gone to a better governed city long ago.
When the City says it is not allowed to remove trash dumped on private property, it means that it cannot do so under California law. To do so would require criminal trespass. See California Penal Code 602(m), which is unequivocal in this regard. The City is telling the truth. If this is unsatisfactory, the only one who can help is your state legislator.
The only person who can legally remove trash from private property is the property owner. The owner of record is publicly available on the City's eTRAKiT system. See the attached screenshot. You can write directly to the owner at the address listed.
It's great to see constructive dialog about this problem.
In response to the most recent comments -
LH, the only information I have about penalties levied against property owners in violation of City code is what's on the Code Enforcement Division's website. It's here: http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=13506&pageId=27446#6. I think you might be right - the City may have little power in these matters beyond levying fines. I am pretty sure that the Code Enforcement Division is overtaxed, with a small staff handling a huge caseload.
Susan, in my experience cases seem to show up in the eTRAKiT system a couple of days after they are opened.
BetterVallejo, thank you so very much for your efforts with the City Council and the city administration! That is above and beyond. Being contacted by the Assistant City Administrator with a commitment to work on the problem seems like progress to me. I'm as disappointed as you to see no change after a couple of months. Is there any chance you could follow up?
It seems to me that the fundamental problem is a recalcitrant owner. Has anybody considered suing him or her in small claims court? If someone were motivated and had the time, a letter could be sent to them requesting that they remove the junk and cargo container and specifying that if they don't a small claims suit will follow. I wonder whether the prospect of dealing with that would motivate them to comply. Does anyone have experience with small claims court and thoughts about whether this would be sensible?
Sorry, seems our Mayor has more important stuff on his mind than getting and keeping our streets clean. From the City of Vallejo, today:
"Vallejo is one of 35 Champion Cities selected today as finalists in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a
nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face... Vallejo, now advancing in this six month phase of the competition , will pursue a system that maps subsurface pipes to both improve the City’s ability to address infrastructure needs as well as assist with development..."
So he may not have time to help us stop toxic waste dumping, but he'll have real good picture of which route it's taking down to the bay.
Neighbors, I found it a big help in solving problems if we can have the face to face discussion and brain storming and divide up the task and work as a team.
There is a St. Vincent's Hill Neighborhood meeting scheduled this coming Wednesday (Feb. 28) 6:30 pm at HUB on 350 Georgia street.
The meeting is already scheduled and set up so just go so we can figure out what to follow. This item may not be on the agenda but I see no problem of requesting it to be included.
It's great to see constructive dialog about this problem.
Yes, so much more fun than actually fixing it!
Dear City officials:
Could you re-configure your SeeClickFix application so that incidents are reported from initial complain to resolution; just like other users of the application do? (example below)
City Official in charge of coordinating resolution of issues reported here.
When issues get resolved could you post the results here? or provide links to where they have reported?
Please include what efforts have been made , and what results have been achieved. I agree that here has been no visible sign of increased patrols, nor remote surveillance equipment (a capability discussed by Code Enforcement personnel more than a year ago).
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