Bold City Bill Aims to Seal Off 40,000 Abandoned Properties

It’s been over two weeks since the Kensington fire occurred, and authorities have spent most of that time clamoring to rectify their poor track record when it comes to dealing with deadbeat property owners around town.

This week, City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez has proposed a new bill that could help to thwart the many hazards abandoned properties pose when they aren’t properly sealed off. A City Council Committee on L& I will be held today to discuss Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez’s proposal, which would install steel security panels on some 40,000 vacant buildings throughout the city.

The task is daunting and, presumably, expensive. But it could save lives. Under the new measure, owners of abandoned or vacant properties would be forced to subsidize L&I’s new security measure, though, there’s no details on how the department will get owners- who are notorious for ignoring violations -to cooperate.

To tackle the numerous residential, commercial and industrial properties that require intervention, the plan will have L&I team up with various community organizations and non-profits so that they can assist in reporting vulnerable buildings and new breaches in abandoned structures..

Hmmm, this sounds a lot like Chris Sawyer’s Bandit Project idea. Now, if they could just acknowledge it…

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