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Blogger Bob said...

City notes 20 code violations at duplex he owns on East Side
BY MARA H. GOTTFRIED
Pioneer Press
Article Last Updated: 12/07/2007 12:14:20 AM CST


The man charged with enforcing the law in St. Paul has been slapped on the wrist for housing code violations on a duplex he owns.

St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington may be an unlikely scofflaw, but he got caught up in new crackdowns on one- and two-unit rental properties.

Earlier this year, the St. Paul City Council added 11,000 rental properties to the city's code inspections program. The new rules added single-family homes and duplexes to an existing inspections program, which previously covered rental buildings with three or more units.

Before March, these one- and two-unit properties had never been inspected, unless they were the subject of complaints.

Twenty code violations were noted in the most recent inspection of Harrington's property, on Nov. 5.

"What we found is typical of the one- or two-unit buildings being inspected for the first time," said St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard.

The fact that the police chief owns the property in question makes no difference to inspectors, Zaccard said.

"It's irrelevant to us who the owner is, and he hasn't made it an issue whatsoever," he said.

The St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections revoked the certificate of occupancy for Harrington's Payne-Phalen duplex in October. Another inspection is scheduled for Monday. Harrington said he expects the property will pass.

"I really don't know that there's that much of a story to this," said Harrington, who blamed a former tenant for the problems. "You try to do the best you can to give people a good place to live at a reasonable price. When there's problems, you go in and correct them."

Xcel Energy notifies the city when electric or gas service has been shut off at a rental property for 30 days. It alerted the city July 17 about Harrington's duplex in the 600 block of Case Avenue. Such an alert triggers a fire certificate-of-occupancy inspection, Zaccard said.

An inspector told Harrington the electricity had been shut off, Zaccard said. Harrington, who lives in a home he owns on St. Paul's East Side, told the inspector he was unaware of the situation and would take care of it, Zaccard said. The next day, the power was turned back on, he said.

"If you have people living in a property and they do things like not paying the heat bill, that's a violation," Harrington said. "It's not hard to get some of those. As soon as you get the information, you fix them."

An inspector looked at the outside of the duplex Aug. 1 and sent Harrington a letter telling him to come to the home for an inspection Aug. 13 that would include the inside of the duplex.

Harrington did not show up for that inspection, which resulted in a $50 fee, Zaccard said. Harrington said he thought his 27-year-old daughter, who is listed as another owner of the property and lived in the duplex until recently, was there.

Another inspection was scheduled for Oct. 5, which Harrington also didn't attend, Zaccard said. As a result, the duplex's certificate for occupancy was revoked, he said. Tenants have been allowed to stay in the home while Harrington is correcting the problems, which Zaccard said is typical.

Harrington said he was getting the issues resolved and had tried to reschedule the Oct. 5 appointment but isn't certain what happened.

Inspections were made Oct. 23 and Nov. 5. Harrington attended those, Zaccard said. The most serious violations, according to Zaccard, were:

-- Not providing and maintaining an approved escape window from each sleeping room. A letter instructed Harrington to remove obstructions from windows.

-- Excessive accumulation of combustible materials, which included gas cans under a kitchen sink, the letter said.

Another inspection, scheduled for Nov. 27, was rescheduled for Monday when Harrington asked for more time to fix the problems, Zaccard said. It's a request the city frequently gets and grants because the goal is getting properties into compliance, he said.

Harrington bought the home, which was built in 1888, in April 2003 for $195,000, according to Ramsey County property records.

Harrington isn't the first high-profile person in St. Paul to be dinged for code violations.

City Council Member Dave Thune was cited last year for code violations at his Irvine Park home. In 2002, when Andy Dawkins was appointed the city's code enforcement director (a position he no longer holds), there were violations pending against a University Avenue law office he owned.

Tim Nelson contributed to this report.

Mara H. Gottfried covers St. Paul public safety. She can be reached at mgottfried@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-5262.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a non-story and reeks of a reporter with too much time on their hands and their own political agenda. Am I the only one that read the sentence, "What we found is typical of the one- or two-unit buildings being inspected for the first time," said St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard.
The violations are for minor things like the use of a multi plug,that the tenant was unaware was against local fire codes. The tennant also had some boxes partially obstructing a bedroom window-thats a violation.

The 'combustible materials' was a single, new, never been used gas can that was only there due to the tenant being between vehicles and was temporarily storing it there-thats a violation.. One of the smoke detectors was an inch too close to the corner of the room-thats a violation. The tenants bike was in the front hallway-thats another violation. When the gas was turned off it was only turned off for the unoccupied apt. the other apt. had gas/electricity,apparently this is another violation. When the chief was informed of this,he got it back on almost immediately. The fire marshall goes on to say, "It's irrelevant to us who the owner is, and he hasn't made it an issue whatsoever". Chief Harrington is not a slumlord, he just doesn't have the time to make sure a tenant isn't using a multi-plug in an outlet. FYI- All multi-plugs are against St.Paul Fire codes and are illegal to use-Bet you didn't know that,did ya? I am the tenant in question, I am also the single father of a beautiful little girl who has a terminal illness. That little girl is the world to me and if I thought this apt. was unsafe,unhealthy, or a hazard in any way, we would not be living here. Whenever I have notified him of a problem,it has been repaired promptly. I have lived in this duplex since May of 2003 and I would like to state for the record,that John Harrington is the nicest,most understanding, landlord I have ever dealt with. He is very sympathetic to the situation with my daughter and has never once complained when my rent was late. I am writing this for no personal gain for myself but for the simple fact that you are trying to smear the name of a good man and that is not right.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

10:26, thank you for sharing that with us.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I admit it was me.City offials I am out for equal justice.I took the back seat during elections but still am full force.Chief shame on you.You should know better then to have tenants in life saftey situatins.

Chuck am I a bad guy still for calling all out attention to all in St.Paul?

I will not stop until there is equal justice for all!

Who's next?

P.S. CRINJWM

Tim Ciani

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the system is flawed?

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Yourstupidityisfrightening said...

Do you really expect people to take your comment seriously when you are unable to even spell 'official' From the intellect demonstrated in your comment, I pray to God that you don't carry a gun!

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we back to the lame spelling thing again? Does the afct that someone makes a common spelling mistake make the issue any less important or is just that you want it to be less inportant? GET A LIFE!

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim,

I applaud your efforts, but you also have soiled some individuals who are actually on your side.

I agree with going after Thune, Repke, but Harrington was really a low blow. Chief Harrington actually has helped many people in really tough situations. Currently, Harrington is under fire by some of Finney's old guard (Axtell and company). Have you noticed mayor Chris Coleman has been silent on Harrington? Chris Coleman did the same thing with former fire chief Holton. Same old shit different department head.

Tim your efforts are to be commended, but PLEASE go after the jerks like Helgen, Lantry, Bennanav, Thune and Repke who seem to get a pass in the media and are the ones pushing these stupid code inspections. The Fire Department gave Thune a pass on all the pictures you took of Thune's property on 7th. I also followed up and talked to city people and Thune was given a major pass that you and I would never get from the city. Start with Steve Zaccard in the Thune matter. I followed up with insiders at Fire and Steve Zaccard ran interference for Thune big time. Some of these Fire Inspectors are totally power crazy and out of control. There is no review of their work and they are not being held accountable for their abusive actions.

Tim, someday I when a meet you, I will shake your hand for the good work you do, but please go after the real thugs down at city hall.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope one day city officials are held at a higher level then the common folk.I hope someday the code that the city uses to put the common folk out of business is conformed and rewritten to address the true problems.People can bash me for a typo and what I do,but in the end I'm using the same tools the city uses.Have a great day!

Chuck I ask you.Is the Chief a slumlord?


Tim Ciani

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does spelling and carrying a gun have to do with anything?


Rich

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If these correction are all such minor issues that are common in first time inspection then why does he need an extension? Just fix the dump!

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work Ciani! Check them all out and report them all, the more the better. It should be equal for all,every property.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds as though life kind of sucks for the chief right now between his trash property and lawsuits for the treatment of some officers. Its good to see that people are standing up to him now too.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Repke any comment on Harrington?You have been kind of quiet.Maybe your waiting for Thune to tell you what to say.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you noticed how quiet the mayor's office has been? You will see in the coming months, Chris Coleman distancing himself from Chief Harrington. Coleman is doing the same to Harrington he did to Doug Holton, former Fire Chief.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Whatgradearewein? said...

I would think that the comment from the tenant would answer the 'slumlord' question. It seems you choose to ignore the testimonial of someone directly involved and affected for your own wild speculations that don't appear to be supported by any facts,only personal vendettas. As for the extension issue I know from past experience that just setting up a reinspection time that is convenient for both parties involved can sometimes be a challenge for even an average person,let alone the Chief of Police,who I would assume is a very busy person. I am in no way involved with either side of this issue but after reading these comments I feel like I am watching a bunch of school-children stomp their feet and have a tantrum because they didnt get their way,add the fact that you can't seem to finish a single sentence without mispelling simple words, and your making it incredibly difficult to respect the badge and the officer wearing it. There is an old saying that, 'it is better to keep ones mouth shut and have people think your an asshole,then to open your mouth and prove it'

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are real brave when they don't have to live with the consequences of these NAZI city officials and their political agendas which they think is the law.

To all who think it's no big deal that the Chief gets an extension, I want to remind you of all the common people who got no extension for violations that were an outright lie. They were run out of business with civil lawsuits and unnafordable repairs that the property did not need.

To all who think that we should listen to the tenant speaking oog of the Chief and laying off of him because of the good words I would remind you of all the tenants who told the city inspectors how good their landlord was and how happy they were with him, but to no avail.....they were thrown in the street while the ciyt persued thier Nazi agenda against the owner.

To all of you who think these badge carrying pigs derserve some respect, let me remind you of the people who are afraid to call the police because when the police come to their homes, the police are doing the work of code enforcement by watching for violations and reporting them to NHPI who then comes out and makes more trouble for you with violations on your home.

To those of you who think we are school children and want to point out our spelling mistakes, I would just say that it takes more for you to be one of the elites than just recognizing a mis-spelled word.

To those of you who think that these cops who are complaining and suing are just on a personal vendaetta at the hands of Finney, I would remind you of all the same things said about the Federal lawsuits against the city 2 or 3 years ago and now all those things are starting to materialize as the truth according to facts, evidence, and sworn testimony from the citys own people.

To the people who are so quick to point out how we want to ignore the testimonial of someone directly involved, I would like to ask where you were when the testimony of Nancy Osterman and many others was being taken here?

This whole thing is just another example of some people getting favored treatment by the city while they force others out.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:18 PM,

You hit the nail right on the head. These DSI and Fire code crackdowns are real. I know a neighbor who has gone through hell at the hands of a particular Fire Department inspector over very small. This Fire instector was on a power trip.

You are very correct when you talk about these DSI and Fire inspectors who are operating under their own rules and have NO oversight to their abuses on the average citizen.

Chuck, you can defend Thune all you want, but as 1:18 said and he is correct, connected city folks get extensions, average citizens do not. You and Thune are some of these connected city people.

If you look at the article on Chief Harrington and read the tenant's description, you soon see at how petty these DSI and Fire inspectors are and how power hungry they are. You also see Steve Zaccard covering up and downplaying the situation. Steve needs to be replaced with someone who is willing to treat ALL residents with respect, not the crony system he is currently operating under.

One thing that no one has given me an answer on is this new inspection rule for single family homes in St. Paul. Maybe Nancy or a lawyer on this blog can answer this question. I thought that if you did not want someone from inspecting your home you had that right. If the city needed to enter your home they needed a search warrant. My question is, does this new rule by the city council mandating the inspection of all single-family rental homes in violation of the warrant search procedure? I do know that if you refuse to let the inspectors into your home you will be fined and your certificate of occupancy revoked, then the home will be listed on the vacant housing list and no income. The city is forcing their way into your home without your permission. If you do not let them in you will be fined and loose your ability to rent out your property. I find this whole procedure as excessive government interference in my life. If they are going to do it for rental properties, then do it for the rest of the homes or don't do it at all.

FOB

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one is hard to call. I'm assuming the DSI net caught Chief Harrington, and then it got into the media.

It sounds like the Chief offers a mixed bag and I don't know all the political ins and outs of this. DSI can't cover it up because of the media.

I have compassion for the single rental unit owners, with the inspections wolves on their tails.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for some truth.

It appears that Chuck, Dawkins, Thune and now the Chief have all been hit by DSI. Where's the favoritism for being a city official?

In the article it states that 11,000 units have been added to the program. Yet there are less than a dozen people complaining in the suit. That's about 1/1000th of people affected. Good luck trying prove conspiracy when 99.999% are not in your corner.

Like Chuck has been saying, he was given multiple opportunities to respond to DSI and chose not to. He can't even tell you why.

Tim Ciani is showing what kind of scumbag he really is.

Coleman has not distanced himself from the Chief as he just said yesterday he stands by John Harrington. Read the paper instead this *blog*.

Maybe you can the Chief to join your slumlord lawsuit and crusade.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:19 wait till you see who's going to get an interior inspection next.If the city won't equal the playing field I will.Call me what you want and make fun of spelling.That just shows me what type of person you are.

Codes are codes.I don't know what you all are bitching about when you get inspected like the rest of us.Atleast you don't get thrown under the bus.And the Chief is lucky.He should have had a vacant catagory 2 with a code compliance.The power shut off with multiple code violations is grounds for code compliance.This has happened many times over with people with less power in the city.


Sorry folks its hard for me to feel sorry for these guys when they have to abide by some of the rules we do.


Tim Ciani

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason 99.999% is not in our corner is becasue they do not have the money to fight, and that is what the city counts on when they single people out.

They are also afraid to say anything because of the retalitory and vindictive nature of the city officials.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noted in another post that busting me or Thune or Harrington with inspections just proves that the City treats everyone the same. Most of the landlords don't end up in the papers and most of them got years and years to fix their properties. While Harrington gets beat up for a months extension.

JMONTOMEPPOF

Chuck Repke

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck,

What BS you spew here on this blog. If you look at Thune's record with the city it shows many complaints that were closed out by Steve Zaccard and others in the Fire Department. I checked with LIEP and I was told the Fire was in charge of the inspections and they can close out a complaint if they want to. These were documented code violation complaints that Tim C. took. I personally saw these violations. The fire department covered for Thune by closing out these valid complaints and not holding Thune responsible. Many code violations were overlooked and many extensions were given to Thune. Thune’s building should have been shut down due to the numerous code violations, but it was not. Thune was given a pass that I or my neighbor do not get. Chuck, please show me where Thune took out a permit for the roof and the other work that was done on his West 7th Street building? No building or electrical permits were pulled either. How about the falling cement as the building needs to be tuck-pointed badly. How about the tenant who reported mushrooms growing out of the carpet. Sounds like a mold and fungus problem to me, but it depends on what type of mushrooms were growing if you know what I mean.

Chuck you are full of BS because when you tell the story of Thune you do not tell the full story. You leave out what breaks Thune received, what things were over looked because of his position as a city council member.

Chuck you are the Karl Rove of the DFL party. Chuck, did you know Karl's birthday is December 25, 1950.

Merry Christmas!

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason this is the hot spot is because government officials check in here every ten minutes to see if they are getting beat up. I doubt if people have any interest here.

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this stuff... How would I know any of that or not? And, what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? All I know is that there is a law suit and that is a RICO case that someone is suppose to be benefit from the landlords being closed down.

Now you explain to me how those same jerks sending inspector after inspector after Thune or me or Harrington prove anything about the law suit?

It doesn't.

It proves they are annoying.

And, if you are right (and i have no idea if you are or not) it might show that life isn't fair.

But, it doesn't prove anything about RICO.

If the City was so currupt, why would they even write Thune or Harrington up? Why not just ignore it and not write it up at all?

That's where your curruption crap falls apart.

JMONTOMEPPOF

Chuck Repke

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JMONTOMEPPOF this looks like people like you too.
Are you from the east side, did you go to Harding or Johnson?
Are you running for a city council seat next time?

1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck Said:

If the City was so currupt, why would they even write Thune or Harrington up? Why not just ignore it and not write it up at all?


I Say:

Chuck many landlords were thrown on the vacant list for the fact the power was shut off.The power shut off and multiple code violations with a vacant unit justifies a vacant building and code compliance.

The Chief should have to do a code compliance.He's not.Is there anybody on this blog that got slack from the city.I even had a unit condemned because a tenant put a a/c in the egrass window.

Chuck you know nothing.Go talk to some inspectors like Senty or Magner.Ask them if the would let the common folk slide on this one?

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

20 violations seems to be quite a few for two units? I see it also says tenant caused, I didn't realize it makes a difference who caused the violations well at least not for the average property owner. I would think the Chief of police would have better control over his property then that, his tenant says he's a great landlord, what else is he going to say if he wants to continue having a roof over his head!

I just did my yearly inspections with fire and buildinginspectors here in Anoka county on 4 complexes for a total of 50 units, did we find any violations of course we did, there were a few tenant caused ones like smoke detector batteries removed and a light fixture globe missing due to tenant(By the way I replaced the 3batteries and globe). The big difference here is out of 50 units we inspected maybe 12 which were my choice of units. The inspectors here have faith in me that I take care of the apartments and don't need them to babysit my management skills. The only reason they even do any inspection is because its a requirement for the license renewal, they are not like St.Paul inspectors looking and searching for issues to write you up on, you couldn't pay me enough to manage a property in St.Paul and I have told the investors I work for to stay away from St.Paul because I would not be willing to manage there for them. I feel for St.Paul property owners, what a nightmare! I am happily living in the north country where people are treated with the respect they deserve...

Nancy O.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were you Chuck I would be trying to make friends with these landlords. When this is all over they are going to own the city.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does Nancy O know about this whole thing anyways. These landlords are just using her and manipulating her so they can get into her pants or use her for their own agenda purposes. She's not even a resident here in the city.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob,

Thanks for getting the word out!

My neighbor had three code violations and they pulled her Certificate of Occupancy. Her renters had to move out. It seems this neighbor has been a Coleman pain in the neck. A little pay back here. All three code violation issued the Fire Department were ok under the current building codes for St. Paul, but not for this St. Paul Fire Department inspector.

Chuck, I can tell you your buddy Thune got many passes on his building on W. 7th that I would NEVER have got. I saw the pictures Tim C. took. I downloaded and printed them out, do you want to see them? You say Thune got written up just like anyone else, but that is NOT true and you know it. Sure he got written up, but not like you or I would. Thune was given a pass because of his position on the city council. Steve Zaccard from the Fire Department, he is in charge of the Fire Inspectors closed out valid citizen complaints on Thune’s property.

Examples below are from the city computer system on Thune’s W. 7th property:

06 046207 CSO 00 RF XXX 7TH ST W mortar & brick falling, building materials but no permits visible, unfinished roof & unpainted wood, no trim on front door, siding falling off front & stove outside Referral
Type: Citizen Complaint
Entered on: 02/23/2006
Closed on: 04/27/2006 Closed

06 047784 000 00 RF XXX 7TH ST W GOT HIT ON THE HEAD WITH MORTAR AND GARBAGE IN BACK OF PROPERTY INCLUDING AN OLD STOVE. COMPLAINANT WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS Referral
Type: Citizen Complaint
Entered on: 02/28/2006 Closed

03 402766 CSO 00 RF XXX 7TH ST W 4 unit, unit #4 Skylite leaks, broken skylite boarded up, roof used to leak and now there is mold in the ceiling, mushrooms on the carpet Referral
Type: Citizen Complaint
Entered on: 11/24/2003
Closed on: 12/26/2003 Closed

You see Chuck, if my neighbor or I were to have a dump like this, we would have had our Certificates of Occupancy pulled a long time ago!

FOB

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:43 Nice try to make me look bad with your statement but the only one that you made look bad is yourself. Your are correct I am no longer a resident of that place called St.Paul and never will be again, I am smart enough to learn from my mistake. Thanks for your negative input...but those people you feel are trying to get in my pants (Gee, maybe I was trying to get in their pants too then...huh?)or use me for their own agenda purposes are also the same people that stood up for me, I am grateful to know them.

Happy holidays to you too...
Nancy O.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how many of these officials live with in the shity limits of St.Paul....? Sorry it was not typo error.

Nancy O.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy O,

Simple things for simple minds. Thats how I look at the boob who made those negative comments about you.

Just so you know, we are proud of that you have done with your life! There is an old saying, you have live two lives, one life you learn with and one life after you are done learning.

It is good to see the progress you have made under such conditions. I am not sure how Lee Helgen can sleep at night. His day is coming, it is only a matter of time.

Hang in there!!!

FOB

3:47 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

I deleted ALL the off topic post.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To
St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington
what's is good for the goose is good the gander.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

The Mooseheads Truth In Code Compliance

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The interesting thing in this entire arguement about code compliance is the attitude that this will reduce the number of landlords and rental properties.

Excuse me, who else is going to buy all of the houses and duplexes that require code compliance other than people looking to rent them?

If you are looking for a house to buy and move into, you can't buy a house on the vacant building list that needs a code compliance unless you intend to live somewhere else until all of the work is done.

That is why the arguments on this list from the landlord group makes no sense. PHA isn't buying all of those buildings with the blue signs, and first time home owners can't even get financed to buy a house that you can't move into. So, who else is going to buy them but small investers?

So, if the City's plan was to get rid of small investers they sure came up with the wrong scheme!

JMONTOMEPPOF

Chuck Repke

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck you used the word scheme!
You are aware of any and all the schemes that the city can and will come up with.
The city has there way to shut the door so people can't get the info they need to proceed with their case against the city.
To tag a home for any reason, then run the complete code compliance on the home until you bankrupt the owner or owners of the property.
We all see how people in power feel that they are above the law, now there are more people thinking that they have the power to screw the small investors and bankrupt them.
Why are you the first with your mouth on this blog?
You are your friend John Rea Jr. - Public Relations - West Side Community -- 845 Dodd Road #205 W.St.Paul Mn 55118 # 651-225-8498 who sat on WSCO, and who lives in West Saint Paul and received a commendation from the city of St.Paul.
This person is and always been mentally impaired, is he a mole or a snitch working for Chris Coleman or the city council?

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck Said:
That is why the arguments on this list from the landlord group makes no sense. PHA isn't buying all of those buildings with the blue signs, and first time home owners can't even get financed to buy a house that you can't move into. So, who else is going to buy them but small investers?


I Say:

Chuck that is why your buddy Thune now wants to change the rules so homeowners can live there why they make repairs just like him.

Know one said that the cities idea was a smart one.They first wanted to run the landlord out of business and then change the rules to lure home buyers back.

Don't play us as stupid chuckie!

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:21 - Well, at least Thune is smart enough to figure it out that there is closing in on 2,000 vacant homes in Saint Paul and no one that is going to be able to move into them.

Hmmm, so they planned it all along. Planned on the real estate boom busting. They are crafty ones aren't they?

AARRRRGGGGGGGGGG!!!

JMONTOMEPPOF

Chuck Repke

8:53 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

To the anonymous poster who continually seeks to distract attention from this topic.

I could care less if this blog is a top read or not. One thing for SURE, this blog is a document of "public record". A RECORD OF CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS...And you can put that where the sun doesn't shine.

And as I look to the top of this page I see a 9 of 10 "RELAVENCY RATING" by googles.

You want to talk about this blog.. send me your post and I will make a topic of it. Other than that stay on topic.

Your opinion is valued.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The preceding long list of blogs proves nothing. ADemocracy is in it, the list is not always aphlabetical.

I'm wondering. The city added 11,000 houses to the inspections list, and Chief Harrington's property is typical for a first time inspection, and they revoked the certificate of occupancy.

Doesn't that mean that the other 11,000 houses will probably have their certificate of occupancy revoked? I'll bet they will not get the same preferrential treatment that the Chief receives.

While I beleve this is the best the city can do as far as being well planned, it is not very coherent by any one else's standards.

11:37 AM  

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