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Monday, October 17, 2011

Louise Seeba for School Board

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeba says she advocates for people for a living in the article. Question is, Did you advocate for all the poor souls your client City of St.Paul ran out of the housing market that eventually put low income minorities out into the street ?

Advocate my ass !!!

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Steinhauser vs. CitySt.Paul_Magner_Counsel Seeba said...

Magner v. Gallagher Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-1032 8th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issue: (1) Whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act; and, if so (2) what test should be used to analyze them.

SCOTUSblog Coverage
Petition of the day
Briefs and Documents
Certiorari-stage documents
Opinion below (8th Cir.)
Petition for certiorari
Brief in opposition of respondents Thomas J. Gallagher et al.
Petitioners' reply
Amicus brief of International Municipal Lawyers

5:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck ? Your assanine support of the city is about to take a turn for the worst.

Your friends petitioning the Supreme Court for review are about to be sent back to trial
( We shall call this trial The Nuremburg trials part two ) because it was the cities Nazi type tactics that made all this come about.

And when it's all said and done, St.Paul will be opening it's checkbook.

Your friend Seeba wants a job with the school board ?

Rest assured she is more concerned with city affairs and covering their ass than she is with the welfare of students.

Her being on the schoolboard will give her more power to control the minorities in the city schools just like how she helped run them out with her support of the city agenda to run the blacks and landlords out of St.Paul.

We don't need paople like Seeba in our schools.

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had to hire an attorney I'd hire Seeba over Shoemaker.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the Supreme Court did not take up the disparate impact issue, which is the ONLY charge left out of the massive pile of garbage that the lawyers for the landlords brought forward.

Remember the only thing left is the issue of if the City's inspections has a disparate impact on people of color... there are no other issues that will be in front of the court for trial.

So, the case boils down to the landlords making the argument that the City should have a system that has less impact on tenants and the City will argue that it is protecting tenants by getting them out of unsafe units.

That's it folks.

All of the other charges are dismissed... dead.... over.


Chuck Repke

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Chuck is right. I don't see how the landlords will come out of this even breaking even.
If indeed all the city has to do is revise their system, there are no other plaintiffs ie. tenants who have either a claim or are listed as parties able to recover anything from the remaining claims of this suit.
In the end, even if the landlords attorneys get compensated for their legal costs and fees, the tax payors end up footing the bill and people like Stienhauser were just spinning their wheels and didn't succeed in getting anything acomplished that would restore him back to the position he was as a gainful landlord.
ie. your out of buisness Frank !

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, you should make the City Attorney's office aware of the insignificance of the cases. They appear to be fighting for their lives to try to get these cases squashed. They failed in the En Banc hearings and they failed again.

The city's efforts to establish a jerkocracy in perpetuity are failing, and they will have to face the voter's wrath over all the lawsuits they caused.

Bob G.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob G,

The reason for fight this last point is that if the court were to determine that enforsing the code had a disparate impact on minority members, since they might lose their housing, then the argument could be made that you simply can't have any code enforsement at all.... since no matter how you enforse the code the worse housing will always be occupied by those who can't afford better housing and in this state that is going to be more likely minority ressidents.

The City will have to convince the court that protecting the tenants health and safety is more important... has a higher value than their displacement from the residence.


Chuck Repke

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob, did you see this???

St. Paul housing rehabs a hot issue in city council races
By Frederick Melo
Updated: 10/20/2011 11:47:50 PM CDT

It's not just the economy. Housing, too, is a hot-button issue in St. Paul this election season - hot enough, perhaps, to throw a few curveballs into city council races.

A key question in the elections: Has the city done enough on the housing front in Frogtown, the East Side and other neighborhoods hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis? The topic has become election-year fodder, given the high number of vacant properties in St. Paul - 1,400 at last tally, almost twice the vacancies of Minneapolis.

City officials say those numbers are heading in the right direction, down from 2,047 registered vacant properties at the height of the crisis in 2008. New properties, however, are added to the list all the time.

Johnny Howard, a community organizer and Green Party candidate, says the 277 registered vacant properties in Ward 1 hurt home values and invite graffiti, vandalism and other troubles. He believes the city's Department of Safety and Inspections has come down too hard on property owners, making it more difficult to buy and sell houses.

"You can't take a 100-year-old house and bring it up to today's codes. It's impossible," said Howard. "I don't want to cut any corners, but we shouldn't be punishing the small landlord. We should be embracing him."

Howard has promised within 60 days of coming into office to create a public review board to screen Department of Safety and Inspections decisions, and he said he would push to loosen income criteria so the city's
rehab loans are available to more than just low-income homeowners.

His critical stance toward the department has gained him some fans. Howard recently won the support of the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors, who chose to endorse him over council member Melvin Carter and Realtor Anthony Fernandez, though Fernandez will receive a donation from the organization.

City officials are unimpressed. Ward 6 council member Dan Bostrom, who authored the city's vacant housing classification system, said the Realtors association has been pushing back against his efforts to chase away housing speculators and unscrupulous absentee landlords for years.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Part 2


"All our numbers are indicating that vacancies and foreclosures are down from the prior year, and the city is doing everything we can to continue that trend," said Janelle Tummel, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Planning and Economic Development.

St. Paul offers foreclosure counseling to residents worried about losing their homes. It has received $28 million through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program - one of the larger grants nationwide - to buy vacant houses in four neighborhoods where blight runs deep, and ideally resell them at bargain prices.

Using the stabilization program funds, the city has acquired more than 180 properties since early 2010, with 100 rehabilitations completed or under way and plans to demolish the rest. To date, 20 properties have been sold.

Meanwhile, private developers and community development organizations have used the city's stabilization program money for financing to acquire and rehab dozens more homes.

And the city's 47-page housing plan lays out any number of approaches toward what most would consider a troubled housing market.

Those efforts aren't good enough for political challengers such as Howard and Fernandez, as well as two associations approaching the foreclosure crisis from widely differently perspectives. Fernandez said current homeowners feel stressed and neglected.

"I hope that the city really starts looking into getting more money available for people to fix up their existing homes," Fernandez said. "The lending markets are so tight, it's virtually impossible for people to refinance and get money to fix up their property."

Fernandez said people unable to sell deteriorating homes losing value will start walking away from those properties, rather than pay mortgages that far exceed their home values.

"That is the next wave in this foreclosure mess - the strategic default," Fernandez said. "It would be nice if we could find ways to incentivize people to stay in these areas."

With elections less than a month away, the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors and ISAIAH, an interfaith network of affordable-housing advocates, also are pressuring candidates and council members to do more to get people into vacant homes or keep them in the homes they own.

Arguing that arbitrary, uneven code enforcement is holding back housing sales, the Realtors association is asking city officials to ease up on their regulatory approach toward getting properties cleaned up and on the market.

Eric Myers, government affairs director for the association, said Realtors are having problems with the way the city classifies the condition of vacant homes - 1, 2 or 3, with category 3 being the worst and barred from sale.

A category 1 is ready or almost ready for market. For a house classified as a category 2, prospective property owners must show they have cost estimates from contractors in hand and a timeline in place for bringing the house up to code, as well as a bond or funds in escrow to do the work.

"We're having some real problems with a house that is classified as a 1, and a week goes by, and suddenly it's classified as a 2. And a 2 is a lot more difficult to sell," Myers said. "The formula for public safety is to get new homeowners in the home, rather than having them sit vacant for year after year."

Angie Wiese, a spokeswoman for the Department of Safety and Inspections, said even some members of her department were once skeptical about the classification system, which was authored by Bostrom and put into place about five years ago.

These days, she's a believer. She rarely sees properties that are sold backslide onto the vacant housing list.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Part 3


Before the system, properties sold, but they weren't improved.

"Now, they get sold, they get rehabilitated and they get reoccupied," Wiese said.

Bee Kevin Xiong, a Realtor who is running against Bostrom, said due to increasingly stringent lending practices, few buyers now qualify for home repair loans to fix up houses classified as a 2.

"A 2 or 3, no bank will lend to you," he said. He wants the city to promote first-time homebuyer programs for low-income residents, as well as the federal 203(k) home repair loan.

ISAIAH is taking a different tack from the Realtors. They're asking the city to pressure mortgage lenders such as Wells Fargo into mediating late payments with clients instead of resorting to unnecessary foreclosures.

The group drew some 400 supporters to a rally last week at St. James AME Church in St. Paul. It released a study showing half the city's 1,300 registered vacant houses are in minority neighborhoods, which have been a target for subprime loans.

Michelle Vojacek, program coordinator for the city's Department of Planning and Economic Development, said that those are worthy goals but that getting financial giants to sit down with housing advocates and city officials is a reach.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Seeba vs.LandLords 10-1032USSC said...
By searching Magner on ScotusBlog USSC 10-1032 after 4 Conference's is in Limbo?
Techinally Seeba is the Counsel for Defendants City St.Paul, ALL Council Members huge conflict

Kali Borkoski Manager

Posted Sun, October 23rd, 2011 12:30 am
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On Friday, October 28 the Justices will meet for a private Conference. Our list of “Petitions To Watch” will be available soon.

The Justices are not scheduled to hear oral arguments again until the November sitting begins on October 31.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:40 I saw it. I may even change my mind about Johnny Howard. I always liked him, but with Dawkins as a key person in his election campaign, it raises questions.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous USSC:10-1032 said...

Another DELAY this is the 5th Conference via U
SSC:10-1032 Is the School Board Candidates ALL complicity with City Attorney Louise Seeba_ Ethics in Government Can you imagine the Legal Fees that Seeba will be culpbable for "Taken" from Risk Managment controlled by the League of MN Cities, which Candidate_Defendant also sits on?
Track this case and Fight City Hall DSI Employee Magner lives in Stillwater, Why in Gods Name should We the Citizens of St.Paul pay his legal FEES? Magner will break the Fidicuary Trust. complicit with Seeba_ Where are the Ethics in Government?

9:22 AM  

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