Minneapolis/ LANDLORDS AND TENANTS TO PROTEST MASS REVOCATION OF RENTAL LICENSES TODAY, DEC. 12, AT MPLS. CITY HALL, 1:30 P.M.
In a city whose police sometimes cannot control street crime, the Minneapolis city council has decided to hold landlords strictly accountable for drug possession in any of their properties. The landlords receive a warning letter from the police. License revocation occurs after three such letters have been issued. Then it becomes illegal to place tenants in the affected buildings. Although the inspections department is the agent of punishment, the infractions may have little to do with the condition of the building. Politics is the driving force. Read http://www.landlordpolitics.com/ronfolger.html for a more detailed account of Ron Folger’s particular experience.
Ten years ago, Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee was instrumental in ousting Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton and Council President Jackie Cherryhomes by protesting the city’s inspections practices through a cable-television show and direct action. Several sign-carrying persons from this group will be joining Folger in tomorrow’s event as will a number of his tenants who stand to lose their housing just in time for Christmas.
An assortment of persons protesting the mass license revocations will attend the City Council hearing in room 317 of the Minneapolis City Hall starting at 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 12, 2011. If the committee members sustain the revocation, this group plans to visit the inspections offices at at 250 S. 4th Street and ask to speak with the Inspections supervisor, Janine Atchinson, who spearheaded this move against Folger. Then it plans to return to City Hall and demand to see the responsible City Council members as well as Mayor Rybak. Finally, the group may hold a rally near the Humphrey statue outside City Hall where speakers will denounce the city’s heartless inspections policies and perhaps set the stage for yet another change in administrations.