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For 7 years here at the town hall we have followed these lawsuits. There isn't any place on the Internet that has covered the history of this story like we have here, in the archives of this town hall you can find the truth. We have had the privilege of hearing both sides of the story year after year. All
of us know the truth, and it isn't pretty. If you are a sociopath the city's illegal code enforcement policy's won't bother you until a code enforcement officer is knocking at your door, that's right your door, the city has pushed around landlords with very expensive code compliance's, they have a big code enforcement machine now and it's private home owners and business's turn to fork out the cash to improve your property beyond federal and state building codes. Andy Dawkins former head of what is now known as the Department of Safety and Inspections once said he wanted to get into every home in Saint Paul for a building code inspection. You may think your vintage home is in great shape, do you have lead paint under the multi layers of paint? Do you have lead pipes? Do you have updated electrical? Do you have an old furnace with absestos insulation or pipes ? How bout your roof, do you think you have another 5 years left to the shingles life, maybe the city of Saint Paul will disagree. The city requires you put up a $5000 cash performance bond and hire contractors. If caught in a code compliance with the city you will have to pay other fees related to the city's code inspections policy's, you will have to pay a $1500 vacant building fee, a $450 code compliance inspection fee, the list goes on and on. I seen a property owner abated $450 for 2 trash bags sitting next to a full trash can, the trash man was coming that day. For years the city has held community meetings on housing, what these meetings have amounted to is a propaganda tool to rope citizens into hating on their neighbors so they could gain support to "code homes to the max". What does all of this accomplish for the city of Saint Paul, raises property values giving the city a justifiable reason to raise your property tax's, forces out "those that have from those that have not", class war fare! The good news, there is people among us that will hold the city and federal government accountable, after all the power is with the people, through dissent we will humble our progressive politicians or vote them out.