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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pioneer Press/ St. Paul settles with landlords in housing inspections dispute. "The real story here!"

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I am sorry I have to consistantly come here and correct these stories on housing.. Lets get the truth out here and let the chips fall where they may.
Fred reported;; The city of St. Paul has settled a longstanding legal dispute with two of a dozen landlords who claimed that they were forced to sell or demolish apartments because of over-zealous code enforcement.
My response; illegal code enforcement that surpassed state building codes and forced minorities out of housing.
Fred reported; On Nov. 7, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the city's legal appeal of the 8th Circuit decision. Former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, one of the original authors of the Fair Housing Act, was among the housing advocates who worried that the Supreme Court would use the case as an opportunity to declare "disparate impact" an invalid legal argument.
That outcome, they said, would gut a series of federal legal protections for women and minorities in housing, lending and beyond. The city changed course in 2012 and requested that the Supreme Court dismiss the city's petition to hear the case.
My response, the TRUTH- St. Paul worked a “quid pro quo” deal with the U.S. Dept. of Justice that included the U.S. Government’s agreement not to pursue a $300M federal funding fraud action against St. Paul in return for St. Paul agreeing to dismiss their U.S. Supreme Court appeal in Magner v. Gallagher; as part of the agreement, Senator Mondale has been providing the City with lawyers from the Minneapolis Dorsey & Whitney law firm to defend the City against the Fair Housing Act claims of the landlords. St. Paul businessman Fredrick Newell filed a HUD complaint against St. Paul in 2009 for the City’s Section 3 federal funding violations, and subsequently HUD found that Newell’s claims were correct – the City had violated federal funding requirements over an extended period. HUD, DOJ and local US Attorneys determined that the City’s federal funding violations were egregious violations and knowingly committed.
Fred reported; On Jan. 6, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agreed to hear a federal housing complaint against the city brought forward by the Raven Financial real estate group.
My response; incorrect, HUD has heard about landlord complaints since 2008; more complaints were filed in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and now HUD has agreed to open an investigation of the challenged City housing policies and practices
Fred reported; Represented by Shoemaker, Raven Financial maintains that the city has "negatively impacted fair housing choice ... of protected class members" by using code enforcement to demolish their rental properties in high-minority neighborhoods.
The complaint focuses on 758 Maryland Ave., a duplex that was declared a "nuisance" property by the city and condemned in December 2012. The home has yet to be demolished.
My response; Incorrect – the Complaints focus on City illegal housing policies and actions against Raven’s nine rental properties, and against Vue’s, McRaths’ and other landlords’ rental properties; HUD agreed to open an investigation under both the Fair Housing Act (Title VIII) discrimination and under Title VI for federal funding program discrimination.


Blogger Kevin Riley said...

Hi Bob, to your comment in a previous blog, "...I have seen a property owner abated $450 for 2 trash bags sitting next to a full trash can...". I have a property at 545 Minnehaha, tiny yard. I received a notice that there was some dog poop that needed to be cleaned up. I immediately sent my property manager to clean it up but it had already been cleaned up by the City of St. Paul and I was assessed $585.00!!!!!


Thank you for your blog!!

Kevin Riley
Raven Financial

10:08 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Kevin your story about the dog poop and garbage bags is common, I seen this over and over when I sat in on adminstrative hearings on behalf of property owners.

I don't know if you are aware, this town hall is where the truth in housing was revealed. Dating back to 2006 we have exposed the illegalities of housing in Saint Paul and elsewhere.

Two of many interesting links from the past.

City has different set of standards for city employees who own property, URL here.

Round Table Discussion on Housing with Kathy Lantry, Mitch Berg 1280AM Radio and Bill Cullen, Cullen Homes.
URL here.

I have been following your case Kevin, I'm here for you in anyway I can help.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Sharon Anderson said...

Thanks4 Posts Hard read with Black Background Court Corruption to Steal Homesteads of Elderly via Committments Read the Archives
PS Fred Melo writes in Condensed Form as his Editors suggest.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Hi Sharon,

My eyes aren't what they use to be either. After all these years I don't dare change the template..

Town Hall model- printed at the bottom of the home page.


Tip for vision impaired- highlight the text as if you are coping it.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob, That's incredible. What a battle, and you were an important factor in this whole issue. Thank you for your concern.

Bob G.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But the DSI inspectors never see/careless of the huge amount of junk pieces of furniture and garbage those people who live in 837 Hague Avenue leave when they finished their garage/street sales. Trucks run day and night in the block and we can't sleep.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous SteinhauservsCitySt.Paul said...

Steinhauser vs. City St. Paul Transposed to Sharons Scrib,Facebook,Twitter,Linkenden etc. 11 YEARS WITHOUT A JURY TRIAL IS LONG ENOUGH

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