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Code inspectors reveal illegal, unsafe side of the city

Original post made on Apr 28, 2011

City code inspectors gave a tour through some of the worst code violations in Mountain View, including storage lockers being used as homes and an apartment complex where trash was dumped in a swimming pool, at a presentation last week to the City Council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 28, 2011, 11:27 AM

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Posted by MV
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Go and check apartments on Latham and California you will dozens of code violations and you will also see more of the illegal and unsafe side of the city

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

The inspectors must be blind as well. Go to Castro Elementary school and day of the week and to left you will find the same vendors year after year selling all sorts of unlicensed crap and junk out of a shopping cart and cooler. Continue down Escuela over California and every morning an evening you will find similar scenes. And then there are all those tamale vendors operating out of apartment doorways. Oh but I forget, code enforcement only pertains to property owners, legal resident and white folks in general with money.

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Was THAT what moved the truck in front of Clyde's? I sure hope it was some safety violation and not just some sort of complaint about competition! They had great food and I was sad to see them go. I just assumed they did not get enough customers. Nice guys too.

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Posted by Bruce
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hey, if these two "inspectors" really did their jobs, would there have been the hot dog vendor in front of OSH on Charleston for the last 4 or so years?
Maybe he's got a business license, and maybe his food is good, but what about the "code" which our forefathers, in their wisdom, enacted?

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Posted by Honor Spitz
a resident of another community
on Apr 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I think from reading the above comments one can easily conclude that there are not enough code inspectors!! Two for a city the size of Mtn. View is clearly not enough!! Kelli and Chris can only respond to so many calls in a given day, a given week. Do no eliminate one of them; hire more!!

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Posted by Carlos Slim
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm

What happened to the vender in front of the church on Escuela @ the corner of California St.?

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Posted by NeHi
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Hmmm, I don't think it would be hard to prioritize the list that DeBolt gave us. Public safety should be on top. Signs that are timely removed are near the bottom. I'll bet there is a lot in the middle that is more difficult particularly those that are intrusive.

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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

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Posted by the man
a resident of Jackson Park
on Apr 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 29, 2011 at 7:11 am

I needed code enforcement twice, both times got excuses why it wasn't their job. If Mtn View is so blighted, why can't two (basically) cops working full time enforcing infractions generate enough revenue to cover their salaries?

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

I can’t believe there is a potentially skate-able pool behind Crittenden. Stoke!

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Posted by Alex M.
a resident of Willowgate
on Apr 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm

The comments above mentioning numerous other code violations, indicates that Mountain View needs a couple more code inspectors. I had no idea that 75% of their time was occupied by dealing with these violations. I though their job was to inspect new construction and remodeling projects.

(By the way, I believe it was Chris Costanzo who inspected my kitchen remodel 3 years ago. I found him quite helpful, giving me lots of good advice that I hadn't thought of, which we applied to our remodeling project. Made me glad that I paid for the construction permit.)

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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

OMG, food trucks and temporary signs are not a serious problem. Why are those violations even being discussed in the same presentation as infractions that could pose serious safety or health problems. Food trucks are a boon to the economy, providing a valuable service to area diners. Temporary signs are harmless.

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Posted by member
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

1 residentail lot with 3 homes on it

- owner residence
- rental 1 residence earns $ for owner
- rental 2 residence earns $ for owner

1 tax bill is not fair share, should be taxed like apartment complex?

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on May 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Since when did the city ever care about illegal activity within its borders? Just take a walk down California Ave and then visit the Day Worker Center. Seriously. This is just a little too much the way inspectors selectively choose which codes and laws they will enforce. Sounds like, uh, the police department... .

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Posted by "Eleudora"
a resident of Cuernavaca
on May 14, 2011 at 9:28 am

City Codes Violations by Business or Residential Owners?
What About City Code Violations By The City Of Mountain View To Residents Of Mountain View?
City has camped out by a window resident who unable to open window annoyed by the strong smell of workers urine and defecation, ignoring all codes: Air Quality, Eye Sore View, Noises Before and After Hours Scheduled...City has placed a portable toilet next to my window.
Email sent to "Email Council" who then resend it to the person who oversees the project to just give me the run around.
This reminds me of a James Brown song "This is a Man's world" and this other song. "No Money No Honey". Here is not your kind of honey but the honey i am talking is more than that, which is to live surrounded by all the beautiful sights that the city can provide. Honey or Sweetness is enjoying some of the most beautiful streets of Mountain View
I am a Mountain View Renter not a Home Owner. Here I ask would have been different?
Woman-Renter on 1300 Dale Ave. Mountain View.

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