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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: Trulyvintage] #3034451
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Another point for those who didn't or couldn't read the original article, and this is a quote from the article: "which he inherited from his parents in 1981, on H Street just a block from the affluent Fabulous 40s."

Those of us in the area are familiar with this area, a neighborhood of mansions on avenues whose names start with 40 i.e. 40th Ave, 41st Ave, etc. and mostly owned by elitists who look down their noses at the bourgeoisie around them...one such mansion was occupied by the, then governor, Ronnie Raygun.

Bottom line, the offending items were in "a fenced private yard" and the person who complained to the county most likely complained simply because they knew the guy was in violation of statues.


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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: John_Kunkel] #3034478
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Originally Posted by John_Kunkel
Another point for those who didn't or couldn't read the original article, and this is a quote from the article: "which he inherited from his parents in 1981, on H Street just a block from the affluent Fabulous 40s."

Those of us in the area are familiar with this area, a neighborhood of mansions on avenues whose names start with 40 i.e. 40th Ave, 41st Ave, etc. and mostly owned by elitists who look down their noses at the bourgeoisie around them...one such mansion was occupied by the, then governor, Ronnie Raygun.

Bottom line, the offending items were in "a fenced private yard" and the person who complained to the county most likely complained simply because they knew the guy was in violation of statues.


Would be nice to have photos to make judgement call. I've lived next to both scuzzballs and moral busybodies. I can see the points from both sides, within reason.


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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: MarkZ] #3034586
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I posted about this over on The Samba.
Like Moparts - The Samba is owner administered.
Everett is a good guy.

One of the replies was from a guy in the same
area who had a run in with a code enforcement
officer after a neighbor complained about the VW’s
in his yard and the get togethers he hosted with
fellow VW Enrhusiasts.

But the outcome was different for him.

Here is the link:

@ https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=767077


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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: Trulyvintage] #3034709
04/18/22 02:56 PM
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I live in Sacramento (not too far from where the guy in this article lives, in East Sacramento). A lot of East Sacramento is an older, established neighborhood where most homeowners take pride in their yards and homes (homes range from as cheap as $699k for something less than 1500 sqft up to multiple millions), and depending on what this guys' front yard looked like, it's understandable that some people might complain if he frequently had cars in state of disrepair in his front yard/driveway. over a half a million dollars in fines is ridiculous though. Here are some examples of some of the neighborhoods for context (it's possible he lives in an area of East Sac that isn't as upscale as this, I suppose):

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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: cal_gecko] #3034711
04/18/22 02:57 PM
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here's an example of a home that sold for over a million, less than 2000 sqft;
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2612-D-St-Sacramento-CA-95816/25778354_zpid/

Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: cal_gecko] #3034854
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has anybody been able to get a picture of the purported blighted property? Wonder if more national attention would get some traction? shruggy

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I'm pretty sure this is the guy's home from the most recent Google street view image. It doesn't look too bad to me - certainly not worth bitching about. I think the Karen that originally started complaining needs to get a life.

Looks like Zillow estimates the 1400 sq foot house's value at about $840k. I just wonder how the County can justify raising the guy's tax bill from $1700 to over $11k in just two years.


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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: mopowers] #3034982
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Yeah basically some Karen started complaining about the old guy and then some idiot at the city decided to turn the screws and there were not any adults in the room to tone it down. He needs to hire a really good lawyer to go after the city. CA allows criminals to walk but they want to go after this guy because he has fruit laying on the ground?

Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: 6PakBee] #3035004
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i live in middle of no where and still cant have that t mess in my yard


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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: Jim_Lusk] #3035014
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Originally Posted by Jim_Lusk
Code enforcement officers have a tendency to get a burr under their saddle. I had one single me out even though he never once saw me with a wrench in my hand (he was convinced that I was running an auto repair business). Apparently his final act got him fired, though. I would catch him driving through our cul de sac daily when I would be home for lunch (in my work van). I followed him one day so he called parking services on our perpendicular parking (not legal, but common at the back of a cul de sac). Sacramento decided some time back to make working on cars illegal at your home. Not sure what the solution is beyond better representation...


Sadly you get the government you vote for, but in some cases like these you may not be able to do anything about it, because most of these power hungry tyrants are not elected to their positions ... Fauci comes to mind ...


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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: 05dakota] #3035015
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Originally Posted by 05dakota
i live in middle of no where and still cant have that t mess in my yard


Then you really aren't in the middle of nowhere Ted ...


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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: 05dakota] #3035139
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Originally Posted by 05dakota
i live in middle of no where and still cant have that t mess in my yard


You don't have to drive around Sacramento much to find homeless camps that are piled high with junk. But the code officials look the other way and instead of cleaning up the homeless camps they go after old men who have some fruit laying on the ground in the back yard.

Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: AndyF] #3035148
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If you look at the Google map history, the next door neighbors house to left was way worse shape in 2011. Then is was completely redid in 2012 and sold. hmmm.....

In two pics 1 year apart in 2016/17? the 3 cars in driveway didn't move. But he did clean those up.

In one pic you see a desk and chair in front of house. He did add a gate to the driveway to block view of rear about 5-7 years ago.

Looking at the neighborhood its not all manicured lawns and houses.

Still wonder if there is more to this than what we read and see from google street view shots. shruggy


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Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: autoxcuda] #3035157
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The guy live around 44th. These two are just the other side of 49th...

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Wonder if they are getting harassed?

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Originally Posted by AndyF
You don't have to drive around Sacramento much to find homeless camps that are piled high with junk. But the code officials look the other way and instead of cleaning up the homeless camps they go after old men who have some fruit laying on the ground in the back yard.


iagree I keep trying to think of some way to help this guy. Change.org? Go fund me page? I wish that I were a lawyer that could step up and tell the state to stick it where the sun don't shine. the man likely worked and paid taxes his entire life and now has this cr-p to deal with. Why isn't the governor or someone out there doing something? confused shruggy

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I know it's fun to say that he's being fined 500k for having fruit on the ground. But doubt it's that simple, or that he would tell the whole story to the news crew which would essentially mean he's admitting guilt.

From what he said, he remedied the situation (doesn't say whether he did it 5-10 years after it was required) and he's being hit with 500k in fines. I don't believe it's that simple.

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Well, it appears there might be another side to this story:

https://sacramentocityexpress.com/2...ode-enforcement-from-the-sacramento-bee/


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Harborage for Rats... there are trees with fruit around the area, going to nix those as well. Why did I know that would come up.

Govt agencies usually don't have the right to violate property lines to perform any inspections unless invited/allowed by an owner.

Getting a 573K number for a fine is ridiculous. JMO

Re: California Homeowner Owes 573K For Working On His Own Cars [Re: John_Kunkel] #3035364
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Originally Posted by John_Kunkel
Well, it appears there might be another side to this story:

https://sacramentocityexpress.com/2...ode-enforcement-from-the-sacramento-bee/

FROM The Above article:

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Altstatt has since sought to appeal the judgment in the 3rd District Court of Appeal. That action is still pending. The City has not sought to enforce the judgment (even though the appellate court already has ruled that it is enforceable) and will wait until the appeal is complete before taking any action.

The City of Sacramento remains open to working with Mr. Altstatt and to resolving this issue in a fair and just way,” said Tim Swanson, media and communications manager for the City.


As Paul Harvey would have said " Now you know the rest of the story"
thanks for sharing that John beer

And myself, step #1 Whack the fruit trees or start maintaining them. Maybe the local homeless shelter would do so for the fruit shruggy

#2 Meet with the city with a reporter present and address the remaining issues.

The man may have some mental health issues frown

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Another quote from the article "Altstatt, in court proceedings with the City, has argued that he is not subject to local (and state and federal) laws," is more telling for me. A sovereign citizen.


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