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Petaluma Police Chief Proposes Crackdown on Abandoned Homes

Abandoned, eyesore properties would be registered and their owners fined up to $1,000 for failing to clean them up under a plan proposed by Petaluma's new police chief, according to the Press Democrat.

Petaluma police chief Pat Williams wants to place the city's more than 300 vacant, foreclosed homes on a registry and fine their owners up to $1,000 if the properties are not maintained, according to a report in the Press Democrat.

Williams established a similar program in Desert Hot Springs before taking his Petaluma job, the newspaper reports.

The goal is to keep vacant homes from becoming eyesores and degrading neighborhood property values, according to the Press-Democrat report.

sadie October 22, 2012 at 12:57 AM
What about homes that are occupied and not maintained? Why do the police have oversite and not the building dept.? Maybe the police are cross trained, much like firemen and paramedics. Police and building inspectors great match, while you are at it give them some shears to trim the overgrown trees and bushes around town.
SP October 22, 2012 at 03:21 AM
I like the intent
John Frank October 22, 2012 at 07:17 PM
It works in Desert Hot Springs! Thanks Chief Williams

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