Official worried residents given no break

Though unkempt homes and illegal living units are what keep housing-code enforcement officers busy, one City Council member is concerned innocent homeowners might be getting caught in the net.

Councilmember Ken Ibarra, who brought the matter to City Manager Connie Jackson’s attention, says he has seen a spike in complaints from people about what they are calling unwarranted code-enforcement slaps on the wrist.

In just six weeks, he said there were approximately five or six complaints about code enforcement-related issues. In one instance, he cited a homeowner who complained about being reported for illegal work done before he purchased the home.

Part of the problem is understanding the city’s municipal code, which Ibarra acknowledged isn’t easy for regular people to keep track of.

Whilethe city’s two code-enforcement officers have their hands full dealing with consistent complaints about typical code-enforcement issues, which include illegal units being built in single-family homes, Ibarra is concerned some are being unfairly targeted.

Another part of the problem is the fact that the city’s code-enforcement department is only a few years old, with the hefty task of overseeing 80 years of potential code enforcement transgressions, Ibarra said.

Ibarra said the Community Development Department hasn’t been able to adequately help residents because it has seen some turnover this year. Councilmember Rico Medina, in his perambulatory travels around town promoting sales-tax boost Measure F, said he has already heard some complaints about the more traditional code-enforcement issues, and he’d like to see them resolved.

The meeting takes place today at 5:30 p.m. in the Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road, in San Bruno.

tramroop@examiner.com

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