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The Dilemma Of Code Enforcement

Dilapidated, overcrowded housing poses serious risks, but it may be better than the alternative.
September 17, 2003, 6am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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“Santa Ana faces an intractable dilemma: how to enforce health and safety laws without forcing thousands of residents onto the street.” Parts of the city’s housing stock suffer from “mice, cockroaches, broken windows and faulty plumbing,” in addition to fire and health hazards exacerbated by overcrowding – including up to 55 people in “four 950-square-foot houses on a one-third-acre lot.”

Thanks to David Gest

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Published on Monday, September 15, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times
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