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That's the Marti Emerald we like to see

Following report, apartment repairs promised for City Heights tenant

No outlet covers in the kitchen
No outlet covers in the kitchen

It seems relief is on the way for Maria Villanueva. The single mother from City Heights has been at the center of recent protests by residents who've heard their pleas for home repairs fall on the deaf ears of landlords and code-enforcement authorities.

Last Friday (October 2), city councilmember Marti Emerald sent staffer Rudy Vargas to tour Villanueva's apartment and take stock of some of her complaints, which included vermin infestation, a faulty stove, and a host of other concerns.

Among the other items noted by Vargas in need of repair: torn screens, leaky plumbing, missing outlet covers, exposed wiring, and substandard paint.

"The landlord expressed willingness to begin repairs and claimed that she was unaware of Maria's living conditions," according to Rafael Bautista, a real estate broker and representative of the San Diego Socialist Campaign who was present for the inspection.

Activists who have worked to bring attention to the plight of Villanueva and others have promised to revisit the property to ensure action is taken to bring her apartment up to code.

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It seems relief is on the way for Maria Villanueva. The single mother from City Heights has been at the center of recent protests by residents who've heard their pleas for home repairs fall on the deaf ears of landlords and code-enforcement authorities.

Last Friday (October 2), city councilmember Marti Emerald sent staffer Rudy Vargas to tour Villanueva's apartment and take stock of some of her complaints, which included vermin infestation, a faulty stove, and a host of other concerns.

Among the other items noted by Vargas in need of repair: torn screens, leaky plumbing, missing outlet covers, exposed wiring, and substandard paint.

"The landlord expressed willingness to begin repairs and claimed that she was unaware of Maria's living conditions," according to Rafael Bautista, a real estate broker and representative of the San Diego Socialist Campaign who was present for the inspection.

Activists who have worked to bring attention to the plight of Villanueva and others have promised to revisit the property to ensure action is taken to bring her apartment up to code.

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While I congratulate Marti and her staffer for taking a proactive approach to this complaint, it was something that should have been done by the city bureaucracy. How about code compliance and health departments doing it? Nice idea, but the SD city departments who don't answer their phones, and don't respond to complaints, are at fault. But that's business-as-usual at SD city hall. Does this mean that if you cannot enlist your city councilperson on your behalf, you are screwed? Uh, yes, that's the story.

Yeah, the landlord/landlady was "unaware." Slumlords/slumladies are always unaware of the condition of their income-producing hellholes until it is pointed out with someone with some clout. Multiply this one situation by a thousand (or more) and you'll have s picture of the "affordable" housing situation in San Diego.

Oct. 5, 2015

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