Editor,

Wake up Code Enforcement, you’ve just been given the opportunity to turn your city around based upon 673 people that want to help you.

I read this article three times and got angrier each time I read it. Having lived there for 15 years and experiencing the same problems in my neighborhood while the code enforcement and city councils did nothing to stop it — ie boats in front yard and trailers left on the street indefinitely. It’s really crappy looking out your front window and staring at these illegal items day after day.

For five years I worked for the LA Times as news rack ordinance coordinator which means I had to deal with over 80 cities, counties and private businesses regarding placement of news racks. You won’t believe how many cities would cite our equipment and force us to move it if it was merely inches out of standards.

I can tell you that every city that was proactive on this small issue never had a boat in the front driveway or a car abandoned on their property. Why? Because they were proactive and kept things neat.  

I recently returned to Porterville and was appalled at how some parts of the city looked. The answer to your problem is very simple: First decide you really want to fix this and then take the biggest problem and enforce it everywhere. You can’t let a neighborhood decide because, let’s face it, 100 percent of all neighbors can’t 100 percent agree so that’s opening a can of worms. Have a timetable. Put some public notices that you expect 100 percent compliance by a certain date with real consequences. You’ll be surprised how much stuff will go away.

Then, once you’ve fixed that, move on to the next biggest problem and on and on. Pretty soon it’s all cleaned up and everyone can agree that it’s a lot easier to keep it that way.

Come on Porterville, you were an All America City not too long ago. You can do it.

And don’t forget you have 673 people that want to help. And I’ll bet many times more than that if you just ask em. Good luck.

Paul Kerrigan

Alta Loma

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