CASE #0800 NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES
CITY OF STOCKTON
REASON FOR INVESTIGATION
The 2000-2001 San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury (SJCCGJ) received a complaint from a citizen that code enforcement was not being handled uniformly in the City of Stockton.
The complainant alleged that Neighborhood Services is allowing landlords to operate "slums and flop houses" by turning a blind eye to problem areas in the city.
METHOD OF INVESTIGATION
The Neighborhood Services Division Program Manager and the Assistant City Attorney spoke to SJCCGJ.
Members of the SJCCGJ interviewed the complainant to clarify the complaint.
Members of the SJCCGJ interviewed the Neighborhood Services Division Program Manager.
FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS
The Neighborhood Services Division operates on a complaint generation basis.
The Neighborhood Services Division employees are strictly code enforcers of policies made by other departments.
There are no current vacant positions. Management feels that staff levels are adequate.
Complaints received are put into one of three categories:
The Neighborhood Services Division conducts five pro-active sweeps a year in areas of the city where there are continual problems. Fifteen areas are identified, sweeps are conducted in each area once every three years.
Neighborhood Services Division is proposing a new city ordinance to the City Council that would give the City more authority over hotels/motels operating with sub-standard conditions.
The Neighborhood Services Division will be proposing to the City Council, a new city ordinance giving the City more authority over rental units with sub-standard conditions.
It is recommended that the Neighborhood Services Division develop an ordinance for the City Council to consider that would create stricter regulations of hotel/motel operation.
It is recommended that the Neighborhood Services Division develop an ordinance for the City Council to consider that would create stricter regulations of rental housing units.
Pursuant to Sections §933.05 of the Penal Code:
The Neighborhood Services Division of the City of Stockton shall comment, in writing, to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court - within (90) days of the publication of this report.
As to each finding in the report, a response indicating one of the following:
As to each recommendation, a response indicating one of the following: