IN THE WAKE of a fire that engulfed a vacant East Kensington factory and left two firefighters dead this month, City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez is adding teeth to legislation that would get tough on vacant-property maintenance. Council’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections will hold a hearing Friday on a bill, sponsored by Quinones-Sanchez, that would require large vacant commercial and industrial properties and foreclosed vacant residential properties to be sealed with commercial-quality, rustproof steel security panels or doors to keep trespassers out. There are 40,000 vacant properties in the city.

“This is about raising the standard so that we can get a handle on our large vacancies,” Quinones-Sanchez said.Under the amended bill, owners of vacant commercial or industrial buildings would be required to provide bonding to pay for sealing or stabilization. It would allow the Department of Licenses and Inspections to create a “Designated Community Partner” program to use local nonprofit and community groups to document violations like broken windows via time-stamped photos that would be sent to L&I. LINK

SERIOUSLY…? I’ve got nothing. LINK



  1. Wyatt Earp says:

    The city is starting to cover its collective arse, and as always, they’re not doing a very convincing job.

  2. He Said His Telephone Number Was 911 says:

    I have to wonder how many “steel security panel” contractors will suddenly spring up. Not that it will ever aciually get that far.

  3. ingineer66 says:

    I have a novel idea. Offer some tax benefits and good working conditions and maybe some of those vacant buildings will no longer be vacant. And there will be more taxpayers to properly fund police and fire protection too. No that will never work.

  4. Old NFO says:

    Day late and a dollar (give or take a million or two) short, and the firefighters are STILL dead, and their families have nothing…

  5. Cs says:

    How about we knock vacent and forclosed properties vacent longer then 1 year down! Jesus it’s not rocket science. Seal them? Let’s spend money on making a secured hazzard? Just distroy it!

  6. Bob G. says:

    Following ANY tenet of the Broken WIndow Theory (WAY after the fact) is gonna be a wonderful waste of money and time…shoulda been instituted DECADES ago.

    It’s called RAZING…for a REASON!
    (tear ’em ALL the f$ck DOWN)

    Cripes, that building looks like the Dresden bombing in WW2!

    Whatta city…how the once mighty have plummeted down the crapper

    You roll safe out there.

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