Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bottom line on curb and street repair is bad news for homeowners - latimes.com

Bottom line on curb and street repair is bad news for homeowners - latimes.com

"I want my city to keep its obligation to me as a homeowner," Ken Davis said to me in an email. "Been paying taxes for a long time. Make me proud to be a contributing part of Los Angeles."

"I'm a Realtor," Terri told me as we stood near her damaged curb. "If I were selling a house in Culver City and there was a crack in the sidewalk, I could call City Hall to fix it because it's a tripping hazard. And they'd fix it."

Across the street, a "Vote No" sign sits on the front porch at the home of Mike and Kerry Cowden, who would have to fork over $7,343 for curb repair. And by the way, if you vote no, you still have to pay if the "yes" vote wins a simple majority.

Mike Cowden told me that when Bill Rosendahl was running for City Council eight years ago, the candidate knocked on the door asking for support. Mike says his mother asked Rosendahl if he would fix the streets, and when he said yes, she stuck a Rosendahl campaign poster in the frontyard.

Eight years later, Rosendahl has come and gone, the street is worse, and the Cowden family has had to pay for repair of flat tires and car alignment damage caused by the lousy streets.

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