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Calabasas homeowners accused of code violations might get city's help

September 26, 2010 |  3:50 pm

Rural Calabasas residents caught in a crackdown on alleged city code violations could get helping from city leaders in repairing property.

City Councilwoman Mary Sue Maurer has urged officials to consider giving low-interest loans to property owners, some of whom are "very elderly" and "living in fear they're going to have to leave their homes."

The proposal came as a lawyer for some of the targeted homeowners claimed that the enforcement raids were illegal.

Maurer said she was reacting to a $987,319 loan approved by the council Wednesday night for a developer struggling to complete a shopping center on the west side of the 13-square-mile city.

The "promissory note" gives the builder an extra three years to pay for improvements, mandated by his city development agreement, to the Lost Hills Road bridge over the 101 Freeway and for streets next to his project.

Several other council members indicated their support for Maurer's idea, although Mayor Barry Groveman objected.

"I'd oppose that. I don't want to help people who are violating the law," he said of those accused of septic system and other violations. Groveman insisted that any such proposal be widely publicized so "the average taxpayer is aware" that "we're giving away city money."

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-- Bob Pool