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City of Newark is up to their usual tricks again

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  • Tom Uffner
    Once again Newark City Council is attempting at pass yet another bill discriminating against all property owners, especially Renters and Landlords. this bill,
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2012
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      Once again Newark City Council is attempting at pass yet another bill
      discriminating against all property owners, especially Renters and
      Landlords.

      this bill, designated "Bill 12-32" was tabled in September thanks to
      the timely intervention of Campaign For Liberty, but City Council
      has decided to bring it back and try to sneak it through during UD's
      exam week.

      The Final Reading and Vote will take place on Monday Dec 10th shortly
      after 7pm in the Newark Municipal Building at 220 Elkton Road.

      Even if you live outside Newark please come to the meeting. The more
      people in the Council Chamber opposing it the better.

      This bill (http://www.cityofnewarkde.us/DocumentCenter/View/3681)
      is so egregious that I barely know where to start describing it. It
      is just as unconstitutional now as it was in September, despite some
      cosmetic amendments and the addition of some empty rhetoric about
      constitutional protections to appease us.

      - it authorizes city inspectors to invade your home to search for Code
      violations, and threatens tenants with fines and/or jail time if they
      refuse to "consent".

      - it bans spray paint, broad-tip markers, and numerous other items w/
      hundreds of non-criminal uses as "graffiti tools"

      - it punishes the victims of graffiti by fining them, and charging them
      150% of the cost for city workers to remove the graffiti if the owner
      does not clean it up quickly enough. if the owner cannot pay the fines
      in 20 days a lien will be placed on their property and they will be
      sentenced to a minimum of 30 hours of forced labor of a type that the
      police department deems likely to "have the most rehabilitative effect"

      - and much more.

      tom
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