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A Citizen’s Letter-Yucca Valley Code Enforcement

By   /   April 10, 2014  /   21 Comments

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Dear Cactus Thorns:

So what’s going on with Code Enforcement in Yucca Valley?

A Yucca Valley code enforcement officer has issued several citations on a residential property representing several thousand dollars in fines for the following violations: (1) overweight vehicles on the property, (2) performing mechanic work out of their house in a residential neighborhood, (3) excessive noise disturbing the neighborhood’s entitlement of quiet enjoyment with drilling, generators continuously running for 12 to 13 hours a day, cars revving engines all day into the evening hours and tire removals adding to the noise, (4) junk cars are stored in the backyard, and, (5) Eight to ten vehicles are parked in front of the house most of the time for repairs.

The tenants are conducting a commercial business of auto repair in a residential neighborhood, which is in violation of law.

Code enforcement has made it very clear the tenants are in violation of several ordinances of the Town. So, if that is the case, why have they let this continue from October until now, which is over 7 months?

Code enforcement said, they will do nothing to force enforce the law.

The property owners are not concerned with their rental property and stated they have filed an eviction notice but it was not served, which does not move the eviction process forward. The code enforcement is aware of this claim, but refuses to do anything to enforce their own citations issued to the property owner. 

The entire neighborhood has been suffering because the pro-active/re-active code enforcement has become in-active on this issue. Why is that?  Complaints to the Yucca Valley Deputy Town Manager/Director of Code Enforcement by several residents have fallen on deaf ears and he refuses to do anything!

I thought city government was supposed to protect the property values, environment and citizens of our community?

1. Why is Code Enforcement not enforcing the citations issued? 

 2. Why haven’t the hazards been removed from the property?

 3. Why are the citations exempt to pay the fines?

 4. Why isn’t the property owner being held responsible and forced to clean up the property?




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  1. yucca13 says:

    Obviously, these code violations didn’t occur in the Sky Harbor area!

    (just couldn’t help it!)

  2. Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

    Please sign up for the Community Updates at this link. The Community update does demonstrate that your experience is not the norm and that YV Code Enforcement is very active in the Community.

    • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

      Steve why should a citizen have to get community updates when it is clear that this citizen has pictures of a problem and seems to have a documented history of no action by the Town for what is clearly numerous violations of Town ordinances?

      I would think that you as a planning commissioner would be asking for more information as opposed to directing a citizen to a web link.

      I can recall very recently the Town spending thousands of dollars to enforce a “barking dog(s)” violation.

      What gives here Steve?

      • Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

        The purpose of the link was two fold. To demonstrate that code enforcement is active and also so they can sign up and receive the updates that are sent weekly.

        I am checking on it with the limited info in the post. It would be helpful if this person would give more details.

  3. Ed Montgomery Ed Montgomery says:

    I find the code enforcement in Yucca Valley , and it deputy town manager to be terrible. They are liars and in my opinion they could tell the truth if their life depended on!

    I find the code enforcement in Yucca Valley to be non-caring , and could care less about this community. Once again, you have people that are part of the problem like people from the planning commission of Yucca Valley trying to defend a terrible run code enforcement. In my opinion , if you’re liked by the deputy town manager, you’ll get anything you want, but if he doesn’t like you then you get nothing, no help nothing!

    That’s exactly why we the people come November 2014 will take over the town Council and serve all the people , not just special interest groups

  4. Ed Montgomery Ed Montgomery says:

    I’m sure you would disagree with me because your part of the problem . You’re on the planning Commissioner I find that most the people that work or part of the town of Yucca Valley don’t take responsibility for any of their actions. It’s only about your self interest groups, and could care less about the rest of the people of this community. But like I said, come this November things are going to change, big time!

  5. Ed Montgomery Ed Montgomery says:

    This is very typical coming from planning Commissioner, and your stupid statement! Once again, another representative from the town Yucca Valley , showing their ignorance!

    • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

      Hey Ed – you are familiar with things in Yucca. Do you know or perhaps you could find out the address where all these code violations are happening and perhaps email it to me or just put it up on CT so that Steve might be able to proceed in maybe helping to solve the problem?

      • Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

        Steve, got the answer. Have bad wi-Fi. Check your email

      • Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

        Steve, Ed knows. He posted this same story in Today’s Letter To The Editor.

        • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

          Copy on that good luck.

          • Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

            Steve, the town has exhausted all it’s regular processes to get compliance from the PO. The next step will most likely be litigation costing the town resources.

            • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

              What is a PO?

              I would guess that something is amiss if the Town is failing to act because it will cost resources.

              If these people are in violation and they have failed to correct in the almost universal 90 day window, that is when the Town must act and abate the property to cease the violations and THEN litigate the action in court.

              This is akin to a bank robber being caught in the act but the police fail to act because it will cost resources.

              I would not tolerate this in 29 and we have not. You get your 90 days and then the council votes to abate and then the bill gets sent to the property owner.

              Are things that different in Yucca?

      • Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

        The PO is the property owner. The process you’ve described hold true for YV. I’ve sent you an email, trust me, Town is not sitting on it’t hands. This posted story is not accurate and I have never been on to sway from the truth or get to the bottom of things.

        • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

          Hi Steve,

          Still have not got any of your emails. Maybe a problem with the address. I think it was blocked years ago to prevent me being over whelmed with emails.

          If the citizen is not reporting the facts accurately them tell us where the facts are in error.

          I learned a long time ago that an inaccuracy left unanswered for over 24 hours becomes the truth.

          Anyways I am bowing out Yucca, Is not my playing field.

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