Lorain, OH- Broken Homes- and Broken People-just plain broke

April 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm 9 comments

WHO IS THE BOSS?????????? WHERE IS THE BOSS???? Part One

ED NOTE: Since I started writing this morning and documenting the events of this subject, I realized this is just too long for one post- even by my standards- so it will be continued with part two in twenty-four hours after publishing.

There was an article in the Sunday Morning Journal this day of the 29th of April- 2012 12-year-old attempts to rob woman with revolver

“We’ve lived in that house for 14 years and I’ve never had someone pull a gun on me — and I hope it never happens again.”

The experience seemed unreal, she said. It highlighted the decline of her neighborhood, which once featured middle-class families of all ethnicities often enjoying outdoor barbeques and parties. Now many of the houses sit empty, the grass growing uncontrolled.

“It was a nice neighborhood,” she said. “Not anymore. It’s gotten bad.”

a few days prior- April 10th 2012
Lorain man found dead in vacant duplex
His death-bed only noted by a runaway cat-

If it wasn’t for Cassandra James’ cat, police wouldn’t have discovered a man dead in a second-floor bedroom of a cluttered, vacant duplex at 1629-1631 E. 31st.

James, who lives next door, said her cat went through the basement window of the duplex. She called police to help her get her cat and found the back door was unlocked.

The man, thought to have died sometime last year, was found in the bedroom of a home that neighbors thought was abandoned


Where is the outrage, where is the rallying of community , where are the “candlelight vigils” for the death of quality of life in this city.

As I read these stories and sent out through Charleston Village’s Crime Watch heads up – information OF YET ANOTHER REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER WITH ON THE SIDE EMPLOYMENT OF DEALING DRUGS this week I realized I am no longer shocked at these stories.

I am becoming immune to the ABCD disease plaguing my neighborhood ( Abandoned- Blighted -Criminal Tenants-Deteriorating properties ) .

I can see two derelict homes from my window as I type and other homes are deteriorating at a steady pace. As for the guy walking up the street – well he can be found on the Sheriff’s site .

My icon “empty” home of nearly FOUR DECADES still stands – the windows truly defining the term “OPEN HOUSE HERE!!!” Oh! I have been told there are liens- there are legal issues by Howard Goldberg of Community Development .
How did this house ( built for a bride over a hundred years ago ) get to this latest legal entanglement and of course the excuse “WE CAN”T DO ANYTHING UNTIL……. possibly another 40 years???

I can tell you what has happened for want of a nail- the battle was lost!

It goes back to the first Administration and Building Dept. who did NOT ENFORCE CODES-
this house was in a state of disrepair in the EARLY 1970″s – the buck was passed and NEVER STOPPED!

That is what has been happening for decades- Don’t believe me???? – in 1994 Charleston Village Society put out a newsletter with the headline
FOR RENT – ONE CITY- LORAIN – we could see the way things were going even back then.
Our figures from Hud were “poo hooed” – the city didn’t count rentals the way we did

Example- if house address 1111 on “Dream on Drive” is listed as a rental – it was counted as a rental therefore count is “one rental property”

However, the house may have been made into 5 rental units so the count for rentals should be 5 rental units- you would think but no! can’t have those stats- they would look too bad . Then you have the illegal rental units grandfathered in over the years …….

This is how we got here and there has been “LIP SERVICE” paid over the years to the voter and taxpayer
.
One Mayor, Joseph Kozuira, did make an effort to “crack down”- “
city’s Building Department has cracked down on housing code violations in neighborhoods
Chronicle Telegram-August 30th 1998 – Blighted-

However Joe Kozuira lost his bid for re-election and Mayor Foltin 2000 once again was on the Lip Service Platform for Enforcement of Building Codes- telling the punters what they want to hear- because nothing happened to enforce building codes:

the new housing inspectors have gotten only a lukewarm endorsement from Mayor Craig Foltin, who defeated his predecessor in 1999 in part by making an issue of what he characterized as an overly aggressive Building Department.
“We feel that if they don’t have a successful plan and aren’t self-sufficient and nice to people, then we will not continue with them,” Foltin said recently of the inspectors- Source Broken Homes article Chronicle Telegram July 2006

NOTE: ONE OF THOSE INSPECTORS HIRED BY THE FOLTIN’S HANDPICKED (Chief Building Inspector) BILL DESVARI – DIDN’T LAST LONG ANYWAY….

A city employeee whose job takes him into homes throughout Lorain faces numerous felony charges, NewsChannel 5′s Paul Kiska reported.
Olmstead Falls police arrested, Edwin Heyduk Jr., 47, a building inspector, and a 17-year-old family member on several drug charges last week

Under an ordinance passed under the Kozuira Administration some effort was made for “clean -up” at the end of 2007 -
NOTE- MAYOR FOLTIN HAD ALREADY RESIGNED – MAYBE SOME MOVEMENT TO ENFORCE WAS UNDERWAY NOW ‘FRIENDLY FOLTIN’ HAD LEFT

Five Lorain landlords face charges

………But they are the first to face criminal charges under the law, which was adopted by the city in 1997. The law requires landlords to have the exterior and interior of a home inspected before a rental certificate will be issued………….
…………The five landlords own a total of 15 rental properties, a small percentage of the more than 10,000 rental properties in Lorain, most of which Provenza believes are not legally qualified to have tenants………………A July 3 fire at a West 22nd Street rental home triggered the renewed focus on rental property enforcement when fire crews discovered no working smoke detectors in the home. The fire left a single mother and her five children homeless.

photo source Morning Journal


You may have also read in past days about the Lorain’s previous Building Inspector under Mayor Craig Foltin – William Desvari whose “lack of obeying laws” has led him into any number of legal issues lately – you know the one who got his degree on-line from Ireland-

YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHAT WERE CRAIG FOLTIN AND CRAIG MILLER (AT THE TIME) THINKING- AND WHAT WAS THE CONNECTION TO THIS MAN- HOW DID THEY KNOW HIM?

Desvari said the master’s degree included on the resume he gave to the city when he applied for the job was received from a correspondence course in 1979 that cost him $800. The degree was awarded by a nonaccredited university, Shelbourne University in Dublin, Ireland, he said. [...]

”The degree cost me $800, and it probably was a mistake to keep it on my resume,” Desvari said. ”I’m probably $800 less richer for having it. I was a lot less wiser at age 27 than I am at 53.”

YOU WOULD BE WRONG BILL!! seems you carried on carrying on and wisdom didn’t come with age! -

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2011/12/21/desvari-pleads-guilty-to-social-security/

Desvari pleaded guilty to a federal charge of theft of government property for stealing $196,992 for cashing the Social Security checks of his deceased great aunt between 1995 and 2010. He is awaiting sentencing in the case.

Lorain’s chief building official arrested Friday on bribery charges
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/07/lorains_chief_building_officia.html

Former Lorain building official William Desvari indicted on additional tampering and theft charges
http://morningjournal.com/articles/2012/04/27/news/mj6112599.txt

But “FRIENDLY ( to some) FOLTIN according to Buckeye State Blog August 30th-2006 – continued to stand by his man

William Desvari: Since being hired by Foltin in 2003, Chief Building Inspector William Desvari has lied about having a master’s degree, hid past felony convictions for theft and forgery, and encouraged the hiring of a registered sex offender. To make matters worse, recently it has been reported in the Lorain Morning Journal that Desvari hired a second sex offender, owns a private business despite Lorain ordinances which bar him from doing so, and has unfairly targeted the home of a Lorain councilman for housing code violations. Yet even with this list of deceit and mistakes and a mounting demand from local media, Foltin has yet to ask for Desvari’s resignation. [Lorain Morning Journal, 07/28/2006; 07/21/06; 7/26/05; 10/3/03]

THESE WERE THE CALIBRE OF PEOPLE RUNNING OUR BUILDING DEPT. - NOT ENFORCING THE ORDINANCES - But they are just part of the story

EVERY SINGLE CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR, INCLUDING TONY KRASIENKO AND NOW MAYOR RITENAUER, HAVE PUSHED THE POLITICAL FLYERS OF BETTER HOUSING – CLEANING UP THE CITY THROUGH OUR MAILBOXES AT ELECTION TIME.

Photo Source Chronicle Telegram

On January 2nd 2008 the Morning Journal ran the article – There’s a New Mayor In Town (Tony Krasienko) and what did he have to say?

During your time on council, you were extremely critical of the city’s Building Department and Chief Building Official William Desvari. Will your administration try to replace him?

KRASIENKO: We’re going to make sure that the building department is going to be user-friendly, they enforce the laws and that they are going to be held accountable. And any employee that can buy into that mission statement is more than welcome to stay. Anybody that can’t live with that, maybe they should look elsewhere.

But it’s an important department for this city. You’ve got significant housing issues and you need to significantly change customer service in the city of Lorain.

And yet Chase Ritenauer was able to use the deteriorating and deteriorated conditions of Lorain’s housing to defeat Tony Krasienko in the primary election

MORE TO FOLLOW AND A VERY SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO OUR ILLS- PART TWO IN 24 HOURS…

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Don Killinger  |  April 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Very good story about the conditions we face here in Lorain.
    Lorain cannot have safe neighborhoods if the citizens don’t take pride in their community. If Lorainities don’t care enough to cleanup up their properties and keep their home is good repair then we will never had safe neighborhoods. If the Administrations of the city do not enforce heath and building codes then we will never have safe neighborhoods. If the parents of children are not mindful of where their children are and what they are doing, we will never have safe neighborhoods. If the families in the neighborhood don’t care enough to check up on their neighbors and their properties, then we will never have safe neighborhoods. It is realized that this is a pessimistic view and that we need to take and active role in bettering our community if we expect it to survive and thrive as a community.

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  April 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    too true Don – part two will show how even the best of the will in the world fails if “all aren’t on board” but there has to be a start somewhere and I know where :)

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  April 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    So in 2007 5 landlords were taken to court you know those ones that Desvari wanted the book thrown at them 4 of them had their cases dismissed .special conditions- what does that mean????? and the 5th got a suspended sentence 30 in jail with 1,000 fine……. with 750 forgiven…….. errrrrrrrrrrrr some housing maintenance court decisions….. ridiculous……… if the building dept doesn’t let us down the courts have!!!!

  • 4. Brian  |  May 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

    The problem with Lorains housing is more than just code enforcement from the building department. I remember when the two new housing inspectors were hired and they were supposed to “pay for themselves” by issuing citations.

  • 5. Loraine Ritchey  |  May 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Yes Brian one of them was the guy mentioned who was arrested. The thing is with all these situations there is always a big “announcement” and as soon as things quiet down they are ‘phased out quietly.

    One situation I recall well under Miller and Foltin was a promise of a ” code sweep” at that same time starting with this area.big deal made of 683 “major violations ” found…….. few letters sent out BUT they were ignored for the most part and it died its death – a case of “oh look we are doing this and that.and actually ( as YOU know) at lot of the code violations went after particular “targets” ………

  • 6. Don Killinger  |  May 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    We furthermore seem to have a dilemma as to which department has responsibilities for public health and environmental, nuisance complaints regarding housing- health dept or building dept.

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  May 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I agree – and it needs to “be sorted” as we say in Britain… the buck needs to stop…….just been going through our emails from 2005 Oh dear we are still back in the land of ” we must do something” Part two coming up

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