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Gosh. Norristown, Pennsylvania seems like it must be a real nice place to live what with its strict schoolmarm rule against “disorderly behavior.” In order to be fair, however, the rule applies not only to those who perpetrate “disorderly behavior” but also to those who might happen to be victims of it. ... SNIP ... The Norristown police notified a woman whose boyfriend assaulted her that she was being evicted for the crime of disturbing the peace by being assaulted too many times.
Some silly girl named Kaili over on Wonkette
Under Norristown’s “disorderly behavior ordinance,” the city penalizes landlords and tenants when the police respond to three instances of “disorderly behavior” within a four-month period. The ordinance specifically includes “domestic disturbances” as disorderly behavior that triggers enforcement of the law.
So the victim didn't call after the first assault. When her EX-boyfriend hit her with a brick, she didn't call - but someone else did. And then when her EX-boyfriend stabbed her in the neck with a knife, she didn't call - but someone else did. So Ms. Norris, our victim, gets to be evicted because a guy she wants nothing to do with keeps coming back to her home and attacking her.

More below the Orange Squiggle of Power.

A bunch of dangerous radicals called the ACLU have even more information than KJG shared with us!

Based on these "strikes," the city pressured her landlord to evict. After a housing court refused to order an eviction, the city said it planned to condemn the property and forcibly remove Ms. Briggs from her home. The ACLU intervened, and the city did not carry out its threats, and even agreed to repeal the ordinance. But just two weeks later, Norristown quietly passed a virtually identical ordinance that imposes fines on landlords unless they evict tenants who obtain police assistance, including for domestic violence.
That's right. The courts said "This is wrong", so the city, rather than let things drop, planned to condemn the property instead!

I don't have any pictures or information on the victim. But I am going to bet a nickle that Ms. Norris is one of the poors and that if she were a member of the 1% her EX-boyfriend would already be behind bars with a steady rain of thrown books descending into his cell. Just a guess.

It's just too much trouble to enforce the law. So when people routinely break the law in minor ways, we'll just send them down the road. That will make them somebodies problem, and that somebody won't be us, and we won't have to spend the money required to actually maintain a veneer of civilization. Because poor folks don't deserve civilization.

Originally posted to aardvark droppings on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:42 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Pennsylvania.

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  •  Rationing. (3+ / 0-)

    And who is it that's rationing the supply of money so there's not enough to do what needs being done? Who's tasked with managing the money supply? Congress.
    It's right there in Article one, Section eight in the Constitution.
    So, you ask, how did the Federal Reserve Bank get into the picture? The Congress delegated its responsibility so it wouldn't be held to account. Sound familiar? The modern term is "privatization."

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:57:43 AM PDT

  •  WTF? No, I mean W.T.F????? (5+ / 0-)

    For the umpty-squillionth time, we are shown that Franz Kafka was a clear-eyed observer of objective reality.

    This one is getting Facebooked.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 10:03:14 AM PDT

  •  They are trying the same thing... (5+ / 0-)

    ...in Connecticut.

    "At issue are two ordinances. One, which is currently in effect, charges absentee landlords $50 per unit for the first three units...The other ordinance is a “hot spot” fee which charges for nuisance calls, such as loud noise or parties. "
  •  The goal here... (9+ / 0-)

    ...is not to reduce 911 calls.

    The goal is to force poor people out of the city. But the government cannot discriminate against poor people without looking bad so they get landlords to do the dirty work for them.

    It is part of a system of policies including:

      - Fees for 911 calls
      - Putting liens on property for tenant water and sewer bills
      - Fining owners when tenants leave trash on the lawn
      - Making evictions difficult and expensive
      - Limiting the size of up-front rent and security deposits.
      - Rent control and rent stabilization
      - Not allowing wage garnishment for unpaid rent

    All of these policies discourage landlords from renting to poor people. If you know that a tenant has the capability to become an expensive problem, you will never take a chance on someone who may be living on the margins. You will only rent to people with sterling credit, stable families, and high-paying jobs.

    And that's just the way these towns want it.

    They won't make it illegal to rent to the poor (or single women who might need 911 protection, or elderly who might call ambulances, or young single men who might get into fights) but they will make it expensive.

    Then they will avert their eyes as those evil evil landlords (Oh! Are not those Landlords villains!) systematically drive everyone from the area except well-heeled white-collar workers with co-signers.

    •  All of these policies? (0+ / 0-)
      - Making evictions difficult and expensive
      - Limiting the size of up-front rent and security deposits.
      - Rent control and rent stabilization
      - Not allowing wage garnishment for unpaid rent
      Surely some of these only unintentionally discourage renting to the poor at worst.
      •  We can't know... (3+ / 0-)
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        MGross, GreenMother, Noddy

        ...for sure what people's intentions are.

        Many people who advocate these policies claim to be helping tenants!

        But when we look at the actual results, what do we see? An environment that severely punishes any landlord who rents to poorer tenants.

        At some point, we need to stop listening to what politicians say and judge them on what they do.

        I'm a landlord. If I am in a town where eviction is easy, I will take a chance on a tenant who is down on their luck. If they don't pay, I can get them out easily. But if I am in Connecticut (for example) an eviction could cost me $5000! So I will not take a chance on anyone. I will demand credit checks, references, pay stubs, and the maximum up-front rent allowed by law.

        Then the "housing advocates" (who often got these dumb laws passed in the first place) will wail and cry that there is no "affordable housing" available...

         

  •  Some citizen throws a brick through the mayor's (13+ / 0-)

    house window three nights within a 4 month period and the mayor has to leave town?  Interesting. Much faster than impeachment. Or maybe the ordinance does not apply to everyone.  

    Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

    by Mayfly on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 10:37:39 AM PDT

  •  why didn't they pass an ordinance (3+ / 0-)
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    Mayfly, GreenMother, Noddy

    which prohibited EX-boyfriends from hanging around town when they are not wanted? Take a hint.

    Monsanto is poison,gotta be stopped. Can't afford rich people anymore;must cut back. People like Dick Cheney are evil, don't belong in government. We need @ 9 different revolutions in this country, and may they all crossoverlap soon..

    by renzo capetti on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 12:57:02 PM PDT

    •  We could expand that to Ex-es in general (2+ / 0-)
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      Noddy, Cassandra Waites

      But seriously--PA people pull your heads out, this one is just going to get your town sued for money you probably don't have.

      •  N-town interesting mix: (1+ / 0-)
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        GreenMother

        State Mental Hospital. Plenty outpatients. Long history traditional drug culture. And County Court House. Quite a drop from top to bottom.
        I'm not sure what these ordinances accomplish, besides legal entanglements, shameful notoriety, and, as said, a potential for struck down discrimination, and law suit losses. R-idiculous.

        Monsanto is poison,gotta be stopped. Can't afford rich people anymore;must cut back. People like Dick Cheney are evil, don't belong in government. We need @ 9 different revolutions in this country, and may they all crossoverlap soon..

        by renzo capetti on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 03:38:55 PM PDT

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  •  That's some serious discrimination (1+ / 0-)
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    against renters.

    What's to keep a disgruntled landlord from calling the police on a tenant s/he doesn't want there anymore?

    What's to keep a disgruntled neighbor from doing the same?

    I'm glad the courts have so far been on the side of the tenant, but there's no guarantee this will continue.

    Ick.

    Now I have to keep a close eye on landlord/tenant laws because I don't want this happening in a town where I have a say.

    Ick. Ick. Ick.

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    by Noddy on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:04:22 PM PDT

  •  Norristown has a reputation for corruption. (0+ / 0-)

    Anthony Bondi (I think my spelling is correct), a former Borough Manager, and several other elected officials were convicted of accepting bribes and other criminal offenses and sent to prison.  

    I'm a computer consultant and about two years before Bondi and Co. were convicted in the late 1990s, I created an application with a database to print the sewer or water bills (I can not remember which) record payments, etc.  I was given paper documents indicating the current balance due (including all unpaid charges.)  

    I created the database, created an application to record receipt payments, the invoices were printed twice a year on card stock using a dot matrix printer, the system tracked back deposits, as well as printed income statements, balance sheets and other financial documents such as receipts for payments, etc.  It was a double entry accounting system that in balance before I was fired.  

    Why was I fired?  Many people were appearing at the borough building claiming that the previous invoices were paid.  Some even had handwritten receipts that were accepted. While I was working on the project the borough finance officer was replaced with a man who knew nothing about accounting, finance or spreadsheet. He use Lotus 1-2-3 as a word processor.  

    When the story broke about the corruption in Norristown I contacted the US Attorney about the %^$#(* sewer or water books and the missing money but nothing ever came of my contact.  I think the situation was so #$%^*&@# that they just didn't want to open that can of worms.

    Bottom line: Norristown is the county seat of Montgomery County a very Republican area.  The son of a former Republican County chair was a heavy drug user, contracted AIDS and infected many women.   That's the Republican Party of Mark Sanford, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, etc.  

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