Friday, January 13, 2006

Tuscon considers ‘red-tagging’ problem houses "The idea was suggested by Ed Caudill, a 21-year North Bottoms resident and neighborhood activist who hopes to reduce the parties, litter and noise in his neighborhood, where the many small, old rental houses are popular with University of Nebraska-Lincoln students.

Caudill got the idea from Tucson, Ariz., where police have the authority to stick red tags on what are considered disorderly houses — or properties where five or more people are gathered or where there’s excessive noise, traffic, obstruction of streets, littering, public drinking, fighting, disturbing the peace or minors drinking alcohol.

The warnings must stay posted for 180 days. If a tag is taken down, the tenants are fined. If there are any subsequent violations within the next 180 days, police can cite and fine everyone from property owners to tenants and party guests."

If that isn't a personal property violation, I don't know what is. Your having a private gathering that is not breaking the law, and then alls it would take is just some grouchy neighbor complaining about noise, then your house is stuck with a sticker for 6 MONTHS, saying "NOTICE OF UNRULY GATHERING". Then after your time is up, you can use “a gallon of gasoline and a razor blade” to take it off.

If the city enacts this, they should change there slogan to "Welcome to tuscon, where the Soviets live on."

1 comment:

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

In Britain, the government inintroduced these things called Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOS).

If you do things like playing music loud, or get drunk in public repeatedly, you can receive an ASBO. As it is a civil action, hearsay evidence is admissible. There is no need for the rigorous evidence needed in a crimianl court.

If you breach the terms of an ASBO (such as not playing music loud, not going to certain places, not buying any more pets, etc), you can be arrested and if you keep on doing it, you can be jailed.

Not always very fair, but quite effective.