Progress Report Emailed to certain members in October 2011
Although Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee
has not met this year to produce a cable-television show, I would
like to give an update on activities and resources.
Recently, a number of these stories and articles were compiled in short e-books, published both for Amazon.com’s Kindle reader and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. They are for sale at $2.99 per copy. The titles and subtitles are:
Some of the old-timers have kept in touch with each other. With his new (transplanted) heart, Charlie Disney is back to his own self although he has no interest in leading a landlord organization again. Frank Trisko spends time in Florida and Wisconsin; he’s down to one Minnesota rental property, in Columbia Heights. Bob Anderson has invested in commercial property on Nicollet Avenue. Mel Gregerson, who celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary this year, now owns rental property in Anoka.
As previously reported, I have been battling city inspectors much of the year after a rental-license inspection was conducted in late February 2011 and my home was condemned. Although the condemnation order was lifted, I’m still looking at $800 in fines and $100 in reinspection fees. The appeals hearing is next week.
Jim Swartwood has been dealing with a non-paying tenant in St. Paul who hooked up with the Briggs & Morgan law firm doing pro-bono work. The lawyers have been keeping Jim busy for more than a half year while he has had to deal with all the other problems that inner-city landlords normally face. Jim won that case but at a considerable personal cost.
We haven’t been able to publish any issues of The Watchdog this year. It has been a money-losing operation subsidized by Jim Swartwood. The main problem, however, is that Jim has been stretched too thin with his landlord business and other activities.
Our half-hour time slot at MTN has lapsed because we weren’t producing enough shows. We had trouble finding qualified guests for the programs as well producing the show itself on a regular basis.
Minnesota Senator Warren Limmer has expressed interest in meeting with members of our group again. We may do that later this month when, hopefully, the Senator will not be distracted by his obligations as a committee chair.
I think many would agree that
city government in the Twin Cities is as abusive as ever and
that will fight on behalf of small property owners.
has always operated with volunteer labor. This
year, the volunteers have been preoccupied with their own
troubles. Maybe we can
do something again in the future.