There are several City Commission candidates, all members of the same ideological political group, who are promoting eliminating numerous city codes.
There are several City Commission candidates, all members of the same ideological political group, who are promoting eliminating numerous city codes. However, housing and property codes provide important protection to residents. Common sense regulations protect us from the few people who might abuse their right to private property by harming the property values of their neighbors.
It is a false argument that fewer city codes will improve the quality of life in Pittsburg. Agreed-upon ordinances provide fairness for everyone in the community. Building codes protect lives and health by preventing things like electrical fires, building collapse, and lead contamination. Well-kept properties protect the financial interests of everyone in the neighborhood. Our community must find ways to assist our seniors, disabled citizens and those in financial need with volunteer and community programs. But to eliminate codes and allow our historic neighborhood to deteriorate is a risky course. Friends in neighboring towns have seen their property values drop and their way of life very negatively affected when their community offered them no protection.
Commissioners who bring an ideological mindset with them could hinder a nonpartisan, cooperative commission. A city commissioner’s primary responsibility is to act as a guardian of the public trust, and that means doing what is best for the entire community.