From Tom on the LPD bulletin board:
Once again Newark City Council is attempting at pass yet another bill
discriminating against all property owners, especially Renters and
this bill, designated "Bill 12-32" was tabled in September thanks to
the timely intervention of Campaign For Liberty, but City Council
has decided to bring it back and try to sneak it through during UD's
The Final Reading and Vote will take place on Monday Dec 10th shortly
after 7pm in the Newark Municipal Building at 220 Elkton Road.
Even if you live outside Newark please come to the meeting. The more
people in the Council Chamber opposing it the better.
This bill (http://www.cityofnewarkde.us/DocumentCenter/View/3681)
is so egregious that I barely know where to start describing it. It
is just as unconstitutional now as it was in September, despite some
cosmetic amendments and the addition of some empty rhetoric about
constitutional protections to appease us.
- it authorizes city inspectors to invade your home to search for Code
violations, and threatens tenants with fines and/or jail time if they
refuse to "consent".
- it bans spray paint, broad-tip markers, and numerous other items w/
hundreds of non-criminal uses as "graffiti tools"
- it punishes the victims of graffiti by fining them, and charging them
150% of the cost for city workers to remove the graffiti if the owner
does not clean it up quickly enough. if the owner cannot pay the fines
in 20 days a lien will be placed on their property and they will be
sentenced to a minimum of 30 hours of forced labor of a type that the
police department deems likely to "have the most rehabilitative effect"
- and much more.