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Dramatic rise in code enforcement in 2016



Code enforcement is a busy part of any city’s business. Take Escondido. In January, there were a total number of 629 open code enforcement cases, with nearly 100 cases having been opened the previous week and 72 cases closed, with 25 cases opened but not yet assigned.

Over a recent weekend 122 illegal signs were confiscated. Over a recent week the city received 44 new business license applications, 122 renewals and 20 businesses closed or closed out their licenses.

But in 2016 the number of code enforcements increased dramatically.

In 2016 the total number of code enforcements were 3,406 compared to 2,709 in 2015, a 26% increase.

In 2016 the total number of code enforcements against vehicles rose from 198 in 2015 to 278, a 40% increase.

At the minus end, Housing Code enforcements went from 140 in 2015 to 100 in 2016, a 21% decrease.

The number of code enforcements against mobile homes went from 97 in 2015 to 73 in 2016, a 25% decrease.

Zoning code enforcements stayed nearlby the same: 765 compared to 699, a 9% increase.

Municipal Code enforcement went from 1,402 in 2015 to 1,908 in 2016, an increase of 35%.

Building code enforcements went from 97 in 2015 to 162 the following year, a 67% increase.

Graffiti eradications went from 255 in 2015 to 504 in 2016, a 98% increase— nearly double.

The Times-Advocate wasn’t able to connect with the city official responsible for these enforcements to find out what was the cause of the dramatic increases— but perhaps someday we will find out.

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