Oakland Mayor Quan Accused Of Maintaining Blighted Property

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — A resident unhappy about strict enforcement of eyesore properties is complaining about the unkempt property of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, dubbing her the “Queen of Residential Blight.”

Ken Pratt showed up at this week’s Oakland City Council meeting with photographs of overgrown ivy and brush at the mayor’s hillside home.

The homeowner said city building inspectors are mistreating property owners for blight conditions with excessive fines and liens. Pratt accused the city of giving special treatment to the mayor.

Late Wednesday, after the council meeting, video was broadcast of a gardener cleaning up Quan’s property.

Quan acknowledged Thursday that she had failed to clear her property of overgrown vegetation, but she denies her property was an eyesore and insists she’s not getting special treatment.

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