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Going After the Ugly

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It's questionable whether a gilded McMansion or a foreclosed home is uglier, but Glendale is the latest city to fine homeowners and banks for blighted, properties that aren't maintained, reports the Glendale News Press. "The City Council voted unanimously to pass the law, which authorizes city officials to fine new owners of foreclosed properties $1,000 for each day that their property is deemed dilapidated or blighted. The measure formalizes a state law that allows cities to fine lenders who fail to correct violations after receiving a 30-day notice." According to the paper, the fines will go into a "revenue account to be used for abating public nuisances." [Glendale News Press]