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Outraged after couple buys SF street, residents win it back
    2017-12-04  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

RESIDENTS of a mansion-lined San Francisco cul-de-sac have reclaimed their street after city supervisors rescinded the sale at an auction ordered because the homeowners association failed to pay an annual property tax bill of about US$14.

The Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 at a hearing Tuesday night to cancel the US$90,000 sale of the sidewalk, street, common areas and about 100 parking spaces.

The ruling didn’t sit well with the would-be buyers, Michael Cheng and Tina Lam.

“The law should be fair for everyone,” Cheng said after the decision. “It should not be applied unfairly and special, just for somebody who has millions of dollars at their discretion and political connections at their beck and call.”

The board cited the association’s claim that the tax bills were sent to the wrong address and questioned the treasurer/tax collector office’s efforts to notify the association in advance of the sale.

“I don’t dispute that we could have done more,” City Treasurer José Cisneros said at the hearing. But he said he has limited tools at his disposal and that thousands of tax bills don’t reach the intended recipients each year — and the taxes are still paid.

Residents said they never knew about the auction, which took place in 2015, until earlier this year when representatives of the couple asked if the homeowners association wanted to buy back the street. Some residents said the couple sought about 10 times what they paid.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a former resident of Presidio Terrace, sent a letter to the city stating that “no one should lose property at the hands of the government without knowing about it.”

Supervisor Mark Farrell agreed and issued a statement after the vote saying the sale never should have taken place in the first place.

Farrell said residents promised to pay the taxes expeditiously. Since the buyers are getting their money back, he described the situation as “no harm, no foul.”

Tuesday night’s legal clash was over a tax bill that, even with penalties and interest, only amounted to about US$1,000. The litigation may not be over — Cheng and Lam did not immediately announce whether they will sue the city over the decision.  (SD-Agencies)

 

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