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Bad County Plan - Homeowners Pay $7,731 for Bad Street by Obra/Sivage
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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Homeowners get help
Ventura Heights' road woes sparked the countywide survey that was outlined at Commissioner's Court on Tuesday. Residents of the neighborhood, in an unincorporated area near Converse, implored officials — again — to remedy their plight. Officials offered several long-term options. One plan would have the budget-strapped county assume responsibility for Ventura Heights' roads, making all taxpayers responsible for maintenance. In other scenarios, a special district could be formed where a road maintenance tax would be imposed for 30 years; or residents could be required to pay a share of the upkeep. In May, the county estimated it would cost $1.3 million to bring Ventura Heights' streets into compliance at a cost of $7,731.84 for each of the 170 homes.

'You pay, you pay, and you pay.'
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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Pothole problem turns into Ventura Heights blame game
"From the beginning it's been, the homeowners, 'You pay, you pay, and you pay.' There is nothing new. There is no change in that. And what upsets us the most is that somebody dropped the ball. The ball was dropped at county, and we are being blamed for it," says resident Kent Butler.  Residents in the neighborhood say the dispute has turned into one big blame game.

County takes steps to hold builders responsible for street failures
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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Bexar County targets neighborhoods with street problems
Green says her staff started compiling the long list of neighborhoods with street deficiencies three months ago. Of the 121 communities, 48 subdivisions are in Bexar County Precinct 1, 16 subdivisions are in Precinct 2, 27 neighborhoods are in Precinct 3 and Precinct 4 had 30 subdivisions on the list...

Bexar County Suffers with 535 Defective Neighborhood Street Failure
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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Patchwork fix could come for neighborhood's pothole-filled streets

County Commissioners Frustrated Over Developers and Builders Substandard Construction
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Thursday, 01 July 2010

Can County Get Ventura Heights Out Of Lien Times?
That's County Judge Nelson Wolff in yesterday's Bexar County Commissioners Court expressing his frustration with flimsy state law that allows for messes to develop like the one currently found in Ventura Heights, an unincorporated subdivision...they are wary of opening what Precinct 2 Commissioner Paul Elizondo called "a Pandora's box" among the 122 units throughout Bexar County experiencing similar problems. "We cannot make decisions in a vacuum that are not considerate of the big picture," said Adkisson, and the big picture is that the county doesn't have the millions of dollars needed to fix problems caused by developers who cut and run...Adkisson said he's also very supportive of investigating, as is Wolff. "We need to go after somebody on this," said Wolff, "how are [the homeowners] to know who's responsible for the streets?"

Dangers of New Subdivision Streets
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Thursday, 01 July 2010

Huge pothole problems in Northeast side neighborhood
"It was like I was falling off a cliff," said Terri Lucas. Lucas accidentally drove her car through a 5-foot-wide pothole Thursday afternoon. The 7-inch deep hole damaged her car's motor and body. "I was going very slowly, driving down Heights Valley, and all of a sudden I ended up in a pothole." Neighbors in that area have complained about the unsafe, pothole-filled streets for months, without satisfactory action.

San Antonio Besieged by Developer and Builder Defects
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Thursday, 01 July 2010

Residents expected to pay $8,000 to fix potholes
The Ventura Heights subdivision has a problem with potholes. It turns out the developer never properly installed the streets or had them inspected and approved by Bexar County. Residents have complained for years about the huge potholes. The only solution given to them so far requires they pay $8000 each. Bexar County estimates it will cost more than a million dollars to bring the streets into compliance.

James Muñoz KENS 5 Reports

New Mexico AG & Police No Help For Homebuyers
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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Homebuilders left without refunds
After a building company had to shut its doors in 2009, they assured everyone that they would pay back all the hopeful homebuilders they left without a roof over their heads. Nearly a year later, a KRQE News 13 investigation shows more than a dozen people are still without their refunds. The Kummets were not the only ones with complaints. The Kummets, as well as 12 others, filed complaints with the Attorney General's office. The complaints were similar - with one customer claiming they were left without $170,000. The Attorney General started to investigate. However, a year later, the office decided to pass on the case and not prosecute Wallen Builders.

Fraud, Fraud and Bold Prisoner Fraud
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Friday, 25 June 2010

Prisoners cashed in on homebuyer tax credit
More than 1,200 prison inmates, including 241 serving life sentences, defrauded the government of $9.1 million in tax credits reserved for first-time homebuyers, according to a Treasury Department report released Wednesday. Treasury's inspector general also found that thousands of people filed multiple claims or made claims outside the allotted time period. In all, more than $28 million was improperly doled out.

Builder Goes to Prison
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Friday, 25 June 2010

St. Louis home builder sentenced for fraud
St. Louis home builder Edward Levinson was sentenced to 51 months in prison on bank fraud Wednesday. The charges are in connection with his construction business, resulting in approximately $13 million in losses to banks and prospective home owners and subcontractors.

First Bexar County Special Committee to address road problems
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Friday, 04 June 2010

Developers pressured to fix tattered streets
Commissioner Adkisson is heading the new ad hoc committee that is made up of builders, realtors, Ventura Heights homeowner and their advocates. They are talking about options for homeowners if the private roads are not maintained by the developers. "I don't feel like it was productive," said homeowner Thomasina Nichols about the meeting. "I feel like they still want us, as the homeowner, to be responsible for something that we shouldn't be held responsible for."That is why Adkisson says the county will continue putting the pressure on the developers."That's why we want those who are responsible to take responsibility. We will be on these folks, and we will be at it and we want to help the people who are out there feeling like they are fending for themselves."

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