It is one thing to establish a good program and keep it going in top working order.
It is another to take a good program, tinker with it and try to make it even better.
That is what the El Centro City Council is doing with its nuisance abatement program.
The program has been successful in a short time in cleaning up some of the worst properties in a city that needed more than a bit of sprucing.
When told that their properties were fire hazards, most people in the city, 231 in fact, cleaned up their messes. Those 30 who didn't clean up their quagmires after several requests by the city had their properties cleaned by the city. They were then billed. One property was assessed nearly $30,000 for the cleanup.
Some people might consider this an invasion of property rights. We think to allow a property to be a fire hazard and an eyesore is a violation of the property rights of all the neighbors.