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San Mateo to clean up family's Shoreview Neighborhood home
March 28, 2013, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff

Bill Silverfarb/Daily Journal Mark Klaiber and his family have cleared debris from their San Mateo home this past month as required by a judge but the city sent him an abatement letter this week saying contractors will finish the cleanup Monday.

This Monday morning, workers hired by the city of San Mateo will descend on a Shoreview Neighborhood home to clear it of debris as mandated by a judge.

Mark and Kimberley Klaiber were given 30 days in February to clean up the exterior of their home and have spent the past month taking loads of debris to the dump to try and satisfy the judge's order.

The family has been hit with myriad code enforcement violations for their home on Lindbergh Street since at least 1995 and the city has attempted to declare the property a continuing public nuisance since 2006.

The city sent the Klaibers an abatement letter Tuesday detailing what work city-hired contractors will perform Monday including the removal of all broken, inoperative or discarded furniture or other household personal property, litter, garbage or other refuse visible from the street on the exterior of the property.

Contractors will also remove all combustible personal property located on the exterior of the premises except "any building materials maintained in usable condition."

Yesterday, Mark Klaiber told the Daily Journal he is not sure what more can be cleared from his yard since he uses much of the material for continuing work on his home.

"I don't know what more they want," Klaiber told the Daily Journal.

All the work the family has been required to do has been "costly" and "burdensome," he said.

His wife Kimberley recently lost her job and he has some prior injuries that has limited his ability to work.

The Klaibers had up until March 14 to satisfy the court order which also authorizes the removal of a tent from the property but the family has already taken it down.

Mark Klaiber lived in the tent a few months ago as the city ordered the couple and their two children to vacate the property related to numerous code enforcement violations.

Some of the most recent code enforcement violations the family were hit with include use of the property as a dumping ground; hazardous or unsanitary premises, debris, junk, garbage and vegetation accumulations on the property; fire hazard, excessive accumulation of storage, junk and/or debris on the property; inadequate exits, excessive accumulation of storage, junk creating potential safe egress hazard; and storage in public view, junk, debris, construction materials stored in public view.

The family has been remodeling their home for more than 10 years now.

They were issued a building permit in 2001 to construct a first-floor reduction and a second-floor addition on the home but those permits have been open for more than 10 years and a city building inspector determined the work should have taken no more than two years to complete, according to a previous claim against the family.

An inspection of the inside of the home in April revealed Sheetrock missing throughout, unsafe electrical wiring, debris and combustibles piled up excessively and blocking exits, no handrails on the stairwell and holes in the stair landings with unfinished work, according to the previous complaint.

The current court order, however, does not address code enforcement violations inside the home.

Neighbors complained to the city for years about the property because of the constant debris and construction maintained on the property, according to the previous complaint.

silverfarb@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 106


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