In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Have squatters disturbed you or your neighborhood? If so, how? What can cities do to alleviate the problem?
NOT IN MY neighborhood, but I know of some past issues in Antioch. You can call the nonemergency police line, or even fill out a form online at the city of Antioch website, and they will look into it. I actually saw results pretty quickly.
WE HAD THAT problem on Bethel Island at a friend's property. Called the sheriff and they say squatters have rights, that they could not move them. So I and a few of my partners show up on an afternoon and give them the scare of their lifetime. I gave them one hour to clear out!
And I tell you what, they were gone in less than that!
NONE IN MY neighborhood or street, but we've connected via neighbor social media website and stay fairly connected on a regular basis.
YES, THE HOUSE next door has been vacant for a year. We live in the better part of Antioch as well. Squatters come and go. The city can't do anything.
Eli Hakeema Soleyman
YES, THEY have and it amazes me the rights they have even though they enter and occupy a location illegally.
SQUATTERS -- more like freeloaders!
WE HAD SQUATTERS next-door to us -- kept breaking into the vacant house. I kept locking up the house and nailing the gate shut We installed cameras, even caught people on camera that were breaking in -- the police did nothing.
The house is now rented to Section 8 tenants who aren't paying their bills. So not much different, except now there are two pit bulls in the backyard and one keeps trying to get through the fence into my yard. Tax all the companies that are making money off renters to pay for more police officers. City officials want us to pay more taxes while these companies bring bad tenants into our city, and while they get rich, we have to pay to deal with their tenants. Go get money from the people, that have it -- stop bleeding the rest of us dry.
Sheila Koci St Pierre
I DON'T CARE if people are squatting, but when they are harming the surrounding area -- that makes me mad. Some were poisoning my family's cats and we had to bury four. As to the comment above me, pit bulls are friendly animals, and beautiful. Those who have pit bulls and people on section 8, have absolutely nothing to do with this question. Kind of seemed uncalled for.
YEAH, WHEN THERE'S harm involved to family pets, especially cats, I'm outraged and I wanna do something about it -- but I can't. My cat was shot at, and if I ever find the person responsible, it will not be pretty!
I MOVED OUT of my house and was selling it, and squatters moved in. I called the police, even gave them the license plate number of the car in the driveway. They did nothing and wouldn't even come out!
CITY OFFICIALS are to blame and they know it! So, why are you even asking the question?
SQUATTERS HAVE BEEN in and out of my neighborhood for years. My friend walked away from his house a few years ago. He lived two houses down from me and month or so after he left, someone broke the front door open.
They put a door handle with a key lock where the dead bolt goes, then, someone started garbage and water service. So, I got a 25-foot chain and cable and ran it through the door handles. The house has double doors, so no one could get in then. Then I saw someone trying to pick the locks on the doors in the back of the house -- I got a welding compound and crammed it in all the door locks. At the same time that happened, a house around the corner had squatters in, and I think they are the ones trying to get in my friend's old house. I kept it empty and I watched it, keeping any loser from trying to move in. Trust me, that's the only way to keep them from moving in. All loser squatters should get a job. When someone has an empty house, they need to protect to keep the squatters out.
This week's question:
Do you plan to do anything to help the needy during the holidays this year? If so, who will you help and how will you do it?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org or post on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.