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Inspection Warrant Press Release

City of Eureka CaliforniaPursuant to an inspection warrant issued by the Superior Court, staff from the City of Eureka’s Code
Enforcement division, with the assistance of the Eureka Police Department (EPD) and Humboldt Bay Fire
(HBF), are performing inspections beginning today of eleven properties owned by Floyd and Betty
Squires.
As a result of long-running unresolved code enforcement cases, complaints from tenants and neighbors,
and observations by City staff, EPD, and HBF, the City believes it is necessary to fully assess these
properties and characterize the nature, extent, and severity of the violations present. Violations already
observed include structural deficiencies, exposed wiring, leaking plumbing, unpermitted work, blocked
exits, missing fire protection devices, broken windows and rotten siding . Many of the properties at
which the inspections are being performed are subject to the lawsuit filed by the City against the Squires
in 2011, which continues without resolution. At this time, occupants of these buildings continue to
reside within the buildings and have not been displaced.
The City believes that proper maintenance of buildings helps ensure the safety of the occupants, first
responders, and the public. Derelict buildings negatively impact property values, tourism, and the
quality of life for our citizens. As such, following the inspections, the City intends to examine its options
to resolve the violations found through available legal means.

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