Scottsdale messy yard cops paint over owners angry bank insults!!!
I don't know who is right in this guys dispute with Chase Bank. But I certainly think the messy yard laws that prohibit free speech are unconstitutional.
Scottsdale homeowner's graffiti erased
Angry resident bashes bank, State Farm, judge over foreclosure dispute
by Peter Corbett - Jan. 13, 2012 08:25 AM
The Republic | azcentral.com
Wayne Rozdolski still has his Scottsdale home despite foreclosure proceedings, but the angry messages he painted on his privacy wall are nearly gone.
In a Tom Sawyer-like twist, a city graffiti-abatement worker last week painted over his messages that ripped JPMorgan Chase Bank, State Farm Insurance and a Maricopa County Superior Court judge. The commentary still is faintly visible.
Rozdolski, 55, a former accountant, used buckets of paint late one night in November to express his frustration on a 100-foot wall in front of his home at 68th Place and Cactus Road. His crudely painted messages included the phrases "Chase's foreclosure rescinded," "illegal eviction lawsuit" and "screw Chase Bank."
"This is all I've got left to my whole life's work," Rozdolski said in explaining his very public statements about holding onto his home of 19 years.
The wall was painted over Jan. 4, but the issues surrounding Rozdolski's 2.1-acre property remain murky more than two years after a trustee sale of his home.
Phoenix attorney Jason Sherman, who represented Chase in an eviction, declined comment.
Chase spokeswoman Mary Jane Rogers said the bank has "been working with (Rozdolski) since 2010, and in summer 2011, he was approved for a permanent loan modification."
She declined further comment since the matter is in litigation.
Rozdolski said he is trying to get Chase to pay for storm damage to the roof in October 2010 when the bank held title to the property.
The property includes a 3,800-square-foot main house, a small guesthouse and two garages.
Property records show that Rozdolski and his then-wife Catherine borrowed $163,800 to buy their home in 1993.
He got the home in a 2001 divorce settlement and refinanced the loan to pay her off.
Rozdolski said he was trying to refinance the property again in 2009 when Chase Bank took over the loan from the failed Washington Mutual.
Rozdolski said he could never get a straight answer from Chase on a loan modification despite faxing 47 pages of documents and calling bank officials all over the country.
Chase bought Rozdolski's property at a trustee sale in December 2009 for $427,013 and moved to evict Rozdolski and his tenants in the main house and guesthouse.
The guesthouse tenants left, but one boarder in the main house, Juli Trammell, chose to stay with her lease in effect until Jan. 31, 2011,Rozdolski said.
He was evicted in spring 2010 and was homeless for a while before moving back in as a guest of Trammell, who was still leasing the house, Rozdolski said.
She still is in the home.
Rozdolski also lost a Phoenix rental home to foreclosure in September 2010.
The trustee sale of his home on 68th Place was rescinded in January 2011.
Rozdolski said he still does not know why that occurred. But for the past year, he has been trying to recover financially and renovate the property.
The guesthouse was stripped of an air-conditioner, plumbing and wiring plus the main house's roof needs repairs, he said.
Rozdolski said his complaint with State Farm is that it would no longer insure the property because of its condition.
State Farm spokeswoman Angela Thorpe said she was unaware of the specifics of Rozdolski's situation but added he was within his rights to paint the messages on his wall.
Rozdolski said the insurance issue was what triggered his rhetorical painting spree on Thanksgiving.
"I was in a daze," he said. "I didn't know what to do."
Neighbors complained about Rozdolski's graffiti, but the city chose not to intervene until last week, said Raun Keagy, Scottsdale neighborhood services director.
"He was exercising his free-speech rights so we just stood down," Keagy said.
After six weeks, Scottsdale figured that Rozdolski had had enough time for his message to be in the public eye. A city staff member met with him Jan. 4 to issue a notice that his graffiti-covered wall was a blight on the neighborhood, Keagy said. [ Hmmm ... so the First Amendment only gives you 6 weeks of free speech. Not a day longer. F* those government tyrants. ]
Rozdolski agreed to allow the city to paint over his messages.
Keagy estimated that the city's cost to paint the wall was less than $100 for about an hour of staff time and 9 gallons of paint.
Rozdolski said that if he gets angry enough to paint his wall again he might enlist the help of a graphic designer in the neighborhood who could do a neater job.