Open Letter from Local Realtor’s Opposing View to Bishop City Council on Vacant Building Nuisance Ordinance

Sierra Wave reporter, Deb Murphy’s article last week, Bishop City Council Passes Vacant Building Nuisance Ordinance But Balks at Registry, brought a lengthy, detailed response from local realtor, Stan Smith, with Pleasant Valley Associates Real Estate, who wrote the following response in opposition to the city council’s actions on February 8, 2021.

Downtown District Planning Overlay for Tracking & Assessing Vacant Building Ownerships Still Not Needed! [PDF]

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Josh D
Josh D
1 year ago

Need to start Condemning & tearing down all, and I mean All of those “Dillapidated Old Buildings on main street ASAP,Bishop has been looking dillapidated for too long, time to modernize people, stop living in the past…

Uptown Girl
Uptown Girl
1 year ago

Just wondering: If it’s so worried about vacant buildings, Then why did the City Council not object to Inyo County buying land and constructing thereon a big ugly consolidated office building on the very north end of Bishop instead in town, to support downtown businesses? (Inyo County: San Quentin is… Read more »

truckstopsally
truckstopsally
1 year ago
Reply to  Uptown Girl

Right? The city should have never approved that building! and should not allow for big projects like the county building or proposed courthouse to be developed on the edge of town – especially when there’s so much empty space they are supposedly concerned about downtown. Why didn’t they make it… Read more »

Mid Town Guy
Mid Town Guy
1 year ago
Reply to  truckstopsally

I’d like to just clarify a few of the concerns that were brought up here: First off, the City of Bishop currently does not have any architectural standards. This is something that historically the Council has avoided, but is _finally_ implementing as part of the downtown specific plan project that… Read more »

Uptown Girl
Uptown Girl
1 year ago
Reply to  Mid Town Guy

Thanks Midtown Guy.

The scenic and economic calamity that is the new County office building looks much better now!

Break One Nine
Break One Nine
1 year ago
Reply to  truckstopsally

I’ve finally figured it out:

The semi-trucks parked along Hwy 6 are the scenic “mitigation measures” Inyo County adopted to shield the view of its ugly new building from motorists traveling south on US 395.

Genius!

same ole same old
same ole same old
1 year ago

Wow! What a long rambling letter with absolutely no point. Is this what counts for “journalism” these days? So you don’t waste your time, let me summarize the letter for you: “I don’t think the City should do anything at all to address vacant buildings in Bishop, so I’m going… Read more »

Charles James
1 year ago

It is long and perhaps excessively detailed, but Mr. Smith has a right to express his opinion, as do you. As a local realtor in Bishop, he is certainly qualified to comment on real estate issues in the Bishop area. And there is this: No one is being forced to… Read more »

Doug Talmage
Doug Talmage
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles James

“Would the complaining person who posted at 10:57pm last night(2/15/2021) leave their name so someone may help them recover from a very negative-pessimistic mind set?” – Doug Talmage