Group Drops Trash, Sofas At Local Bank In Protest

Protest Held In Support Of Proposed Property Value Protection Ordinance

Members of a local community group on Tuesday dropped off bags of trash and sofas at a southeast San Diego bank in protest.

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Members of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment picked the trash off the property of a foreclosed home in Mountain View. The home is owned by Bank of America.

The group drove bags of trash and a few rotten couches to a nearby Bank of America branch. However, a security guard locked the doors and would not let them inside.

"People are losing their homes to foreclosures and then the banks aren't even taking care of homes," said ACCE organizer Dave Lagstein.

The group's protest was meant to support a proposed ordinance before the city of San Diego. The Property Value Protection Ordinance would fine property owners – even banks – for not taking care of foreclosed properties.

"If someone wants to buy a home in the neighborhood and this is the first thing they see, it's terrible," said Lagstein.

About 75 California cities, including Chula Vista, have similar ordinances. The San Diego City Council will consider its own this fall.

10News tried contacting Bank of America but had not received a comment as of Tuesday afternoon.

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