From an anonymous poster to this blog, I received word of (what seemed at first) a somewhat alarming development in the city's government's push against slumlord Mahmoud Khan and his numerous messed up properties. A few days ago, the City Attorney had recommended some kind of SETTLEMENT with Khan the slumlord. The item appeared in an agenda from August 28, as follows...
1. Legal Settlement:
Authorize settlement of Mahmoud Khan v. City of Minneapolis (Consolidated Assessment Appeal), relating to withdrawal of special assessments levied against 3420 Chicago Ave S, 3557 Dupont Ave N, 2531 Newton Ave N, 4000 Dupont Ave N, and 2906 Emerson Ave N.
Staff Report: Khan v. City of Minneapolis-RCA
Action Taken: Approved
After uttering several angry and confused expletives, I began seeking information. And I was so PISSED OFF that, while trying to post on the North Talk Facebook page, I accidentally posted my query on my own Facebook status. Well, it worked just as well. Councilman Gary Schiff still responded and said he was sending a query to the City attorney.
A short time later, apparently after speaking to the City Attorney, Schiff got back to me and said as follows:
Here's the answer: He appealed about 120 assessments, averaging about 2 per each of his properties. City staff analyzed the paperwork for each of the assessments in preparation for court and found paperwork errors for the five properties listed above. (One property had assessments added while he was in the purchase process, which is not defendable, another notice was mailed to the wrong person, in the wrong city.)
In all total, the city had to waive $10k because we would have lost in court and Khan dropped the other appeals and will pay around $36,000. ....I have to say this is a HIGH rate of clerical errors and is reason why the city assessment process MUST be streamlined and reformed.
I told Schiff that I was concerned about the clerical errors but, hey, whatever. At least 115 assessments remain that Khan will still have to fight over, and the city has its bureaucratic jaws in Khan's butt like a pit bull. Fittingly, Khan is BURIED ALIVE in assessments. (Click here for Star Trek video homage)
Councilman Schiff said, "You could count it like that, or calculate it like the city lost out on $10K of $46K of assessments due to sloppiness. On a percentage basis, that's an unacceptable error rate. But yeah, he still is getting buried in fines."
Khan was the subject of recent coverage in the Star Tribune, click here, which mentions Khan is a target of "bloggers."
But Khan hasn't been nearly as much a target as he SHOULD be. You have to ask yourself, "Does this Mahmoud Khan from Pakistan hate America and all it stands for, or does it just SEEM that way because Khan goes out of his way to rent to criminals, to at least one alleged human trafficker of minors, and one of his properties was a dumping spot for the body of a murdered 15-year-old girl?"
Khan still travels as a flight attendant sometimes, as documented in the Star Tribune story. Where does he go? Does he go back to Pakistan?
Khan is a name associated with a number of figures in that part of the world and, in fact, "Khan" was the name used by Osama bin Laden's family when they were hiding in Pakistan, as documented by The Telegraph, click here.
Of course, in that part of the world "Khan" is kind of like "Johnson."
This kind of speculation is pretty wild, but throw an idea out there as a hypothesis, shall we? Let's suppose the stuff Khan does is not because of sloppiness. Let's imagine for a moment, just as a thought experiment, that it's not an accident Khan rents to the worst of the worst, giving crime and (alleged) human trafficking a home in North Minneapolis.
If that were the case, and it wasn't an accident, what would be the MOTIVATION?
DOES SLUMLORD MAHMOUD KHAN HATE AMERICA AND ALL IT STANDS FOR?