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City Vows Action On Debtors

Debtors might not be locked in stocks on the village green anymore, but San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre has instituted a 21st century version the Web site.

Aguirre announced on Nov. 21 that his office will start posting the names of hundreds of thousands of individuals and agencies if they don’t pay their overdue debts to the city within 30 days. His office estimates that more than $90 million, including collection fees, fines and interest, is owed.

The city’s Collections Division will be sending some 30,000 letters to debtors who owe $250 or more. Those owing less than $5,000, who don’t pay up, will face small claims court, while the city “will aggressively pursue those debts” that exceed $5,000, said Aguirre.

The debtor list includes the county, the state and the federal government, along with a variety of businesses. The offenses include delinquent business taxes, damage to city property, unpaid rent or fees for use of city property, parking tickets, water and sewer bills and non-consumer debts for fire and police services.

, Pat Broderick

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