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Santana Allowed To Make Jail Fixes To Meet Code

news_082411jail3By Leon Worden/SCVNEWS.com

The owner of the historic Newhall jail building was back in court Monday and was given another month and a half to bring his property up to code.

The city of Santa Clarita filed criminal charges in August accusing Manny Santana, 60, of failing to comply with orders issued in February, March and July to fix up his property, which suffers from peeling paint, graffiti and dilapidated fencing.


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The building is a little island surrounded by the city’s Newhall Library construction site.

In October, Santana produced documents from the city’s attorney instructing him, via his attorney, to keep off city property. Santana said he couldn’t make the necessary repairs without trespassing onto city property, which abuts it on three sides.

In Santa Clarita Superior Court on Monday, the city’s attorney agreed to allow Santana onto city property long enough to do the necessary work.

“Per court order, Mr. Santana must fix all city code enforcement violations by Jan. 31, 2012, and the city’s agreement will allow him to access his property to make repairs,” city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said.

The two sides are due back in court in February.