Additional code enforcement staff is needed. And, the idea that management staff has to "not pick on" people is unacceptable. Mesa looks trashy and shabby.
Instead of ratting out your neighbors and whining to the City about enforcement, maybe people should try to help each other more. Most people want to keep their houses looking nice, but get overwhelmed by all the work involved. Some people are disabled and can't afford to hire help. If neighbors would just give up one day at the gym and help each other, their neighborhoods would look better.
If the city would actively enforce and encourage homeowners who would love to repair their homes themselves -- with city inspections -- it would be great. The current policy and pricing schedule does the exact opposite. Excessive permitting costs mean my family will never do any major project again. We paid $500 for a permit for a patio cover. I understand rentals or other commercial enterprises being subject to higher costs -- it's a money making enterprise. But to charge some person who can barely afford the materials, probably purchased in Mesa btw, a commercial level fee is just obscene. The cost of their labor, at national rates double the price of Arizona wages, also factor into the permit. Electricians, plumbers, carpenters etc do not earn $40 an hour in Arizona and it is wrong to assess on the basis of those New York City level wages. Homeowner repairs done to a owner-occupied home should be assessed at a lower rate, if it's converted to a rental within two years, send a bill just like if someone sells their house.