Goldeen describes the damage done to the 8,000-square foot Guzman house (in a Record photo by Craig Sanders) in Stockton, but the destruction is not isolated to this incident. "While abandoned rural homes have always appeared to attract attention from lawbreakers, Environmental Health's Alan Biedermann has seen a sharp increase in problem homes that are damaged like the Guzman house," Goldeen writes. "Many are way beyond repair and must be demolished, he said."
Biedermann told Goldeen that "stealing is more common," and that the county is dealing with five other damaged properties in the area around the Guzman house. Last week, Biedermann led 30 contractors on a tour of 32 homes scheduled for demolition, a sharp increase from last summer's tour of 17 such homes. (Read more)