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Now comes the move to charge for appeals. Dave Richert, the city's zoning officer, says appeals involve a lot of work justifying the fee.

Homeowner activist Peter Martori isn't pleased. "I don't know what the logic is behind it," he says. "It seems to me to be an intentional deterrent to appeal. My sense is the council doesn't want to hear them.

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Howard Fischer