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Today, the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee is slated to vote on legislation introduced by Supervisor John Avalos that would allow the Public Health Department to fine landlords who don't maintain their properties. "Bed bugs, mold, garbage left piling up. If these nuisances are not eliminated, landlords could soon be socked with $1,000-a-day fines." Dr. Rajiv Bhatia, the city's director of environmental health, said cockroaches, rats and bedbugs, among other problems, "cause tenants stress." [SF Examiner]