This is pretty common here in CA. There are all sorts of law that a city can use to harass you and even put you in jail. For example here in long beach they can fine you $500 if you put your garbage can out more than 2 hours before pick up. Everyone sets it out the night before but if they’re out to get you then they can use that. My guess is that he got on the wrong side of someone so they are simply trying to destroy his business because of that. Seen it happen a few times, not much you can do but move out.
I live in LB as well. Its both scary and hilarious to hear abt this trash can law. I bet there are countless laws that I violate every month, without the slightest clue. I feel like such an outlaw ;)