Skip to comments.Calif. City Will Fine Couple $500 For Not Watering Brown Lawn, State Will Fine’em $500 If They Do
Posted on 07/18/2014 1:52:49 PM PDT by SMGFan
When youre in a steady relationship, communication is clear. Because when mom says to do one thing, and dad says another, the kids get really confused. Such is the case in California, where the state has issued rules for homeowners to conserve water in the midst of extreme drought, with fines of $500 per day or violating those guidelines, but one city is threatening to fine a couple $500 unless they water their lawn.
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And it’s neither one’s business as to whether you water your lawn or not.
I’d see if one of em would be willing to lower the fine to $400.00 and go with them.
Put in Astroturf................
The EPA mandates that that type of tin plating cannot be done. So each job you do (usually one to five enclosures) you price into the job the $200,000 EPA fine. So you charge $200,550 each, for a $550.00 item.
The government says that's okeedokee.
It’s California - dig up the lawn and plant marijuana and nobody will bother you (well, maybe the local dealers).
Its all about equality and fairness, right?
$500 either way - that’s equal!
Someone takes what they did not earn from the one who did earn it - that’s the new definition of ‘fair’, right?
Out of control, unaccountable bureaucrats need to die.
The law that applies to situations where state and federal laws disagree is called the supremacy clause, which is part of article VI of the Constitution. The supremacy clause contains what's known as the doctrine of pre-emption, which says that the federal government wins in the case of conflicting legislation. Basically, if a federal and state law contradict, then when you're in the state you can follow the state law, but the feds can decide to stop you. When there is a conflict between a state law and federal law, it is the federal law that prevails. For example, if a federal regulation prohibits the use of medical marijuana, but a state regulation allows it, the federal law prevails.
... if he doesn't mind staying at hotel graybar for a few weeks...
All I can say is.. FReepers in Cali, I don’t know how you survive the rampant insanity out there, but God bless you for doing it. Managing to NOT go bonkers is a major accomplishment. You have my highest respect.
But this is conflict between state and local law.
OR, the state and local governments could entirely remove themselves from exercising ANY control whatsoever over the lawn watering practices of its citizens.
Same principle. State law supersedes local law.
Do it the Wernher Von Braun way: cover the yard with concrete and paint it green.
Astroturf. I always thought lawns a colossal waste of time.
Wonder what the fine is for peeing outside?
proves it is really about the revenue not the environment.
Then they put you on the sex offender list for indecent exposure.
Oh they did the same thing to us in Basic Training. One Sergeant would tell us to do something and then another would tell us to do the opposite. The first would come back and punish us for not doing what he told us to do. We eventually came out of it as trained killers, so no worry.
What would happen if an draftee disobeyed every single order from the very first order given (”take a seat on the bus”) to one a few down the line (refusing to break rocks at Leavenworth). I have often wondered this.
Look up the word ‘government’ in the dictionary - this example will be there.
Back when I was in being kicked in the ankles with combat boots for being out of step was not unusual. Refusing an order was not something we wanted to push.
And they want to create six of them???
Got a simpler idea . go to the hardware store & buy a weed sprayer ,go to art supply store & buy green water color paint ,spray paint your lawn green ,total cost less than $100.00 .
Way too much goddam government.
Now that right there is smart thinkin', you gotta head fer bidness on you.
He should do this. Dig up the entire lawn. Put a couple of rocks down and a cactus and say you are zeroscaping.
Local government will fine you the $500.
They will then tell you that once you have paid the state fine:
1)Submit your receipt (original only)
2)Plus 6 notarized copies of City Council Form 3781(b)/3 - “Request for Refund of Duplicate Fines”
3)To the Clerk of Court
4)On the 5th Thursday of the month following payment of the State fine.
I’d water half of it and leave the other half brown just to give them both the you know which finger.
Blankety, blank nannies. Leave us the hell alone! I’m so sick of this stuff
No, they need to be locked up 1 year for every stupid law they pass.
John Roberts would simply call this a tax. :)
California is so screwed up... this proves it...
Where are all the adults tonight?
You're killing me here.
And just to keep things interesting, we have a third boot on our necks. A Homeowner's Association.
I might just go for two out of three and take my chances.
Green food coloring would also work and avoid any fines should the powers that be decide water color paint is toxic.
They may already have a weed sprayer in the garage, or borrow one. Bet it would cost less than $20.
I hate HOAs. I think you could be penalized if you sneeze wrong.
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