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California couple conserving water amid drought could face fine for brown lawn
yahoo.com/Reuters ^ | July 17, 2014 | Jennifer Chaussee

Posted on 07/18/2014 3:26:01 PM PDT by grundle

(Reuters) - A Southern California couple who scaled back watering their lawn amid the state's drought received a warning from the suburb where they live that they might be fined for creating an eyesore - despite emergency statewide orders to conserve.

Michael Korte and Laura Whitney, who live near Los Angeles in Glendora, said on Thursday they received a letter from the city warning they had 60 days to green up their partially brown lawn or pay a fine ranging from $100 to $500.

"I don't think it's right for us to start pouring water into our lawn in the middle of July during a drought," said Whitney. "We're kind of in a quandary about what to do."

The letter, bearing the official symbols of Glendora and its police department, came the same week that statewide water regulators passed emergency drought restrictions for outdoor water use. Those regulations, to take effect this August, require cities to demand cutbacks in water use, and empower them to fine residents up to $500 for overwatering their lawns.

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1 posted on 07/18/2014 3:26:01 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

“”We’re kind of in a quandary about what to do.”

Green paint!


2 posted on 07/18/2014 3:28:24 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: grundle

In Soviet USA you get fined for using too much water and fined for having brown lawn, next year you move to apartment... Where you get fined to flying american flag... Then you move to Van down by the river and get fined for parking on a wet land... Pretty soon you get fined for living in carboard box that is not made out of recycled carboard...


3 posted on 07/18/2014 3:29:47 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“”We’re kind of in a quandary about what to do.”

Green paint!

(Russian Accent) The EPA fine you for spilling paint on ground...


4 posted on 07/18/2014 3:30:38 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: grundle
A quote from "Atlas Shrugged" seems appropriate here:

“Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.”

5 posted on 07/18/2014 3:31:32 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: GraceG

In Soviet America, lawn soak you!


6 posted on 07/18/2014 3:31:45 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: grundle
"We're kind of in a quandary about what to do."


7 posted on 07/18/2014 3:34:50 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: grundle

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.


8 posted on 07/18/2014 3:36:57 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: grundle
State statutes supersede local statutes unless the state statutes specifically say otherwise.
9 posted on 07/18/2014 3:39:50 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: Starstruck

CA. just took in how many Illegals that will use on average of 150 gallons a day! Typical Libtards!


10 posted on 07/18/2014 3:40:13 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: grundle

Station a couple of code enforcement types down the street. As soon as he goes to water the lawn, hit him with another water fine. Then increase his water rates...


11 posted on 07/18/2014 3:47:11 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Drew68
HAha, here's what carpet on the lawn looks like

Yard painting, sort of. Very cheap to accomplish

12 posted on 07/18/2014 3:51:13 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: grundle

Dig it up. Cover it with gravel and plant cactus.


13 posted on 07/18/2014 3:52:56 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you do not read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read the newspapers you are misinfo)
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To: DocJhn
CA. just took in how many Illegals that will use on average of 150 gallons a day! Typical Libtards!

Oops! I wasn't really talking about water.

14 posted on 07/18/2014 3:54:28 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: GraceG
Van down by the river


15 posted on 07/18/2014 4:01:24 PM PDT by grundle
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To: T-Bird45

Yep - a very relevant quote indeed.


16 posted on 07/18/2014 4:02:12 PM PDT by grundle
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

The letter was also on Police letterhead. This is a slippery slope when cops with guns are involved in such trivial matters.


17 posted on 07/18/2014 4:37:35 PM PDT by stillfree? (Rome is Burning)
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To: SkyDancer

See a lot of that around Los Feliz.


18 posted on 07/18/2014 4:46:43 PM PDT by onedoug
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I have lived in So Cal. It prob will not rain till Nov there so Brown will be Brown! They may be lucky if it’s not just dirt by DEC!


19 posted on 07/18/2014 4:57:14 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: grundle
I owned a condo in San Diego from 1978 to 1983. The homeowner's association was already making plans for low water landscaping at that point in time. Some years later, the Mormon temple landscaping was redesigned to eliminate the nice fountains on the property...again, to get ahead of the expected water problems. An article published today cites 80% of CA as being in an extreme drought. My landlord is feverishly remodeling and preparing to sell the place where I rent a room. When that occurs, I'll return to Idaho. My landlord is planning to purchase in Idaho as well. The water problems are going to get worse.
20 posted on 07/18/2014 5:44:41 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: SkyDancer

“Dig it up. Cover it with gravel and plant cactus”

Canberra where I spent the Holidays last year, has basically the same weather as North Texas so when they started water restrictions this year in Fort Worth I wrote a letter to my HOA suggesting the same landscape as in Canberra....Gravel and drought resistant plants. They wouldn’t even discuss it. Gravel and cactus people said was a desert landscape and North Texas is rolling meadows.


21 posted on 07/18/2014 5:51:30 PM PDT by heylady
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To: heylady

Astroturf.


22 posted on 07/18/2014 5:59:33 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you do not read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read the newspapers you are misinfo)
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To: SkyDancer

Yes there was Astroturf also but the really pretty yards had gravel and lots of rose bushes. I loved walking around the neighborhood because there were so many pretty landscapes.


23 posted on 07/18/2014 6:05:22 PM PDT by heylady
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To: grundle

That’s California for you. Screwed if you do, fscrewed if you don’t.


24 posted on 07/18/2014 6:06:23 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: heylady

Hopefully the stupid council doesn’t make people landscape to fit the local “environment” - stupid, one says water and we’ll fine you, the other says to water your lawn or we’ll fine you. It’s about time that ..... *sigh* - never happen.


25 posted on 07/18/2014 6:23:09 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you do not read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read the newspapers you are misinfo)
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To: grundle

Use their toilet and grey water. Just collect it in a bucket and swill the lawn every night.

My guess is the natural brown of the lawn would become acceptable almost immediately.


26 posted on 07/18/2014 9:26:58 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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