Monday, July 21, 2014

Diametrically Opposed Edicts...

Well, now, ain't this something...

California drought doesn't end brown lawn warnings
Laura Whitney and her husband, Michael Korte, don't know whether they're being good citizens during a drought or scofflaws.

On the same day the state approved mandatory outdoor watering restrictions with the threat of $500 fines, the Southern California couple received a letter from their city threatening a $500 penalty for not watering their brown lawn.
Now, my first thought reading this was, WTF, the town gives tickets for not watering your lawn? This is the nanny-state paradise, man. They've got everything so well under control that they've got the time, manpower, and money to devote to driving around town, spotting who has brown lawns, and writing up notices. I certainly hope this town has a 0% crime rate.

Secondly, WTF? The state has mandated water restrictions which allow watering only once every other week, which pretty much precludes having the lush, green lawn that the city mandates. In order abide by one mandate, they have to break another. Talk about Scylla and Charybdis! They're either going to be fined $500 by the town for having a brown lawn, or hit for excessive water use by the state.

I wonder how that works, I really do. Being the suspicious sort, I can't help but wonder if the city is using the water ban to its advantage to fatten the town's coffers. They know that residents can't water their lawn often enough to prevent browning, as per order from the state, so they send out notices to a certain number of people. I'm sure not everyone contested the notices, so the town probably raked in a good payday for limited work...

I mean, it's not like this would be the first time something shady like this happened, right?

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

10 comments:

Old NFO said...

Is Kalifornia... nuff said...

Dave H said...

I doubt it's intentional. These things just naturally happen when you have a hierarchy of tin pot dictators.

PJS said...

Reminds me of the :King of the Hill episode "Flush With Power. "http://www.tv.com/shows/king-of-the-hill/flush-with-power-9199/

Anonymous said...

Some years ago I read about a land owner getting conflicting letters, some beavers had moved in and built a dam. eather the county or city wanted him to remove the dam under the threat of a fine. Then some fed agencies letter threatened a fine if he removed the dam. Never did hear how it was worked out.

NotClauswitz said...

Living in the (Northern) part of California that the drought seems to be affecting the most, it sadly doesn't surprise me that 1.) in parasitic SoCal there is no indication that a drought-condition even exists, or 2.) that in appearance-based SoCal, appearance-based policing is popular.

Ted said...

Several years ago I received a letter from the Town Environmental Tribunal.... I mean Commission.... demanding that I appear to explain why I cut the brush around the stream that crosses my property and that I be prepared to pay a $ 1,000 fine.


In my defense at the looming kangaroo court ,I provided them with a letter from the county, thanking me for allowing THIER Brush Clearing crew access to the stream for their mosquito abatement program.

The commission promptly moved onto the next item. No apology.... no answer.... no letter. It was like it all never happened.

Anonymous said...

My first thought when I saw this a couple of days ago was that they should water half the lawn, that way they would only get half a ticket for each side...........

Ted, that is always the way bureaucracies work............

NUGUN said...

Easily solved...

Just cut the dry grass, and then spray paint it green. ;-)

Ed said...

I smell opportunity. They are probably not alone in getting that brown grass violation warning from the local government. Start a service that paints brown grass green.

Will said...

I seem to recall you can buy fake grass to replace your lawn. No mowing or watering required. Maybe just dusting/vacuuming perhaps?