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.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.
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.
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.
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