Climate Nut vs. City Ordinance

Slashdot points to a story in the LA Times (via Hugh Pickens)…

In short…a couple decides to save the planet by replacing their grass with wood chips. Only now they face a “maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for their grass-free, eco-friendly landscaping scheme.”

Quotes like this blow my mind:

They said they were trying to do something good for the environment.

“We’ve got a newborn, so we want to start worrying about her future,” said Quan Ha, an information technology manager for Kelley Blue Book.


But city officials determined the fix was not acceptable, saying city codes require that 40% of the yard be landscaped predominantly with live plants.

“Compliance, that’s all we’ve ever wanted,” said Senior Assistant City Atty. Wayne Winthers.


They sent a photo of the yard to city officials in October. But according to the city, their landscaping still did not comply with city standards.


It’s just funny that we pay our taxes to the city and the city is now prosecuting us with our own money,” Quan Ha said. “Doesn’t it waste funds to go back and forth in court, rather than sending pictures, e-mails and having phone conversations?”

Winthers said he hopes the city can work out a compromise. “We know times are tough, but we’re willing to work with them, we’d be more than happy to,” he said.

Bolding is mine. This last one is the best. What could possibly go wrong with government involvement in lawncare?!?

Heh. How silly of them to think politicians actually believed global warming was real. PropertyValues meet EnviroNuts…hope you enjoy your time together.

Disclosure: I posted this as a comment to an open thread and am reposting as a new diary entry. I’m still learning OpenThread vs. DiaryEntry ettiquette. It’s just too good of example of the “not in my back (well, front) yard”, feel-good nature of liberal policy.