Save Water, Face Fine

When California declared a statewide drought, a couple decided to let their front lawn die.

"...a neighbor complained to the city about her brown lawn, and the Code Enforcement Department slapped the family with a citation. Their small brick home was declared a 'public nuisance' in violation of city code section 17.68.010, which states that front yards "shall be irrigated, landscaped and maintained...The city's landscaping rule is intended to maintain neighborhood visual standards to prevent one neighbor's tastes from harming another's property values."

Full Story: Couple Who Let Lawn Die to Save Water Face Fine

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