Letters to editor

Overreaching bureaucratic nonsense

By From page A11 | June 27, 2014

Every problem is a nail and the government is a hammer. In the past couple of weeks, because of the history of the Marigold Fire last August, I reported the weed problem in the area behind those houses and the freeway wall.

The fields the week prior to that fire had been taken down to the ground, but brush behind their fences and in their yards had helped fuel those fires along with eucalyptus trees used in landscaping.

To my utter amazement, I have been told by representatives from the Department of Water Resources, that manages that area, that I have to remove three two-year-old redbuds and a two-year-old dogwood that came as sticks from the Arbor Day Foundation. Reason: They will burn easily and spread to fence and house. Really? Strange isn’t it that all the oaks can remain?

For more than 37 years, we have kept a defensible space on a 15- by 80-foot space behind our back fence on property we do not own without praise from anyone. We will be given a written edict to remove those offending trees by this overreaching arm of California state government.

Rod Keck


Letter to the Editor


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  • S KJune 27, 2014 - 7:52 am

    When/IF you receive that edict, just ignore it, tossing it into the round file, just as those with the responsibility to keep that area cleared of growth had done for all those years, saying it was the homeowners responsibility, YEAH RIGHT, having a chained locked gate, securing the area with a, "NO TRESPASSERS sign clearly posted. That alone puts the legal responsibility on someone OTHER than the adjacent homeowners. Edict my ARSE. Keep your trees, and toss the edict. If they try to fine you, toss that too. They can not get blood out of a turnip.

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  • AlfJune 27, 2014 - 12:20 pm

    If you don't remove the shrub and tree and there is a fire that damages property and those shrubs and tree burn in that fire, you will have been deemed to have been put on notice prior to the fire and you could face serious liability. And while a government agency may get away with that, you probably won't. It might be best to do what they ask, in your own best interests.

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