Not An HOA, But Just As Idiotic

California is going through one of the worst droughts in its history, the state is massively short of water. But the city of Glendora, a suburb of L.A., is threatening to fine a homeowner whose lawn is ‘too brown.’ The couple admits they scaled back their lawn watering because of state-wide emergency orders to conserve water.

Michael Korte and Laura Whitney have been given 60 days to green up their lawn. If they don’t they’ll get bashed with fines of up to $500.

Gosh, Homeowners Associations all over California have been threatening homeowners with fines bigger than that for brown lawns. Where’s the leadership?

(Reuters article on drought fine)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

2 thoughts on “Not An HOA, But Just As Idiotic

  1. Deborah Goonan

    Ward, government overrach is beginning to spread from HOA privatized government to local governments. This should concern alll Americans. Notice this trend is most prevalent in states with a high proportion of HOAs: California and Florida top the list.

    In Florida, the city of Orlando tried to fine an owner for planting vegetables in the front yard. Eventually, the owner prevailed. Shu Bartholomew had a radio show with Jason Helvenston telling his story. Readers can listen to the podcast here.

    Note also the seemingly anti-environmental nature of these violation notices. We will hear some claim that government is run by Big Bad Conservatives. But the Larry Murphree case, regarding the right to display a small flag in a flower pot, has led to accusations that government is run by Big Bad Liberals.

    Hmmmm. Perhaps Big Bad Government is non-partisan.


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