California homeowners face hefty fines for brown lawns

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Although California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency last week, one homeowners association in the San Francisco Bay Area is issuing citations to homeowners with dead lawns.

John Glisar, 55, who owns a single-family house in the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association, received his first violation notice from the HOA two months ago asking him to “maintain his yard” — which has turned brown from lack of water — “or face a fine.” This month he received a second notice, which he took to the association to discuss, and was handed back the paper with a note in red ink that read, “30 days to get green from 1/21/14.”

“The [HOA] wants to fine me from $100 to $1,000,” Glisar said in a KTVU report.

Despite Gov. Brown’s urging that all Californians cut back on water usage following the state’s driest year on record or face mandatory water rationing, Glisar has little choice but to comply, given that having a “well-maintained yard” is one of the rules residents must follow, and the HOA is not backing down.

Source: ktvu.com

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