View Mobile Site
 

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos

 

Brown OKs brown lawns

Posted: July 21, 2014 5:44 p.m.
Updated: July 21, 2014 5:42 p.m.
 

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Under legislation that took effect Monday homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts

Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB2100 following an April emergency order prohibiting homeowner associations from penalizing residents who conserve water in a declared drought.

Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos of San Jose introduced the bill after a San Lorenzo man was threatened by his homeowner association with up to $1,000 in fines for not watering his lawn. The warning came even after the governor declared a drought emergency in January.

AB2100 extends the prohibition on retaliating against homeowners conserving water to future droughts declared by the state or local governments. Other fines for landscaping issues, including weeds and vegetation in fire-prone areas, are still permitted.

Another bill moving through the Legislature, AB2104, prevents homeowner associations from punishing owners for installing drought-resistant landscaping.

Neither the law nor the governor's executive order addresses fees imposed by local governments. Some agencies have been warning residents for not watering their lawns even as the state authorizes penalties for overwatering lawns and touts "Brown is the New Green" in a new drought-busting campaign.

AB1636 would have prohibited local fines, but Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, dropped the measure in part because AB2100 was advancing.

Comments

No comments have been posted.

You need to be a registered user to post a comment. Please click here to register.

The Signal encourages readers to interact with one another, following the guidelines outlined in our Comment/Moderation Policy. Click here to read it.

To report offensive or inappropriate comments, e-mail abuse@signalscv.com. The content posted from readers of signalscv.com does not necessarily represent the views of The Signal or Morris Multimedia. By submitting this form you agree to the terms and conditions listed above. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 
 

Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...