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New state law prohibits fines for brown lawns

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Brown lawn on North Brighton Street in Burbank June 3, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Brown lawn on North Brighton Street in Burbank June 3, 2015

An ugly brown lawn may be an eyesore to some, but it’s not a finable offense in the state of California. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1, which protects those brown or golden lawns for now. The legislation “… prohibit a city, county, or city and county from imposing a fine under any ordinance for a failure to water a lawn or having a brown lawn during a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency based on drought conditions.” The measure was authored by Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D) San Bernardino.

I have heard complaints from some Burbank residents about neighbors allowing their lawns to die and weeds and wild grasses to grow high and thick. I’ve seen some of those yards. Not very pretty. However, with the water restrictions were under there is probably little that can be done about residents who REALLY let their yards go native.

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3 Responses to New state law prohibits fines for brown lawns

  1. Mag Park Reader Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    Fear not, beleaguered Burbank stakeholders: Astro-turf rebates are on the way!

    More kickback $$$ for Gabel Luddy!


  2. CG Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm #

    I just want to alert pool owners to something that BWP is not; you can be fined if you put water in your pool at non-irrigation hours.

    We have faithfully followed the lawn watering restrictions and we have always covered our pool. But there does come a time when you have to add more water into a pool to keep water at a certain level. Well, we did this twice over the last two months, and got a letter from BWP, accusing us of improperly irrigating our lawn. Turns out the computer systems they put on our homes can’t register where water is going, so a higher than normal use is chalked up to lawn irrigation.
    So, if you need to add some water to your pool, best to do it on a Tuesday or Saturday, before 9am and after 6pm. Or you will be subject to ever increasing fines!!!!!

  3. Fronnie Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8:05 am #


    You are not the only one who got one of those letters. More than 6 thousand residents apparently got one of those “your watering the lawn too much” letter. Some BWP customers are challenging the letter – claiming it’s a screw-up and blaming the so-called smart meter.Thanks for the heads up for pool owners.

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