To most eyes, a chain-link fence in the front yard does not scream curb appeal. Simple — but not what you’d call “elegantly simple” — it’s what a set decorator might prescribe when he wants to conjure up mean streets. A white picket fence it ain’t.
Which is why some homeowners in Old Town Alexandria were surprised to learn recently that their chain-link fences were historic and that removing them could put them in hot water with the city’s historic preservation office.Read more »
It really seems that gypsies are the last minority its okay to bash, despite the fact that gypsies have been persecuted for generations in parts of Europe & it wasn’t just Jews who died in the nazi death camps it was also gypsies.Read more »
Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law a $150 annual wildfire protection fee for property owners in rural areas of California. The Democratic governor announced that he signed the bill, ABX1-29, to ensure rural property owners pay their share of the state's wildland firefighting costs, citing it is essentially a fee for service. Brown's finance spokesman, said the fee is appropriate because the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection provides an added benefit to rural property owners by attacking wildfires before they reach residential areas.Read more »
"At ages 4 and 5, youngsters value a person’s ownership rights — say, to a crayon — far more strongly than adults do, Friedman and psychology graduate student Karen Neary found.
Rather than being learned from parents, a concept of property rights may automatically grow out of 2- to 3-year-olds’ ideas about bodily rights, such as assuming that another person can’t touch or control one’s body for no reason, Friedman proposed.Read more »
Los Angeles county officials are demanding that a creative homeowner tear down a 20,000-square-foot domicile he calls "Phonehenge West"--or face up to seven years in jail. A jury began hearing the county's case against Fahey last week: He is charged with 14 criminal misdemeanor counts, including unlawful use of land.Read more »
Police attempt yet another cover up....this time after shooting a sleeping 7yr old girl. If you or I "accidently" shot and killed a child while forcing our way into someone's home, I'm guessing we'd be in jail. Cop says grandmother caused him to discharge firearm, victims claim the gun was shot from outside and ....these cops are CRAZY!!!Read more »
"What Fourth Amendment?" In an 8-1 ruling today, the US Supreme Court upheld the legality of evidence obtained by police breaking down the door to an apartment--not because they saw suspect they were pursuing dash behind it, but because they smelled marijuana smoke and heard the sound of a flushing toilet. To add insult to injustice, their original suspect was in a different apartment.Read more »
Civil Defence Minister John Carter told New Zealand Parliament since the national state of emergency was declared on February 23, 2011, 139 buildings in Christchurch had been authorised for demolition and 17 of those authorisations were made without contacting the buildings' owners.Read more »
Christchurch, New Zealand, had an earthquake a month ago. Folks there have not been able to get to their buildings since then and are getting upset. One women learned her building had been torn down from a video shown at a memorial.Read more »
City wanting to start back up neighborhood watch program and have 2 way communication with residents. How long till this is abused? How do we deal with something like this?Read more »
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