More creeping Big Brother Statism….
The following is from “Does Michelle Obama Know About This?,” The Agitator, July 7, 2011.
The Bass family lives in Oak Park, Michigan — an inner suburb of Detroit, population 29,319.
Their front yard was torn up after replacing a sewer line, so instead of replacing the dirt with grass, the family put in a vegetable garden — of fresh basil, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, cumbers, in five large planter boxes.
Julie Bass says, “We thought we’re minding our own business, doing something not ostentatious and certainly not obnoxious or nothing that is a blight on the neighborhood, so we didn’t think people would care very much.”
But some cared very much and called the city. The city then sent out code enforcement.
“They warned us at first that we had to move the vegetables from the front, that no vegetables were allowed in the front yard. We didn’t move them because we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong, even according to city code we didn’t think we were doing anything wrong. So they ticketed us and charged me with a misdemeanor,” Bass said.
City code says that all unpaved portions of the site shall be planted with grass or ground cover or shrubbery or other suitable live plant material. But tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are what the Basses see as suitable.
However, Oak Park’s Planning and Technology Director Kevin Rulkowski says the city disagrees. He says, “If you look at the dictionary, suitable means common. You can look all throughout the city and you’ll never find another vegetable garden that consumes the entire front yard.”
A local news report asked Rulkowski why it’s not suitable.
“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” he said.
In her blog, Julie Bass says she’s demanding her right to a jury trial. So the city plans to throw the book at her:
Our attorney spoke to the prosecutor today…. His position: they are going to take this all the way. Officially, this means i am facing 93 days in jail if they win. no joke.
No joke, indeed. Welcome to the Tyrannical States of Amerika!