Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bureaucrats Run Amok

The Collard family of Glendale, California received a notice from the Fire Department ordering them to trim foliage from oak and sycamore trees around their house to lessen fire danger. The Collards agreed that their trees needed a trim and hired a tree service to do the work for $3,000. In the midst of the trimming operation, the city's urban forester stopped by and ordered them to stop work as the Collards had not obtained a tree-trimming permit. They didn't know one was needed and the tree service had told them no permits were required.

The Collards were warned that they faced a fine for this violation and a week later an arborist from the city visited to assess the damage. A few weeks later they received a letter from the city informing them that their fine was $347,600! Really too much to believe. RTWT.


Matt Mullenix said...


Rebecca K. O'Connor said...

Sigh. But the weather is nice here, really.

Reid Farmer said...

Pie Town's looking better and better, Rebecca