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Thursday, November 17, 2011

When local govt. over-reaches: When asked why fake grass would continue to be allowed in backyards, but not in the front?, "officials had no answer"

KCAL-9-TV News video: Turf War? Glendale Bans Fake Grass. November 17, 2011 12:49 AM

When local govt. over-reaches: When asked why fake grass would continue to be allowed in backyards, but not in the front?, "officials had no answer"
Because that would affect people who 'putter' around?

IU grad and former WPLG-TV/Channel 10 weekend anchor Rob Schmitt has the details on this curious zoning decision re sustainable gardening from the belly of the beast out in Cali -Glendale, California. That's a city that gave us one of the first real S&L/Thrift debacles, an
investigation I worked on in Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles Times
LA Now blog
Glendale residents ordered to remove fake grass from front yards
November 16, 2011, 2:17 pm

Some cities offer rebates for residents who install water-saving artificial lawns in their front yard. But in Glendale, city leaders approved a ban on the faux grass and have begun issuing warnings to violators.
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*My personal experience is that the LA Now breaking news blog of the LA Times is very informative and often provides a perspective that the MSM doesn't provide to LA-based stories that I hear about elsewhere.
So how come the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel have nothing like it? http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/

See Artificial Turf Demonstration Project - SYNLawn on the City of Glendale website: http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/planning/artificialturfSYNLawn.asp

City of Glendale, California Comprehensive Design Guidelines, Final Draft of October 17, 2011, includes photos:

Glendale Zoning Code, Chapter 30 -deals with artifical turf:

KABC-TV video: Turf war over fake lawn in Newport Beach. Jan. 23, 2008.

The Cost of the Savings and Loan Crisis: Truth and Consequences
by Timothy Curry and Lynn Shibut*
FDIC Banking Review, 2000

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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