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That dog may cost you $100,000 a day

North County Times – by U-T San Diego Editorial Board

California’s latest experiment in faith-based policymaking is being unleashed today on the San Diego public, as regional water-quality officials begin hearings on new regulations that seem crafted to turn most owners of a car, house or dog into criminals within a decade or so. We wish we were exaggerating.

Under the draft rules, ordinary homeowners may face six years in prison and fines of $100,000 a day if they are deemed serial offenders of such new crimes as allowing sprinklers to hit the pavement, washing a car in the driveway, or, conceivably, failing to pick up dog poop promptly from their own backyards, let alone the sidewalk.

Cities throughout San Diego, south Orange and southwest Riverside counties must enforce the law, and set up 24-hour hot lines for people to report violations by their neighbors.

The new regulations even apply to firefighters, who would be forced to somehow capture and scrub the water running down the street from fire hoses and burning buildings, although the bureaucrats promise wiggle room for “emergency situations.” We’re at a loss to imagine the fire that doesn’t present an emergency situation, but we’re sure California’s army of environmental lawyers will be glad to help cities figure that out in court.

The preposterous rules come from the earnest regulators at the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, which is supposed to stop pollution of our waterways and beaches.

Without question, the agency, in collaboration with local officials, has made important progress over the years. San Diego Bay, once heavily polluted, has become significantly cleaner, though heavily polluted areas of the bay remain. The county’s beaches routinely earn “A” grades from an environmental group that measures closures.

Such gains came the old-fashioned way. Cities improved their sewage treatment systems. Officials cracked down on businesses that chronically dumped raw sewage and chemicals into storm drain systems. Restaurants cover grease containers these days, and people rarely dump trash or radiator fluid into a street gutter.

But now state officials are falling into the common trap of modern regulatory regimes – seeking small, questionable improvements at costs that promise to sap billions of dollars from the local economy.

In hundreds of pages, the new regulations set targets that measure bacteria from animal waste during dry periods at local beaches, even as they note that wide variations in bacteria occur naturally in the environment. And we could find no evidence from these officials that severe cuts in stormwater runoff will cause improvements in human or wildlife health. Indeed, nowhere do they bother to say why today’s levels are considered bad for us.

To their credit, leaders of the city and county governments are beginning to protest the rules. Water-quality officials have promised to be flexible. Billions of dollars rest on that promise.

http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/that-dog-may-cost-you-a-day/article_236d6cf2-31d5-5ec4-ac9a-d8b12d082c59.html?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co

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10 Responses to That dog may cost you $100,000 a day

  1. Smilardog says:

    What the hell is “Faith-Based Policymaking”?

    I sure am glad that there is 4 hrs of desert between me and San Diego. This will be coming to a town near you

  2. Cathleen says:

    This is Agenda 21 at it’s finest.

  3. REDHORSE says:

    Smilardog;
    Thats why i got out of ca.To many rules anymore.If you don’t mind me asking do you live near vegas?I understand if you don’t want to answer.

  4. NC says:

    “Under the draft rules, ordinary homeowners may face six years in prison and fines of $100,000 a day if they are deemed serial offenders of such new crimes as allowing sprinklers to hit the pavement, washing a car in the driveway, or, conceivably, failing to pick up dog poop promptly from their own backyards, let alone the sidewalk.”

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! ROLMFAO!!! OMG!!! What will they come up with next?

    I say we leave our fetus in front of their doorstep, light it up and watch them come out to try and put out the fire. If they tried to enforce this and the traffic laws even in China, I’d guarantee that the National Debt would be paid off in a week. This is absolutely ridiculous.

    Have we become Singapore in that we have to fine people for gum chewing or spitting on the sidewalk now, too? What if I breathe too hard? Am I causing too much carbon dioxide to be put in the air? Are you kidding me? Unbelievable.

    “Water-quality officials have promised to be flexible. Billions of dollars rest on that promise.”

    Aww….how kind of them. What a bunch of sickos saying things like, “Don’t worry, I promise to be gentle….” What a crock of shit.

  5. Smilardog says:

    Homeland Security… I would like to file a report! Yes, a report under your “See Something, Say Something” program. I would like to report on the Mayor of San Diego’s Pitbull. Oh, yes, he has one of those vicious man eating machines right in his backyard. But, what I would like to report is that his dog just took a dump in his backyard and it has been steaming for hours, and it is getting ready to rain. I am just so concerned that the rain water will wash that bacterial filled crap into our water supply. I don’t want my family, or neighbors to have anything interfere with the the purity of our daily flouride intake. Oh, and by the way, please don’t forget to put the extra credits my ration card, as you know I am a good servant to the king. Long live the king!

  6. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    Where else?

    Only in Crazyfornia.

    Welcome to my nightmare.

    Leave your sanity behind when crossing the state line.

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