Target: California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
Goal: End the practice of fining homeowners who have stopped watering their lawns during California’s drought.
California cities have been fining citizens for not watering their lawns to conserve water during the state’s massive drought. One homeowner even installed AstroTurf so that he wouldn’t have to waste any water on his lawn, and his homeowner’s association has fined him over $4,000 for putting it in and refusing to remove it.
To put a stop to this unfair treatment, lawmakers are considering a bill to make the fining of homeowners for not watering their lawns illegal. The bill has already passed the California state Assembly unanimously and is now on its way to the Senate.
California is currently going through a long drought so severe that a NASA scientist believes the state only has a year of water left. It’s completely ridiculous that any of the state’s cities or homeowner’s associations would fine people for trying to conserve water for the sake of making their neighborhoods look good. The governor is already imposing serious mandatory water cuts, and any citizens who are going beyond that to save as much water as possible should be rewarded, not punished.
By signing this petition, you’ll throw your support behind the bill to make fining people who stop watering their lawns illegal. All Californians must be allowed to do their part to mitigate the state’s water crisis without fear of financial punishment.
Dear Senator Kevin de León,
A bill to end the practice of fining citizens when they let their lawns go brown in order to conserve water is currently on its way to your Senate. As you are well aware, California is going through a terrible drought, necessitating serious statewide water cuts. One NASA scientist has said that the state only has one year of water left. It’s therefore both ridiculous and dangerous that anyone would fine a homeowner for conserving water by declining to water their lawns.
I urge you to support this bill, which passed the California state Assembly unanimously. One man has already been fined $4,000 by his homeowner’s association because he installed AstroTurf for the selfless purpose of conserving water for the state. Don’t let cities punish citizens for trying to do their part to help their community survive during a difficult time.
[Your Name Here]
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