Success: Residents No Longer Fined for Dead Lawns

by Gerald Simmons via Flickr

Target: Governor of California, Jerry Brown

Goal: Praise Governor Jerry Brown for prohibiting fines for dead lawns in California.

Fining residents for dead lawns has been banned in California through a measure that comes as a relief for various home owners and for the environment. As California is in its fourth year of a historic drought, the government has released strict measures on reducing water usage. This has included allowing front lawns to die, but various homeowner associations fine and punish owners for allowing this to happen. Various organizations found this action wrong, including ForceChange, which petitioned the government to stop the practice of fining residents for conserving water. Sign this petition and applaud the governor for this necessary action.

The measure was created by Cheryl Brown in response to various cities citing residents for allowing their lawns to go golden. These cities include Glendora, Upland, and San Bernardino, where residents were fined or given warnings for their golden lawns. The new law now prohibits homeowners associations from punishing residents for their dying lawns.

California has enacted various water restriction laws to combat the drought. Governor Jerry Brown has urged urban residents to cut back on their water usage by as much as 25 percent and most residents have met this goal. In May of 2015, residents have cut back on their water usage by 29 percent.

Sign this petition and applaud Governor Jerry Brown for signing this law into effect. The issue regarding dead lawns has plagued homeowners for years and they shouldn’t be punished for trying to conserve water.


Dear Governor Jerry Brown,

I am writing this letter to applaud you for signing into effect a ban that stops cities from fining homeowners for their dead lawns. While it is understandable that homeowners associations are concerned about the appearance of suburban areas, this concern shouldn’t undermine the importance of fighting California’s historic drought. It boggles my mind that there are cities citing residents for their dead lawns, especially in a time of drought.

I am glad that this issue has been dealt with. Homeowners have been concerned about this issue for years, especially when they want to conserve water. California citizens are doing all they can to conserve water, and hopefully soon relief will come to the drought-ridden state. In the mean time, I ask that you continue to enact measures that conserve water. Thank you for doing all you can to ensure that California has enough water to meet its needs.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Gerald Simmons

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  1. dont fine for dead lawns in other states!

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