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La Mesa city officials want to rid neighborhoods of properties with excessive weeds or refuse. Not only are unkempt properties an eyesore to the community, but they also create fire hazards.

The weed-abatement program began in May, after the city council passed a resolution confirming that there were properties in the City with overgrown weeds and unsightly trash.

Shortly after, members of the fire department as well as La Mesa's weed-abatement inspector Carisa Workman began touring the city, looking for wrecked lawns. Once spotted, a notice was sent to the property owner warning them that if the weeds or refuse remained then fines would be handed down.

"In recent years, the cost for clearing weeds or refuse has ranged from $500 to $5000," read the notice sent to property owners. "Therefore, we urge you to take care of this condition on your property."

On Tuesday, the city council will hear from the property owners who object to the ordinance. During that meeting, they will decide whether to proceed with the weed-abatement program.

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MURPHYJUNK June 28, 2011 @ 7:36 a.m.

and a boon for the weed "cleaning " companies to rip off property owners with inflated rates


Twister June 28, 2011 @ 2:30 p.m.

SCARE TACTICS! Marginal relevance. Not to mention that few, if any "officials" understand what a weed is or the importance of managing land to minimize ignition potential, fire spread, erosion, slope failure, and the context that actually relates to the real fire hazard.

Weed "cleaning companies" are CERTAIN to make CERTAIN that the weed problem is perpetuated. These little raids are just publicity stunts, and they bear little relationship to the problem of preventing the loss of lives and property by large fires. Most fire companies have limited capability, beyond which "control" is an illusion. The same is true of the state of the vegetation, which is not a direct structure-ignition issue beyond about 30 feet; the big hazard is the ignition of flammable material by flying burning debris OUTSIDE of the fire perimeter.

This silly business of "clearance" is valid ONLY where the combination of fire suppression capability and response time ensure that structure and life protection/rescue is significantly feasible.

Officials have been hoodwinking the public on the issue of fire safety for decades, even centuries. The fantasy is a helluva lot more comfortable than the reality.


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