GLENDALE (CBS) — The city of Glendale is imposing a ban on artificial grass. Notices are going out to homeowners whose front yards are covered in turf.

Geneva Dotson says she was forced to pay crews $3,000 to rip up her brand new front yard after receiving a notice from city hall.

“There’s enough drama in life without having the city breathing down my back,” says Dotson. “I’m very angry about it, to tell you the truth.”

So, what’s the gripe?

City officials say the concern is related to the plastic and chemicals used in the artificial turf.

When asked why the fake grass would continue to be allowed in backyards, officials had no answer.

A turf company contacted by KCAL9 said some artificial lawns contain lead, but there is no harm posed to children or adults.

City officials say they plan to press criminal charges against those who do not comply with the ban.

Comments (315)
  1. Irishman says:

    It sounds to me like the Glendale City Council has confused itself with a homeowner’s association . . .

    1. Ghandi says:

      They are all communists idiots out there. Not only the elected but the idiots that continue to re=elect the same communists year after year.. The citizens deserve everything they get from these fools.

      1. Dave head says:

        RETROACTIVE LAWS are unconstitutional. That means the lady who already spent $3000 for her turf lawn is not subject to the sudden change in council law.

        Poor lady. She should have consulted a lawyer (or just read the constitution) before ripping-up and losing her $3000 investment.

      2. Alice Ramirez says:

        Not everyone votes for these Fascists, and unfortunately we have to endure them because the fools, a slight majority, keep voting them in.

    2. Wrightclick says:

      All levels of government are nothing more than a homeowner’s association, run amok.

      1. Jason Carroll says:

        or community organizers elected as presidents…

      2. Danny Ross says:

        I’m from the government. I’m here to help you.

    3. Mike V says:

      There is no difference. They both spend your money foolishly and always pay too much.

    4. jeff6times7 says:

      It’s ok with me if the act like idiots as long as they stay in California. The problem is they don’t stay in CA.

      They end up moving to my state, where they CONTINUE to vote like idiots.

      You know, instead of the fed gov’t funding stupid experiments designed to figure out how to make chickens talk or some other such nonsense, they should fund experiments that teach left wing liberals to think a bit more before voting on some stupid proposition. By the way, I make a distinction between left wing liberals and right wing liberals.

      1. Alice Ramirez says:

        What do you mean by “right-wing liberals?” RINOs? Just asking. Please clarify,

      2. Beez says:

        Alice, those would be RINOs.

      3. Irishman says:

        What state are you in? We’ll send you a few since we seem to have an excess of political idiots, at least in the Glendale area.

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    6. Karen says:

      David head – Neither the US or CA constitutions deal with astro turf. Please be aware of that to prevent yourself unnecessary headaches.

      Why in the world are people putting in astro turf in the first place?

      I am annoyed with the astro turf people for doing this and harming the environment in the process.

      I live in Glendale.

      1. Zeke Blake says:

        Yeah, it is better to use gas lawnmowers to cut real grass. That will NOT use tons more fuel over the decades then harm the artificial grass does….

        Don’t say they should use hand pushed because that just is NOT going to happen on a large scale.

      2. Living in Seal Beach says:

        Karen – I believe what David was referring to in the US or CA constiution is the continuing encroachment of government control and regulation on the freedoms of the people, not if they would approve astro-turf.

        You are free to have grass for your lawn just as your neighbor is free to rip theirs out and install artificial grass. If you don’t like it, too bad. It’s not your property.

        Ironically, in some cities, artificial grass is considered environmentally friendly because water is not wasted having to water it.

        Saving on water was one of the reasons I installed it. I love artificial grass as my grass is always green, and I don’t have to mow it or spend money on a gardner to care for it, and as mentioned, I save on water and my water bill.

        Many of my neigbors have installed it after seeing how good it looked with low maintenance.

      3. adam says:

        The green council in san diego has been pushing fake grass for years now. There are/were even govt. incentives to put it in for “environmental reasons”. Save water, save the planet. bla, bla, bla… These idiots can’t save themselves let alone the environment. btw, the $3K was to rip it out, not the cost to put it in which was much higher.

  2. Madrussian says:

    Then let the City of Glendale pay for the water to keep the grass green!

    1. Wrightclick says:

      … and the gas for lawn mowers.

      1. Mike V says:

        And the fertilizer, weed killers, sprinkler heads & valves, garden tools, weed wackers and line, bnlowers, etc,etc,etc…

      2. Michael J. McDermott says:

        Well, cigarettes…

    2. Mike V says:

      During the recent drout, the water district in our town required an 8% reduction in water consumption. The town conserved too much. Most people lost thousands of dollars worth of landscaping on top of the already plummeting housing prices. Suddenly the water district wasn’t turning a profit because everyone conserved too much. For all our participation we were rewarded with a sizeable rate increase which of course is still in place even thought he drout is officially over.

      1. Miles Monroe says:

        That’s pretty much the same thing that has happened here in Las Vegas. We ripped out our lawns and cut our water use in half. For that we got a rate increase.

      2. Chief Pontiac says:

        This exact same thing happened here in CA in the late ’80’s. We saved too much water and the water dept. lost money. instead of giving the employees the option of a pay cut or face layoffs (like any other business), they just raised the rates. And the rate increase stayed.

    3. RealityBetraysUs says:

      Time for recall of all city officials who over-regulate. I think it would be good also to sue them for water bills. Let them pay for legislating their stupidity.

      1. Alice Ramirez says:

        I like this idea! SUE all the POSs!

  3. ginny says:

    City Councils penalize residents if they try and come up with a way to assure that their lawns and homes look presentable all the time. Then when a resident lets their grass turn to weeds and the plants die and the home exterior is let to ruin they come after them too. How about we all plant cactus and desert landscapes…rocks, and dirt. They’ll have a problem with that too. These councils need to let homeowners take care of their own property or the councils need to pick up th bill.

    1. starzzguitar says:

      They already have a problem with cactus and desert landscapes. They are not allowed either already. So, that is why some people went to artificial lawns. That is not allowed now. But in reality, the solution is to vote in people with some common sense and an “R” after their name. Otherwise, don’t complain.

    2. Mike V says:

      Then they could change the city’s name to Hemit!

  4. Howard Lee says:

    Welcome to the USSR of Mexifornia. Like it or leave it.

    1. greenman9 says:

      Me too! And here in Oklahoma, we can even….get ready for it……own a gun!

    2. Ted says:

      Amen my friend Amen!

    3. Patrick says:

      California is so far left that Republicans in California would be considered moderate to left leaning liberals in any mid-western or southern state.

    4. Pearl says:

      Glendale is represented by a Democrat in Congress and Democrats in the State legislature and has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+12, meaning a generic Democrat candidate for president would lead a Republican by 12 points. I’m pretty sure that means Glendale’s politics are Democratic, not Republican.

    5. DJH says:

      Awww, poor, ignorant, hate filled liberal. Did mommy forget to change your diaper this morning?
      You’re not very good at this whole insult thing – are you 12?

    6. Me says:

      I thought the Mayor and City council were all DEMOCRATS

    7. Duker says:

      Me too, left in 1990 for Alaska, we can carry concealed weapons without a permit!

    8. Cupric says:

      I’d say Pearl put the STHU on F Inda!

    9. Z says:

      I did leave. Moved to AZ

    10. Jason Carroll says:

      i thought it was the ussr of californication … ?

      1. timothius says:

        I hope that you didn’t bring California idea with you! we in the west don’ need them.

    11. Jimma Cartaah says:


      I spit cola thru my nose on that one. Right on!!

  5. Boston Tom says:

    Could not have said it better.

    1. SeriouseAsAHeartAttack says:

      The government runs on OUR tax money.

      Ignorance of the law is no excuse for your stupidity.

      Or else, crouch down and lick the back end of your master.

    2. Mike V says:

      On my web page there is a big ad for EZ Turf. Talk about gutsy!

    3. soqueesh_Mulhatra says:

      Let’s see how they feel when homeowners just pave their front yards with asphalt. To H E L L with the socialist thieves!

  6. Ralph says:

    If I remember right, wasn’t just a few months ago that alot of cities wanted you to rip up your grass abd replace it with fake grass so it would save water. Well I guess the water shortage is officially over, we saved the planet from imploding on its self. GOOD GOING GLENDALE, here’s another big brother tactic breathing down our backs, and another way to get money from you and that they don’t deserve.

  7. R_Swift says:

    Too many illegals in the parking lot at Home Depot? Is this an LA jobs bill?

  8. Mark Newman says:

    The liberals in California have honed excessive government into a fine art.You get what you desrve.(See; re-election of Jerry brwon in 2010.) If he didn’t destroy the State in his first incarnation, give him a second chance!

  9. aubreyfarmer says:

    Once the cities have convinced everyone that they have no property rights, even the most minor deviation from ridiculous public policy will be prosecuted. Municipal fines for everything from not keeping trees trimmed so limbs come no closer than 12 ‘ from the ground to fining you for not pulling all of the corn and tomato bushes because they are more than 10″ tall. Fascism is alive and well and the trend will continue as long as the 99% continue to be herded like sheep.

  10. Albert Barlow says:

    How many millions in advertizing have the give to the Be Water Wise people?
    I sort of wish civil servants like these would douse them selves in gasoline and burn.

    1. miked says:

      now you have the right idea,i like the way you think good job

    2. Ted Huss says:

      I sort of think this might just be a case of LAZINESS. The pols get a blurb that says,
      “There’s lead in them thar plastique grass” an instead of tracking it down (that would take actual work by somebody in local govt.), they pass a broad brush ban.
      However, they forget to say “front..and back yards”, but that would take more work to correct, so they just try to power over their laziness and use fines to “get
      er done”.

      1. vanyali says:

        No, the health issues thing is just a ruse. The banned the fake grass because they think it’s tacky. They didn’t ban it in back yards because no one has to look at anyone else’s back yard, so no one cares if a back yard looks tacky.

        That said, this rule is ridiculous, and is the sort of thing that makes me not want to move back to the US any time soon.

    3. Alice Ramirez says:

      I agree! Let’s see all the nanny-state petty tyrants immolate themselves! YES!!

  11. Hugh says:

    Libs love to make issues out of non-issues, while they ignore the real ones. The average tax payer is the one who suffers and pays the price. The CA voter continues to vote these idiots into office. That is why I left Kaliforniastan.

    Enjoy your paradise out there!

    1. Brett Miller says:

      Hugh, I love it, the way you referred California as Kalifornianstan. I left Orange County (neighboring county to Los Angeles) because of all the Soviet Union style issues that goes on there. The only thing I miss is the weather. Where I am at, there is no regulations, you put what you feel. If the neighbors are against it, they ask you, not the government although there is no government, tin this quiet little town, to take it down. If it is not so important and they are polite about it, you comply. If it is important enough or they came across as demanding or rude to you then you ignore their request and tell them to kiss your donkey.

    2. Rob says:

      Government is trying to create as many new laws as possible to make as many criminals out of Citizens as possible. This is foolish considering they are letting violent criminals go free because of over crowding. If this was Riverside after arrresting you they will start charging you $164 per day for being jailed. When you can’t pay from being out of work they will confiscate your property. Welcome to Police State USA. Soon we’ll all be working for the Government one way or another.

  12. jevad says:

    Does anyone know where I can get some plastic dandelions?

    1. Johnnyboy says:

      Is this a trick question? has to be WalMart. good one though!

      1. Itania says:

        I’d like to see the reaction on the homeowners face when they see a plastic dandelion popped up in their artificial lawn.

  13. Luci says:

    Residents should begin proceedings to recall the City Council. Take a page from what the Liberals are doing in Wisconsin. Nothing will tick them off more than using their tactics against them.

    1. Massimo Deportado says:

      Won’t happen.

      Californians are well known to shy away from any kind of confrontation, even life or death.

      I mean, one would not want to feeeeeel unnnnncomfortable, right? RIGHT?

      I gotta get out of here but now I have to wait until capitalism comes back in style….


    2. The Bruce says:

      I agree. The Californian brand of sheep just bleet loudly and proudly when the gub’mint comes a knockin’.

    3. Irishman says:

      I’m afraid that Californians are probably a little shy about the recall process these days. They recalled Gray Davis and look what they ended up with for seven years . . the Sperminator . . . a guy with no prior political experience who apparenlty couldn’t govern his way out of anything except perhaps his own underwear, and then only if/when there was a woman (attractive or not) around . . .

  14. mike says:

    Good that stuff is ugly who wants to look at that stuff when you drive down the street.

    1. starzzguitar says:

      Ah, a response from a city council member. Mike, you are ugly so stop driving down my street.

      1. Jason Carroll says:

        bingo was his name-o

    2. Marcus Jackson says:

      I’d rather drive by green fake grass than a yard of weeds and brown dirt patches. At a glance, you can’t really tell the difference.

      1. Don Parsons says:

        Million dollar athletes have been playing on this stuff for years. Where is my lawyer?? That will never stand up in court. Recall the whole bunch.

  15. Brad says:

    Thomas Jefferson Weeps.

    1. Moe says:

      Thomas warned us many years ago and now his predictions and warnings have come home to roost.

      Everyday I think it surely can’t get any worse than this, BUT THEN I WAKE UP AND IT IS.

      1. Barry says:

        This is why we have the Tea Parties. To ORGANIZE against creeping fascism.

  16. glenp says:

    the LIBERAL nightmare continues and YOU A HOLES elected these people


  17. glenp says:

    doesn’t GLENDALE suck anyway?

    1. Jason Carroll says:

      not as much as ms. “im not a crook” pelosi. man do you see the weird facial expressions she makes when reporters ask why she gives government handouts to businesses she that she is in bed with? how old is she anyways??? all of her plastic surgeries make her confusing…

  18. Brett Miller says:

    OK, that, ladies and gentlemen, is another reason why I left the southland. Glendale city council was never too bright to begin with. I may be a new home owner (in Virginia) but what other option is there? The way I see it, real grass or a dirt yard. I am sure the city would not appreciate dirt in the yard so that leaves real grass which goes hand in hand with Obama-care. The government going through the backdoor to require you to buy a product in which as I see it is still illegal by the constitution of the United States for any branch of government to require a product to be bought against the will of the people..

    1. Steve in Va Beach says:

      Welcome to Virginia Brett. The lower cost of living and fewer regs must be quite a shock. I’ve lived in Virginia Beach since 1981and love it here. Not saying it’s perfect, but having been out to California several times, I prefer Virginia. We have a red state legislature and a great Governor. One of our blue US Senators will be gone in 2012.

  19. PickMark says:

    These are elected officials. Call them! Write them! Recall them! Require them to account for how this ordinance began, who was behind it at the start, and how many members voted against the ordinance.

    The ones that voted “nay” should be supported and complimented. This is a job for which the media should be used.

    Pressure! Pressure! Pressure!

    1. VHS says:

      How bout schools do they have to change there turf too??

  20. glenp says:

    how about yards full of GREEN ROCK?

  21. Brad says:

    Best thing to happen for the US is CA fall into the water.

  22. AlterEgo366 says:

    The City of Indian Wells Ca has installed high end artificial grass in some of their medians. It has been in place several years now and does not appear to have caused injury or death to residents, workers or wildlife. I’m guessing overtime it could be cost effective but “quality”, realistic looking, commercially installed artificial grass is not inexpensive.
    Government, federal, state and local is out of control… and needs to be dramatically reigned in. If this is symptomatic of Glendale’s governance, it’s your own damn fault. You might consider replacing your city council, city manager and city attorney. Likewise, you hired Jerry Brown and his crew. Similarly USA… you hired Obama and his entourage. Not working out so well for us.

  23. LibsRStewpid says:

    Run these shortsighted imbeciles off and take back your state. Leftist buffoons.

  24. Alan Di says:

    What about all the chemicals used in maintaining a real lawn? The government has no right to ban something you put on your property without due compensation. Have any of the city councilmen read the US Constitution?

  25. Alan Di says:

    Having lived in Glendale, I know the city council will fold like a house of cards if you threaten a lawsuit!

  26. Lilith says:

    I’m so happy I live in Virginia. We have a Republican senate, Republican house, and Republican governor and freedom. So sorry California but you did vote for Socialism, didn’t you? How’s that “Occupy” working out for you?

  27. Stick it up your Grass! says:

    They don’t call Glendale “Glendale” anymore….. it’s been renamed “Glebannon” according to an Armenian friend. That place has sure changed for the worse over the years, ugh.

    Fake lawns, who cares?? The artificial turf actually looks normal from far away. If the resident wants to cut their water bill and dump serious $$ into installing fake grass, let them do it.

    CA in many ways is so going to $hit!!!!! Sad but true.

  28. Mikey says:

    Governments are supposed to crack down on criminals, who commit real crimes, not citizens who choose fake grass over real. They should set up artificial Christmas trees out front, too.

    1. JohnStarkReturns says:

      Don’t you mean holiday trees?

      1. Mikey says:

        *I* don’t. You might. I call things what they are. PC is stupid. I choose not to participate.

  29. Don Boatman says:

    Let them put us all in jail. There’s no money nor room for all us hard core criminals in their gulag – Tell the council they can ignore serious criminals and oppress the rest!

    1. fatburgerrules says:

      They wont put you in jail. If you don’t pay the fine they will take your house.

  30. MIKED says:


  31. JustSayNoNow says:

    Let illegals cross the border and steal others identification without any consequences. But, put in fake grass… to jail! (If you vote for any Democrat, these are the kinds of decisions you get – and deserve)

  32. TroyG says:

    The problem with CA is that there are too many people who don’t mind their own business, and elect every kook who runs. Perhaps that is because only the kooks remain there.

    Thank goodness I live in redneck land. People worry about their family and friends. People worry about those without food. Haven’t seen a single instance of tyrannical behavior from any town in the area.

  33. TimD says:

    Cement over EVERYTHING!

  34. kentex1146 says:

    How would I feel if I woke up tomorrow morning and discovered that Las Vegas has a beach?


  35. Soul Leister says:

    How can the city fine residents for not mowing their yards if the residents don’t have grass to mow???

    How can the city fine residents for using excess water if their yards don’t require water???

    How can the city hire more union yard monitors if there is zero chance of having a finable offense???

    Its one of their many non-traditional streams of cash… eventually you will have to have a permit (tax) to have a living lawn (like a dog license/tax)… your kids are next (that’s right, mandatory shots and a collar).

  36. ps613 says:

    Great. Now they use all the chemicals to keep the grass green. What a bunch of tools.

  37. says:

    Put the turf on your driveway, or roof instead.

  38. Mikey says:

    -What are you in for?
    -I killed a man for lookin’ at me funny. What about you?
    -I put astroturf on my front lawn.

  39. fatburgerrules says:

    How may on the council had their pockets line by landscapers?

    How about every time there is a drought, we are required to cut back water and get an increase in water fees because by the water company is losing money? How much money went into the pockets of the city councel?

  40. Rick says:

    This was a jobs bill. Too many illegals who were cutting lawns were losing their jobs. Putting (un)Americans bavck to work

  41. Rocky says:

    The word Liberal is a nice cover name for Nazi.
    Case in point Liberals are Socialists – Socialists are Liberals – Socialist and Liberals are to the Left – The National Socialist Party was to the Left – The National Socialist Party was Liberal – The National Socialist Party were the Nazi Party !
    So we can honestly state that the Liberal Left are really closet Nazis.
    The Armenians and Russians in LA should realize this.
    Also the Lefts sugar Daddy George Soros is a Hungarian Jew and Nazi Collaborator.
    That should be a Red Flag to the true intentions of the Liberal Left !

    1. Brandon says:

      Historically the two major parties had mostly identical views when it came to matters of finance. Liberals where known for advocating social freedoms where as conservatives wanted to enforce strict “moral” behavior on everyone whether the behavior was harmful to others or not. Sadly the liberals have corrupted what was once a noble party.

  42. Henry Pierce says:

    A nice Happy Story finally, now if Spokane can get some direction from Glendale we too will have a better City…

  43. Icarus Barnabus says:

    This is way too funny. The Idiocracy is here. We worship at the feet of our masters. They know what is best for us. We have no brain. We have no thought patterns to deal with artificial turf. In California, our mainstream thought is only artificial breasts and artificial politicians. Thank God for Glendale. And I don’t want to throw a ratchet in the cratchet, but why did they not comment about back yards? One of them has an artificial backyard? You’re kidding!!

  44. kguy says:

    How nice! Here in Las Vegas we have NO lawns or anything green so SoCal can suck ALL the water out of Lake Mead.


  45. Harpotoo says:

    F CaliPornia! It could fall off into the pacific and the only who would give a squat are those with relatives there.

  46. paul says:

    Well this is a good example of the idiocity oF Agenda 21 and the International Property Maintanance Codes created by the United Nations and adopted by local governments to generate revenue at the peoples expense. Wake up People the government is not yours!!!

  47. Booger McCoy says:

    Way to crack down on the criminal element. Next up, no tying balloons to mailboxes when announcing Tammy’s 7th birthday.

  48. jays says:

    Fake grass = no overgrowth = no fines

    1. Steve says:

      Follow the money… mayor probably is partners with the chief of police in a side lawn care and irrigation business!

  49. Don says:

    I think the City has forgotten that not to many years ago when there was a drought, there was water restrictions on most of California to not water the lawns and was arresting homeowners when they illegally watered on the wrong day or even watered the lawn at all. Seems like the City is trying to have it both ways now.

  50. Richard_Iowa says:

    This is but another excellent example of the dumbing down of academics in America over the past 35 + years. People cannot read, they cannot write, they have no critical thinking skills, and they are unable to engage in complex reasoning. And, boys and girls, they are now in charge of our schools and government. Stupid, meaningless laws that these not very bright leaders think are just the ticket for demonstrating their intellectual and managerial prowess. So, there you go.

  51. 4grandma says:

    You California liberal voted these people in. Now you suffer the consequences. Learn from this! SMALLER CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT!!! Vote for it in 2012

  52. Liberals SUCK says:

    Geneva Dotson played it all wrong. Should have told the liberals to go to hell, gotten arrested, and watched the huge public outcry until she was finally released, and then hit the talk show rounds, all the while naming names and exposing these Nazis who made the fake grass law. I feel for her but she missed a great opportunity.

  53. MDW says:

    Apparently, the Glendale City Council thinks we live in Yerevan.

    When the City Council starts paying my property taxes and lays out the cash for the upkeep of my house, they can tell me what to do with my own property. Until then, they can kiss my Royal Irish…grass.

  54. smokehouse56 says:

    Keep pulling the democratice lever. BwHaHahahahahahahaah I just love it. I’ll bet 100-1 she voted liberal democrat.

  55. Big Texan says:

    I guess they prefer everyone to have grass in their yards and use chemicals and pesticides to keep it alive. That works wonders for the water supply. The chemicals are truly dangerous but that don’t talk about that in their City Council Meetings. Kalifornia, its not just for miscreants anymore.

  56. Tangair says:

    This will backfire on the city council. The fact that the synthetic lawns are allowed in back yard areas pierces the veil of a public protection motive. Further, newer synthetic lawns are far “friendlier” than a real lawn that needs to be watered and fertilized. Go ahead, try to prosecute one of you fine citizens and see how fast their attorney drains your coffers.

  57. Dave says:

    Well what do people really expect from leftwing government? They have always wanted to control people and constantly take your freedoms away one at a time…..creating criminals out of normally law abiding citizens.
    My advice is for the denizens of Glendora to mass and march on city hall and drag those who approved this ‘law’ out into the street, and tar and feather them, and then run them out of town.
    Or do nothing and see even more of your freedoms taken away because they dont like something.

  58. Dave Shaffer says:

    Dear California…the rest of the world is right in laughing in your face. I would, too, but I pity you. I think you’re just a sad, sad, place.


    j/k rotflmao

  59. Phil says:

    In Kalifornia, plastic lawn removes you! Please don’t move to my state and decide to “fix” our bacwards ways. I always hope that liberals never find out how nice other parts of the country are.

  60. Texan says:

    The people of Glendale would be better served by replacing their city officals instead of their atrificial turf.

  61. Gamps says:

    The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
    -Frederick Douglass-

  62. bullseye bob says:

    Keep your lawns and demand a jury trial when you’re arrested. No jury would convict.

    1. Gamps says:

      I wouldn’t put my trust in a jury made up of Californians!

  63. Elroy says:

    Cal must have solved their water shortage problems?

    1. Laughing at Stupid says:

      The idiots behind this law are going to claim stupid when someone asks them about the water issue.

    2. DaveP says:

      Exactly my thought – what’s worse, some plastic off-venting or no water for agriculture/industry/people?

    3. charlie says:

      It appears the city may not be getting enough revenue from water use from those who have turf. Danger! Government at work thinking of ways to meddle.

  64. Jsmith90 says:

    Glendale must be a great place to live if this is the only thing the city council has to worry about.

  65. robert says:

    Any person who had the turf installed before the law could only be made to remove that turf if the city paid for it. The Constitution states that a law cannot be made retroactive.

    1. bullseye bob says:

      You’re obviously not a lawyer.

  66. JM says:

    She should put up some little signs advertising all the pesticides, fertilizers, lawn treatments and other unpleasentries she uses now to maintain the real grass.

    And run those sprinklers every allowable minute each day.

  67. JT says:

    “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
    — Founding Father Thomas Paine

  68. AlexU says:

    It is just as stupid to ban artificial lawns as it is to install them in the first place.

  69. Spring says:

    The City wants the money from the water bill…. That’s All!

  70. bill.1942 says:

    Wow! Maybe bad taste DOES cost more.

  71. Susan says:

    The City of Simi Valley has the same law – they just haven’t started enforcing it yet.

  72. stargirl says:

    who will get hired to pull up the artificial grass?
    who will replace it with real grass?

  73. Billy Thomas says:

    Just another little American industry being forced out of business. Don’t you just love Big GOVERNMENT.

  74. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    These people must be smoking artificial Pot.

    There used to be a tax credit for the water savings.

    “Thank you Sir, may I have another”?

  75. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    Mental Illness can be rather amusing if it wasn’t so damned dangerous.

  76. RichB says:

    Just think…in a little less than a year we will be rid of Obama and all of this nonsense will stop!

    1. NY9Solyndra says:

      “Just think…in a little less than a year we will be rid of Obama and all of this nonsense will stop!”

      We’re going to have to get these communists out of ALL levels of government. It’s going to take a lot longer than a year.

      Consider school boards that are puppets of teachers unions. It’s very hard to get them swapped out for people who actually care about the kids and the taxpayers over the union.

  77. Ted Huss says:

    The nature of many cities and suburbs change quickly. For example, one might think Phoenix, AZ to be a bastion of conservatism, but it’s mayor and many politicians and, nearly all in the educational system, are democrats. Parties gain power in a city that don’t necessarily reflect the politics of a majority of ordinary citizens. If you can show me the political affiliations of the current Board of Supervisors, the mayor, vice-mayor, etc. and their major contributors are Republican, then and only then, you may have a point.

  78. Colt says:

    Pave it. Fu$k ’em.

    1. rick says:

      Pave it and paint it green

  79. mike says:

    File criminal charges against the City officials. Find grounds to file. Enter into a class action lawsuit. Speaking as someone who has worked in local goverment I can tell you this represents such a level of abject stupidity every elected official should be run out on a rail. Every manager connected with this decision from the city manager to department heads to staff willing to carry penalty notices should be fired.

  80. Keith says:

    … in a related story, the Glendale City Council has announced a moratorium on fake breasts along with their recent ban on fake lawns. Citing scientific studies that Monsanto and Dupont use some of the same chemicals in implants as they do in their artificial lawn products, all women are now required to have their augmentations removed and returned to their natural state before the ban takes effect next Wednesday.

    1. kevin says:

      I would not be surprised if they did do this.

  81. Richard Pappas says:

    Glendale is in the 29th congressional district… a seat held by a very liberal democrat. Additionally, Glendale’s state assembly representatives are a republican (who’s territory incorporates ~5% of the Glendale area) and another liberal democrat (his territory incorporates ~95% of Glendale).

    So… arch conservative? That would seem to be incorrect. But not shocking that a leftist would throw out unsubstantiated facts just to make themselves feel better. Enjoy oblivion after 2012 when we finally get you nut jobs out of the way…

    1. Just Saying says:

      I’m not sure what happened to someone’s earlier post trying to claim Glendale was “ARCH-CONSERVATIVE” but I wanted to add to your point that Glendale’s current mayor is a Democrat that was elected unanimously by members of the Glendale City Council…hardly “ARCH-CONSERVATIVE.”

  82. Caligula says:

    Business in front, party in the rear.

  83. James says:

    More leftist thug government brought to you by the people of California. Just when you thought government could not get any dumber they prove you wrong. So in California where they push lower emissions and water conservation this seems like the perfect solution. Less maintenance, little to no water (have to clean it now and then) and it looks nice. Concern about the chemicals in the artificial grass but what about the actual chemicals used to weed and feed real grass. What a joke. Then to top it off you allow the “dangerous artificial turf” in the back yard but not in the front yard. Really as shame you can’t fix stupid but maybe you can vote them out.

  84. Glendale Guy says:

    FaithIndaSystem your full of it.. I live in Glendale, For decades its been a left-wing overtaxed and overregulated appartment utopia mostly inhabitated by , hispanics (mostly illegal), armenians, a few asians, and a tiny spattering of whites and blacks. Just a typical work day for of our demosratic nanny government, focused on trivia and mass control/regulation while blithly ignoring everything that relly matters.

    1. DJH says:

      Now now now… let’s not let a little thing like facts cloud the mindless trappings of inept children. barry told him what to think and he’s being a good Amerikan and blindly following the people who give a couple hundred a month to buy meth and leech off the system.

    2. Slavtrader says:

      Well there you have it. The Hispanics are behind it. They’re upset that they can no longer cut your grass…In all seriousness, don’t you see the Saul Alinsky plot in all of these items. Just keep attacking and give the “man” small things to fight at. The goal is not to win on any one issue. The goal is to win on the all-ecompassing larger issue. Communism sounds so good on paper. How does it feel once it’s being enacted and you are in violation of “The People’s Will”.

    3. JoeTheFilmmaker says:

      Well duh… Glendale city workers, at least the firemen, are all getting $100K+ a year. This is how California is now. Steal what you can now, and by all means.

      1. Robert says:

        Orange County the average FF is (as of 2 years ago) raking in $175,000 yr. Almost $15K a month to mostly eat, sleep and work out. Cue imminent attack by retired FF’s sucking off the teat. Around here you can be assured the nicest most kitted out and expensive F350 sports a union sticker as does their spouse’s Lexus SUV.

  85. Tom Palermo says:

    Wake up America, the terrorist are already here! They live in Washington, our state capitals and local our local governments. They’ve thrown out our Constitution, making THEM our homegrown terrorist!

  86. peterj says:

    America, Land of the free. How many decades ago was that ??

    1. williaml says:

      America, Home of the FEE

  87. Auric Maston says:

    So full of fail that words fall short. Glendale, I’m sure you have nice views and nice folks but your city government is insane. You cannot criminalize artificial laws. Did you greedy politicians just do that so that you can fine them if they overwater/underwater their lawns?

    Immediately cease paying all taxes to Glendale. All.


    Won’t take but a week for this ordinance to go away.

    Try it.

  88. pumpkin says:

    Don’t ever walk in Glendale…cuz you’ll never see tomorrow if you do.

    Armenians are exempt from all laws!

  89. Paul says:

    But it’s okay to use mercury “green” light bulbs in your house where kids can break them and you need a haz mat suit to clean up the glass. This prohibition on the astroturf is a concession to Pelosi. She thinks the tea party is behind this in order to put illegals out of work tending the real grass. How about water conservation? that should count for something, right?

  90. Mark Carlton says:

    Sounds like the local tyrants have an excess of time on their hands and a dearth of gray matter. That’s an unfortunate combination.

  91. DJH says:

    That’s the peoples repubik of kalifornia for you. Freedom and liberty – sure, as long as you confine yourself to the thought and process dictated by the ‘state’.

    It is truly amazing that the cowardly leaders of this city would have the audacity to file criminal charges for this. Perhaps it’s time for the folks of Glendale drag their so called ‘leaders’ out of chamber and down the street by their hair – then straight out of town on a rail.
    Can you smell the millions of dollars in lawsuits the taxpayers are about to pay out due to yet another egregious example of gov’t ignorance?

    I wonder who the corrupt, integrity challenged moron(s) is who pushed this to begin with.

  92. Distant Smoke says:

    Wow! An American city who’s biggest worry is enforcing what your front yard looks like! Of course, I don’t want to LIVE there, but, yeah, I *envy* you people.

  93. Mark says:

    I Smell Nancy Pelosi

  94. Ho zay says:

    Now that we 99% can’t buy a home with no iincome or down payment, we need Glendale to order its homeowners to leave their doors unlocked at all times so we can use their bathrooms and beds and showers and clothes and wives when we want. After all we are all created equal.

    1. Jubal Harshaw says:

      “We find these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal…” It’s up to each person to make something of him/her self AFTER creation. Created equal is not the same as ‘achieved equally’. Grow up.

      1. williaml says:

        Let’s see, How can I put money in my pocket without some entity taking it from me.

        I need to be in Congress

  95. Jubal Harshaw says:

    A 15 minute search of the internet yields the following about Glendale: A gerrymandered district with a PVI rating of 21+ Democratic. City Council appoints the Mayor. Right now: Mayor: Laura Friedman, Democrat; Council Members: Rafi Manoukian Registered Democrat; Ara Najarian registered Republican; Frank Quintero Ref: “The Brown Act” to minimize citizen input: probable Democrat; Dave Weaver “Independent” . And the kicker for the ‘no artificial grass’ decision: Laura Friedman is married to Guillaume Lemoine, a professional landscape designer. Got that itchy, burny sensation yet?

    1. williaml says:

      time for prep H or naybe KY.
      WOW and I didn’t get any chocolates

  96. john says:

    that’s why they call it LA LA land.

  97. GunRocker says:

    Please come to my house to enforce some unconstitutional ban on me or my property, send as many as you want, it will be their last visit to anywhere! It is time for Americans to learn about what the US Constitution and the bill of rights really mean!

  98. Brigade Homeland says:

    Drones. Overhead drones, 24 hours a day, is the final solution for Glendale.

  99. Captain Incredulous says:

    The fine City of Glendale….weren’t they the one’s that built that nice shelter for the illegal day-workers at the local Home Depot?

    I guess you get the city counsel that you deserve…..:)

  100. joe jericho says:

    Shouldn’t be a criminal charge, legally speaking, should be civil in nature. Of course, the city has no business being involved with this anyway. Regulation is one thing, criminal is another. American governments are out of control and are starting to act like Soviet governments.

  101. Hoser says:

    Why don’t you just pack City Council meetings, start a recall, or back an alternative candidate for the Council? Or move.

  102. mark edward marchiafava says:

    land of the free? LOL, absolutely not.

    1. williaml says:

      No, land of the FEE

  103. Ghandi says:

    I find it amazing that he citizens of Cali dont completely revolt against the very idiots that they continue to elect year after year.

    1. leavingCalifornia says:

      Because the residents of the world’s largest outdoor insane asylum are also idiots.

    2. Barack O'Fife says:

      No hablo englais, senor.

    3. philip inuhoff says:

      That’s because the “citizens” of Cali live in Oregon, or Texas, Nevada, Az……

    4. Steve Lindsey says:

      We truly deserve the Government that we get.

  104. NY9Solyndra says:

    Yikes, I hope they don’t ban fake boobs!

  105. FERRIS says:

    Let me guess, the illegal mexican lobbyists are behind this plot to ban the grass…. Last thing we need is more illegals out of work.


    1. jasmine says:

      You took the words out of my mouth. I was going to say – they need more landscaping jobs for the illegals.

      Or maybe they just want more Anglos to move out of the state.

  106. Marie says:

    Folks, stand up and get signatures against this! In Texas, our whole city council is being removed for doing something wrong and wasting lots of tax dollars.
    One man started a petiion.

  107. Steve Hollar says:

    What is wrong with those fools running Glendale? Have they given any thought to the fact we have a growing water problem in Southern California? Artificial turf is perfect because guess what, you don’t water it. Duh. Is this a new liberal thing? Oh that’s right it’s the chemicals. Chemicals are the scourge of liberals. Say the word chemical to a liberal and they shrink away in fear. Sorry, but you people running Glendale are just drooling morons. If anything needs to be occupied by it’s citizens, it’s the Glendale city hall.

  108. Jerky Miester says:

    You people in Cali only have yourselves to blame. These thinks happen when you elect stupid people to run your government. Look up the local recall election laws and put them into motion. Take back your cities and counties then move on to your state.

  109. John says:

    First, START A RECALL. Second, as them why it’s ok for them to be drinking from plastic water bottles during council meetings. Third, ask them why they are not all driving SMARTCARS if they’re so damn smart.

  110. Nick Papagiorgio says:

    I remember a few years ago when Glendale Fire employees told a homeowner they had to trim some trees because they were too close to their roof. When the homeowners paid out of pocket to comply with the Fire Dept orders, they were fined $375,000 by a different Glendale agency for touching a protected tree, LOL.

    1. baconknightt says:

      I recall that. That’s a ‘left had not knowing what the right is doing

    2. Sure, Not says:

      No, that’s the left hand not knowing what the FAR left hand is doing. lol

  111. Ghostsouls says:

    Do they NOT understand that it is because the City cannot hand out tickets for the grass being too tall and not mowed, if they have astro turf? Has nothing to do with the environment, or every football stadium with astro turf would have to be ripped up.

    1. Terry Rohan says:

      its the Mexican cartel, this cartel is the landscapers cartels. you don’t need to mow fake grass, so no money to be siphoned off to Mexico.
      The cartels called the mayor and said do it, or he would get his head cut off.
      So, now its illegal to have grass the kotex mafia doesn’t make any money off of.

  112. KOBE says:

    Sounds like some of the city council members have a side business selling real grass. They just don’t want people buying fake grass because it takes away from their business of selling real grass. So they just ban fake grass.

  113. Ken Puck says:

    My understanding is that there’s an ordnance pending before the city council that would ban gnomes from all lawns. Thank God we have a city council that has the public welfare at heart.

  114. jerrykregle says:

    and this is coming from the PRC the land of fruits nuts & berries
    the tree huggers and water nazis want you to conserve the water BUT DO NOT


  115. Klaus says:

    Welcome to America, and it’s coming to your town, too, wearing a Republican mask if it has to. Both parties are completely controlled by the central banking cartel who want it all. You wanted a police state after 9/11, and you shall have it, even if you change your mind.

  116. Gil Hanson says:

    Walk your money away from Glendale: There is a beautiful sight along the main streets in Glendale: more and more empty commercial buildings abandoned by smart business owners who packed out and moved away. With this intrusion tactics of the city council into private business, we can just envision homeowners leaving the place. And residential, middle-class renters too, since Glendale has no jobs to offer for them. It will be up to the city councils to stay here and take care of the lawns of empty properties.

  117. Spike Murdock says:

    Don’t watch many movies or TV I’m guessing? Don’t eat lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, celery, broccoli? Get all your oranges from Florida or Foreign countries? Just eat American food do you? No Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, French…

    Being from Ireland, Are you a good catholic?

  118. Matt says:

    and you thought that you lived in a free country where you were free to do as you wish with your own property. You are not.

  119. Jerky says:

    How much U wanna bet that Glendale is NOT left -wing. SoCal is full of right-wingers smart guy.

    1. Robin says:

      “SoCal is full of right-wingers smart guy.”


    2. Alex C. says:

      have you even been in California. The Government is run by left wing idiots who ran as conservatives or republicans,

    3. Malachi Vigilia says:

      Glendale is represented by 3 democrats (Liu, Gatto and Schiff) and 1 republlican (Smyth). Open mouth, insert foot. You have to go a little bit further south to hit more right wingers.

    4. maryb says:

      If that is true then why does Cali continue to veto Demo?

      What is wrong with putting down dyed green gravel?

    5. Bob Billings says:

      You are jerky my chain!

  120. Massimo Deportado says:

    Just keep voting democrat and everything will be fine…. = \

  121. Herr Stig says:

    SOunds like the same crew who run the occupy Fleabagger movement.

  122. Jonah Kyle says:

    ˙ǝʇoʌ sıɥʇ ǝpɐɯ ʎǝɥʇ uǝɥʍ ǝɹǝʍ sɹǝqɯǝɯןıɔunoɔ ǝןɐpuǝןb ǝɥʇ ɟo spɐǝɥ ǝɥʇ ǝɹǝɥʍ sı sıɥʇ

  123. RVT1K says:

    So what about all the chemicals applied to real grass?

    Buy guns and bullets. Then use them.

  124. I'm Moving says:

    Yes, we Californians are definitely on a path of self-destruction. Why do we keep electing these hard core Leftists? Easy, California’s new majority want all the bankrupting social services they can possibly squeeze. Even brain-dead Senator Barbara Boxer was reelected.

    To the rest of America – view us as the lab case of what happens when the Left runs amuck. Once a jewel of the Union is now a cesspool.

  125. Machismo says:

    Here is the intelligence California leaders have.
    City officials say the concern is related to the plastic and chemicals used in the artificial turf.
    When asked why the fake grass would continue to be allowed in backyards, officials had no answer The City has not figured out how to tax it yet….

  126. joe says:

    let see, the city sells and taxes the water, residents put in turf to reduce costs, city isn’t getting money, now moves to ‘require you’ to plant grass… ah the liberal agenda at its finest.. so who owns the property?? not you, sounds like the government owns it.

  127. 5thcommjarhead says:

    Glendale is a liberal enclave. Leftists are the ARCH enemy of freedom.

  128. Bryan Eddy says:

    California is a beautiful place full of assh#$%s Run by assh%$#s.If you live there ,you’re surronded.

  129. Mister_Ed says:

    This article reminded me of Tug McGraw’s comment when asked if he preferred Astro the Houston Astrodome to real grass. “I don’t know, I never smoked AstroTurf” It is clear Glendale’s officials have tried it and prefer the natural stuff.

  130. LukeJohn says:

    I came to this country many years ago thinking that I was coming to “the Land ofthe Free”.

    Now I’m told what color I can paint my house. What design it must be.

    I’m told that I can no longer use 100 watt incandescent light bulbs.

    We need a permit for everything. Even what I exhale is declared a pollutant.

    Now I’m told that I cannot chose what to lay in front of MY home.

    What’s next?

    Land of the “Free” Ha!

  131. floyd says:

    What people do in their own damned yards is none of anyone elses business maybe they should file charges against the city council and throw their butts out of office and run them out of town

  132. Bill_K says:

    Just go to dirt and see how the city likes it.


    Pour concrete and paint it green (or have it with integral color to avoid weathering).

    No fake ‘turf’ and no water wasted on a lawn, can’t overgrow (concrete), so no citations for ‘blight’…

  133. JTK01 says:

    The Brady’s are domed. Won’t be able to cut the astor turf!

  134. John McGraw says:

    Power hungry officials and home owner associations continuously eating away at our basic freedoms.A bigger overall danger than foreign terrorists.

  135. Hawkdriver1961 says:

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

    Same concept….except the tables have turned now….Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss….

  136. tgc says:

    I don’t have any pity for anyone in California…you created the hell you are living in…deal with it!

  137. CBS Government News says:

    Nice censorship once again, CBS. No wonder your numbers suck.

  138. Jerzey Boy says:

    Nice to see a good news story once in a while. Love it! Fools

  139. Bill says:

    Danger! Danger, Will Robinson! Idiots at large in Glendale city hall!!

  140. ron says:

    I love the government …. no artificial the front of the house but ok in the backyard …. thats funny I have to assume the plastic and chemicals they are concerned about are only a problem in front of houses … again I LOVE GOVERNMENT

  141. old grouch says:

    It is way past the time for recall elections. Time for torches and pitchforks, folks. Tarring and feathering some of these “officials” might be just what California needs.

  142. ron says:

    people people … don’t you get it ???? the more artificial grass.the less jobs for illegals … its really a jobs bill

  143. Lawnmeister says:

    So when residents have to have their turf removed, they should simply spray their dirt lawn with Round-Up to make sure weeds don’t grow, and just keep a nice and clean dirt lawn.

    1. williaml says:

      Then they will get a fine for not having grass.
      I wonder what a yard fukk of rocks will be like

  144. The Bruce says:

    Residents of Glendale: Fear not. We, the City of Council, have a request you’ve heard many times before. Now, if you’ll kindly bend over, and with both hands, gently spread apart the skin the covers your lower-most oriface, we’ll commence to service you, the taxpayer.

  145. firstpoppa says:

    This is going to be a tough one for the city to defend. Okay in back, but not in the front?


    Hey libs! You voted for these idiots.

  146. Matt says:

    Synthetic Turf Contains No Lead Now…. And it was encapsulated in the fiber before anyways….. you waould have to eat a whole football field to have any issues. “GOOD LUCK WITH THAT” Also they just passed a law in San Diego that states HOA”s cannot say NO to synthetic turf once the company/product you are using is approved. Synthetic is harmless….. If we ban synthetic turf we should ban carpet as well….. Same components in the make up…….. HELLO!!!!!!

  147. Todd Lashley says:

    Question is… Does this mean more liberty or less liberty. Get the hell off my property and get the hell out of my face.

  148. JoeTheFilmmaker says:

    Glendale… I know a Glendale firefighter. He makes over $150k a year, and isn’t worth a squirt of pee. He owns two houses in value over $1mil. And he is 39 years old.

    Welcome to Glendale, CA.

  149. redneck says:

    You don’t need to mow the grass or use a leaf blower if your grass doesn’t grow right. So who
    would be hurt by this. You guessed it illegal immigrants.

  150. Chris Beall says:

    It’s simple. Tell the city to jump in a lake.

  151. John Galt says:

    I read a lot of griping about this (and rightly so). However, instead of just bellyaching, what are you Glendale residents going to do about it?

  152. lowerpower says:

    Rip up the sports fields at there high schools then! Or back off.

  153. poorhardworker says:

    Bwahahahaha!!! Got to love Californian’s! Nothing better to do than write more stupid laws! Why don’t you just ban everything “artificial”? Just think of all the silicon that could be removed from various places! Riduclous!

  154. Thomas Jefferson says:

    So glad I don’t live in Cali! What a bunch of nut cases.

  155. Steven Whitmire says:

    Criminal Charges??? That is the most insane thing I have ever heard. I would sue the city for the $3000 plus water bills, Gardner bills, maintenance supplies for a grass lawn. I would have never allowed the city to tell me what I can do with MY OWN house that I pay for and pay taxes on.

  156. BG says:

    California is a lost cause. It will never come back. If you live there, you deserve everything you get from your communist government, so quit bellyaching. No I don’t feel sorry for you.

  157. Beau says:

    This is in Kalifornia, right? ROFL! What a pathetic state.

  158. jj says:

    Democrats did this for themselves. See, they won’t have issues to complain about if more people do it. They need the water shortage, they need the pollution from mowers, they need the work to keep the illegals here, they need the pesticides running into the streams, they need the noise from the mowers…. They would be out of a job if they weren’t there to ‘protect’ you from all these evils.

  159. you'vegottobekidding says:

    Does this mean that Glendale will refund the cost of the yards they insist be ripped out?

  160. icecream says:

    Isn’t Yerevan……uh, I mean Glendale full of Republicans ?

  161. Osamas Pajamas says:

    Most politicians and bureaucrats and public servants in American and all over the planet should be dragged kicking and screaming into the gutter to be horsewhipped until they are dead, and set ablaze with gasoline, and whizzed on to put the fire out.

    Did I leave anything out?

  162. Trat from VT says:

    I thought an “ex post facto” law was unconstitutional. Passing a law prohibiting something that is preexisting is, indeed, “EX POST FACTO.”

  163. brian mcgibbon says:

    Vist here for more information on the safety and benefits.

    Lead chromate is an old issue dealt with in 2009. Glendale is misguided. Only Chinese turf is suspect, but NOT goods made in USA. The turf in the video was not as good as the DuPont varieties we install, but regardless … the water savings and no pollution from lawn mowers are real benefits. Though I install nautral grass and fake, the synthetic lawns are so much better, especially these days.

  164. Bob Billings says:

    California is proof that life exists on other planets.

  165. asdf says:

    the nazis that run glendale need to be tossed out of office and some real patriots who understand that just getting food in our bellies is difficult these days without increased regulations.

    The police in Glendale have a serious god-complex to and are clearly working for the bad guys. Something is rotten in Glendale.. or should I say, Hitlerdale

  166. Dan Hess says:

    This Wikipedia entry about Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman may explain part of this

    ” She is married to Guillaume Lemoine, a professional landscape designer.”

    For landscape designers, astroturf is worse than pink flamingos.

  167. flfshrmn says:

    I think its great! Pretty soon they will be removing all the concrete to restore the environment to its original state………oooooppppsss! sorry guys.
    Whenevr there is a news story that is absolutely absurd 9 out of 10 times its the Demunists from Kalifornia. Kali could stop all this BS right away and stop electing LIBS to government. Problem solved!

  168. fpsweet says:

    First people put in fake grass to conserve on water and now they have to rip it out for some other tree hugging nut. hahahaha must suck to be them.

  169. David Maxwell says:

    Hey I’ve got it Glendale; how about a dirty underwear law? Surely you can mine a few tax nuggets with that one. Based on democrat logic, all underwear will be worn on the outside of clothing so authorities can easily check for compliance. The people running this state are clinically insane.

  170. Bruce says:

    This would only be a scandal if someone connected to city government, like say, the mayor’s husband was employed as a professional landscape designer.

    Oh, wait…he is.

    No different that if the city had banned real grass lawns, with the mayor’s spouse owning an artificial grass company.

  171. Alice Ramirez says:

    Would the city fathers, in their wisdom, prefer natural lawn turn brown and die during water rationing? Or that homeowners cement over their front yards and paint them green?

  172. TRE says:

    People just can’t win in Glendale. People put in fake grass to save the city’s water supply (and the world’s, for that matter) and to cut the pollution caused from fertilizing it & cutting it. One would find that to be the makings of a downright perfect Californian citizen. Instead, they get punished for doing what they’ve been told to do. With the nanny state government, you might as well be living under the rule of sadistic nuns. Good luck Glendale.

  173. Clearhead says:

    Holy Smokes !!! I didn’t realize until now that IRAN has a city named GLENDALE. Hey, Ahmedinejad — we have one too, in Californicate.

  174. Tim Smith says:

    Criminal charges for plastic grass? Seriously? Glendale doesn’t have enough law breakers already? Now they want to create a whole new category of criminal? This kind of thing is why, when my native Californian girlfriend talked about moving back to SoCAl, I immediately wished her luck, finding a new man, unless she wanted to visit me regularly, in Texas.

  175. Jon says:

    I think one REALLY scary thing about this story is the fact that the city is apparently able to make a law and enforce it retroactively. It is truly frightening.

  176. Mike Alright says:

    Americans think they “own” there houses. You just rent them from your landlord (the city) after and during while you pay the initial fee (mortgage) to be able to live there.

  177. Eyeball says:

    I have no problem with this astro turf ban as long as Glendale will have someone come over and mow my grass.

  178. upwising says:

    HA! HA! HA! How do all you TEAPARTY REPTHIGLICANS love your “Big Government” now?

    THERE I FIXED IT FOR YOU TO REFLECT THE TRUTH. (I know it is a burden to be bound by the facts in the situation.)

  179. charley nash says:

    So next “drought” we have means dead lawns when they ban watering your lawns. Then what? A fine for an ugly, dead lawn?

    1. Alice Ramirez says:

      Of COURSE! It’s part of their Grand Plan!

  180. Miguel says:

    The logical next step is to make these power-grabbing city government fascists become more civilized is to find them and best the hell out of each and every one of them for a host of other reasons in addition to this latest insult added to injury.. They need to fear the people, not the other way around.

  181. Snotty Waitperson says:

    Is this city being run by demokkkrats?

  182. Tim says:

    “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers – then you cash in on the guilt” –Ayn Rand

  183. pierider says:

    Legalize plastic grass! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  184. malcom says:

    Who still believes America is the land of the free?? Do you realize we have more laws on the books than Russia and cuba put together? America has stage four cancer and is dying. Thanks liberals especially white traitorous liberals our nations worst enemy.

  185. robert g says:

    It’s sounds like the city of Glendale is infested with idiot environmentalist. Move out while you still have the chance

  186. DEEDEE says:

    It’s time to take back our Communities and our Lives!! Big brother is over stepping their limits each and every day! In our yards and probably soon to be in our Homes…Time to stand up for our Rights.. We pay property taxes, we have RIGHTS!

  187. Brian says:

    The city council of Glendale must have an awful lot of idle time on their hands to be passing such ridiculous and meddlesome laws. And I guess they must also have a budget surplus to be able to enforce them.

    The citizens of Glendale have some serious housecleaning to do because while you weren’t looking your city council has become infested with idiots.

  188. Iam Sigmond says:

    We left Kalifornia years ago. Move to Evans Georgia where economy is booming, weather is great, people are wonderful, and ” occupiers” occupy jobs…..

  189. Steve says:

    Yup, you can’t get any dumber then a liberal.

  190. Mike says:

    With fascist democrats you aren’t allowed property rights like the Constitution demands. With liberals, they decide what rights they will allow you to have.

  191. The Bobster says:

    Hey, fake grass was putting the ugly illegal brown squat monster invaders out of work.

  192. Shawn Elletson says:

    Good thing the Arena Football League’s Rattlers play at the U.S. Airways Center and not Arena. Otherwise they would have to move because all AFL games are on artificial turf.

  193. Fonzie7777 says:

    Law abiding people are easy to beat up – then the authorities can strut around being relevant in their own eyes while important issues don’t get dealt with.

  194. Carl says:

    I am continually amazed at people. They complain about government and it’s usurpation of liberties, but they continue to re-elect the same idiots and miscreants time after time. Who was it that said stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome (paraphrased). If you want a more normal city government, elect people with an IQ greater than their waist size.

  195. Byron Allen says:

    Outgassing of toxic gas from fake grass? What a joke! Those career politicos think that this cleans the air when the Federal Govt of the IOUSA is poisioning us with millions of gallons of aluminum nanoparticles discharged from unmarked high flying US Govt sponsored planes. Another political favor levied on the backs of the serfs for economic advantage to the City of Glendae’s welfare politicians.

  196. Lee Garen says:

    Sounds like a good reason not to live in Glendale or to move away when possible! What’s so different between a backyard and a front yard? Something doesn’t make sense and it seems to be the people who passed the ordinance and say criminal charges will be filed against those who don’t comply!

  197. Teresa Alvie says:

    Either time to move or time to water . And plain old dirt in sight is illegal too . City State or Fed To me they are all the same . Laws are put in place so you spend your money . Trust me . The Government knows how to go after you and your money .

  198. Alice Ramirez says:

    Are the Fascists who are demanding this elected officials who can be booted out come election time, or unelected/unaccountable bureaucrats who exist to implement the UN’s Agenda 21 (look it up!)

  199. dee says:

    Tell the city officials how you feel. Here’s the link to Glendale’s city officials.

  200. John says:

    Just a thought, but if it’s illegal there to put in a cactus garden, then I’ve pave my front yard over completely to give the finger to the city council? They complain, call it a new driveway.

  201. Mannie says:

    Just shut up and eat your cake.

    With the chronic water shortage in the LA area, it would seem more sensible to ban real grass. But this is the City Council – who expects them to have a shred of intelligence.

    Vote the bums out.

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