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UNBELIEVABLE! Felony Shrub-Trimming: San Diego Man Criminally Charged for Pruning Plants

UNBELIEVABLE!! Felony Shrub-Trimming: San Diego Man Criminally Charged for Pruning Plants

UPDATE: Charges dropped!

The man who was in the spotlight over the past few days for being charged with a felony after pruning overgrown shrubs on city land near his Ocean Beach home spoke on Tuesday, unrepentant the morning after the charges were dropped.

Citing community pride, Juvencio Adame, known locally as Vince, said he would continue to trim the trees, located on an oceantop cliff. Adame said the trees harbored transients and litter before he took action.

“We’re proud to be Obecians,” said Adame, 46. “We’re going to continue to take care of our neighborhood. Respect O.B.”

Adame blamed overzealous police and an unhappy neighbor for the charges against him.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/03/ocean-beach-shrub...

Evan Bernick
December 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office filed felony vandalism charges against 46-year-old Ocean Beach, California, resident Juvencio Adame for “defacement, damage and destruction” of public property in excess of $400. Felony charges can result in significant prison time.

His “crime”? Trimming shrubbery next to his home.

What would possess Adame to do such a thing? Adame told neighbors that the overgrown shrubbery, which is technically on public land, became a haven for homeless people who slept under it and littered the area. Thus, he engaged in self-help—clearly not a malicious act.

To be sure, citizens pay to maintain public property, so it’s appropriate to fine those who damage it. But charging someone with a felony under these circumstances?

Read more: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/03/felony-shrub-trimming-sa...

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Put the hedgers down now!

Put the hedgers down now!

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Sometimes when I ride my bike on the SIDEWALK...

I stop to break off low-hanging branches that would otherwise slap my face. I've always thought that one day I would be charged with destruction of property or something, but then dismissed it as paranoia.

Happy to see my concerns were well-founded!

It was probably the pandas.

NI! NI!

Just to let you know how silly the whole thing is.

Charges have been dropped

DA saw the light after public outrage.
Wants to keep her job.

Can You Send Me A Link Please

Thank You For posting Wendy!

Emalvini

Sorry for taking so long. I've been at work all day.

I don't see the original article, but here is a follow up:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/03/ocean-beach-shrub...

I Understand!

Thanks Oregon Wendy...

Agenda 21 Environmental Strategy

That's where that stupid regulation comes from.

http://www.sandiego.gov/planning/genplan/pdf/generalplan/ado...

Vision Statement 2002 = Local Agenda 21
'City of Villages' = The Ideal Communist City
pg6 above pdf 'Guiding Principles #9 - a clean and 'sustainable' environment

I take offense at this line from the article:
"To be sure, citizens pay to maintain public property, so it’s appropriate to fine those who damage it."

If it's 'public' property, the guy trimming the shrub 'owns' it so can do anything he wants with it. There's no such thing as 'city owned' anything since it's the citizens that created and pay for everything pertaining to that city.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Tyranny and Oppression came in the guise of fighting to sustain

It would have been bad enough had a neighbor called a cop, and that lone cop decided to act this stupid; but when the edict falls from on high, ie. the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office; it's no longer stupid, it's wicked and malicious prosecution!

The County DA ought to have enough legal knowledge to restrain their office from EVER proceeding in the actions taken so far. That a retraction happened is only step one in this corrective process. If the good folks of San Diego don't pay attention to their DA, and charge the appropriate person in that office with a list of violations of law, then they are inviting more of this upon themselves.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass