ONLY IN CALIFORNIA : Enjoying your cozy fireplace ? YOU WILL GO TO JAIL !!!

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Real Estate Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY

 

  YEP, here in the wacky west coast in Southern California, you too can go to jail for using wood logs in your own fireplace !  I heard this on the news the other day (KFIam) its a legitimate proposal.  Whats next ?Outlawing blue eyeshadow for blondes?  Now, we will have to hide the wood pile in our bomb shelters. OOPS !I DON'T HAVE A BOMB SHELTER OR A BASEMENT! I will just have to add a new basement to my husbands honeydo list. Now back to the subject of crazy stupid laws. New builders are already required to have gas fireplaces only. Classic homes with original fireplaces should be grandfathered in.I have copied below an article rebutting this inane proposal. 

 Up in Smoke: Common Sense   GuestWords
By Walter Moore
Use a fireplace, go to jail.
The Philosopher Kings of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) have decided that government must stop you from burning wood in your fireplace.

The AQMD -- which is funded with $125 million of your money each year - just made it illegal to install wood-burning fireplaces in new homes, and adopted regulations to stop you from using your existing fireplace on days they deem too polluted. In a region where massive wildfires are as routine as televised car chases, these kill-joys want to stop you from burning logs?  Are you kidding me?

We've got ten jillion cars and trucks stuck in traffic, idling, for about 18 out of every 24 hours.  We've got a governor who fires up the Gulfstream twice a day to commute from L.A. to Sacramento .  We've got
kids getting shot while minding their own business.  And yet we need a
new law to ban the burning of logs in fireplaces?  Really?

Maybe I've led a sheltered life, but I don't remember ever hearing about a coroner listing, as the cause of death, "lived in a city with wood-burning fireplaces."

Laws like this make you wonder what they're smoking at the AQMD. Wonder no more:  our city's representative on the AQMD's board is Jan Perry.  That's right:  the same City Council Member who wants to "protect" you from fast food in South L.A. because you're too fat and stupid to decide what to eat and where.

Remember common sense?  I really miss it, especially when it comes to people who have the power to tax and regulate.

People used to understand the concept of "priorities" and "reasonableness."  Now we've created so many agencies that they need to manufacture new problems to justify their continuing existence and ever-increasing funding.

The AQMD will never issue a press release saying, "The federal and state Environmental Protection Agencies, along with county and city agencies, have pretty much taken care of everything, and since we've gotten to the point of regulating wood-burning fireplaces, we recommend that our agency be disbanded."

Okay, enough ranting from me for one day.  I'll think I'll go buy a McBreakfast and light up a cigar just to spite the Philosopher Kings.

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Ken

I guess I can still sell fire wood as long as you promise not to burn it.

November 07, 2010 09:10 PM
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Kate

Omigod, I couldn't agree more!  The very idea of regulating wood smoke and fireplace burning.  When there were fewer people, burning did not have as much effect on other people breathing the air, but now that there are so many people living closer together than ever, when you burn you can REALLY make a mark on the world--and your neighbors' lungs. It is scientific fact that inhaling smoke can have serious health effects, especially for people who are older or have health problems---but better they should die than you not enjoy that fire!  Also, the air is not owned by all people who have to breathe it--the air is of course owned only by the wood burners!!  How DARE they tell you what to do in  your own fireplace!! Well, if you keep the smoke IN your own home, have at it!  But when you blow it out into other people's lungs, don't you even have any compassion for other people's right to breathe?!! Could you reallyl be that selfish??????

December 26, 2011 02:38 AM
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Mike

We should have the right to burn wood, in a respectful mannor.  Not to get philisophical or anything, but I would trade away a sarcastic and disrespectful neighbor for a respectful one with a fireplace any day of the week. 

 

January 29, 2012 07:35 PM
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joe smith

If you all lived next to my neighbors then i think that you would think twice. It has been a week of them burning fire in there fireplace 24/7. Over the weekend it was 75 outside!! I could not open any of my windows on the house since the smoke would come in. Not a very nice weekend. I thin k it ok to use your fireplace but just think of the others around you. If you dont like second hand smoke then think trice about this!!!

February 08, 2012 11:26 PM
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hilux junky

This country was built on the backs and brains of people who could think for themselves. It is our God-given creativity and ingenuity that's gotten us this far. However, times change and so do people. Nowadays, it seems like everyone I my age (20s) would rather have someone else do everything for them. I drive a thirty five year old truck because I can work on it myself. I spent a year in TJ in a trailer with no electricity, water, plumbing, or heat. I had the time of my life washing my clothes in buckets.

When I do invest in my own house, I won't be springing for an overpriced tract home in some cookie cutter neighborhood. I care more about practicality than appearance. I reuse everything, and I like to think outside the box. I'm not satisfied with anything unless I design and build it myself. Needless to say, I may not be sticking around Cali.

This state needs a serious wakeup call. It may get one when the legistlators realize that every decent citizen is lfeeing for dear freedom. There's more to life than the beach, people! There are 49 other states, each with their own intrigue!

I'm glad I found this thread! Apparently, not all Californians have drunk the Kool Aid!

PS. Why pay for a gymn membership AND a heating bill? Get a woodburning stove and an axe!! :) 

March 29, 2013 12:28 AM
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