Thursday, November 16, 2006

US town bars foreign flags in swipe at immigrants | US News |
The town is Pahrump, Nevada, home of Art Bell, the radio talk show host who emobied the conspiracy theory/paranormal fad of the 1990s. I wonder what Art thinks of this.
Radburn residents sue homeowners association
Got a link to this from Fred Pilot but it wouldn't work, so I found my own. Hope this one is good. Seems the model for American planned communities, Radburn, is undergoing some political strife. The Progressive Era political scientists who set it up are probably turning over in their graves, because they gave it what they believed was the ultimate form of quasi-municipal government. Here's a bit of the story:

FAIR LAWN -- A group of residents in the Radburn section of the borough are suing their homeowners association, seeking to change the way elections in the neighborhood are handled.

The lawsuit, filed this week in state Superior Court in Hackensack, stems from an ongoing dispute among Radburn residents over appointments to the nine-member board of trustees that governs the historic neighborhood of 650 homes.
San Mateo Daily JournalBelmont is set to make history by becoming the first city in the nation to ban smoking on its streets and almost everywhere else.
The Belmont City Council voted unanimously last night to pursue a strict law that will prohibit smoking anywhere in the city except for single-family detached residences. Smoking on the street, in a park and even in one’s car will become illegal and police would have the option of handing out tickets if they catch someone.

So I guess the plan is for cities to ban smoking in public and apartment buildings, and then the condo associations ban smoking in condos, and the HOAs ban smoking in all the planned developments, and all the nicotine addicts will be competing for the remaining housing stock built before the 1970s. Is that about the size of it? Maybe the path to riches in real estate is buying up old single family homes and selling them to smokers. - HOA Bans Couple From Smoking In Their Home
Fred Pilot sent this link. This parallels the smoking bans that are popping up in cities.