Peterson: East Bay HOA's heavy-handedness leads to bigger conversation, expert says - San Jose Mercury News: "The residents of Blackhawk, the upscale East Bay gated enclave, recently received unsettling news from their HOA: Tidy up your landscaping by June 1 or face "aggressive enforcement" that could result in sanctions ranging from a fine to disabling transponders that open gates to your neighborhood.
Where to start? Like a lot of us, some Blackhawkians allowed their lawns to die last summer after Gov. Jerry Brown mandated a 25 percent reduction in residential water consumption. Like a lot of us, some Blackhawkians will be soon be consulting with landscapers."
I am quoted in this article. I posted something about Blackhawk the other day. There is a state law in California that prohibits HOAs from taking certain enforcement actions when there is a declared drought emergency. Maybe there's some aspect to this particular situation that I don't understand, but based on the facts as stated in these articles, I don't see how "aggressive enforcement" is appropriate. The El Nino conditions did produce some relief, but not enough. "Drought conditions have improved following a wet January and a relatively wet March, which raised water levels in many reservoirs to roughly average for the current date. However, this winter’s rain and snow levels have not been sufficient to end one of the state’s worst droughts in recorded history."