My agitation will keep me warm

By From page A6 | December 13, 2012

Today, Dec. 11, is a no-burn day. The city of Davis website says so as does The Davis Enterprise. Walking my dog, I note that it is windy. Looking out the window, I note that it is windy. The NOAA website reports winds out of the southwest at 14 mph.

Why is it a no-burn day? Are we afraid of offending our neighbors to the northeast?

Apparently, the director of the administrative services department of the city, or his or her designee, in his or her wisdom, has decided that I shouldn’t have a fire tonight pursuant to Davis Municipal Code section 39A.02.010.

I thought that the argument in favor of the no-burn ordinance was that the citizens of Davis did not have the sense to refrain from lighting fires when there was no wind and the smoke would just hang around. Apparently, in practice, the ordinance calls for no-burn days whenever the director of administrative services feels like it.

I respectfully suggest that the common law surrounding nuisance developed over the past few hundred years might be more effective than our current regulatory scheme. The good news is that my agitation over Davis Municipal Code section 39A is nearly as warming as a few pieces of dry almond wood in my fireplace.

Steve Reynolds


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