For those that haven't been following this story, Oak Park has an ordinance that states that front yards must contain "suitable plant material" and, apparently, the official Oak Park dictionary, or at least what they are using to prosecute from, defines "suitable" as "common" so they are saying that this
A possible 93 days in jail for this:
*sigh* What is this once great nation coming to?
Fortunately, all our rights haven't eroded away yet. We can still write emails, make phone calls, and send letters (or dictionaries, since it sounds like they need one in Oak Park!) to the city officials responsible for this mess (note: the mess is not in Julie Bass's well maintained garden in her front lawn. It is clearly in their brains and, for now, legal documents). Maybe send them pictures of your front yard garden. If you don't have a front yard garden, maybe now would be a good time to plant one. Or borrow mine as an example. Or google "front yard gardens" and see what all pops up and send them some of those pictures!
For your convenience, here is the cast of troublemakers, er, city officials, and their contact information:
City Manager (Mr. Rulkowski's boss):
Gerald E. Naftaly
Mayor Pro Tem:
Michael M. Seligson
all phone calls go to 248.691.7410
Angela Diggs Jackson
All snail mail goes to the person you are mailing it to
c/o City of Oak Park
13600 Oak Park Blvd
Oak Park, MI 48237
If you are going to send emails, you can make it easiest on yourself by addressing it to Mr. Rulkowski, since he seems to be the
Now let's let them know that they need to drop this stupid case...and then I'll be able to go back to mostly blogging about happy things like yummy recipes and what's growing in my own yard, front and back!
(Oh, and it probably wouldn't hurt to drop a line to your US Representative and Senators, letting them know about the current situation and that you think there should be a federal Right to Garden protection law on the books to help keep things like this from happening in the future!)