Q. What should a city do when a citizen comes and lets them know he's on their side?
A. Sic the lawyers on him, of course.

(Remember that the display hadn't even been built yet.)

 

COMMENTARY

As noted in the “Met with Legislators” link, the real problem with a city out of control, as demonstrated here, is that the police chief gave the city attorney the assignment to find a law they could use against my lights. He didn't ask the attorney if Christmas lights were legal or not. He had already told me that I wasn't breaking any laws, so he knew the answer. He just didn't like it. So to get around the “problem” he gave the attorney an assignment -- to find a law they could use against me anyway.

Which also means that it wasn’t about the nuisance ordinance. Because you could get rid of that specific ordinance altogether and give the lawyer the same assignment, and she would have still done what she was told. The “violation” would just have changed to “disturbing the peace” … or “littering” (lights in my yard) … or any of a hundred of other violations she could have come up with to meet the city’s goal to be able to declare my lights illegal anytime they wanted.