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Drought Tolerant Artificial Grass Gets Much Needed Legislation

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Drought Tolerant Artificial Grass’ New Legislation

drought tolerant artificial grassCalifornia’s historic drought has continued for many years now, and many legislators are now looking into updating old laws regarding artificial turf. Historically, installing artificial turf was not always easy for homeowners. There were many provisions surrounding the installation process, and some locales were flat-out banning artificial turf. Metropolitan code, HOAs, as well as various other ways of oversight have protected homeowners. Recently, California State Assembly member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has been pushing for drought solutions and water savings. Through Assembly Bill 1164, which declares a state of urgency for the drought, Gatto has sought solutions to this potentially devastating problem. If passed, AB 1164 would forbid a city, or region from passing or implementing any type of statute that forbids the setup of artificial turf on property.

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Turf Protection for HOA Members Advances

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A bill allowing residents of homeowners associations to install artificial turf without fear of fines was approved unanimously this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, was overwhelmingly approved in the Assembly in May and subsequently had been endorsed by another Senate panel. Assembly Bill 349 is now headed to the full Senate for a vote.

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Artificial Turf approved by Simi Valley Council

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The Simi Valley City Council Monday night expanded the allowed uses of artificial turf throughout the city to conserve water during the state’s severe drought.
The council adopted an ordinance allowing use of synthetic grass, which does not require as much watering as real grass, in up to 50 percent of the landscape area of multifamily residential and nonresidential properties. The ordinance would not trump homeowners associations rules that forbid synthetic grass, but proposed legislation in Sacramento would.

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Sacramento Considers Lifting Longtime Ban on Artificial Turf

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Barry Ann Friedman’s small midtown lawn is holding up to the drought amazingly well, with grass several shades darker than some of its parched-looking neighbors.

It’s also fake, and illegal under a city ordinance adopted three decades ago that prohibits synthetic turf in Sacramento’s front yards. Sitting on her front porch earlier this week, Friedman said she didn’t know that when she paid around $3,300 two years ago to have a contractor install the closely cropped faux grass.

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