Caught Between an Asshole Neighbor and a Power-Crazed City Government
This isn’t exactly an earthshaking matter, but it sure pissed me off when I saw it on the news last night. In Clyde Hill, King County (east of Seattle), Linda Boyd and her son bought three hens to keep on their half-acre property. They made great pets, plus:
“We were very interested in organic food and farming practices.”
Most of the neighbors didn’t mind, but the yuppie scum next door, Matt Simmons, complained to the city. He’s trying to sell his house, and said:
“Let me put it this way. I don't think it would be something that would be a selling point.”
Linda Boyd thought her neighbor’s complaint wouldn’t go anywhere, since the city of Clyde Hill, since its founding, has always complied with the King County code, which allows people to have chickens on their property.
So the city government of Clyde Hill — urgent priority here! — amended its municipal code. Clyde Hill residents are hereby NOT allowed to keep chickens on their property.
The city manager — who isn't named in the article and didn't have the 'nads to be interviewed — claims they didn’t change the rules in the ninth inning, as they were accused of doing; they simply “clarified” the law.
It’s hard to say who’s more contemptible: a self-centered shitwad whose biggest problem is the fact that the next door neighbor has three chickens; or a sleazy government official who changes the rules in the middle of the game and won’t even admit it.
Since recall elections are so popular these days, maybe the residents of Clyde Hill could “clarify” their views by recalling the assholes at city hall.