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Title: Citizens Now Charged with a Crime for Repairing Their Own Car in Their Own Driveway
Source: Jalopnik
URL Source: https://jalopnik.com/sacramento-cou ... to-work-on-your-own-1836085130
Published: Jul 3, 2019
Author: Jason Torchinsky
Post Date: 2019-07-10 09:03:15 by Deckard
Ping List: *Cars and Automotive*     Subscribe to *Cars and Automotive*
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There’s an interesting discussion happening over at the Grassroots Motorsports forum right now, and presumably at many other places off-line. It’s about laws in Sacramento County stating, essentially, that almost any auto repair you do on your property is illegal. Of course, this is deeply troubling to almost everyone reading right now.

Similar laws do exist in other counties and states, of course, but since there’s been some conversation recently around the Sacramento County laws, we may as well start there. The laws in question have to do with Sacramento’s Zoning Code, the website for which has an explanation of the codes related to auto repair.

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The code states that conducting “minor vehicle repair” or “minor automotive repair” is legal at a residence, and defines “minor automotive repair” as:

Brake part replacement

Minor tune-ups

Change of oil and filter

Repair of flat tires

Lubrication

Other similar operations

(See section 5.2.0.B of the Zoning Code)

OK, that seems fairly reasonable so far. That is, until you get to this section of the explanatory website:

2. Is Minor Vehicle Repair Permitted at Residences?

Yes. However, it is unlawful for any person to engage in, or permit others to engage in, minor vehicle repair or maintenance in any agricultural, agricultural-residential, residential, interim estate and interim residential zones under any of the following circumstances:

1. Using tools not normally found in a residence;

2. Conducted on vehicles registered to persons, not currently residing on the lot or parcel;

3. Conducted outside a fully enclosed garage and resulting in any vehicle being inoperable for a period in excess of twenty-four hours.

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Here we have some issues. How exactly do you define “tools not normally found in a residence?” A socket set? A torque wrench? A brake drum puller? This feels like a rule that’s dangerously open to interpretation with pretty minimal supporting evidence.

Number two is clearly there to prevent people from running off-the-books repair shops, but what if you’re working on a friend’s car? And number three means you can’t do anything unless you have an actual garage, and whatever you’re doing you better get it all wrapped up inside of one day, which, as most of us who’ve dealt with one stubborn, time-sucking, hard-to-reach bolt know, is not always possible.

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Of course, “Major Automotive Repair,” that is, anything not explicitly defined under “Minor Automotive Repair,” is not legal anywhere on your own property, even if you’re doing it in the sanctity of your own closed garage.

One commenter on the Grassroots Motorsports forum reported that he’d already been issued a $430 fine for working on his car in his garage:

nimblemotorsports said:

umm, I have not been left alone, they levied a $430 fine yesterday. You can request a hearing to review the code enforcement decision, that costs $700 to complain.

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These rules aren’t from some fussy HOA, it’s an entire county. As to why the county is so against home automotive repair and work, they state this reason:

5. Why is Code Enforcement Concerned About Residential Automotive Repair?

The chemicals involved in major automobile repair can pollute our neighborhoods and endanger the health and wellbeing of our residents. Furthermore, this kind of activity increases vehicle traffic and the visual impact can negatively impact property values.​

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It seems like codes governing the safe handling of chemicals and materials can be enforced without making all auto repair illegal, and it’s hardly like every repair involves harmful chemicals. In fact, the most common harmful chemical is likely used motor oil, and that’s one of the permitted residential repairs.

Besides, lawn and garden care have plenty of very harmful chemicals associated with them—weed killers, pesticides, poisons for all manner of animals and insects—and nobody’s trying to outlaw home gardening.

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I’m not even sure it’s fair to say home repair increases vehicle traffic any more than, say, a neighborhood barbecue would.

Sure, if your lawn is full of junked cars and you’re running an illegal lube shop out of your backyard, those are real issues. But residents with project cars they work on? There’s no good reason that should be illegal.

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For people with vintage or unusual cars, there often is no other option than to be able to do at least some of your own repairs, and laws that make that illegal are effectively making vast amounts of the entire car-owning-as-an-interest or hobby illegal, and who the hell wants that?

Terrible people, that’s who. Sad, tedious people who won’t rest until the world is slathered in boring grayscale crossovers. That’s not a world I want to live in, and that’s why these laws need scrutiny and pushback. Knowing about them is the first step.
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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

You do find common ground on me on stuff like this.

These regulations are bullshit and i'm sure you agree.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-07-10   9:05:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: A K A Stone (#1)

These regulations are bullshit and i'm sure you agree.

I don't. If you can't fix your car in 24 hours, take it to a shop. I don't want to look at your junk heap up on blocks in the driveway forever.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-10   9:19:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: misterwhite (#2)

These regulations are bullshit and i'm sure you agree.

I don't.

I'm gobsmacked! What a shock!

For people with vintage or unusual cars, there often is no other option than to be able to do at least some of your own repairs, and laws that make that illegal are effectively making vast amounts of the entire car-owning-as-an-interest or hobby illegal, and who the hell wants that?

Terrible people, that’s who. Sad, tedious people who won’t rest until the world is slathered in boring grayscale crossovers. That’s not a world I want to live in, and that’s why these laws need scrutiny and pushback. Knowing about them is the first step.

Yeah - that pretty much sums up paulsen's rampant statism.

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-07-10   9:28:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#3)

For people with vintage or unusual cars, there often is no other option than to be able to do at least some of your own repairs, and laws that make that illegal are effectively making vast amounts of the entire car-owning-as-an-interest or hobby illegal, and who the hell wants that?

The Sacramento ordinance allows for that.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-10   10:16:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: misterwhite (#2)

Takes more than 24 hours to repair your car. I'm sure you have plenty of money so you don't care about people who can't afford to hire a mechanic and are able to do it themselves. Back to the 24-hour b******* I've had my truck getting its transmission fixed for 2 weeks now. At a reputable place I've used before.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-07-10   10:57:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: misterwhite (#2) (Edited)

Well I don't care if you don't want to look at it buy some sunglasses. What if your wife is an ugly b**** and I don't want to look at her should that be legal should you have to cover her up.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-07-10   10:58:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: A K A Stone, misterwhite (#6)

What if your wife is an ugly b**** and I don't want to look at her should that be legal should you have to cover her up.

You made me laugh because I was thinking about hitting misterwhite with exactly this comment over the thread about the elderly Florida couple finally winning their legal battle to have a scenic vegetable garden in their front yard.

So great minds think alike. Or small minds think alike. I'm not sure.

Obviously, if misterwhite has a wife who is a hideously ugly bitch, he should have to put her into a burqa before she is allowed out of the house. Otherwise, property values in the neighborhood would likely decrease significantly.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-10   14:39:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Tooconservative, A K A Stone, misterwhite (#7)

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-07-10   15:15:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Deckard, A K A Stone, misterwhite (#8)

I only care about the effect of ugly wives on local property tax values. Think of the homeowners who have decided that they don't want any ugly women on display. Don't they have a right to decide how they choose to live together? If you can't have a car up on blocks or a garden in your front lawn, why should you be able to ruin property values by keeping some ugly wife on the premises, visibly blighting the resale value of all the homes in the neighborhood?

LOL

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-10   17:35:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Tooconservative (#9)

It was a what if. Perhaps she is beautiful and brings the house values up.

A K A Stone  posted on  2019-07-11   6:43:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: A K A Stone, misterwhite (#10)

It was a what if. Perhaps she is beautiful and brings the house values up.

Well, in that event that missuswhite isn't an ugly bitch who is depressing local property values when seen in public but is actually a gorgeous woman, then shouldn't the neighbors have the right to pass a local ordinance that she has to appear nude on a regular basis just to increase property values?

After all, if she didn't appear nude, that might depress property values.

Either way, missuswhite has to be all nude all the time or burqa'ed from head to foot. Because otherwise property values will suffer and that won't be fair to the neighbors.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-11   6:54:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Tooconservative, AKA Stone (#7)

The wife is off limits. If you can't use your tiny brains to come up with a better example, then I suggest both of you STFU.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-11   9:20:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: misterwhite (#12)

Why is a wife to be considered untouchable if she is so ugly that she lowers the neighborhood property values? Don't they have the right not to see something so unsightly? Can't they band together to determine among themselves how they should live without some outsiders like a court or a legislature to impose requirements on them to allow some eyesore of a spouse to drive down property values?

Why is having an ugly spouse any less of a nuisance and an eyesore to neighbors and drives down their property values than a front yard garden or a vehicle on blocks in the front yard?

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-11   10:37:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Tooconservative (#13)

Why is a wife to be considered untouchable ...

Because you portrayed her as my wife, not a wife. Cut it out.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-11   10:44:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: misterwhite (#14)

How do I know what your wife looks like? I was merely discussing the general issue of ugly wives driving down neighborhood property values and being a neighborhood eyesore, not knowing anything about your wife.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-11   10:57:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Tooconservative (#15)

I was merely discussing the general issue of ugly wives ...

No, you weren't.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-11   11:35:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: misterwhite, Deckard (#16)

Stop playing the whiny victim.

I have no idea if you are even married or what your alleged wife looks like.

Suck it up, buttercup. You're the last snowflake that's going to get any sympathy here at LF.

It's the bullies that are always the whiniest "victims".

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-11   11:51:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Tooconservative (#17)

Stop playing the whiny victim.

Call me what you want. I could give a FF. Just leave my wife out of it.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-11   13:40:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

Nothing new about this. I worked with a guy when I was living in Colorado that had bought a double-wide and parked it in a mobile home park in the city. IIRC,he was paying 400 bucks a month for lot rent in the late 1970's,and when you added his double-wide payment to it,it would have been cheaper for him to have bought an actual house.

Hell,one of my friends out there bought a nice older house on a 1 acre lot with a 2 car garage in the back yard that was fenced in,and was only paying $420 a month.

He told me one day that the mobile home Home Owner Association once charged him 75 bucks in a fine for jump starting his own car in his own driveway. HOA rules stated you had to call in a tow truck or some other professional to do it.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2019-07-11   17:21:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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