As the Junius Heights Turf War Unfolds, A Look At the City's Latest Denial
Since Jose Escobedo's meeting with the Landmark Commission on August 3, his application for a Certificate of Appropriateness has been denied. Escobedo already vowed to appeal the commission's decision, a move that will cost him $300 in application fees. Escobedo has until September 3 to submit his paperwork. If it's not approved in the following week's hearing, he vowed to take his case to the city council.
Early on, Escobedo mentioned he'd been getting notices about the lawn, but disregarded them since they were all in English. This time, his denial came in Spanish too, so after the jump you'll see for yourself what it looks like when the city calls your lawn inappropriate in two languages. Despite threats of tickets and fines, Jose Escobedo ain't about to dig up his yard...again. From the street view on Google Maps, it's clearly an improvement over the brown patch of a yard he had before installing the artificial lawn four months ago, aesthetically speaking, of course. But like it or not, imitation grass "is not compatible with the historic district."
We have his application for the Certificate of Appropriateness as well as the rejection notice, printed in both English and Spanish -- you know, to make sure there were no mix-ups -- beginning with this salient point: "The Landmark Commission Decision is: DENIED."