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Old 09-23-2014, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Piedmont, Okla.
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Scanning across today's headlines, I came across this. I think I'm getting a lesson here on just how intrusive our local and state government can be. Is this typical of the kind of laws that are passed in the Seattle area? As I read this story, I was outraged that this man has to move out of his own guest house because it wasn't configured properly. I mean, it's his property, if his taxes are paid and keeps his house up and the grounds it's on in order, who's to say who can live in it? This man in question rents the main house on his property out and he lives in the guesthouse on that property close to the house. Doesn't seem fair. Too much government intrusion in my opinion.

Edmonds says guesthouse isn't a home, disabled man must leave
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Old 09-23-2014, 08:44 PM
 
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Puzzling, isn't it?
How did the City of Edmonds find out he was living there full time? And really, why should they care?
We probably don't know some of the important details, as stories on the news and in the papers often get stuff wrong. But given the way it's presented, it's overreaching on the part of the local government. My guess? Some neighbor of his snitched on him. I'm sure it's a zoning law, it would have to be zoned multifamily for him to legally live in the guesthouse full time. Zoning laws are necessary, and every place, Oklahoma or Washington has them. But without giving him a variance allowing him to continue living there, the city will appear to be mean and heartless, simply to enforce rules, reasonable or otherwise.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:31 AM
 
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How did people find out? Remember that game Operator? That's Edmonds. Everyone knows your business here. It's good in some ways (sense of community, feeling of safety) but clearly bad in others.
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:34 AM
 
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Where should the line be drawn? Should illegal occupancy be dependent on other activities? Odds are he was reported for some other reason but the illegal occupancy is the easier one to prove. Sometimes that's just how it works, people push the envelope and end up getting called out on the most obvious violation. No idea if that is what happened here, but I live next to a guy who pulls a "victim" routine whenever he gets caught breaking the law. Proving his property is a public nuisance due to drug activity and fighting is difficult, but does that mean he should get a free pass on every other violation? I don't think so. We're only hearing one side of the story here.
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