What’s Wrong With Big Government, Flip Flops Edition

This one’s a pip

(LA Times) File this under “Things that make you go ‘Huh?,’ California section”: The city of San Juan Capistrano has banned flip-flops at two city parks.

And better yet: City officials apparently didn’t know they’d done it.

And even better yet: It’s a rule, but no one is enforcing it.

OK, insert your “crazy Californians” joke here.

But really, what’s next: banning bikinis at the beach, or Ray Bans, or fire pits? (Oh, wait, scratch that last one.)

This is from the opinion piece by Paul Whitefield, based on the article by Paloma Esquivel. The flip-flops rule will not be enforced, because there are no supervisors at the parks. The article notes

On Monday, Commission Secretary Cynthia Alexander said she had been informed by city staff that the ban was designed to protect the city from liability under a template provided by the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, which provides liability insurance to dozens of cities in the state.

In case you’re wondering, yes, the CJPIA is essentially a government agency, a way of self-insuring over 120 member municipalities. And somehow the flip-flops rule  slipped in with no one knowing, and is unenforceable. Not that you’d really want to wear flip-flops at the parks, the dog park being mostly dirt and the other is a wildlife area known for rattlesnakes, does Government really need to tell you “NO!!!!! You Shall Not Wear Flip-flops!!!!!!”?

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Comment by david7134
2013-09-19 16:17:05

I just returned from San Francisco and think that the people in California are absolutely, totally and completely nuts. I arrived by plane at about 3 in the afternoon. Went right to the rent a car booth, that was almost on the moon and sat in a line for about 45 minutes, but my line was moving fast (I had never, ever seen so much rental care activity and I have been many places). That put me in traffic about 4 pm. The traffic throughout the city was not moving, at all. It took about one hour to go one mile. This kept up for about two hours when I had it an got in the HOV lane. It was virtually empty. That means that all those cars had only one driver. The HOV lane got me about 20 miles out of the city and that is when the traffic let up. The people are nuts. Many actually go the speed limit or slower. California is a nice place, they just need to get rid of the people that are there. And don’t send them to other states, look what they have done to Colorado.

 
Comment by William Teach
2013-09-19 20:34:53

Wait, they were driving fossil fueled vehicles? In the San Fran area? It’s almost like they don’t believe in the “climate change” crap they push.

 
Comment by Trish Mac Subscribed to comments via email
2013-09-20 09:04:10

Hilarious David! It is so true though- if you could remove the people from that bay area, it would be an awesome place to visit. Unfortunately when we go there, to visit relatives, besides the city of San Fran we also have to go into Berkeley (bro-in-law works at Berkeley Labs) I think because they love to torture us. I swear that walking around that town and campus is like some horrible scene out of Dazed and Confused. It’s a throw back town- even my niece’s neighborhood there reminds me of an old 60′s style housing development. Admittedly beautiful scenery in CA, at least what we’ve seen of the North Coast and Redwoods and the central mountains and Yosemite. But, it’s always a pleasure to reboard the plane home.

 
Comment by Blowin'_Up_Gumballs Subscribed to comments via email
2013-09-23 21:10:33

San Fran was an awesome place prior to the 1900s. Most of california was. But then, they got fat and lazy and preachy. They decided that since they have a good life, they can tell others how to live. then, that expanded. And expanded.

Now, you can’t live in most of 3/4 of California. All areas of N. California and NE California are still great places to live. But, unfortunately, you have to abide by the gov’t that is elected by the rest of the crazies.

Kind of like trying to live in a democracy full of cannibals. Sure, the scenery is nice but, your future is not so bright.

 

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