Are You To Face Citations
For Outdoor Lighting ?

Posted: April 2, 2022

Reported by Ted Stimpfel,
a legal layman
(presented for future 2023/2024 reference).

Property owners, beware of the County's scam !

    Are you now required by the County of San Bernardino to replace your existing (and reportedly now illegal) outdoor lighting fixtures ?

Deadline to replace "non-compliant" fixtures.
    Businesses: June 7, 2023.
    Residential: December 7, 2023.
Don't forget the 11 P.M. lights-out curfew !

    The unincorporated communities impacted by this new code include Amboy, Angelus Oaks, Baker, Bloomington, Blue Jay, Cedar Glen, Cedarpines Park, Cima, Crestline, Daggett, Earp, Essex, Fawnskin, Forest Falls, Green Valley Lake, Helendale, Hinkley, Landers, Lucerne Valley, Ludlow, Lytle Creek, Mentone, Morongo Valley, Mountain Pass, Mt. Baldy, Newberry Springs, Nipton, Oro Grande, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Pioneertown, Rimforest, Running Springs, Skyforest, Sugarloaf, Trona, Twin Peaks, Vidal, Wrightwood, and Yermo.

    This appears to be yet another overreach by the County's corrupt Supervisors who have all voted for this unnecessary burden upon you.1  To understand what is being demanded of you, view the County's published Outdoor Lighting Regulations and Light Trespass Ordinance.

    Are the Supervisors correct with their requirement that you must now replace your exterior "non-compliant" lighting fixtures?  Under the California Constitution, I don't believe so.

    I don't believe that the County can condemn and declare a self-serving accelerated "end the life" of your property without first compensating you.  Especially, if the useful lifespan of your appurtenant lighting fixtures has many decades remaining.

    Read the following two preordinance written links and if you agree with me, stand your ground !

Do You Own One Of These Unacceptable Lighting Fixtures? (6/10/21)

Dark Night Skies May Become Costly For Newberry Springs (2/16/21)

    There is a dark history behind this draconian code.  Under the prodding of the County's corrupt Land Use Services Department, the Planning Commissioners and the Board of Supervisors ignored the legal and public opposition against this ordinance.

    Despite the overwhelming evidence that this ordinance violates the federal Constitution, the California Constitution, and State Law, the San Bernardino County Counsel supported this code.  The County's corruption appears thick !

    If you wish to legally challenge the County under the State's Constitution and California's Real Estate Law, contact me for additional background information.2

    Protect your Rights !  If your non-compliant lighting fixture(s) do not create a health hazard or directly harm an immediate neighbor, such as creating a nuisance, you can ignore the costly fixture replacement.

    The County's forcible replacement of existing fixtures appears to be unenforceable under State Law.

1 2021 Supervisors Col. Paul Cook, Janice Rutherford, Dawn Rowe, Curt Hagman, and Joe Baca, Jr.
2 c/o

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