My open letter and request for comments to the veggie hating Oak Park officials

After reading at Julie's blog about the counsel meeting and apparent SUPPORT of the counsel members for the malicious prosecution of Julie for veggies in her front yard and the dog licenses, I decided that Oak Park deserves its own blog.
I hope you already saw the documentaries I recommended to the Oak Park officials:

The email is posted at and it's about a lot more than veggies.
Oak Park really is Anytown, USA — with all the corruption, waste of public funds and government stupidity we've come to expect.

Oak Park prosecutor pursuing dog licencing charges against Julie Bass after dropping illegal veggie gardening charges

Oak Park prosecutor Eugene Lumberg seems to be inviting a harassment and malicious prosecution lawsuit against himself and his employer, the city of Oak Park.
According to Julie Bass, she already showed the receipts for the dog licenses to prosecutor Lumberg:

5- when we got the citation for the dog licenses we cleared it up right away. we went in that friday, only to find that our government is closed on friday due to budget cuts (!). we went back as soon

as we were able the following week and took care of it. we paid the license fees. we paid late fees. we got proof from them that the dogs were current and paid up, and we took this proof to court and we showed it to the prosecutor.

However, they are still required to attend a COURT HEARING for the PAID dog license ticket.
In this Fox News video, prosecutor Lumberg states that everybody has to go to court after getting a dog license ticket, but that he would dismiss the case if Julie showed him proof of payment:

Oak Park Drops Charges Against Julie Bass and Her Vegetable Garden:

It's Julie's word v prosecutor Lumberg's word.
Does she have a witness?
Here's my question:
Are the officials in Oak Park IDIOTS?
Who in their right mind would have a COURT HEARING after a fine was promptly PAID?
Are they so loaded with cash that they don't mind wasting it on court hearings for tickets that have been paid?
That's just insane. And as Julie's attorney mentions in the video, the court hearing may be against city regulations.
This definitely reeks of malicious prosecution and harassment.

I sure hope they sue the city and prosecutor Lumberg and that it all ends with the firing of prosecutor Lumberg, a little more respect for the people who pay their salaries by Oak Park city employees and a nice check for the Bass family!

City of Oak Park dropped charges against front yard gardener Julie Bass

As first mentioned by attorney Jessica Newman (an Oak Park city official’s daughter), the city of Oak Park dropped the charges against Julie. Apparently city officials had received tens of thousands of calls and emails from all over the world and they realized that they did not have a very good case.
Today Julie posted that her attorney went to file a motion at the court and he found out that the case was dismissed. It happens frequently that court notices aren’t actually mailed out until a day or two after the filing.
So I consider that excellent news, although Julie is ill and not nearly as happy as she should be. Of course they could charge her again, but that’s EXTREMELY unlikely unless the city actually changes its laws and explicitly prohibits front yard veggies.
I’m very glad the charges were dropped and now we can move on to more productive projects such as finding out WHY some people feel that veggies will lower home values and we can focus on the big picture. I hope you will all take an hour to watch scientist and activist Vandana Shiva’s speech at UC Irvine. [7/2008]

This was three years ago and unfortunately, nothing has changed for the better. The American government is completely controlled by the corporations and the FDA and the USDA ignore the DOCUMENTED harm caused by genetically modified crops and monoculture.
I hope to get Jessica Newman (her letter to Time Magazine) and many local government officials to watch Food Inc., King Corn and Ms. Shiva’s speech. I am certain that none of the Oak Park officials have been bribed by Monsanto. I seriously doubt that Jessica Newman is on the big ag payroll.
Why do they feel so threatened by veggies? Continue reading “City of Oak Park dropped charges against front yard gardener Julie Bass”

Critter update: fat lizards and tomato worms, Mojave Green moved into live trap

That’s the biggest tomato worm I’ve ever seen, the size of Jose’s index finger:

7/12/11: Beautiful tomato worm (click for larger image)

I had not realized how pretty this worm is until I looked at the large picture. It’s too bad they’re so damaging and you just can’t let them live.

Also saw this fat lizard: Continue reading “Critter update: fat lizards and tomato worms, Mojave Green moved into live trap”

Update: Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski v. Julie Bass and veggies

It’s for real. Julie Bass IS facing jail for growing veggies.
Here is a video interview with Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski:
He is trying to make it look like Julie is the one at fault by choosing a jury trial. He didn’t mention the alternative to the jury trial, having to accept a possibly corrupt judge’s verdict. The jury trial is the way to go.
Of course the jury INSTRUCTIONS are extremely important.

The definition of “suitable” will be crucial.
I looked it up at Marriam Webster: Continue reading “Update: Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski v. Julie Bass and veggies”

Jail for veggies in front yard in Oak Park, Michigan?

The web is flooded with outrage over the alleged prosecution of home owner Julie Brass in Oak Park, MI, because she grows veggies in her front yard.

It is hard to believe that Julie Bass is facing three months in jail over this BEAUTIFUL front yard.
I did a little research on the web and found a post urging readers to contact the Oak Park Director/City Planner Kevin Rulkowski at Here is my email: Continue reading “Jail for veggies in front yard in Oak Park, Michigan?”

Farmers' Almanac July planting schedule

From the Farmers’ Almanac:

July 2011
1st Most Favorable For Corn, Cotton, Okra, Beans, Peppers, Eggplant, And Other Aboveground Crops. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
2nd-6th A Most Barren Period. Kill Plant Pests And Do General Farm Work.
7th-8th Favorable For Planting Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, And Other Fall Crops Bearing Aboveground. Sow Grains And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers.
9th-11th Extra Good For Fall Cabbage, Lettuce, Cauliflower, Mustard Greens, And Other Leafy Vegetables. Good For Any Aboveground Crop That Can Be Planted Now. Start Seedbeds.
12th-13th Seeds Planted Now Will Do Poorly And Yield Little.
14th-16th First Day Good For Planting Aboveground Crops. Last Two Days Are Good For Planting Beets, Carrots, Salsify, Irish Potatoes, And Other Root Crops.
17th-18th Good Days For Killing Weeds, Briars And Other Plant Pests, Poor For Planting.
19th-20th Good Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Salsify, Turnips, Peanuts, And Other Root Crops. Also Good For Planting Melons, Cucumbers, Pumpkins, And Other Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants. Good Days For Transplanting.
21st-23rd A Barren Period.
24th-25th Root Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Yield Well. Good Days For Transplanting.
26th-27th Poor Days For Planting, Seeds Tend To Rot In The Ground.
28th-29th Most Fruitful Days For Planting Root Crops. Excellent For Sowing Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Days For Transplanting.
30th-31st A Most Barren Period. Kill Plant Pests And Do General Farm Work.