The really interesting aspect to these Laws is that a legislature considered them and found them worthy. Each have some kind of rationale behind them.<quoted text>
Amazing that this Country made it to the 21st century with some of these laws on the books......lol!!!
Reading the California "dumblaws", I found that I understood some of them, and know their history.
"Its unlawful to let a dog pursue a bear or bobcat at any time."
The California Brown bear and the California Bobcat are both gravely endangered species.
"In San Jose and Sunnyvale it is illegal for grocery stores to provide plastic bags."
Actually, it's now most of the State. The bags have been contributing hugely to the garbage deadzones in the Pacific, and have been found in the entrails of dead sea-life washed up on shore and caught in nets.
"Bathhouses are against the law."
That one's obvious.
"Sunshine is guaranteed to the masses."
This has to do with each property owner being protected from building that makes passive and active solar heating, photovoltaics, and home gardens impossible. Increasingly important in the coming years will be the new concept "Roof Estate", and it's unobstructed access to sun and wind.
"You cannot leave your car on the street overnight without the proper permit."
Choking of residential street by the cars of non-residents. Car camping.
"Nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool."
This means dry pools. Think "Dogtown Z-Boys".
"It is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds."
This one has had a couple renditions in California history, for two very different reasons.
The first dates from the 1920s, and was a Statewide Public Health Law carrying a fine of $500. Very stiff penalty when you consider that you could purchase a two-storey Queen Anne for around $4000. The reason? Tuberculosis.
The second has to do with chewing tobacco and the cultural tendency of young males to use a spit in place of periods in a sentence (which also usually has no adjectives or adverbs other than "f'in" and "like"). Water restrictions have reduced sidewalk cleaning. Interestingly, you can tell where the kids hang out by the stains on the pavement.
"It is prohibited to sleep in a parked vehicle."
Car squatting.(Part of the gentrifieds' war, not against poverty, but against poor people.)
All dog waste must be removed from any yard within seven days.
If you knew Cerritos, this would make obvious sense.
"Sandboxes may not be used as ashtrays."
Playgrounds. Not much of an issue now that smoking is prohibited in most children's playgrounds, and even many parks.
"It is illegal to sell gasoline to a drunken person."
"Getting drunk on a playground is against the law.
Both are kinda obvious. There's a lot of very good reasons that Fresno is known as "F-No".
"It is illegal to posses, own or raise roosters."
"Growing oleander flowers is illegal."
Child and animal poisonings. Also, oleander sap can cause skin irritations, severe eye inflammation and irritation, and allergic reactions characterized by dermatitis.
"It is illegal to molest butterflies."
PG is one of the few remaining waypoints for the migration of 3 different endangered species of butterfly, including the Monarch.
"One may not allow his or her dog to chase a squirrel in the summer."
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
"It is illegal to have more than two cats or dogs."
Animal hoarders. Illegal puppy mills and catteries.
"You may not play percussion instruments on the beach."
Anti-hippie. Anti-transient busker.(gentrification)
Well those are a few that I KNOW the point of.