Join libertarians against historic preservation legislation. Learn
about the Committee for the Protection of your Rights (CPR). The fact that
CPR opposes the historic ordinances does not mean that they oppose historic
preservation. They oppose laws about historic preservation.
Learn about Randal O'Toole, a researcher with the Cato Institute in
Washington D.C. He says that government planning does more harm than good.
He is well known for his libertarian opposition to any form of urban planning.
He exposes the nonsensical interventionist moves by government to
disrupt the forces of supply and demand in an effort to engineer certain
outcomes in our sadly mixed economy.
Liberty and worldwide trips exploring community development and urban
planning are here http://rexcurry.net/trip.html
Enjoy Capitalist tours and Capitalism Tourism in Tampa, Florida at
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Urban Planning http://rexcurry.net/planning.html
The Pointer Institute For Community And Environmental Development http://rexcurry.net/picced.html
It has personal freedoms found almost no where else. http://rexcurry.net/vicesdutch.html
and lot's of man-made land http://rexcurry.net/commentary/everglades.html
Reject government tours of the Grand Canyon. Embrace the Hualapai River
Runners & Indian Reservation.
GRAND CAYMAN ISLANDS
tasty sea turtles and conchs, but no caimans! http://rexcurry.net/cayman.html
they need guns.
NEW YORK CITY
capitalism! see the Triangle Shirtwaist building http://rexcurry.net/shirtwaist.html
liberty seems so long ago.
KEY WEST, FLORIDA
The Curry Mansion shows how historic preservation should be private, through
capitalism, and not through the government. See the Curry Mansion on the
local tour and learn about the rich history of Curry Capitalists. http://rexcurry.net/commentary/everglades.html
discover it's heritage of freedom. Meet local libertarians, and enjoy boating,
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YBOR CITY, FLORIDA
don't let hysterical perversionists destroy it.
May I ruin Mayan ruins? Yes!
For more ideas on liberty the historic district problem and others
PRESERVATION LAWS ARE BAD! http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance.jpg
historic preservation regulations and oppose historic preservation laws.
They are hysterical perversions.
Fight the dogma of Edward Bellamy, Francis Bellamy, and Looking Backward
at the Pledge of Allegiance
Historic preservation laws are bad. When government aids historic
preservation with tax dollars, regulations, or in any way, the government
becomes the violator of property rights. http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance.jpg
The purpose of government is to protect individuals and their property
from interference by others. That is why Libertarians, Objectivists,
and freedom-loving people oppose government assistance in historic preservation.
So long as preservationists spend their own money and time, and do
not use government to pursue their petty fetish, they may do as they like
with property they own or purchase, and leave the property of others alone.
Historic preservation laws result from histrionic whining by hysterical
perversionists. When the government is involved, a truthful sign would state:
"Historic Preservation: Your tax dollars become history."
As an attorney, the historian Dr. Rex Curry (author of "Pledge of Allegiance
Secrets") is consulted about historic preservation laws, historic districts
and other violations of private property rights. Known as the "Libertarian
Historic Preservationist," he notes that today's historic preservationists
impede greater histories of the future. Historic preservationists block
future historic structures. They prevent historic homes from being replaced
by new homes that would also become historical. Newer structures
become more historical than the old ones, thanks to capitalism.
Historic preservationists owe their entire movement and a debt
of gratitude (which they will never pay) to capitalism. Historic
homes and buildings were built by capitalists and they are historical only
because capitalists kept building other homes and buildings. Preservable
history exists only because change occurred.
Historic preservation is antidisestablishmentarianism. The 28-letter
word describes people who stop others from fighting the establishment
and changing things. Preservationism was thoroughly debunked by
the capitalist philosopher Ayn Rand in her novel "The Fountainhead."
Preservationists are neo-luddites and, like the luddites of 19th Century
England, they fight progress as well as the liberty, property rights and
capitalism that bring progress, and they use old structures as an excuse.
It is the dogma of American socialists like Francis Bellamy (author
of the "Pledge of Allegiance") and Edward Bellamy (author of the book "Looking
Backward") and their desire to nationalize all property in their global
nationalism movment. http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance.jpg
That dogma of socialism not only destroys history and historic structures,
it also destroys prosperity and lives. It did all of that and more in
the socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part): ~60 million
slaughtered under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; ~50 million
under the Peoples' Republic of China; ~20 million under the National Socialist
German Workers' Party. http://rexcurry.net/swastika3swastika.jpg
Some preservationists say that they are trying to "teach history."
What lesson is to be learned? Judging from the regulatory slant
of preservationists, old structures are grotesque reminders of how bad
things were before government grew so big and preservationists grew so
A principled preservation group would restore not just old structures,
but what produced them: free enterprise, progress, and the historic relationship
of government and people. Old homes would teach of times when taxes
and government revenue were tiny, when old neighborhoods and private mass
transit flourished, when historic preservationists could not impose their
whims on private property. Old homes would memorialize a history of individual
rights and capitalism. A principled preservation group would act
without government aid and against it. Now that's historic preservation!
Modern preservationists do not preserve history. All real estate
has history spanning the age of the earth. Why do preservationists
fixate on present structures? "Hysterical" preservationists can only
histrionically whine, "It's what's there now!" Preservationism is strange
idolatry that romanticizes old homes as empty symbols of arbitrary times.
They do not want to preserve everything that is historic, and they
do not want to restore the historic Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, nor
even remind anyone about those parts of their romanticized history. http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance.jpg
Historic preservation does not involve conflicts between property "rights"
and "responsibilities." There is never such a conflict. People
have property rights and everyone's responsibility is not to violate those
The same government that trumpets preservation destroyed historic neighborhoods
with urban renewal, strangled downtown businesses with taxes and bureaucracy,
and helped build highways through historic communities. The expansive
government preservationists support destroys more historical private property
than it ever saves.
Modern preservationists shirk responsibility. Preservationists do not
plan ahead, but wait until new construction nears and then cry for government
to intervene. It never matters how preservation impacts dreary people
who need jobs, food, clothing, and shelter. Preservationists who
enlist government are cavalier people with a love for old structures no
deeper than their neighbors' pockets.
Stop historic preservation Nazis and Gestapo.
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How socialism has destroyed trees and other resources
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Even more colorful artwork about capitalism saving the earth & mankind
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Face-off over converted garage could land woman, 83, in jail from code enforcement
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 08:26:06 -0500
At the very least limitations would prevent their enforcement against her.
A crime over 30 years ago, except for murder, is probably limited against
enforcement. It certainly isn't that woman's fault that the code enforcement
officers were negligent over 30 years ago. And, if the conversion was done
before the code was passed, how is that house subject to that code? Most
likely the house would have been "grandfathered" against enforcement if the
modification was already done.
Worse, the judge should know that the statute of limitations prohibits
their enforcement of that code against the woman.
Plus, what possible health or safety problems exist when a garage is converted
to a bedroom? It is one thing to make such a claim and quite another to
prove the claim at law.
Despite the City's claim that they are not harassing Camargo, there is
so much wrong with the enforcement that the reasonable man or woman could
not help but see the harassment. In my opinion, Camargo should countersue
in tort for negligence against the City.
Face-off over converted garage could land woman, 83, in jail
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times
Camargo's troubles began when a code enforcement officer spotted a
light shining from her garage, a violation, and firmly fixed garage
La Quinta, Calif., resident says the space was a bedroom when she
bought the house 30 years ago, but the city says it's her
responsibility to undo the illegal conversion. When she bought the
house 30 years ago, and it was a bedroom, she had a 'vested liberty interest'
in it remaining a bedroom. Likewise, after her having it for over 21 years
she is entitled to maintaining it as a bedroom.
PrescriptionBlack's Law Dictionary. Prescription. Acquisition
of a personal right to use a way, water, light and air by reason of continuous
By David Kelly, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 18, 2008
Ageda Camargo was sitting in her shady frontyard, wondering aloud if
jail is as bad as it sounds.
"I'm thinking of writing Martha Stewart to ask what it's like," said
the soft-spoken 83-year-old. "Do they put you in a cell? I wouldn't
want to be in a cell."
These weren't idle worries.
Camargo, a grandmother of six, has run afoul of La Quinta's code
enforcement in a big way, big enough to put her behind bars.
The city near Palm Springs insists that one of her three bedrooms is
really an illegally converted garage. She insists it's just a bedroom.
"What right do they have to call this a garage?" she asked, walking
around the room with its cabinets, sink, bathroom and
refrigerator. "I never called it a garage. How do they know it's not
a bedroom? If this is a garage, then they owe me a bedroom."
For 18 months now, code enforcement officials have been after Camargo
to turn the bedroom back into a garage. Insisting that her home is
her castle, she has ignored more than a dozen warnings.
Her resistance crumbled last week when a local judge ordered her to
comply or face possible jail time.
"It's traumatic. It's like tearing my house down," she said. "I
bought this place 30 years ago, and it was always a bedroom. And now
they are trying to shove this down my throat."
City building and safety director Tom Hartung said that an illegally
converted garage poses health and safety risks but that going to
court is a last resort.
"To say we should not enforce the ordinances based on the
demographics of the owner of the property is unrealistic," he
said. "We can't do that."
Hartung said that in his 25-year career, he's seen only one person
jailed over a violation.
"I think we are very fair," he said. "I don't think you will find a
more reasonable department."
Camargo grew up on a family farm in nearby Thermal. In 1977, she
moved to Avenida Montezuma in La Quinta, attracted by the isolation
and soaring views of the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains.
"I was crazy about those mountains," she said, relaxing under a vine-
covered pergola in her frontyard. "There were no neighbors then,
nothing but sand dunes. I loved it."
Her troubles began when a code enforcement officer spotted a light
shining from her garage into the street, a code violation. He noticed
her trash cans in front of the house (another violation) and weeds
poking through the concrete (yet another one).
But what really caught his eye were the garage doors. They were
firmly fixed in the driveway and didn't open. Windows lined one side
wall of the attached structure.
"He began yelling orders at me and said he wanted to bring in
inspectors," Camargo said. "He wanted to come in, and I said, 'No way
am I going to let you in. Are you telling me this isn't America
Undeterred, code enforcement sent letter after letter warning that
continued defiance could mean a fine or jail. The department gave her
repeated extensions to undo the conversion. Still she didn't budge.
"I know rules are rules, but this is harassment," said Mike Head,
Camargo's son. "She has undergone three surgeries in the last two
years. She had breast cancer. She had brain surgery, which took her a
year to recover from, and I still think she's a little dingy from
On a recent morning, in thick glasses and a long floral dress, she
seemed more anxious than "dingy."
"I never had a garage," said Camargo, who parks in the driveway. "I
don't need one or want one."
Nevertheless, the city finally took the gloves off. Code enforcement
showed up recently with three inspectors, two police officers and a
Jarrod Head, Camargo's 29-year-old grandson, who lives with her, was
sleeping in the disputed bedroom when they arrived.
"They pushed right in," he said. "I said, 'What's this about?' but
they were busy taking pictures. When I asked why they were taking
pictures, the police asked me for my ID. I asked why they needed my
ID, and they put me in handcuffs."
Camargo was indignant.
"I didn't like to see my grandson handcuffed," she said. "The
inspector went into the bedroom and said, 'I can tell this has been
added on.' They gave me two weeks to put it into compliance."
Mark Moran, a member of the Riverside County Advisory Council on
Aging, called the situation "elder abuse." He filed a complaint with
Adult Protective Services, which has opened a case.
"You would think Ageda Camargo was hiding Osama bin Laden in the
house, given the way they have come after her," he said.
City prosecutor Noam Duzman denies that La Quinta is targeting the
elderly woman. He said that the city has "bent over backward" to
resolve the dispute but that Camargo has not been forthcoming and
refuses to abide by the law.
"She believes that since she bought the house this way, it isn't her
responsibility," Duzman said. "The county and city code says if you
build or convert something, you need a permit. I get the feeling she
felt if she stuck it out long enough we'd drop this -- but we won't
because it's a public safety issue."
Last week Camargo was in court. The judge ordered her to pay a $3,000
fine, which she said she couldn't afford. She asked for the other
option -- 30 days in jail.
"She insisted on jail time instead," Duzman said. "I went on record
in front of the judge to say that the city did not recommend this."
The estimated cost of fixing the problem is $10,000. Camargo said she
lives on Social Security and income from a reverse mortgage.
If the work is done by Jan. 12, the fine and threat of jail will be
"I don't think she should go to jail. She is an elderly woman," the
prosecutor said. "I do believe, however, that she should be subject
to the law just like everyone else."
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HISTORIC PRESERVATION http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance.jpg
OF THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Dr. Rex Curry developed these ideas largely on his own, in his study and
while teaching in classrooms, knowing all the while that he was engaged in
an Oedipal struggle to overthrow the generation of historians who have propagandized
in favor of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Socialism is the dogma of urban planning http://rexcurry.net/swastika3swastika.jpg
Historic Preservation http://rexcurry.net/swastika3swastika.jpg
Historic Preservation and Swastikas.