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Riverside County considers light trespass ordinance

October 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
An ordinance was presented Tuesday by Riverside County supervisors to regulate outdoor light pollution and trespassing.

"I am just a flip of a light switch away from light trespass hell," said Bill Larsen of Corona.

Larsen is talking about a flood light he said his former neighbor installed following a dispute. Larsen said it's aimed at his bedroom window, which is 275 feet away.

"The only reason I can come to is retaliation for that miscommunication," Larsen said. "He decided to put a light - several lights - on his house, only slightly darker than what shines on the White House

Larsen says the lights turned his home from night to day last year.

Unable to resolve the issue with his former neighbor, he went to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and asked for a light trespass ordinance.

It's now under consideration and could mean fines for those whose outdoor lighting creates a nuisance.

Residents like Charles Rodriguez could feel the impact. He has several outdoor lights scattered throughout his property in an unincorporated area of Riverside.

"Can you imagine being penalized for trying to secure your residence?" he said.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public meeting Nov. 15 to discuss the light trespass ordinance.

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