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Amid drought, HOA threatens fines over dry lawns in Bay Area community

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Brown or dead patches of lawn are shown at a home in Blackhawk, Calif., on Friday, April 15, 2016. Brown or dead patches of lawn are shown at a home in Blackhawk, Calif., on Friday, April 15, 2016.

DANVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A homeowners association for an upscale, gated community in the San Francisco Bay Area has threatened to fine homeowners for brown lawns and landscaping despite California's continuing drought emergency.

The East Bay Times reports that the Blackhawk homeowners association's community manager, Mark Goldberg, said that allowing the drought to negatively impact the landscaping does a disservice to property values.

Goldberg wrote in an email to residents that the association believes "there is no longer any reason that all landscaping in the community cannot flourish as it once did."

Effective June 1, the association will begin "aggressive enforcement" of landscaping standards that could include issuing fines, filing lawsuits, doing landscaping improvements or billing homeowners.

East Bay water officials say Blackhawk's directive is too soon.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times

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