As they say, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Yeah, but the same can be said for California with fires, mudslides, and earthquakes.
Most of those communities have some of the most contradictory codes I have ever seen. A number of years ago I used to go to Orange County (between LA and San Diego) to conduct training seminars. I would usually be out there a couple of times a year. One town in particular (yes, Laguna Beach, I mean you) had an ongoing battle between the town Fire Chief and the Zoning Commissioner. The Fire Chief was requiring people to clearcut any brush within 50 feet of their houses. The Zoning Commissioner was fining homeowners for doing so, claiming it detracted from the scenic ambiance of the community. The Mayor sided with the Zoning Commissioner until “Fire Season” (we call it Autumn in New England) started. Then he blamed the Fire Chief for not pushing harder on getting the brush removed.
However, that is significantly different than building a community by back filling a bayou and paving over any potential drainage area, or building residential communities in an area only 3-6 feet above sea level NEXT to those former bayous and drainage areas.
I’ve seen the houses built into the sides of hills. I’ve seen the results when those hills slump into the valleys.
No section of the country has a monopoly on greed or bending what is wise in pursuit of profit.
True about the fires and the mudslides. But the earthquake codes are good. You have less risk of death from an earthquake in California than in most other states, because of the building codes. Remember that three of the strongest earthquakes in American history were centered in Charleston, SC, and New Madrid, MO. Everywhere is earthquake country.
Trump is the worst president we will ever have.
Don’t count on it. After he’s finally gone, we still have the idiots who voted for him.