Caught in the Code Enforcement’s Spider web-what are your rights?

“Fight Against Code Enforcement Offices” (F.A.C.E. Off) Bob Morris, the West Coast Representative for this nationwide grassroots movement, spoke at the July 8th town meeting on Code Enforcement abuse. This group is dedicated to restoring property rights by exposing and eliminating abusive, aggressive, illegal and unconstitutional code enforcement practices. To contact them, e-mail: Caught in the Code Enforcement’s Spider web and wondering what your rights are? Bob will be there to help you find the answer.

Their Blog is giving voice to the otherwise unheard horror stories of people caught in hopeless situations with their county departments of planning and land use. People all over the nation are rising up to tell their stories.

Patrick Henry said “Give me Liberty or give me Death”. While he was speaking against the tyranny of the English, currently others are feeling the need for that same dedication to defend themselves against the tyranny of their county governments and agencies.

There is a family in Dade County, Florida that is standing up for their property rights and has paid dearly. They have been so severely harassed that they have suffered mysterious fires that burned their barn down with five horses in it. One of their beloved Friesian mares that survived was found dead from poisoning. The family also received death threats which lead to the mother taking her two young children and fleeing the United States for their safety, leaving dad behind to continue the fight over property issues with the county. Each thing that happened to them, happened after an interaction with an official authority, where they stood up for their rights.

Another family in Chino, CA just wanted to rebuild the fence that was destroyed by lightening and went through the proper channels just to meet with ridiculous resistance. They had retained a lawyer and were assured time to get prepared, but that didn’t stop a zealous code enforcement officer who brought a police officer with him to their place of business to try and force the father to sign a citation concerning their fence. No warrant was issued and they forced their way into a clearly marked “employee’s only” area to detain the owner.

Bob Morris believes that alone, people’s voices go unnoticed, but united; people are more likely to be heard.

Bob Morris of F.A.C.E. OFF has been in code enforcement’s spider web in San Bernardino County where he lives. Being a General Contractor there and working with the county over the years, Bob figured he could build his dream home–no sweat. Delays and wasteful mishaps on the county’s part lead him to extend his permits time and time again, until they just refused to renew them anymore. To add insult to injury, building costs kept rising as his $28,000 steel building that they would not let him put up laid rusting in his yard. It was then that the county’s Code Enforcement Officer sited him for a pile of junk in his yard. That pile of junk turned out to be his $28,000 building. It was then Bob found F.A.C.E. OFF’s blog which is based out of Florida and got to know who and what they were. Bob decided that if he was having such trouble, probably others were too. He wanted to help those people and then became the liaison for F.A.C.E. OFF on the west coast.

According to Bob Morris, he has found that the constitutional rights of citizens are being ignored on a daily basis concerning code enforcement in America everywhere. He says there is a lack of due process once citations are issued, and if the conditions are not met as per the Code Enforcement Officer’s opinion, the end result can be illegal search and seizure of the owner’s property, such as vehicles, storage buildings etc. Code Enforcement Offices make their decisions based on their own interpretation of the law, once cited and fined, and there is no going back, so they say. Code Enforcement officers give the citation, enforce the citation, and interpret the law that they give the citation for, all at their own discretion. Citizens at the recent meetings are wondering if this is a conflict of interest.

Code enforcement officers are responsible to know the code and to be able to inspect every aspect of a citizen’s life from their pets, fences, water, sewer, outbuildings, land, and homes–you name it and they can give a citation for a violation concerning it. These codes are not clear, easily accessible or understandable to the public in order to understand an actual offense or compliance. Too much is left up to interpretation. To see the range of county ordinances go to and click on County Ordinances and then a number. Try #190 near top called “AN ORDINANCE DECLARING AS A PUBLIC NUISANCE ANY AND ALL ACCUMULATIONS OF LIMBS, BRANCHES, PRUNINGS, TRIMMINGS, STUMPS AND PARTS OF DOMESTIC AND CULTIVATED FRUIT TREES AND PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR MAINTAINING THE SAME” for violating this ordinance you could go to jail for six month and or pay a fine of $500. If there is a good reason for this code it is unclear. What about firewood? Another site to see

Freedoms, as promised in the U.S. and our State’s Constitutions, are being denied as: “all men are by nature free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property: and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.”- From article one, of the State of California’s Constitution

Bob Morris points out that once cited, most people feel a sense of guilt and do not fight. Citied citizens now have only 15 days to respond and/or comply. No response is an admission of guilt and with no compliance, fines begin to be levied. These fines quickly add up and are unreasonable in their amount and how they accrue. To take action you need to know what to do before a code enforcement issue happens to you.

Bob Morris, after all he has been through, just wants to see injustice defeated and to do this we must stand up and fight for our rights as American citizens.

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny; when the government fears the people there is liberty” Thomas Jefferson

To learn more go to To read about what happened in Miami Dade County, Florida, go to:

To read what happened in Chino this month go to:

Check out Bob Morris’s story at:

This is the first two articles of the:

Constitution of the State of California 1849

We, the people of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, do establish this Constitution.

Article I.

Declaration of Right

Sec. 1. All men are by nature free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property: and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.

Sec. 2. All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people; and they have the right to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.

To read the rest go to

4 Responses to "Caught in the Code Enforcement’s Spider web-what are your rights?"

  1. Anze Redident   August 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Dear Mary Bono,

    The situation in Anza is out of control. Just read the latest addition of the Anza Valley outlook.

    It makes my blood boil to think that these people do not feel that they have to follow the same rules and regulations as everybody else in Riverside County who want to build a home.

    The real estate agents are running scared because they know what they have done. They themselves have told property buyers that all they need to get is a permit from electric to well. I was interested in purchasing a property with two ponds on it and when I asked Robin Garrison if they were permitted she told me, “they can be grandfathered in.” When I called Riverside County Building and Safety I was told, “we don’t have any relatives.” I also called on a property that Bob at Overland Realty had, and he said, “You only need an ag electric to well permit and then you can come out and put in a mobile home. One electrician told me that he would set it up for the 100 amp to pass the county inspectors for the electric to well permit but he would set it up for 200 so that we could build whatever we want. (Blackmore Electric)

    How can all of these people think that there rights have been violated? They deliberately did not get permits and they know it as how many of them have come down to the County office and requested a copy of there properties permits. (Obviously no need to as they know they never got them.)

    What is there mentality? Hi, we live in Anza and were exempt from permits and taxes because we are a small rural community. Anza Electric (Mike Machado board member for district 2) is a joke as they are siding with the folks who have broken the law and not paid taxes for yrs. Wow that’s real leadership.

    Why isn’t someone speaking out on what’s right? Like abiding by the laws of our county and state. We hope this person will be you.

    The majority of the people in Anza have followed the rules and got permits. We followed what was required by the County and we are not happy about these law breakers who now want to be exempt from fines and citations to bring there places up to code because they got caught.

    The real estate agents in Anza need accountability.

    These people embarrass us and give Anza a bad name.

    Anza Resident

  2. Gotta Love The News   August 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Wow, is this really a news article, or just an opinion/editorial piece? I see no links to news articles from the local papers where the alledged attrocities happened, or any facts that the reporter verified. You are taking the word of this apparently angry Bob Morris who is telling ancedotal stories about code enforcemnt atrocities. What are the details? Well, there aren’t any details at the links in the articles, just crazy angry statements from the writer. Code enforcement works at the pleasure of the locally elected officials, who in turn pass laws the public want, and approve of. Otherwise, those same public officials get voted out of office and the new ones change the laws. That’s the way it works where I live. It is so easy to slam local government for doing their job, sometimes it is deserved, but at least give us some facts so we can decide for ourselves.

  3. Ask Before You Do   August 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Why would a person buy a $28,000.00 building without securing the permit(s) first?

  4. david j Mirsky   February 18, 2014 at 1:52 am

    I need help with code enforcement abuse. I’m a single man that owns two property’s one is my home and the other is a commercial vacant lot. code enforcement has $270,000.00 dollars in liens on my commercial vacant lot. I had know idea liens were accruing on my land. I found out when someone approached me on buying the land, The prospective buyer then told me about the liens. I called code enforcement to see how to comply. I was then told get everything of my land and code enforcement would drop all liens. So the only thing that was on my land was a bush hog and a box truck were i stored my tools. The two items on my land were there to maintain the grass. I put the box truck and bush hog in storage then called code enforcement. The officer then tells me a new story that i have to go through the county attorneys office to reduce these bogus liens. I have so much evidence and pictures that proves i was always in compliance but cant find anyone including attorneys that will even look at my case. Now i think the so called buyers are actual negotiating my property out from under me with the county attorney. These liens are also extended on my homestead property. The liens were set to $600 dollars a day, How can they do this to me. I have my life savings into this property. My property is literally the cleanest commercial lot in the the city. I was told buy one code enforcement officer that know body is going to help me. Please any info to help defend me against this abuse of power. I’m afraid if i don’t get help soon they will steel my property and life savings. Please contact me at


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