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Re: [TowerTalk] Fwd: Bay Area Structural Engineer Needed

To: Michael Germino <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Fwd: Bay Area Structural Engineer Needed
From: Jerry Gardner <>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:04:33 -0700
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On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Michael Germino <>wrote:

> I know of one person in the Bay Area that gave up on the permit process
> when the person at the counter had his translation of the code written on
> the borders of the book.
> He went and bought a trailer, made a tower trailer.  He backed it up to the
> back of the house and bracketed it to the house.  He had it there until he
> moved. (NO PERMIT) (Not the best solution and I don't know what he had on
> it)

I almost went that route when I was living in a subdivision with a HOA and
CC&Rs, but decided that I ultimately didn't want to wage war with the
neighbors, even if I was "technically" in the right regarding the CC&Rs and
how they apply to "temporary" structures.

In my present circumstances, I've found that what should be a definitive,
objective process is often subjective and open to interpretation by the
individual at the county assigned each individual case. I'm sure they all
have their own "translation" of the codes as the one mentioned in your post.

Since I posted my original request, I've retained a real estate attorney who
specializes in land use matters and he will work with the county. This will
be expensive, but since it's a legal matter, my wife says it comes out of
the household budget, not my "hobby" budget. ;-)

73, Jerry

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