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Personal is political and so on…

April 17, 2009

As is probably obvious, Paul is very involved in politics.  What may be less obvious is that I (previously) hated doing anything that I perceived as remotely policy related.  I want to grow an organic garden in my yard, and Paul wants to ban pesticides.  Paul wants to change bad laws, where I’d just as soon bypass the bad law and do what I want.  This has recently come to play with our chickens, as owning chickens in Sacramento is currently illegal.  I brought home our chicks perfectly content to keep them illegally harbored in our yard, but then P went and created EAT Sacramento, a coalition of groups working on food security, and conned me into working on changing the chicken laws in Sacramento.  

So I’ve spent the last few days holding chicken meetings at my house, editing reports on chickens, creating chicken Facebook groups, and reading chicken laws from various cities.  I think this is what my UC Santa Cruz education was suppose to have prepared me for.  

If anyone is interested in joining in on the efforts, you can start by attending our press conference on Wednesday, April 22nd (Earth Day):


Come out to McClatchy Park (3500 5th Ave. at 33rd St.) at 10am on Earth Day (April 22nd) to help launch the campaign to amend the chicken ordinance within the City of Sacramento’s code. This exiting press conference will officially announce the effort to make hens legal within the Sacramento city limits.  

Many cities throughout the Unites States including Oakland, Los Angeles, Denver, and Portland (just to name a few) allow residents to raise laying hens. Let’s encourage Sacramento to follow their lead. 

A backyard flock provides nutritious eggs, soil amendment for gardeners, pest control, and countless hours of amusement. Traditionally, a small kitchen garden and a few hens were common in urban backyards. The current economic climate has served as an impetus for Sacramentans to roll up their sleeves and grow their own food. The chicken ordinance inhibits resident’s ability to keep hens for egg production. 

Join local politicians, organizations, and residents as we kick off the campaign to repeal this ordinance!

The hens will thank you for your efforts to help keep them in our yard after Paul exposes us by making a scene. 
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom permalink
    April 19, 2009 7:40 pm

    To quote: “…after Paul exposes us by making a scene. ”

    I think I’m with you Katie. I believe your chickens (and everyone’s) are safe from persecution under the veil of “don’t-ask-don’t-tell”. The “Chicken Police” are not out looking. Who knows what will happen if you raise a stink. Besides, the law is really only there to protect citizens from thoughtless neighbors that create a nuisance (eg. too many hens, crowing roosters etc.). Nothing will ever come of it unless a neighbor complains.

    Good Luck.


  2. May 4, 2009 8:05 pm

    yay! (looking for your facebook chicken group!)

  3. Ivy permalink
    May 15, 2009 5:26 am

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell isn’t working on my street. The person who made the complaint doesn’t live on the street, and now three of us who have back yard flocks are loosing our chickens. The Animal control officer tried to encourage my next door neighbor to report our chickens- because he had been found out. He, bless him, refused., but I think our carefree days are over. We have developed attachments to our birds, and it feels like we are kicking out family members. I really am disscusted with the Animal control officer who was wanting our neighbor to “tell on us” because he was being sited.

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