For five years, neighbors in the Wagon Wheel neighborhood of Trabuco Canyon have strung Christmas lights between their homes, with 35 houses participating in the tradition this year. Trabuco Canyon, CA residents are fighting back after the county threatened to fine them if they did not remove their neighborhood’s Christmas lights, which authorities say are a safety hazard.
On Nov. 27, Orange County Public Works sent letters to some homeowners stating they will be fined or prosecuted if they don’t remove their lights. “I thought it was ridiculous. It just didn’t make any sense to us, and they gave us no out, so we were all pretty outraged,” said resident Brian Kopiec, who said the lights represent unity in the neighborhood. Residents fought back after receiving the letter. Neighbor Dannielle Jubb handed out permits to fill out Tuesday night in hopes of resolving the dispute.
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(Trabuco Canyon, CA is a small, affluent unincorporated community located in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains in eastern Orange County, California, and lies partly within the Cleveland National Forest.)