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August 25, 2014

Sustainable landscaping draws fine from homeowners association

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Drought-conscious California officials are rallying behind a San Francisco Bay Area woman who replaced her lawn with low-water native plants, then was hit with a fine from her homeowners association.

Fran Paxson, a retired teacher living in San Ramon, told the San Jose Mercury News in a story published Friday that she overhauled her front yard with more sustainable landscaping, getting a rebate from her local utility as a reward for the work.

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