Reason TV: Nanny of the Month, or …
posted at 5:21 pm on March 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month actually came out last week, but as always, it’s worth a watch — and perhaps especially so in this case. Washington DC’s local government grabs a dishonorable mention for its rather lengthy list of rejected vanity license plate requests, including RONPAUL, but their city doesn’t win the top slot. Instead, that goes to Watertown, New York, which has banned … roommates. Say what?
A Freedom of Information Act request from GovernmentAttic.org, has yielded a hilariously infuriating 68-page list of vanity plates banned by Washington, DC’s DMV. In the list you’ll find everything from sexual innuendos (including nearly 2000 variations of the number “69”) to calls for “LSSGOVT” and, of course, countless references to marijuana, from the obvious (POTHEAD) to the clever (POTOMAC).
But this time the Nanny of the Month comes to us from Watertown, New York, where the city council has banned roommates from residential neighborhoods (which would include everyone from unmarried couples to domestic partners and soldiers sharing a home).
Seems that a local woman named Deborah Cavallario wasn’t keen on her neighbor living with his fiance and two friends, so she persuaded three out of five council members to zone away unrelated roommates. (She insists it wasn’t a “dirtbag” move.)
Stick around to the end to see just how hypocritical this demand actually was. Here’s a hint: if the NIMBYites had their way 30 years ago, Cavallario wouldn’t have had the standing to make this demand now. Shame on Watertown for attempting to regulate households in such a manner, especially on the basis of this complaint.