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Old 10-04-07, 02:51 PM   #1
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Happy Valley declares end to nude gardening
Rights - The City Council responds to neighbors' complaints with a tentative nudity ordinance
Thursday, October 04, 2007
PETER ZUCKERMAN
The Oregonian
The nude gardener of Happy Valley should at least put on underwear.

That's what the City Council decided this week in tentatively approving an ordinance that makes it "unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitals while in a public place or place visible from a public place."

If formally approved later this month, the law will apply when children younger than 13 are around or when "the exposure reasonably would be expected to alarm or annoy another person."

Violations carry a $1,000 fine per exposure.

The issue arose when neighbors complained that Steven J. Howatt, 51, refused to put on clothes while gardening, mowing his lawn or walking around his property. A mail carrier also asked to changed routes.

Howatt, who didn't attend the council meeting, said the controversy says more about neighborliness than nudity.

If someone had spoken to him nicely, he said, he probably would have put on some clothes. Instead, one neighbor yelled profanities at him and others complained to his employer, the police, the media and the city, he said. "I'm disappointed we couldn't work out something."

A few Happy Valley residents wrote to the council in support of Howatt. "I hate to see more of our rights taken away because a few people are uncomfortable," said one e-mail.

Mayor Rob Wheeler said the nudity ordinance has attracted statewide attention. "In my seven years with the city," he said, "I've never seen people or the media so interested in what we're doing."

Peter Zuckerman: 503-294-5919; peterzuckerman@news.oregonian.com



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Old 10-04-07, 02:54 PM   #2
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One step forward, two steps back.

Can they really still call it "Happy Valley"?
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This is fricken funny. Hey dude put some pants on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-04-07, 03:01 PM   #4
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Portlanders know what's truly important in life.
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Old 10-04-07, 03:10 PM   #5
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It's just enjoying being naked outside. It's difficult to to get aroused when standing outside in the rain is the equivalent of a cold shower.
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Well...I guess I'm not moving to Happy Valley now.
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I doubt many of them were working in their rose gardens nude. OUCH!
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is that a zuchinni or are you glad to see me?
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That's what the City Council decided this week in tentatively approving an ordinance that makes it "unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitals while in a public place or place visible from a public place."

So using the urinals in a public bathroom will be tricky business, eh?
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gives a whole to meaning to "feeling a breeze"
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i'm moving to portland in april, so i guess i better my naked gardening out of my system now.
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Old 10-04-07, 06:27 PM   #13
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The mayor of Happy Valley (a suburb) is a turd.
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On one hand, I have to ask who the god damn **** gardens in the god damn nude, let alone in Oregon.
I mean seriously, I have gardened, not even close to as much as my dad but doing any serious gardening in the nude and in the rain, boggles my mind.

And then on the other hand, obviously you've got nobody who really cares, if the best they could do was "a few people wrote in". Because you know that either nobody really cared, or nobody cared enough to put democracy in action.
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Um, shocking I know, but it doesn't rain every day of the year, even in Oregon
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On one hand, I have to ask who the god damn **** gardens in the god damn nude, let alone in Oregon.
Sounds like you answered your own question, there.
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Sounds like you answered your own question, there.
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what do you mean my message is to short
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Too bad, it's time to plant the spring bulbs
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Too bad, it's time to plant the spring bulbs
Man you know what would suck.....
You know what thats an image i'm just going to banish from my mind.
Go away!
Oh now you're going to get it
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Too bad, it's time to plant the spring bulbs
You don't live in Happy Valley, so you're set.
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why do I not care.....
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Hey, it's the Country Fair Loincloth Guy!
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Its probably just as well. Those hedge trimmers can be dangerous...
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Its probably just as well. Those hedge trimmers can be dangerous...
well you would have to have a hedge hog to be in any danger. All I got is a bush baby.
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