Don’t make a stink in SLO

March 19, 2015

Titlecard_Something_SmellsThe San Luis Obispo City Council majority plans to ban foul odors that creep across property lines. [New Times]

Mayor Jan Marx, Councilman John Ashbaugh and Councilwoman Carlyn Christianson voted in favor of the proposed “odor nuisance” ordinance at Tuesday’s council meeting. The proposal will become a city ordinance if a majority of the council approves it again at an upcoming meeting.

Over the past couple years, city staffers have received complaints about an undesirable scent emanating a from medical marijuana grow in the backyard of a San Luis Obispo home. When the council failed to adopt a proposed medical marijuana ban, staff responded by drafting the foul odor ordinance.

If adopted, the ordinance will mandate that city staff receive three verified complaints from neighboring property owners before deeming an odor a public nuisance. Once the city determines that an odor is a public nuisance, code enforcers can issue citations to the property owner.

Councilmen Dan Carpenter and Dan Rivoire cast the two dissenting votes. Carpenter said the ordinance will be a nightmare to enforce, and Rivoire said neighbors should be able to resolve odor issues among themselves.

Marx said the ordinance will help the community get along better.


I am against an ordinance being used to “solve” problems, but….I really am sick and tired of the neighbor’s cigarette smoke drifting into my house every night. Keep the smell on YOUR property. I have a question regarding this ordinance: Will I not be allowed to fart in public now?


I once knew a woman who loved the smell of skunk spray.

Some people obviously are quite ok with the smell of pot, others can’t stand it.

When our neighbor BBQ’s, it smells like he’s burning trash…

What’s offensive to one, isn’t offensive to the next guy.

What nanny gets to decide what’s foul?

More importantly, will they be required to pass the all important ‘smell test’

in order to be assigned to ‘the nose knows’ task force?

How many times will a ‘foul’ odor get reported, only to have dissipated by the time the ‘odor detector team’ arrives?

Jan needs to cool her heals with her willy-nilly regulations. She’s a laughable loon at this point.

Seriously, what next???


Jan Marx has lost her mind. Yet another ridiculous law. How in the heck do you enforce it? Do you invest in a high tech smell-o-meter?

I can’t wait till Marx and her fellow noodle brains come up with a way to consolidate the roof top ordinance with the anti stink ordinance. God help anyone caught farting on their roof … it will be an enhancement worth a double or triple fine.


Does this mean the City will self police itself when it comes to the occasional vaporous stench from the sewer plant that greets commuters from the South?


Jan, consider ALL of these comments as “received complaints” and, since you are keen on taking immediate action when you receive several, RESIGN.


Harassment. Plain and simple. Jan, you, madam, are an idiot. Regulate this.

P.S. I hate pot, but what I hate more is ridiculous, burdensome politicians with a lack of priority, focus, or resistance to reactionary special interest groups.

Mr. Holly

Between Adam Hill and Jan Marx I think SLO may be ready for its own reality show. I’m wondering if part of this odor ordinance may eliminate having beans included with Santa Maria BBQ’s?


Oh goody! Now I can make an official complaint about the raucous farts my neighbor makes all day long! Of course, I will have to have an official city employee, maybe even a law enforcement officer stand there with me waiting for him to “do the deed”, but hey, I’ll have the law on my side, right? Sheesh.


Oh boy, here we go…another Marx ordinance!

Regulate, regulate, regulate, YOU GO JAN!



Who’s regulating Jan????


True…she is a nuisance!

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