SAN DIEGO (AP) — Trimming overgrown shrubs may have won Juvencio Adame praise from neighbors, but it also brought the San Diego man a felony charge from prosecutors.
Adame, 46, was charged with defacement, damage and destruction in excess of $400 after he pruned shrubbery on city land next to his Ocean Beach property in July, U-T San Diego reported on Saturday.
Adame, who is known as "Vince," told neighbors that the shrubs in the neighborhood popular with surfers had become a haven for homeless people to sleep and litter.
He declined to comment on the case, citing advice from his lawyer. He is due in court on Thursday.
The district attorney's office also declined comment.
Neighbor Glenn Goss said the case is a waste of taxpayer money and that Adame is being prosecuted for doing the kind of pruning that city workers ought to do.
"Here's somebody who's going out of his way (to trim the trees)," Goss said. "It's not his job, it's the city's job. Then they do this ridiculous thing. It's mind-boggling."
It isn't the first time residents have been prosecuted for trimming shrubs, though more often the victim is a neighbor, not a government, the newspaper reported.