May 29, 2010 (Jamul)- Harmonica John and the Reggae Band PSYDECAR will perform at a post-Memorial Day gathering Tuesday, June 1 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. across the street from the fire station at 14024 Peaceful Valley Road in Jamul.
The Chaparral Institute is organizing the rally to help Vietnam Veteran and artist Joseph Diliberti’s efforts to stop the County of San Diego from seizing his land over unpaid weed abatement costs. The group has already had success in raising partial funds through a Facebook Page devoted to helping Diliberti.
As East County Magazine has previously reported, Diliberti was assessed $25,000 after the San Diego Rural Fire Protection District hired a private contractor to clear brush from Diliberti’s property for fire prevention purposes. The contractor, Fire Prevention Services, has been accused of overcharging consumers in numerous instances and is no longer used by fPS.
Diliberti contends he was not properly notified and that the charges were excessive. He has refused to pay fees or penalties, which now total over $63,000. He now faces the prospect of losing his home for unpaid property taxes, since the County refused to accept payment of his taxes unless the weed abatement bill is first paid. Diliberti designed and built by hand the unusual dwelling, which was featured on the cover of Clay magazine.
View our original story on Diliberti’s dilemma here: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/3229.
Read about growing grassroots efforts to help Diliberti: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/3332
Learn more about efforts to help Dilibert at www.californiachaparral.org