Thanks to everyone who sent in letters and comments when my local paper (the San Diego Union-Tribune) printed a nasty editorial criticizing me by name for trying to legalize chickens in my city. The paper must have been overwhelmed with responses, and they printed many of them. One response that was printed was from someone who identified herself as a member of this forum! Here's a link to see all of the letters: http://www.lavidalocavore.org/diary/3016/the-chicken-project-san-diego-paper-prints-our-letters (Scroll to the bottom for links to previous write-ups of my efforts to legalize chicken in East County San Diego, including a link to the original editorial that started all of this.) As far as I'm concerned, they just gave us some free publicity. Now many more people in my area know about my efforts to legalize chickens and hopefully they will join us (and maybe they'll even join this forum, since it was mentioned in one of the letters). I hope this influences people in other nearby communities to look into their local laws and to try to change them. I know people in San Diego city are working on it there, but San Diego city proper seems to be really really really really slow to do ANYTHING, even something as sensible as allowing backyard chickens. Working on outlying areas near San Diego seems to me to be an easier way to start. When my city council began to consider this they asked what other nearby cities did about chickens. Assuming that ALL cities will ask such a question, the more cities we can get to legalize backyard chickens, the more it will help get them legalized in the remaining cities. Already in San Diego county there's been a legalization effort in Imperial Beach that's been successful and I'm so grateful that I can report to my city council that a nearby city changed their laws in favor of chickens recently. I think that would signal to our council that changing the law to allow chickens went through a full review in a community much similar to our own and came out ahead. Thanks again for your help and your letters with this!