Former Councilwoman Cindy Watter always maintained that Napa had an unspoken “no fun” ordinance.
When she retired from the council in the early 1990s, then-City Attorney Tom Brown presented her with a mock ordinance that banned fun within the city limits.
The ordinance includes the finding that “each and every frustrated, angry citizen has the right to complain about their neighbors and friends having more fun than they, and to petition for an abatement of such detrimental activity and experience.”
Music, the ordinance notes, “can cause other persons and neighbors to either feel fun themselves or otherwise experience a heightened sense of their own lack of fun.”
Laughter, according to the ordinance, is “deemed especially frivolous, harmful to the gloom of others within the city and promoting of uncertainty among those not participating in the laughter as to its meaning.”