Ideafarm, who is known around town for the signs he posts on the sides of large white bicycle trailers, which he has dubbed "The Doghouse" and "The Doghouse No. 2," was charged on Nov. 30 with 20 misdemeanor counts for various violations of city code, including parking his structure on city property and trespassing, according to Mountain View City Attorney, Jannie Quinn.
"The city's concern is the safety of his structure," Quinn said. "That has been the focus of the city's efforts from day one." She said he is endangering himself and the public by parking his structure on the sidewalk.
Ideafarm has squared off with the city before, but this most recent spat began on Sept. 9, after he was arrested in Mountain View City Hall on trespassing charges.
"The city's real goal is to silence me," Ideafarm said, adding that he is not concerned with the charges. "The number of charges and the nature of the charges strike me as ridiculous."
Ideafarm said he believes the city was urged by local businesses to do something to silence his most recent "campaign," which is intended to draw public attention to what he called the "replacement of a religious holiday with a commercialized shopping spree."
While Ideafarm was in court on Nov. 30, his second trailer was parked at the corner of El Camino Real and Castro Street. When he returned it was gone, having been impounded — just as his first trailer was — by the Mountain View police. This came as a shock to Ideafarm, who said no one informed him.
Police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said he had been told and Quinn said the city has informed Ideafarm on multiple occasions, "verbally and in writing" that he could not park his trailer on city property.
Ideafarm has constructed yet another bicycle trailer, the "Doghouse No. 3." This iteration is merely a mobile sign; it will not provide him a place to sleep, as his previous trailers have.