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Fight it if you have the time and energy.  I did successfully twice.  First time, the inspector did not show up so all cases were dismissed (after the judge had us sit around for about 20 minutes after the scheduled time – somehow I doubt the same courtesy would have been extended to me if I was the one who was late, but anyway…).  Turns out my neighbor’s grandchildren had destroyed a chair and they placed it in front of our fence since they have a driveway.  Second time the inspector could not provide proof the trash bag belonged to me (it didn’t).  The judge did ask point blank if the inspector searched the bag in question and found any items with an address or name (she didn’t find anything).  While the citations were unfounded, I found the hearing process to be very fair and I had a chance to explain my side.