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California parents fight city government to keep their special needs daughter's swing set

A Santa Fe Springs, California, family is locked in a battle with their city government to be permitted to keep the swing set in their backyard. The playground was given to the family by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, because their daughter has special needs and can't go to public parks. Having her own play set allows the 10-year-old, Tiffany, to have fun at home without risking her health.

Yet the city of Santa Fe Springs has issued Tiffany's family numerous tickets requiring them to remove the set, which the city says is a public nuisance. Although the city manager told a local reporter the play set would be allowed to stay, Tiffany's mother says she has not been told the same thing. "When I asked the city, 'So where do you expect my daughter to play?' they said 'Well, the city's not responsible for your daughter's disability,'" she said. "They said 'Your Tiffany is not our problem.'"