One of my friends lives in a small town and told me the best way to get the town off his back about stuff like his grass being too long or junk being on his lawn is to go to the city hall meetings with a big camera and record them.
See, for small towns like his, it's not that uncommon for the city council to just make shit up to fabricate approval for passing city ordinances. But if someone has a concrete record of the city hall meeting, they can't just whitewash over complaints about proposed laws or codes.
One possibility is to hold the city council accountable all the time.
The other is what my friend does, which is to use their corruption to get them off his back when the police start bugging him.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.