Other impressive signs are those by school board candidate Valerie Arkin and Councilman Matt Sullivan. Arkin's is large, very large, and dominates the medical center's corner position at Mohr and Santa Rita. Sullivan is just putting his signs out with the series of signs along outbound Sunol Boulevard in front of Richert Lumber and Pleasanton Pool reminiscent of the old Burma Shave signs on country highways. Other candidate signs, such as the ones for Councilwoman Cindy McGovern and school board member Chris Grant are also clean and simple, but there aren't very many, at least not yet. Least impressive are the signs being posted for Jerry Pentin, also a council candidate. They're just too small with too many words around his name that makes it hard for a passing motorist to spot. Pentin just sent me some digital photos from a photo shoot of sharks underwater. They're awesome. If he could somehow blow those up as a background for just his name, I'm sure he'd catch the eye of many more motorists and perhaps their votes.
Of course, not everybody likes political signs on front yards, which have become a Pleasanton election tradition. Some homeowners associations even have a rule against them. Most agree, however, that they add a bit of current affairs flavor to neighborhoods, and candidates find that they're important in gaining name recognition. Politicians like to think that we watch the council and school board meetings regularly, tune in the numerous candidate forums and replays at home and know the issues facing our city and schools and which candidates we'd prefer to see handling them. But the reality is that the name counts when many Pleasanton voters look at their ballots, and often it's the signs they've seen around town that play a part in their decisions.
Then, too, there are those who just don't like signs at all. An Obama sign in front of the corner house at Crellin Road and Madeira Drive in Vintage Hills has been torn, stomped on and thrown against the house numerous times since it was posted in August. Now it's gone and the homeowner has safely wedged a McNerney sign against his front door. In another neighborhood, a reader emailed me that his McCain-Palin sign had been vandalized several times and then stolen, with eggs thrown against his house. He filed a police report but there are no suspects. Disappointed, he and his nervous wife have decided to support their candidates in less conspicuous ways.
Clarification: In last week's column, I reported that the Express Fitness workout center in the Rose Pavilion would soon turn over its space to the British grocer Fresh & Easy and move a few doors down to the corner location now occupied by Consignment Plus. But Patty Evans, who owns the Consignment Plus stores, including the one in the Rose Pavilion, said "not so fast." She said Centro Properties has given her an option to relocate, but she's fine where she is. She has a lease, the corner location is good and the store is enjoying brisk business where it is.