Local Candidates Breaking Laws Already Around Town, posted by Jill, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm
I am always amazed at the contempt candidates have for the laws. They obviously feel they are above the law. Do we really want those who are knowingly breaking the existing laws to be making the laws?
This weekend, the city was covered with campaign signs in illegal locations (i.e., city property).
Cheryl, who is running for mayor had her political signs all over Delucci Park on First Street. She did exactly the same thing two years ago when she ran.
Erlene, running for council, put up a huge sign on the city property at Bernal and Vineyard and a bunch of smaller signs on Bernal in the public right of way, near the church.
Those were just the signs I saw in my short drive today.
Somebody told me that they thought this might have been done by union members of the local fire department. I know they have put signs up in illegal locations before for the candidates the union endorses. I hope somebody can catch them in the act and have them suspended without pay for knowingly breaking the local law.
If the candidates, or their campaign, are putting signs in obviously illegal locations, they should be ashamed of themselves but I wish there was something that could be done. The city can issue fines but I have never heard of that being done. I say, if the city finds an illegal sign, they call the campaign main number and give them one hour of resolve it. If they don't, fine them. And then keep fining them for each additional hour the sign is up. It is not fair to those who follow the law to have others disregard it with seemingly no repercussions.
Posted by disgusted, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 9, 2012 at 9:14 am
Jill, I couldn't agree with you more! Cheryl knows where the signs can and can't go. But I guess she thinks the rules don't apply to her. This is the union firefighters at work for her who also know where the signs are not allowed. And DeMarcus has 4 x 8 foot signs up around town--That's the size of a sheet of plywood. (Jim Tong must have made a large donation to her campaign to pay for these!) Is there not some rule about the maximum area of a sign? DeMarcus's signs are also on public property--she should know better also.
I hope someone from the City is reading this and does something about it to set the tone so that we're not subjected to signs all over the place for the next 2 months!!
Posted by Arnold, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 9, 2012 at 9:45 am
Obviously the union fire fighters have a lot of time on their hands. I have stated repeatedly that fire science demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that we could get by with no fire dept at all, simply borrowing the schlubs from Livermore whenever there's an overheated toaster or microwave. Structures aren't made of wood anymore, so nothing burns. It's a fact.
Posted by George, a resident of the Carriage Gardens neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2012 at 9:44 am
You might be right about the Fire Department, they are hanging around 2 of the candidates like stick on you know what. Don't the firemen have a clue how bad that looks? If they get elected, the council will determine their next pay raise or pension. Amazing that the city manager allows this to happen.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm
Great point Arnold. Theres no such thing as houses burning down anymore. They just get singed a little on the inside. I've got a cousin in Nebraska that had a big fire. The fire department wouldn't come because my cousin is a Republican. So my cousin and a group of neighbors used lawn hoses and put the fire out by themselves. There was only a couple of hundred dollars of damage because houses aren't made of wood anymore. And people don't have paper lying around because they been replaced by computers. Most of these socalled fire fighters are like the soccer crowds in Scotland. Just like being on the dole and only work to put the dolesters into political office.