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Illegal Campaign Signs

Original post made by spike0 on Sep 16, 2010

There are many illegal campaign signs posted for the coming fall elections in Pleasanton. These signs are posted for candidates that have run in many City elections, and thus they should know better. These signs should be removed and the candidates should be fined for a nominal fee of $1000 per sign. I would urge Pleasanton Citizens not to vote for any candidate who has posted an illegal sign. To the extent that these candidates break the law, they are no different than the elected officials and staff of Bell, California!!!

Comments (3)

Posted by turn them in, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm

The code enforcement people will come out and remove illegally placed signs and potentially fine the candidate or people who have put them up. Don't just complain, contact the city.

This is the email address: WWickboldt@ci.pleasanton.ca.us


Posted by Patriot, a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Never has illegal sign placement been more prevalent than the past 6 years. This is so true! Hosterman and Cook/Kalio think they are above the law. Look around and you will see evidence of those who are guilty. City campaign Signs are not allowed on any City owned property or public roads. This means on chain link fences, Hopyard Rd., the Sports Parkks and other City Streets. They are allowed on privately owned properties and businesses. It is the full responsibility of each candidate to make sure these rules are followed.


Posted by Matt Morrison, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 17, 2010 at 12:29 am

Matt Morrison is a registered user.

Here are the regulations. It doesn't say anything about fines. Oddly enough, the regs only say that signs in violation of .040 (private property violations) or .060 (signs left up more than 5 days after an election) will be removed. The ordinances don;t state a remedy for sign violations on public property.

Section 18.100.040 – Posting of political campaign signs on private property.
(a) No person shall post or cause to be posted on private property political campaign signs in an R District in excess of six (6) square feet. No person shall post or cause to be posted on private property campaign signs in any other zoning district in excess of sixteen (16)
square feet.
(b) Maximum area per site. No person shall post or caused to be posted political campaign signs on an individual parcel of private property in an R District, which in the aggregate exceeds twenty four (24) square feet. No person shall post or cause to be posted political
campaign signs on an individual parcel of private property in any other zoning district which in the aggregate exceeds sixty four (64) square feet.
(d) Permission to post. No person shall post or cause to be posted on private property political campaign signs, community event signs or religious holiday banners without first receiving permission from the property owner or any other person authorized by the property owner to give permission to post such signs.

Section 18.100-050 – Posting of political campaign signs on public property.
It is also unlawful for any person to post, place or affix a political campaign sign or cause to do the same, on or to any public property or utility structure. It is also unlawful for any persons to post, place or affix a political campaign sign or cause to do the same on private property in a manner in which poses a hazard to motorists, pedestrians or cyclists using the public rights of way, by blocking the view of traffic-control signs, devices or cross traffic
or by protruding into the public right of way.

Section 18.100.060 – Removal of political campaign signs.
It is unlawful for any person to fail to remove a political campaign sign within five (5) days after the election for which the sign was posted.

Section 18.100.080 – Removal of illegal signs.
Any sign found posted within the corporate limits of the City which is in violation of Sections 18.100.040, 18.100.060 shall be removed.


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