If you like political campaign signs, enjoy the view

Front yard and fence signs going up everywhere as candidates move to solicit votes

Political campaign signs are everywhere after Pleasanton began allowing the signs to be posted in front yards and at other locations starting Saturday.

City Councilwoman Cindy McGovern who is seeking election to the mayor's post and Realtor Karla Brown, who is running for a seat on the City Council, campaigned Saturday with their signs on two corners of the busy Angela and Main street intersection which was jammed all morning by Farmers Market crowds.

City Councilman Jerry Thorne worked with his campaign volunteers last week to staple new campaign signs to 500 metal frames for distribution to constituents who had asked to post them in front of their homes. Thorne is seeking re-election to a second full term on the council.

Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio, who is also seeking re-election, displayed her campaign signs along First Street in Lions Wayside Park last Sunday, where she celebrated her birthday and campaign launch with supporters. The signs were then distributed for posting starting Saturday.

Because of active campaigns already under way for governor, the U.S. Senate and Congress, and other state and local races, it's expected there will be more political signs posted on city streets and fences as candidates organize their campaigns.

In Pleasanton, two candidates are vying for mayor--McGovern and incumbent Mayor Jennifer Hosterman. Four are vying for two open seats on the council: Brown, Cook-Kallio, Thorne and Fred Watson.

The campaign for election to the school board is also under way with three candidates seeking two open seats. They are Jeff Browser, Joan Laursen and Sandy Piderit. Board members Patrick Kernan and Jim Ott are not seeking re-election.

Anyone interested n posting a candidate's campaign sign in front of their home or business can usually obtain them with delivery included by going to that candidate's Website. Of course, donations to that candidate's campaign always are appreciated.

Those who have campaign signs posted are reminded by the city's sign enforcement control officer, however, that city rules also require that they be removed no later than three days after the election, which will be held on Nov. 2.

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Love the calming green of the Jerry Thorne signs----a reflection of the candidate, his "green thinking" and "level headed approach" to city government. We need peace, not war on the council.

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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm

If signs aren't allowed to be out until Saturday, then why does my neighbor have a McNerney sign displayed? Can't McNerney's campaign team follow the law/ordinance?

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Posted by RET
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I wonder if David Harmer's bailout money will for his signs.

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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Jeb - As you expected, Karla Brown had a sign on city/public property on main Street Saturday morning.

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Posted by Pro First Amendment
a resident of Civic Square
on Sep 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I personally like to see the signs come out on lawns, and meet the people running for office at their First Wednesday booths / Farmers' Market, and around town.

This is good small town politics, where what your nieghbor thinks - as shown by their lawn signs, and in their letters to the editor in the Valley Times and Weekly, all tell me the pulse of Pleasanton.

So glad we are not bombarded with political ads on radio or TV (leave that to the State offices and ballot measures with their mega-millions to spend).

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Last election I put out a sign for the candidate running against Hosterman. She called code enforcement and said it was an illegal sign (it was not). This year I think I'll get half a dozen for her opponent.

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Posted by Keeping It Real
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Hey Resident - Do you even know who her opponent is?? Why don't you get a dozen?? After you get your dozen, why don't you get a life.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

Elizabeth... You are so easy...the green is to make you think he wonderful...but the green he is expressing is the color of money...forget the green eco BS.

Julia from Alamo

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Posted by I heart Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Cindy McGovern for Mayor!!!!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of another community
on Sep 6, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Sound like Julia is GREEN with envy that she doesn't live in Pleasanton. Tee hee!

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Posted by mark
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 7, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Re-elect Hosterman for Mayor!!!!

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Posted by Jacob and Alma
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Sep 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

My vote is for "minnie Kay", Cindy Mac. Lets see how she will deal with her minions lawsuit that will cost the city mucho $$$$$$

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