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Campaign signs stolen from front yards, business districts on eve of today's election

'It looks like they cleared out the neighborhood,' homeowner says

Call it the case of the disappearing signs. Somebody -- or maybe several somebodies -- has been stealing political signs off lawns around Pleasanton.

In the Pleasanton Hills neighborhood, for example, 20 to 30 signs have gone missing, according to Mike Sedlak.

It wasn't just signs for some candidates, either, he said.

Although he and neighbors had posted signs supporting incumbent council members Jerry Thorne, Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, Sedlak said one neighbor had signs up for challenger Karla Brown and mayoral candidate Cindy McGovern. Those signs disappeared with the others

"It looks like they cleared out the neighborhood," Sedlak said. He suggested they might have been taken by someone for the scrap metal in them.

There was one exception: a new sign, posted in support of Meg Whitman.

Other signs, including those supporting the incumbents, were taken down at Gene's Fine Foods on Hopyard Road, although the reason those were removed could not be confirmed.

The incumbents voted in favor of a new Safeway Lifestyle supermarket to be built nearby at Valley and Bernal avenues.

However, signs supporting mayoral candidate and Councilwoman Cindy McGovern and council candidate Karla Brown were left in place, even though both also supported building the new Safeway store.

That's not counting the signs on public property, which have been common this year, although they're illegal under Pleasanton's municipal code.

It's usually more of a problem getting rid of campaign signs, which can linger weeks after an election.

Pleasanton municipal code, incidentally, requires signs to be taken down "within five days after the election for which the sign was posted." The code also authorizes the city manager to charge candidates $5 for every sign that has to be taken down by the city.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

I think Meg did it!


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I wish someone would steal that giant David Harmer sign that's posted illegally on 680. It was reported to his campaign office when it went up a month ago, but they could care less.


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Posted by CW
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm

It's only a matter of time till the Dems blame George W. Bush!
.....if they haven't already!

One of these days, BHO has GOT to own up to HIS actions, and the results! Maybe this election will nudge him in that direction, but don't hold your breath!


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Obama's worst offense has been not having a backbone. Reform after reform blocked by Republicans who can't stand the thought of catching up with the rest of the civilized world on healthcare and human rights, and Tea Partiers who don't want to pay for the past decade's $3 Trillion Wars On Countries Who Did Nothing To Us.


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Posted by voter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Are we sure this wasn't just Halloween mischief?

Not that it's OK, just a probable explanation...


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Posted by Able
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm

What do the comments by "resident", "CW" followed by "b" have to do with this posting?


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Posted by Furdog
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm

We've had numerous Hosterman, Thorne and Cook-Kalio signs taken from our properties throughout town. I have a sneaky suspicion the McGovern-Brown contingent has something to do with this. If I could only catch them on video!

That is a terrible way to run a campaign. Let's hope the McGovern-Brown campaign does NOT get elected!!!


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Posted by single bullet theory
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Always looking for a conspiracy.
Word went out this morning to start collecting signs to drop off at the campaign parties tonight.


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Posted by Boo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

It looked terribly tacky, and against mall rules, for lazy McNerny reps to stick all the signs they had left on SUN...that they did not have permission for in legitimate places.... all over inside the Hallmark, Walgreen, Safeway interior parking lot.


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Posted by Furdog
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Single bullet theory - Just to clarify, this has been happening over the past 4 weeks. Not just today....thanks!


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Posted by James
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm

They can't come down soon enough for me. I am more than sick and tired of the ads, the phone calls, and the signs everywhere.

It' not like it would make a real difference, being taken down one day before the election when they have been plastered everywhere for months.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 3, 2010 at 12:07 am

Couldn't agree with James more on this one. Completely worthless and a waste of time, money, and resources.


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Posted by Jim Van Dyke
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 3, 2010 at 6:41 am

Someone vandalized a McNerney sign along my commute route, which motivated me to call Jerry's office and get a sign for my yard. The funny thing is this: the vandals went to extraordinary effort, even committing the anarchist act of carefully hand-lettering a large "SOCIALIST" banner to tape to McNerney's sign. I removed the ignorant person's label and used it to get big laughs around the office.

Fearmongers will only get short-term wins.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Siena
on Nov 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

It's sad that you think that a Socialist candidate is "funny". Have you ever talked to people who fled Socialist countries? I have. The similarities that they see happening HERE are very frightening to them. They are very saddened to see these things happening in the USA. But liberals don't understand this.....and I don't understand why they don't.


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Posted by Tacky
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2010 at 9:00 am

Sunday pm McNerney signs popped up all thruout the Hallmark, Walgreen, Safeway interior parking lot. Tacky and lazy, Did they run out of homes that would give permission. Cowardly and desperate.


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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

Happens every election. I have been putting signs up for my particular candidates for years and those who vandalize, remove, place their sign in front of their competitor only shows their stupidity and fear. We always have a stash in reserve. Signs don't vote, people do. I hope the "new" Council will address where signs may be placed. This cycle got to be "sign-stupid". Many were illegally placed around town. We looked like Fremont this time around. I, for one, hope the sign thing is tightened up.


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Posted by Cindy
a resident of Danbury Park
on Nov 3, 2010 at 9:11 am

How many people make a decision based on a sign on a lawn?


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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 3, 2010 at 9:32 am

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

It's challenging when people are compassionate about what they stand for.

It's always funny when signs are placed on property with numerous occupants in that location; who gives or gets the right to place it there? Landlord - Tenants - A good question is "Did you have permission to place that sign there?"

Congratulations & Condolences to All the Candidates
for making the Sacrifice of taking your time to Serve

Keep up the Good Work to make our Community the Great Place it is.

Stay involve in making Our Community, State & Nation; in the World even better.

Sincerely, Gary Schwaegerle


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Posted by election over
a resident of Castlewood
on Nov 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

Can someone please stop by my house today and steal my signs? Please...


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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

I think most of my signs have been picked up already, but if you see any that still need to be claimed, please call 400-7042 and leave the address where the sign is located. Thanks!


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Those applying the "socialist" label to the Democratic Party of the past two years, clearly have no idea what socialism is. To apply the label "socialism" to increased healthcare industry regulation, or to make the connection to those fleeing brutal dictatorships is both insulting and downright disturbing.


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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm

b- your selective examples don't necessarily fit the description, however, you and I both know that Obamacare's stifling of health care businesses is only part of his plan to have socialized (read inferior) medical care for even the least contributing members of society, for which we will all pay dearly. (those of us still working).
What's really insulting and disturbing is that Obama and his followers really believe that they know what's good for us, when he is so out of touch with Americans that he'd have no way of relating. He is the arrogant socialist that typifies the liberal elite.


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm

The average family healthcare plan now costs in excess of 30% of the US median family income. It is nothing more than a very large tax, cleverly disguised as a payment to a private corporation. Most other civilized nations provide outstanding healthcare at far lower cost. And I assure you, there is nothing exceptional about the service provided by my private health insurance company.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 4, 2010 at 9:42 pm

"stifling of health care businesses is only part of his plan to have socialized (read inferior) medical care for even the least contributing members of society, for which we will all pay dearly."

We already have socialized medicine for the poor. It is called Medicaid. This is weird quote. Like the one above about people fleeing "socialist" countries. Do they mean like Canada, where they have socialized medicine? I don't recall seeing all that many fleeing refugees from Canada.


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

Medicare and Medicaid work pretty well. Much better at controlling costs than private insurers. Much more efficient at processing claims and payments to medical providers than private insurers.

Canada has an excellent system that provides outstanding care at far lower cost than our system. Canada's economy is also healthier than ours, with private enterprise flourishing now. We could learn a lot from them. Australia, too.


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