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.