Campaign signs keep city busy

“City workers removed 73 signs from city property between Oct. 1 and Oct. 11, according to information provided by the city clerk’s office.  Signs endorsing Conejo Valley school board candidate Amy Chen were the most common items to be picked up over that 10-day period. The city’s public works department reported removing 24 of her signs from public property. School board candidate Angie Simpson and Ventura County Community College District hopeful Craig Everett each had 10 signs removed. Improperly placed signs supporting Chen, Simpson and Everett (44 in total) accounted for more than half of the signs city workers retrieved from prohibited areas, including the Newbury Park Library and the city’s transportation center on Rancho Road…

The sign ordinance prohibits members of the public from removing signs without the permission of the person who erected them. Such an act could result in criminal theft charges. Improperly placed signs can be reported by calling (805) 449- 2100 or via the city’s mobile app, ConnecTO.  Property owners are allowed to take down signs that have been placed on their land without permission…

Some say improperly placed signs aren’t always the result of a misguided but well-intentioned volunteer.  School board candidate Jenny Fitzgerald said in an Oct. 10 Facebook post that the pattern of illegally placed signs for certain candidates represented a “blatant disregard for our community norms” that pointed to a much more troublesome issue of “above-the-rules” thinking.” Fitzgerald and fellow school board candidate Bill Gorback did not have any signs picked up by the city between Oct. 1 and 11, according to the figures provided….”

By Dawn Megli-Thuna

Campaign signs keep city busy