Political Signs on Public Property Around Town, posted by Voter, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Feb 1, 2008 at 11:41 am
During the last election, my Republican candidate political signs were confiscated by a Palo Alto code enforcement officer, who claimed that they were on public property, since they were posted in front of my house between the sidewalk and the street.
As I drive around Palo Alto this week, I see dozens of Democratic candidate political signs in the same "public property" and yet they are not subject to confiscation by Palo Alto code enforcement officers.
Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 1, 2008 at 11:59 am
The Code Enforcement officer will only remove illegally posted signs if they get a lot of complaints. Don't feel bad I've had my Democratic signs removed during past elections. And, you will be happy to know, I walked past many Mitt Romney signs this morning.
Posted by GMC, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 1, 2008 at 12:44 pm
Imagine all the greenhouse gases and pollution created by making all of these signs and then chucking them in trash or recycling after the election. Seriously- I'm not saying ban the signs, but just think about it - in every town, in every state, hundreds of thousands of these things created, and it probably doesn't make a huge difference in the election.
Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Feb 3, 2008 at 10:26 am
The police (and the taxpayers) should not be responsible for removing the signs, Republican or Democrat. The campaign offices should send their staff out to remove them off public property (There are even signs on school grounds at Walter Hays.
Posted by perspective, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 3, 2008 at 2:44 pm
I am with GMC...who really votes based on the number of signs they see? Are there really such sheep who can't just figure out the issues and what they want for themselves? Do we really want people to vote who can only make decisions in this way?
Posted by Terry, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm
In local elections, for sure, signs are very big. You see it in PA, but all over the country. Since name recognition is usually low and the idea that "my neighbors" publicly support someone has a big impact. In many places, lawn signs are the biggest campaign expenditure for a local campaign.
I'm less sure how much they move the needle for more visible campaigns.
Posted by Palo Alto Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2008 at 4:08 am
All I can say is, signs in my neighborhood and local driving areas do NOT influence whom *I* choose to vote for. Never have, and most likely never will. All they tell me is who my neighbors like - but *I* am not my neighbors, nor am I close friends with my neighbors (though we are perfectly cordial.) :)