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Too many political advertising fliers left on porch!

Original post made by k on Nov 5, 2007

We are being deluged, repeatedly, with slicks (advertising brochures, even doorhangers now) for our local city and school board candidates. Look, this is an educated community. You have to advertise to us and "educate" us, yes, and leave fliers, yes, but I have never seen anything like this volume. It seems every day we have a pile of stuff - it's way overboard. There should be name recognition of candidates now, and since we are educated folks we should have paid attention to the races by now. Thanks for future reference, let's try to reduce waste.


Posted by Tired Voter, a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 5, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Just pick them up, walk directly to your recycle bin and dump them in. They make good recycling fodder.

Posted by Mike, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 5, 2007 at 12:20 pm

I tend to agree with this.

Political brochures, however, seem to be a necessary evil in the battle for the ever-increasing need to garner name recognition, even in a community with as much "educated-citizen-density" as Palo Alto.

Unfortunately, most Palo Altans don't vote, and it's a fact that in multi-seat races, some winners near the bottom are only separated by a few hundred (or less) votes.

Thus, the panicked spewing of political literature, in an absessive attempt to "burn in" name recognition.

This kind of thing will continue until we either find a way to ignite more interest in municipal elections, or find promotional modalities other than traditional leaflets and brochures that are truly effective (and measurable).

PA Online has been accepting ads, as have other news-related online venues. I wonder if there's a way to measure the relative effectiveness of those ads.

Posted by Marvin, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 5, 2007 at 12:30 pm

i find these flyers very helpful--I just take a quick looka nd see who is on the candidates election committee and which local politicians have endorsed him/her.
If I see any of the names of the "usual suspects" from our city hall "good old boy"network--I immediately cross that candidate off of my list to possible recieve my vote.
Very quick and simple way to get down from 8 possible candidates. the flyers then go into the trash with the rest of the garbage

Posted by Recycler, a resident of Addison School
on Nov 6, 2007 at 9:55 am

My big blue recycling bin accepts all the flyers without prejudice.

This last weekend was the big one in terms of flyers dumped on my porch, but it's OVER for now. Next up -- the primaries! Oh joy. More junk to recycle.

Posted by janette, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 6, 2007 at 1:44 pm

You could put your recycling bin by your front door, with a sign, deposit political flyers here :-)

Posted by Mary, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 6, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Maybe the new environmental green czar can ban election yard signs. What a waste of metal and cardboard.

Posted by k, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 6, 2007 at 7:13 pm

thx janette, that's funny! I'll consider it.

Posted by Danny, a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 6, 2007 at 7:38 pm

I couldn't agree more. It was an overkill this year. Some "green" city we've turned out to be....

Posted by Non voter, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2007 at 8:36 pm

At least this year they looked at the voting lists. We didn't get any. In the past we have got some (not many).

Posted by Voter, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 7, 2007 at 6:37 am

Obviously, these people don't walk too far. I live in the very furtherest south-east corner of the City and we only got one group of flyers, which I dumped directly into the recycle bin!!!!

Posted by k, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 7, 2007 at 9:41 am

Voter, that's interesting: near Duveneck School we were inundated with fliers, even yesterday (after I had already voted...)

Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 7, 2007 at 9:57 am

I can live with the fliers--the recycling bin is fairly close to the front door. It's the %#!@%$! political phone calls at dinner that I hate.