SIGNS OF THE TIMES ... With just days left until the big vote, the two sides in Palo Alto's bitter Measure D debate are now swapping a familiar Election Day accusation: stolen lawn signs. Cheryl Lilienstein, one of the leaders of the campaign opposing the measure, publicly leveled a series of accusations this week against the "Yes on D" camp. In an email to the City Council, the Palo Alto Housing Corporation (whose residential project on Maybell Avenue is the subject of Measure D) and the Police Department, Lilienstein said she received four separate complaints of "Vote Against D" yard signs being stolen last weekend on Maybell. "Please exercise your wisdom and authority as leaders and request that your volunteers calm down," Lilienstein wrote. She received a response within three hours from Councilwoman Gail Price, who like Lilienstein lives in Barron Park but who unlike her supports the measure. Sign stealing, she noted, is not limited to the measure's proponents. "I had two signs stolen from my front yard on Maybell — as one example," Price wrote. Another victim of sign thievery was Candice Gonzalez, executive director of the Housing Corporation. "Please note that many Yes on D signs have been stolen as well, including in my front yard," Gonzalez wrote.
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posted Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:00 AM