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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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a resident of Midtown
on Oct 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

"Cheryl Lilienstein, one of the leaders of the campaign opposing the measure, publicly leveled a series of accusations "

the anti-D group has been very active in hurling accusations (false, I may add) at supporters of measure D, as well as the board and executives of PAHC, the city council.
I now call on Ms Lilienstein to provide her proof that it was the Yes on D people that stole the yard signs. It is easy to accuse people, but I bet you we will not hear a word from Ms Cheryl when one asks for proof.
What is her role in the disappearance of the Yes on D signs???

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a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I strongly suggest bored teenagers take the signs. It is the sort of thing they think is funny. They don't realize that others will be accused of stealing the signs. They just think it is a prank.

I don't know this for a fact, I just suggest it because it sounds much more likely than any side stealing the other side's signs.