Political Signs Trashed By City Officials

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Candidates spend thousands of dollars on yard signs at election time., but everyday, hundreds of those signs are pulled up and dumped by the city.

It's legal to put campaign signs on the side of sidewalk closet to your house, but if put if you put a sign near the street, that's illegal.

Cal Powell works for the city's Code Enforcement. In the last 2 weeks, he's been working on campaign 2006, enforcing who's in the wrong.

"If they continue to put them out there we're going to pick them up.," he said.

The signs have turned into political garbage, stacking up high outside dumpsters near City Hall. Code Enforcement officers average 2 to 3 hours daily picking up signs in medians and other places they aren't allowed to stand.

Powell says the officers are removing 300 to 400 signs a day, five days a week.

The signs aren't cheap. Those supporting the candidates pay for them through contributions. Powell says it's getting out of control.

"People working for them get a little excited and they want their person to win so they put them where they shouldn't."

With election 2006 just days away, Code Enforcement officers are looking forward to the day they can get back to normal business.