Campaign Signs Remain Up Almost Two Weeks AFTER the Election

November 18, 2012 11:30 am · 50 comments

It’s almost two weeks after the election, and hundreds of campaign signs remain up throughout Claycord.

Candidates, it’s time to take a drive around your city and remove the signs.

BillS November 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Drives me nuts! I think cities should require each candidate to put up a security deposit which will cover the cost of removing the signs! The losers often just walk away and leave the mess to us to cleanup!

jj November 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

whole bunch of them in the ditch on deckinger rd a clean up fee should be charged for each sign or ticketed for littering per sign go clean up your mess

Dragon November 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

What about the signs for propositions? I see tons of those, too 🙁

I like Bill S’s idea, though. A refundable deposit to cover the cost of cleanup (refundable only if the candidates do their jobs properly and clean up after themselves, of course) is BRILLIANT.

AnonoGod November 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

They should have 2 weeks to remove them…

After 3 weeks fine them $500 per sign on public property still in the place it was originally placed..

If the sign is on Private Property (placed by the Property Owner) then the property owner gets the $500 fine (or whatever cost would cover handling the administrative side + a little extra for the city/county)

IF the sign was placed (by the campaign) on Private Property with permission of the owner, it is still the campaigns responsibility to remove the sign.

This should be fair, it might reduce the signs if they didn’t want to keep track of that many signs (but if they place so many they can’t keep track of maybe that’s to many of them.), but it would be fair across the board.. Besides many of the people placing them are volunteer, which means they didn’t pay to place them there in the first place.

Armydadca November 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Do you notice any Birsan signs still up?? I still see some Obuttma signs littering yards too.

Ale November 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

The candidate should be fined. Make them responsible for what happens to their signs.

Howard K Mullins III November 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Anyone think the people with the signs still up have any accountability or responsibility? I can see one or two signs being missed, but the number so signs shows the character of the candidates you either elected or decided not to elect.

My rough observation is that Helix has the most signs still up. He also had more signs and the largest signs and curious looking fellows waving signs. The wavers alone lost my vote. Not because of the waving but more because of who was waving. Those guys did nothing to build my confidence in that candidate.

60426 November 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Last Sunday (November 11) morning I drove to nine places where signs were posted on fences and removed them, stacking signs in neat piles along the fence. Retracing the route today all the piles remain but at least the signs are out of view. Those on poles put up by Concord Police and Firemen for their candidates remain. On my FlickR account, ConcordCa Uncensored, there is a campaign sign set “Concord 2012 Election.” In the set there are over forty poles with signs. Did the Cops run out of money to take them down?

Indeed November 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

@ Bill S totally agree

Anon November 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Yes, let’s charge an up front fee. That will further reduce the ability of the lower income to run for office!

MDUSD Board Watcher November 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

This is Sherry Whitmarsh giving one more F U to the community. Lots of class that one.

Starfish November 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

@MDUSD Board Watcher
Totally agree–shows no class at all.

joe November 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

The election is over now why should they care if the signs are still up. The winners are to busy figuring out how to be corrupt as hell and milk us out of our tax dollars. Just shows that they could give a rats ass about this city. Don’t worry they’ll just ask…I mean take some tax dollars for the clean up

anonymous November 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Anyone hear of the first amendment? Suppose I want to put up a sign in my front yard for Dukakis? You gonna fine me for my sign. Think not.

Seal November 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I agree with most of these posts–a fee should be charged for cleaning up the messes. I see a lot of Gonzales signs around still.

Julio-Antioch November 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I was told the campaign signs were put up by a company to put them up the fact they aren’t down isn’t the candidates fault.

DUH, aren’t they your agent? A fee should be included in the cities charge for candidates who sign up to run. No matter if you finally decide to run or not.

anonanonagain November 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I was thinking the same thing. If the sign is on your property, no big deal. but the signs on every electrical post, public light is now annoying to look at. not because of the prop or candidate but because it ends up as trash. If you could get the volunteers to put up the signs you should get the volunteers to take them down.

anon November 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

I’ll take a Kumar.

JAFO November 18, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Section 5405.3 of the California’s “State Outdoor Advertising Act” requires that temporary campaign signs be removed no later than 10 days following an election.

Anon November 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

On another note, thanks to the city of Clayton for sending out the street sweepers. Seems like it has been a while since I had seen one.

JAFO November 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I meant to say, “Section 5405.3 of California’s…” Sorry for the typo.

joe November 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Hey anonymous u can put whatever u want in your front yard. We’re talking about signs on public property. Go sit down and let the adults talk.

Hey Joe November 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Read post #4 before you shoot off your big fat mouth.

Hey Joe November 18, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Joe, if you look at post #4 someone mentioned fining for signs on private property. Maybe you should try and BE a grown up and not bag on others for no reason.

hmmmm November 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Forget a fine, put a bounty on signs.. $25 each returned to city hall and cut checks to those who return them….then bill them for neglected signs!!!

dilligafman November 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM


LorieStories November 18, 2012 at 4:14 PM

They’e waiting for all the votes to be counted.

mwo1859 November 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM

@LorieStories are they still recounting like us here in Florida. LOL

Palermo November 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Not a one of those signs ever convinced me to vote for that person. If they are to help you remember their name in the voting booth and that’s the only reason you picked them, then you shouldn’t be voting anyway.

Meangal November 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

This really makes OUR town look like cheap white trailer trash. TAKE THEM DOWN NOW, you either loss or won suck it up.

JM November 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I saw a whole bunch of them in Coco’s parking lot, up on a pole. Thought it was art. Anyhow, they are too high for me to reach them.

Babs@JJ November 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I just had Edi look at ditch on Denkinger and he didn’t see any.

Anon November 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

How can a person who sits on The City Council be expected to run the city if he can’t manage to remove his signs?

Antler November 18, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Ummmm…I thought it was a code violation to put signs on telephone poles or signal standards to begin with. So the citations and fines should have been initiated BEFORE the election, right? (But that brings up the problem of some candidates purposely swiping other candidates’ signs and posting them in all kinds of dumb places.)

Casey November 18, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I agree with Meangal these darn signs are so cheap looking, I’d prefer the candidates do away with them.

EdiBirsan November 18, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I immediately on election night started to take down my signs and think I have all of them down within the city. I contacted the people on my sign list and asked them to pull them back and I would pick them up which has been done.

If anyone has seen one of my signs let me know and I will go get it. Heck those things cost money!

J. November 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

As I apprised The Mayor of Claycord, the deadline for taking down political signs was this past Friday, November 16, 2012

For Concord signs report them to the political action committee for the candidate, or report them to the Concord City Clerk Mary Rae Lehman at (925) 671-3495 and report signs not retrieved and Lehman will pass the information on to the campaigns. Each sign is supposed to have a name or a committee name with contact information on it.

There is a Mark Peterson sign from 2008 still up in the bushes over by South Main ST in Nutcreek.

Parsnip November 18, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Is Mayor certain these weren’t a part of The Garden Girl’s compost bins?

ChampagneKitty November 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Meangal, if you think political signs look like “cheap white trailer trash” (snort) then you must think that of every city and town of the United States, because this is not a Concord thing. There are always campaign signs still left over after an election everywhere. They don’t just instantly disappear. It’s just a normal part of an election. Every time you get on Claycord, you come up with some nasty remark about Concord. What is your problem? Why are you so unhappy?

Gjets November 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

isn’t that litter, clean it up you lazy chubby soon to have a stroke desk jocky polititions

Apollo Idol Prudence November 19, 2012 at 12:03 AM

My SOB neighbor has a flag flyinging upsidedown (i’m guessing in protest), but flying it in the rain makes him look like a dumbass

I’m hoping this gets to you. I don’t agree with your political opinions. I didn’t raise a hissy fit when things didn’t go my way. But leavining a flag in the rain and complaining about the nature of this state? try bringing the flag indoors

Apollo Idol Prudence November 19, 2012 at 12:04 AM

oh yeah, quit blocking my driveway too

Anon November 19, 2012 at 3:32 AM

If we have signs, or a neighbors, where can we return to?

whatacrock November 19, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Political signs are garbage and those who put them up are garbage. Do they really think voters read those ugly signs? Prime example…Kumar. Looks like he also paid a bunch of homeless people to hold his signs on election day. At the end of the day, he got is arse handed to him, How does that taste?

ChampagneKitty November 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

All right now, leave Dr. Kumar alone; he’s a nice man. He came in 4th, which is pretty good. He even came to Edi’s election party to say hello.

And I know the campaign signs are irritating–I didn’t like the big giant ones myself, but just like media advertisements, it is necessary and yes, people do read them and it makes a difference on people’s voting decisions because campaign signs=name recognition.

ebguy November 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM

The biggest offender in my neck of the woods are the “NO ON 32” signs.

Typical of unions. They get what they want and everyone else has to clean up the mess.

problem is November 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Whitmarsh called her cronies at the teacher’s union and asked them to take down all of her signs they put up, but they no longer recognize her caller ID and won’t answer the phone. She’s on her own and doesn’t know what to do without the union giving her a list.

@armydadca November 19, 2012 at 7:12 PM

How sad that an army dad disrespects our President so much by calling him a name.

I am keeping my Obama sign up because it clearly annoys so called “patriots” like yourself.

ebguy November 19, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Parents of soldiers don’t have to respect the president. Soldiers don’t have to respect him either. Soldiers are paid to follow orders, not respect the President. True patriots question the authority of both parties and realize true power lies with the citizens. A vote for either of the two major parties was a vote to take our rights away. The Bill of Rights does not state the rights our government gives us. The Bill of Rights is a statement of the rights we have had since the beginning of time.

Connie Dobbs November 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Nobody ‘has to’ respect the President. Even if he is a Democrat.

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