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Elections are over, but political signs are still littering our town

Original post made by bel on Nov 8, 2008

The elections are over but there are still quite a few political signs left around town. People have even placed them on city property which is against city municipal code. I've seen some where the wind or someone has only removed the vinyl part but left the wire frame, which is a hazard to people on foot, and bicyclists who may not see it easily.

If you've placed a sign (or signs), especially where one should not be, please remove it. Lets keep our city beautiful!

Comments (17)

Posted by mallo, a resident of California Reflections
on Nov 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm

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Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Nov 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm

bel, the firefighters have been going around picking up signs as a public service--where are you seeing these signs and wires--they will go get them.


Posted by Beth, a resident of California Reflections
on Nov 8, 2008 at 7:07 pm

The YES on 8 trash is left everywhere!

There are some signs left on the fence along Vineyard.

Thank you to the Firefighters.


Posted by bel, a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 8, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Man, thats the firefighters are the ones having to do thathave to do that, (especially in this weather) they already do so much, I really appreciate all they do.

Last ones I saw were over on stoneridge by the val vista park and storage this morning.


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 8, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Why are the city firefighters using city resources to remove/pickup these signs(those big Diesel engines are expensive to run). I can understand the public service aspect but that should be the responsibility of the candidate that allowed them to be placed where ever they may be...

During an earlier discussion concerning the placement of campaign sign, it was stated that the candidates had no control over the persons that put the signs up. Well tough luck, require them to be responsible. It's their signs and maybe they should assume control over who they allow to have their signs. My neighbor allowed a sign to be placed in his lawn and the person that delivered the sign recorded the address and I observed this same person driving by later this week...

The old, "I can't be held responsible for where someone places my sign" doesn't cut it. And no, I, or anyone, shouldn't be required to call some city number to have them picked up... Let the candidate/supporters drive around the city removing their signs - using their resources(gasoline)...

What's next - firefighters driving around picking up trash on the street...

That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it...


Posted by bel, a resident of Val Vista
on Nov 9, 2008 at 11:31 am

Jerry on this I agree, people who placed them should be the ones to pull them.

There should be fines if the signs are left out on city property.
I saw another sign last night, just the vinyl sleeve in the street. I'd pull the damn things out myself except I'd get accused of stealing them lol


Posted by Karen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Thank you, firefighters :) Good people.


Posted by Nancy Freedom, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 12, 2008 at 9:40 am

How about a city regulation that candidates whose signs are left up outdoors after an election be cited & fined for littering? That should cause candidates to keep good records of who got signs & where they put them, & get them back.


Posted by Trevor Tooze, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 12, 2008 at 9:54 am

Political signs have been a problem for years. When my business was in Pleasanton, I complained bitterly to the city and PDA, only to be told that it came under the auspices of "free speech".

There should be an ordinance, that the signs should be taken down within 72hrs of the election. The people that put them up, should be the ones that take them down. Let our firemen do the job that they are paid to do. "Bless them", yes, but they should not have to do it.


Posted by Don't want to be bashed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Geez. Of all the insignificant issues to obsess over! People, make it a family service project to go out and take down the leftover signs as a public service. You'll feel good about doing something for your community and your family will learn a little more about what it means to do something good without the thought of a reward.


Posted by Pam, a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 12, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I am glad our firefighters see a need and step up to fill it.

I have been told the trucks need to go out regularly which is why they take them to Safeway and Luckys.

I would like to see those trucks at the skateparks and bikeparks more often than I see them at the grocery stores. Our rescue workers could be positive presence on our kids when they are not needed elsewhere.



Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 12, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Don't want to be bashed,

I agree with you. No one here writes with such indignation when it is some other sort of sign or trash.


Posted by Don't want to be bashed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2008 at 6:48 pm

You got it, Stacey. The election is over so people need to stop whining and do something if the signs bother them. Duh. Pick them up and throw them in the garbage can. All this talk of ordinances and city regulations and fines for not removing one's candidate's or proposition's sign is ridiculous! Somebody call the wambulance!


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 12, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Don't want to be bashed,

What office did you run for???:) Do you make it a family service project or do you just tell others they should.

Not bashing - just asking a question...


Posted by Don't want to be bashed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Jerry - I don't know what your problem is, but I'm sick of people whining about something as insignificant as left-over political signs. Heck, I'll be happy to get my family out there and clean them up. Better yet, when I'm out and about tomorrow I'll stop the car and take down leftover signs when I see them. How's that suit you?


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 13, 2008 at 11:19 pm

Don't want to be bashed,

Thanks for your community service...

You are a true patriot. I'll sleep better now...:)


Posted by fact checker, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2008 at 9:38 pm

There is a city ordinance, off the top of my head I think it is 5-7 days after the election the candidate is responsible for removal. There are even fines in place if the city has to collect them.


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