Claremont Insider: Signage

Friday, January 16, 2009


We received an inquiry yesterday from an astute reader who caught sight of some city election signs in what appeared to be city property:

DATE: Thursday, January 15, 2009 8:34 AM
SUBJECT:Campaign signs in city parks?
TO: Claremont Buzz
Hi Buzz -

Are campaign signs allowed in City Parks? Driving north on Indian Hill, you can't help but see two Bridget Healy signs near the curb in Porkchop Park. What next? Calaycay signs in Memorial Park? Schroeder signs in the Wilderness Park?

No one knows what's next. Perhaps the city, cash strapped as it is about to become these hard fiscal times, can lease out signage space (maybe a few of those HiDef LED billboards) to candidates and corporate sponsors.

We're not quite sure the Porkchop is entirely City property, but we're inclined to think so. If so, any signs by any candidates would be a no-no - the use of city property for electioneering, you know. But then, one would expect Healy would know best, with over 30 years of experience as a city employee, 17 of them right here in Claremont as Glenn Southard's right-hand woman.

Then again, there are rules and there are The Bridget Rules. Seriously, though, if there really is something wrong the positioning of her signs, you can expect them to quietly disappear by the time you finish reading this.

Election Signage in Porkchop Park
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