As campaign signs pop up, complaints about them follow
October 13, 2008
After several complaints, South Shore law-enforcement agencies are warning candidates in November’s election about the consequences of improper political-sign placement.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it “would like to remind all candidates and political committee members that illegally posted signs will be removed, and under the authority of the California Business and Professions Code, the responsible party may be cited for the misdemeanor violation.”
Signs must adhere to size and timeline requirements, cannot be posted on the highway right-of-way and must have owner or caretaker consents when posted on private property, according to the statement.
South Lake Tahoe police removed one illegally placed sign in the right-of-way on Al Tahoe Boulevard near Lake Tahoe Community College on Oct. 7, said Senior Community Services Officer Bob Albertazzi, who declined to say which candidate’s name was on the sign.
“We’re anticipating more as this thing heats up,” Albertazzi said.
Concerned residents are encouraged to call law enforcement before removing signs, Albertazzi said.
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Although responsibility for the signs falls under several jurisdictions, those with concerns about signs on the California portion of the South Shore can call Albertazzi at (530) 542-6136.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office also is investigating several cases of vandalism to both Democratic and Republican candidate signs.
A $250 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest in the vandalism case, according to Sgt. Jim Halsey.
Those with information on the vandalism, or who suspect a political sign may have been illegally placed in Douglas County, are encouraged to call dispatch at (775) 782-9911 or Secret Witness at (775) 782-0463.