Community Commentary Opinion

Opinion: Actions speak louder than signs

It’s hard to miss the plethora of campaign signs that have appeared on major roads throughout Encinitas. The City’s sign ordinance has very few restrictions on private property non-commercial signage though signs are not permitted in public spaces like medians and parks. When I see a campaign sign in someone’s yard, it means something – a voter has expressed support for a candidate and chosen to display that sign. But when I see giant signs along public roads, I wonder what the candidate is compensating for. Actions speak louder than words or signs. I guess if there are no accomplishments on which to base a campaign, big signs in spaces owned by business cronies are the best the candidate can do. It’s ironic that those who run on a platform of preserving “community character” have no hesitation in littering their community with giant billboards.

Lisa Shaffer, Encinitas

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Addie October 24, 2018 at 10:16 am

Amen. What a tremendous waste of resources. Campaign signs should ONLY be allowed on private property. This game of who can post the most signs is just ridiculous. Signs don’t vote; people do. I wish all cities including my hometown of Carlsbad would simply pass an ordinance banning this litter. Get the money out of politics. Let candidates debate policy instead of competing for name recognition based on who has the most money to waste on this garbage.

Addie October 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Same goes for the garbage filling my mailbox lately, mostly filled with attack pieces from both sides. Straight into the recycling bin or use to pick up dog poop.

taxpayerconcerns October 24, 2018 at 5:07 pm

Actions do speak louder than signs. Mayor Blakespear, Councilman Mosca, and Council hopeful Jody Hubbard approve of spending $30 million on a Highway 101 streetscape project through Leucadia that shouldn’t cost more than $5 million. They also approve of removing vehicle travel lanes from the Highway 101 four lane major arterial truck route leaving only one lane in each direction and giving the rest of the roadway to bicyclists. They also approve of the taking of private property for this $30 million boondoggle. They also approve of Measure U which is BAD for residents, great for developers. Measure U eliminates Prop A – Your Right to Vote. Encinitas can’t afford Blakespear, Mosca, and Hubbard


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