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Election in Overtime: Sterling and Amador Say Signs Are Coming Down

Two weeks after deadline, candidates finish removing signs afoul of La Mesa Municipal Code.

Updated at 9:40 p.m. Nov. 27, 2012

The Chargers lost in overtime Sunday, falling to the Baltimore Ravens 16-13. But they aren’t alone being tripped after regulation. So are candidates with street signs.

According to La Mesa’s sign ordinance: “Allowable temporary signs shall be removed no later than five days after the occurrence or completion of the event or election or other purposes served by the sign.”

The election was 20 days ago, and the deadline for removing campaign signs was Nov. 11—two weeks ago. But on Lake Murray Boulevard and Baltimore Drive, more than a half-dozen signs still greet motorists.

Signs remained up Monday morning for Ruth Sterling, re-elected to a sixth term on the La Mesa City Council, and longtime deputy district attorney Robert Amador, who beat Jim Miller for a Superior Court judgeship 59 percent to 41 percent.

A little after 1 p.m. Monday, Sterling wrote: “Sign on Baltimore north of Fletcher has been removed and the two at the Lake Murray intersection, both sides of the street, have been removed.  Will continue to keep my eyes open for anymore stragglers.”

And Tuesday night, Amador wrote Patch: “I contracted with a company to put up the signs  (the ones with a gavel) It was my understanding that the company was contracted to remove them as well.  ...  I will contact them immediately to have them removed and to make all efforts to have this resolved as soon as possible.”

Drivers saw the signs on lamp posts along southbound Baltimore Drive, north of Fletcher Parkway, as well as on Lake Murray Boulevard, near the Dallas, Aztec and El Paso intersections, among others.

Seen any other campaign signs in La Mesa?  Note the address in comments, and post photos.

Batman November 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM
It's a lot more fun to put them up than it is to take them down.
Jennifer Osborn November 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM
These photos bring up the question - if print media goes the way of the dinosaur, how will we verify the date that pictures are taken?

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