Newberry Campaign Signs
Violate Penal Code

Eyesore signs litter community.

Posted:  October 28, 2018

    There is a reason why you haven't seen election posters by Robert Shaw, Ted Stimpfel, and Steven Miller scattered around Newberry Springs.  There are stiff laws that regulate them.  Each candidate when signing-up with the county Registrar of Voters is advised of the laws.

    The vast majority of election signs that are normally seen during an election period are attractively designed and professionally printed.

    Candidates normally want their signs to look good understanding that their signs reflect upon their image and qualifications.  Unfortunately, the slate of Robert Springer, Victoria "Vickie" Paulsen, and Jack Unger have blanketed Newberry Springs with trashy-looking homemade eyesores.

    The placement of most of their posters appear to be in direct violation of California Penal Code § 556.1 (2017) which reads, It is a misdemeanor for any person to place or maintain or cause to be placed or maintained upon any property in which he has no estate or right of possession any sign, picture, transparency, advertisement, or mechanical device which is used for the purpose of advertising, or which advertises or brings to notice any person, article of merchandise, business or profession, or anything that is to be or has been sold, bartered, or given away, without the consent of the owner, lessee, or person in lawful possession of such property before such sign, picture, transparency, advertisement, or mechanical device is placed upon the property.

    Note: This includes the restriction of posting signs on utility poles, stop signs, et cetera, in the right-of-way of any public road.  Candidates are severally responsible for their campaign signs and can be individually cited for each violation.  Each violation under state law is a misdemeanor punishable by a draconian fine of $500 and a maximum five-year imprisonment.

Another possible violation.

    Political sign scofflaws can also be in violation of California's Outdoor Advertising Act which § 5405.3(d) requires that before campaign signs can be placed along roadways, that a statement of responsibility must be filed with the Department of Transportation certifying a person who will be responsible for removing the temporary political sign(s) and who will reimburse the cost incurred to remove any sign(s) not removed by 10-days after the election.

    The Registrar of Voters provides each candidate an introduction page to the law and a form to submit to be in compliance.  Not all candidates comply.

And more regulations.

    The County of San Bernardino also has code requirements on the "temporary" placement of election signs.

    California over regulates everything and candidates are often cited for violating election regulations.

Sampling of local campaign signs.

    The photographs below are only a small random unedited sampling of the dozens of photographs that document the signs trashing Newberry Springs.  The photo blocks below are clickable.

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