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.
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
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.
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.