By Layla Hoot, San Clemente
Apparently John Alpay, who knows San Clemente’s sign ordinance, blatantly abuses it. Our new 2-year resident, Mike Mortenson, who should know it, does not.
I say this because they have already planted many of their campaign signs illegally on public property. The commercial property where Mike Mortenson’s quite large sign is displayed happens to be owned by a huge developer. Oh and by the way, it is right next to Jim Dahl’s very large sign. Just a coincidence?
In order for a yard sign to be placed legally in San Clemente, a candidate must have the support and permission of the property owner. As an example, you will notice driving around town, there are many #1 Bob Baker campaign signs and Chris Hamm campaign signs planted legally in the yards of friends and neighbors private property.
Every sign is planted at the exit or entrance to the freeway, on a greenbelt or tucked in some grassy area, is in violation of our City sign Ordinance. We should elect candidates for office that respect and obey the laws governing the town they wish to represent.
Thank you Chris Hamm and 1 Bob Baker for respecting the rules of our city. Apparently you DO have friends and supporters that are NOT developers.