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LAH candidates consider campaign sign ban

Campaign signs recently took centerstage in the Los Altos Hills City Council race.

Council candidate Toni Casey, one of six residents competing for three open seats on the council in the Nov. 4 election, has asked her fellow candidates to sign a pledge not to post signs.

"I would like to recommend that we all agree to forego any election signs which simply clutter up our town and certainly don't add to our character," Casey wrote in an Aug. 23 e-mail. She is seeking her fourth term on the council.

"(In a) recent election, I personally collected signs some weeks after the election because I was sick and tired of seeing them," candidate Jim Abraham wrote in concurrence with Casey's proposal.

Candidate Ginger Summit, who, with Abraham and Rich Larsen, is a first-time candidate, had a mixed reaction.

"I can see that there are many advantages to having no signs, but on the other hand, it is one way for people new to the political sphere to make their names familiar," she e-mailed in reply.

Los Altos Hills' Municipal Code already puts heavy restrictions on posting election signs, limiting them to private property more than 5 feet from public streets and pathways. A wall sign cannot have a total area of more than 6 square feet, and freestanding or suspended signs must not exceed 6 square feet or 3 feet in height.

Duffy Price, campaign chairwoman for Jean Mordo, said in an e-mail to the Town Crier that campaigners for Mordo, Larsen and Summit discussed signage jointly.

Mordo said he, Larsen and Summit agreed not to use lawn signs, but will use banners to publicize campaign events.

"In order to provide appropriate name recognition for the two unknown candidates, a limited number of small banners will be made available to supporters for use on their own private property, thereby preserving the right of free speech," Price wrote in a subsequent press release.

Candidate John Vidovich did not immediately respond to Casey's no-sign challenge.

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