Los Altos City Council candidates’ signs vandalized

Several Los Altos City Council candidates had signs supporting their campaigns vandalized earlier this week.

Photo Courtesy Ron Packard
A campaign sign supporting Scott Spielman for Los Altos City Council was vandalized earlier this week.

According to police, approximately 30 signs belonging to council candidates were defaced with stickers containing the word “RACIST.” The signs targeted were located along the San Antonio Road and University Avenue corridors, and the vandalism occurred between Monday night and Tuesday morning. A police sergeant declined to specify which candidates had their signs vandalized because they are crime victims.

Former Los Altos Mayor Ron Packard, who took a picture of a sign along Edith Avenue supporting Scott Spielman’s candidacy tagged with the stickers, said signs along his office building on Main Street were targeted.

Packard said that when he was running for council, he expected that people would try to take down his campaign signs, but this incident was a step too far.

“It’s a little under the belt,” Packard said. “Taking a sign off a neighbor’s property – I fully condemn, but it’s not the same as what I consider racist claims against somebody.”

Packard provided surveillance footage from his office on Main Street that shows a black car pulling up in a parking lot. A man and a woman run out, each holding items. Approximately 45 seconds later, they are seen running back into the car empty-handed before driving away.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Josh Cottrell of the Los Altos Police Department Investigative Services Division at 947-2770. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Los Altos Police Department Tip-Line at 947-2774.

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