These two signs here were recovered last Friday from the Lafayette public works yard, one homemade by a resident, and the other made by Save Lafayette. Both were given to me on Friday after the recovery, and I have them both at my house. Both of these were put up at Springhill and PH Road on Wednesday evening. Both were removed by city staff on Thursday, along with possibly other signs at this location (we don’t know how many others, if any). 4 signs remained at this location after staff removed these. Neither of these No signs were in obvious violation of any city signage rules, as the homemade sign was to the right of the bulk of the signs, and the official sign to the left, possibly too close to another sign. Both were recovered on Friday by another citizen from the public works yard.
I know that staff was instructed on Friday to not continue removing specifically the No on C signs, or at least not to specifically target any one sign over any other. I also know that on last Wednesday, at least one of the official No on C signs was in an inappropriate location in the median on PH Road near Acalanes High School. It’s clear that this one should have been removed.
What is really troubling to me is the removal of the homemade sign. It was not in any clear violation of any ‘reasonable’ city signage rules, as it was put in a ‘reasonable’ location at this site. It is clearly homemade, but wasn’t any larger or smaller than the other signs. I have been trying very hard to think of any reason that a staffer could have used to justify removal.
The citizen who made the sign did reach out to me, and doesn’t feel justified in putting it back up. That is just awful, and should not be how our citizens feel about expressing their opinions in our city.
Please, some acknowledgement by staff for the reasons why this one particular sign was removed should be made public. Justifications should be given, or apologies expressed.