Those Political Signs

, Posted: Thu, April 19 2012 at 6:21 PM, Updated: Thu, April 19 2012 at 6:50 PM

Every political campaign sign in the city of Shady Cove was taken down following a complaint by a man who was denied a permit for one of his own.

You've probably seen those political campaign signs scattered along the roadway. It is after all election season and there are some big shoes to fill. But in Shady Cove all of them were taken down by a sheriff's community service officer. The city claims it was to enforce a city ordinance from 1994. That sign rule is in the process of being changed. The action brought protest from one man who says he was denied a permit to put a sign in his yard. He's mad that he can't but politicians can, and without a permit.

Jackson County doesn't require a person to have a permit to put up political campaign signs and actually they're enforced under city code, whichever city you may be in. The signs are sometime classified as temporary so there are some rules. ODOT says all temporary signs, like political ones, can only be 12 ft. sq. or smaller. They can't block public right-of-way. They can't be on city property and if they're put on private property you have to have permission. There are other obvious no-no's like blocking the line of sight for drivers and putting them in the middle of traffic or on the freeway.

For this 30 year Shady Cove business owner, it's more about equal rights. In a letter to the city he said "The City of Shady Cove is not uniformly enforcing and applying the ordinance to all individuals and businesses within it's city limits" He goes on to say that he's not targeting political signs but the city's approach to enforcement.

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