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SAN DIEGO COUNTY DIGEST

San Diego

April 09, 1985

By unanimous vote, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance Monday forbidding the posting of political signs in the public right-of-way. The council postponed setting penalties for such a practice, however, until the city attorney could draft language making the offense a civil violation and not a misdemeanor. The council did so after Mayor Roger Hedgecock expressed concern about criminal penalties, noting that they could be used against unpopular candidates. The new ordinance repeals a previous ordinance exempting political signs from the citywide sign regulations. That exemption was approved in July, 1983, after a sign firm, Candidates Outdoor Graphics Service, sued the city over the restrictions on political signs and was granted a preliminary injunction. After the sign firm dropped its suit, City Atty. John Witt proposed reinstating the regulation, and the council voted to do so Monday.

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