LONG BEACH — A week after slapping a mayoral candidate with a violation notice, officials have backed down a little in their battle against illegal signs.
Luanne Pryor still must comply with the order to remove campaign signs from vacant residential property, city officials said.
But she will not have to pay a separate $80 fee for every sign posted on a vacant commercial lot, said Deputy City Atty. Arthur Honda. Instead, Pryor must pay $35 for a master permit that will cover all the signs.
Honda said a candidate must determine whether zoning of vacant property is residential or commercial and follow other requirements before posting a political sign.
Greg Hummel, vice president of the Covina company that posted the signs for Pryor, said he plans to fight the city if it continues to insist that the Pryor campaign remove signs from vacant residential property. Such laws, he said, have been found to violate the First Amendment's provision for freedom of speech.