Check this out: The Medford Police Department cited a transient for writing in chalk on the sidewalk. Apparently the law isn't enforced much here, and I can see why. However, this guy was writing anti-American and anti-religous statements. It reminds me of a similar case during the summer: A transient was cited for posting signs in the public right of way. But this time, the signs were anti-religious. I guess, in Medford at least, the signs have to be objectionable to get police attention. What if herbalife signs said "Down with capitalism now. Ask me how!"
AND... I recieved a letter from the Medford City Manager about the ROW sign issue not being enforced equally. My concern is the amount of real estate signs in the ROW and the fact that three of the eight city council member sell real estate. He replied that he will have a Community Service officer 'educate' realtors and that signs will be confiscated, depending on officer caseload. Again, my beef is about the selective enforcement of the sign laws.
#1. "RE: sidewalk art/real estate signs" In response to Reply # 0
The home builder and real estate sales people are among the best connected to the political process. (It is hard to be better connected than serving on the council.) I am sure this is why they have exceptions for their signs in some cities.
The other politically connected spammers are the politicians themselves. One major city in the DFW area does not remove political signs without direct authorization from the head of the CE deapartment. I doubt that any city employee has even asked for such authorization.
#3. "RE: sidewalk art/real estate signs" In response to Reply # 2
I think there is some sort of law in So OR that says you have to remove them w/in 30 days of the election. Course the losers take them down pretty quick. What I have done is call a local talk radio, and mention the politicians by name (and the location of their sign) along with something like "why should we vote for them when they don't even follow the law?" It has been effective. Especially for the incumbents.