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Posted on: September 19, 2018

What's Up With the Campaign Signs?

Campaign lawn signs blurred

As a reminder, there are three candidates seeking two City Council seats in the La Palma General Municipal Election to be held on November 6, 2018. 

As for campaign signs, staff has received inquiries as to the limitation on: 1) the number of campaign signs; and 2) the number of days campaign signs can be displayed before an election. The following answers are provided below. 

Number of signs: There is no limit to the number of campaign signs that an individual can place in La Palma due to various court rulings, including the U.S. Supreme Court most recently in 2015. There are, however, restrictions on placement such as:

  • · Campaign signs cannot be placed on median strips, center dividers, roadways islands, utility poles, or traffic control devices.
  • · Placement cannot impede pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicular traffic.

If you see a sign that violates either of these restrictions, please feel free to reach out to our Code Enforcement staff at (714) 690-3342.

Number of days campaign signs can be displayed before an election: The City Council adopted a policy in 1988 to limit the time period for display of campaign signs to thirty (30) days prior to the election, plus the immediately preceding weekend. In 2015, the City Council removed the policy in advance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made this policy unenforceable.  The California Business and Professions Code allows for campaign signs to be displayed for 90 days prior to an election and the City’s Municipal Code requires that all campaign signs be removed with ten (10) days following the election.

Please note that tampering, damaging, or destroying campaign signs can constitute vandalism, a misdemeanor offense. Similarly, theft of signs is also a misdemeanor offense. Misdemeanor convictions can be sentenced up to one year in county jail and/or fines.             

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