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Shine says signs are OK, but will take them down anyway

Grass Valley lawyer Ray Shine still believes his big campaign signs are legal, but he’s taking them down anyway, he told The Union on Tuesday morning.

“I’m not doing it because I think I did something wrong,” said Shine, a candidate for Nevada County Superior Court judge. “The signs are supposed to make people happy, not make people unhappy. It’s not worth it.”

However, Grass Valley city planning director Tom Last also said this morning that the signs do violate the city’s zoning ordinance.



“There’s some confusion” on the issue,” Last acknowledged.

The city did adopt the Uniform Sign Code in 2003, as Shine has pointed out. However, the version the city adopted does not contain any reference to political signs. “It’s all building requirements,” Last said.




In addition, the city has a paper copy of all the uniform codes ” standards written by the International Building Code Officials organization for building, plumbing, electrical and other aspects of construction. It’s available for public perusal at the city’s building department downtown, one block from Shine’s office.

Grass Valley does not provide the code online. It would have to be retyped or scanned, Last said, and the time involved would be prohibitive. The codes are available online for a fee.

When Shine researched the city zoning ordinance, which is online, he found the reference to the Uniform Sign Code.

“I asked for a copy of the Uniform Sign Code and they didn’t have one,” Shine said.

The city does not provide copies. “Most contractors have their own,” Last said.

Shine did his own online research into the Uniform Sign Code. He found an online version adopted by a town in Washington state that does have a provision allowing political signs to be 32 square feet, or as large as a sheet of plywood.

Most versions of the code he found online, Shine said, included the language covering political signs.

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To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion.com or call 477-4231.


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