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Campaign signs comply with local ordinances

Concerning the size of campaign signs in the city of Grass Valley, I would like to start by thanking Pat Wynne for her letter of May 18 and her concern in having the laws followed.

Before purchasing my signs, I checked the ordinances of the county and its three cities. The county, Nevada City and Truckee all allow signs up to 32 square feet in size. Grass Valley had two contradictory ordinances on its Web site. The ordinance quoted by Ms. Wynne was adopted in 1990. It was replaced in 2003 (Ordinance 616 ¤¤2) when the city of Grass Valley adopted the 1997 version of the Uniform Sign Code. Thus, the 10-square-foot limit expired three years ago.

I contacted the city of Grass Valley in February to obtain a copy of the Uniform Sign Code. They did not have a copy available. My research on the Web found several different versions of the Uniform Sign Code that differ slightly. Most versions include the following language:



¤¤1403 Temporary Political Signs – Requirements

… (2) Temporary political signs are subject to the following requirements:




… (a) The face of any such sign shall not exceed four feet in height or width and eight feet in length; …

I used this criterion when making my decision to order signs that could be used in all four jurisdictions.

After Ms. Wynne”s letter, I called the city of Grass Valley and asked if they wanted me to remove the signs. I was told “No.”

I have been careful to place signs on locations where the owner has given me permission. To my knowledge, our campaign has placed signs only on private property and not on the public rights-of-way.

As a candidate, and if elected judge, I intend to follow the law in all regards.

Ray Shine

Grass Valley


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