No sign of consistency |

No sign of consistency

Signs? I don’t see no stinkin’ signs!

The Union has published opinions, letters and front-page stories as to the legality, illegality, compliance or noncompliance of the signs referring to NH 2020. If the signs are campaign oriented, then they have a time limit (90 days before and 10 days after an election cycle). If the signs are protected under First Amendment rights for property owners, then we should get the unconstitutional law off the county’s books.

Before NH 2020, I thought the rules regarding visual pollution in Nevada County were welcome and quite effective. Those laws are now ineffectual. For there to be a workable law, it must be applied with consistency, impartiality and uniformity. Because of the way the current situation has developed, any enforcement at a future time would not hold up in court and would be a waste of taxpayers’ money.

I do feel that large signs are an infringement on my right, because their effect is so confrontational and extends beyond an individual’s property line. Small signs in yards are more like bumper stickers and only an expression on an individual’s opinion, and not intentionally confrontational.

What will we do in the future if a person or group posts a large sign that the true majority of residents find offensive? The county sign ordinance (Section L-II 4.2.12) may have been made unusable and unenforceable due to what has transpired before.

Igor Raven

Nevada City

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