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Legislators protest removal of delta signs

State Sen. Lois Wolk and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, both of Davis, are among six Northern California legislators who are pressing Caltrans for answers to questions about removal of “Save the Delta” signs from private property.

Caltrans removed signs last week from property fronting state roadways and highways in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region.

“We are concerned that the First Amendment rights of our constituents may have been violated with this action,” reads a letter signed by Sens. Wolk, Mark DeSaulnier and Cathleen Galgiani, and Assembly members Yamada, Susan Eggman and Jim Frazier Jr. “Our constituents have the right to disagree with a state-sponsored project, and their opposition to such a project should not result in heavy-handed enforcement of codes left unenforced elsewhere in the state.”

The legislators note in the letter that signs supporting increased water exports from the delta have been displayed on private property along state roadways and highways since 2009 without Caltrans expressing concerns about the signs or removing them.

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  • ItacheeJuly 18, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Oh please. The selective outrage is stunning. I have a friend that owns small a mom and pop convenience store and tackle shop along a rural two lane state highway and if he posts anything along the highway other than his previously approved main sign, even a small banner between two fence posts, Cal Trans will take it down without even asking him. You folks in the delta along highway 160 or 12 need to get a grip and live by the same rules as everyone else in the state. And our legislators need to do that also.

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  • Gerry NanceAugust 04, 2013 - 10:55 pm

    There's a content difference between signs that separates rights from privilege. Signs can be business/commercial, political or for redress of grievances. The later two being protected freedoms.

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  • Janet LeversJuly 18, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    The interesting thing here is that different CalTrans Districts have ignored/not taken down the same exact signs. I have two posted at prominent intersections in District 4 (the same one Davis is in) and there's been no problem. So I do think it's selective, and to support that, I would point out that the Westlands Water District signs going down I-5 have stood there for many years, even closer to the road, without CalTrans making any issue.

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