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Legislators protest removal of delta signs

By From page A3 | July 18, 2013

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.

Enterprise staff

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