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— Constitutional concerns may be the reason the City of Imperial Beach, other than forbidding signs in the public right-of-way, places "no real restrictions" on political signs, according to a city planning official. "It's just a matter of whether it becomes a design problem or a traffic hazard or if we start getting complaints about it."

Thirty-two square feet is the largest political sign allowed by most cities in the county. On private property, Vista allows only 16-square-foot signs. Like Poway and Santee, Vista allows signs in the public right-of-way, but while those two cities allow 32-square-foot signs in the right-of-way, in Vista the maximum is 6 square feet.

As for my four campaign signs, nobody I reached at the City of La Mesa planning, code enforcement, or public works departments knew anything about them. Like Dad, I began to think a political enemy had taken them. Like Dad, I formulated strategies to catch the enemy as I placed new signs out front, this time not in the right-of-way. Like Dad, I didn't employ any of the clever ideas I came up with. Unlike Dad's signs, my legally located signs stayed up all election season. In fact, they're still up. And, unless I insist on my First Amendment rights, I've got three days to remove them.

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