Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Dear candidates: your signs are now trash

Congressional campaign of Denise Gitsham singled out in Clairemont

A resident called the city after seeing a large number of Gitsham signs on a Clairemont median in September. He was told by the city's Code Enforcement department that it was a low priority.
A resident called the city after seeing a large number of Gitsham signs on a Clairemont median in September. He was told by the city's Code Enforcement department that it was a low priority.

Residents of Clairemont have been playing a game of “Where’s Waldo” — except it’s not much of a challenge. In this scenario, Waldo is the campaign signage of Denise Gitsham, a former candidate for U.S. Congress who lost to incumbent Scott Peters on November 8. Residents say they saw her signage clustered all over Clairemont even before the primaries — sometimes only inches or feet apart from each other.

Now that the election is over, residents are starting to lose their patience, including Bob Grier of Clairemont. “Okay, Denise Gitsham, you lost, now pick up your damn signs!” posted Grier on a local social media site.

“It started out kind of tongue-in-cheek, but she was so abusive with her signs that she needed to be called out,” said Grier. “Now it’s been a week and most everyone else’s signs are gone, but if you drive up Genesee from Balboa to [University Towne Centre] you’ll see plenty of her signs are still up.” Grier said the signs helped him remember her name well enough not to vote for her (a sentiment shared by more than a few people in Clairemont).

Residents say they contacted Gitsham’s campaign via Facebook and her website while others contacted the city clerk’s office or councilmember Chris Cate’s office. One resident says they called the city after seeing a huge number of Gitsham signs on a median in Clairemont in September. He was told by the city's Code Enforcement department that it was a low priority.

Some residents say they are removing the signs themselves and some are having at it another way. Carl Manaster of Bay Park said a couple days ago that he saw a campaign sign on the west side of Genesee, between Route 52 and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, that read, “Denise GitSPAM.”

"Glad to see someone still has a sense of humor.”

Grier said, “I saw one on the way home last night where someone blocked out the ’S’ and it read ‘Git ham.’ Glad to see someone still has a sense of humor.”

Patti Robinson from Clairemont said that Gitsham’s campaign put out hundreds of signs in her neighborhood. ”Someone finally took them down, after many calls and emails.... She was the only candidate that did this in my neighborhood.”

The city clerk’s office gave me the packet that every candidate receives upon registering their candidacy. It states that no signs are allowed in the public right-of-way and warns that illegally placed signs are subject to a minimum $250 fine. According to a city employee who asked not to be quoted directly, the reason that political candidates aren’t allowed to post any signage on public right-of-ways is because it's seen as an endorsement by the city.

Top sheet of political signs regulations handed out to declared candidates

This could explain why so many vacant lots get hit with political blight — though that’s not allowed either, without the owner’s permission. The few times I've contacted owners of vacant lots plastered with political signage in 2016, it was always the case that permission wasn’t granted.

Though people have been seen removing Gitsham signs in the Clairemont area, as of November 14 there were still a lot of them left posted and lying flat on the ground —perhaps for the same reason that this reporter wasn’t able to get photos of many of them: they’re in areas too dangerous for pedestrians, such as on the roadside of SR-52.

I asked Paul Brencick from city communications how long Gitsham has to remove her signs and he said, “There is no time frame since they are not allowed to post signs on public property in the first place.”

I was unable to reach Gitsham or anyone in her campaign for a comment.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Feminist graffiti on Tijuana's cultural center

More visible than a march on city hall
A resident called the city after seeing a large number of Gitsham signs on a Clairemont median in September. He was told by the city's Code Enforcement department that it was a low priority.
A resident called the city after seeing a large number of Gitsham signs on a Clairemont median in September. He was told by the city's Code Enforcement department that it was a low priority.

Residents of Clairemont have been playing a game of “Where’s Waldo” — except it’s not much of a challenge. In this scenario, Waldo is the campaign signage of Denise Gitsham, a former candidate for U.S. Congress who lost to incumbent Scott Peters on November 8. Residents say they saw her signage clustered all over Clairemont even before the primaries — sometimes only inches or feet apart from each other.

Now that the election is over, residents are starting to lose their patience, including Bob Grier of Clairemont. “Okay, Denise Gitsham, you lost, now pick up your damn signs!” posted Grier on a local social media site.

“It started out kind of tongue-in-cheek, but she was so abusive with her signs that she needed to be called out,” said Grier. “Now it’s been a week and most everyone else’s signs are gone, but if you drive up Genesee from Balboa to [University Towne Centre] you’ll see plenty of her signs are still up.” Grier said the signs helped him remember her name well enough not to vote for her (a sentiment shared by more than a few people in Clairemont).

Residents say they contacted Gitsham’s campaign via Facebook and her website while others contacted the city clerk’s office or councilmember Chris Cate’s office. One resident says they called the city after seeing a huge number of Gitsham signs on a median in Clairemont in September. He was told by the city's Code Enforcement department that it was a low priority.

Some residents say they are removing the signs themselves and some are having at it another way. Carl Manaster of Bay Park said a couple days ago that he saw a campaign sign on the west side of Genesee, between Route 52 and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, that read, “Denise GitSPAM.”

"Glad to see someone still has a sense of humor.”

Grier said, “I saw one on the way home last night where someone blocked out the ’S’ and it read ‘Git ham.’ Glad to see someone still has a sense of humor.”

Patti Robinson from Clairemont said that Gitsham’s campaign put out hundreds of signs in her neighborhood. ”Someone finally took them down, after many calls and emails.... She was the only candidate that did this in my neighborhood.”

The city clerk’s office gave me the packet that every candidate receives upon registering their candidacy. It states that no signs are allowed in the public right-of-way and warns that illegally placed signs are subject to a minimum $250 fine. According to a city employee who asked not to be quoted directly, the reason that political candidates aren’t allowed to post any signage on public right-of-ways is because it's seen as an endorsement by the city.

Top sheet of political signs regulations handed out to declared candidates

This could explain why so many vacant lots get hit with political blight — though that’s not allowed either, without the owner’s permission. The few times I've contacted owners of vacant lots plastered with political signage in 2016, it was always the case that permission wasn’t granted.

Though people have been seen removing Gitsham signs in the Clairemont area, as of November 14 there were still a lot of them left posted and lying flat on the ground —perhaps for the same reason that this reporter wasn’t able to get photos of many of them: they’re in areas too dangerous for pedestrians, such as on the roadside of SR-52.

I asked Paul Brencick from city communications how long Gitsham has to remove her signs and he said, “There is no time frame since they are not allowed to post signs on public property in the first place.”

I was unable to reach Gitsham or anyone in her campaign for a comment.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

No delay for deletion of parking on 30th Street

City cycling manager swears the mayor’s order doesn’t make it official
Next Article

Jerry Andrews preaches the beauty of the savior

“Don’t doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light.”
Comments
2

Politician will never pass legislation that makes them comply with sign laws that the rest of us must obey. Its OK for them to clutter the landscape, because they are special. Let them know what you think.

Nov. 19, 2016

Jane Cunningham? State Senator Jane Cunningham has dropped her questionable bill to annul Missouri's kid work laws. The Republican from west St. Louis County accumulated national consideration a month ago professional assignment writers - notwithstanding showing up in a Jay Leno monolog - when she proposed changes that would wipe out confinements on both the age in which youngsters can wo...

June 20, 2018

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close