Several political signs touting support for the “Measure A” sales-tax proposal in South Pasadena went missing from El Centro Street last week, were replaced, and apparently got stolen again — and the group that posted the signs has filed a police report.
The blue-and-white signs were posted in front of, and on the side of, the Golden Oaks Apartments at 1000 El Centro St.
Sally Kilby – also a contributor to the Review – is a member of the South Pasadena Committee for Fiscal Stability/Yes on Measure A group. She posted the signs and filed the police report.
She said that, with the permission of the management of the Golden Oaks, she placed three Measure A signs on Sept. 22— but that by Sept. 25, they had disappeared.
Four replacement signs were placed that evening and they were gone by the morning of Sept. 26, she said. The loss of the seven signs amounts to $28.
The police report was filed Sept. 30.
Removal of the signs violates Section 490.2 of the city’s Penal Code, which states, “a person who takes, possesses, damages, reuses, or moves any political sign or signs without authorization from the owner of the sign or signs and with the intent to prevent, substantially alter, or substantially obscure the communication of the sign, is guilty of an infraction or a misdemeanor. Upon a second or subsequent conviction of a person under this section, the person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or both.”
According to Chief of Police Joe Ortiz, the theft is also a violation of Penal Code 484 PC which defines the crime of “petty theft.”
“This section defines petty theft as the unlawful taking of property that is valued at nine hundred fifty dollars ($950) or less,” said Ortiz. “The maximum penalties for most petty theft convictions are a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000), up to six (6) months in county jail or both.”
Security cameras near the apartment did not capture whoever removed the signs, as the cameras were pointed toward the property door.
Measure A would create a three-quarter-cent local sales tax that would go toward erasing the city’s budget deficit. The tax would raise an estimated at $1.5 million annually — with all the money staying in the city. Supporters of Measure A say it’s needed to support public safety; street and park maintenance; community service programs for seniors and youth; and library services.