It’s one of my favorite times of the year: Campaign Sign Season! Seeing the campaign signs posted strategically throughout the city always says to me that an election is on its way and these people have something they want me to know. But not everyone likes campaign signs like I do, nor do they believe they’re effective.I spotted Steve Sojka’s sign for his Simi Valley Mayor campaign at Home Depot this afternoon. I snapped a picture of it with my cell phone so you can have a look. This is a great spot for a sign. I drive through the Home Depot parking lot regularly as do a lot of Simi Valley folks. It’s right at the entrance of Home Depot and is placed in such a way that it is viewable on the way in as well as on the way out. From my standpoint, I’d call this an effective sign.
In Simi Valley, campaign signs are allowed to go up no earlier than 120 days before the election. We’re at that point now and candidates are already coordinating to get their signs posted. So far, Steve Sojka appears to be “in the lead” but other candidates will undoubtedly follow soon.
Two years ago, City Council Candidates who were challenging the incumbents complained that being an incumbent offered an unfair advantage regarding campaign signs. One candidate presented the challenging steps involved in identifying business owners in an effort to contact them for permission. Barbra Williamson who was up for re-election at that time reacted to that challengers position in the video below.
I’m looking forward to seeing more signs throughout Simi Valley for the upcoming election. To any candidates who are having difficulty posting campaign signs or believe the sign ordinance presents an unfair situation, please contact me so I can help make your position known.