With campaign season in full swing, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted this week to loosen an existing ordinance and allow election signs to be placed in public right-of-ways that abut developed residential lots.
The amendment, which limits the surface area of the signs to 9 feet and preserves the city's right to remove them if they pose a safety hazard, came after city staff told council members that it was difficult to enforce the existing law.
Residents are allowed to post signs within the perimeters of their privately owned parcels. But zoning law prohibited signage on city land (with a few exceptions), including parkways in single-family residential areas.
Enforcement, however, proved difficult, said city attorney Adrian Guerra.
"In the city's single-family residential zones there is a practical problem enforcing that prohibition and that is because the public right-of-way sometimes extends beyond the curb line into the parkway area. So, looking at the property, it is hard to determine where city property ends and private property begins," Guerra said.