It is election season once again and with that comes ubiquitous campaign signs filling nearly every street corner throughout Mesa. Despite Arizona Revised Statute 16-1019 and Mesa City Code Title 11-41-7G and 8-6-F&S, which prohibit campaign signs within 15 feet of the face of a curb or the edge of the pavement, almost all of these signs are within 4-5 feet, thus creating traffic hazards as motorists struggle to see cross traffic through the kaleidoscope of vision-restricting banners and signs. In addition, these laws regulate the number of signs that can be placed on any one corner, yet most street corners in Mesa contain more than a dozen signs, and some nearly two dozen, all jammed together, one on top of the other.
Two of the biggest violators are gubernatorial wanna-be Scott Smith and Mesa mayoral wanna-be John Giles. Their signs are usually the ones closest to the street, in clear violation of city ordinances. If they cannot be trusted to adhere to the community’s most basic laws, how can citizens trust them to honor other, more serious laws.
The candidates’ campaign offices will cite “overzealous” volunteers for putting up the violating signs, but the candidates are the ones ultimately responsible.
When will Mesa do something to enforce its own laws and clean up this campaign sign mess that blights our streets?
Edward F. Murphy