LETTER: ‘Where are election signs legal in Burien?’

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

This is election season in Burien, neighboring cities and King County. The candidates are hard at work notifying all of us of the upcoming election and why we need to elect them to office. We see their colorful signs along every street, seemingly, wherever they or their helpers can pound a stake in the ground. As you would expect, the City has chosen to control all of this exuberance by declaring what is and is not acceptable.

According to the Burien Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 19.30, these signs may be placed on “private property” or public “right-of-way”, subject to a few exceptions. You had better get the Owners permission before adding signs to Private property. The signs are also prohibited from utility poles, lampposts, traffic signals or signs, and public property other than public right-of-way. Like any other sign in the city, they must not obstruct the traveling public or create unsafe conditions.

Considering the time and expense the candidates have put forth installing their signs, I’m sure they would like to be informed of any that have been improperly placed, so they can take corrective action. Please do not help them by removing or destroying their property, which is not only impolite but criminal. Just call or e-mail them. Remember, they are running for public office and the last thing they want to do is offend the voters.

One last thing, for the candidates who do not survive the primary, be sure to pickup your signs within 10 days. Remember there will be another election in a few years.

– Robert Howell

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4 Responses to “LETTER: ‘Where are election signs legal in Burien?’”
  1. Lee Moyer says:

    Good points. Thanks for the info.

  2. dcollier says:

    Thank you for informing us about the law. Last election cycle, several people were spotted and caught removing signs. It was not surprising. There is a group in Burien that thinks their opinions are the only ones that matter and they will shout down, put down, file lawsuits and anything else they can think of so that the truth cannot be heard. You can take that for what it’s worth, Robert.

  3. By Stander says:

    As per signs. It appears that some one has been stealing Joey Martinez.s signs. This is not only dumb but against the law. If his competitors are as trued and blue as they claim they should be shocked also as it makes them look bad. They should be telling their friends and supporters that this is not right and to stop it if they are doing it. But then maybe these are the type of people that the voters may wish to elect to run Burien. I would sure hope not. Voters be sure to check out are the candidates and get the facts before you vote, You could be asking for trouble to just hear one side of things. Good Luck.

  4. Ruthie says:

    Its great that you published this information from Mr. Howell – especially when the signs belonging to one candidate (that I know of) have been disappearing this past week.
    I would ask these folks to respect their competitions signs, as you would want your own treated. Thank you,

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