City, candidates again ignore the rules | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

I am writing because political sign season is upon us again and, as is the case whenever it is upon us, campaigns are posting signs in violation of the city code and, as is typical, the city is doing nothing about it.

Under the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code (15.08.095(B)), campaigns must receive permission from adjacent property owners before posting their signs next to streets (in the “public right-of-way”). However, look around the Island and it is easy to find campaign signs posted in front of Bainbridge parks, fire stations, schools, and other locations whose owners do not permit posting of political signs.

Posting of these signs where they are not allowed imposes a burden on the property.

In the past, a campaign continued to post its signs at the police station despite the police repeatedly taking them down. A property owner in my neighborhood who owns the property at a corner with a stop sign on a major road spends a lot of time taking down political signs.

There are two city council candidates whose campaign signs I have seen most often in violation here. I know nothing about these candidates including whether they are running in the ward that I will be voting in.

But violating city code while running for city council and creating burdens on Island property owners even before potentially taking office seem like questionable moves to me.

ALAN PERRY

Bainbridge Island

More in Letters to the Editor

Stalking the Sound to Olympic Trail | Letter to the editor

To the editor: There’s an elephant loose on the island and it’s… Continue reading

Showing our hearts for great island parks | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Are you seeing hearts at our local trails and… Continue reading

Great walk but a boondoggle | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I recently found the new 305 trail open so… Continue reading

Bainbridge needs more safety, not less | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I wanted to write in response to Kent Scott’s… Continue reading

Clarification on levy funds | Letter to the editor

To the editor: In the League of Women Voters/Kitsap press release about… Continue reading

Remember the voice of the people | Letter to the editor

To the editor: An Island voice spoke clearly when it elected three… Continue reading

Kitsap assessor, treasurer to address property taxes | Letter to the editor

To the editor: If you are concerned about the effect of the… Continue reading

Council may be going back to the future | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Last week the Island breathed a collective sigh of… Continue reading

Moratorium makes sense for BI | Letter to the editor

To the editor: We strongly support the six-month building moratorium. Current city… Continue reading

Join the volunteers at Bargain Boutique | Letter to the editor

To the editor: One hundred thousand. That’s quite a number, and one… Continue reading

Lower speed limits are needed | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I am a proponent of public safety on Island… Continue reading

We can all help our neighbors | Letter to the editor

To the editor: In recent weeks, a homeless woman — let’s call… Continue reading