vote_lede_template.jpgI was just walking down 4th street to Caltrain and I noticed about 5 huge Ed Lee campaign signs posted on a fence next to a construction site under a freeway pass.

I am pretty sure this area is public property. Isn’t it illegal to post campaign signs on public property? It is on 4th near Byrant.

According to a very helpful a SF Department of Elections spokesperson, no laws are being broken in the situation as described.

However, according to the spokesperson, on election day, any campaign signs have to be 100 feet away from a polling place. But, no “it’s not illegal to have campaign signs on public property.”

Here’s the DPW’s list of rules and regulations for signs (including those for campaigns) posted to public property.

If you think the signs violate those regulations, or have been posted without the permission of whoever manages the property, you still have options. According to a spokesperson from 311, you can call 311 (at, duh, “311”) and someone will, they say, be deployed to investigate.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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