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According to The North County Times, the San Marcos City Council passed a new version of its sign ordinance last week in an effort to get rid of distracting advertising such as commercial mascots, mobile messaging signs, pole signs, and feather banners. The updated law addresses free-speech concerns by adopting a “content-neutral” approach to sign regulation.
“In the old ordinance, the political signs … were singled out, as opposed to being treated as if they were any other noncommercial sign,” said City Attorney Helen Holmes Peak. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a political sign or a sign about your knitting club, or anything else. It’s protected speech.”
The council also voted to outlaw signs that could compromise street safety and aesthetics, but voiced reservations about suppressing advertising. “We wanted to make sure we weren’t being too onerous, because we’re still in a tough economy and don’t want to be hurting our businesses if we don’t have to,” Mayor Jim Desmond said.
Much of the discussion revolved around the prohibitions against mascots and mobile signs. Critics have complained that people brandishing commercial signs generate a circuslike atmosphere, and Councilman Hal Martin said they also create a safety hazard.
“If they do their jobs well, they’re distracting drivers,” he said. The council also discussed the ban on mobile messaging signs, expressing concern that small-business owners could be cited for emblazoning personal vehicles with advertising. Staff members concluded that they could sidestep that problem by limiting the ban to commercial vehicles used as mobile billboards.
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