Menlo Park: A dozen campaign yard signs go missing overnight


Twelve yard signs supporting Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller's re-election were reported stolen within hours from the residences where they were posted, according to Mr. Mueller.

The signs had been placed in front of residences on Santa Cruz Avenue, Cloud Avenue, Rosefield Way and Bellair Way, Mr. Mueller said, and appeared to have been pulled quickly off of their posts on fences, plants and mailboxes. The incident has been reported to the police, he said.

"Obviously I'm disappointed," said Mr. Mueller. "It's just going to be a really difficult campaign if signs are stolen within 12 hours," he said, adding that it could be "a huge waste of campaign contributors' money, time and effort."

In his last campaign, he said, signs would go missing occasionally. But to have 12 signs ripped out "over a large geographic area is unusual," he said.

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Posted by Formerly Menlo
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Aug 15, 2016 at 11:15 am

As a former Menlo Park resident (Willows), I find this both not surprising and troubling. Has it gotten so uncivil that we don't allow signs for opposing views or candidates? Really people? You want to live in a world where dissent or disagreement is discouraged? [Portion removed] Count me out.

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Posted by Trumped
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm

I'd be interested to know what the police will do -- a friend had posted a presidential campaign sing in his yard and twice in one day it was taken down. The second time he witnessed the people taking it and the police refused to do anything.

It's sad that America no longer stands for freedom of expression, religion or politics.

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Posted by Party Affiliation
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Speaking of political parties.... I know Mueller is a Democrat and Carlton is a Republican.

Does anyone know what political party Cecilia Taylor belongs to?

I know local elections are supposes to be apolitical, but I am still curious.

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Posted by probably kids
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm

In 2013, DeGolia decided look at the matter differently.

"DeGolia said that in one case, the signs were brought back by police after officers broke up a teen party and found four stolen signs in the backyard. One of his supporters also sent a photo of some students at Sacred Heart High School who had taken some signs and dressed up as DeGolia for Halloween. In that case he said, he was initially upset, but then decided to look at the matter differently." --Daily Post, November 5, 2013

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