Monday, October 30, 2006

Signs of the Season:
Brent Ives for Mayor


(Part of a continuing series on political signs. Other entries here, here, here, and here.)

This has to be one of the most attractive signs I've seen this year. Mr. Ives success will probably depend upon whether Tracy, California wishes to hang on to the older rural image of itself to which he is appealing or whether it wants to see itself as the bustling bedroom community it is becoming.

Curiously, Mr. Ives seems to be the candidate whose agenda is to help developers circumvent slow growth restrictions that somewhat preserve the area's open space. His opponent, Celeste Garamendi, has a history of battling against big box stores and other unrestrained development.

So Ives' sign may be deceptive, but it sure is pretty. In contrast, Garamendi's signs are merely informative.

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