Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs

This week, I am going to get straight to the point. Everywhere around Menifee I see signs. I am not refering to the paid billboards I see on...

This week, I am going to get straight to the point. Everywhere around Menifee I see signs. I am not refering to the paid billboards I see on vacant properties. The signs to which I refer are the small, miscellaneous signs by individuals and small businesses. I am certain you have seen them; Mobile Detailing, Stop Foreclosure, Yard Sale, etc. And they drive me crazy!

When I see these signs, I look to see who is advertising. I love a yard sale as much as the next gal, but when I see Yard Sale signs 2, 3, even 4 weeks old, I start to get frustrated. The three problems with the signs are:
  1. They clutter the landscape, the view, the beautiful vistas, if you will.
  2. They are not maintained, so many are out of date and useless.
  3. They end up on the ground, and become litter.

If you are going to post a sign for an event, i.e., Bill's Birthday, Susan's Graduation Party, Yard Sale, etc., take your sign down after your event. I know many citizens do, but too many don't. If you are posting a sign for a lost pet, maintain your sign; and remove it when your pet comes home. Don't leave a weathered sign up for months that cannot be read.

If you are a business looking for cheap advertising, contact a local magazine, newspaper, or other publication. You may be shocked at how inexpensive they are. If you have zero money, try Craigslist. Many Yard Salers use Craigslist now with great results! I know for a fact that it works great, and, in case you don't know, it is free!

Let's all work together to keep Menifee a beautiful place!



(Update October 16, 2008, 10:55pm: from this point forward, commenting is turned off for this article)

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  1. How about all the chainlink fencing around these abandoned construction sites, with the tattered/tagged green mesh on it? It looks terrible and its all over the place. Also, excellent points on the signs.

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  2. Certainly agree! What about the BIG one still on Newport Rd, looking more tattered each day, for the council candidates! That sould be embarrassing to our elected council - get it down please! I had heard that Valleywide takes down signs each Monday as they're mowing, etc; maybe they need a reminder. ValleyWide has always been very receptive to community input and react quickly on most things. Vince is a very responsible leader.

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  3. I agree that the signs are an eye sore. My question is - is it illegal for someone to take these signs down? If it is not - then why not just take the initiative and tear them down when you see one!

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  4. leave the business signs alone!!! they are very effective and inexpensive as well. I got some for my biz and put them out. before I got home I had already got a call off of one. the little throw away mailers that come to your house cost 3 to 8 times as much and often don't generate even one lead cause people just trash it with out looking thru it. when you see the sign you either need it or you don't and if you do you call or go to the store they are advertizing. small biz needs all the help possible.

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  5. I couldn't agree more ! All those signs are an eysore and they cheapen the look of our community.

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  6. In the community boundries of the Menifee Lakes Assoc we have seen the sign issue grow beyond words. Years ago before the huge growth of Menifee, we had a MLMA Board President who used to go out and pull signs right out of the ground or off telphone poles because she hated to see the clutter of those signs. She was right, it takes away from the natural beauty of the greenbelts. Those people who are using it for advertising their business should really find another avenue. Yes, you may think it works well, but who pays the cost of the looks of our community? I personally think there needs to be some kind of city ordinance against these type of signs.

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  7. If we're going to complain about signs then can we also talk about people not picking up after their dogs. I'm tired of finding poop on sidewalks, at the parks, and even on my front yard! Pick up after your dog please!

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  8. The Sheriff got tough on this a year ago...

    http://www.menifee247.com/2007/06/sheriff-cracks-down-on-illegal-sign.htm

    Considering the county has beefed up its code enforcement, I'm surprised they haven't continued to enforce this.

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  9. Menifee needs to do the same thing the City of El Cajon does. Make everyone get a permit for their signs. You can't twirl a sign in El Cajon without a permit.

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  10. I've collected dozens of these signs over the years. I toss 'em in the trash.

    I have an idea... Let's all call the phone numbers on the signs and hang up or say something silly. Let's drive them all crazy!

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  11. The other day I saw an old yard sale sign on the ground that a dog had pooped on. Not sure what that means.

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  12. We have a small business but never use that kind of advertising, we use Craigslist, Google and have our own website plus are in the Pennysaver and soon Yellow Book...too expensive? that is the cost of doing business....and tax deductible.
    that chainlink fencing is getting really bad looking along Murrieta road plus there is a lot of rusting equipment behind Wahlgreens.

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  13. Why stop at just getting rid of signs. I lived in the State of Maine, and there are no Billboards or signs allowed anywhere, except in front of a business. Do you realize how nice it is to drive down the road and only see what nature put there. In fact, it's hard to find any litter along any roadway in Maine. People take care of their State. Trust me, you wouldn't miss billboards or signs if they weren't there.

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