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 They are not maintained, so many are out of date and useless.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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  14. I am another Menifee citizen that is driven crazy by all of the signs posted around the corner of Newport and Antelope. The do a wonderful job of cluttering our streets and making our area look trashy.

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  15. Brian, I totally agree with you. I spent a year in So. Portland Maine and it is the most beautiful state I have ever been in. The state enforces so many things and is the most environmentally conscious of any state. If California enforced the same rules that Maine does we would not see any of this stupid signs anywhere. If you want to advertise, then do it the old fashioned way.
    Someone mentioned dog poop. Is there any type of ordinance at all in the County of Riverside that enforces cleanup? I came from Orange County and it is a $1000.00 fine if you are caught not picking up after your dog. If I see any of my neighbors dog poop on my grass and not pick it up I will politely throw it on their front door.

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  16. @ anon September 26, 2008 8:57 PM,

    Passive-aggressive reactions to the situation isn't going to help anything. After all, the flaming bag of poo on the doorstep is one of the oldest pranks in the book. If it bugs you so much, grow some balls and let your neighbor know about what you saw, and ask them to be more considerate.

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  17. Newport and La Ladera, Sign Capitol of Menifee. And while we are at It we should change the name of Newport to Tumbleweed Rd. I can't wait until they start blowing all over the area.

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  18. First, is it illegal to remove these litter-prone signs posted at random near traffic stops? Maybe we could get our new city to pass an ordnance to fine signposters for littering. Above all, it should be illegal to post signs on state or county installed signs, i.e. stop signs, traffic directionals, etc. This presents a real safety issue. Is the county instructed to remove signs in their weekly mowing, etc? ANOTHER THOUGHT: WHY CAN'T THE STORES be proactive and ARREST PEOPLE AS SHOPLIFTERS WHEN SEEN TAKING CARTS OFF THE PARKING LOTS INTO THE PUBLIC STREETS? Maybe we could stop people if signs were posted warning of a theft charge for walking away with a cart.

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  19. I agree 100%, I think it should become a city ordinance! If someone does not remove their signs or maintains their signs they should receive a fine!

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  20. I totally agree! What's worse? The used car lots in empty fields & the swap meets out front houses. I love it when I see people getting tickets for have their vehicles sitting with for sale signs on private property for weeks at a time. One of the most discusting sights in Menifee is a house in Rustlers Ranch on Avenida De Real down the street from my parents house that has "yard sales" EVERY weekend. It looks like a discusting swap meet everyday. Seriously people have some pride and clean up our city!

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  21. It IS illegal to post any signage without permission or a permit. So it would NOT be illegal to remove them.

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  22. I am lovin' all of this discussion! Do you mean I'm not the only one SICK of silly signs-esp. down Antelope and I love the 6-8 at the entrance to the models finally going up by us on Garbani-ugh! Maybe they'd sell if they FINISHED THE ROAD and LANDSCAPED and threw away the signs! And the condos that never materialized on Craig and Antelepoe but still have the stupid stupid orange plastic and the fences?! The fence companies are real happy I'm sure but I'd rather look at the field! I live on Palomar facing the field and what do they think we are going to steal-dirt? I was even getting the builders mail for over a year! The post office wouldn't stop it and I finally got sopmeone from the builders to c/b but I had to call the company to take the electrical post (2 years guys!) out of my yard-it was hooked to nothing -they just cut it and left- our mothers taught us to clean up after a mess-I wish the city and county would get them to--

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  23. Alright folks...here we are trying to get some help decluttering our community with disgusting signs everywhere...and on the SAME screen is an advertisement/picture of a business wanting to put up signs...the one about 'not having to climb a ladder'. Does everyone else have this on their screen?? Mercy sakes, we're helping his business it seems.....

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  24. SPEAKING OF OVERKILL OF SIGNS: Take a 'gander' at the signs for the four people dictatorship wants on the Menifee Lakes Board; Newport Road and Menifee Lakes is PLASTERED again with them. The "Rulers" are running scared that they many not get their hand-chosen puppets to dance at their pulling, so AGAIN we must endure the plastering of disgusting signs on our streets, fliers everyday in our gates and mailboxes. Maybe ML got some more $$ donated from their management assn to keep their rule??? Surely the community knows the promoter of sign-overkill for elections.

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  25. I am so glad everyone is speaking out about the ugly signs! Today I noticed that the crooks (Cameron, Moffitt, Schnoor, Vejar) running for the Menifee Lakes Board has signs up again along Newport Road. If these jerks looked under our CC&Rs it states that NO signs can be displayed unless it is a rental for for sale. I guess these four people think they are above the rest of us that live here. I would say to all, make sure you don't vote for them on October 21st. We need a Board that will follow Our CC&R's like we do.

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  26. I found it so amusing that after reading these posts this week to find all those stupid campaign signs up on the median of Newport Road and then disgusted to see that it is actual Menifee Lakes Homeowners running for Board positions who think nothing of their community by littering it's greenbelts with their ugly signs. These are homeowners who know better, they have been in this community for years and they disregard their own CC&R's. I find it ironic that Ms Susan Vejar used to be on the rules committee and held hearings for those who disregarded their CC&R's, and here she is thinking she is above it all. They all make me sick and this group is by far the worst choice ever!! If you live in the Lakes......DON'T VOTE FOR THESE IDIOTS !!!

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