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Electronic road sign endorsing candidates pops up in Chico

Another electric road sign has popped up in Chico endorsing another local city council candidate. A similar sign last week was quickly removed by Caltrans last week.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 11:49 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2020 8:23 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Another electric road sign has popped up in chico endorsing another Chico City Council candidate. A similar sign last week was quickly removed by Caltrans last week.

The second sign, located on Bruce Rd. and E 20th in Chico, was placed by the North State Builds Trade Council endorsing their picks for this year's elections.

The first sign was placed on Highway 32 and Ninth Ave. on Wednesday but was quickly removed by Caltrans crews.

"Any signs that are on the state right of way that isn't authorized," said Gilbert Montes-Chan over the phone with Action News Now. "They are removed by our field maintenance crews."

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"The location where that trailer is located is in a public parking spot," said Andrew Meredith, the President of the North State Builds Trade Council, in rebuttal to Caltrans stating the sign was unauthorized.

"Anything that is on state property, and if they don't have an encroachment permit," said Montes-Chan. "Then that violates the law and they're removed."

That sign being confiscated prompted a change in location for North State Builds.

"This time I guess the main difference is it's on private property," said Meredith about the new location.

"We have permission from the property owner to put the sign there. It's a high traffic location, we think we're going to capture a lot of District 3 people traversing on Bruce Rd.," he said on why the sign is on that stretch of road as of Monday.

"My campaign did not coordinate with North State Builds," said District 3 candidate and current Chico Mayor, Ann Schwab, to clarify the endorsement is not part of her campaign.

"It represents thousands of construction workers and hundreds of contractors in Northern California, so I'm very proud of their support," she said about the electronic sign.

North State Builds announced this month their endorsements for the upcoming election.

"This is a first amendment issue for us," said Meredith. "We believe that it's paramount that we communicate with the voters in Chico."

Meredith told Action News Now this isn't the only location the sign will be placed at. They plan to move them to different spots up until election night.

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