In time for campaign season, Mayor Parker announced yesterday that the city would begin cracking down on bandit signs placed on public property by fining violators under an existing city ordinance that — as far as she knows — has never been enforced. Political candidates will be given 24 hours’ notice for each violation before being charged $200 a pop, she said. Collected funds will be used to defray the cost of removing the signs — which reached $450,000 in 2009.
Responding with a press release he titled “Parker Afraid of Dick,” at-large city council candidate and noted campaign-sign king Eric Dick called Parker a “bully” and “hypocrite” who has a conflict of interest on the issue. The enforcement push does not extend to signs placed on utility poles or private property, but Parker did announce she’ll be taking down one of her own campaign signs that’s been mounted high on a Montrose telephone pole since 2009.
- City Cracks Down On “Bandit” Signs [KUHF]
- Houston City Ordinance enforcement of “bandit signs” [Empty Lot Primary]
- City to crack down on bandit signs [Houston Chronicle]
- Press Release: Parker Afraid of Dick [Big Jolly]
- Previously on Swamplot: Accounting for All Those Overzealous Dick Sign Posters, The Campaign for Houston’s Vacant Real Estate: Who Will Win the Empty Lot Primary?
Photo of I-10 at Patterson: Empty Lot Primary