Letters to editor

Garage sale signs are a nuisance

By From page A11 | June 20, 2013

I would like to comment on the garage sale signs that are going up all over town now with summer coming. Isn’t there something somewhere that says these signs should be taken down after the sale time?

In our neighborhood, they put boxes on the corners or tie signs on the street name poles. Addresses are printed on these signs, so it seems to me that there could be a fine if left up for a week or so. It would be easy to know who did it and if the address is not on the sign, just ask the neighbors; they all know who had a sale over the weekend.

These are as annoying as the campaign signs during the elections: Some are taken down right after voting day, while others are up a month later. Our council wants to clean up the city: Let’s start with these useless signs. Put a fine on them and I would bet they would come down really fast.

Just a thought for a cleaner Fairfield.

Minna Gross


Letter to the Editor


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  • Rick WoodJune 20, 2013 - 12:49 am

    Here's an idea, Minna: Don't wait for some government official to take care of your complaint; mete out vigilante justice. Organize your posse and make it your mission to remove all yard sale signs that are past the sale date. While you're at it, pick up litter and report or eradicate graffiti you run across. We are in an era of "self help." Act on it and set an example for others to follow. The more hands we have the better.

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  • JuliaJune 20, 2013 - 6:02 am

    Good point, Rick. Like anything else abandoned in the street, it's garbage. Take some initiative, grab it and toss it.

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  • PornacJune 20, 2013 - 6:57 am

    It's all part of human civilization. Leave it for future archaeologists.

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  • Rick WoodJune 20, 2013 - 8:51 am

    They will call us the Starbucks Civilization.

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  • Rich GiddensJune 20, 2013 - 8:28 am

    I've noticed this in Suisun but I did see a code enforcement officer taking a picture of a yard sale sign that was affixed to a stop sign. I don't go to yard sales, but I do notice the same people are having yard sales over and over again. They seem to be selling old junk furniture, kitchen items and clothes. The signs need to go! The people who do this are the same ones engaged in other nuisances too---overgrown browned over yards, junk vehicles, hoarding of junk and trash. There are junkyards in Suisun that can be seen from space and you can see them on Google Earth view. Check out the neighborhood home that's a massive car, truck, boat and trailer junkyard and repair industrial facility on Pheasent Drive (runs parralel to Highway 12 in Quail Glen) in Suisun. Absolutely no progress has been made in abatement or shutting it down since it was discovered and reported by me 3 years ago. There are other junkyards in Suisun too that I will reveal later if the cops don't get off their duff and get results. Time is almost up! Don't make me publicize it!

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  • ceeJune 20, 2013 - 11:04 am

    As if the code enforcement officers aren't busy enough. Minna, if old garage sale signs is the worst thing going on in your neighborhood, then i invite you to move on down to East Tabor so you can moan and complain about serious, violent crime, drugs and prostitution. Are you also one of the ones who complain about our taxes being too high or not spent correctly? Because how much more in taxes are you really ready to spend taking down old garage sale signs?

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  • Rich GiddensJune 20, 2013 - 11:35 am

    I suppose all that drug and prostitution activity doesn't cross the street over to the Suisun City side either, right? Remember my YouTube videos? They are still up. Perhaps its time to start another embarrassing adverse publicity campaign against the city by the dump again.

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  • Rick WoodJune 20, 2013 - 5:31 pm

    Criminals and crimes of a certain type move into neighborhoods where it looks like people don't care. Get rid of the graffiti, clean up the litter, prune and water the street trees, maintain landscaping, eradicate unsightly weeds, especially around buildings and in paved areas. Can you think of anything else we good citizens can do on a daily basis to maintain control of our neighborhoods and city?

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  • Rich GiddensJune 20, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    That's exactly right----and that fact was first theorized by the late sociologist James V. Wilson with his ''Broken Windows'' theory of policing. Basically Wilson said that once a nuisance or blight starts in a neighborhood and it's not quickly corrected or remedied, it sends a silent communication to other no-gooders that ''this is the place to set up shop'' and soon you have 2 broken windows! This theory of policing was adopted famously by former New York Mayor and US Attorney Rudi Guiliani who cleaned up New York. The opposite theory is of course the ''San Francisco alternative policing'' policy that means the coffee and donuts are good down at the precinct station house. (Remember the Suisun cop that was fired for goofing off and not patrolling?)

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  • MarkJune 20, 2013 - 11:09 am

    There's still a campaign sign out for Frank Miranda on Rockville road from the last election....I thought there was already a fine for politicians who left their signs out too long...

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