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Where political signs go to die

Photo By Tom Gascoyne

This Steve Bertagna political sign sits rotting and forgotten in an empty lot off East Avenue next to the Butte Community Bank-Coffee’s On building and Orchard Supply Hardware. The lot, currently being offered for commercial development by The Group real estate company, was the site of a number of the larger wooden signs erected this election year by local conservatives. In fact, up until recently, a "[Rick] Keene for Assembly" sign lay partially across the sidewalk and bike lane directly across East Avenue. It’s gone now, but Bertagna’s remains. City law states that campaign signs must be pulled down within a week after the election. Does lying flat in a muddy field count as being pulled down?