Today is 21 days prior to the election, and according to Westlake Village city ordinances, today is the day that signs can be put up around the city. Specifically, the Citys sign ordinance states “twenty-one (21) days prior to an election and must be removed within two (2) days after said election.”
As you may have noticed, there have been some signs up prior to today. Over five years ago, there were cases that went to court at the Federal level addressing this. Since that case law went into place, the City of Westlake Village’s ordinances on election signs has not been an enforceable law, but instead, the tradition that candidates stuck with. Signs can be put on private lawns, and to restrict that would be a violation of freedom of speech according to the case law. Some candidates tell us that they have put signs on legally parked cars, and have provided signs in advance to the 21 days for those that specifically requested them.
Some of you today have asked why some signs are larger than others? The law is clear on this — signs can be up to six square feet in size. The larger rectangle signs go up to the maximum allowed by law.
The video for the Westlake Village City Council Candidates Debate that Westlake Revelations put together and moderated will be available soon. We’ll provide viewing information as soon as it’s ready.