“Signs” of the problem

The article (Village News, 4/3/14) about the signage struck a nerve. This affects all of the businesses and organizations in town.

We need to take a look at the big picture and not get caught up in the details. Look at the complexity, time, and cost of the process of applying for a permit to hang a sign or banner. Three committees, boards, and bureaucracies are involved in the approval process. There’s talk of forming another committee to fill out the paperwork to satisfy all of these bureaucracies. There are efforts being made to reduce the fees and streamline the process.

Let’s look at the following points:

Why are so many bureaucracies involved? Years ago, I wrote a letter to Bill Horn about this. The response I received, said that allowing banners “would be problematic because the county would not have control over what the banners said.” First amendment?

Why do we have to get a permit to publicize what’s going on in the community? This is especially offensive when a permit is even required to put a sign or banner on private property! Private property rights?

The county wants a revenue stream. Why should we have to pay the county for permission to hang a banner or a sign? If we didn’t have so many bureaucrats involved, it wouldn’t cost anything.

Instead of patting ourselves on the back for being the first community in the area to streamline this process, we ought to eliminate it.

Mary Fry

13 Responses to "“Signs” of the problem"

  1. RetroRick   April 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Well said. It’s both ironic and galling that Bill Horn now has a sign supporting his re-election on East Mission where no other signs are permitted. What are the chances that this sign had to move through these byzantine processes?

  2. i cup   April 18, 2014 at 9:30 am

    i agree!! in some part i can understand how some basic guidelines can keep the town looking uniform and pleasant. Although just like any other so called "governing board" you eventually get members that are only involved for selfish and greedy reasons. pretty much unless your business can please the grand traditions vision, its going to be difficult to get yourself past them. did fallbrook turn into an HOA???

  3. we want to be mexico   April 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    we don’t want nobody telling us what to do. we want all the signs to look trashy so we can be like tijuana. tell those people trying to make the town nice that we don’t want to know what they think.

  4. Hmm   April 19, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Excellent comment Retro. Rick..but those responsible will not read nor answer your comment..I suggest putting up small business signs next to Mr Horns signs..then see what happens..

  5. DR DR   April 22, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Who is running against Bill Horn so I can vote for them? I hate his signs going up already!!

  6. green hills   April 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I hate Bill Horn a lot more than his signs. I’m with Dr. Dr . on that.

    Also vote out Delaney from the Fallbrook Planning Group!

  7. Pink   April 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    If she is up for re-election Green Hills, and if someone runs against her. If not she is a shoe in, unless she choses to step down, which is unlikely.

  8. Ray (the real one)   April 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    WOW…… The “D” word got by the red pen.

  9. Mike and Judy   April 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Great that we get to talk about THE MAJOR PROBLEM on the FCPG. Election is too far away.
    I say RECALL her!

  10. Ray (the real one)   April 24, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Mike and Judy:

    We can try to talk about it but as soon as we gwet started, the story postings suddenly get closed. I think the FCPG needs to be disbanded, no more little dictators and small dogs.

  11. JR   May 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I have come to the conclusion there are too many people in this town that have too much time on their hands. Fallbrook is not a fancy art community..move to Santa Barbra or Laguna Hills and take your highbrow attitudes with you.

  12. sparky   May 13, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    VILLAGE NEWS NOTE: Sparky – We will not approve any comments like the one you submitted – in regards to any individual, organization, etc. – not just this one – so don’t go in that direction please on this site. Thank you, D. Ramsey

  13. sparky   May 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    It’s interesting to note that on the so-called Design Review Committee there are no Hispanics. Hmmm


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