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Election Buzz: Political yard signs popping up in Burbank

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Chris Rizzotti for City Council yard sign on Valley Heart Drive in the Rancho area of Burbank November 11, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Chris Rizzotti for City Council yard sign on Valley Heart Drive in the Rancho area of Burbank November 11, 2014

Realtor Chris Rizzotti was the first  to jump into the 2015 race for Burbank City Council, so it’s really no surprises that his yard signs are already popping up around town. Usually we do not start seeing campaign signs for the Burbank Municipal Elections until closer to the first of the year.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Chris Rizzotti for City Council sign in a yard in the 1600 block of West Clark Avenue Burbank November 12, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Chris Rizzotti for City Council sign in a yard in the 1600 block of West Clark Avenue Burbank November 12, 2014

Whether you like it or not, Rizzotti is breaking out of the normal pattern for city election candidates. A resident sent a letter to the Burbank Leader trashing the Rizzotti camp for wrecking the holiday landscape of  pretty lights and festive decorations with their yard signs. Betty Vanole  called on other candidates not to follow Rizzotti’s lead: “I hope they see the error in his ways and everyone waits until the end of December to post signs. I, for one, will not vote for any candidate who doesn’t wait. I hope others will join me.”

Well, I don’t think the campaign signs are all that intrusive on the Burbank landscape. Hey, if you can overlook all those dead lawns and dirt patches in the drought stricken yards of many homes — you probably won’t be bothered by a political sign or two. Also, I think the decision to place a political sign on private property should be left up to the owner.

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