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YARD-SALE SIGN LAW MAY CHANGE; THOUSAND OAKS COUNCIL TO STUDY OPTIONS TO LIMITS ON POSTING.

Byline: Cecilia Chan Daily News Staff Writer

The City Council on Tuesday will decide whether it wants to pursue changes to a municipal code limiting when and where yard-sale signs are posted.

Councilman Andy Fox is proposing that the city staff research alternatives to the current regulation and that city workers don't remove signs on public property until Monday.

``I'm offering it up to the council to see if they are a little more considerate of people who have garage sales,'' Fox said. ``I think our standards are good for keeping signs down and the clutter down, but it seems to me we can accomplish that by taking (signs) down Monday morning.''

For people who hold garage sales once a year for spring cleaning, it's harmless to let the signs sit through the weekend, Fox said.

The city code allows signs on the property of the yard sale and at two additional private sites with the written permission of the property owner. The signs can only be posted during the hours of the sale and must be removed each day after the sale. Signs are not allowed in the public right of way.

City crews remove illegally placed yard signs - the bulk of them in the middle of town and the Newbury Park area - every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, said Dave Pimentel of the Public Works Department. The tally for Jan. 22 was 17 signs removed, Jan. 23 saw 79 signs taken down and Jan. 24, 16 signs, he said.

``There are signs in the right of way, attached to stop signs and telephone poles,'' he said. ``It's a hazard.''

Although Fox has heard comments from homeowners who want the city to relax its enforcement, Pimentel hears otherwise.

``Most say it looks like Orange County or Los Angeles; it's a mess and they want it totally stopped,'' he said. ``The problem we have is homeowners throughout town calling, complaining they don't want anything there at all, and the ordinance allows it. We are pulled in two different directions.''

The code ``is extremely limited with what is allowed,'' said Geoff Ware, city code compliance supervisor.

If the council votes to explore changes, Ware said city staffers will ``research other jurisdictions and find out what they are doing in the way of garage-sale signs and bring back options we feel are suitable for Thousand Oaks, and let the City Council make the changes.''

If the council approves a code change, the issue will require a public hearing before the Planning Commission and council.
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