Dear Editor – Sign Language

I just finished reading both Scott Malsin’s and Vernon Taylor’s letters about lawn signs being removed during this campaign. I agree that this is something that shouldn’t happen to any candidate’s lawn signs.
Mr. Malsin implies that this is a relatively new phenomenon and it is being done by “a political faction” who opposes Kathy’s election. I have lived in Culver City for over forty years and been involved in probably thirty elections in one way or another, including putting up several thousand lawn signs. Sign vandalism and destruction has occurred in every local election in Culver City as far back as I can remember.
I want to thank Mr. Malsin for putting up security cameras supposedly at several locations to identify the culprits and posting the video on youtube. I watched the 2 videos he posted. They were both taken at the same location which is Culver Motor Clinic on Jefferson Blvd. and Overland Avenue, and they both show the same person removing a Kathy Paspalis sign on different days. The person in the video is an older male wearing a baseball cap and I am willing to guess he just doesn’t like Kathy Paspalis or the way her sign looks and this is his way of showing it. In past years the majority of sign vandalism has been along Braddock near the High School and it has been assumed that students on their way to and from school did it.
Mr. Malsin, don’t try to create a conspiracy where none exists. If there is a conspiracy against the Paspalis campaign, how do you explain Vernon Taylor’s signs being taken down all over town including the fence at Culver Motor Clinic? The reality is that most likely the person removing signs either doesn’t like that candidate or is just causing trouble. Every campaign committee has at one time or another attempted to blame another campaign of doing something like this to discredit an opposing candidate.
I do agree that the last three campaigns have been the nastiest I have ever seen. It is a sorry state of affairs when members of “a political faction” working on a campaign make statements about other candidates that they know aren’t true. There is more than one political faction working this election. If you make a false statement enough times someone is going to start to believe it. This is happening not only at the local level but at all levels of government.

Stephen Schwartz
Former School Board Member

www.culvercitysymphony.org

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