Large promotional or political signs have no place on San Francisco’s light and utility poles, according to the Board of Supervisors.
The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a ban of signs higher than 11 inches and wider than the diameter of the pole.
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick questioned the legality of the sign ban, but later voted in favor of it.
The sign ban "does not run afoul of the freedom of expression or any amendments of the United States Constitution," said the author of the sign-ban law, Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin.
During election season, many large political signs go up on city poles and are often not taken down and large promotional signs often stay up for months after the event they advertise.
Existing city sign laws say all posted signs must be taken down within 70 days, and election or event signs must come down within 10 days after the election or event.
The Department of Public Works spends about $200,000 enforcing the sign laws, Peskin said.
The sign ban still would allow the posting of common "handbills," such as "lost cat" or "piano lessons."
Other cities, such as San Mateo and Daly City, only allow city employees to post signs for official business on public light and utility poles.
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