Q: I understand the city of El Centro made a change involving its sign ordinance in the middle of the current political campaign. Is this allowed? Is there a conflict of interest because Mayor Tomas Oliva is running for re-election?—Election watcher, El Centro

A: You are partially correct. While the city did not change the sign ordinance, it did recently make a revision to its enforcement. According to a report for the Aug. 16 City Council meeting, the issue involved myriad complaints about a section of the 2020 ordinance that states “The number of temporary noncommercial signs shall not exceed two per property.”

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