Thursday, April 26, 2012

Clairemont's Stop Sign Flowers Must Go Says City

Regular readers of the Clairemont Community News will remember the delightful 100 Stop Sign Flowers project.  According to Knitting Guy, who was the leader of the band of merry knitters who volunteered their time and talent to brighten up Clairemont, the 100th flower was planted April 22nd. 

The next day, Knitting Guy was contacted by Bill Harris with the City of San Diego who said the flowers must go. 

According to an email from Knitting Guy sent to backers of the project, Harris started the call with "Congratulations on making it to 100". Harris explained how people within the City had gone to great lengths to find a way to keep them. They even contacted other cities to find out what they did. "Even Berkeley takes them down", he told Knitting Guy. The problem is that the stop sign is a traffic sign.

Says Knitting Guy, "It's really cool they let us finish, and that their first reaction was researching a positive solution. But, now we have 10 days to remove them. After that if a city worker comes across one they will remove it. I am still coming up with the details, and I welcome any suggestions. "

Harris provided an explanation from the City that is posted on the StopSignFlowers page (below)

Councilmember for the Clairemont area (and resident) Lorie Zapf has heard from a number of constituents who are dismayed at the idea of losing the flowers.  Lorie is requesting that supporters of the flower stop signs email her at loriezapf@sandiego.gov in an effort to get City staff to change their minds.

The letter from Bill Harris:
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The City is forced to announce that the Stop Sign Flowers must come down. Even with the great community spirit this effort has generated, there are just too many restrictions to overcome. City staff looked through state law and local policies trying to find some way of allowing the flowers to remain in place. Unfortunately, particularly with traffic control signs and including all other City assets, there is just no way to retain the works where they now are.

We hope that the flower-makers will work with other site owners – private businesses, other agencies, business improvement districts and community groups – to find new homes for the flowers. This is a fun program that should easily capture the imagination of our communities in other, less restricted, locations.

City crews will not remove any of the installations for the next ten days unless they become a hazard. It is hoped that those who originally installed the flowers will take that time to remove and preserve the work. Following the ten day period, City crews will be instructed to remove and dispose of anything affixed to City assets as it is seen or reported. The yarn and leaf structures cannot be saved when removed by City staff.

I will be available to answer specific questions about the City’s direction via email

(billharris@sandiego.gov)

4 comments:

  1. I was wondering how long it would take the City to come up with this removal plan! I really like the flowers, and, in my opinion, (color me opinionated) they do not detract one iota from the actual Stop Sign. It is still clearly visible. It's such a nice community project that helps Clairemont with it's image of being a nice little community. We all need more of this kind of spirit in our lives and way less overbearing rulings from on high! Personally, I think if enough of us petition the City, they will have to find a way to allow this. It's a petty issue (where the City is concerned), and it makes Clairemont residents and visitors happy.

    Come on San Diego City...this is beneath you. You're mostly "elected" people who are supposed to be supporting the community you represent. We need people on the City Council who truly care about our needs. There must be some way this can be allowed.

    I am ready, willing and able to make my voice heard here, and I think that if enough of us do, the City can find a way to leave this alone.

    Ginger McLean (topproducer55@att.net) All those in favor, please feel free to email me.

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  2. I was wondering how long it would take the City to come up with this removal plan! I really like the flowers, and, in my opinion, (color me opinionated) they do not detract one iota from the actual Stop Sign. It is still clearly visible. It's such a nice community project that helps Clairemont with it's image of being a nice little community. We all need more of this kind of spirit in our lives and way less overbearing rulings from on high! Personally, I think if enough of us petition the City, they will have to find a way to allow this. It's a petty issue (where the City is concerned), and it makes Clairemont residents and visitors happy.

    Come on San Diego City...this is beneath you. You're mostly "elected" people who are supposed to be supporting the community you represent. We need people on the City Council who truly care about our needs. There must be some way this can be allowed.

    I am ready, willing and able to make my voice heard here, and I think that if enough of us do, the City can find a way to leave this alone.

    Ginger McLean (topproducer55@att.net) All those in favor, please feel free to email me.

    I have also just sent a strong letter to Lorie Zapf, as suggested.

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  3. Putting them on any other sign loses the meaning.

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